Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

No Hiding.. the Guarantee Fails and Falls. BUT SUNDIN FOLLOWED THE MONEY

Ohhhhhh someone looks stupid. But come on… Sundin picks the Canucks? I mean… the Canucks? after he lied to everyone and says “money isn’t a factor?” wow… WOOOWWW who would have seen this coming. Sad way to come back to the NHL. He’ll be lost up in Vancouver.

Rangers are mostly to blame, but out of all players…

SUNDIN FOLLOWED THE MONEY, NOT HIS HEART…. and that’s just sad to see.

Dallas Stars a couple moves away from playoffs

Poor Dallas Stars. 14th in the Western Conference, 30 points in 31 games (although only 3 points out of 8th seed). It’s disappointing for a team tagged as a potential Stanley Cup contender. After learning that their captain Brendan Morrow was out for the year with a torn knee ligament, Sergei Zubov is just going under hip surgery and will miss 6 months. The 2 best players of this team are now out for the year, so it’s obviously a huge blow. But it’s maybe not as bad as it seems. By putting these 2 players on the LITR, Dallas frees up to 10 million dollars on the cap. That’s a lot of money, and it will allow them to make a couple moves to get some assets needed to take them to the other level.

Tyler Bozak is this years Fabian Brunnstrom

The frenzy has begun for University of Denver centre-man Tyler Bozak. According to Bozak’s advisor 26 NHL teams have expressed interest in signing the 22 year old including all 6 Canadian teams.

Sundin's a Canuck

It’s a done deal. According to the Canucks have signed Sundin to a one year contract.

Saving the Rangers Season

All this talk about the Rangers and Sundin shouldnt be the focus. Its not even possible until they clear cap space, and even if they had the room hes not going to solve their problems. Hes a great addition to a solid team so that being said they might not even be in the running because of their recent play. Theres been rumors of potential trades to open up the room to possibly sign him and that is what I am going to focus on.