Author Archives: Trade Man

Why I Like the Devils Chances

So far, the Devils are 8-7-2…pretty good record for a team that is playing “like absolute crap.”

Why haven’t I lost confidence in my Devils?

Player Profile: Bryan McCabe Edition

I liked the response to my first new feature, and the comparison of the Sens to the Oilers of the 80’s is great, but I don’t think they’ll ever be that dominant…also the Sens are a few years older then the Oilers were when they won in 84… not that much, but old enough that it wouldn’t be a bunch of kids dominating the NHL like the Oilers were.

So here it is… the player profile… for Bryan McCabe…

Team Report: What it will take to stop the dominant Senators…

I do not believe the Sens will win the cup, I have my money on Philadelphia for the time being… But there is one thing that can stop the Sens from ever becomming my cup favorites, and that can’t happen until December the 17th…

Note: This is a new feature I’ll be doing regularly, team reports will come every couple days when there is a big story on a team, I’ll also be doing player profiles likely starting with Bryan McCabe.

Blues On The Move?

Andy Strickland who covers the St. Louis Blues and blogs on Hockeybuzz is reporting that the sale of the team to Dave Checketts has hit a significant snag and may no longer be a certainty. Earlier this weekend he wrote in the same space that if the Checketts did not purchase the team it was possible the Blues would leave St. Louis. That got me wondering, where would the team end up?

Niinimaa showcased in NY last night

Here’s an excerpt from Newsday today covering last nights Islanders/Bruins game:

“Niinimaa, who has another year on his contract at $2.5 million, is being showcased. The press box was filled with scouts again last night, with representatives of Minnesota and Detroit. The Edmonton Oilers are also believed to be interested.”

Colorado A Better Team?

Following the Forsberg signing in Philly and the Foote signing in Columbus, many predictions for the Avs were down for the year even as far as saying they wouldnt make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Who Says The Leafs Have No Kids?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been branded an old, aging, over-the-hill team for years. They have also been a team that has been stereotyped as one that drafts poorly and one that never keeps it’s own. But that is certainly not the case this season. In an excellent development, their most recent game against the Washington Capitals boasted a lineup with 10 players drafted by the Leafs. Granted one of them was veteran Tie Domi but the rest certainly give much hope for this Leaf franchise in a state of transition. In the lineup, and drafted by the Leafs were:

Another Jacket Down

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed injured defenseman Rostislav Klesla on injured reserve.

GREAT CANADIAN STANDINGS

CANADIAN NHL TEAM STANDINGS

What about the good side of it all?

It’s time to talk about the good side of this “new NHL” and I would say that even though there are negatives, there is just as much, if not more, positives.

Leafs' Allison being used as bait?

Rogers Sportsnet has reported that Leafs Centre/Winger Jason Allison has been openly complaining about his lack of ice time. This has lead to him starting as a winger as of last game against the Capitals.

Some things really need to change

Like most of us, I was growing weary of the old NHL. I disliked the blatant holding, hooking, grabbing, clogging up the neutral zone, the left wing lock, the trap, goalies who are so adept at playing the puck that they all but eliminate the forecheck… perpetuating the trap.

Have You Got a Deal For Me

So we’re a month into the season, the Habs are in first place, a point in front of Ottawa. Show me anyone who would have picked that when camps broke, and I’ll bet his name is Tommy Flanagan. But even with the success that the team has seen thus far, not all seems content amongst certain Habs fans. There’s some concern about the state of the netminding down at the Phone Booth. I think it has more to do with an off-season rumour mixed with the potential of what could happen next summer as much as anything else.
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Scott Walker out 8-10 weeks

Nashville, Tenn. (November 8, 2005) – Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that Predators forward Scott Walker will undergo surgery for a sports hernia on Thursday and he is expected to be out of the lineup for eight to 10 weeks.

Is Detroit as Good as they Look?

Detroit is off the an incredible start, but are they as good as their record indicates? Maybe, maybe not!

Niinimaa On His Way Out?

According to Newsday, Coach Stirling Kicked veteran defenseman Janne Niinimaa off the ice during practice. This could reinforce the rumors concerning the defenseman. Read the article here… http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-spisles1108,0,2389508.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines

Tiger burning over new rules

Dave “Tiger” Williams tore a strip out of the NHL when asked what he thought of the new rules.

Sportsnet.ca — It’s fitting a player who made a career out of fighting pulled no punches when asked what he thought of the new NHL rules. “I think they stink. I totally disagree with them, 100 per cent,” said Dave Tiger Williams Sunday in Toronto.
Williams, a former Toronto Maple Leaf and Vancouver Canuck, amassed 3966 in his NHL career to go along with 513 points in 962 career games. In town for the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions, Williams had no problem laying blame for why the quality of hockey has degraded so sharply.

Have the people who report sports become more then the sport?

I dont know about anybody else but whenever I watch The Score, TSN, or Sportsnet or for the Americans im sure its the same with ESPN and FoxSportsnet do you not find that the “personalities” who cover not only hockey but every sport in general are trying to become bigger then the game itself.

Tough Guy to Dallas

Nathan Perrott has been traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Dallas Stars.

Goaltending Concerns in Montreal

The new NHL rules have reaped nothing but benefits for the small yet speedy Montreal Canadiens, who are taking advantage of a lack of clutching and grabbing to put their offense to work. One Canadien who has had some trouble making the adjustment to the post-lockout NHL, however, is star goaltender José Theodore, whose goals-against average (3.06) and save percentage (.883) are a far cry from the numbers he put up as Vézina and Hart Trophy winner in 2002. Can rookie backup Yann Danis fill the holes in Theodore’s consistency, or should the Canadiens look for help from another team?