Author Archives: Trade Man

This ‘n that from the Edmonton Journal

Don’t the Predators have to trade one of their defencemen (Cody Franson and a second-round draft pick?) to get a scoring forward unless Alexander Radulov decides he’s tired of being a big fish in a small Kontinental Hockey League pond and comes back to Nashville? It was an eye-opener for Poile to see how small Patrik Hornqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn came up in the playoffs, especially against Vancouver. Total non-factors and top-six forwards. Not a good sign. Maybe the Predators should make a play for unrestricted free agent forward Tomas Fleischman, although his blood-clot (leg) situation is a worry. One thing in Nashville’s favour: one of the best U.S. world championship players was centre Craig Smith, a fourth-round pick in 2009, and a teammate of Blake Geoffrion at the University of Wisconsin.

Possible centers

I have not seen a Leafs article in a bit and I have been wanting to post this for a while now I was thinking of waiting till after the playoffs but anyways… We all know that the one thing leaf fans are demanding and that is “Center for Kessel.” sounds a lot like “Winger for Sundin,” looking at the playing field right now I have devised a few different options we could take and they are…
NOTE: These are not in an order of preference or by me predicting they are more likely to happen its just the order they came out of my head.

RIP Derek Boogaard

It may be weeks before authorities know exactly how and why New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died, although foul play is not immediately suspected. The 28-year-old player from Saskatoon was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. The team announced his death Friday but gave no details.

Penguins, Jagr a connection worth chasing

Connecting the various dots, it would appear that the Penguins are interested in mending fences with Jaromir Jagr , and that Jagr is interested in returning to the NHL. Add into that his hat trick Wednesday against the United States in Slovakia and, man, that sure sounds to me like a connection worth making. In fact, it sounds like a win-win-win.

Nashville Predators' Joel Ward can expect nice raise in free agency

Joel Ward seemed almost embarrassed by the situation.When the Predators forward was asked earlier this week if he is due for a big raise, he smiled, looked down, got a little uncomfortable.“Everyone keeps asking me that,” Ward said with an aw-shucks style.