Author Archives: Trade Man

Allison Bonuses Determined

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


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.

Rumors, Rumors… and More Rumors!

Redden on the move?!

Some Leafs talk…

Red Wings want to add a defenseman…

Sabres looking for a trade….

HTR Team Rosters & Stats Collection

HTR is in the process of adding a NHL player index and team roster collection. In order to do this we need your help to do two things.

1. Enter in updated team rosters.

2. Enter in 2003-2004 player stats.

Please includate in this posting if you are interested and which team you would like to claim.

We’re now done the secection of teams. I would like to thank everyone who grabbed a team.

Sens, Habs, NO LEAFS & the NHLFA

Don Brennan (Ottawa Sun) reports the new salary cap may force the Ottawa Senators into trading a star player to free up cap space, and that player could be blueliner Wade Redden. Brennan suggests the Sens must lock up forward Marian Hossa long-term as well as re-sign Zdeno Chara before he becomes a UFA next summer, and argues against moving team captain Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat. Brennan acknowledges it would hurt to lose Redden but suggests a younger blueliner like Anton Volchenkov could step up.

Maple Leaf Myths

There have been plenty of myths pointed out by fans who do not approve of the 2005-06 version of the Maple Leafs. Here I am going to try to clear some of these up.

Islanders sign York and Hunter

TSN.CA reports the Islanders have signed Mike York to a 1 year $2.05 million and Trent Hunter to a 1 year $1 million deal avoiding salary arbitration for both.

2005 Free Agent Listing

Complete listing of 2005 Free Agents.

*** UPDATED ***

Check it out

The Devils sign Langenbrunner, Gionta, Brown

According to NHLPA.COM:

The Devils Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Gionta and Sean Brown have all been signed to their respective 1 year qualifying offers. Langenbrunner will make $1,655,130. Gionta will make $627,000 amd Sean Brown will make $450,000 for the 05-06 season.

Bargain or Bust?

Lindros has finaly seen his wish come true. He will wear a blue and white shirt that has 88 at the back. Like many Leafs’ fans, I sat there and tried to make sense out of the move… In the end, I came to one conclusion! This move makes plenty of sense…

CAPS LOCK UP SIZE – Biron, Majesky to Washington

FA defensemen Mathieu Biron and Ivan Majesky have signed with the Caps … they are 6’6″ and 6’5″, respectively.

Keenan Trying to Re-Create the Leafs?

Late last night I decided to tune into sportsnet to see if the leafs had acquired Eric Lindros. As you should probably all know by now, the Toronto radio stations have been all over the “Lindros to Toronto” rumours for the past couple of days or so. The FAN 590 even went as far as stating that the two sides had already reached an agreement, and were simply just ironing out the last few details.

Lindros Contract to Count Against Cap

If the Toronto Maple Leafs want to seal fate and bring in Eric Lindros, it is going to cost them money and cap room.


Negative Nancy — Coaches on the go?

Excitement has stormed the NHL!

Free agents signings, new rule changes, a salary cap. So many diffrent and new ideas entering this league.

But why focus on the positive when one can just as easily focus on the negative.

That’s right, I’m talking about the annual predictions of which NHL coach will lose his job first.

Will it be Pat Quinn? Can he keep his new look leaf team afloat?

How about Eddie Olczyk? The Penguins are a revamped team, will their coach be up for the challenge?

Or maybe even Bryan Murray in Ottawa. As much as Jacques Martin failed he still succeeded during the regular season… mighty big shoes to fill.

Allow me to analyze and comment on all thirty NHL coaches this season, starting with the first 15 in alphabetical order.

The Thrashers sign Trio in hopes of toughening up

The Thrashers went out an signed a pair of decent players and one who has been plauged with injuries for several years now. The Thrashers signed free-agent forwards Eric Boulton, Ramzi Abid and Scott Barney on Monday.

Best Canadian Team…Play-Offs Version

This year I think every Canadian team SHOULD make it into the playoffs. Here is my breakdown for each team:

NHL re-instates bertuzzi

Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, who had been suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League on March 8, 2004 for a blind-side punch that injured Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore, has been reinstated for the start of the 2005-06 season, the League announced today.

Next Years Best Canadian Team?

The six Canadian teams are all looking fairly well, and we may see the first time in a while that all six make the playoffs. Most people see Edmonton as the best team next year, but will they really be?

Pittsburgh interested in Stumpel and ready for more!

If you think the Penguins are done signing free agents, think again. The recent additions of Sergei Gonchar, Andre Roy and Ziggy Palffy, plus last year’s signing of Mark Recchi, have drastically improved the Pens’ roster, but according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, they plan on adding a goalie, another center and one more defenseman. Including Stumpel! Read on…