Author Archives: Trade Man

Key free agents would like to stay

Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell have expressed an interest in staying with the Flyers. Keeping Leino may be difficult. VOORHEES, N.J. – Unless a team wins a Stanley Cup, the players know there are going to be changes.Generally the makeover begins with the unrestricted free agents.Sometimes, like in the case of goaltender Michael Leighton last June, their contracts get renewed.Others, like goaltender Ray Emery, are allowed to walk.This year, the Flyers have a bunch of UFAs, including Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell, who have a shot at coming back.

Minnesota Wild have talked with Craig MacTavish

The Wild have talked to former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish about their coaching vacancy, according to the Edmonton Journal, but the man in charge of the search said the team is in “no rush” to name a successor to coach Todd Richards.

General manager Chuck Fletcher, while declining to divulge specifics on his search for a coach to replace the fired Richards, said he’s talking to candidates and others, “but there’s certainly no rush. Nothing’s changed.”

Caps can’t afford not to deal this offseason

As the Washington Capitals enter another offseason that arrived too soon, ownership and management must confront a number of difficult decisions that could determine the future of a franchise that hasn’t advanced beyond the conference semifinals in 13 years, despite possessing one of the game’s most talented rosters the past four.

Panthers coaching search heats up

When Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon fired coach Pete DeBoer the day after the season ended, he said there was no sense of urgency to find a replacement, but only that they find the “right guy.”

A month later, with Tallon expected back from Europe, where he had been scouting junior players as well as watching the IIHF World Championships, the interview process will begin in earnest this week.

Ken Hitch***** to coach the Devils?

So the name this time, the coach several sources have told Slap Shots that Lou Lamoriello intends to hire this summer, is Ken Hitch*****. And that makes perfect sense because the Devils general manager, who in the previous six summers since the lockout hired Larry Robinson, Claude Julien, Brent Sutter, Jacques Lemaire and John MacLean, has to go for the safe pick this time, has to go for a coach who will grab every one of his players’ attention and command every one of his players’ respect the moment he walks in the room the first day of training camp.