Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

Voice your opinion to the NHLPA

My opinion has always been that the players are trying to live beyond the means of the current state of hockey in the US and Canada. That these players should be more than happy to play here in North America for an average salary of 1.5 mil, and players such as Bryan McCabe and Bill Guerien need to get their head out of their a$$ and realize how lucky they would be to do that.

All the Optimism has been shot down.

Just a short period ago, there was renewed optimism throughout the hockey world. However, this is no more.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks – Season Preview

I was going to do this on corel word perfect and post it in September, but the lockout was called. With the high level of optomism, I feel it’s time to start making predictions, which are sure to make every single one of you yell at me.

Agreement in Sight?

Could the ugly lockout finally be coming to an end? Sources in Ottawa and around the league think so.

Marketing the New NHL

How would you market the new NHL? Let us assume that the NHL resumes in 2005-06(at some point).

PA invites NHL back to table…

Little information thus far, heres whats availableTORONTO — In response to media inquiries, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) confirms that it contacted the National Hockey League (NHL) today inviting them to have discussions on a small-group basis. No new proposal is being made by the NHLPA. The location of this meeting is not being disclosed.

My Lockout Solution…And Drafting Sidney Crosby…

The NHL Lockout… :(

It gets more depressing every minute of every day as it carries on. Today marks day 123 of the NHL lockout, thus so far cancelling 640 games. My solution is very similar to the TSN solution, but just a few minor tweaks:

There is no write or wrong answer to this!

This is a subject matter that is certain to have its fare share of difference in opinion. Someone asks you a question and you will likely think first about how factual the subject matter is before you share your answer. If you are asked what does 1+2 equal? Your answer should be 3 and you shouldn’t find anyone debating you on that answer.

What's the Haps on the 05?

This is for the NHL 2005 game. I know most of you have it. So what’s the best team you’ve built on Dynasty mode so far? I will judge all posts and post a top ten.

Note to the mis(un)informed

I’m kind of at a loss. For the life of me I cannot decipher why the majority of public opinion continues to not only favour the owners, but their support continues to grow. I, literally, spend at least an hour a day continually checking for updates on the lockout, albeit there’s been little to be updated on recently, just ask Mr.Bettman.

Bettman Can't Be Happy With This Statement From Canes Owner

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=110871&hubName=nhl

Peter Karamanos is quoted today saying that the season is basically lost and that he believes the fans will come back when there is a cost certainty.

Bettman's strategy

In this whole lockout situation the only thing we see is the owners totally ripping the NHLPA and setting up the public to view the players as overpaid whiners.

2006 Olympics (If Pro's can go) – Canadian Edition

I have been here for just over two years under various user names, and remember the talks about the 2002 Olympic team. Now we must look and think, as 2005 opens in 5 hours and 45 minutes, the Winter Olympics are a year, a month and two weeks away, and the team must be assembled within 1 year, and if the rules are the same as 02, they have to name eight players in March.

Unions Ruin Christmas & NHL SeasonUnions Ruin Christmas And Possibly The NHL

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/26/airlines.us.reut/index.html

I was lucky. My flight from Philly to Phoenix on USAIR (a cochair flight for one leg of a flight I booked on United) got canceled thus United rebooked me and my girlfriend weeks ago on a flight on United through Denver en route to Phoenix yesterday. Thousands of other travelers got hosed and many are still hosed.