Author Archives: Trade Man
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.
After a while of free spending, the now suddenly frugal Dallas Stars have a strict budget to work with thanks to the issues owner Tom Hicks is dealing with.
But yet this should not stop them from being a fairly dangerous squad this coming year as they’ve built up a good core of young players where some have already shown excellent promise.
The missed playoffs led to a major shakeup off the ice and it is now up to a couple of former Stanley Cup winners to bring Dallas back to the second season.
1. MCKENZIE: NO TRUTH TO REPORTS THAT HEATLEY HAS BEEN TRADED
2. Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade
3. Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?
4. Canucks hoping Sundin will return
5. Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with Bruins
After 8 years of doing things one way, the Minnesota Wild decided change was needed. Gone is Doug Riseborough, the man who built the Wild from the ground up. Gone is Jacques Lemaire, the man who brought some success with his defensive first approach, but a style of hockey branded as boring. And gone is the only player they’ve had who cannot be considered boring: Marian Gaborik.
With all this sweeping change, there is hope that with a fresh mind and new approach, this team can take things to the next level.
BIG time issue for the NHL considering they might drop out of Olympic participation by the time the Olympics are held on Sochie, Russia.
Ovechkin Quote: “I don’t care… I’ll go play in the Olympic Games for my country. If somebody says to me, ‘You can’t play,’ see ya.”
Apparently Kovalchuk, Malkin and others would fallow him to Sochie, Russia.
Sides still fighting with Coyotes auction looming
Landing Kessel won’t be easy
Heatley interests Sharks
The Columbus Blue Jackets finally broke the threshold that was a playoff berth and finally had a taste of the 2nd season. It was a long time coming for the Jackets, the last of the latest expansion teams to make it.
Now, they are looking to build on that success and there is a real positive feeling this team will be a force to be reckoned with for years. They have become a relatively stable franchise and by re-signing star Rick Nash to a long term deal, the proof is there that the Jackets have finally arrived.