Author Archives: Trade Man

First decision for Canucks? What to do with Roberto Luongo

There’s losing, and there’s losing. Which makes the assumption of many that the Vancouver Canucks will get right back to winning once next season begins, at least the kind of winning they did this year before they ran into the brick wall known as the Boston Bruins, speculative at best.

You didn’t hear anybody inside or outside of the Miami Heat organization dare suggest that basketball squad just needed to continue on ahead as is following their stunning loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA final last weekend.

Columbus hot on trail of Hemsky, sources tell Peter Adler

Ales Hemsky to Columbus? Sources in Prague say they heard that Scott Howson, the Blue Jackets GM, is keenly interested not only in Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, but in the Oilers’ winger, also. No more
details, though.

Staples’ comment: Interesting tidbit from Peter Adler here. This rumour should come as no surprise (and Adler’s sources are excellent, I might add). Howson needs his team to win now, both to save his own job and to keep the NHL flicker alive in Columbus.

Panthers will draft Ryan Nugent-Hopkins if available at 3

A source told me today that if center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is still available after Edmonton and Colorado use their top two picks then Panthers GM Tallon will snatch the 18-year-old, 6-foot centerman who tallied 106 points, including 75 assists for Red Deer in the WHL this year. If Nugent-Hopkins is off the board then the source said the Panthers will pick 18-year-old 6-1 centerman Jonathan Huberdeau (105 points) who led the Saint-John Sea Dogs to the QMJL Memorial Cup and was named MVP. The Oilers are loaded with young forwards and may opt for Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson.

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Oilers likely to offer up Stortini as trade bait at NHL entry draft

When Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Stortini was exiled to the Oklahoma City Barons late this past season with no recall from the American Hockey League affiliate club, it likely means he doesn’t figure into their plans as a fourth-line agitator.

It’s likely the Oilers will offer up the popular forward, who has had 80 regular-season fights as an Oiler, at the June 24-25 NHL entry draft, for a pick. I