Author Archives: Trade Man

Pavel Valentenko, Ryan O'Byrne or Josh Gorges, Who Should Be The Habs #4 D-

I’ll start by saying that yes, on paper the Habs lack a true #4 defenceman. However, this is far from being a significant problem and in time, one of two things will happen. Either:

The Canucks Report

This is whats going on:

Marlies add a killer assistant coach

TSN, Sportsnet and The Canadian press report that former Leaf great Doug Gilmour has been named as an assistant coach to the Toronto Marlies.
Gilmour had spent the previous two seasons in the Leafs organization as an advisor to Maple Leafs management.
The former Leafs captain now joins Greg Gilberts coaching staff alongside Joe Paterson, and Jim Hughes.

For Whom the Belle Tolls

There are some posters who believe that Mtl needs to sign another defenceman to fill the number 4 spot. I am not sure why some feel the need to deal away good young prospects for another d-man while there are some that complain that Mtl has too much depth on defence and need to trade some for the big centre most think they need!

My Vancouver Canucks Play B/C/D

It’s time for Vancouver, to finally admit to ourselves, Mats isn’t coming here, and with some quality players still available on the Trade Front, I think it’s time we thanked Mats for Considering us, and moved forward, and quickly.

Some interesting options are out there, and this is how I would proceed.

What the 08-09 Habs is looking like+ Sundin.

I read the article about Koivu to the Wild and the horrible trade offer he porposed that Gainey should do and I just had to post something a little better.

Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Report

A list of prospects and what I feel there potential is in the NHL. (Tlusty and Stralman will be included to make things more interesting)

No welcome Mats!

As much as I would like the Canadiens to sign Mats Sundin I just don’t see it happening. Nor do I see him ending up in Vancouver or resigning in Toronto. If he wanted to play for any of those teams he would have signed by now. Look at the incentives, Centennial season in Montreal, $10 million in Vancouver and yet another nonplayoff season in Toronto.

Increased Pressure

We have all discussed how well the Habs did last year and how much they have progressed. I think that Gainey and his staff have done a tremendous job reshaping the club.

We are all still waiting to see if Sundin decides to play in Mtl and if he doesn’t, then we’ll all be speculating as to what Gainey will do next.

Pens May Not Be As Good But Still Very Good

When a team that went all the way to the Stanley Cup finals loses 7 key contributors to that team, many expect a decline.

Well for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the decline may not be very steep at all.

At first glance, when you see all the players who left, it is very easy to hypothesize that the team has nowhere else to go but down.

Rumours from around the League

As we all still wait for Mats Sundin to make his decision here are some various rumours…

Vermette Signs multi- year contract

Antoine Vermette has signed a multi year contract with the Senators and is going to start the season in Ottawa. Terms were not disclosed.

Filppula signs for 5 years.

Redwings have come to terms with RFA Valtteri Filppula on a contract for 5 years worth 15 million giving Filppula an average salary of 3mill a year. Another great move by easily the best ran franchise in the league. Filppula is a nice young talent that really proved last year he could hang in the NHL an even been a future top six winger, or possibly a first liner down the road. I think this was a great move, he may be a little over paid this season but this kid has potential to be a 25 goal scorer 50 points guy.