Author Archives: Trade Man

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

TSN.ca 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

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/hurricanes/story/1476370p-7623157c.html

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.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=94328

Nylander A Ranger

Free agent centre Michael Nylander has signed a multi-year deal with the New York Rangers, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Tampa Bay Is Screwed – Hooray!

This is an example of something that is wrong with the market, something that prevents competition, and, in this case, helps soothe the nerves of one bitter Calgarian Flames fan.

Chara Gets a New Deal

Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have re-signed their star defenseman Zdeno Chara to a 2 year 9.5 million dollar deal, thus avoiding arbitration.

What Would You Do?

This is a hypothetical exercise that is being concieved based purely upon my lack of anything to do at work(because I am so good at what I do that I did it all already… I swear). That and the fact that I think it could be pretty funny. What else do we really got to do, these UFA’s don’t seem to want to create much news. It relies on a simple premise given a set of extreme cir*****stances.

What would you do if your team won the cup in 2005 and…

What to look for- Bruins Edition

The Boston Bruins is a team that has relied on drafting and smart trades. With a potential cap, the Bruins can once again perhaps see a Golden Age.

McCabe re-signs with Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed their go-to defenseman on Thursday. Bryan McCabe signed a multi-year contract before his arbitration hearing on Saturday….

Isles on a signing spree

Over the past week the Islanders have re-signed five of their key players

Fans Side with NHL regarding CBA

According to TSN, of the 928 Canadian hockey fans surveyed, 83% said they would stand by the NHL even if a lockout wiped out more than half a season as long as it results in a reduction of player salaries and a better deal for smaller clubs.

56% of those think that the NHLPA are the ones that need to compromise.

Doormats No Longer!!!!

I would just like to comment on the up and comers of the NHL.

Once upon a time you could count Atlanta, Tampa, Florida, Calgary, and to a lesser extent the San Jose Sharks as two free points on the calender. Well fellas it’s safe to say you can’t count on those guaranteed points anymore.

What The Future Holds

“The New York Rangers have not made the playoffs in the last 7 years, and throughout these 7 years the Rangers were acquiring veterans that were past there prime, players like Lindros, Bure, Messier. And finally the Rangers have a new approach.

Carolina Very Interested in Allison

Carolina have today further demonstrated their interest in injured superstar center Jason Allison, requesting him in Raleigh to undergo medical examinations in light of his injury-riddled past. This puts the Canes in the running with the Edmonton Oilers in the race to get his signature. Allison’s agent has stated that he would have a real interest in playing for the Hurricanes. The most difficult part for these teams interested in Allison though, will be gauging a salary agreement, considering his massive injury history weighed up against the stellar numbers he posted last time he was playing.

Best Uniforms of All time

It’s off season. Leaves all of us a lot of time to think about hockey, without anything new going on.

So, here is my list of the NHL’s ALL TIME best uniforms.

I’m sure yours will follow…

A look at what the Rangers could do.

The Rangers after 8 years of spending big cash on aging veteran players, they have finally decided to end the madness and start from scratch. They are now focused on building through the draft and giving the chance for their young prospects to play and rebuild the entire organization.

Not so fast Dallas, Hull to the burg?

To all those who have read the Brett Hull is as good as a star rumors, it wont happen, at least not until after Tuesday.