Author Archives: Trade Man

Keenan Claims Yakubov

The top of the Blackhawks website is now confirming the Florida Panthers have claimed Center Mikhail Yakubov off waivers from the Hawks.

Interestingly, the Panthers site has not reported this yet.

http://www.chicagoblackhawks.com/

Toronto and Boston talking again?

Just a quick note, I heard rumblings about it earlier in the week, and now it seems to be picking up some momentum. It appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are talking again, only Brian Leetch’s name isn’t in the mix.

Who is the Early Season MVP

So far we are past the ½ way mark of the season, and a lot of players of come out of nowhere and put up huge numbers. Others have just kept up the pace they were going at before the lockout. And others have more or less, resurrected their careers. But who is the early season MVP?

Some moves the Leafs could try to work out…

I kinda wanna get some non-Leaf feedback, so if we could get this onto the main page, instead of the Leafs page, that would be appreciated.

Belfour to the Oilers?

There are rumblings around the Web that the Toronto Maple Leafs are talking trade with the Edmonton Oilers regarding goaltender Ed

The Reality of NHL Coaches Outside Leaf Nation

If we look back at the recent coaching changes in the NHL, it offers an inside look at how teams approach things, especially when things were at their worst.

Mighty Ducks to change their name

Announced today by the Mighty Ducks is that they are set to change their name next season. The change is that they are no longer “Mighty,” they will simply be known as just the Ducks.

Fantasy Impact: Edmonton's Dealings

Written by Darryl Dobbs from www.dobberhockey.com

The Edmonton Oilers swung a pair of deals Thursday, picking up a pair of defensemen with some offensive talent.

Jokinen to Ottawa?

Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Ottawa Senators

are interested in acquiring the services of the Florida Panthers’ center, Olli Jokinen ($2,500,000).

The Ottawa Senators have also been rumored to

be interested in Doug Weight ($5,700,000). Jokinen

Forsberg out again, Clarke Forced to make a move?

Peter Forsberg is out….again. With a tear in his left groin muscle, he expects to be out at least 10 days. The flyers might not be able to wait that long. Does this latest injury force Clarke to make a deal?

Surprising Facts

when you take the time to look at some stats on nhl.com, you can find a lot of surprising facts.

Ferguson Not Shopping Around Sundin

TSN.ca is reporting that Mats Sundin is not being

shopped around. Trade talks between teams have been heating up as the March 9th trade deadline approaches. The Leafs are in talks, but Sundin isn’t involved in any of them.

Mario vs Wayne, round????

With the recent second retirement of Mario “Le Magnifique”, there has been another flow of Mario vs Wayne, “who is the best?” arguments. A lot of different aspects can be brought up when arguing such a long lasting debate but a lot are not even mentionned.

What JFJ Should Do!!!!

Well all you Leafs fans or even hockey fans in general all know about the leafs and their struggles these past few games. the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost 6 straight being outscored 29-15 over that spand and have lost 7 of their last 8 and even the game that they HAVE won in that 8 game period they shuld have lost if it wasnt for Tellqvist making 43 saves as the Leafs were outshot 45-21.

The Leafs and Their Struggles!!

Well all you Leafs fans or even hockey fans in general all know about the leafs and their struggles these past few games. the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost 5 straight being outscored 25-12 over that spand and have lost 6 of their last 7 and even the game that they HAVE won in that 7 game period they shuld have lost if it wasnt for Tellqvist making 43 saves as the Leafs were outshot 45-21. If you ask me the Leafs have to do something about this and John Ferguson Jr. needs to pull off some deals because this D will NOT get the Leafs into the post-season simply because its basically Kaberle and McCabe thats running this Defence. Klee is having a shit year, Khavanov i dont even wanna get into him, he cant shoot, pass and even hit if his life depended on it, this guy is getting thrown around each night and Aki Berg..i dont know what JFJ was thinking signing this guy for a 1.2 million dollar deal!!!…I know the Leafs are hurting right now with guys like Lindros, McCabe and Tucker, their 3 top scorers but guys have to step up like we’ve seen in the past. Guys like O’niell, Allison, Sundin, Kaberle and even guys like Wellwood and Antropov. If the Leafs are gonna get out of this slump they need to make some changes, not firing Quinn he’s done a awesome job in Toronto but when i say make changes i mean TRADES!!…first of all Sundin 6 million for what? 10 Goals, 30 Points..c’mon 2 goals in the Leafs past 10 games…horrible especially when you of all people needs to step it up!!! Trade guys like Antropov, Khavanov, Klee, Sundin, Allison and just throw Berg on waivers!!…Heres some trades that i think would help out the Leafs.

To Vancouver: Sundin, Belfour

To Toronto: Jovanovski, Morrison, Salo and Ruutu or a 2nd round pick

To Boston: Allison, Czerkawski, Berg and a 3rd round pick

To Toronto: Leetch, Tanabe

To Pittsburgh: Antropov

To Toronto: Malone

To Chicago: Klee, Khavanov and a 4th round pick

To Toronto: Barnaby, Simpson

To Pittsburgh: Domi, Wilm, Kronwall

To Toronto: Recchi, Boguniecki

To Toronto: Roloson

To Minnisota: White, 5th round pick

OR

Go out and sign Roman Checkmanic or even bring back The cat, Felix Potvin to finish off the year or just let Tellqvist finish the year and go out and sign Joseph next season for 800,000

I know some of these deals sound a bit harsh and weird BUT they make sense because all the teams i picked accept Vancouver are struggling. That trade sounds best too…Sundin going to Vanvouver, think of that line

Bertuzzi-Sundin-Naslund…Dave Nonis wuld defiently make that deal because Sundin and Naslund are teammates in the Olympics and Morrison wants out ALSO Belfour isnt sitting in Toronto, he isnt having his year with this defence PLUS Vancouver needs a goalie since Cloutier is out. For the Boston trade, rumors are going around that Boston is sending Leetch back to Toronto and Allison is going back to Boston but i thot throw Tanabe in there because he’s physical and throw czerkawski in the deal because he wont stick in Toronto..they wont give him a chance to get back to his 20 goal seasons. and as for the other trades they make sense…Malone wants in Toronto, the Leafs are tired of waiting for Antropov to become a point per game player. The Chicago trade is good because Chicago wants to unload $$ because they arnt making the playoffs and the Leafs get a guy like Tucker who can hit and score at times and Simpson for a 7th Defenceman. As for the Pittsburgh trade…whoever is reading this…your thinking that will never happen rite?…well we all know Pittsburgh defiently will not make the playoffs…and Recchi is a UFA at the end of this year and Boguniecki can hit and score…these trades gives the leafs solid defence down the middle and good scoring!!

Heres the lines with these trades!!

Tucker Morrison Recchi

Steen Wellwood O’niell

Malone Lindros Barnaby

Boguniecki Stajan Ponakarovski

McCabe Kaberle

Leetch Ohlund

Salo Tanabe

Simpson

Roloson

Tellqvist

I believe this lineup is WAY better then what the leafs have as of right now..especially the Defence…that Defence can win a stanley cup by itself, its solid right down the middle and it gives guys like Coliacovo to stay in the minors for one more year because they arnt ready to play in the NHL….i know all of these deals wouldnt go down in one year but they all make sense…PLUS the salary is actually better PLUS the cap is going up…Heres the amount of $$$ these guys make this season

Morrison:————- 3.2 Million

Tucker:————— 1.5 Million

Lindros:————— 1.5 Million

Recchi:————— 2.2 Million

O’niell:—————- 1.5 Million

Wellwood:———— 600, 000

Malone:————— 750, 000

Stajan:—————- 800, 000

Steen:—————– 720, 000

Ponikarovski:——— 700, 000

Boguniecki:———– 500, 000

Barnaby:————- 1.2 Million

McCabe:———— 3.5 Million

Kaberle:————- 2.2 Million

Ohlund:————- 3.5 Million

Leetch:————– 4 Million

Tanabe:———— 800, 000

Salo:—————- 1.5 Million

Roloson:———— 1.6 Million

Tellqvist:————- 500, 000

Plus the minor deals.

TOTAL TEAM CAP: 26.9 Million Dollars of cap space

With only 26.9 Million in cap space this gives the Leafs ALOT of room considering their salary right now is at 37 Million. So with all this room the Leafs can go out next season and sign big name free agents such as: Roenick, LeClair, Jovanovski, Daze, Lidstrom, Peca, Jokinen, Straka, Chara or Redden, Mara, Morris, Weight, Kubina, Friesen or even Kolzig!!…In The next few weeks before the deadline it will be interesting to see who goes where and how JFJ uses his “plan”…we shall see wont we.

What is the next step?

So, ten days after the coach was fired,

”les glorieux”are still struggling on the ice. So what is the next step for Bob Gainey?

Bruins Lack Identity

I am not too sure what to make of the Boston Bruins. The team for a while was draft heavy. Partially because of losing, partially because that’s the right way to do things and partially because they are cheap. Then out of the blue, the B’s seemingly wanted to contend and mortgage some of their future to win now adding players like Gonchar and Nylander to the lineup. Then the team decided to wade into the free agent game because they could, with a ton of cap space at their disposal. The team did get off to a slow start and suddenly they are practically rebuilding again moving out their top player. It begs the question; what are the Bruins trying to accomplish here? are they trying to win now? win later? win never? It seems like they are going on instinct rather than following a specific plan. It’s been why they lack any identity. It also shows on the ice. They have supported their coach who has what seems like no game plan whatsoever over their franchise player. Where the future lies remains to be seen because there is no way to predict what direction the Bruins are headed.

To Become contender Rangers need Quarterback… If not Leetch… why not Gonchar

It’s simple after watching the Rangers lose to Buffalo what the Rangers are lacking and what they need to truly become any kind of contender in the playoff’s this year. Rumors are growing and the Rangers look to add a Quarterback for the Power Play.

Rumor has it Leetch on the move soon and ALSO…

Gonchar could be moved soon!

Building the Sens

Piggy backing on Nords article, the Sens were built much different then their cross province rival, and it adds to the intrigue of the Battle of Ontario – the small market start up team versus the rich, historied, arrogant Leaf nation. Two teams with different building philosophies, both sucessful, with multiple 100 point seasons, but no Stanley Cup to show for it.

Mario Lemieux Retires!

Mario Lemieux’s retirement means Pittsburgh is now officially Sidney Crosby’s team.

Sportsnet.ca — The ‘Magnificent’ mantle has been passed.