Author Archives: Trade Man

Why Brian Burke, when Cliff is doing oh so well?

As the 2008 NHL Entry Draft came and went, no one could hide the shear enjoyment of Leaf fans all over the city of Toronto; as they finally felt they took some progressive steps into the direction to a positive rebuild. Though success could be miles away.

News regarding the Oilers Roloson

The Edmonton Journal is downplaying speculation of a possible Roloson trade to the Ottawa Senators following the contract buy out of Ray Emery.

Sundin to the Rangers??

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers have serious interest in Mats Sundin. Apparently, according to the article New York is his desired destination and it is believed that the Rangers would like to make a first line that would include Sundin and Jagr.

New York, Detroit also interested in Sundin

Habs, Rangers still Sundin’s top choices; Some rumored compensation packages is reporting that the New York Rangers have been given permission to talk to Mats Sundin.

It is also reported that the Detroit Red Wings would also love to add Sundin to their lineup, although they did not specifically ask the Leafs for permission to contact Sundin.

Rangers talking contract with Jagr?

The New York Daily News is reporting that the Rangers are working very hard to sign Jaromir Jagr to a new deal before he becomes unrestricted on July the first. Also reported in this article is that Brendan Shanahan is going to have to be patient and wait for the flurry of free agent action to pass before the Rangers make their decision with the veteran player.

Bruins looking to sign Hossa is reporting that the Bruins may have already begun contract talks with Marian Hossa. As part of the draft weekend many teams have been granted permission to speak with players who are set to become unrestricted and it is believed that this may also be the case with the Bruins and Hossa.

Caps Patience Paying Off

It took 5 years but the Washington Capitals finally made it back to the playoffs and are likely going to stick around to contend for years to come. The road getting there was bumpy, but after a few good drafts, finding a good coach and finally having a “team” to surround their best player, the Caps are well on their way to being one of the best teams in the league.

It obviously helps having the coach of the year Bruce Boudreau behind the bench. After decades of being in the minors, Boudreau finally got a chance at the big time and provided the boost this team needed. His years coaching minor league teams certainly were a big help to him behind the Caps bench as he was able to mold numerous young players into a very solid team. The team became more cohesive, more disciplined and much stronger defensively and as a result, the team is on the upward path to success.

Rangers Receive Permission to Negotiate with Brian Campbell

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers have been given permission by the San Jose Sharks to negotiate with impending unrestricted free agent defenseman Brian Campbell.

Hossa decides to test UFA waters

TSN .ca Story

On Saturday afternoon, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero announced that the Penguins and Hossa have officially suspended talks about a contract. Hossa’s agent, Ritch Winter informed Shero that the Penguins are foremost in the mind of Hossa and continue to be the his first selection, but that he has advised his client to wait for the offers on July 1st as some of them might be a long way from the firm contract offer that the Penguins have extended Hossa.

Hockey Rumors

Recent hockey rumors from around the league.

When asked about trading defencemen Kevin Bieksa, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he was in fact fielding many calls about him, and is willing to listen.
It is suggested that Carolina is very interested in Bieksa and are willing to offer the likes of Eric Cole, Justin Williams or Tuomo Ruutu. (As per Eklund and TSN)

Habs Granted Permission to Talk to Sundin

According to The Score television network, the Montreal Canadiens have been granted permission by arch rival Toronto Maple Leafs to talk to UFA eligible Mats Sundin or more specifically his agent.

Sens Place Emery On Waivers

According to Sportsnet. OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators placed troubled goalie Ray Emery on waivers Friday, beginning the process to eventually buy out his contract.

Kings looking to make some moves?

The LA Daily News is reporting speculation regarding the LA Kings. It is believed that there is a 50-50 chance that the Kings may trade their 2nd overall pick. If the Kings do opt to draft a player the speculation is that they will use the pick to draft Doughty, a talented D-man from the OHL.