Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

TRADE DEADLINE PREDICTIONS

Alright it’s getting to that time of year. The New Year will soon be upon us and the Trade deadline will be hitting us before we even know it.

What I want is some Trade Predictions for the trade deadline coming up. Who is going to trade what and where 2 weeks before it happens or less?

Latest Rumor Roundup – Bertuzzi, Sykora, Zhamnov

Is Sykora on the verge of being traded to the Canadiens? Are the Canucks really about to deal Todd Bertuzzi? Are the San Jose Sharks done dealing? The Hawks are shopping a few players so this week’s edition of Hockey Trade Rumors is bound to be a good one.

LEMIEUX PULLS HIMSELF FROM THE OLYMPICS

source http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/news_story.asp?id=146457

Mario Lemieux has pulled out of the Olympics.

Lemieux said Saturday that he informed Team Canada staff, including Wayne Gretzky, that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the team.

Excuses for NHL Players

There’s about 15 of them on one team.

Fresh off of a 5-0 rout by Minnesota, Mark Recchi officially called this, “the lowest point in his career”.

Mario Lemieux hospitalized

Lemieux hospitalized with irregular heartbeat

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux was hospitalized Wednesday for observation of an irregular heartbeat, general manager Craig Patrick said.

Trade tonight???

I was surfing on individual hockey team’s official websites and stumbled upon something interesting at coloardoavalanche.com. It reported yesterday the club had called up goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik in time for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins.

Stevie Y The Classiest Ever?

Source: NHL.com

Steve Yzerman decided last Sunday that he would not be playing for Team Canada in Turin. Given that the NHL’s longest serving Captain, who was guaranteed a roster spot, declined (as he did for the World Cup last year), this leaves an extra spot on the team for a younger player to join the ranks of Sakic, Iginla, etc. Will this spot go to a younger player like Crosby, Staal or Spezza, or will we see another veteran like Smyth?

Leafs Need Help On Defence

It is no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs need to improve their blueline if they have aspirations for a deep playoff run. In fact, it may be a necessity to even keep their playoff spot. The team currently has one of the leagues best defence pairs playing this season in Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe. McCabe leads NHL defencemen in points and Kaberle is also among the top 10. The two blueliners are also one and two in ice time. They have carried the load and then some for the Leafs.

Leafs/Bruins Rumour

Source: CBS Sportsline.com

Possible trade talks between TOR and BOS

To BOS: Nik Antropov, Ken Klee

To TOR: Glen Murray

Time for Luongo to Go

After seeing Joe Thornton traded away by the Boston Bruins, I think it is time for another big star, Florida Panther goalie, Roberto Luongo, to be moved as well.

Rumors – Bertuzzi, Skrora, Marleau, Ozolinsh and others

This weeks roundup discusses rumors that involve Petr Sykora, Alexander Mogilny, Sandis Ozolinsh, Nabokov, Bertuzzi and others.

Bettman Calls Out Dick Pound

Gary Bettamn has finally taken the advice of Don Cherry and told Dick Pound to put up or Shut-up.

CHL- December Edition

Some familiar teams remain at the top of their respective leagues and those teams were well represented at the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Unfortunately for the Russians, they were completely dominated and it was a great display of some of the key players you should see on Team Canada’s world junior team. The ADT challenge consisted of 2 games for the Russians against each of the three league’s top Canadians for a total of six games. I will profile the future of Toronto goaltending in Justin Pogge, Montreal’s top OHL prospect, rookie Sergei Kostitsyn and the Quebec’s Rempart’s rookie sensation, Angelo Esposito.

The Debut of Ranger Fans Rankings

Welcome to the premier of my “power” rankings! A lot has happened since predictions made to start the year, and now we have played over a quarter of the season. Let’s see how your team is faring, and do I think your team has a chance to improve?

Bruins/ Sharks, the other side of the coin

My first post on this site, on any site to be honest. I just have to…I sit here and read all of your opinions on the Thornton trade and just cant resist. Is it really that bad for Boston???