Author Archives: Trade Man

Johnson claimed by Caps

Brent Johnson has been claimed from the waiver wire by the Washington Capitals off the Vancouver Canucks.

in hindsight, this COULD be a good move for the Caps, but that might mean that once again young gun Maxime Ouellet will be forced to play in the minors.

The New Found Importance of Special Teams

Under the new rules of the NHL special teams (Penalty killing and powerplays) will a greater importance to team success than ever before. With officials consistantly cracking down on obstruction and calling penalties there were an abundance of powerplays in every game during the preseason. While, yes this was preseason and they’ve said they were cracking down on obstruction years ago and stopped calling it, I think this year they will stick with it.

NHL Fighters

I don’t know if you realised, but there were a lot of fights during the preseason games.

Love it or not, fights will always be part of hockey…

But who are they NHL fighters (GOONS) ????

Preds sign Perreault to one year deal

The competition for the Predators’ second-line center has come to an end.

Battaglia getting Career back on track.

Bates Battaglia signed a PTO contract with Maple Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

Kovalchuk flying to Atlanta

tsn.ca is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk will fly in to Atlanta either Tuesday or Wednesday to spend time with his newborn daughter. Don Waddell has stated that he would like to use this opportunity to speak with Kovalchuk about a new contract.

Leafs Cut Steve Thomas

The Toronto Maple Leafs have let go of Steve Thomas who was with the team on a tryout basis.

Source: http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1128204610807&call_pageid=968867503640&col=970081593064&t=TS_Home

Habs forward Guillaume Latendresse didn't make the cut.

The Montreal Canadiens have assigned forward Guillaume Latendresse to the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.

To bad, he looked good. But it goes to show how deep this edition of the habs are up front. He’ll be ready to go next year!

Go HABS!

Milestones around the corner.

I don’t know if any of you have tracked any of this down, but I found some of these interesting. Here are some players who are approaching some milestones this season.

Roy behind the bench

RDS reports that Patrick Roy has announced he will be the next head coach of the Quebec Remparts in the QJMHL.

www.rds.ca

Penguins find solution to need for depth at Center.

It looks as if the Penguins have found their solution to the center position. And it’s the same solution they found back in 1984.

Leafs to Release Marchment

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=138098

According to TSN.ca the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided not to bring back Bryan Marchment.

Who should wear the 'C'?

As most of you may have noticed, especially if one of them is your team, a lot of the team out there have yet to name their new captains.

Some of them, like Minnesota and Buffalo, have never actually had a full-time captain, they have always rotated the ‘C’ monthly.

Shootout not all it's cracked up to be. NHL FORGOT ABOUT THE OLD FANS.

“The Shootout will save hockey.” Words from so many NHL people around the league have all said the same thing. NHL is featuring the shootout during the end of every pre-season game to get the fans going….

But as I watch it… the truth is… it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Note to NHL: Bring back the hockey we all loved to watch.

Kronwall out!

Nick Kronwall is going to be out for at least 6 weeks. This injury occured during the Red Wings preseason game vs. the Av’s

Sources: www.espn.com

Red Wings Welcome Back Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk is back with the Detroit Red Wings, after turning down the chance to go home to play in Russia.

CHL Season Preview

It is no secret that the Canadian Hockey League is the foremost breeding ground for NHL talent. In the 2005 NHL Entry draft, 17 players from the CHL were taken in the 1st round alone. In the top ten draft selections, 7 came from the CHL including the top prospect in the world, Sidney Crosby. Thankfully, the NHL and hockey fans will see more great talent to come from this very entertaining league.

Owen Nolan Good fit for Red Wings

Owen Nolan’s disputed contract buyout should finally go through within the next few weeks making him an unrestricted free agent around the time the season starts.

Despite his health and age, Nolan could still be a strong winger that a number of teams should be looking at, and (when hes finally bought out) he’ll be the last of the big name free agents.

Alexander Semin won't report to training camp

According to nhl.com, left winger Alexander Semin has not reported to Washington’s training camp despite being under contract. What is strange though, is that the Russian media is reporting that Semin would likely remain in Russia for all year.

If He can play like he did as a Flyer…. what Can Eric Lindros do?

Eric Lindros’s season will be an interesting one to follow, without a doubt, he’s saying he can play without getting hurt, he’s finally playing for the hometown Leafs, and he’s had a great training camp/preseason so far. What really is his potential, 100 pts? 40 goals? 50 goals? MVP? Olympic team? An all star appearance? A Stanley Cup? Well… aside from the cup, and fifty goals, he’s done it all. The cup he’s lost by flukes a time or two, and the fifty goals… well… he once scored 47 in 65 games, is it really his fault?