Author Archives: Trade Man
Consistency. Thats the element the Boston Bruins are looking for after having a pretty decent season last year. The B’s have had a rather bumpy last decade or so and are looking to getting back to being the team that never missed the playoffs from 1968 to 1996.
As the season nears, there are lots of sites discussing who will be the top players this season.
Let’s take a look at the NHL’s Top Goalies.
In my opinion, these are the who the Top 5 Goalies SHOULD be in 08-09.
Like track star Usain Bolt running fast like lightning, the Tampa Bay Lightning have overhauled their entire organization with similar blazing speed.
After owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie took over the team early in 2008, the Bolts underwent a massive makeover from top to bottom. They have not been boring to say the least.
Nicklas Lidstrom is one of my favorite topics in the National Hockey League, because knowledgable hockey people seem to have a hard on for this guy that I just don’t understand. But your average fan, young kid, or passive fan doesn’t know his name like he’d know of Chris Pronger, Dion Phaneuf, or Scott Niedermayer. How exactly can I evaluate one of the greatest defensemen of all time?
I’m planning on writing some articles on the contender for all of the major awards in the NHL. First we’ll start with the Norris.
It appears as though GM Jacques Martin is taking a page out of his early days with the Ottawa Senators and going with a very strong defence first approach with his Florida Panthers.
The new Russian KHL was designed to compete with the NHL, and provide a second top tier hockey league for players to choose from. They then went and signed an agreement with the NHL agreeing to honor each others contracts.
Then they blew it a week later.
The goal of the Toronto Maple Leafs should be to win the Stanley Cup, preferably in our lifetime.
To make this happen, they need to break free from The Big Conspiracy!
As the saying goes, sometimes you have to be bad before you can be good again. This is so true for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A 41 year cup drought and no playoff appearances since 2004 have resulted in the franchise bottoming out and starting from the ground up. The hope is they gradually make their rise up the standing doing things the right way and avoid the quick fix.
The closer we get to the beginning of the season the more it looks like Sundin won`t start the season with any team , let alone the Canadiens. He may opt for the selanne/niedermayer/forsberg route of joining a team at the end of the season. We all now that did not work out well for Anaheim. I suspect that Gainey doubts that it would work well for the Canadiens. Gainey has stated recently that Plan B would be to try to work out a deal with one of the teams that is over the cap. Enter Chicago.
Now that Olli Jokinen is gone from Florida, two legitimate questions come to mind.
1rst : Who will get 1rst line center duty
2nd : Who will wear the C and be the leader?
With Sundin’s recent interview on a Toronto radio station, it sounds more and more like his return to the NHL is not going to happen. He has made it clear that he is not even close to making a decision wether he wants to keep playing in the NHL, not to mention what team he would play for if he did come back. So what are Mike Gillis’ options?
Don Waddell is a lucky man. Not too many GMs who make a plethora of mistakes get to have a second chance at things. But in Atlanta, Waddell is getting that opportunity to fix what he broke previously.
The failed attempt by Waddell and his Atlanta Thrashers to load up for a playoff run almost cost the team’s future and would have cost other GMs their job. But Waddell survived and he is making the most of it reshaping the team for the future.
The trade of Marian Hossa has been a big boost to the team’s future as they were able to add 4 young assets into the fold.