Author Archives: Trade Man

Experts Look: WoW Needs Some Help

Don’t worry, this isn’t a “come-back” for me here at HTR.

But more of a request of HTR’s “member” to give input on what can be done to help improve HTR’s “sister-site” Wowhockey.com

So please give your thoughts…..

Wow Baseball Season Preview

I know we all miss hockey but I think by now we all know we won’t be see any NHL this year or maybe not even next. But if you’re like me you watch more then one sport, which brings me to the reason I’m doing this article. As you may or may not know the new MLB season is getting close. I’m an admin on Wow Baseball and we are looking at/hoping to do a HTR style season preview.

Devil's Advocate: Goodenow is right, Bettman is wrong

Almost everyone who is on this site, including myself, any many others have been on the side of the owners and feel it is the players who have caused the most problems that eventually led to this lockout and cancelled season. But let’s look at it from a different point of view to play devils advocate.

Free Agent Frenzy

If and when there is a new CBA, the possibility remains that the current unrestricted free agency structure could change from how it was in the last CBA. It is very possible that the age of unrestricted free agency could very well be lowered. If that was the case, then we could very well see the biggest and most talented crop of free agents be available this summer. For argument sake, lets say they get a new CBA done by July 1st and they agree to lower the UFA age to 30. Here is who would be available:

Ducks Still Swiming For Now

I’m surprised that this wasn’t posted earlier but Disney has sold the Ducks to Dr. Henry Samueli and his wife, Susan. Here is the link.

http://146.145.120.3/default.asp?c=hockeynews&page=nhl/news/adn3769724.htm

Isn't it Ironic? Dontcha think?

From an AP story:

“Marshall Faulk, now resigned to a backup role with the Rams, has agreed to a pay cut in a restructured contract that will essentially guarantee he’ll end his career in St. Louis.

Dan Blackburn Update

New York Ranger goalie Dan Blackburn, the 10th overall pick in 2001 has recently signed a contract and is playing with the ECHL’s Victoria Salmon Kings. Now why is this news?

Bettman’s Hiring Was The First Domino to Fall in the NHL

This is a really divided topic regarding who is to blame. To be honest, every facet of hockey including the fans must accept some blame in this lockout but NHL hockey’s decline really started when Gary Bettman was hired.

Did Someone See This Coming?

Well, I guess I’ll write another “short, stupid” article and see if it gets posted. I will refrain from giving a personal opinion on the current state of the NHL until I have the time to do a full dissertation.

But, it appears a certain iconic Canadian band foresaw the current situation in the NHL many, many years ago, and sent forth a prophetic metaphor that we are just beginning to comprehend now.

No New Meetings in Sight, But Cup Awarded in 2005?

Well, The Season is truely over, and that is the worst, but at the same time could be for the better.

What The Hell Is Going On Here???!!!

Why is it that the league and the union can not get a deal worked out? Why is it that one minute we here that they have comed to an agreement and the next minute they have nothing. What the hell is going on here?

Union Being Broken Today?

I am not sure if I am seeing things or not but the scuttlebutt with Eklund and his sources (including a Detroit radio station, WXYT) say that a faction of players are trying to undo the unthinkable acts of yesterday. The radio station is reporting that Brendan Shanihan couldn’t comment on what is going on right now for fear of getting in the way of what was going on.

What needs to Change? Take Over the NHL Yourself.

What needs to change in order for the league to move forward and get a deal done for next season? There are also many other questions in need of the answer for the game of Hockey.

Now it’s your turn to tell us what we should do from here on out.

NHLPA Rejects Yet Another Offer From NHL

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=114287&hubName=nhl

Breaking news (or not so breaking news for fed-up and tired hockey fans) the NHLPA has quickly rejected yet another offer from the NHL today as the two sides met in secret.

What to do and where to go from here

Hockey fans all across North America who are still hanging in there, hoping that a NHL season will happen this year should be praised. We are a dedicated bunch that has not been recognized by either the NHL or the NHLPA. It seems that that fans have been completely forgotten about by both sides like we don’t even exist. What can we do? Are we powerless?

Ducks on Life Supports…or another NHL act

TSN is reporting that the NHL might purchase the Ducks if Disney tries to under sell them. Could the Ducks be on their way out? I hope so. Do I believe it? It’s hockey, I’m from Toronto, no matter what I want, it will NEVER HAPPEN!

Our Loss is Europe's Gain?

Well with the fans here in America and Canada struggling to watch classic NHL games, college games or other various leagues games European leagues have been benefiting from the use of our NHL players. There are roughly 419 current or former NHLers playing in different leagues throughout Europe. There is no doubt that ticket sales have gone up in those leagues due to the NHLers. So for the owners and fans this is a dream come true.

Top 10 Teams of The Modern Day NHL

Often through this miserable winter with no hockey I have found myself going to NHL.com more and more. Right now having very little to talk about the website is having the greatest team “Quest for The Best” tournament. Even though my team (the oilers) are still in the mix I am disgusted with some of the results. I am not going to get into it all but one thing is for sure the 92-93 penguins should not be in the final 4. They didn’t even make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, or even the final 4. Maybe I am just bitter because they are currently beeting the 84 Oilers 3 games to 2. But this gave me an idea, since i have no idea how i would be able to rank teams that i have never seen play i am going to keep this in our generation. So here is my Top 10 teams of the last 25 years.

I hope that you enjoy and look forward to some critisism.

Bringing in Heavy Reinforcements

Further evidence the NHLPA isn’t as united as has been reported is evidenced by the fact that Mario Lemieux has been involved in behind the scences posturing of the players union.

NHL To Make Another Offer To NHLPA

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2005/01/20/904775-cp.html

The NHL, who has been spinning hard since last week’s “informal” meetings with the NHLPA reps, is reportedly going to make another offer to the players with the hope of saving the season.