Author Archives: Trade Man

Rangers Leaning More On Skill

When a team enjoys success over a long period of time, other teams try and emulate that blueprint in order to forge their own winning ways. Its appears the NY Rangers are trying to mirror the champion Red Wings and build a winner based on speed, skill and smarts.

Why The Wings Won't Repeat

Your first instinct when you read that title is to bash me isn’t it? Thought so. So let me start off by saying I have nothing against the Wings as a team. They won the Stanley Cup, and earned it, by making a very good Pittsburgh team look like a peewee team at times. But facts are facts, and if I’m going out to bet on a Stanley Cup winner today, I’m not placing a cent on the Wings. Now let me tell you why (point by point).

Flyers Still Have A Little Ways To Go

The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the biggest comeback stories from last season. Left dead last at the end of the 2007 season, they rose all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008. Now, they look to carry that momentum for the coming year.

That task will not be easy and with not many improvements made to the roster over the summer, a repeat performance could be a surprise.

Lang / Brisebois and my thoughts

I know these two acquisitions have brought mixed emotions among Habs faithful, but please remember that the game is played on the ice, and not in your fantasy league stat-book. And Mr. Bob Gainey, unlike some people on the World Wide Web, knows this.

This may look like another “Habs fan” mumbo jumbo article, but it isn’t, and I put a lot of work into this so please, read on. First of all for you EA Sports experts and fantasy studs, out there, here are a few thoughts. For anyone else, please skip to the Lang / Brisebois Singings section. Thanks

Lang and Brisbois signed!

So it’s official.  The Habs have signed Lang for a second round pick acquired from Toronto in the Grabovski trade.  They have also signed Brisbois to another one year deal for additional depth.  Looks like Sundin is off the charts…or maybe not.  Maybe some wheelin’ and dealin’ at the deadline to free up some cap space( Bouillon, Dandaneault), make a trade or rub a genie’s lamp.  Maybe there is still a way – not likely however.

Eric Staal (not Stall) blows the bank.

Eric Staal, the leading scorer of the Carolina Hurricanes last season, has just signed an extension with the team. The contract is 7 years long, worth 57.75 millions. The cap hit will be 8.25 millions.

Senators Season Preview

The Senators enter this season under the gun. Once Hunted, the Sens now are a middling team, and they have become the hunters. This approach by their new coach might be the change the Senators need to rediscover their passion for winning, believe in their team again, and prove to themselves and the NHL that they deserve to be Stanley Cup contenders.

Leafs To Rotate Captains

On the Fan 590 “Hockeycentral” this afternoon, Ron Wilson was in studio being asked a few questions. One that came up was the question of if Mats Sundin retired or moved on else where, who would be the captain? Wilson answered with the solution of rotating captains, similar to the system he had in San Jose before giving it to Marleau or of what Minnesota has, unless he found a strong, talented leader who would be ready to take the ‘C’ and flourish with it for a long time. He didn’t sound too confident he would. He said the rotating system works like so: Each month the players will vote- along with the help of the coaching staff- to determine the select amount of players who are the team leaders.

Something has to be acknowledged

Generally, Micky makes these posts, but there’s some stuff on this that I think needs to be said, and I’m going to do my best to keep this as a-political as possible, because I think too many people make this an issue of right or left, as opposed to right or wrong.

Sabres Looking To Rebound

After a rough couple of years where a significant number of their leadership core left the organization, the Buffalo Sabres appear more settled and ready to get back to playoffs.

They have managed to lock up some of their key core players like Roy, Vanek and Miller and this time dont really have a heart and soul player due to be unrestricted after this year.

All time line-up

This being the 100th year of the greatest hockey organization, how bout we make an all time best line-up

This Years Rookie Crop

The long wait is almost over!! Summer is done and training camp is just around the corner. This time of the year the average hockey fan is trying to figure out what his respective team will look like, how well the new players will mesh with the team, and most importantly in today’s salary cap era…Who and how well will your team’s prospects fill the gaps left by UFAs or retirements.

So I thought Id give you all a look at this years rookie crop in no particular order:

NHL Awards: Who's The Best Rookie?

This will be a good year for rookies. A couple guys really stand out, but there’s many 2nd tier prospects who could be good.