Author Archives: Trade Man

In defense of JFJ!!!

This article is an attempt to defend JFJ and his moves as G.M.

Ill start with the players that remain from the starting roster that he inherited: Sundin, Stajan, Kaberle, Kilger, Ponikarovsky, McCabe, Pilar, Antropov, Tucker.

Samsonov a Hab !!

Bob Gainey was busy today as he made 4 moves which I believe will improve the club substantially. TSN.ca reports that Gainey has signed UFA Sergei Samsonov, re-signed RFA David Abeisher, Picked up Mike Johnson from Phoenix and dealt Zednik to Washington.

Habs re-sign Aebsicher to a one year deal

According to TSN.ca, as well as the Canadiens web page, Bob Gainey has signed the goaltender to a one year deal. While financial terms were not disclosed, NHLPA’s website has Abby’s salary as 1.9mil, the same as last year, meaning he accepted his qualifying offer.

Samsonov (2 year deal) & Johnson to Montreal, Zednik Traded to Washington

RDS.ca claims the Habs have signed Sergei Samsonov to a 2 year deal (amount of money unkwown for now). The Habs also traded ealier Richard Zednik to the Capitals of Washington for a 3rd round pick to then acquire from Phoenix Mike Johnson for 4th round pick.

Greg Malone leaves Penguins, could this mean Ryan Malone is trade bait?

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06193/705282-61.stm

Greg Malone, father or Penguins forward Ryan Malone and head scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has left the team. He is the first personel move by Shero. Could this be because Ryan Malone is not in Shero’s plans? Maybe he is on the list to be traded for a player that is to much for another teams cap room. Gagne from Philly comes to mind.

2006-2007 official schedule released

http://www.nhl.com/schedules/index.html

NHL.com has released the schedule for the 2006-2007 season. It follows last year’s format of each team playing the teams in its division 8 times, the other teams in its Conference 4 times, and 10 games against the other Conference. This years inter-conference format is as follows:

Habs Rant

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey hasn’t given up on upgrading his team through free agency. Gainey confirming to CJAD’s Abe Hefter that although the Habs lost out on the Brendan Shanahan sweepstakes, he believes there’s talent remaining out there that could help the Canadiens, up front. Gainey, at the Martin Lapointe Arena to watch the prospects take to the ice, says it became pretty clear that unrestricted free agent economics would prevent the Canadiens from signing more than one player. And with plenty of wiggle room left within the salary cap, there’s money to spend — for the right player, added the GM.

Deal For Roberts Dead

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According to the Toronto Star the pending trade by the Leafs for former Leaf Gary Roberts is now dead according to Florida GM Mike Keenan. It is expected that Roberts will be back with the Cats next season.

Vokoun ready for training camp ??

According to TSN and the Tennessean…

Predators G Tomas Vokoun has stopped taking the blood-thinning drug coumadin in anticipation of his visit to the Mayo Clinic on July 24. If Vokoun is able to stay off the blood thinning medication, he could be ready for training camp in September.

Hamilton Penguins?

“Sportsnet.ca is reporting” that a Toronto lawyer Richard Rodier may be interested in buying the Pittsburgh Penguins

Will we be saying good bye to Pittsburgh?