Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

The Dominator to Touch Down in Ottawa on Tuesday

The Team 1200 is reporting that the Ottawa Senators will hold a press conference on Tuesday July 6th to make the worst kept secret in the NHL official.

Keanen era has begun

The Florida Panthers have signed defenceman Eric Cairns to a contract, Sportsnet has learned. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The 30-year-old blueliner has spent his entire eight-year career in New York, two with the Rangers, six with the Islanders.

Flyers Sign Stevenson, Knuble

philidelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Saturday that they have signed 6’3”, 230-pound right wing Mike Knuble (kuh-NOO-buhl) and 6’3”, 220-pound right wing Turner Stevenson each to a three-year contract, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Knuble and Stevenson each became Group III unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Very Interesting Survey on the Game of Hockey (ALL RESPOND)

When you get into arguments with your friends about what the best sport is and why, when your answer is “Hockey is the best sport.” What is your reasonings. I`d like to have the best reason for why hockey is the best sport. So if you all would, respond with why you all think hockey is the best sport.

Reasons to be Optimistic: What the Future Could Hold

The NHL has become a living model of ‘how not to run your business’, and has had more than it’s fair share of bad publicity with headlines like; goalies vs. goals, players vs. owners, the league vs. the fans, and most notably the recent headline, Bertuzzi vs. the people. It would appear that Gary Bettman is steering his ship off the edge of the earth. But with doom and gloom hanging over the league like a bad stench, there may be light at the end of a narrowing tunnel.

Same Old Story, Same Old Song And Dance.

I hate to be cliche, and ripoff the title of an Aerosmith song, but for the Rangers this holds true. You’d figure that they’d learn by now not to dip into the UFA pool and come out with every name available.

Site News

Over the past 12 hours HTR has been experiencing some problems. The problems were as a result of database issues and hard disk problems. Both of these issues have been dealt with and repaired however there are several key HTR components that have had to be restored back to March 30th 2004. This includes all comments, private messages, poll data, and several other minor sections.

Roberts and Niewendyk sign on the dotted line!!!

While watching TSN sports Center the ticker showed me that the Toronto Maple Leafs have just re-signed soon to be free agents Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk to one year deals.

Is The Eagle Taking Off?

Sportsnet.ca is reporting that talks between Ed Belfour and the Toronto Maple Leafs have broken off.

Daze a possiblity for Senators?

Chicago is rumored to not offer Eric Daze a qualifying offer. This would make him a UFA on midnight Wednesday.

Rangers Captain next year? F.A dips aswell

I was reading a topic in HF forums that asked this question. There were many responses such as Jagr, Holik, Poti. I even heard Ortmeyer! My take on this is…

Holik was never captain material, although he does care for the team

Jagr is way to selfish and would not put the team first

Poti……..self explanatory

Ortmeyer has all the traits but is way to inexperienced and honestly is not that good.

Lalime to the Blues

tsn.ca is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have traded Patrick Lalime to the St. Louis Blues for a 4th round pick in 2005. Another salary dump by the Sens as they continue to tweak their team roster.