Author Archives: Trade Man
So the name this time, the coach several sources have told Slap Shots that Lou Lamoriello intends to hire this summer, is Ken Hitch*****. And that makes perfect sense because the Devils general manager, who in the previous six summers since the lockout hired Larry Robinson, Claude Julien, Brent Sutter, Jacques Lemaire and John MacLean, has to go for the safe pick this time, has to go for a coach who will grab every one of his players’ attention and command every one of his players’ respect the moment he walks in the room the first day of training camp.
Are they worth relinquishing four years of first-round draft picks for? Are any one of them enough to turn the Leafs from also-rans to Stanley Cup contenders? That’s something general manager Brian Burke has to be considering — with three of hockey’s young stars heading to restricted free agency on July 1 — and knowing the kind of impatience he has shown in trying to build the Leafs the old-fashioned way. While Burke has previously spoken out against going after restricted free agents, he has said recently he has no objection to going that route if he deems it necessary.
No player in the Blue Jackets’ dressing room is more obsessed with winning than winger R.J. Umberger. And no player has established deeper roots with central Ohio than Umberger, who went to Ohio State, lives in Delaware year-round and plays with a workmanlike effort that many respect. Those truisms will be weighed against each other beginning this summer.
You can buy a lot of talent in the National Hockey League these days for $8 million. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, that’s how much they paid Scott Gomez this season for his seven goals, 31 assists and minus-15 in 80 regular-season games.
Great round 1 predictions guys, let’s do round 2 ASAP because the games are tonight.
No one did worse than 3/8 in the first round, and only 1 member here on HTR called a perfect 8/8. And that member is…