Author Archives: Trade Man
Sorry folks. Got so caught up in my news story about Atlanta Spirit and True North negotiating about a possible sale that I didn’t give you a place to comment. Here is the start of the story, if you are late to the news. The Atlanta Spirit are in negotiations with True North Sports and Entertainment on the sale of the Thrashers, which would result in relocation to Winnipeg, according to a person familiar with the NHL’s sale process.
The World Hockey Championship provided an excellent stage for Jaromir Jagr to begin playing mind games with professional clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, as his contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL is expired and it doesn’t appear he will be renewing with that team any time soon.
Casting a net for Bryzgalov? As the regular season closed, Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made it clear that he had no interest in going to Winnipeg if the Phoenix franchise moved north. Too cold, and no place up there for the kids to play, noted the proud son of Togliatti, Russia. Sounds a little like Elton John’s “Rocket Man’’: “Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids . . . in fact, it’s cold as hell.’’
Don’t the Predators have to trade one of their defencemen (Cody Franson and a second-round draft pick?) to get a scoring forward unless Alexander Radulov decides he’s tired of being a big fish in a small Kontinental Hockey League pond and comes back to Nashville? It was an eye-opener for Poile to see how small Patrik Hornqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn came up in the playoffs, especially against Vancouver. Total non-factors and top-six forwards. Not a good sign. Maybe the Predators should make a play for unrestricted free agent forward Tomas Fleischman, although his blood-clot (leg) situation is a worry. One thing in Nashville’s favour: one of the best U.S. world championship players was centre Craig Smith, a fourth-round pick in 2009, and a teammate of Blake Geoffrion at the University of Wisconsin.
I have not seen a Leafs article in a bit and I have been wanting to post this for a while now I was thinking of waiting till after the playoffs but anyways… We all know that the one thing leaf fans are demanding and that is “Center for Kessel.” sounds a lot like “Winger for Sundin,” looking at the playing field right now I have devised a few different options we could take and they are…
NOTE: These are not in an order of preference or by me predicting they are more likely to happen its just the order they came out of my head.