Author Archives: Trade Man

Rangers Report…..

Well, it is that time of year again for the Rangers, there annual seaonal slump. In years past it has cost them the playoffs time and time again, so that begs the question, is it going to be the same again this year?

Playoffs in a month?

The last few games for each team in the NHL will be over in no time and soon it will be the exciting finish.

FUN, FUN, FUN

The most interesting playoff hunt right now is at the bottom of the standings.

Mighty Ducks Report

This weeks Mighty Ducks report is right here:

Just my opinion but…….

Most of us hockey fans take what we have for granted. We dont realized the quality of our sport compared to others.

Bertuzzi to MTL was almost completed subsequent to Theodore deal.

According to the “The Fourth Period” website, the Montreal Canadiens were supposedly very close to obtaining Todd Bertuzzi from the Vancouver Canucks. The deal would have been finalised right after the Theodore deal to Colorado.

Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion passes away

The inventor of the slapshot died today, the day the habs retire his number in the bell center…

Win Win Situation For JFJ.

Its the day after the NHL trade deadline and many members of Leafs Nation (corny term for Leaf fans, hate it) may be ready to serve up John Ferguson Jr.’s head up on a silver platter, but lets look at it from another perspective. In listening to JFJ speak after the deadline passed yesterday I got the feeling that he did want to pull the trigger on a couple of deals, but was unable to do so. Is it possible that Ottawa outbid Toronto for Arnason? Yes. Is it possible that the JFJ laid the ground work for a deal involving Ryan Malone in the off-season? Yes. But most fans are upset at JFJ for either not buying or not selling; when in fact this was possibly the best move the Leafs could make pretty much standing pat, pardon the pun.

Activity Does Mean Progress

It has been the season of inactivity for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It continued today right up to the trade deadline. It really should have not come to such a big surprise that this occurred, but it only provides more fuel to the fire on the direction this team is headed.

Win Win Situation For JFJ.

Its the day after the NHL trade deadline and many members of Leafs Nation (corny term for Leaf fans, hate it) may be ready to serve up John Ferguson Jr.’s head up on a silver platter, but lets look at it from another perspective. In listening to JFJ speak after the deadline passed yesterday I got the feeling that he did want to pull the trigger on a couple of deals, but was unable to do so. Is it possible that Ottawa outbid Toronto for Arnason? Yes. Is it possible that the JFJ laid the ground work for a deal involving Ryan Malone in the off-season? Yes. But most fans are upset at JFJ for either not buying or not selling; when in fact this was possibly the best move the Leafs could make pretty much standing pat, pardon the pun.

The Leafs Roster/Salary situation next season

I don’t know exactly where people get the idea that the Leafs have 20-25 million to throw around on free agents. I have taken a look at their situation, made a few reasonable guesses, and assessed their salary and what they likely have to spend. IN some cases, I am not positive about salaries or whether the player is under contract (Kronwall, Tellqvist?). My estimates on re-signings may be a bit high or low, but OVERALL, this should give a pretty accurate picture:

My initial reaction to what the Leafs did.

What the hell happened there? John Ferguson didn’t get younger, he didn’t load up to make a playoff push/run, he didn’t cut ties with bad players, and kinda semi-rebuild. He did nothing.

JFJ Has a 'Plan'

JFJ Has a Plan

Mar 9, 2006.

Beating the Habs Wednesday night must have inflated JFJ’s renewed optimism leading him to believe that his struggling Leafs can make the playoffs. A noble attempt. Here we see the organization behind the decisions at Deadline 2006. Restructure – as opposed to rebuild – or make a bid for the playoffs. Fans cried for the former. MLSE called for profits … oops, I meant, playoffs.

Enter Luke Richardson. Bye Ken Klee.

This must have been part of the ‘plan’ JFJ spoke about prior to the season’s onset. This was where the Leafs were to have a plan in place to be competitive. Not only this year, oh no, but into the future as well. He expressed, said sentiment, of long term moves in recent interviews at Deadline 2006. Then, turned around and picked up a veteran.

Huh?

Morris off the Block

TSN.CA is reporting that the Coyotes have re-signed Derek Morris to a 3 year, 11.75 Million contract.

Theodore to the Avs!

Breaking news…According to Sportsnet Theodore has been dealt to Colorado for David Aebischer…

Oiler's Goalie on Waivers….

According to www.tsn.ca, the Edmonton Oilers have placed Goaltender Mike Morrison on waivers. This is apparently a sign that they are looking to pick up a legitimate number one goaltender……..In my opinion, I am shocked that G Mike Morrison is placed on waivers, considering his solid play. Can one shootout loss really mean the end of Mike Morrison in The City Of Champions??? Interesting.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=157666&hubname=

Bruins acquire Czerkawski

The Boston Bruins acquire Mariusz Czerkawski off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=157665&hubname=nhl

A quiet deadline day for the Habs?

It’s looking more and more like this Thursday, March 9, the NHL’s trade deadline, will be a lot quieter than it usually is. While many fringe teams are still deciding if they are buyers or sellers, it’s pretty clear for Bob Gainey and his staff that the Canadiens are buyers. But does Gainey want to disrupt the chemistry of his team, who have gotten at least a point in each of their last 9 games going into tonight’s dance with the Leafs? Does he have to offer what other teams will want in exchange for what the Habs need? Is it worth giving up some good prospects for an iffy playoff run?

Czerkawski on Waivers

As per what everyone was thinking, the Leafs are in the process of ridding themselves of Mariusz Czerkawski.

News on the Flyers and more

You can silence the rumors on Bertuzzi to the Flyers, Clarke has stated that he has not been in contact with the Canucks and the team could never afford his salary. Now the question is if you can believe him.