Author Archives: Trade Man
It was Super Bowl week in Dallas, early February, but there was hockey, too, and there was Dallas Stars star center Brad Richards (you might remember him) in his team’s dressing room after a loss to Vancouver, talking about all his times in Tampa.
“Tampa is still where I won a championship,” Richards said. “I’ll be there, live there after I retire. And you never know, you never say never about going back and playing there. You never know.”
We still don’t, do we?
Trade winds start for Jackets
Sens need second-line centre
Will Panthers trade up for Nugent-Hopkins?
Stars trying to deal Richards rights
Last season the Blues were hit by a rash of long-term injuries to their skilled forwards, and there was a lesson that came along with it. They’d better be prepared next time by having some NHL-ready depth in the organization.
It’s difficult to have replacements on hand for the likes of David Perron (concussion), Andy McDonald (concussion) and T.J. Oshie (broken ankle). Few teams, if any, have that type of talent in the minor leagues, which makes a midseason trade perhaps the only option.
Will the Edmonton Oilers end the suspense and admit they’ll definitely select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall or announce a deal to get another top-10 pick at the NHL entry draft in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday?
Not yet, said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, who remains tight-lipped as he prepared to fly to St. Paul to finalize the team’s draft strategy with his scouting staff.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke held court with a clutch of reporters on Monday morning, covering everything from the draft to free agency to the team’s future in net with James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson. He had also just donated blood as part of a team-backed blood drive at the Air Canada Centre. So he had a pretty busy day: