Author Archives: Trade Man

Nabokov set to return to NHL for 2011-12

It’s been a bumpy road for Evgeni Nabokov of late.

Nabokov finished second in the NHL in wins with 44 with the San Jose Sharks in a career year in 2009-10, finishing tied for fourth in Vezina Trophy voting.

He struggled in the postseason, however, leading the Sharks to turn to Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki in goal and Nabokov to hit free agency as one of many goalies available on July 1.

Report: Alexei Yashin eyes NHL return

Russian centre Alexei Yashin is considering a return to the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders according to a report by Canadian sports broadcaster TSN.

The Islanders confirmed on Friday that Yashin and his agent Mark Gandler have been in discussions with the NHL club and may make his return from the KHL this season.

Simmons: GMs not doing their jobs

What would it have taken for the Maple Leafs to make an offer of consequence on Steven Stamkos?

One year and $12 million? Ten years and $100 million?

The bottom line is: No one, including the Leafs, will ever know. Because no team in hockey made an offer on the restricted free-agent sniper, other than the Tampa team he re-signed with.

Flames 2011

Baring a trade or two between now and the start of the regular season the flames roster is pretty much set. Backlund most likely gets a shot at the number one center job to start the year given how he played with Iggy and Tanguay down the stretch and the fact that Morrison won’t be ready to go at the start of the season. All five of Calgary’s centers (including BMO) could potentially see time on lines 1-4, Calgary essentially has 5 2nd-3rd line centermen, although Backlund could become a 1st line guy.

Red Wings GM will talk with Kris Draper soon about future

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland soon plans to talk with Kris Draper regarding the longtime forward’s future with the team.

Draper wants to play another season, but the Wings are full well-stocked at the position.

“No doubt he wants to play … and play in Detroit,” Holland said. “We don’t have any cap issues, but we have to sort out what we’re doing with our 14 forwards.”