Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

Philly Injury Update

On Sunday I spent the day at the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival. There was a great turn out for one of the best put together events by a sports team. You could meet and greet today’s and future Flyers’ players.

Is Gonchar Worth It?

Is Gonchar worth it? It depends what the asking price is really. With a trade like this, the GM (JFJ) will have to ask himself two things. Do we really want to give up our future for a player that’s already reached his peak? And, Will we resign Gonchar in the off season?…

Brian Burke–Pull the trigger

The Vancouver Canucks find themselves in a precarious position headed down the home stretch of the regular season. Having lost 7 of their previous 9 contests, five of which were against teams out of playoff positions.

Time to Let Go.

For the Rangers and the draft over the last 6-7 years it has not been very good. And if Sather was smart he’d stop holding on to a miracle.

With the Rangers 11 points out, and a need to rebuild badly…… It’s time to drop in the standings.

Avs acquire Sauer; part with Skoula

2/21/2004 – Tsn.ca reports

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Avalanche has acquired defenseman Kurt Sauer and a fourth round draft choice in the 2005 Entry Draft from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In return, the Avalanche gave up the services of Martin Skoula.

Leafs Goaltending

With Ed Belfour still missing, and having been on and off injured all year, it has to be a concern to Leaf fans that the remaining goaltending is Trevor Kidd and Mikael Tellqvist:

Teams looking to upgrade for the playoffs should look to Carolina

Carolina potential available players: O’Neil, Hill, Boughner, Wesley, Irbe, Brind’Amour, Francis, Hedican.

Best Eastern Race in Years

2003-2004 has done something that no one really could have predicted- given us huge excitement out of the Eastern Conference. In years past, New Jersey was the dominant team, with minor challenges from the likes of Philly, Toronto, and Ottawa. Now, The typically “phone it in” Devils stand small, at the 6 seed. Now, I am not fooled by this, as they are still considered the class of the east, until someone proves otherwise; however, the 5 teams above them are for real, for a nice change. A quick breakdown, from an unbiased perspective:

Projected Team Finland

With both Canada and USA roster forecasts up, I’ve decided to do one on Team Finland. There probably aren’t that many Finns here but I believe this gives everyone another point of view on the World Cup competition. All players are listed in no particular order. I am using the correct roster sizes of 3 goalies and 23 skaters, with 2 goalies and 18 skaters dressed for each game, as announced by the World Cup of Hockey 2004 Organizing Committee.

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