Author Archives: Trade Man

What effect would a small market battle have?

Can you just see it now? Tampa Bay vs. San Jose…… It may possibley be Bettman’s WORST NIGHTMARE.

Top 50 Players in the NHL

Every late August/Early September the Hockey News publishes their ‘top 50 players’ in the league, based on their performances of this season and in their careers. For fun here is my list:

The Long or Short of It

I always wondered if the league would have the guts (for lack of a more colorful term) to reduce what everyone knows to be a particularly brutal schedule. If the talks mentioned in this article by TSN have any merit, then we will have some mighty juicy tidbits to debate that don’t involve the depression and angst of the CBA.

Ex-coach getting attention

Paul Maurice’s name already is coming up in connection with the Ottawa Senators’ coaching vacancy.

While, on the outside, that would appear to be a good thing for Maurice, on the side it is making the former Carolina Hurricanes coach a little uncomfortable, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.

Inspired by Eli Manning…

Say you’re Aleksander Ovechkin, and as long as you don’t mind being booed on draft day and sitting out a year or two, you can pretty much demand where you want to play. Simple questions: Where? why? and where not?

Getting close to the draft… Let's do an activity!

Alright, this is considered to be one of the more “dead” times on HTR and seeing how mid-late June is right around the corner, let’s see just how much you know about your team when it comes to the entry draft.

Second verse, same as the first

The Flyers won the second game of their series against the Leafs the same way they did the first game : strong cycling down low and Eshe outplaying Belfour. I guarantee you Belfour wants that Zhamnov goal back.

Bolts Habs Preview

There are three things I learned today.

1. Always begin an HTR article with three random thoughts that establish you as clever, funny and discerning.

2. It’s cheaper to fly to Tampa from Montreal, spend a day on the beach, have the early bird dinner and see a Bolts Habs playoff game than to buy playoff tickets from a scalper outside the forum. Bolts playoff tix start at $8.

3. Montreal and Tampa are more even than their records indicate.

Dallas Playoff Review and Beyond….

What a roller-coaster ride this season was. We started out weak, then turned the burners on to be one of the best teams in the NHL from January to early March. Injuries and suspensions hit and then everything went dead. Everyone expected a lot out of Dallas, only to be let down by a very poor post season in which they were knocked out in 5 games. Owners Tom Hicks has vowed major changes.

Who steps up in the playoffs?

To determine who steps up their goal scoring in the playoffs, I compared the regular season goals/game to playoffs goals/game for all skaters in the current post-season. There appears to be a significant drop off in goals per game attributable to the tighter play, fewer power plays and better competition, slightly offset by the greater amount of ice time due to overtime. There are less than 20 playoff veterans who step up their scoring in the post season. Everyone else trails off in crunch time.

The Professor Gives Up His Tenure

The AP is reporting that Igor Larionov, the Professor, has retired from the NHL at the ripe old age of 43. His NHL career spanned 921 games for the Devils, Canucks, Panthers, Sharks and Wings. He won three Cups with the Wings and scored 169 goals and 752 assists. Prior to the NHL, he was a star in the Soviet Elite League. He won two Olympic gold medals in the 1980’s.

Can their Possibly be 2 NHL hockey teams in Toronto?

Foget about Toronto’s OHL team or the St. John’s Maple Leafs, but after recently hearing the Fan radio network in Toronto, can their possibly be ANOTHER NHL hockey team in Toronto, the capial of Ontario?

Just, What Is The Best Rivalry Of All Time?

If you wanted to see, any matchup, that would have the most fierce, exciting, 7 game series matchup for Lord Stanley’s Mug, what two teams would you have faceoff for a thrilling matchup?

Can The Canucks Come Back? Part Deux

Last year, with Vancouver down 3-1 in a series versus the Blues, I asked that very question. 94 games, a forgotten password and a new alias later, I pose the same riddle.

Report: Danton arrested, charged

KDSK NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis reports that Blues forward Mike Danton was arrested by the FBI and has been charged in connection with a murder for hire plot.

The Natural Born Leaders.

The Natural Born Leaders.

Since North-American hockey is now living playoff
time, how about ranking the top team leaders.
The guys who matters in there own hands and lead
the team to the promised land.

So Much for Kovalev

After the incident in game 3, it had to be expected that the referees in the Boston-Montreal series would be watching.

Cloutier Out

After falling over his knee on Sunday’s game, Dan Cloutier left the game and the arena on crutches.

The Young Way To Go!

Teams covet first-round draft choices for the simple reason that a great pick (Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman) can improve the team on and off the ice for decades, including bringing a Stanley Cup or two to the city.

Pat Quinn as Leafs GM…

In this article, I will discuss what I think Pat Quinn’s best moves and worst moves as a GM were. Remember, any play not listed was not acquired, and was drafted by Toronto. Here we go: