Author Archives: Trade Man

What's Next For The Desert Dogs?

We all know for the last couple of years the phoenix coyotes have been rebuilding. After making the playoffs year after year when they first arrived, they shipped all of their players off. Is the newly built team just over the horizion?

Rocks Report: Remember that oh so busy '02 offseason?

Judging from all of those articles about how Player X and Player Y are coming to the Leafs, and how people are becoming fed up with both the rumors, and the leafs lack of jumping on those rumors has led me to remember that crazy ’03 offseason, where tens of high profile players were rumored to come to toronto, but they balked…where are they now? and did Quinn make the right decisions?

Bob Goodenow is done

According to TSN.ca Bob Goodenow is to step down as Executive Director and General Counsel to the players union. The decision followed after discussions with the players associations excutive commitee.

The Cap vs. The Leafs, The sad reality

The salary cap is more of a harsh reality than some people realize. I will use the Leafs as an example because they are the most oft-discussed team around here and the team I am most familiar with.

Flyers make a statement

Bobby Clarke sign Mike Richards and Jeff Carter today, the Flyers 2003 first round draft picks. This comes as no surprise as every Flyers fan has been waiting for this since the signing period opened. What makes these signings really stand out is the contracts they signed. The contracts Richards and Carter signed contain NO PERFORMANCE BONUSES .

Hatcher back in Dallas?

TSN Reports that Hatcher, who was recently bought out by the Red Wings, may be coming back to Dallas.

Fairly Compensated

Ottawa has been compensated for their loss of a true entry draft this season. Some may moan about the loss of seeing Sidney Crosby slip on his first NHL jersey in the Corel Centre, but it is the fairest possible way for the NHL to give back.

Rumours from Coast to Coast and Everywhere in Between

Here are some more rumours going around as we near the draft and the free agency season.

In Anaheim, the Ducks are looking to shop the 2nd overall pick and are looking at getting either another first rounder and a player or an established player that will make an impact. i could see them wanting an offensive minded blueliner or could this pick be packaged for Bertuzzi?

Free Agent Rumours

With just a few days until the free agent signing period begins, here are the latest rumours for the biggest names soon to be on the market:

Leafs Will Get Somebody But Definitely Not Everybody

The biggest argument among members of HTR is who will or will not end up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. This argument will never die. No matter who the player, they have been rumoured to come to Toronto. And on the flip side, no matter who the player, they have zero chance of ending up with the Leafs.

Rocks Return: Rumors and Rumblings

According to reports out of Detroit, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland is most likely buying out the rest of Goaltender Curtis Joseph’s contract, and possibly re-signing goaltender Chris Osgood to share the duties with Manny Legace. One other scenario is Kenny buys out both Joseph and Legace and brings in Khabibulin and a prospect or a lower priced goalie. Khabibulin is considered the best unrestricted free agent goalie in this years pool, and may be willing to sign for a bit less to have a run at another Stanley Cup.

Possible starting line up

I heard today on the fan 590 in Toronto that JFJ has been given the ok to cut whoever he wants and replace them with whoever he wants…as long as he stays under the cap of course. To me that’s good news for Toronto. Ill tell you what I think they should do, and please feel free to tell me what you think:

Rumors Already Swirling

It has been just one day since a tentative agreement was reached between the league and NHLPA, and rumors about the upcoming offseason are already swirling. This is shaping up to be a frantic sprint to training camp, and here are some of the latest rumors.

Changes Needed on West Coast

The Vancouver Canucks have for the last few season have been a very solid, competitive team. But they have struggled to get over the hump and do much damage in the playoffs. In fact, the damage they usually inflict is on themselves. Whether it be the poor goaltending by Dan Cloutier, the disappearance of captain Markus Naslund or of course the infamous Bertuzzi incident, Vancouver has not had everything fall into place. Instead, things seem to fall to pieces.

NHL Rule Changes

http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/Hockey/2005/07/12/1127546-sun.html

Sweeping changes are coming to the NHL. Or should I say the new NHL as it should have a distinctly different look when it returns. According to this article by Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, several rule changes and new twists will be implemented in order to add more spice to the game.

What should the NHL do for the fans?

Since it is clear to this writer that the NHL is banking on a full return by the fans, what should the league and its players do to win us back to the game they took from us last season? Anything? Is the rule changes enough for us? Or do they need to bend over backwards to accomidate the people who make the game work?

Good Sign NHL is Back: Coaches And GMs Playing Musical Chairs

From this year long lockout we have seen most if not all teams layoff team employees and place hiring freezes until the new CBA is settled. But in the past little while we have seen some movement that is a good sign that teams are readying themselves for the upcoming season.

Panthers on the Prowl

If there was one team that is completely ready to adapt to the new CBA it is the Florida Panthers. It is really too bad that this team is where it is, where hockey is probably dead last when it comes to importance down in Florida. We have seen fan support dwindle since their cup run in 1996 and much of it is due to them being in last place annually and because of the nice sunny weather.

More Players on the Trading Block

In a recent article here on HTR it mentioned 5 players on the trading block. Those players were Sergei Fedorov, Todd Bertuzzi, Ed Jovanovski, Joe Thornton and Jeremy Roenick.

Overrated vs. Underrated

first article posted!

Most Overrated Hockey players:

Mario Lemieux – Hockey analysts are speaking as if Lemieux may be the savior for the Pittsburgh Penguins young and underrated hockey team. At 39, Mario is still labeled as one of the best in the game although it seems more and more evident that he’s slowing down even though most Lemieux fans will not admit the obvious. Sometimes I believe that younger players have so much respect for this once ironically underrated hockey player, that they feel when he’s on the ice they’re obligated to not check the big center with full intensity. At this stage of his career, he’s not capable of carrying a team on his back; although some believe so.