Author Archives: Trade Man

Fletcher wants the Leafs Younger next year

According to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, Cliff Fletcher plans on bringing in 5 to 6 new players to the Leafs to start the 2008-09 season, and he wants the team to get younger.

“Hopefully, our team is going to look substantially different,” Fletcher said. “If we can bring in at least five or six players, new faces, that would be good.”

Plenty of Questionmarks in Anaheim

After a disappointing first round defeat to the Dallas Stars, the Anaheim Ducks are looking to avoid the fate teams such as the Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Lightning faced after winning their Stanley Cups. The Ducks are looking to not fall into the trap of deteriorating into a flukey one year wonder.

What will next season's Penguins look like?

Kudos to the Pens for winning the Eastern Conference in the playoffs and showing some grit in the Final and giving us a memorable triple OT game. No one can deny the Penguins were the best team in the East this year. Some may say they overachieved, but a 12-2 record going into the Final says otherwise.

The question now to be asked is whether the team will be better or worse next year due to the Cap and the Pens’ plethora of free agents.

With a quick analysis, we can see that all is well and the Pens will likely be better than they were this year. Yes, some players will be lost to free agency, but the core of the team will be kept intact, and word from many sources has it that Marian Hossa would indeed like to re-sign with Pittsburgh, even if he had to accept less money to do so!

Now What

So we have a guy who has never won a cup but has an impressive record in the first 82 games and has turned around some mediocre teams into cup contenders. An argument about Wilson is unnecessary now. He is the coach, like it or not. As for the GM I really believe it will be Cliff followed by Burke. That is another moot point. Whoever it is must rebuild and be risky and aggressive. Let’s look at current roster players and options.

Trevor Linden Retires

I know this is primarily a Leaf’s wishful thinking website but I’d like to recognize the fact that the greatest Canuck has retired today. Linden was often the best thing about a team that has often broken many hearts. He still had a bit of life in him but it’s good he went out like he did. No cup but still one of the great’s. On and off the ice. Hopefully and most likely he’ll join the team’s management in some form or other. Here’s to you Linden! Cheers.

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Devils Need A Boost On Defence

After winning the championship in 2003, using their textbook trap to a tee, the New Jersey Devils have struggled to put together a good playoff since and once again are left to find answers on how to get back to the next level.

Bergeron's WILD Ride

ST. PAUL, Minn. – “The Minnesota Wild have acquired defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron from the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round pick in this year’s NHL draft.

Bergeron, 27, had 19 points in 55 games last season with Anaheim and the New York Islanders.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=4995

Florida Panter Fans – What would it take?

There are rumors from everyone’s best friend Eklund, about some ‘ Major Trade’ going down between florida and a western team.

I’m NOT writing this article for people to start bashing the validity of the rumor, but am writing it, cause i’m looking for some panther fans to help me out !

Rangers Looking To Get Over The Hump

For the last couple of seasons the New York Rangers were on the verge of breaking loose reaching the second round of the playoffs in both years only to fall short each time. They ended up losing to teams who were deeper, faster and more skilled and once again are left now with questions on how to take things to the next level.

Ron Wilson Agrees To Coach the Leafs

CBC has reported that Ron Wilson has agreed to a four-year, $5.6-million contract. The Leafs will announce Tuesday that recently fired head coach by the San Jose Sharks, has agreed to a long-term deal. Wilson will be the 27th Toronto Maple Leafs coach in franchise history. This raises speculation Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke won’t be far behind.


Balsillie Denied Yet Again

According to a report from the Toronto star and TSN, the Nhl has again denied Jim Balsillie in another attempt to buy an NHL team. Balsillie was attempting to buy Nashville Predators minority owner William Del Biaggio’s 27 percent share so that Del Biaggio could liquidate his assets.
The league has claimed that other owners in the league have to support a potential owners campaign for ownership and the deputy commisioner Bill Daly said this was the case.

What We Need To Succeed 08-09 Edition

I’ll get right to the point. This is the lineup I see the Habs needing in order to bring home Stanley!

Flyers Acquire Syvret From Edmonton

Philadelphia Flyers announce on their homepage at www.philadelphiaflyers.com that they have acquired 5’11”, 200-pound defenseman Danny Syvret (SIHV-reht) from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Potulny. I think this is a good move for both clubs as Potulny wasn’t going to make it up the depth charts on a already deep team.