Author Archives: Trade Man
Repeating as cup champions has been no easy task. But the Pittsburgh Penguins will attempt to be the 2nd team to do it in the last 15 years. The parity, the short summers and for this year the longer season due to the Olympics all stand in the way of the Pens repeating.
However 2 of the leagues top 3 players play here in Pittsburgh. With a trio of dominant centres in Malkin, Crosby and Staal along with the goaltending of Fleury, the talent here will always give them a chance.
Coach Gretzky goes MIA during Coyotes soap opera – despite collecting a paycheck
After the Kessel trade there’s been alot of talk about how valuable picks really are. A while ago I did a data project that tried rank the NHL franchises. There were plenty of criterion, and one was drafting success.
Before I get reemed out for this let me explain that I realize there was plenty of bias that i couldn’t get rid of and there were parts that had to be subjective.
So, this is basically how i did it:
There is a feeling out there that time has run out on the Detroit Red Wings. After winning in 2008, the team lost in the finals in 2009 and with some key defections off that roster, some believe that the Wings will take a step back.
Those sentiments are premature as the Wings still have great coaching, a powerhouse lineup and experience to continue being a top team out west.
Many seem to want to write off the Wings probably because they’re sick of seeing them win. Well those people shouldnt get too comfortable. The Wings seem poised yet again to be the team to beat.
Calder in tryout mode with Ducks
Peter Chiarelli’s take on trade: Young star wanted out
Fleury not done, yet
Former Cane Babchuk gone to Russia?
The Vancouver Canucks had big expectations last season which were not met after falling meekly in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
However, despite some key subtractions to the lineup, the team has high hopes again for this coming year.
They’ve brought back their best offensive contributors in the twins, re-signed their top player long term in Luongo and have an excellent mix of veterans and youth to take a good run at a championship in the next few years.
After vaulting from 8th to 1st in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins this season are looking to prove this was no fluke.
Despite losing a top scorer from their lineup as well as some other fine role players, this team is stacked from top to bottom in talent.
Their depth, with the ability to roll 3 excellent lines, 2 strong defence pairs and a workhorse goaltender is matched by very few.
the Phil Kessel saga is finally over as the speedy winger was finally traded by the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In exchange, 1st and 2nd round picks in 2010 plus a 2011 1st rounder were sent back to Boston.
A terrific regular season last year was squandered by the San Jose Sharks who feel meekly in the first round of the playoffs.
While still an ultra talented squad, the Sharks made one of the biggest moves in the off-season acquiring Dany Heatley.
GM Doug Wilson wanted to make a big splash and did so at a large cost. He got arguably the biggest talent available this summer. Whether that is enough to put them over remains to be seen.
The acquisition of Phil Kessel puts the stamp on the team that Burke has been looking for, and officially concludes the first year of Burke as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the new season starting very shortly, and no more moves likely to take place between now and then, perhaps it is time to look back at Burke’s work over the last year. Here is the list of major Maple Leaf transactions: