Author Archives: Trade Man

Can the East beat the West?

After having won the Cup three years in a row with the Devils, Lightning and Hurricanes, the East has fallen from its pedestal when it was unseated last year by the Western Conference’s Anaheim Ducks. This year, it may surprise you to learn that all but two teams in the West (Chicago and San Jose) have winning records against the East, whereas only a handful of teams in the East (Pittsburgh, NJ, Boston, Washington and Ottawa) have winning records against the West. The West has 10 teams with 5 or more wins vs. the East, whereas the East has only 4 teams with 5 or more wins vs. the West. But, there is one team that stands out above all the rest, winning the most games out-of-Conference than any other team in the League. To find out who that is, look inside.

The question we should be asking is: can any Eastern team win the Cup against a team from the West? If so, who is the likeliest candidate to do so? My statistical analysis may surprise many.

Brad Boyes signs 4-year extension.

Brad Boyes has signed a 4-year $16-million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues. Boyes currently has an amazing 32 goals and is tied for ninth in the NHL in goal scoring. He is second on the Blues with 47 points and second in the NHL with a 20.1 shooting percentage.

When and why it all went wrong

When the CBA came into effect, we all should have seen this nosedive into mediocrity coming. The salary cap was introduced to lessen the gap between the top spending teams and the small market teams by limiting the amount of money that the big market teams spend on player’s salaries. This makes it so that teams cannot just spend whatever they want and hoard all of the talent in the league. It keeps the talent spread out. All of this is obvious.

Pavel Kubina's Days Are Numbered, What other Leafs are near their end with

After the 07-08 season, the Maple Leafs will start their journey of rebuilding a team that was created by John Ferguson JR. Personally, I never hated JFJ as a GM, but I think a young and unexperienced GM after the salary cap was a major risk for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Which is ultimately what killed the Maple Leafs in the end. Cliff Fletcher has been brought in as his replacement, and though his hands were tied at the deadline, he still tried his best to trade away player

Surging Leafs targeting the playoffs

Only 6 points behind Philadelphia

In early February the Toronto Maple Leafs were considered prime candidates in the Steve Stamkos sweepstakes, sitting at the very bottom of the Eastern Conference

A playoff spot was considered out of the question. The Leafs were deader than Lincoln.

Trade Deadline Results

Here are some of the results of the first couple of games trade deadline acqusitions have made with their new clubs, (if you have any others to add, please add them) :

Wade Belak: Great forchecking, and net pressence results in Panthers first goal in game against the Leafs.

GM of the Decade

We all know the importance a GM plays in a franchises success … or lack thereof.

It is also impossible to judge the task a General Manager needs to accomplish with only a few years at the helm of his frnachise hence … GM of the Decade.

Marian Hossa aftermath?

Well, since Marian Hossa went to Pittsburg instead of Montreal and Ottawa, what is the outcome of the trade going to be for Pittsburg. Will they sign this superstar? Or let him test free agency?

Personally, I hope that the Penguins do not sign Marian Hossa because then well, their will be future problems with the Pitts organization since they have Sidney Crosby and eventually Evgeni Malkin signed to HUGE contracts. Also, Marian Hossa will be making around the 8-10 million dollars per year mark and Pittsburg won’t sign a long term contract worth 8-10 million dollars a year, well hopefully. Maybe a one or two year contract could work for Pittsburg atleast.

Million Dollar Shootout!

At GM Place today during the Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche game’s 1st intermission, Darwin Head, a Prince Albert, SK native, won the $1 million dollar shootout prize, scoring 15 goals out of 20 shots, in 24 seconds, burying his 15th goal on his final shot.

You can watch all 8 minutes of it, including him and his buddies winning 4 Chevrolet Malibus (1 for him, 2 for his friends and 1 for an in-house lucky fan) and the 20-shot million dollar win on the following link in the box marked “Related Info”.

Possible new Penguins' lines

With the excitement of the Pens’ acquisition of Hossa still hot, it’s time to speculate what the new line combinations will be, once Crosby returns.
Until then, starting with tomorrow’s game against Boston, it’s looking like Staal will center Malone on his left, with Hossa on his right, while Dupuis will play on Malkin’s left, with Sykora remaining on his right.
[I’m not sure I agree with taking Malone off of Malkin’s line.]

Not Sundin's Responsiblity to Fix the Leafs

I didnt know Mats Sundin was the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs? I didnt know it was his job to make the moves to save the franchise? It sure sounded like he had such God like power in the aftermath of his announcement that he was not waiving his no movement clause.

To no surprise, Sundin has chosen to stay a Leaf for life and in doing so, the dillusional, short sighted fans in atypical Leaf Nation fashion have turned against him.

Good day in the long run for Gainey

After days of speculation and rumors surrounding Gainey and the Habs, the deadline came and went without the big splash everyone had anticipated. I could spend this entire post saying things to specific bloggers like; “I told ya so”, but that isn’t necessary. The people who read my pre-deadline comments for the last week saw that everything I predicted to happen with the team, did. That prediction was that nothing will happen, at least in the “impact player” department. For a little bonus points I also suggested that Huet may be traded.

Will Gainey Be Taking Some Heat?

After watching the clock tick to 3:00pm and seeing the Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Marian Hossa Montreal fans were in shock. Having to watch Huet get traded had most people thinking Montreal was gearing up for a trade. That wasn’t the case…