Author Archives: Trade Man

Tambellini keeps draft-pick cards close to chest

Will the Edmonton Oilers end the suspense and admit they’ll definitely select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall or announce a deal to get another top-10 pick at the NHL entry draft in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday?

Not yet, said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, who remains tight-lipped as he prepared to fly to St. Paul to finalize the team’s draft strategy with his scouting staff.

Leafs willing to deal on draft day

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke held court with a clutch of reporters on Monday morning, covering everything from the draft to free agency to the team’s future in net with James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson. He had also just donated blood as part of a team-backed blood drive at the Air Canada Centre. So he had a pretty busy day:

Sens look to deal at draft, eye Oilers' No. 1 pick

The Senators are ready to deal at the draft.

GM Bryan Murray, assistant Tim Murray and director of player personnel Pierre Dorion are listening to all offers as they head to St. Paul, Minn., this week to prepare for the draft beginning Friday.

Speaking to reporters at Scotiabank Place on Monday, Tim Murray said the club will attempt to trade up from the sixth overall pick — and wouldn’t rule out trying to pry the No. 1 selection away from the Edmonton Oilers.

Two-man coach race; Noel, Haviland remain

Winnipeg’s search for a head coach for its new NHL franchise is now a two-horse race featuring Manitoba Moose boss Claude Noel and Chicago Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland.

Two thoroughbreds in the field — the Thrashers’ 60-year-old veteran coach Craig Ramsay and former Edmonton Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish — were informed Monday they were out of the running for the vacant head-coaching gig

Monday Afternoon Update

Jagr reaches out to Penguins

RYAN SMYTH TELLS KINGS HE’D PREFER TO REJOIN OILERS

For Flyers, deal with Bryzgalov seems near, but tricky

Wheeling, dealing a big part of draft week