Author Archives: Trade Man

The career killer, Paul Maurice

I have never seen a coach as bad as Paul Maurice stay employed for as long as he has. He’s coached since Hartford had an NHL team, and he’s only spent a season and a half in total away from the NHL. The worst part about Paul Maurice is, when he doesn’t like a player, it shows, and there are quite a few players whose careers have gone steadily down hill due to the failures of Paul Maurice.

Chris Drury to Bring the BlueShirts to the Next Level

When you hear the name Chris Drury what do you think of? The number 23? Clutch? Former Av, Flame, Sabre? Leadership? Little League Baseball World Series Winner? Hobey Baker, Calder Trophy, Silver Medal, Stanley Cup Winner? Captain of the New York Rangers.

Kids Must Deliver For Habs To Succeed

The renaissance enjoyed by the Montreal Canadiens last season was buoyed by the play of some of their veteran players. It is ironic now that in the year where the team will celebrate its 100th anniversary and reminisce their rich history, its the team’s future that will determine whether the Habs succeed or fail.

All Eyes On Theodore In Washington

Armed with arguably the league’s best player and its most dynamic scorer, the Washington Capitals are hoping to take another step in their development after a very surprising and successful campaign last year.

While they have Alex the Great Ovechkin and the reigning coach of the year in Bruce Boudreau, success will only be achieved by how well goaltender Jose Theodore plays.

Lindros makes huge $5M donation to Health Centre

Donation is larger than other sports figures, Hollywood celebrities

He was known as “The Big E”. Now we can call him “The Big G”. “G” for generous, that is.

The Toronto Star reports that former NHL star Eric Lindros is making a huge $5-million donation to the London Health Sciences Centre.

It is considered the largest donation by a sports figure.

Rangers Leaning More On Skill

When a team enjoys success over a long period of time, other teams try and emulate that blueprint in order to forge their own winning ways. Its appears the NY Rangers are trying to mirror the champion Red Wings and build a winner based on speed, skill and smarts.

Why The Wings Won't Repeat

Your first instinct when you read that title is to bash me isn’t it? Thought so. So let me start off by saying I have nothing against the Wings as a team. They won the Stanley Cup, and earned it, by making a very good Pittsburgh team look like a peewee team at times. But facts are facts, and if I’m going out to bet on a Stanley Cup winner today, I’m not placing a cent on the Wings. Now let me tell you why (point by point).

Flyers Still Have A Little Ways To Go

The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the biggest comeback stories from last season. Left dead last at the end of the 2007 season, they rose all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008. Now, they look to carry that momentum for the coming year.

That task will not be easy and with not many improvements made to the roster over the summer, a repeat performance could be a surprise.

Lang / Brisebois and my thoughts

I know these two acquisitions have brought mixed emotions among Habs faithful, but please remember that the game is played on the ice, and not in your fantasy league stat-book. And Mr. Bob Gainey, unlike some people on the World Wide Web, knows this.

This may look like another “Habs fan” mumbo jumbo article, but it isn’t, and I put a lot of work into this so please, read on. First of all for you EA Sports experts and fantasy studs, out there, here are a few thoughts. For anyone else, please skip to the Lang / Brisebois Singings section. Thanks

Lang and Brisbois signed!

So it’s official.  The Habs have signed Lang for a second round pick acquired from Toronto in the Grabovski trade.  They have also signed Brisbois to another one year deal for additional depth.  Looks like Sundin is off the charts…or maybe not.  Maybe some wheelin’ and dealin’ at the deadline to free up some cap space( Bouillon, Dandaneault), make a trade or rub a genie’s lamp.  Maybe there is still a way – not likely however.

Eric Staal (not Stall) blows the bank.

Eric Staal, the leading scorer of the Carolina Hurricanes last season, has just signed an extension with the team. The contract is 7 years long, worth 57.75 millions. The cap hit will be 8.25 millions.

Senators Season Preview

The Senators enter this season under the gun. Once Hunted, the Sens now are a middling team, and they have become the hunters. This approach by their new coach might be the change the Senators need to rediscover their passion for winning, believe in their team again, and prove to themselves and the NHL that they deserve to be Stanley Cup contenders.

Leafs To Rotate Captains

On the Fan 590 “Hockeycentral” this afternoon, Ron Wilson was in studio being asked a few questions. One that came up was the question of if Mats Sundin retired or moved on else where, who would be the captain? Wilson answered with the solution of rotating captains, similar to the system he had in San Jose before giving it to Marleau or of what Minnesota has, unless he found a strong, talented leader who would be ready to take the ‘C’ and flourish with it for a long time. He didn’t sound too confident he would. He said the rotating system works like so: Each month the players will vote- along with the help of the coaching staff- to determine the select amount of players who are the team leaders.