Author Archives: Trade Man

The Latest on Gonchar!!

Who are the front runners, and which teams have backed out…

FREE PLAYOFF TICKETS!!!

www.newyorkislanders.com

With the CBA coming in the off-season and an expected drop in season ticket subscriptions, the Islanders yeterday announced a novel idea to get fans both new and old to subscribe to next season. That is, buy seaon tickets for next year at this year’s rates and the first two round of playoffs are FREE. If for some reason the Isles don’t make the playoffs, the next time the Isles make the playoffs, those fans would receive free tickets. And in case fans pay for their tickets and there is a work stoppage, fans will be 100% reimbursed + 2% interest for all missed games.

Stick with em or throw in the towel.

Alright, what have they proven to anyone as of late? Well they score 7 goals against Phoenix and well everyone gets excited… They have the opportunity to make a dint in the playoff race and then blow games against teams there fighting with.

Latest Rumors from around the League…

The latest on the Avs, Devils, Rangers, Blues, Islanders, Leafs, and Sabers….

Where Will They End Up? Players From Teams A-M Edition.

After having a look at the deadline from a team-based point of view in the Buyers and Sellers articles, I’ve decided to look at it now from the players perspectives and determine where I think some of the big name players may be playing after Deadline Day this (March 10th Australia time) March 9th.

Trade Deadline Preview – Eastern Conference

Find out what each team needs going into the playoffs, and what they may give up to get it. Which teams are sellers, and which team are buyers?

Overrated and Underrated Players

Have you been listening to some of these rumours lately? Players that were hardly even looked at are being thrown around in rumours, in packages including top prospects and good round-picks. I’m going to analyze some of the players that aren’t worth much and players that are good but aren’t given enough credit.

To start of with the Overrated Players, I think there are many who are being mentioned in trade talk. Some are good and some are having a good season but will that last?

Current GMs, how do you rank them?

It seems that with every trade I keep seeing how people are complaining about their General Managers. Now some I agree with. But I would like to rank them, not based on performance necessarily, but how they build a team, and the deals they make. Performance could be due to the coach. Not too many teams win the Cup with a crappy coach. So for Sutter, I am just looking at their front office moves. I am ranking the current 30 too. Some GMs inherited great teams.

Caps to scratch Gonchar tonight?

from tsn.ca

Sources have told TSN there is an ”excellent chance” Gonchar will be scratched from tonight’s Washington Capital lineup as they play the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

New Jersey Devils solutions

The Devils woes began after a 2-0 win on 12/13(or 14) against Philadelphia. That was about two weeks after Jamie Langenbrunner went down with his knee injury. The Devils survived until that point doing fairly well. Then reality came knocking. Without Jamie’s scoring, the Devils went into a funk (consider a Devils funk is losing a couple of games in a row) and then lost Stevens to his PCS in early January. The Devils have been above .500 w/o Stevens, but not playing Devils defense. Scotty is improving every day (the Devils org. keeps information IN the org. so its hard to really gauge his condition).

Playoff Predictions and Teams Analyzed

Western Conference:

1) Detroit- When Hatcher gets back they will have one of the best if not the best, top 6 defensemen in the league. You add to that they have the second best offense, and a pretty good goaltending dual of Cujo and Legace, I think this team is the favorite to come out of the West. Lots of depth, experience and role players.

Update – JR

Just read an article out of the Philly Inquirer- this is not looking good at all for JR. Here is the quote:

Posted on Thu, Feb. 26, 2004 by Ed Moran

Holland Ready To Pull The Trigger

With Colorado making a bunch of moves it looks like the Wings are finally ready to make their moves.

Experts Rumor Update: Trade Offer From Leafs To Be Accepted?

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have apperantly become the #1 contenders to land the services of defenseman Sergei Gonchar….

Buyers and Sellers: Western Conference Edition

In the trade deadline period before the upcoming CBA, the dichotomy between teams who are buying (cashing in) and those who are selling (fire sale-ing) is more obvious than ever.

This article takes a brief look at who teams may go after, but doesn’t always speculate as to who or what might go the other ways, cause unless you’re a Leaf fan, you just apparently don’t know anymore.

Bruins making a bid for Gonchar and Leetch

The Bruins are making serious offers to shore up their blue line by inquiring for the for both Gonchar and Leetch.

St. Louis Blues' ongoing struggle

Well many people here have been talking about the possibility (although slim) of the St. Louis Blues trading Chris Pronger come the trade deadline due to financial issues. I would like to take this opportunity to shed some light on their current situation and evaluate the likelihood (if any) of the Blues trading any one of their key players.

Clarke to make one more move?

Spector’s Hockey lists a report, from the Ottawa Sun, that the Flyers may be one of three teams expressing interest in Washington Center Robert Lang. The other teams mentioned were the Islanders and Red Wings.

Rumors From Around The League

Rumors Circulating Around The League…

The C word

I am talking of course about collusion. What did you think I was talking about?

Collusion is the one flaw I see in the NHLPA reasoning, the one *lie* they are telling.