Author Archives: Trade Man

Hawks waive Khabibulin, LA's financial situation

The Chicago Blackhawks have waived their now back-up goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. ‘Bulin is on the final year of his contract and will earn $6.75 million. go to and watch the clip on the right hand side.

Everyone writes that LA should pick up every player who is placed on waivers because there is a misconception that they are well below the cap floor, go inside and I’ll explain why that’s not necessarily the case.

Scoring Woes Will Plague the Canucks

Roberto Luongo is a world class goaltender that when up against in the playoffs, he can pose a dangerous challenge for any opponent. Unfortunately he isnt a big scorer or top offensive player and at the end of the day, Luongo may not be enough to get his Vancouver Canucks into the playoffs.

Change for the Sake of Change?

The Columbus Blue Jackets showed some marked improvements last season but still were a fair ways away from the playoffs. So in the off season, calls for change were made and significant moves were done to reshape the roster in hopes for even more improvements.

Vacant captaincies

Alright. We’re right in the middle of the pre-season games right now, and there’s still a few teams with vacant captaincies. So I decided to write a quick analysis about the front-runners, the runner-ups and the darkhorses at wearing the C for each team with C vacancy. Here it goes.

Short Sighted Stigma Still With Leafs

Apparently the Toronto Maple Leafs still have a long ways to go to shake off their narrow minded ways.

Ducks able to move Schneider

According to TSN the Atlanta Thrashers have traded a very minimal package for Mathieu Schneider which consisted of Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud.

Predators Depleted Too Much This Time

A year ago the Nashville Predators were heading into a new season with plenty of question marks after losing a large number of players. Gone were the likes of Forsberg, Kariya, Hartnell, Timonen, Upshall and Vokoun while Sullivan missed the season with injury. However the team perservered and still managed to make the playoffs giving the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Red Wings, a run for their money.

Blues Were In Tough Even With Johnson

After taking a bit of a step back last season, not much was expected from the St Louis Blues this year. So the last thing they needed was one of their blue chip young franchise players to rip up his knee and be out for the season.

But such as they are in the world of hockey, the Blues suffered a tough fate and will be without Erik Johnson for likely the entire season after tearing his MCL and ACL in a freak accident off the ice.

This loss will certainly stunt the growth of the team and of their young star as he was such a major component to the team. With the blueline thin as it was, this could result in a very long season for the Blues.

1st overall pick out for season with torn ACL and MCL!

St.Louis Blues future stud Erik Johnson could be done for the whole season after a freak golf cart accident caused him to tear his ACL and MCL, tsn has reported

Kings have the Kids, Now Need Direction

While the Los Angeles Kings are the envy of many with their large collection of young talent, certainly no one is envious of the team’s losing ways. The King’s efforts to build within and through a youth movement will only work if they manage to break out of their futility and bring a winning culture to the organization.

Gaborik on the block?

Some rumors have the Wild close to re-signing the budding winger. Others have the Wild looking to shop him. Here’s what’s been reported, and here’s what’s been rumored.

The Price Is Right… Or Is It?

Lately it seems like everywhere you find a Montreal Canadiens related article, you’ll find a whole bushel of Carey Price “enthusiasts” who won’t hesitate for a second to share their opinion on why the rising young star is the second coming of the hockey goaltender’s version of christ (Patrick Roy). Well now I’m here to put out an opinion that I believe is a bit more of a realistic one.

Two More Wins Are All The Pens Need

The Pittsburgh Penguins are close. 2 wins away in fact from achieving their goal. Unlike the more recent Stanley Cup runner ups, its unlikely this team will fall too far and fade out of contention.

The foundation is there for some great things to happen in Pittsburgh over the next few years. GM Ray Shero has locked up most of his key components including their big two, Crosby and Malkin, giving them the means to compete over the next several seasons. The nucleus is young and the learning experience the team got the last two years, getting humiliated in their first playoff and tasting bitter defeat in the finals in their 2nd, will serve them very well in what could be a very challenging year.