Author Archives: Trade Man

A place to believe in, or place to be leavin'?

Winnipeg: NHL heaven or NHL hell — depends on who is doing the talking.

Bob McCown says three members of the Winnipeg Jets are actively trying to get out of Winnipeg. Jets captain Andrew Ladd says let them go.

What Ladd says about the issue is far more important.

Cap floor crunch puts Sens on defensive

The Senators are looking at one crowded blue line when training camp opens Sept. 17 at Scotiabank Place.

The speculation in NHL circles is that with nine defencemen vying for seven spots on the roster, at least one will be dealt before the Senators report for physicals.

Six have one-way contracts, youngsters Jared Cowen and David Rundblad are virtually assured spots, while Patrick Wiercioch will also make a serious push.

Ryan Kesler should recover quickly. But if he doesn't?

Everyone around Ryan Kesler believes he is going to make a full recovery. His surgeon, Dr. Marc Phillipon, a renowned hip specialist who has treated stars like Alex Rodriguez, Greg Norman, Mario Lemieux and, most recently, elite sprinter Tyson Gay, believes he should be “as good as new.”

All of the news for Kesler following last week’s surgery is encouraging. He’s a quick healer and he’s been through this before.

Selanne to decide in September

Teemu Selanne has reportedly told a Finnish newspaper that he will wait until September to make a final decision on playing with the Ducks in 2011-12.

Ilta-Sanomat, Finland’s second-largest newspaper, caught up with Selanne on Wednesday and the winger reportedly said that he wants more time to make sure that his knee heals properly after it was revealed by Ducks GM Bob Murray over the summer that it bothered the high-scoring forward through much of last season.

What Makes you Loyal to your Team of Choice?

We’ve reached the dog days of summer where news like Patrick Lalime/Chris Osgood retiring is the biggest hockey news out there to chew on – so I thought maybe it’d be a good time for us to all get to know a little more about one another and why we love the teams that we love – and it’s not because “they’re awesome” – that’s the casual fans response.