Author Archives: Trade Man

Best Building Playoff Atmosphere

Yeah its the playoffs and that means the fans are louder and more drunk then ever, but just which arena has the best playoff atmosphere?

These Sharks are for REAL

After watching the San Jose Sharks’ dominance over the St. Louis Blues in Game 2, I have to say… These Sharks are for REAL. I’ve been an avid reader of HTR for just over 2 years, and there seems to be a shortage of Shark fans, while a surplus of Leaf Fans and Leaf Bashers :) . Anyway, it seems that nobody knows too much about the Sharks, for they’re located on the West Coast, and don’t get too much TV time. That may change, for I can see this team wielding Lord Stanley’s Cup. Here’s my very first article.

Who do we just HATE in the NHL? Come on….. Let's hear it.

Let’s get some controversy and hate on HTR. Let’s get some Star name players, and beat on them. who do “we” fans not like?

Whether it’s someone lot’s of people love or hate. Make your point and Rant about this guy or guy’s we just don’t like in the NHL.

Does Size Matter?

A hot topic around the NHL before and after the GM summit has been the size of goalies’ pads. I’m not sure why since we all know it’s not the size but the motion of the ocean, RIGHT! Right. right? With the playoffs in full swing this may not be the best time to post this but I do have some observations to make.

What Are Your Top 5 Moments?

I am sitting here at work, obviously doing very little, looking at predictions everywhere… eventually that gets old. Clearly this is really the “Calm before the Storm” for everyone, and I am sure many like me are already starting to get a little edgy over the first faceoff of our respective teams(Sorry to those that didn’t make it in). And I was thinking to myself, it would be interesting to see what peoples top 5 playoff moments were.

This is Really Hard to do so Soon: An Oilers Season Reveiw

Well it has been a little over one hour since the disappointing elimination of the Edmonton Oilers. With the season fresh in my mind I have decided that it is an opportune time to evaluate and reflect on the season that it has been. Keep in mind that I am evaluating them by relative performance, for those of you in university you are probably familiar with this “great” process, so the grades that I have given out are sort of irrelevant in terns of either and B+, B, or a B-. (Keep in mind these evaluations are for the OILERS accomplishments)

Let’s start with the management:

Who on HTR knows the most about Playoff hockey?

Who will take the 1st rounds?

In the East we have:



(3) FLYERS vs DEVILS (6)


In the West we have:


(2) SHARKS vs BLUES (7)



Let’s see who really knows their hockey?

But… ya gotta have a pick for each pair. don’t have to say what will happen or in how many games it will take, just who will move on the the next round. By the time someone wins the Cup, we will have a champ of HTR in Playoff Hockey Sense.

Another great career ends

As the final buzzer sounded at General Motors Place probably the second greatest set up man in the National Hockey League – Adam Oates ended his 19 year career. Adam Oates officially announced his retirement after the Oilers disappointing loss to the Canucks. Oates finishes his N.H.L. career with 1,079 assists and 1,420 points. Thank you Adam for a great career and as a St Louis Blues fan and Edmonton Oilers fan I thank you for your contributions.

Who are the Top 50 Players in NHL History?

I was reading an article about who were/are the top players in the NHL and well it seems like a very debatable topic. So I will give my unbiased opinion on where each of them rank.

A numbers game?

Fans continue to argue whos team has a shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup but only one group of people will be right. And that group of people might not develop until the final weeks of the playoffs.

The NHL Playoff Tournament Pool!

I know this site is based on trade rumors, and there is nothing to write about after the deadline so how about a playoff pool! It’s easy. You just pick 8 forwards, 4 defenceman, and 2 goalies……….

Maple Leafs: Experienced…or just plain old?

I know everyone always talks about the invaluable benefit of leadership, character and experience come playoff time, but how much is too much? Surely Leafs fan know of all the failed trade deadline signings from recent years; Phil Housley, Doug Gilmour, Glen Wesley, to name just a few. What’s to make anyone think this year will be any different? Can the additions of Ron Francis, Brian Leetch and Calle Johannson make a difference this year, when it’s never made a difference before? Is management really trying to win each year or are they just leading their faithful (obsessive) fans back to the trough so they’ll buy seasons tickets for next year? Or worse still, spend all their money on those stupid flags that Leafs fans hang out of their car windows each year.

HTR's First Annual (and probably last) All-Star Geriatric Team

In my response to one of the last Flyers posts I jokingly said that the Flyers do in fact have one of the greatest teams ever assembled……if the year was 1992/1993….Ba Dump Bump. Then I started thinking about that (there I go thinking again) and decided to look into it a little deeper…(not Jenna Jamison or Marianis Trench Deep….but deeper nonetheless)…..hmmmmm

J.R. returns from injury Thursday & are reporting that Jeremy Roenick will return to the ice on Thursday vs the Islanders. He will most likely wear a protective cage for the next month to protect his jaw.

Russians Clamping Down On Transfers- May Lead to Amazing Draft News

“With the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, (ANY TEAM) picks, from Dynamo Moscow, Alexander Ovechkin!”

Well, that scenario might not work.

What the NHL player needs now is more heart sweet heart…

…may be not for some but for everyone.

Anyway sorry for the derivation of the Burt Backarack song, but I was watching Austin Powers in which he and/or Mike Myers song that song in all three of them. Although I personally don’t like it, the song just sticks in the head.

Anyways there is always some idea that someone has for creating more offense OR getting more fan support behind this sport… or just random ideas that would help the game.

What a Finish (Early End of Season Report)

What was once thought to be unthinkable has happened. The Penguins have put together a run that puts them at the top of the league over their last 10 games. The Penguins have the top powerplay in the league since February 1. The Penguins just might be working themselves out of the 48% chance at Ovechkin. Lots of the talk here in Pittsburgh is surrounding that last point, and many people are calling for the team to somehow tank the rest of the season and secure the best shot at Ovechkin.

Congrats to the Leafs… Organisation.

After all the drama caused this week by the ”law” that the Ottawa City Counsil wanted to adopt in order to fine everyone entering the Corel Center with a Maple Leafs jersey on to make a small donation to the local food bank, the Maple Leafs organisation responded the best way they could today.

Does Hockey Need More Scoring?

Hopefully, all of you have heard about what the NHL’s ideas are for more scoring, and what they’re going to do about it. They’ve come up with ideas like goalie’s can’t come out of the net to handle the puck(i certainly don’t like it). Wouldn’t that make the goalie’s really bored? Or there’s other ones like make the pads smaller. How stupid are all the people hanging around Gary Bettman? Why don’t you just……..

Some Random Thoughts from the Fan of our Game

Well after a unusually quite deadline day, mostly due to the fact that most were completed before the Trade Deadline. But with the HTR staff not posting too many articles, and not a lot of recent messages by members, I figure I will bring up some things that I know would/could/should spark a lot of comments from the viewers, and members of HTR.