Author Archives: Trade Man

Gretzky Resumes Coaching Duties

Head coach Wayne Gretzky will make his return to the bench tonight against the San Jose Sharks.

Leafy's Top Ten: The Top Ten Players So far this Season

It’s just about half way through the season, and here are the top ten players mid-way through the season.

Top Ten Off-Season Surprises and Busts

Alot of a deal was made about guys like Gonchar, and guys like Curtis Joseph were made an after thought. Who won? Who lost?

Tucker gets off with $2 500 fine

Darcy Tucker has been handed a $2 500 fine for hittinga New Jersey Devils player with his (the Devils Players) helmet. Many believe Tucker should’ve been handed a suspension.

Rangers need to make some small moves NOW

Alright well I guess this Post is for the Ranger fans. Since the Rangers have lost 4 of their last 5 I am starting to figure that they need a small mix to change things up and get them going again.

I’m not asking for any big name players by giving up youth like the old times. These are some good moves that need to be made in order to change things up a little and bring in a fresh face.

Islanders and Blackhawks Ready to Pull the Trigger?

An article in the Chicago Daily Herald says that Chicago`s General Manager Dale Tallon may be ready to make some moves to his struggling hockey team.

Who Should've made it 1998 Edition

I do this for fun, and decide who I would’ve picked for the Olympic team in certain years. I believe the 2002 team was perfect, and I submitted my 2006 team already, so I skipped those two. I often say it would’ve taken a monkey or Bobby Clarke for Canada to lose in the Olympics. It’s true, the only person not to pick a winning team with professionals in the Olympics is Bobby Clarke. Although considering Wayne Gretzky is the only person to win, that’s not saying much.

Gainey moving after the freeze ?

The question is… The Habs are they correct to go to the playoff with this team?

The answer is … No! And Gainey knows it.

With Koivu, Plekanec and Theodore on the injury list… The Habs need a little boost.

Who will challenge Canada for gold?

There are several teams picked already, here are all the Olympic rosters I could find.

Team Canada Olympic Coverage

HTR needs help to make the 2006 coverage of team Canada at the Olympics a huge success.

Boom or Bust with Small Men

By Darryl Dobbs

Do you ever see any small men have a successful career spent entirely on the fourth line as a grinder? Of course not. Even Stu Barnes had his offensive years where he was an upper-tier pool pick! The small hockey player does not get a second look unless he forces scouts to take a second look. His defensive checking abilities aren’t what grabs the attention. It’s his dazzling moves, his brilliant hockey sense, and his off-the-charts offensive numbers. Even then, it doesn’t guarantee a shot at the big time. When you draft a smaller player, and by that I mean a player that weighs in at under 185 pounds and stands less than 5’9, there are three certainties.

Could Joe Thornton Win The Hart This Season?

I have been a close follower of the San Jose Sharks in season 2005-2006, a campaign many would call ‘A Tale of Two Seasons.’ The monumental trade that saw Joe Thornton arrive in San Jose has certainly changed the fortunes of the Sharks, who after 7 games with the big number 19, only lost for the first time yesterday in a close match to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Joe Thornton has brought so much to the Sharks, and whilst the team is greatly benefiting from having him on board, there’s no doubt that he too, is faring better after a change of scenery from his former pressure-cooker situation in Boston.

Names Named: US Olympic Team

So here it is. The US Olympic team has finally been named and it looks like this:

All Hell Breaks Loose in Jersey

I will be taking a break from posting after this, but it must be said.

For years under Lou Lamoriello, the New Jersey Devils have been one of the most stable franchises in the NHL. They have been successful (on the ice) and they have managed to stay in New Jersey despite having the highest prices in the league, an old arena, and competing with the likes of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers for fans.

Who is the work horse of the NHL this season?

I believe that every team needs a work horse in order to ensure effort every game……

These are the top five in both offensive and defensive categories determined by average time on ice….which doesnt necessarily mean they are working the hardest but means that they are on the ice the most…….(NHL.com/stats)

Salary Cap Rising…

TSN.ca is reporting that due to how successful the New NHL has been, the salary cap will be rising to somewhere between $40-$45M.

Something To Think About….

Among the topics on tap for the NHL board of governors meeting that happened this week was the possibility of adding a “play-in” round to the playoffs to expand the field from 16 teams to 20.

Mario Brings down the axe!!! Ed Olczyk FIRED

Sportsnet has learned the Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Ed Olczyk along with his entire coaching staff and replaced him with the Penguins AHL coach and former Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien… Should be officialized by thursday morning!

Sykora may soon be boarding a plane…

The ongoing Petr Sykora saga continues. Now it appears that it’s down to four. Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the New York Rangers appear to be the front runners.

Observations from the Couch

I have been away from HTR for a while now, basically just soaking in the new NHL and figuring out where I stand on everything. The past month or so, I have noticed an increase in the trade rumors floating around the net, and on tv. Here are a few observations and speculations that I see.