Author Archives: Trade Man

Is Toronto as Deep as we think?

After reading and partaking-in many discussions, I decided to look up some of the leafs prospects.

Asking myself, are the leafs really as deep as we, in Toronto, think? Or do we suffer from the normal delussions of the local fans believing their talent is the best?

We certainly can’t say that about our team at the NHL level.

Taylor captain, Not Vinny? Or Richards?

“Twelve-year NHL veteran Tim Taylor has been named the eighth captain in Tampa Bay Lightning history, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster. Additionally, the Lightning’s assistant captains will be Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, Feaster announced. Lecavalier had served as an assistant captain the past three seasons, and Taylor wore the “A” the second half of last season following the departure of previous captain Dave Andreychuk.”

Dowd to be a Devil

The Newark Star Ledger confirms that Jim Dowd is close to signing with NJ.

Malkin is all but signed!

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Penguins super prospect, Evgeni Malkin, will sign a maximum entry level contract tomorrow at a press conference. So the saga concludes!

http://postgazette.com/pg/06247/719014-100.stm

Leafs Off-season/ Up-coming season 06/07

First off I Wanna say im very excited about this upcoming season but these past few months, hockey talk has been quite boring .. So i wanna start something up and bring my opinion to your minds .. SECONDLY i wanna back up Hal Gill because every post i look at .. everyone is bashing this signing and bashing him all together. This guy has been a +56 the 3 seasons before the lockout, he played for a HORRIBLE Boston team last season and STILL only had a

-4 rating .. Our Beloved Lindros was a -3..Klee when he was with the leafs was a -8 Lets take a look at some stars and see there +/- rating .. hmm 1st off Ryan Smyth -5 .. Sheldon Sourey -11

Jovanovski -8 .. Boyle -8 .. Pronger ONLY a +2

Our Leafs McCabe and Kaberle -1 .. Kubina -13 ..

BEST of all everyone loved the signing of the 2 time Selke award winner Michael Peca .. yeah he was a -4 aswell .. nobody bashed him .. most of the league struggled last season because nobody truely knew what to expect .. now with adjustments we’ll see some change

Honestly Gill isnt as bad as everyone seems .. hes the perfect stay at home defenceman the Leafs truely need. We all know he isnt a guy who will put up points and we honestly dont need that

so go ahead and bash because some may not like my opinions but im stating facts like it or not.

NOW here we go .. lets talk some trades and such

If i was to be asked if the Leafs would make the playoff’s this season, i would honestly have to say yes simply because they have improved there team, they made all the right moves by letting go of the right players and bringing in the right players .. maybe not the right prices but none of us can say anything .. its simply not our money .. but if it was my team for a day here is what i wuld honestly do.

Since Nashville is curriently shopping wingers .. the 1st thought that would go through my head is screw Carter. for the amount of money he wants .. it aint worth it .. c’mon 3 mill for a guy who played along side 2 great skilled playmakers last season and only put up 55 points, he truely isnt worth it.

Ferguson should seriously take a look at Nashville’s wingers .. He should offer a deal like this

To Nashville : 2nd Pick in 2007..5th pick in 2008

To Toronto : Erat OR Hartnell

I Know we need a “star” for Sundin but honestly these 2 guys played on the 2nd/3rd line for Nashville last season and put up some pretty nice numbers (48 for Hartnell, 49 for Erat)

Erat is starting to show he can be a capable playmaker. I think he would excell on Sundins wing. Hartnell could be a nice powerforward for Sundin aswell .. but honestly i believe we need a playmaker or scorer who will match up nice with Sundin .. but Hartnell would fit nice on a line with Peca and Tucker .. that would be the perfect shutdown line.

Some other deals/ signings i believe ferguson should think about is this

Sign Daze to a 1 year deal worth around 1 million

Make An Offer to Morozov for 3 years worth 1.5

Any Other opinions on what the Leafs should do .. send away!

Fixing the holes (without paying the bomb)

Hi guys -

I’d be really surprised if the Leafs began the season with three goalies; JFJ must be under a lot of pressure from the higher-ups to bring in a winger for Sundin (as there is no obvious answer in the current lineup). Too many goalies, too many young D-men, not enough sniping wingers. Easy to do the math here.

Re-kindling the magic?

Alright, I am a die hard Rangers fan. My basement is full of hundreds of peices of memorabillia. And when I look at memories from the 94 cup year, I think yeah it would be great to see Brian Leetch wear a Rangers Jersey just one more time. Watch him skate out in the true blue for one last season. But the reality is, it will hurt the Rangers more then help.

An introspective look at the Oiler's

A new season is coming up. Hockey scribes all over the land are writing of doom and gloom for the upcoming Oilers hockey season. Here is a realistic look at what to expect from this team, and who to watch.

Who to Watch at the N.Y. Islander Training Camp

Now the dust has settled in Islanderland, the team can focus on the season ahead. By the same token, fantasy owners can focus on what changes this team has undergone and which players will be the most affected.

Devils Sign Lachance

The issue of a 7th defenceman for NJ has been seemingly resolved. With Matvichuk out and Malakhov all but retired the 5 shoe-ins for NJ right now is Rafalski, White, Lukowich and RFA’s Hale and Martin (will be signed somehow).