Author Archives: Trade Man
The Gazette is reporting that people who have been hoping to bee Bouwmeester in a Canadiens uniform (any team for that matter) shouldn’t hold their breath.
The leafs are rebuilding their team. Luke Schenn has already shown he belongs in the NHL. It has already been publicly said on various sports stations that in the future schenn will likely be the next captain. That is likely to happen in a couple years. Howerver with Kaberle, Kubina, Antropov, Ponikarovsky likely to be moved by the trade deadline that would leave Schenn a spot at possibly an Alternate Captain role. Should the leafs trade those four player that would leave only Moore and Mayers of the 5 current captains. Schenn has been a solid defenceman for the leafs this year. If kaberle and kubina are traded that would leave him as the leafs top D-man, as Ron Wilson himself said schenn was top 3 as far as the leafs defence this year. With Schenn continuing to play the way he is and the leafs trading their current veterans, Schenn just could be an alternate captain next year.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that Toronto Leafs defenseman Thomas Kaberle will be out at least a month with a broken bone in his hand. HTR feels that put differently, this could be a major blow to the Leafs and Brian Burke who was/is working quite hard to deal his top defenseman before the March 4th deadline.
Philly.com is reporting that the strong play of goalie Antero Niittymaki is making it so Marty Biron is expendable, especially considering he is a pending UFA at the conclusion of this season.
With Vancouver dropping 9 of their last 10 games, a major change is needed. Vigneault’s name has been mentioned endlessly, and could easily find himself out of a job if Vancouver doesn’t turn it around A.S.A.P. But management has said that it’s the players that need to turn it around. On paper the Canucks should be better than they are. They have arguably the best goalie in the NHL, they have a great defense corp (when healthy), and with the addition of Sundin they should have a decent forwards group. So what can be done to change things around?
As the trade deadline gets closer speculation always ramps up in the rumor world. Players are linked to one team, in exchange for another. Anything from incredibly lopsided deals and fantasy rumors to really good and fair trades get tossed around. Now many will say that rumors are pointless and almost 99% of the time are wrong (which is true, rarely have i ever seen a single rumor that comes true with the exception of the lucky person who guesses that Boumeester is going wherever he goes) but I see the deadline in a different light. It is Christmas for fans everywhere and rumors make things that more exciting. Today im not here to suggest that Montreal is gonna get Vinny or Kaberle is going to bring back a first, a prospect and a good RFA, or to suggest that the Penguins are going to grab a first line winger (like Havlat) to play with Crosby but rather to suggest players that could be moved or teams that will likely make trades to shore up issues they have. Speculation or correction that comes from this article would be great but this article is not rumor but rather an educated look at possible moves.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that the trade talks with regard to the Maple Leafs are heating up .. although nothing is imminent.
Spectors Hockey and Sport Bladet (based in Sweden) are reporting that Peter Forsberg has agreed to a deal with Modo of the Swedish Elite League.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that all of the trade talk is beginning to get to Antropov. According to the article the trade talk is in the back of his mind and it is noted that if he is going to be moved before the March 4th trade deadline the amount of time that he has left with the Leafs is ticking by quite quickly.
The Fourth Period is reporting that the Penguins are interested in Milan Hedjuk or Marty St. Louis. They’d be willing to part with Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal, depending on the deal.
Tsn’s Darren Dreger provides a list of who he believes are 10 players to watch at the trade deadline. Some of the names on the list include Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kaberle, Ryan Whitney, Michael Nylander and others.
The Daily Herald is reporting that the Chicago Black Hawks may now be interested in resigning Martin Havlat to a contract extension.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a grand opportunity in the next few weeks to start righting some of the wrongs they’ve displayed the last several years.
The team practically has a blank canvas to begin retooling and reshaping the entire organization. In fact they can start taking small steps to correcting decades of mismanagement, misguided direction and futility by making some key moves in the next few weeks and months.
Its going to take time and patience on everyone’s part, from ownership, to management, to the coaching staff and even from the fans in order to see something good over the next little while.
Five years out of the playoffs and 42 years of losing however has led to patience being worn thin. But in very short order, the team can start the process of doing what it takes to build a successful franchise.