Author Archives: Trade Man

OLN and Cablevision = Anti-Consumer

For those of you who may or may not know, OLN has decided to blackout all of their NHL games to Cablevision customers unless Cablevision agrees to put OLN in their basic cable package. Not only is this ridiculous considering what fans have suffered through over the past 18 months, but it doesn’t look like a resolution is anywhere near happening.

Some Predictions as to What we'll be talking about in March

The 2005-06 season will be very interesting, and after seeing a few games, here’s what I think we’ll be looking at in March at the deadline

Sanderson aquired for Hulse, Rupp, Chimera

Phoenixcoyotes.com is reporting that they have aquired Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman from Columbus for Mike Rupp, Cale Hulse, and Jason Chimera.

KOVALCHUK RE-SIGNING **** Has Signed *****

SI.com is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk is close to re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. On Thursday, Kovalchuk released a statement saying that he had not yet been contacted by Atlanta management and that he was flying back to Russia on Sunday. Since then negotiations have accelerated, and Kovalchuk could make his season debut as early as Wednesday night when the Thrashers host the Montreal Canadiens.

Fedorov traded….Fedor not Sergei!

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Fedor Fedorov to the New York Rangers in exchange for Josef Balej and a 5th round draft pick in 2006.

Sundin out indefinitely

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Habs took some number off.

The Montreal Canadiens annonce that 3 number this years will join the roof of the Bell Center.

Jacques Plante (1), Doug Harvey (2), Jean BĂ©liveau (4), Howie Morenz (7), Maurice Richard (9), Guy Lafleur (10) and Henri Richard (16) have already be honored.

Speculation around Montreal said that Patrick Roy (33), Larry Robinson (19) are two of the highest possibility of this year.

Personnally, I think that Robinson, Geoffrion (5) and Ken Dryden (?) are the best possibility. The Habs also announce that 3 others players will be honored, one per year onto 2009.

Who do you think will have his number on the top of the hockey’s church ?

Waiting your answer.

***Source : RDS.ca

Ottawa Senators Announce Starting Lineup

www.ottawasenators.com has posted the starting lineup for the club in their first game.

Of note, Vaclav Varada is injured for the first month of the season, so Antoine Vermette will likely be on the left side playing with Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson on the third line.

Another Goalie for Buffalo

If Buffalo’s crease wasn’t filled up enough, they have added recently edged out back up Michael Leighton from the Hawks. The recently waived Leighton, who lost the back-up job to Craig Anderson was traded for 1999 second round pick and recently waived Milan Bartovic.

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.

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