Author Archives: Trade Man

Nicklas Lidstrom stays in shape, postpones decision

Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom left on holiday Wednesday with close friend and teammate Tomas Holmstrom, which could create all sorts of problems if Holmstrom can’t break his habit of setting screens.

Mike Bab***** tries to sell Nicklas Lidstrom on team having another shot at Cup

If Nicklas Lidstrom returns next season, he will be playing for a competitive club that will remain a Stanley Cup contender after making a few offseason changes. That was the recruiting pitch Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Bab***** made to his indispensable defenseman Saturday at Joe Louis Arena, as players and staff gathered for the team photo and cleaned out their lockers.

Spirit, True North have begun talks

Sorry folks. Got so caught up in my news story about Atlanta Spirit and True North negotiating about a possible sale that I didn’t give you a place to comment. Here is the start of the story, if you are late to the news. The Atlanta Spirit are in negotiations with True North Sports and Entertainment on the sale of the Thrashers, which would result in relocation to Winnipeg, according to a person familiar with the NHL’s sale process.

Are the Habs a pawn in Jagr's game?

The World Hockey Championship provided an excellent stage for Jaromir Jagr to begin playing mind games with professional clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, as his contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL is expired and it doesn’t appear he will be renewing with that team any time soon.

Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers?

Casting a net for Bryzgalov? As the regular season closed, Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made it clear that he had no interest in going to Winnipeg if the Phoenix franchise moved north. Too cold, and no place up there for the kids to play, noted the proud son of Togliatti, Russia. Sounds a little like Elton John’s “Rocket Man’’: “Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids . . . in fact, it’s cold as hell.’’

Now that the Coyotes are staying put for at least one year, no telling where Bryz’s rocket lands. He made $4.5 million this past year and will have just turned 31 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.