Author Archives: Trade Man

Mr. Fletcher, Passion Please!!

It is so good to hear the news … finally. Although Peddie, Tanenbaum, and the rest of the circus still exist, Mr. Fletcher will have the power required to raise the ship.

Mr. Fletcher, don’t listen to the nimrods trash talking you here in Toronto. These people just need to have their opinions heard to keep their jobs. Listen to the guys at, they know what is going on.


The past week has been ridiculous if you ask me. After clarifying that Alex Tanguay has not requested a trade nor has he waived his no-trade clause, somehow Olli Jokinen’s name started popping up in trade rumors rampantly.

Patrick Sharp signs 4 year extension.

Sharp inks four-year extension with Hawks, worth US$15.6-million.
The deal will cost the Blackhawks $3.9-million a year under the salary cap.
He has a career high 22 goals and 36 points, with a +11 this season in 46 games and leads the NHL in shorthanded goals with seven. This eclipses his previous highs of 20 goals and 35 points in 80 games, set last season.

What do you think of this signing? And what will it mean for other UFA/RFA players of similar talent?

TSN Reports Ferguson is done today.

TSN is reporting that the Leafs brass had a meeting Monday and there will be an announcement today on who will be the new GM. Here is the Link. I heard a rumor today that it will be Doug MacLean as the new GM. If so, do you think he is the right fit for the Leafs?

Florida Owners Downplay Rumors – Jokinen on the block?

The Palm Beach Post is downplaying any speculation regarding rumors with Olli Jokinen.

Is there a goaltending controversy in Philly?

Last year Paul Holmgren brought in Marty Biron to solidify the goaltending situation and finally establish a clear number one net minder in Philadelphia.

The Future for the Penguins?

Surprise surprise, the Penguins, yet again, do not look to be a big buyer or seller for that matter by the trade deadline. GM Ray Shero is continuing his patient game of trying to build a solid franchise without looking for an expensive quick fix, or doing something that would damage the future of the team making it difficult to re-sign future RFAs.
Dave Molinari wrote a decent article about what the Pens may be looking to do over the next month as the trade deadline quickly approaches:
Dave Molinari believes Penguins GM Ray Shero will pass on trying to acquire Hossa or Mats Sundin, opting instead on tweaking his roster to bring in depth to some key areas. Molinari also looks ahead at impending UFA Penguins like Ty Conklin, Mark Eaton, Adam Hall, Georges Laraque, Ryan Malone, Brooks Orpik, Gary Roberts and Jarkko Ruutu and where they fit into the club’s future.

J.P. Dumont on his way out?

John Glennon reports the Nashville Predators and winger J.P. Dumont hope to reach agreement on a new contract but his rising value could price him out of their market this summer. Dumont is eligible for UFA status in July, and given GM David Poile’s intent to re-sign key RFAs like Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, there might not be enough left to retain Dumont, who’s earning $2.5 million this season and is on pace for a 60-point season.

Leafs rumors: More teams pursuing Sundin, Fletcher expected to take control

Toronto also may sign Alfredson-like star for 2008-09

From the latest rumors, the Mats Sundin sweepstakes appear to be getting hotter, as there are now a number of teams interested in the Maple Leaf captain.

One Line Team? Are They A Contender?

Danny Heatley is out with a shoulder injury and Daniel Alfredsson is out for a short span with a hip injury. Since Heatley has been out they went 1-4-1 and haven’t scored as much goals.

So are they a one line team? and are they good enough to bring a Cup to Ottawa?

Recent Rumors from a variety of different Sources

Mats Sundin, Rob Blake, Red Wings rumors and HTR’s Saku Koivu Rant

Briere under investigation by NHL

On July 1st, 2007, Daniel Briere signed an eight-year $52 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers that would pay $10 million during the current 07-08 season. What he didn’t know is that this decision would spark controversy over six months later.

2008 Philadelphia Flyers

What should the Flyers do for next year. What do you think Paul Holmgren will do to try to keep his young restricted free agents and stay under the cap?

This is what I would do I would somehow either cut or trade Knuble and Kapanen for a bag of pucks somehow clear up Knubles 2.8 Million and Kapanen 1.2 Million of the Cap. Total of 4 Million