Author Archives: Trade Man

Trades forced by the Salary Cap

With the end of the summer approaching so is training camp and more importantly the beginning of the season. The beginning of the season also marks the end of the window teams can be over the cap. Teams that are over the cap at the start of the season will be penalised. As of what the penalties are I have no clue since nobody has been penalised up to date. Five teams are over the cap and three are under.

Smolinski looking to come back to Ottawa

According to the HockeyBuzz, Bryan Smolinski is eyeing to return to the Ottawa Senators. It is said he is willing to accept a contract under a million to be back with the team.

Alex or Sidney?

I have been having a friendly debate with some friends over who is the best all around player in the NHL. Outside of Pens and Caps fans I would like to see what everyone believes without just saying their name. My vote goes to Alex Ovechkin and I will explain why.

Senators better than people think

The Ottawa Senators, the year after the Stanley Cup run were still the same team, but ended up bombing the season and playoffs. Deja View? Didn’t the Ducks do the same thing? and what happend? Stanley cup 2 seasons later.

Just an IDEA….

Had an idea after reading all these articles about Sundin, and the pending status’ of Shanahan, Sakic, Forsberg, not to mention what happend with Jagr. This doesn’t particular pertain to their exact situations, but I did have an idea that seems almost reasonable. And its pretty much this:

Better the devil you know than the devil you dont!/Short List of available UFA&#

It’s hard to say whether or not the Ottawa Senators need another forward for the upcoming season! Sure they have that amazing big 3 on the first line, but they still need to take up that secondary scoring up a notch!  Vermette and Fisher are talented players, but they aren’t top-end goal scorers! Despite their acquisitions in the off season, they were unable to replace Cory Stillman. Veteran guys like Kelly, Neil and Mcammond can pitch in a few, but rookies like Foligno, Lee and Bass are all gonna have to step up to pick up some of the slack. So how about bringing in someone to help them out! Someone who can help them develop, to serve as a guide, someone who loves the city, and someone, ironically, who’s been here before!!

Start your Engines, almost time to hit the ice!!

Well, a few more weeks and the prospects will be taking to the ice in the prospects tournament in Kitchener. Time to see who will push the current players for a spot. Most of the players who were in Hamilton last year should be there. The US College players will only come if they pay their own way, so I think that it is safe to say McDonough and Fischer will be present, but some of the other guys may opt out. Who do you think will shine?

Adam Graves Retirement Night is more then worth it.

Adam Graves night will be Feb 3rd 2009 before the game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

But if you’re looking for tickets don’t even bother it’ll cost you 400$ a ticket on sites like stubhub.com

His number 9 will be the last number from the 1994 Stanly Cup team to be retired.

I dare you to tell me he doesn’t deserve this.

Red Wings sign tough guy Downey to one-year contract

According the NHL.com, The Detroit Red Wings have signed Aaron Downey to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

NHL Notes, Predictions, and more…

Just thought I’d write on all the happenings in the NHL right now, including my early predictions for next year- standings and awards.

NHL Notes:

-The Bryan McCabe situation is still thriving in the NHL rumor spotlight- and why not, there’s plenty going on here. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple weeks, you know that Bryan is supposedly headed to Florida on September 1st. The only thing left to really speculate on is what’s the deal made of? Many think 29 year old Mike Van Ryn would be headed north of the border in the deal, and that Bryan would not be going to Florida alone. The best bets to head with him? Anyone not named Vesa or Luke, basically. Speculation has ranged from Nik Antropov to Ian White and everyone in between. My guess is either Ponikarovsky or White. And I’m not even getting into the wild fire talks of Jay Bo headed to T.O cause that’s when rumors turn into video game proposals- although I wish we could get him…

Stefan Legein Retires

That’s right. No typo. The 20 year old Columbus prospect has RETIRED according to the Columbus dispatch and then confirmed by Columbus head office. Although nothing is in stone, Legein’s agent has informed the Jackets that he will be hanging up the skates. Big time shocker. Hope he reconsiders…

Link: http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2008/08/shocker_1.shtml

Phoenix Coyotes looking to lock playoff spot

Alright. The last 8 articles were talking about either McCabe, Sundin, the Leafs or the Habs and I was getting tired. But did nothing. So here’s a short article about the Phoenix Coyotes to change the atmosphere a bit. Am I gonna get 80 comments lol? Let’s see.

Sundin might be Broadway bound

Flyers also apparently in contention

Mats Sundin appears to be Broadway bound.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Sundin is set to join the New York Rangers after they clear enough salary cap space.