Author Archives: Trade Man

Goaltending Controls Fate of Flyers

Once again the Philadelphia Flyers are poised to take a run at the Stanley Cup without a top goaltender.

The talent and depth the team possesses is terrific as their lineup is lined with star power. But its new goaltender Ray Emery who must deliver in goal for the team to meet their aspirations. After being away from the league for a year, Emery attempts to resurrect his career in the city of brotherly love.

There may not be much love for this team if again the neglect of the most important position in the game costs this franchise once again a chance to compete.

UPP Will be Back

This is a note to let everyone know that the UPP will be back again this year. It is expected to be released on Friday.

Cup Champs Aim To Repeat

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.

Where's Wayne?

Bob Young

Coach Gretzky goes MIA during Coyotes soap opera – despite collecting a paycheck

Drafting Success

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:

Wings Team to Beat Again Out West

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.

NHl News and Rumors – September 21, 09

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?

Canucks Best Bet For Cup's Return to Canada

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.

Bruins Beasts Of The East

Boston Bruins

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.

Kessel Deal Fine For Leafs

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.