Author Archives: Trade Man

To keep, or not to keep..that is the question!

There are still two rounds of the playoffs to go and both rounds should produce some great moments! We have already had some great series and it should be even better this round! But, even though we should be sitting back and enjoying the hockey, we all still love to throw out our opinions as to what our favorite teams should do.

Return of the Winnipeg Jets?

TSN.ca is reporting that Gary Bettman has announced that if a 7th NHL team is to come to Canada, it will be to Winnipeg.

Read the full story at http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=278929

Oiler to Change Jerseys Next Year….Again

According to Patrick LaForge, Oilers President and CEO, the Oilers will switch their current home jersey with their throwback alternate jersey for the 2009-2010 season.. “The dark blue will become our third jersey, as was Todd McFarlane’s former design (blue and silver with the gears on the sweater),” said LaForge. “The road whites will stay the same.”

Havelid to Play in Sweden

NorthJersey.com is reporting that UFA to be Niclas Havelid has left the NHL and signed with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League. The 36-year old was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Havelid played in 78 games this season, splitting time between the Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils. He finished the season with two goals and 17 assists. He also added one assist in seven playoff games with the Devils. Havelid was originally drafted in the third round, 83rd overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

What To Do About The Bruins

Well, the third round is starting, and sadly it does not include the Bruins. The question on most B’s fans’ minds, including mine, is where did they go wrong and how can it be fixed? Well, Boston, I’ve got a pretty good scenario here. Granted, it is only my opinion. It doesn’t mean this will happen. So, here’s what I thought of:

Habs Sign Subban, Benoit

Tsn.ca is reporting that Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced that Montreal signed 20 year old P.K. Subban to a 3-yr deal through the 2011-2012 season. Many people know Subban for winning two straight World Junior Championships with Team Canada. As per team policy, Gainey has not released any financial terms of the deal. Gainey also announced that they Habs signed defenseman Andre Benoit to 1-yr, two way contract agreement. As with Subban, financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Final Four Predictions

Let’s keep your predictions coming. Who is going to win? We have 2 great matchups in the final four

Penguins and Hurricanes

Red Wings and Hawks

Draft Facts

The new fad seems to be to get really pumped about the draft and all the great prospects that come along with it. Here’s a little bit of reality for you. Most of these players will become nothing, some of them will be come NHL regulars, and a couple will become stars.

Here’s a history lesson for you, and notice that history repeats itself, again and again, here:

Can Montreal still get something for pending UFAs?

We all know Montreal has many unsigned players, the Question is can they still get something out of Komisarek, Koivu and other UFAs on the team? What I mean is, could the Habs trade Komisarek’s right to a team before Jully 1st? Example= Could the Habs trade Komisarek’s rights to the Islanders for a 3rd rounder or/and trade Koivu’s rights to Minnesota for a 3rd rounder or will Montreal end-up losing their UFAs without any sort of compensation?

Leafs Offseason

Here is a Leafs offseason plan. This is meant to be viewed as objectively as possible and i am looking for your thoughts but i don’t want any skewed views from a leaf hater or from leaf fans. I would like to get your hockey thoughts on this and personal preference, but not horribly skewed views. All draft positions are done with the help of the Hockey News Draft Preview for any who wonder. Cap Hits are in Brackets and are from nhlnumbers.com.