Author Archives: Trade Man

Armchair GM: The Colorado Avalanche

There probably isn’t any team in the league that needs more retooling than the Colorado Avalanche. Yet, oddly enough, they could turn things around pretty quickly the way they are sitting.

They do not have quantity in terms of young talent, but they do have some quality. Kevin Shattenkirk projects to be a top 4 defensemen, and possibly a top 2. He should make an impact this year. They do have their franchise center in Paul Stastny, a couple solid support players (Hejduk, Wolski, Smyth), a top 5 pick, and a lot of salary coming off the books next season.

Leafs Summer….

A couple suggestions on what i think the leafs should do this summer….

Fun Facts- NHL Players of Italian Descent

This is just a fun thing I decided to do and I found a bunch of players in the NHL currently that are of Italian descent:

Goalies:

G, Rick DiPietro- New York Islanders- *drafted 1st overall, 2000.- Islanders
G, Roberto Luongo- Vancouver Canucks- *drafted 4th overall, 1997.- Islanders
G, Marty Turco- Dallas Stars- drafted 124th overall, 1994.- Stars

Tavares or Hedman?

Two part question: A. Who is better? and B. Who will the Islanders draft?

A. This one is so close for me. On one hand you have the Swedish Chris Pronger, and on the other hand you have a guy that broke Gretzky’s scoring record in the OHL. Both are unquestionably generational talents. I thought it was funny that many people through this debate out the window after Hedman’s 6 games at the WJC though.

TRADING HEATLEY AN ENORMOUS JOB FOR SENS' GM MURRAY

TSN.ca reports that

TRADING HEATLEY AN ENORMOUS JOB FOR SENS’ GM MURRAY

Bryan Murray may have been officially given the title of the Senators’ executive-vice president at a press conference on Tuesday, however he will remain very busy this summer in his original role as the team’s general manager.
Murray’s biggest obstacle heading into the summer is finding a deal for star winger Dany Heatley has asked for a trade out of the nation’s capital. A request that took Murray by surprise.

NHL Rumors and News – June 16, 2009

Flyers centre Brière just doesn’t do it for Canadiens

Leafs primed to start making changes now

New Jersey Devils center John Madden will test market as unrestricted free agent

Where do we go from here?

Well, Make It Seven is all but dead now, at least for a year. What happens with the Coyotes now? Will one of the “4 buyers” lined up to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix step up and make a serious offer? Or will the NHL fund the team for a season while they look for a buyer

Senators off-season gameplan (including Heatley trade)

This off-season, the Senators need to think small, with minor adjustments to the team. The franchise has a lot of depth at defence. With one of the team’s three stars, Dany Heatley, having requested a trade, the potential to add depth to the offence oppens up.

The Olympic Field

We all know that Canada is one of the favourites to win in Vancouver but what about the other teams? For a while now there has been the “Group of 7” that have a legitimate shot at gold: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, and the U.S.A.

Heatley to swim with Sharks?

Bruce Garrioch of Sun Media reports that

The Edmonton Oilers like Dany Heatley and so do the San Jose Sharks.