Author Archives: Trade Man

Time to shed the label

If you’re a Hab fan, you know there’s a myth out there that the Habs are a soft team. It is fair to say that this team carried the label for the past 15 years and rightfully so, they were often the push-around team for the Bruins and Flyers of that world. The problem is, a lot of non-Hab fans and even some hab fans still maintain they are a “soft” team.

The Playoff beard

Maybe one of the best playoff traditions known to all hockey fans is the playoff beard – nobody can really trace it’s origin but the speculation is that it started with the New York Islanders – and of course it’s the time of season that you’ll finally see someone from the New Jersey Devils sporting a chin mullet.

A Feel-Good Playoff Picture

With the recent induction of the Washington Capitals into the playoffs, the NHL can sleep easily. Ovie is now set to take the Caps to new hights…or a fast exit from the playoffs. Either way the NHL this year has been filled with “feel-good” storys. From the resurgance of the Chicago Blackhawks with their two rookie sensations, to Bruce Boudreau leading the prementioned Capitals from an awful start to a division title. But the “feel-good”-iness doesn’t end at the regular season. No, this years playoffs could be filled with heart warming storys that will make hockey fans eyes water…or maybe not. Either way it makes for a great story. Here are a list of those “feel-good” storys waiting to happen (excluding the Caps witch I already mentioned).

Bolts In Trouble Despite Top Pick

The post lockout NHL has not been kind to the Stanley Cup Champions from 2004. Since hoisting Lord Stanley, the Tampa Bay Lightning have fallen on hard times hitting rock bottom this season finishing 30th and last overall. With the team up for sale, the departure of one of the team’s franchise players and the dead last finish, its been a very brutal season in Tampa.

Make winning more important

I want teams to try to win games, and I want to be able to read the standings and easily see who is winning games, who is losing games and how they are doing it.

Vegas Odds for the Cup

Las Vegas has released their Odds for the 16 playoff teams that will fight for the Cup.
The Ducks take 1st, followed closely by the Wings.
The interesting part: The Caps and Flyers are the 15th and 16th teams, respectively.

Look inside for all 16 teams.

Maggie the Monkey Makes picks!

Maggie the monkey of TSN has made her picks for the 08 playoffs.

Kings Need Stamkos

If there was one team in need of getting the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, its the Los Angeles Kings. The team from Hollywood is in desperate need of a star, a franchise type player that will help bring back interest in the biggest market out west.

Lightning win the Lottery.

As the title says, The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes.


PLAYOFF PICTURE Eastern Conference

Here’s the top 8, the matchups, and material for debate on who will win the series.

PLAYOFF PICTURE Western Conference

Here’s how the playoffs look in the West-

Surely you can't be Serious

I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley. It seemed pretty evident at the the beginning of July that 95%+ thought the Rangers needed a shutdown defenseman and that their defensive corps would surely be lacking. [Even in an article 2 days ago] 5. Well the regular season has virtually passed as I write this with almost every team played the full 82. I plan to analyse this season of the Rangers and address other bold predictions I made.

M.V.P. is spelled O-V-E-C-H-K-I-N

If you thought the Washington Capitals were going to make the playoffs when the regular season started, you are lying to yourself. Sure Backstrom had a great freshman year, the deadline pickups of Cooke, Fedorov and Huet have improved the team and Bruce Boudreau’s coaching has been instrumental, but without Alex the Gr8, the Caps would be in the hunt for Stamkos, not Stanley.