Author Archives: Trade Man

Islanders willing to trade their 5th overall pick?

For the first time since the Collapse-and-Rebuild began in 2008, the Islanders are dangling their first round draft pick as trade bait. NHL sources have told Point Blank that general manager Garth Snow will listen to offers for the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Canucks to press for review of Raymond hit

Mason Raymond may have a serious back injury. Alex Edler didn’t finish the game and Andrew Alberts even missed few shifts.

Aside from being forced into a seventh game in the Stanley Cup final, the Vancouver Canucks will have to plug at least one hole Wednesday at Rogers Arena. When Raymond was sent awkwardly into the corner boards on a Johnny Boychuk hit just 20 seconds into a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, it raised concern and raised the team’s temperature.

SENATORS NAME MACLEAN NEW HEAD COACH

Paul MacLean is the Ottawa Senators’ next head coach, becoming the team’s ninth head coach since they re-joined the NHL in 1993.

MacLean, who spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach with the Red Wings, Detroit to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and was also part of Mike Bab*****’s coaching staff with the Anaheim Ducks from 2002 to 2004, helping the team to a Cup Final appearance.

If not Carter, who will Flyers deal to make space?

Sometime either before or during the first day of the NHL draft on June 24, the Flyers figure to be making some roster moves to secure the salary cap space needed to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

There’s been speculation everywhere, most notably in the Columbus Dispatch, and locally among some blogs, about the Flyers’ dealing Jeff Carter for the Blue Jackets’ eighth overall pick in the first round and enigmatic forward Jakub Voracek.

MacTavish visits Wild, remains top candidate

Seven weeks after being the first candidate to be interviewed for the Wild’s coaching vacancy, Craig MacTavish continues to intrigue the franchise.

The longtime former Edmonton Oilers coach still is considered a strong candidate — if not the leading one.

According to multiple sources, “MacT” spent part of last week in the Twin Cities. He had his second formal interview with the Wild and toured Xcel Energy Center and the team’s locker-room facilities.