Author Archives: Trade Man

Wings clinch first playoff spot! Who else will make it?

With 100 points, the Detroit Red Wings have officially clinched a playoff spot. It’s also looking like they’ll win the President’s Trophy… which would make it the 3rd time in 4 seasons and 4th in 6 seasons… sickening. Also, the LA Kings have officially been eliminated.

Take a look inside for current playoff standings, which teams are virtually guaranteed to make it, and which teams are on the fringe. 90 points seems to be the minimum mark this year to reach the playoffs, though naturally a strong push by a fringe team could push that up.

Also, let’s hear your predictions for who will make it and who will fall just short.

Give Pronger 30 games

For God’s sake! If I’m the one complaining for a longer suspension, the guy should be kicked out of the league.

Rating the Goalies

A recent article about Marty Turco not being appreciated has inspired me to RATE THE GOALIES!

I posted a list of several NHL goalies that sparked some debate and discussion, so what I’ve done now is put together a list in order of the NHL’s goalies from best to worst. Criticism expected and welcomed.

Who Should Win The Calder Trophy

In 2005-06, the Calder race was between Ovechkin and Crosby(with Ovechkin winning). Last year it was between Malkin, Stastny and Kopitar(with Malkin winning). We are now nearing the end of the 2007-08 season and the Calder race may not be as spectacular as it has been over the last 2 years ago, however, it is one of the closest races in recent memory and it is between some potential NHL Superstars. Here is a list of who I believe should be the main Calder Candidates(and in no particular order):

More Awards – Who Wins The Vezina?

In keeping with the current trend of late season awards nominees (Hart and Jack Adams have already been examined), I couldn’t help but wonder which goaltender the members of this forum felt has been the most outstanding this season. As I began to mull this topic around in my head, it has occurred to me that unlike other seasons, there isn’t any one goaltender who is dominating this year. Many goalies have been fantastic, but each is also guilty of stretches when they haven’t played the way they normally do.

Nash Captain in Columbus

According to TSN, Rick Nash has been named the 5th captain in team history following the deadline trade of Adam Foote. He will bear the “C” for the first time Friday when the Blue Jackets take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Cleary re-signed

TSN is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Left Winger Dan Cleary to a 5 year/14mil deal earning him 2.8 million per year. Cleary’s contract has a no-trade clause in the first 4 years, however the fourth year has a modified no trade. In his first season with the Wings he had 3 goals and 12 assists but in the past two seasons with the Wings he has passed the 20 goal mark and has 40 points this year in 57 games.

Season Winding Down – Who wins the Adams?

As there are about a dozen or so games left on the sked it’s time to discuss who could walk away with the Adams Trophy – Coach of the year this year and really it comes down to three choices. The West has the best teams but the East has the best coached teams.

SI Poll: which team has the best fans in the NHL?

Sports Illustrated recently polled 365 NHL players asking them which team has the best fans, players were not allowed to vote for their own team – here are the results:

Hart Candidates (So Far)

Who would be your Hart Candidate?

Here are a list of players who should get credit for their outstanding performances on their teams this year….

Unrestriced/Restricted Free Agents Yet To Be Signed

Here’s a list of Players who are set to become Free Agents on July 1st. I will first showcase the UFA’s to be then the RFA’s to be afterwards. So here are this year’s potential UFA’s(with their current Salary not Cap Hit in brackets and the one’s in bold and italics are the ones I feel will be the most sought-after):

Avery to become a UFA. How much would you sign him for assuming you want him?

The NY Post, Daily News and Newsday have all reported that contract talks between Sean Avery and the NY Rangers have broken off. Sean Avery was hoping to re-sign with the NY Rangers, but it now appears he’ll become a UFA this summer.

The Daily News’ John Dellapina reports Avery is believed seeking a contract comparable to the $4.2 million per season Scott Hartnell signed with the Philadelphia Flyers last season… is he really worth that much do you think?

Kilger Suspended

Yahoo Sports is showing a transaction that states newly acquired forward Chad Kilger has been suspended indefinitely by the Panthers for failing to report to the team.