Author Archives: Trade Man
In this salary cap era, it seems that every team is on an even playing field yet some teams manage to surprise us. Many of these surprise teams have made coaching changes, which makes their coaches top contenders for the Jack Adam’s.
When you look at the trades the ducks have made you think wow what is this team on? here is what they have lost and they pretty much got for it.
This is something big I’ve decided to organize. Who are the most loved, and hated players in hockey.
TSN.ca is reporting that Jason Allison has had his
season ending hand surgery and Belfour plans to have knee surgery! Allison sustained his injury on
March 25th versus the Canadiens while Belfour has
had lingering knee problems. This surely spells the
end for Allison’s career in Toronto and Ed Belofur’s
Ok, so remember a few years back a Russian billionaire, I believe either Roman Abramovich or Platon Lebedev wanted to buy a hockey team, and make it entirely out of Russians, and win a cup, and prove that Russians were the best hockey players in the world. What if this happened…
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’0”, 192-pound center Ryan Potulny to a two-year entry-level contract.
Another day, another season filled of mediocrity for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It almost sounds like a pre-recorded message as Toronto media writers and fans have been hearing and saying it over and over again. With 11 games left and an embarrassing weekend at the Bell Center in Montreal, it appears all but over for the Toronto Maple Leafs who will be missing it’s first post-season in 8 years.
Ottawa has yet another injury. Chris Phillips is out for 3-4 weeks after twisting his knee and getting a 2nd degree strain of his knee in the game last night vs. New Jersey.
Over the weekend TSN’s Dave Hodge was talking about getting rid of the 3 point games. When 2 teams a forced to go into overtime or a shootout, he suggests that the loosing team should get no points instead of 1 point,and the winning team obviously gets the 2 points. His words were ” If you win, you get the 2 points, if you loose, you loose, it’s that simple”.
For those who haven’t paid attention to the standings at all this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sitting in last place. Fast foward from 2004 to 2006 and… the story doesn’t change.
Finland’s state television network YLE reported on their website yesterday that Toronto Maple Leafs has confirmed rumours that Aki Berg won’t be returning to the NHL next season. He instead will return to Finland, where he might play for TPS.
With the recent string of jersey’s being retired by the Montreal Canadiens it’s time for the management and ownership to consider retiring Ken Dryden’s jersey.
First off i want to say Pat Quinn’s resume speaks for it self. However, watching the new NHL its clear that Quinn and the his staff are not quit cut for this type of hockey. Watching them play you can clearly see that the Leafs have no style of play.
The main focus for the GM of the Leafs if it remains fregason or someone else should be the defence. Leafs defence has never been on of the top D-groups in the league and this off-season is an opportunity to change that. The amount of quailty defenceman that are free agents this year is a lot. First off if the Leafs can sign McCabe anywhere between 4.5 to 5 million they should. Second priority should be defenceman Kubina in the range of 3.5 to 4 mill. Then get a soild #4 defencman like Van ryan or Salei in the range of 2 to 2.5 mill. Then you have coliacovo and then finishing off with a young guy like harrison or vet like Careny or Richardson. Here’s a look at the D then
There are a more than a few measuring sticks for fantasy hockey team owners to evaluate their players, but this is a real solid indicator – minutes per point. This statistic gives you some quick insight with regards to whether or not a player is taking advantage of the ice time he is given. It is fair to say that a player who is counted upon for offense and given lots of ice time to do so, had better have a low minutes per point ratio or said ice time can be expected to decrease. By the same token, a player who is being underused, but is picking up the points when he plays, will likely see an increase in their ice time. This is a very general indicator, as some players bring more than just offense to the table, some players are used a lot on the penalty kill, etc.
If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve heard the references to my beloved New York Yankees as “the evil empire”, but something that never really occured to anyone, is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are more like the evil empire in the movie then any sports franchise.
With the playoffs fast approaching, the fans of the teams fighting for the last spots are sitting on the edge of their seats hoping their team can make one last push to secure a chance to compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
While those of us who have been eliminated (in my case since Halloween) sit and stew over what changes need to be made to our teams…
Today I got my computer back and am putting the season preview into high gear. We may not be able to make opening day but I won’t let all the work I did go down the drain.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson today reported on the Devils woeful offensive production and with the trade deadline past, suggested it may be time for GM Lou Lamoriello to recall veteran forward Alexander Mogilny from their farm club. Lamoriello sent Mogilny down earlier this season as a payroll cutting measure.