Author Archives: Trade Man

Is Subban ready for NHL?

A lot of great rookies will make their debut in NHL this Season, one of them could be PK Subban, the only question is, is there any space for Subban on the Habs roster? With the addition of Gill, Spacek and Mara it doesn’t look very promising for the Habs prospect.

Phil Kessel Trade Rumors + Another tidbit

Phil Kessel trade likely

Sharks on verge of signing veteran Malhotra

Predators pursue Bruins’ Phil Kessel

Hard Times Ahead For Avs

The Colorado Avalanche have gone from perennial contenders to potentially perennial losers, at least for the near future. Drained by retirements, defections and years of trading for the present the Avs now are basically starting again from the ground up.

They’ve gotten off on the right foot with the selection of Matt Duchene. But there is so much work to be done with needs at almost every position but possibly centre.

With a likely very young team on the ice, and a rookie coach and GM leading the way, there may be lots of long nights on Colorado.

Patience Pays Off For Blues

After making 25 straight playoff appearances the St Louis Blues missed out for 3 straight years before returning this past spring to the post season. In that time, there was lots of growth, lots of work done and lots of patience shown which paid off last year with a mildly surprising playoff appearance.

Whether they can duplicate what they’ve done or even build on it remains to be seen in the tough West. But, the way they’ve gone about rebuilding their roster should be applauded.

Phil in the future?


The Maple Leafs’ pursuit of Phil Kessel continues, but in the meantime there are nine National Hockey League exhibition games to play, including four in a row beginning tonight.

Torts may need vet to beef up blue line

Larry Brooks

John Tortorella entered training camp hoping that two young defensemen would emerge and be able to make the Rangers’ regular-season roster.

Potential Trade Scenarios This Season : Maple Leafs

This article might be a little premature, with the fate of Phil Kessel still undecided, but I’m going to proceed as if the Kessel situation will not be finalized until he is ready to return to action. Even with the acquisition of Kessel, the Leafs will play the first 30 games of the season or so with a mediocre forward group that will, in all likelhood, struggle to get a combination of offense from veterans (Blake, Poni) and youngsters (Bozak, Tlusty). If Kessel actually does arrive, his impact isn’t likely to be significant enough to transform that group from mediocre, to top-notch.

NHL News and Rumors – September 15, 2009

Wild expected to sign ‘pure goal scorer’ Petr Sykora after tryout

Kiss Kessel goodbye

One Forward’s Out, One’s Not


So it sounds like Brian Burke has offered the Boston Bruins

2 – First Round Picks
1 – Second Round Pick

In Exchange For

Phil Kessel
1 – Third Round Pick

Ottawa Senators, Season 1 A.D.H. – Are they a better team?

While the Danny Heatley trade has gotten mixed reviews, though most people think it was a bad deal for the Senators, and some would have you believe that Ottawa just kissed their playoff hopes goodbye, I want to have a look at whether or not the sens are an improved team since last season’s training camp. The results may surprise…