Author Archives: Trade Man

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.

Will JFJ Keep Pace in the East?

With the Senators bolstering their lineup yesterday, acquiring proven sniper Peter Bondra, and the Flyers, who’ve stocked up, but lost Roenick for the season, and the Bruins coming on as the NHL’s hottest team of 2004, the Maple Leafs are still holding a spot at the top of the East, however, if they don’t make a few changes soon, they could find themselves on the outside looking in quicker than most think.

Latest Rumors from around the League…

Here are the latest rumors from around the league…

Waaahhhhhhh!

Okay, I was going to submit the next article in the CBA series, but I gotta say this –

Hey, Vancouver – “Buck up, ya Mary! Grow a spine and a sack!”

Detroit had a better case for boo-hooing when Foote smashed Stevie Y in the mouth, and it’s really sad when Wings fans have more class than you do….

Could Pronger Be Dealt By Deadline.

Over the past few weeks, a few names more then others have been mentioned in trades. We have all heard the Gonchar, or Wesley, Boughner even Smith and Brewer. But one name has recently come up and even if just a rumour would be the biggest name around. Chris Pronger.

The Monthy BJ's

Well after a few people saying how they loved Weekly BJ’s, I’ve decided to write a monthly version of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Come trade deadline, GM Doug MacLean might be busy unloading the couple of names he has.

Bondra a Sen!

The Ottawa Senators have aquired RW Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Brooks Laich and a second-round selection in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Team USA Projected Roster

OK in the spirit of the article about the Canadian team’s projected roster I have prepared what I think will be the US roster that will defend our World Cup Title. 20 Skaters and 3 goalies.

CASE STUDY: One of the things wrong with the NHL

Talk about Deja Vu. I saw this story on TSN.ca and it immediately struck me as something that was very wrong with the NHL that could be easily fixed. I picked out some quotes from both parties and will offer my opinion at the end.