Author Archives: Trade Man

Pilar's Heart Condition Returns

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=135097

According to tsn, a czech paper claims that Pilar’s heart problems are back, and that he will miss at least a couple months.

This leaves a bit of a hole on the leafs defence, and also pretty much kills the rumors floating around about Pilar being traded. Who would want to trade for someone with what is now a reacuring heart problem who can’t play till Christmas?

Too Much Money For Too Little.

After reading H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS’ latest article, I thought why not reverse his idea?

The Most Overpaid Player Signings Of The Free Agent Market 2005.

Steal of the Free Agent Market 2005?

Quite simply, this question goes out to everyone. Who do you think was the steal of the 2005 free agent market?

In my opinion, there were 3 steals of the 05 free agency market this year:

Cap Casualties

As most of us know there is a group of about 10 or so NHL teams either over the salary cap or running out of wiggle room. Most of these teams still have a handful of roster positions to fill and very little money to work with.

Rookies to Watch in 05-06

Because of the lock-out, several notable rookies that would have debued last “season” have had a further year of development. This means that the race for the Calder Trophy, normally a race between a one-year-lucky goalie and a couple of 40 point scorers, could become just as exciting as that for the Hart, Norris, Vezina, or Art Ross. Here’s a preview in my view of the rookie class of 2005-06. An “A” means they should be able to win it, no matter what their supporting cast, a “B” means it will take luck, and a “C” means that they might not make they’re debut, or else they’ll be a darkhorse, but shouldn’t be counted out.

Scott Stevens Leaning Towards Returning

TFP.COM and NYPost.com report that Devils Captain and 41 Defenceman Scott Stevens is seriously thinking of returning for the upcoming season.

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/njd050826.html

Erat re-signs, Smolinski to join the Preds?

Martin Erat has signed a 1 year contract believed to be worth 875k.

With Ottawa looking to dump off Smolinski’s salary, Nashville is rumored to be one of the teams interested.

Senators Sign a Pair.

TSN.ca is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have signed free agent defenseman Lance Ward and forward Jeff Heerema. Also, the Senators have shown interest in free agent defenseman Jason York.

Lightning Look to Contend, Long Term

The Bolts have been busy this week and last, adding depth and leadership to an already cup-worthy squad.

by Bardia Sinaee

Several teams will HAVE to make trades

There have been many articles lately speculating possible trades. I say look at the numbers and you’ll see who HAS to make some moves before the puck drops in October.

How do the Leafs Match up in the East?

It has been said many times over that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be hard pressed to make the playoffs. Several believe that this team is quite inferior to the rest of the teams in the East. The team is filled with aging veterans, injury riddled players and inferior talent. And of course, the pipeline of prospects is completely dry.

What could the best line in the NHL be in 05-06

There are many teams that pack a great one two punch, such as atlanta with Hossa and Kovalchuck, but which team will have the best one, two, three punch in the league?

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.