Author Archives: Trade Man

John Tavares: The best since the great one

Anyone remember what I said about Cindy and AO Before they got into the NHL? Wasn’t a huge fan of either of them. AO I’m a fan of now. Still hate Cindy. He’s better than I expected, still don’t like him. In fact, I’m always skeptical of NHL prospects. But John Tavares is different

Merry Christmas

We here at Hockey Trade Rumors would like to take this time to say “Merry Christmas.” Best wishes and happy holidays. If you are interested why don;t you take a minute to let the rest of us know what items Santa brought for you.

Again Merry Christmas- Best Regards,
Trade Man – Owner – HTR

Gaborik on the move to Atlanta ?

There have been rumblings about a potential trade for Marian Gaborik. The london Free press is reporting that Minnesota could be having talks with Atlanta in a trade that would involve Gaborik and defenseman Kim Johnsson for Ilya Kovalchuk and Colby Armstrong.

Heres the link

Sens and Stars strive for Shakeup

Without a doubt the two teams that are underachieving the worst thus far are perenial powers Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators, who currently sit 25th and 26th in league standings respectively.

The Stars came into the season as a Cup contender building on a superb playoff drive that saw them defeat the powerful Ducks and Sharks only to fall to the Red Wings.

The Senators are 16 months removed from a Stanley Cup final appearance and despite their late season struggles last year, were still billed as a playoff team.

Both of these teams return virtually the same rosters they had from their respective highpoints so might still feel they have a shot at the playoffs and are looking to shake things up rather then liquidate assets and rebuild. This is where they could help each other.

Rumors and Coaching Speculation

Bruce Garrioch of Slam Sports is reporting that Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish could be in trouble.

Burke will not blow up Leafs but will make about 2 or 3 major moves

When rebuilding a team it is better to have a competitive team atmosphere for incoming players. So you will see moves but not the whole team.

Kaberle is there best asset and he will be dealt before the trade deadline as he is already reportedly looking at other teams. Toskala may get dealt but only if his stock rises before the trade deadline. Antropov may be dealt but don’t count out him being signed.

Categorizing the Leafs

When you look at the Leafs roster, you can tell that it is not a Brian Burke type team yet. Not big, not physical, they don’t have his skilled guys in the top 6, hard hat guys in bottom 6, etc. Here is a look at the Leafs current roster, and who qualifies as a “Brian Burke” type player, and who will likely be traded.

Mojo19's Fun Christmas poll. 10 questions, enjoy

These types of articles are always fun and we haven’t had one in a while. So here are a series of opinion questions for a fun poll and hopefully fun discussion(s) for HTR Christmas season time:

(Includes Crosby or Ovechkin, Hasek in his prime or Brodeur in his prime, Wayne or Mario, Tavares or Hedman, and many more!)

Worst team of 08

‘Tis the season to be jolly, even if us Sens fans don’t quite feel it… ‘Tis also the season to review the year that was. While some may chose to review the best players and teams of the year, I shall examine those teams that will find coal rather then goals under their christmas trees. So who’s new year’s resolution should be to lose less? Without furthur ado here is 2008’s worst!

Fantasy Hockey: Around the Western Conference

Written by Joe Cutroni, Staff Writer

December 19, 2008

Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at who’s hot and who’s not around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.

Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene

Written by Frank Mazzola, Staff Writer

December 18, 2008

Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.

Teams playing well…and not so well: Pre-Christmas evaluations

I got snowed in today, so I thought I could do something productive and write a hockey article.

As we approach the New Year, we have reached a point in the season where we can begin to identify the teams that are playing fairly well from those that are struggling, over-achieving, or not playing as well as their talent.

Maple Leafs – Possible Deals

So now that the Sundin ball has finally dropped and Leaf fans further get the impression that this ship is only weeks from sinking, let’s take a look at what some of the moves the Leafs can make and some of the players that they will be letting lose.

To start, Brian Burke made a statement that similar to how he did it in Anaheim with the Ducks, he wants to build a strong defensive team, with a great goaltender. He also likes the idea of two strong scoring lines and two checking lines.