Author Archives: Trade Man

Enough with the Sidney Crosby talk…..

I know I am not alone when I say “Can we give it a rest with Sidney Crosby??”

Wayne Gretzky is my favorite player and without question, the greatest to ever play the game. Still I do not view The Great One as clairvoyant. Nor do I believe ANYONE will ever approach or eclipse number 99′s stats. The NHL has changed and those type numbers will never be repeated. Unless of course they go to a soccer sized net.

In The Eyes Of JFJ

If you’re interrested in what the leafs could do in the off-season and how they could do it check here.

Very long beware!!!

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Fedorov Out of Anaheim?

Sportsnet’s Hockey Hearsay reports There are rumours circulating that Mighty Ducks of Anaheim want to deal Sergei Fedorov.

Stanley Cup too heavy for flight ???

As the Stanley Cup makes its rounds this Summer with players & personnel of the Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, as it does with every winning team each year, it goes through some unbelievable things. However, this may be a first.

The Hockey News' Top 50 Players

As you probably know, each year the Hockey News releases a list of the top 50 players in hockey. This can spark some fantastic debate, so let’s see who made the list this year.

Leetch Coming Home.

Brian Leetch’s short playing time with Toronto has given him no time for Jelling with building a new home in Toronto

Now this may Drive Toronto fans crazy, but guess who will be coming HOME to New York?

Rumor has it that this lockout will be Brian Leech’s ticket back home.


We need a way to End this lockout because both sides are getting farther apart. Basically the bottom line question to all the fans on HTR is.

What’s best for the NHL?

1. Hard Salary Cap? 30-35 million a team

2. Soft Cap? 50-60 Million a team

3. No Cap but hard Taxing if over a certain number?

Pick one, it’s time for the fans to fix this problem.

Dissention in the ranks?

The NHL Players’ Association says it will never accept a salary cap for its members, and that was reiterated on Thursday in light of remarks made by 20-year NHL veteran Steve Thomas.

Swedes Time to Shine at the World Cup

StuWild writes- With the likes of Forsberg, Sundin, Lidstrom and Naslund, Team Sweden knows it can compete with the best the world has to offer and I look for them to win the World Cup which gets underway August 30th.

Sweden’s forwards are right up there with the other seven nations taking part in the competition.

A little off season humor

This is an email that I received earlier today. It is a little funny and points out what is wrong with pro atheletes today. Don’t get me wrong, if someone is going to hand out the bucks take it but to argue over whether you will make 2 million or 4 million is completely absurd to me.

Oh yeah, this is long and the source of it is unknown but I don’t believe that it is copyrighted!!!

Tampa Walks Away from Arbitration with Stillman

The Fan 960 is reporting in Calgary that Jay Feaster and the Tampa Bay Lightning walked away from Forward Cory Stillman in arbitration. The Arbitrater awarded Stillman $3.5 Million. With Tampa walking away, it makes Stillman an unrestricted Free Agent. This is the first time that in a while that a team has walked away from player arbitration.

The World Cup and its Importance to Hockey!

Has the word cup lost its luster from the Canada Cup days? Yes. Has the World Cup lost its luster from the last one eight years ago? Yes. Is its popularity loss directly attributed to the current woes of the NHL today? Yes. Has it lost its importance and excitement of play? No.

Berard Resigns

Tsn is reporting that Bryan Berard and the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a contract.

Milbury Set for Lift-off?

Islanders GM Mike Milbury has just recently re-signed D Janne Niinimaa. Rumors have been flying around that at least ONE of the Islanders original four defensmen will be let go this off-season. The original four are Adrian Aucoin, Kenny Jonsson, Janne Niinimaa, and Roman Hamrlik. Aucoin has not yet re-signed officially but is believed to, Jonsson has an Islander heart and most likely won`t be let go, and Niinimaa has just been re-signed. That leaves us with Roman Hamrlik.

What to look for: Sabres Edition

Well after a few days, and a little more success getting people to respond from the Bruins edition, it is time to get crackin on writing my preview, review type of article on the one and only Buffalo Sabres.

Niedermayer gets 7 million is reporting that Scott Niedermayer was awarded 7 million dollars by an arbitraitor today. The 7 million dollars ties the highest ever ruling by an arbitraitor.

Jason Allison – A Caniac?

“When healthy, Jason Allison is among the most dominant players in the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping the free agent can regain that form despite sitting out since January 2003, and regain it in Carolina.” Raleigh News and Observer 7.29.04

Assuming Allison stays healthy:

Breakthrough Seasons

Ok, so it is still a lengthy period of time until the regular season (if there even is one) commences, but I thought I’d write a piece on who I think is due for a major breakthrough season this year. I listed one full line of the players I think are due for a huge season, including a goalie. Readers feel free to share your opinions on my selections, and list who you think will have a breakout season.

Leafymcleafs forcasts and predictions

In the past few weeks I have been making forcasts and predictions over what will happen and they seem to spark argument so here are my predictions. They will not be completely acurate because that would mean making a forcast for all 1230 games played in the nhl season.

Leafs Resign Kaberle

TSN reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have resigned Tomas Kaberle to a 2 year, $5.9 million dollar deal.