Author Archives: Trade Man

Hossa in demand

The TorontoStar is reporting that Maran Hossa is a “hot commodity.”

Can the Montreal Canadiens become cup contenders with the right moves?

The Montreal Canadians have surprised everyone this year and are likely to continue to do so. Still they are not considered cup contenders and the only way they could be is to pickup a couple key players and fill some holes at the same time. The problem is that they are often out-classed when playing the teams with franchise players like Jarg and Spezza but that could change with a couple serious moves.

All Star Game Excitement ???

Are you as excited as I am ? Probably…which means, not at all.

Let’s face it, the popularity of the All-Star Weekend is going downhill, to a point where the players themselves (and now coaches) are declining the invitation. And who can blame ‘em ? I mean…sure it can be exciting for newcomers, but when your name is Brodeur, how are you suppose to get excited about it ? Same old, same old. Going on a three-day road trip just to chat with other players…bah ! Gimme a call, and we’ll chat. I’d rather take the three days off and rest.

The NHL needs to rethink the whole All-Star Weekend…

East wins Superskills and leads West going into the All-Star Game

As most would have predicted, the East won the Superskills contest 9-6 versus the West.
What was your favorite moment?
Personally, I gotta give comps to Phaneuf who was the West’s sole shooter and beat Thomas, whereas Malkin, Gomez and Timonen were all stopped by Legace in the Elimination Shootout.
Also, Kaberle’s accuracy shooting was outstanding.
I was surprised that Kovalchuk wasn’t part of the Hardest Shot competition. He can really rip ‘em.

In Bob, We MUST Trust

The trade deadline is quickly approaching, and many Habs fans are wondering, what will Bob Gainey do? The question we should be asking is, what should Bob Gainey be doing.
The short answer: Be a limited buyer…

Prospects

Hi I’m here to expand my opinion about the TML Prospects.

1 – Anton Stralman (D) Doesn’t he remind you of Lindstrom- When he has the puck the announcers wont shut up about how good of a passer/shooter/skater he is. Not to mention his amazing progressing talent and his offensive ability. Getting rid of him would be compared to Detroit going and doing something like getting rid of Pavel Datsuyk because they want to rebuild or get a better trade? Who’s better than Pavel these days other than our superstars. Honestly. Dont trade Stralman. Hes one of the NHL’s Offensive Defensive future superstars. GM’s would die for him. DONT TRADE HIM AWAY.

Are the Habs contenders ?

When was the last time the Montreal Canadiens were ranked 2nd in points in the east…It’s been a hell of a long time. So what do the Habs need to remain contenders in the East ? I would say a power forward and a right handed D-man. So how bout this…

Alternative Approaches for Fletcher, Trade Everyone

Whats the point of holding on to Antropov, Toskala and Kaberle if the Leafs can’t build around them? The Leafs clearly have no future and the conventional wisdom in addressing the team’s many issues is trading Sundin in order to get a couple of draft picks and prospects, however this isn’t the best course of action. Shallow depth within the farm system isn’t the obstacle to future success, bad contracts are. This being the case, the most pressing concern isn’t restocking the farm system but getting rid of the likes of Blake, McCabe, Tucker and Kubina. This is a tall order, but not an imposibility. To achieve this end, Fletcher must aggressively attempt to rid the Leafs of all asset, there are no untouchables on this roster or within the farm system.

Carolina Hurricanes moving Eric Cole before deadline?

Talk won’t go away that the Hurricanes are going to move RW Erik Cole before the Feb. 26 trade deadline according to the Toronto Sun.

There’s talk in NHL circles that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford would like to shake up things and shed Cole’s $4-million salary for next season. The Senators are interested, but GM Bryan Murray would have a tough time taking on that salary.

Couple of Teams Making An Impression In The East

The All-Star break is here and a couple of teams that were predicted to finish close to last or not make the post season are proving otherwise.

A few surprises…And disappointments…

Leafs won't buy or sell… but they will be active

The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be just selling off any contracts they can. They also won’t be adding players on for a long playoff push. They’re going to do a little of both and finally start this rebuilding process. It will be a Fletcher style approach though.

Tampa Bay to start making some moves

Tampa Bay Online is reporting that the Lightning may be willing to part ways with several of their players.

It is time for Blake to go

The LA Daily News is reporting that defenseman Rob Blake has to go ….