Author Archives: Trade Man

Frustrated players admit NHL hockey on the decline

Here are recent quotes from Bill Guerin, Brett Hull and Jeremy Roenick, each expressing their frustration about the lack of negotiations for a new CBA. Hull and Roenick further admit that, while they don’t want to give in to the NHL, the game is on the decline.

Do we really care?

Do you visit this site?; read newspapers? listen to talk radio and generally keep up to date on the lock-out.

Draft would be lost!

Espn web site is reporting that if the NHL is in lockout come next June that the Entry Draft would not occur. For a Draft to be held there needs to be a collective bargaining agreement.

Has tradition fallen?

Talk about beating a dead horse. Many of the members who continue to visit loyally have expressed their opinions of the labor problems in the NHL. We have, a dozen times over (at least), tried to put blame on certain individuals. Players, unions, agents, owners all have taken shots. The game itself, well the north american pro league anyway has taken shots. It is boring, it has too many teams, there are too many terrible players. We have even tried to come up with several resolutions (sp?) to help the game get back and be better. As Habby would say….Blah Blah Blah.

See you in January.

Everywhere I go, people are telling me there won’t be NHL hockey this season. And that is exactly what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association executive director Bob Goodenow would have you believe.

I’m not buying it. Here’s why:

Sweden is loving it!! – Counterpoint

A little point-counterpoint to some excerpts from a story at:

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/News/2004/11/10/708716-cp.html

“With no end in sight for the NHL’s labour impasse, more than 55 players have already committed to Swedish Elite League teams and more are expected to follow.”

–I guess Europe will become the new NHL, just like Al Strachan said it would! :)

Forbes vs the Leavitt report

Forbes released their annual “review” of the NHL teams. In this report, it says that the combined teams lost a total of $123 million during the 2002-03 season, and $96 million last season. Earlier this year, the league commissioned former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt to review each team’s financial reports as submitted to the league. He reported that the teams lost a combined $273 million for the same 2002-03 season.

My Defense of the New Jersey Devils

Every time someone on this forum suggests contraction, or moving, the Devils are usually mentioned. Yes, they arent at the top of the league in attendance. But they are not last either. Yeah, they lost money, but so did 19 other teams.

NHL may come knocking on Winnipegs Door

Many outside of Winnipeg were under the wrong impression of why the city lost its NHL team. It was not due to lack of fan support, but rather escalating salaries, and an ownership group that simply “fell into” ownership of club. Looking at finances now, that seems pretty obvious.

NFL Inks $10 Billion Deal With CBS, Fox and DirecTV For 6 Year Renewal

NFL Inks more than $10,000,000,000 With CBS, Fox and DirecTV For 6 Year Renewal

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1918761

Team USA starts picking players and Vinny signs with Russia's AK Bars Kazan

The American Junior team has already selected 12 players to participate in the world junior hockey championship.

Heatley Loses an Eye?

According to TSN.ca, Dany Heatley has been struck in the eye with a puck.

Stars fans chat with with Daly and Jim Lites(team Prez)

Well, I heard today that as of last night (Wednesday), here in Dallas of course, around 250 fans according to a local news station “and” another local paper, met to chat and have it out with the NHL’s top negotiator, Bill Daly, and the Stars president Jim Lites.

Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired

Normally, during the course of any given season, I occasionally write articles like this because it gives me a chance to observe the goings on of the NHL and offer my views on trade rumors, most of which usually involve the star player of the moment headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pile of dirty jockstraps and an autographed Anders Eriksson sock. Apparently, I can’t do that this year. All I can do is drum up more of the idiocy regarding the lack of the greatest sport on earth – trust me, there’s a lot of it.

R.I.P. ZHOLTOK

Today, Sergei Zholtok passed away at the young age of 31.

If you are making $10 million a season, dont talk.

Good evening everybody, tonight we are going to have ourselves an interview with the stud of the Blues Blueline, Mr. Chris Pronger. He will be replying to some recent issues that have come about lately. Mr.Pronger, please take a seat…

Sacrifices, according to the NHLPA

We have heard over and over again about the “sacrifices” that players made during the last lockout. What exactly are these sacrifices?

Are the NHLers Scabs?

Many of you have seen the recent article by former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch. Hirsch, who earns a living playing hockey in Europe, has been displaced by an NHL goaltender who took an overseas job to stay in shape. Hirsch points out the NHLers are pushing out people who earn far less than them and are essentially destroying the careers of these hockey players.

Time for Fans to Speak up and be heard

We all need to be pushed every now and then. When we are teetering on the fence and a push sends us down to the ground on the side we were leaning towards prior to the push. Not that the NHL or NHLPA is teetering on any fence. In fact they are both standing firmly on the grounds that they have each chosen which are situated on opposite sides of the fence. They are calling it a lockout. I am calling it an indefinite sentence of no televised hockey for the fans. We are at the pinnacle of a hockey situation of historically catastrophic proportion with no ambassador which is a monumental disappointment. The potentiality of there being no 2005 Stanley Cup Champion is growing every day. I find this to be an unspeakable outrage and I feel it has become time for the fans to speak up.

Won't these people just shut up?

So I’m watching TV last week and Hockeycentral comes on and does a feature story about what NHL referees are doing – Don Van Massenhoven was selling cars at a dealership and another ref was installing cabinets!