Author Archives: Trade Man
The Colorado Avalanche have gone from perennial contenders to potentially perennial losers, at least for the near future. Drained by retirements, defections and years of trading for the present the Avs now are basically starting again from the ground up.
They’ve gotten off on the right foot with the selection of Matt Duchene. But there is so much work to be done with needs at almost every position but possibly centre.
With a likely very young team on the ice, and a rookie coach and GM leading the way, there may be lots of long nights on Colorado.
After making 25 straight playoff appearances the St Louis Blues missed out for 3 straight years before returning this past spring to the post season. In that time, there was lots of growth, lots of work done and lots of patience shown which paid off last year with a mildly surprising playoff appearance.
Whether they can duplicate what they’ve done or even build on it remains to be seen in the tough West. But, the way they’ve gone about rebuilding their roster should be applauded.
The Maple Leafs’ pursuit of Phil Kessel continues, but in the meantime there are nine National Hockey League exhibition games to play, including four in a row beginning tonight.
John Tortorella entered training camp hoping that two young defensemen would emerge and be able to make the Rangers’ regular-season roster.
This article might be a little premature, with the fate of Phil Kessel still undecided, but I’m going to proceed as if the Kessel situation will not be finalized until he is ready to return to action. Even with the acquisition of Kessel, the Leafs will play the first 30 games of the season or so with a mediocre forward group that will, in all likelhood, struggle to get a combination of offense from veterans (Blake, Poni) and youngsters (Bozak, Tlusty). If Kessel actually does arrive, his impact isn’t likely to be significant enough to transform that group from mediocre, to top-notch.
Wild expected to sign ‘pure goal scorer’ Petr Sykora after tryout
Kiss Kessel goodbye
One Forward’s Out, One’s Not
So it sounds like Brian Burke has offered the Boston Bruins
2 – First Round Picks
1 – Second Round Pick
In Exchange For
1 – Third Round Pick
While the Danny Heatley trade has gotten mixed reviews, though most people think it was a bad deal for the Senators, and some would have you believe that Ottawa just kissed their playoff hopes goodbye, I want to have a look at whether or not the sens are an improved team since last season’s training camp. The results may surprise…
It may be difficult to focus on hockey in Phoenix these days with all that is going on. But the Coyotes must persevere and find a way to deal with the adversity and uncertainty of the franchise.
Lost in all this legal lingo is that the Yotes have a good young team and in time may be good enough to compete.
This year though seems like a lost one and the curtain is coming down on NHL hockey in Phoenix.
The Time has come for the LA Kings to start showing some results from their long rebuilding process. They have arguably one of the best young core group of players and the kind of talent they have assembled should be ready to deliver.
They’ve missed the playoffs 6 straight years and have had 4 different coaches in that time. Already somewhat an afterthought in LA, another playoff miss would send this team further into oblivion. That is surely something they cannot afford.