Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

2011 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents – Center's

Check out the HTR 2011 list of the soon to be Unrestricted Free Agent Centers.

Flyers know Bryzgalov won't come cheap

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger won his only Stanley Cup with Ilya Bryzgalov and ranks him among the top five goalies in the NHL.

When asked if Bryzgalov might be the answer to the Flyers’ decades-old goaltending woes, he made a clear and succinct point.

Blue Jackets let three former captains walk

The Columbus Blue Jackets are dropping plenty of hints that the organization is going to shake things up. One of the most recent hints, albeit not surprising, will be changes to the roster. Pending free agents Ethan Moreau, Chris Clark, and Craig Rivet have all been notified by the Blue Jackets organization that they will not be returning to the team next season. Each of the (now former) players were brought in by Jackets management with the intention of bringing veteran leadership. In fact, each one of these players was the captain on their previous team. The announcement that each of the players will not be offered contracts could signify a change in philosophy for the team who only has one playoff appearance in franchise history.