Author Archives: Trade Man

Sabres Trying To Avoid Mediocrity

The Buffalo Sabres have gone from being the best team in the league 2 years ago, to a middling franchise that is too good to get high draft picks but not good enough to be a playoff team.

The organization seems caught in a rut which they cannot seem to get out of. They have endured quite a bit of personnel losses with stars like Drury, Briere and Campbell moving on. It has taken some of the edge this team had that made them one of the league’s most exciting teams and they must find a way to get it back.

NHL News and Notes – September 1, 2009

Heatley deadline on the way, Murray says

Oilers have plan for new rink but lack financial backing here

Mike Peca Talk

Luongo, Canucks agree on extension

The Vancouver Canucks and all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo will have a deal on an extension in place before the start of training camp, sportsnet.ca has confirmed.

NHL News and Rumors – August 31, 2009

Kings rule out Heatley trade

Sykora on Senators’ radar

New Canuck Mathieu Schneider: Vancouver’s the only place to be

Shark bait for Heatley gone

Also, talk won’t go away that the Sharks are set to give Bruins restricted free-agent winger Phil Kessel an offer sheet.

Now or Never For Atlanta

If there was yet another team who’s future is in doubt, its the Atlanta Thrashers. It seems there are several teams who’s financial dependence and stability is tied to on ice success and if not met, there may be serious repercussions.

The Thrashers are indeed one of those teams. They have never won a playoff game in their history, have unstable ownership and their franchise player may leave the team following the season as a UFA.

Robert Lang at Habs training camp

Reliable sources indicate that 38 year old veteran Robert Lang has been invited to join the Montreal Canadiens training camp and will be present even though he hasn’t signed a contract with the bleu blanc rouge for this upcoming season. I guess the big question is… is he back to one hundred percent after undergoing his surgery? I think Bob is just waiting to see if he’s still got it…..

Gillis Talks Canucks

Bill asked him about Sundin, Gillis said they have had discussions with him over the summer and after his wedding this week, he will let them know if he is coming back. Says Mats was happy playing in Vancouver and liked the city. Said Sundin was a force in the room and would be happy to have him back. Mike did say he would have to be in Vancouver from day 1 and Mats realizes that too.

'5 or 6' teams interested in Comrie

By BRUCE GARRIOCH, Sun Media

Mike Comrie’s long waiting game could soon be coming to an end.

The Senators’ unrestricted free-agent centre hasn’t found a new home with training camps fast approaching.

Sharks making room for Heatley?

Deal with Canucks leads to renewed trade speculation

By Ken Warren, The Ottawa Citizen; with files from The Associated Press

The Dany Heatley to San Jose Sharks speculation picked up steam in a hurry Friday.

After Sharks general manager Doug Wilson dumped $4.66 million U.S. in salary by trading defencemen Christian Erhoff and Brad Lukowich to the Vancouver Canucks for prospects Patrick White and Daniel Rahimi, he suggested the door was open for more trades.