Author Archives: Trade Man

Oilers Need To Pass Middle Ground

After a few wild offseasons in Edmonton, the Oilers appear willing to stay the course and allow what the team it has now to grow and come together as a team.

Penguins take 3-0 stranglehold… again

With their 4-1 road victory against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken their third consecutive 3-0 series lead. They swept the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa. They lost Game 4 to the Rangers only to come back and win Game 5 at home. Now they are looking to sweep the Flyers (as Leafy predicted).

The Pens are only the 4th team in NHL history to win 11 of its first 12 playoffs games. The last team to do so? The 1983 Edmonton Oilers, who, interestingly, got swept by the NY Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers then went on to win the Cup the following year and 4 times in the next 6 years, setting up the NHL’s most recent dynasty.

Conference Finals Predictions (and Schedule)

Now that we are down to just 4 teams, what are your predictions for the Conference Finals and for who will make the Finals and win it all?

The Penguins, the conference’s worst team two years ago, will meet the cross-state Philadelphia Flyers, the conference’s worst team last season, in the first all-Pennsylvania conference final.

The Red Wings, winners of 4 of the past 6 President’s Trophies and in the Semi-Finals back-to-back years, will meet the Dallas Stars, who ousted many people’s picks to win the Cup in the Ducks or Sharks.

Leaf rumors: Quenneville, Hartsburg possible coaches; Campbell, Nonis as execs?

Leafs targeting D Jay Bouwmeester? Gretzky another option as GM

Although the Maple Leafs are enjoying their prolonged summer vacation, they are still managing to make headlines around the NHL.

But then again, this stands to reason, given that the buds currently have no General Manager, Coach, or team Captain.

As such, some new rumors have arisen in the aftermath of Paul Maurice being sacked.

Comments back on track

OK … the comments have now been fixed as well and should work just fine. Please do us a ll a favour and clear the cache on your computer. Yes … we are mainly back in time. I do not see errors at this time.

What a day

Ever have a little computer glitch??? HTR had a database meltdown this morning that was not able to sort of be resolved until just now. What does this mean for HTR … we are now back at April for most of the stories … but now ready to move ahead. All systems are a go and I will talk to my server host to see if we can arrange it so that this problem does not happen again.

Darn this was stressful for me. The entire collection of over 10,000 stories went down. It took a lot of time and a ton of stress to resolve this. Wow … that sucked.

The Comments are still not resolved. Hopefully this will be fixed soon too.

The Best Move the Flyers Could Make This Offseason

I don’t think I am being disrespectful or overly assuming when I say that the odds are that the Flyers season will be ending in the very near future. Based on that, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at a specific move that I feel they can make that will do wonders for their future.

Ready? Here goes:

GIVE AN OFFER SHEET TO MARC-ANDRE FLEURY.

Sharks fire Head Coach Ron Wilson

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=237579&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_main

The San Jose Sharks have fired head coach Ron Wilson. The Sharks announced Monday that Wilson’s tenure with the club was over and that they would start looking for a replacement immediately. The Sharks were eliminated by the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Semifinals.

AHL Playoffs/Baby Penguins… and Jason Krog?

Just like their parent club, the Baby Pens have reached the Conference Finals. They did so by beating the Baby Flyers (Phantoms) in 5 games. After losing Game 1, they won 4 straight to clinch a semi-finals birth. They will face the Baby Ducks (Portland Pirates) in the AHL Eastern Conference Finals.

Over on the West Side, the Baby Leafs (Marlies) find themselves down 3-2 in the quarter-finals to the Baby Blue Jackets (Syracuse Crunch). While the Baby Thrashers (Chicago Wolves) find themselves in a similar position to that of the Marlies, being down 3-2 against the Baby Blackhawks (Rockford IceHogs).

Could we possibly see both the Baby Pens and the NHL Pens reach their respective Finals? Is it possible both can win their respective Championships? The Pens are the only organization currently sporting both NHL and AHL playoff teams. The last organization to do so was the NJ Devils, whose baby club (the Albany River Rats) won the Calder Cup while the Devils won the Stanley Cup in 1995.

Who are the AHL’s current leading playoff scorers? May they play in the NHL next season?

So where do we go from here??

First of all, I’d like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins for playing impeccable hockey. They did everything they needed to do to win: their best players played their best, the defense kept the opposition away from their net, they got solid goaltending, and their special teams were dominant. So after being swept 4-0 in the first round (reminiscent of 1999 vs. Toronto), what will happen to the Sens in the off-season??

Canes re-sign Sergei Samsonov for 3 years!

The Canes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Samsonov $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.

Who's The Boss?

As more time passes, the Toronto Maple Leafs get further and further behind in their efforts to rebuild an flailing franchise mired in one of the worst slumps in team history.

The setback started with the failed efforts at the trade deadline to move veterans for young assets and shed some salary. The setback continues today with not one candidate found or even interviewed in the team’s search for a new hockey boss.

Mr. Gainey: The Gambler or Smartest Man in Hockey

Robert Michael “Bob” Gainey, is arguably the best GM in hockey right now. Unquestionably the best GM The Habbies have had since Mr. Sam Pollock, God rest his soul.

As USA Today has said before, The Montreal Canadiens impact player happens to be in their Head Office.