Author Archives: Trade Man

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.”

Speculation on Stamkos mounts: Leafs, Pens involved

As negotiations between Tampa Bay and all-star center Steven Stamkos continues, there is mounting speculation of a possible three-way trade between the Lightning, Maple Leafs and Penguins.

NHL arena coming to Seattle?

Yahoo sports is reporting It was only three years ago that Kevin Durant and the rest of the Seattle SuperSonics folded up their green-and-gold uniforms for good and moved to Oklahoma City. Now word comes that there are plans for an arena to be built in a Seattle suburb that could house an NHL team, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The main focus of the plan is to try and lure an NHL team to Seattle, the online newspaper reports.

Kaberle yet to cash in on unrestricted free-agent status

It’s a tough time to be a free agent.

Tomas Kaberle, Christian Hanson and Darryl Boyce are finding that out as unrestricted free agents.

Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak are going to find that out as restricted free agents.

Tuesday is the deadline for MacArthur and Bozak to file for arbitration. If it goes that far, arbitration on their cases could go as late as the first week of August.