Author Archives: Trade Man

Thornton no Ordinary Joe

When people talk about the New England sports scene they rave about Tom Brady and the Patriots or Curt Schilling and the power hitting World Champion Red Sox and even the troublesome Paul Pierce and the Celtics. An afterthought pretty much is the hockey team down in beantown. As fans long for the days of Orr and Espo or the Don Cherry lunch pail gang or the stars of recent times like Bourque and Neely, they miss out on what good fortunes they have now.

June 15th and what it means to hockey

According to an article on TSN .. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=125609&hubName=nhl, the league may issue a drop dead date of June 15th for the 2006 season. The reason being is that this is the sponsors have given the league June 15th as the date they will pull their money from the NHL.

Flyers Future Sky High

The Philadelphia Flyers management led by Bobby Clarke have been criticized and rightly so for some of their moves such as the signings of Jeremy Roenick, John Leclair and Chris Gratton that have had a direct effect in the rising costs of doing business in the NHL. Also their inability to find a quality goaltender, especially for those strong Lindros led teams has left Philly on the outside looking in, running their streak to 30 years without a cup win.

Minnesota Wild for the Wild

The State of Minnesota is one of the best when it comes to Hockey. It’s passion for the game is very similar to that of a Canadian Province. Despite the fact the NHL overexpanded, they did do the right thing bringing back a team to Minnesota. And they have not disappointed. The Wild are among the tops in attendance and have great support not only in the city they play in but in the entire State. And they should show their support. The Wild have one of the better up and coming teams around.

Stars Realigned

After a cup win in 1999 and a finals appearance the following year, the Dallas Stars have faded and have since fallen from being one of the top teams in the Western Conference. Key players departing and some poor transactions have led to their downfall.

Paying the Price for Winning

Since their move to Colorado from Quebec, the Avalanche have been one of the leagues most successful franchises. They have won all but one division title, 2 stanley cups and sell out every game as fans flock to see a team filled with several star players.

Shark Attack

For the past 10 years the Western Conference has been dominated by the Avalanche, the Wings and the Stars. Now a new wave of teams are ready to take over as lead dogs in the West.

A look at another scary young team

Well people seem to be in the mood to analyze the young talent involved in some of the expansion teams so I decided to submit my view of my favorite “scary young team”, the Thrashers. .

Blackhawks Downed by Bill Wirtz

When we talk about Stanley Cup droughts many refer to the Leafs and 1967. However the Hawks have the biggest drought as they have not won the cup since 1961. They have had their chances. They lost twice to the powerhouse Habs of the 70s and they lost to some guy named Mario and the Pens in 1992.

Finally, The Legend Speaks

It took Bobby Orr, who in many minds is the greatest player of all time, and certainly the greatest defenseman, to break his silence.

Former Glory No Longer Former?

Just a few years ago the Habs were beginning to look like a Jerry Springer/Oprah cross over, trying to paint a good picture on a horrible mess. But the Habs are back. And could very well get the division title. Which would be a huge acomplishment in the best division in hockey.

Can They Repeat?

We don’t get alot of articles on the Tampa Bay lightning, but this is going to be a big discussion when hockey comes back. Here’s what I think.

2005 World Hockey Championships

This years World Hockey Championships in Austria will usher in the new wave of hockey stars. Gone are the likes of Lemieux, Hasek, Hull and Roenick. In are the likes of Ovechkin, Lundqvist, Fisher, Hall and Legwand.

Which Sport has the best Fans?

After seeing today’s soccer antics, I figured I’d take a look at the worst part of every sport’s fan base. I’m talking about getting media attention for the wrong reasons.

A Franchise Rebuilt

That’s right. After seven years of waiting, the Pens will be back on top. Maybe not right away, but they WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS when hockey comes back.

No NHL but tonight is the Frozen Four NCAA Tourney

I usually don’t post other articles can’t seem to find any other articles in regard to the NCAA Frozen Four about todays contests:

Baseball Preview Update

I need all the article for the preview as soon as possible. I have only received about half of the articles.

Devils prospects in the Frozen Four

Odin be praised for David Conte.

While reading about the NCAA Ice hockey Championships I noticed that we have three Devils’ prospects – right wing James Massen (North Dakota, WCHA), right wing Barry Tallackson (Minnesota, WCHA), and center Travis Zajac (North Dakota, WCHA) – remain alive in the quest for the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship title.

Why the World Hates the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs here in Canada are not only the most loved franchise around but also the most hated. They are even hated in some parts of the States like Long Island and Philadelphia. Why is that? Why does the world hate the Leafs so much? There are several reasons:

NHL Cancels Most Anticipated Player Draft In Sport's History

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2005/03/24/971217-cp.html

Man, I didn’t see this one coming. The NHL, claiming an unwillingness to block out hotel rooms in Ottawa despite having a $300,000,000 war chest of funds, said that they will cancel this year’s entry draft.