Author Archives: Trade Man

Ohlund Re-signs!

TSN.ca is reporting that Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund has re-signed with the Canucks. Ohlund has signed a 4 year contract extension, terms of the deal are undisclosed as per team policy.

Gill the odd man out?

According to the Boston Globe Hal Gill may have trouble coming to an agreement with Bruins. Will he be on the move?

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2005/08/24/gill_others_finding_bruins_cap_a_tight_fit/

Pens to Break Ties with Morozov, Kraft, possibly others

According to articles in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, not only does the Penguins ability to bring Malkin over to the NHL this season seem all but lost but the team have decided against re-signing both Milan Kraft and Alexei Morozov, with trading their rights the next step in their NHL careers.

Fleury signs with British team!

According to sportsnet.ca former NHLer, Theoren Fleury has signed with the Belfast Giants. The team stated that this was the biggest signing ever in British hockey history.

How They Rank

The NHL free-agent signing frenzy has mostly abated. With training camps just around the corner, ERIC DUHATSCHEK of the

Globe & Mail offers his take on who won and who lost in the most interesting player sweepstakes in NHL history. I will show the top 3 from his article, to see the rest, follow this link:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050820.wxnhl-ranks20/BNStory/Sports/

The year of the backup.

Dany Sabourin was originally signed to a one-year contract by the Penguins organization (during the lockout of 2004/2005), to be the full time goaltender for the organization’s affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL. Sabourin had been signed as a free agent after having had a stint in the Calgary Flames’ organization. During the 2003/2004 seasons, Sabourin ended up spending time in all three of the Calgary Flames (NHL), the Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL) and the Las Vegas Wranglers. (ECHL).

Stevens, Messier set to retire?

Foxsports.com is reporting that Mark Messier and Scott Stevens may be set to announce their retirement from the NHL in the near future. If these rumors are true it would bring an end to 2 of the most stellar careers the NHL has ever seen.

big names, big trades…plus what's left for UFA

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Thrashers: Byron Dafoe – He had some great years in Boston but has struggled in Atlanta. A team in need of a solid backup goaltender may be interested. Likely destination: Maybe the likes of Carolina may be interested… A return to Boston isn’t out of the question.

TEAMS UP AGAINST CAP

Anaheim, Colorado, Dallas, New Jersey up against cap. Look for trades! (source: www.tsn.ca)

Goaltender Jamie Storr and 3 others signed by Philadelphia

TSN.ca is reporting that Jamie Storr, along with forwards Eric Chouinard, Pat Kavanagh and Ryan Ready have all been signed to one-year contracts by the Flyers.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=134255

Canucks get two defensemen, one from Hawks

TSN.ca is reporting a trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks. Vancouver receives Steve McCarthy and sends to Chicago a third-round pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft.

The report also adds that Sven Butchenson has also been signed by Vancouver. Butchenson spent the last season playing in the German Elite League.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=134258

Is this Ottawa's Season?

The sens over the past few years have been the class of the regular season, and, even though one goal away from the finals, have been more of a disapoitment than anything in the playoffs.

Leafy's Rumor Update: Four Crazy Leaf rumors and some other stuff….

There are all of a sudden a bunch of rumors. Some crazy, some make sense.

Team Rosters Complete

First off I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the HTR stats collection to this point.

The team roster phase of this project is now complete. In the next few days we will move to Phase 2 – stats imput from the 2003-2004 hockey season.

Which GM was most or least preapred for the new CBA reality?

Well the free agent frenzy is dying down, many teams are focusing on resigning thier RFA’s and training camp looms around the corner. Many teams have a whole new look, some went with pretty much what they had and some just seem to have been caught with their pants down.

What exactly is Sather's plan?

The Rangers have gone through the hardest part so far this off season. Watching Big Name free agents sign with teams like the “bankrupt” Penguins.

Now that they have gotten through the hardest part of this Re-had program of temptations…. One has to wonder. What is there plan?

Hossa, Datsyuk, St. Louis. Could They Get Moved?

3 terrific hockey players are currently having some problems coming to terms on a contract with their current clubs.

Marian Hossa is in a rather bitter dispute with the Ottawa Senators that he is about to take to arbitration. Things could get ugly here as he is looking for Iginla/Thornton/Lecavalier type of money despite not having as good a track record as those 3.

Allison Bonuses Determined

According to the Globe and Mail, the Jason Allison Bonus Structure is now known.

Source http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050819.wxleafs19/BNStory/Sports/

This article should make things completely clear as to the status of the new Leaf’s centre.

Art Ross Trophy Predictions

The Freakshow here, with my predictions on how I see the scoring title coming about this year.

With all the player movement and rule changes, it’s going to be an exciting year. Hopefully the officials hold up their end of the bargain and call the obstruction penalties like they’ve been promising for the past, what, 5 years? The “no red line” rule is going to be HUGE for scoring more goals (poor defensemen). AND, with the smaller goaltending equipment, I’m liking the Grant Fuhr/Marty Brodeur type of reaction goalie which there aren’t a lot of anymore compared to the plethora of butterfly, positional goalies out there.

Top 25 Free Agents Left

Here are the top 25 free agents that remain. I have added my thoughts on where they might go, why, and a pure guess on how much it would take to sign these remaining players. Pickings are slim but still some decent guys left who can help.