Author Archives: Trade Man

Leafs to pick first overall?

A rumor circulating according to hockeybuzz.com, and insider-rumors.blogspot.com, is saying that Chicago is offering up Tuumu Ruutu and there first round pick.

In Defence of Bryan McCabe

The crticisms of defencemen Bryan McCabe seem to be a bit excessive and at times unwarranted.

I am not sure if it has to do with the sweater he wears or what but there are alot of things that people do not like about McCabe.

Hasek & Elias Done At the Olympics

Czech Republic star goalie Dominik Hasek is out of the Olympics with an injury that occurred minutes into his first game in Torino. Hasek originally said it was a hamstring injury. But Czech backup goalie Tomas Vokoun later said Hasek told him it was a groin injury.

RUSSIANS SHOULD COPY SUCCESS IN SALT LAKE CITY

Russia heads to Turin hoping to build off of their Bronze medal performance in Salt Lake City in 2002. The Russians have a fair bit of experience coming into this tournament, including eleven returning players from their Bronze medal squad. That being said there are some questions heading into this tournament. Many of them centre around whether or not the more experience Russian players will be apt to the challenges of the larger ice surface.

SWEDES LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM SALT LAKE

Veteran Swedish players are returning to this tournament on a mission. The image of Tommy Salo taking a Belarus shot off the head and bouncing in is still fresh in the minds of many Swedes. And this time around the questions are still much the same; will the goaltending be able to hold in Turin?

How far is too far?

Each and everyone of us whether it was on a wood floor, a sheet of ice, a grass field, or a slab of concrete still has a love for whichever sport we grew up playing. Over the past two months, something interesting has caught my eye on the athletic playing field. A professional basketball player drops 81 points, a women’s hockey team scores 16 goals in a shutout, and a high school athlete scores a record breaking 113 points. I will also show my own personal experiences playing high school hockey in New Jersey. One highly debatable question remains: How much scoring do we allow before a coach/team/player should be held accountable for it?

What Toronto should do…

First of all, I would like to give a shout out to nordiques100 for a very well written article on the state of the Maple Leafs and the MLSE. As passionate Leaf fans, we hold them in the highest desideratum, and sometimes it peaks our interest to fantasize about players coming to our team to bring the one thing that has been missing for the last 39 years….the Stanley Cup. They are going through what is commonly referred to as a slump, but that is no reason to excoriate them, this happens with all teams, at some point, around the league. It has been close to a decade since Toronto has failed to make the playoffs but I think it may be time to be capricious, to change our game plan so to speak.

Forsberg To Skate Friday

TURIN, Italy (AP) – Sweden star Peter Forsberg will test his strained left groin in practice Friday and expects to learn if he can play in the Olympics.

I turn in my Leaf fan club badge!

The Maple Leafs are done, and someone needs to fire JFJ and Pat Quinn, don’t change many of the players, but management needs to clean house.

Big Toronto Rumor

This was posted and is entirely the work of Hockey Analyst Eklund over at hockeybuzz.com. The article goes as follows:

Bacon's Breakdown- Two Days Down

Just a few notes after watching two days of great Olympic hockey…

Oilers Close to Pulling Trigger.

Tonight’s rumor is courtesy of the TEAM1260 radio station in Edmonton.

Curtis Joseph for Kyle Brodziak or Brad Winchester and possibly a pick.

The 2nd Annual Wow Baseball Season Preview

As everyone knows last year Wow Baseball and its members did a team-by-team season preview. Much like the one HTR does every season. With spring training about to start and most of the major moves made its time to start talking about this years season preview.

Olympic Leftovers All Star Teams!

So the Olympic break is in effect, and a lot of NHLers are sitting around with nothing to do. Why doesn’t the league put on an All-Star game with the guys who aren’t in the Olympics? Sure it would be kind of a watered down all star team, but there are still some good players out there who are having great seasons and aren’t in the Olympics. So without further ado, here are my picks for the All Star teams not including the Olympians.

Moore files a multimillion dollar lawsuit against bertuzzi

Former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore and his family have filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Cancuks in Ontario court, CBC News reports.

Canada: A sporting history

It’s Olympic time, and I figure it would be fun to go over the biggest events in Canadian Sporting History, this isn’t in any paticular order.

My Defense of Wayne Gretzky

I am NOT a Wayne Gretzky fan, I don’t understand the love affair with him, and frankly, I don’t like him, but all the bull that’s going on surrounding him is just that, bull.

Are The Habs Playoff Bound?

As we hit the Olympic break, and the trade deadline lurks closer, what will the Montreal Canadiens be doing to bolster their club, and will it be enough?

FINLAND’S CHANCES COULD BE SHELVED WITH KIPRUSOFF

Team Finland is hoping to re-attain their success at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. The Finns have 20 players returning from that tournament and are fairly optimistic about their chances. Even after goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was forced to publicly withdraw from the Olympics for health reasons. A low move by the Finnish Hockey brass who knew Kiprusoff needed time to recuperate but named him to the squad anyways, and now “Kipper” has been unfairly criticized in his native land. Without Kiprusoff, the main reason the Finns placed 2nd at the World Cup, Finland will most likely turn to Kari Lehtonen to shoulder the load.

CZECH REPUBLIC HAS DREAMS OF GOLD

The Czech Republic players returning from Salt Lake City will be seeking a measure of revenge after suffering a heart breaking quarter-finals loss to the Russians in 2002. Many Czech’s felt cheated with the officiating in that loss and have not easily let it go. There are new faces to the Czech roster but one familiar face is returning for another chance at Gold. Dominik Hasek will be between the pipes for the Czech Republic when they head to Turin in February. Many speculate that the play of Nashville Predator Tomas Vokoun warrants a starting nod from the Czech coaching staff, but they may be jumping to conclusions. Even if Hasek weren’t to start, despite his list of credentials in both the NHL and international play; despite virtually single-handedly winning Gold in 1998; and after posting a better save percentage (.930) than Vokoun (.918) and two more shutouts (3); the man is a hockey god in his country and to not start him would cause an outcry from Czech fans. The Czechs are one of the tournament’s favourites because Hasek is in their net.