Author Archives: Trade Man
Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun is reporting on the possibility that Burke will make a run to land the Sedins this offseason. He notes that Burke is very loyal to his players and has made moves to bring players who he has worked with in the past into his organizations.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting (scroll down) that Tampa Bay is telling all teams that call to inquire about Vincent Lecavailer and Marty St. Louis are not on the trade market at the present time.
With a recent rash of injuries, the Calgary Flames may be looking to get active over the next 9 days leading up to the trade deadline. However, GM Darryl Sutter is not a big believer in acquiring rental players, and without a lot of cap room in coming seasons, the Flames may be put into a tough spot heading into D-day. The Flames were likely just looking to tinker before injuries to W Rene Bourque (high ankle sprain, indefinite), C Daymond Langkow (bruised hand, day-to-day) and D Mark Giordano (upper body, day-to-day). Although only Bourque is expected to miss significant time, the Flames may look at more than just depth moves at this point. F Matthew Lombardi’s name keeps coming up, as it seems he has yet to reach his full potential, but has a relatively cheap price tag and has been playing his best hockey of the season in recent weeks. The Flames may look at moving him to bolster their lineup. Buffalo, Montreal, Carolina, Atlanta, NY Islanders & Columbus are a few teams rumoured to be interested. Aside from him, the Flames aren’t likely to part with a lot of players currently on their roster (at least ones with much value). Prospects F Mikael Backlund, F Greg Nemisz, D Matt Pelech, D John Negrin & G Leland Irving could always be used as bait however.
The Denver Post is reporting that while Canadian news outlets are reporting on the possibility of the Avalanche possibly trading Ryan Smyth, they suggest that Smyth is very happy and does not want to leave the Avalanche.
Boston.com is reporting that Boston is on Kaberle’s list of teams that he is willing to be moved to.
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at who’s hot and who’s not around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.
Patrick Kane (RW, CHI) has started to turn around his play of late as he looks to snap his long offensive slump. Kane is plus-3, has registered one goal, four assists and 11 SOG in the last three games. Fantasy owners who’ve held onto Kane could see a big week from the young forward as he faces Nashville, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting on a ton of rumors this week with the main one being that the Montreal Canadiens are “mulling over a possible deal for Ryan Smyth.”
The Vancouver Canucks officially have full support of this Leafs fan. Please do what Toronto never could, give one of the best players ever a Stanley cup. I believe that with Sundin clicking, with Luongo healthy, and with the Sedins doing what they do, Vancouver has a legitimate shot at winning the cup. Not a long article, just a notice. Nucks Nation, you have full support of at least a portion of Leafs Nation.
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Tampa Bay.com is reporting that the Lightning and Canadiens have held talks about a deal to send Lecavailer to the Canadiens.
Could the Maple Leafs target Rick Nash at the end of next season? BlueJackets Extra believes that if the Blue Jackets do not sign Nash to a contract extension by the end of this summer the speculation will begin to ramp up regarding the possibility to Nash returning to his hometown Toronto to play for the Leafs.
Rumor has it that the Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers are discussing options. Apparently, there is talks of Van Riemsdyk for Kari Lehtonen!?! This could not be a bigger mistake for the Flyers! Why in the world would they trade their top prospect who has yet to emerge, for an overrated goaltender no more of an upgrade from their current duo of Nitty/Biron?? Not to mention, with the goaltending talent out there that is pending to be UFA’s such as Backstrom (my first choice) Fernandez, and Khababulin, why would the Flyers choose Lehtonen at the cost of their future? The Flyers could trade for a UFA at the deadline for a much smaller price and resign in the offseason…Both Biron and Nitty are UFA’s and only one will return next season.
16 teams make the playoffs. 14 teams do not. Ideally then, there would be 16 buyers and 14 sellers. This is rarely the case, as sub playoff teams look for a boost, while some 7th or 8th place teams wonder if its worth while to buy a player.
This season seems to be more of the prior. Sellers are falling off the board left right and center, meaning this Deadline could very well be slim pickings.