Author Archives: Trade Man
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.
The New Jersey Devils have turned the clock back a bit bringing back former coach Jacques Lemaire to direct them once again from behind the bench.
This really changes nothing for a Devils team so focused on defence. While they’ve tried to open things up a bit in Jersey, the trap, and the stigma that has been linked to this team for over a decade, is back in full force and that could mean trouble for teams in the East.
“Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick have been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick. The trade ends a saga that began with a verbal trade request in mid-May.”
Brian Burke is American, but seems to have adopted that old Royal Canadian Mounted Police credo to always get your man.
The New York Islanders have not won a playoff series in 16 years and have been a rather futile franchise with mismanagement, constant coaching changes and ownership issues.
But all that seems to be forgotten with the addition of 1st overall pick John Tavares. It is now his time, his team and his era and the Islanders are hoping that brings some renewed promise and hope to a team that has struggled for almost 2 decades.