Author Archives: Trade Man

Milan Hejduk to have surgery

According to TSN.ca right winger Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche under went arthroscopic knee surgery. He is excepted to miss a few weeks.

Here is the article for more info.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=136979&hubName=nhl

Cooke finally signed?

The Business with Arthur Griffith on Mojo radio in Vancouver is reporting that the Canucks and Matt Cooke are on the verge of announcing that he has signed a three year contract (no numbers were discussed).

Can The Flyers Win the Cup?

According to the Hockey News, they can. The moves they made to shore up their D, deepen their farm system with strong drafts and trades, and getting perhaps the best player in the world are good reasons why the team has a strong chance to win.

BONDRA GOES TO ATLANTA. Where is Kovalchuk?

Well the news came in about Bondra and other reports say Atlanta isn’t even close with Kovalchuk soon. Bondra is a great add for Atlanta who is now still turning into a contender this year. The main question is…. Where is Kovalchuk? Trade? or will he hit wavier’s after October 5th? Only about 6 million left on the budget in Atlanta.

Who get’s him and how?

New York Ranger Rumors continue.

Sens losing money?

Up here in Canada I think the game will be fine although the article I read that said the Sens will lose 10 million this year before the puck is even dropped and that they were at the maximum that they can spend kind of concerns me. I don’t know if its a new way to try to sell more tickets since they would not be able to sign Chara and Redden or have to deal players earlier then expected.

Arnason to Vancouver?

According to Hockeyleaks.com and Canucksource.com there are several sources that are reporting the possible trade of Tyler Aranason from Chicago to Vancouver for Matt Cooke and a high draft pick.

Rock Bottom

This season of hockey is going to be a crapshoot. We all knew that well in advance. However, we do know which teams are going to be around the top and which teams will be plugging away at the bottom. These, according to popular opinion, are the bottom five teams who will be fighting for the first overall pick.

Man of his word?!?

According to thefourthperiod.com … Pavel Datsyuk is now offically in Russia. The article states that the main reason he is staying is because he must “..fulfill my duties in front (of) Avangard. By that I mean my one-year contract.”

IIHF allowing oversized equipment in Turin Games

During a meeting in Portugal between the National Hockey League, NHL Players’ Association and International Ice Hockey Federation, it became clear the international hockey stage is not ready for all of the changes adopted by the NHL.

NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly tells Sportsnet the IIHF will stick to its goalie equipment sizing standards, meaning the majority of goalies who will be playing in the Olympics will be faced with having to make decision whether to change their equipment and “upsize” just for the Games in Turin 2006.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/hearsay.jsp

The Pittsburgh Penguins – A Wake Up Call Into a New NHL

Penguins – A New Reality

Imagine a team full of AHL players all struggling for a spot on the roster. This scenario plays out during the off season every year. However, for the penguins, this was the 2003-2004 season. While they did not make the play offs with this rookie team, and rookie coach they did do something – they were able to compete on an NHL level. Now let’s fast forward a bit to now, past the lockout, and past all the arguments. Let’s look at the new 2005-2006 NHL. The penguins have acquired leadership, talent, and a will to win. Not to mention hockey’s newborn superstar, Sydney Crosby.

Guidelines to Banning

After reading the article concerning the banning of IP addresses for anyone that makes “immature, unnecessary, and stupid” comments, I felt the matter was still unresolved. I have been a regular member of this site for several years and have seen my fair share of moronic posters. However, this newly instituted no-tolerance system raises several questions.

Keith Tkachuk Suspended By St. Louis Blues!!!!

According to TSN, Keith Tkachuk has been suspended by the St. Louis Blues for failing his physical. According to TSN article at http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=136560, he showed up at training camp over-weight, but is expected to rejoin the team shortly.

Bruins re-sign netminder Raycroft

The Bruins on Friday re-signed Andrew Raycroft to a one-year contract, ending speculation the team would begin the 2005-06 season without the reigning Calder Trophy winner.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Raycroft made $550,000 during his rookie season in 2003-04.

Who is the Best Left Winger in Hockey?

As good as the Right Wingers are in the NHL, the Left Wingers are no slouches either. Here is the top 10 Left Wingers in the NHL

1. Markus Naslund – arguably one of the best scorers in the league. He has a wonderful shot, great hands and terrific hockey sense. Yeah everyone can harp on him not doing a whole lot in the playoffs but he is one of the league’s best players. On the rush he may be the most dangerous. His great speed can break teams apart. playing on perhaps the best line in hockey certainly helps the cause.

Canucks goalie situation + Cooke Situation

The Canucks have an interesting situation going into the start of training camp. The have a fan favourite and world class agitator who is threatening at holding out. They have an absolute dogfight for the 6th spot on defence and they have three goalies, all who will want to play in the NHL. I think it is time we break this down.

BRUINS TO INVITE DAFOE TO CAMP

According to spectorshockey.com, The Boston

Bruins GM Mike O’Connell continues to “touch base” with the agents for holdouts Andrew Raycroft and Nick Boynton. Meanwhile, O’Connell has invited former Bruins starter Byron Dafoe to training camp for a tryout. Dafoe has yet to announce his intentions.

http://www.spectorshockey.net/

Young Signs

St. Louis Post reports that Scott Young has returned to the Blues. The announcement should come sometime today.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/blues/story/C553E583CFAA00E18625707B001DE266?OpenDocment

Who's the Best Centre in Hockey?

So who is the best centre in the NHL? A very tough question indeed since there are so many to choose from. But I will try to narrow it down to the 10 best centres in the NHL. I also threw in rankings for top young centre and checking centre.

Saskin, Linden Asked to Resign

Files from TSN.ca and The Toronto Star make up this report.

The Toronto Star reports that a group of NHL veterans are calling for the resignation of NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin, union president Trevor Linden and other players association officials amid allegations that Saskin was hired improperly.

Bondra to the Thrashers?

Eklund claims that according to “an Atlanta Based source” Bondra signed a deal late sunday night to play with the Thrashers. There currently is no mention of either the term or value of the contract.