Author Archives: Trade Man

An in depth look at the Toros……. Kinda

Here is my in depth look at what the Toros could be like.

Arbitration Predictions

In this article, I will give my predictions and thoughts on all 67 players that filed for arbitration and what they will earn.

Southeast Division Preview

Here is a preview of the Southeast division. a continuation of my previous previews of other divisions. Included is the list of the players each team has at each position, UFAs, prospects, needs for each position (if any), coaches and ratings for each position for each team.

Just in Case of a Lockout…

If the lockout does occur, how will we satisfy the craving of watching a good ol professional hockey game? We could either:

Play ESPN NHL Hockey, or for those of us with just a PC, NHL 2005

We could watch AHL, OHL, WHL… or college games

Turn the TV to ESPN Classic

or the WHA. Part one of the draft occurred today with the nonprospects being taken.

OUTSTANDING CAREER ENDS FOR THE UNDERRATED FRANCIS

“The newsobserver.com reports that if Ron Francis wants to return for a 24th NHL season, it won’t be with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford told Francis on Tuesday the Canes are not interested in bringing the 41-year-old center and future Hall of Famer back as a player, offering him a position in the front office instead.

Panthers At It Again

The Panthers are expected to announce the signing of Carolina defenseman Sean Hill to a three-year deal today, reports the South-Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The WHA will conduct its draft…Who would you take #1?

The WHA will hold a player draft July 17-18, allowing each team to draft 30 NHL/AHL Free Agents on July 17 and another 30 Entry Level players on July 18. The Entry Level draft will be for players drafted but not signed in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 drafts and will also be open to players who turn 17 by January 1, 2005.

Some Free Agent Destinations are Intriguing.

Well I thought that I would weigh in on the talk of who is going where. I spend alot of time working on my NHL Free Agent site, so I have some ideas about rumors of the destination of some current unrestricted free agents. I have listed in the brackets the teams I have heard from legitimate media that are interested in the players. I also have noted where I feel they may end up at. But I could be way off too. It should give you all something to read, as I have noticed that hockey media is slow these days.

Karpovtsev signs with Panthers

The Florida Panthers have signed defenceman Alexander Karpovtsev to a two-year deal, Sportsnet has learned.

The 34-year-old Russian played three games with the New York Islanders and 24 with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 590 career games, he has 188 points.

Sportsnet.ca

Unclip the Wings

I decided to take over Ken Holland’s duties for a while. I found that fixing the Wings isn’t that tough after all.

If the Bruins trade Thornton, where could he go?

As we have been hearing, some are saying that Joe Thornton wants out of Boston. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen as we have yet to hear from Joe himself about his own status. Yes Thornton had a bad playoff, but would he be really that bad if he was 100%? And really they weren’t talking too much about his injury when the bruins were up 3-1 on Montréal, but since they lost, it was all his fault. A team with that kind of talent should have been able to at least win one of the final 3 games of that series. Face it; the entire team blew it, not just Thornton. I still think he is a franchise player worth keeping and I am sure alot of people feel the same way.

Devils Ink Richard Matvichuck

The New Jersey Devils shored up their defence on Monday, signing unrestricted free agent blueliner Richard Matvichuk, according to Sports Radio 1310 in Dallas.

Keep the Tweaking Going

Keeping with tradition, I would like to submit my opinions for some possible tweaks that the Toronto Maple Leafs could do this upcoming season.

First off, I will try to be realistic in my opinion of players and of possible deals to be made, so please feel free to comment with your own suggestions.

Take a look Mr Gainey, you want the Cup next year?

As I read earlier the “how to tweak your team” articles have come out of the woodwork. So I thought I would write an article about the steps Montreal may need to take to reach the “rebuilt” stage.

Where They Will Go

There’s still many “big name” free agents left in free agency and here is where I think they will all go:

Canucks interested in Nedved

In 1990 the Canucks selected Petr Nedved with the second overall pick right behind Owen Nolan. Since that time Nedved has developed into a good NHL player, but not with the Canucks. However rumor has it that the Canucks are interested in Nedved.

No Salary Cap! Er…Wait…

With the current CBA running out on September 15th, 2004, the NHLPA is taking a stand against the cost certainty (that’s legalese for “salary cap”).

So…the players won’t play under a salary cap, right? Well, not exactly…

Recchi Signs with Pens

This has been a long time comming. Mark Recchi has agreed to a multi year deal.

Boston, say goodbye

Boston bruins captain Joe Thornton has been the centre of rumors stating that he is disgruntled and wants out of Boston. Apparently, those were true.

Quenville Heading for a Rocky Mountain High

Former St. Lous Blues coach, Joel Quenville, will be named the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche, according to TSN.CA. Quenville will replace Tony Granato, who took over for Bob Hartley in 2002. Quenville was let go by the Blues last season. Quenville was interviewed by the New York Rangers but not given the job as they announced today that Tom Renney would retain the head coaching position.