Author Archives: Trade Man

How will the Lockout affect the Draft, FA Signings? Trades? Video Games?

I have a few questions that pertain to the potential lockout and how it will affect certain things. I am sure that I am not the only one with these questions.

Swed(ish) Redemption

Sweden announced there team today. Full of talent, full of captains and a full lot to prove.

When I think of Sweden I think of 2002 Olympics against Belarus. All these great players were stunned by a team of nobodys.

The ROAD Ice Advantage

Coming into the Conference finals, teams were winning at a nearly absurd rate at home. Over 75% winners, while skating on home ice. My how things change quickly.

Favorite Logos in Hockey

Well, the ball is rolling. Apparently there has been an abundance of inspiration caused by the best and worst article by hitznsticks. One of my favorite aspects of the hockey uniform is the logo. The colors are very important but to me the logo is the most interesting.

Who Wants Gretzky's Job?

Looking at this coming years Team Canada team, this might be the hardest team to pick in the history of hockey. There is at least 45 or so good Canadian hockey players that anyone could make an argument for to make this years team. This is a list of some of the players that will be considered for this year’s team.

Got Beer?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have offered a new promotion- anyone who buys season tickets for 2004-2005 will be allowed unlimited consumption of beer, at all home games. As a matter of fact, they unveiled this promotion at Saturday’s game 2 loss to Philly, further offering anyone who was willing to drop a $100 deposit (for the upcoming season) free beer for the day (25 took them up on the offer, and I guess it started to pay off that day, during a 6-2 defeat)…..

Not so surprising

I would put this under “Commentary” if possible, but there is no such topic, so Fans Rant will have to do.

Why is it when a team like Detroit or Colorado or New Jersey goes down in flames its such a “surprise?” Do fans NOT know what’s going on that it is called a surprise? Let me explain:

Will There Really Be An Overhaul?

With the defeat at the hands of the #6 seed Flames, everyone in the hockey world is discussing the possibility of the Red Wings going into a rebuilding mode. Some players have played their last games in the Red and White, but I don’t see a major restructuring of this team happening. Next year’s lineup should look something like this.

Conference Finals

In an effort to separate the Teams in the Conference finals from the teams that just missed it’s time for a new article.

There IS a God

Joy to the world, Detroit is done! So is Colorado! only if Philadelphia would follow this would be a perfect scenario…why? Well, I’m a Devils fan and don’t like Philly, but more importantly…a SMALL MARKET BATTLE IS GOOD!!!

PART III – Who on HTR knows the most about Playoff hockey?

Well, who could have guessed the final four would be Tampa, Philly, Sharks, and Calgary when the playoff’s first started?

Not many as only 2 men made it to the second round by picking all 8 of 8 in the first round. But this time, in the second round Matteo who didn’t have the right picks in the first round, made the right picks in the second round.

Let’s go the the final 4, what are your 2 picks?

Flyers win .. Send Leafs to Golf Course

The Flyers won a strange game in the ACC center on Tuesday event on wicked shot from Roenick over Belfour’s shoulder on a 2 on 1 in OT. That goal ended the Leafs hopes for taking the series to 7 games.

New GM for Bruins?

Brian Burke’s contract will expire this summer and the Canucks are not going to ask the president and gm of the team back.

Senators’ Season Review

Ottawa Senators’ fans have finally completed the steps to recovery after another playoff loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They have been through all 4 stages: anger, denial, depression and now, finally, acceptance. It is now time to look back at all the negatives and positives during this past season. Who had a breakout year? Who was a disappointment? Who will not be back? And the regular season report cards for the Ottawa Senators’ players.

Flyers Injury Update, Part 2

Okay, here is the skinney, directly from the coach’s mouth:

“Esche has flu like symptoms. Three or four of our guys had the same thing. He feels much better today, and pending practice, should be ready to go tomorrow.”

What if the NHL Playoffs could look like this?

After watching an excting round one series commence, I thought of an idea that would make the Stanley cup playoffs not only a contest of the best team, but also the best conference.

Counterpoint: Leafs – Flyers a closer look

So, the whining about penalties (among other things) has begun. Let’s take a closer look…

Montreal Season Review

Since no one has done this already, I decided I would finally break out and actually submit an article for once. This may end up a tad long, but I hope it’s worth a read.

This was a season that started out with many so-called “experts” predicting Montreal would finish out of the playoffs. A strong 5-2-0-0 start tailed off quickly and it began to appear as though these experts may have been right. However, a strong second half of the season had Montreal finishing 11 games above .500 and the number 7 seed in a very strong Eastern Conference was their’s.

Top 10 Most Wasted Talents In The NHL

After seeing the list of the TOP 50 players ( Current) it was tough to even fathom listing these players. First off, Yzerman today is maybe top 40, but Yzerman 10 – 15 years ago finished 3rd in scoring behind Wayne and Mario consistently. What that list need was a little more structure, which this list has.

Thank you Habs for a great season

“Great” might seem like a strong word for most people but as a diehard habfan, living through the dark years of the mid ’90’s: The Roy trade, “horrible Houle” giveaway trades and injuries to every last player on the club roster forcing them to dress guys like Juha Lind, Johan Witehall and Craig Darby. (That was our second line), I could say that our standards have gone somewhat lower. But the word “great” is a good word to define the season that the players and the organization have given to us loyal fans.