Author Archives: Trade Man

Yashin Deal Crippling Long Island

I really am not quite sure what to make of the Islanders. Afterall they are being run by the wildest GM in the league Mike Milbury. They had star players like Ziggy Palffy, Pierre Turgeon and others. Then they gutted them and decided to build through the draft which netted them the likes of Luongo, Bertuzzi and Chara. Instead of letting their draftees grow together, they decided to take a win now approach and brought in veterans like Yashin, Peca and Hamrlik.

Crosby and Gatorade

This is great news.

Crosby now has endorsement deals with two companies big in the United States. Both of them advertise during OTHER major sporting events and the general athletic public uses one, the other, or both.

No Brotherly Love for Salary Cap

When it comes to the Flyers we often hear Ed Snider complaining or Bobby Clarke ripping Eric Lindros or Jeremy Roenick speaking out and making a fool out of himself. Often overlooked is the real underlying problems that the Flyers currently have. The team has not won a cup in 30 years and is going to have an uphill battle in adjusting to the new economic world of the NHL.

Can Blueshirts Resist Temptation to Spend?

Quick, what happens when you put a blank chequebook, the Rangers and 400 plus free agents in one room? You get overspending. Well that would have been the case as recently as 2 years ago when New York brought in Jaromir Jagr after already acquiring the likes of Lindros, Bure, Kovalev, Holik, Kasparitius, among others. But now things may be different on Broadway. The Rangers have begun their youth movement and are looking for long term success in the future and not a quick fix in the present.

Striking Oil

For years the Edmonton Oilers have wasted draft picks on busts such as Jason Bonsignore, Steve Kelly, Michel Riesen and Michael Heinrich. It left their system bereft of good prospects. The Oilers were forced to acquire their nucleus through trades such as Doug Weight, Todd Marchant, Curtis Joseph, Bill Geurin, Roman Hamrlik only to see these players leave for greener pastures.

How Swede it is!

The Vancouver Canucks have been one of my favourite teams for a while. They’re strong, they’re fast, and a perfect blend of the best 2 hockey countries, Sweden and Canada (sorry USA, but they can kill you guys.) in 1999, 2000, and even 2001, you had told me that Marcus Naslund and Bertuzzi would be 2 of the best players in the game, I would’ve laughed my butt off at you. And I would have laughed harder if in 2002, you told me the Canucks would be atop the NHL standings. So what caused this success? How will it continue?

What if…..

There are many players who’s careers were plagued with injuries. In the minds of most hockey fans Wayne Gretzky is the greatest…but what if Lemieux played 18 full NHL season, what if Bossy went for 50 goals 15 times, what if Bobby Orr never needed knee surgery…what if?

NHL Will Regain Past

There is only one good side to the NHL lockout and its effect in the United States….people here have no long-term memory! No one in this country is still “upset” over the 1994 baseball strike. However, hockey has do to more work since it is not “America’s past-time.”

Coyotes Armed And Dangerous?

Why did the Phoenix Coyotes, after spending 3 years downsizing their payroll, shipping verterans all over the map and replenishing their dilapidated farm system, suddenly become the surprise player in last summer’s unique NHL free agent market?

JR lashes out

The National Hockey League and NHLPA may be off for the weekend from CBA talks, but that didn’t stop Jeremy Roenick from speaking up!

Better Be-Leaf It, Toronto Will Be Buyers This Off-Season

At first glance, it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in quite the bind come the time a new CBA is in place. With the likelihood of the Cap being anywhere between $35-40 million, it leaves little opportunity for Toronto to spend freely as in years past. Though a rollback in salaries will help increase team’s cap limit, the Leafs are still not that well off as they will have approximately $27 million in salary tied to a mere 8 players.

Super Mario's World

Things are looking up for Mario and his Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite bankruptcy, the inability to get a new arena and losing seasons the last few years, the Pens have a promising future. The new CBA should allow Pittsburgh to play on a more level playing field with the rest of the league. And new investors are on the horizon from the west coast that should put the team in more stable financial position.

HTR Olympic Fantasy League!

Ever wondered if you could go for the Gold, and bring one back for your country? Now you can, welcome to the new HTR Olympic fantasy league.

A King's Ransom for Free Agents

The LA Kings are in great shape once the offseason gets going. They currently have half their team signed and with rollbacks are only committed to roughly $15 million for these players:

Who would I pick?

I have very different views on who could make team Canada 2006, no Mike Fisher or Chris Phillips…(Sorry, they’re good hockey players, just not good enough!) So who would I pick for the team?

I Guess No More A-Rod Contracts From Tom Hicks

Tom Hicks and the Dallas Stars have dug themselves a deep hole down in Texas. Hicks has never been shy about opening up the chequebook and signing star players. Just ask Alex Rodriguez who got $250 million to play shortstop for the Texas Rangers. Ask the likes of Pierre Turgeon, Bill Guerin and Phillipe Boucher who hit paydirt by coming to the Lone Star State.

Top Ten International Canadian Hockey Moments

I’ve seen alot of team Canada games in my life, here are my top ten moments in Canadian hockey history.

Turning Over a New Leaf

The Toronto Maple Leafs building through the draft. It kind of has a weird ring to it considering the Leafs have not developed a home grown talent since probably Felix Potvin and before that Wendel Clark. In the Pat Quinn era, the Leafs have mainly gone with veteran talent brought in from outside. Younger players at the time like MacCauley, Smith, Sullivan, Johnson, Modin, Markov as well as prospects like Boyes, Immonen, and high draft picks were moved out and in their place were more experienced players like Nolan, Leetch, Cross, Khristich, Reichel, Renberg in an effort to bring a Stanley Cup to Toronto.

What needs to be done to make the game Better?

Alright The lockout will be over soon. They just want to make a big deal and make it look like there is no deal now so all the hockey fans can get excited. We all know new rules will be added to the game and all types of changes. This is what I think should be done without going crazy. Tell me what you think. Or tell me what you rather see done.

BACK AT IT

With an apparent end to the nightmare that was the 2004-2005 NHL season nearing, I would like to issue a formal statement, challenging all hockey fans to return to our game, to abandon the feelings of frustration and bitterness towards the NHL or NHLPA, and to once again be excited about the future of the greatest game on ice! I wrote this article to inspire some conversation that, to be frank, has been missing from this site for quite some time. Let’s talk hockey!

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