Interview with the Insider

I’ve conducted an interview with “The Insider” at, I have a couple more interviews with top hockey bloggers/writers to do, that I will try to conduct soon, and there are a few more people I have yet to get, but here’s “The Insider” who had some interesting things to say.This is the direct MSN Chat log.

[03:46:46 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: hi

[03:47:10 PM] The Insider: hey

[03:47:25 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: i write at, and

I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?

[03:47:32 PM] The Insider: sure

[03:48:22 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Ok, first of all, why did you start


[03:48:48 PM] The Insider: i recieve tons of info daily, and their is

a high demand for this, so its fun to share it

[03:49:27 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what kinds of people do you get this

information from.

[03:50:11 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: ?

[03:50:13 PM] The Insider: a number of different sources from around

the league … scouts, fellow insiders, etc

[03:51:08 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: You have a relitvely small following

compared to Cory Johnson, Eklund, and the Code, do you

plan on expanding your site to help get your information

out to more people?

[03:51:39 PM] The Insider: there are definately future plans to have

more than just a blog.

[03:52:00 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: What is your favorite NHL team?

[03:52:41 PM] The Insider: no team imparticular … i liked to follow

a few different teams, mainly prefer to watch the

younger, faster teams

[03:53:18 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Is there a reason that it seems the

majority of the rumors you post are Leaf rumors?

[03:54:08 PM] The Insider: there are tons of leaf rumors generated

every single day .. toronto is a great hockey city, but

there are so many rumors that some times its tricky to

tell which ones have absolutely no substance to them

[03:55:08 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Speaking of the Leafs, do you have any

information on them? I’m a Leaf fan, could you tell me

who they are looking at, and who they possibley could

deal by the deadline?

[03:55:40 PM] The Insider: they would like to add arnason if they can

get cullimore with him .. mccabe may be moved, and the

leafs are considering making an offer for gaborik.

[03:56:04 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what would the deal for Gaborik be?

[03:56:22 PM] The Insider: its a hefty price – he is the wild’s

franchise player

[03:56:59 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: any names? Wellwood, Allison, McCabe?

[03:57:24 PM] The Insider: i have heard all 3 of those names involved

[03:57:36 PM] The Insider: as well a package involving


[03:57:56 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: percentage wise, whats the chance of

Gaborik joining the Leafs?

[03:58:38 PM] The Insider: the leafs have no ground over any other

team on the gaborik front right now

[03:58:44 PM] The Insider: no one has made an actual offer

[03:58:50 PM] The Insider: as of now, 0%

[03:59:28 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Ok, I should prolly ask questions other

then Leaf questions, who’s the biggest name who’ll

likely move by the deadline, where will he go, and what


[03:59:42 PM] The Insider: mccabe

[03:59:47 PM] The Insider: carolina is the front runner

[03:59:57 PM] The Insider: picks/prospect and low-end roster player


[04:00:11 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: So you’d call McCabe a bigger name player

then Jokinen?

[04:00:57 PM] The Insider: they play seperate roles…and its not

guaranteed yet that jokinen will be moved

[04:01:15 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Is Sundin on the move?

[04:01:25 PM] The Insider: at the moment, no

[04:02:14 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what about these luongo rumors? Any truth

to them? Who will win, Edmonton? Vancouver? Colorado?

Toronto? and what will the deal look like?

[04:02:28 PM] The Insider: its a 3 way deal involving the rangers and


[04:02:45 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: names involved?

[04:03:07 PM] The Insider: belfour, montoya and an undisclosed

prospect and draft pick

[04:03:50 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what players do you expect to see move

this summer?

[04:04:06 PM] The Insider: trade or free agency?

[04:04:15 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: either one.

[04:04:20 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: big names.

[04:05:00 PM] The Insider: luongo, mccabe, richards, theodore, etc

[04:05:33 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: where will they go?

[04:05:57 PM] The Insider: as well as bertuzzi

[04:06:20 PM] The Insider: luongo – tor, mccabe – car, richards – mtl,

theodore – ana/tb, bertuzzi – ana .. the current


[04:06:57 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: if you could pick the playoff teams right

now, who would they be?

[04:07:48 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: based on what moves they could make.

[04:08:17 PM] The Insider: the following teams will move in the

standings a bit

[04:08:17 PM] The Insider: 8. Montreal 26 60

9. Toronto 25 59

10. Atlanta 24 58

10. Boston 24 58

[04:08:33 PM] The Insider: 5. Vancouver 23 71

6. Colorado 23 70

7. Los Angeles 22 69

8. Edmonton 24 68

9. Anaheim 25 65

10. Minnesota 23 63

11. San Jose 26 62

12. Phoenix 23 58

[04:09:04 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: what direction will they moved? who will

squeeze into 8th in the east?

[04:09:29 PM] The Insider: leafs will make a big push for 8th

[04:09:56 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: any defensive additions on the Leafs


[04:10:06 PM] The Insider: cullimore is a possibility

[04:11:13 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: is Jokinen on his way to Ottawa, or


[04:11:20 PM] The Insider: not ottawa

[04:11:22 PM] The Insider: they pulled out

[04:11:32 PM] The Insider: colorado is in it now tho, the flames are

still in as well

[04:11:43 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: whats the best offer Florida’s had.

[04:12:45 PM] The Insider: 1st + Chuck Kobesaw

[04:13:33 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: will there be more or less trades then

ussual at the deadline?

[04:13:39 PM] The Insider: about the same

[04:14:20 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: Well, thanks for answering these

questions, I’ll direct people at HTR to your blog.

[04:14:34 PM] The Insider: thanks

[04:14:36 PM] The Insider: nice speaking with u

[04:14:40 PM] (h)|3!|_|_(: you too.

Please visit for more information, and rumors from the Insider.

19 Responses to Interview with the Insider

  1. Kraftster says:

    Gaborik being dealt??!?! Please….thats a joke. Minnesota has been to smart and conservative for too long AND they will be in the playoffs this year. Why on earth would they deal Gab?? NEVER going to happen.

  2. wingerxxx says:

    Funny how a lot of that turned out to be a grilling on what the Leafs would do. As unpredictable as NHL trades can be, I’d take a lot of what this person said with a grain of salt. Especially 3-way deals. You hardly ever, ever, ever see those.

    Minnesota dealing Gaborik? That makes no sense at all. And even if Minnesota did trade him, other playoff bound teams will be looking in too. Meaning…highly doubtful he will go to Toronto. Gaborik is exactly what you want your picks and prospects to turn out to be. As such, Minnesota is very thin on the wing, but they are just fine at center. Meaning, they don’t need guys like Allison coming back to them. If Minnesota trades Gaborik, their GM should step down, on general principle.

    Toronto’s moves are going to be based on how they perform leading into the playoff stretch. If they fall out of it, yeah, McCabe will be one to go. The cap is going to prevent all of the teams from totally loading up on players. I don’t know about Cullimore. A lot of teams are going to be after him. I imagine that Al Montoya will be traded at some point, given Lundqvist’s play. Might not even be this year. Weekes should probably stay. You don’t go into the playoffs with two rookie goaltenders, that’s nuts. The Rangers should not make any drastic changes, and I don’t think that Sather will.

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I asked what questions I could think of, as a Leaf fan, those came quick. I figured with the mass ammount of Leaf fans, it wouldn’t matter too much. Who are you a fan of? Maybe you can help with the next one.

  4. wingerxxx says:

    I am a Rangers fan. It’s a little different on my end, because New York will not be making any major moves, even if Jagr suffers a major injury. If they do make a move, iti’l be on defense. And likely a minor one at that.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Rangers should go after a defensman. Like a 4th-6th guy, for insurance/depth going into the playoffs. I think if Weinrich is going to go for like a middle round draft pick they should pick him up. Or Luke Richardson.

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Or McCabe I heard.

  7. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    some of this does seem logical such as:

    kobesaw and 1st rounder for jokinen.

    Cullimore to the leafs

    Mccabe to Car (they threw alot away for doug weight why not for mccabe)

    Richards to mtl Havent stopped hearing these rumours for awhile and tampa doesnt have cap space for him while the habs do.

    Theodore to tampa Maybe in a trade for richards?

    Arnason to toronto they will have to give up more then antropov and a pick.

    bertuzzi to anaheim himmmmmmm brian burke is in love with him so…..

    now the bullshit

    leafs making an offer to gaborik…. im sorry franchise player and he will cost over 4 million easily.

    3 way trade between rangers leafs and florida with the names of montoya luongo and belfour…. lol this is funny. florida and rangers wouldnt want a has been. and rangers will not give up montoya, i dont care if they have lundqvist montoya and lundqvist will be another fernandez and roloson duo in the future except better.

    Luongo to toronto i hope its a trade because he is still a restricted free agent and the leafs will give up quite a few first rounders to get him.

    colorado going for jokinen yes they have cap room but they will likely give up someone like hejduk for him.

  8. wingerxxx says:

    Well the saying goes…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Rangers PK has been great this year, with Malik, Roszival, Kasparaitis and Tyutin leading the way. Prucha will be returning before too long, and Jagr might take a few games off to heal up. I wouldn’t mind seeing Sather try to make a move for Filip Kuba, but I don’t know if that could be done. Minnesota will want to keep him, and I don’t blame them.

  9. toronto77 says:

    i don’t care if the leafs get rid of mccabe at the deadline as long as we get him back in the off season. we can trade him to carolina for a high pick, and if the canes win the cup a high pick will be well worth it, and the leafs will be happy to take as many high picks as they can get. JFJ should be shot if he trades wellwood, no rookies can be traded, we have a bad experience in that coming back to bite us in the ass, steen and wellwood are one of the greatest rookies we had in a while, and we would be stupid to take a chance like that, yes gaborik is a great player, but perhaps we can give up something other than young talent, maybe a high pick, cuz a high pick won’t always come back to bite you in the ass, a player that already is good will, for example antropov, berg were high picks and look how they turned out.

  10. darthjudd says:

    Wow! There was potencial for a good interview, but then you had to start talking about the LEAFS and what they are going to do. I pay a lot of attention to this site and other hockey trade rumor sites and it never fails that LEAF fan clog up all the good rumors with their own predictions. I’m not the biggest fan of the LEAFS but i dont like hearing so much about them especially when it is a load of bull. Luongo a LEAF?? come on! Trading McCabe will spell the end of the LEAFS making the playoffs and that will not sit well in TO. They need defensive help and they’ll find it in cheaper players that are available for draft picks. Belfour could be moved to help a team in the playoffs, but that will also spell an end to the LEAFS making the playoffs. I say the trade they should make is for Arnason. Antropov and a pick should be given up. Then the LEAFS can build their team up around Wellwood, Steen, Kaberle, McCabe, and their up and coming goalies Pogge and that Finish kid that won goalie of the World Junior Tourney.

    As for real trades…I think that the Canucks are in a position to move Bert for either a goalie or a good defencemen, depending on the status of Ohlund and Salo. Calgary needs a top line centre and if they can get Ollie for Kobasew and a draft pick then they should pull the trigger. Edmonton needs a goalie if they are gonna make a run and if Luongo is a possibility they get him, but they need some sort of insurance that he would resign and Kevin Lowe is a great GM and i could see Luongo sticking around in Oiltown. IF not they should get Joseph or Toskala (some say he’s another Kipper is the waiting). The Habs arent going to trade Theordore especially now that he’s slipped and hurt himself, but they need a centre and if they could get Richards then do it. Maybe throw in a defenceman too. As for Ottawa, they may need a goalie, but it will not be Lalime (that was the dumbest post i’ve ever seen on this site) and another centremen to take the pressure off of Spezza. That’s about all i have to say and it ended up being longer than i wanted it to be.

  11. mojo19 says:

    No, like you said if its not broken…. I think the Rangers should add an available guy like Richardson or Weinrich, because it won’t shake up their team at all, because they’ll most likely go for draft picks and/or mediocre prospects.

  12. SJ_Sharks_Fan_19 says:

    I stopped reading after i saw “Toronto could deal for Gaborik”

  13. EmptyNetter says:

    Good idea for an article, Leafy. Nothing too outrageous here except maybe Luongo to Toronto.

  14. BeLEAFer925 says:

    Interesting. Some of its kinda out there but theres just as much realistic stuff there. No way Gaborik moves. If anything I think Minny’s gonna be a buyer cause they’re only 5 points out of the playoffs and they make good profits so they can spend a little more, i think (not sure about the cap situation for them). Plus with the additions to the roster they get for Roloson or Fernandez and they’re defensive style they’ll be set for the playoffs, which i predict will get officiated much differently from the reg season.

    As for the Leafs, as a Leaf fan, I don’t think they are that out there, other than the luongo signing/trade. Luongo wants to win not rebuild for a few more years. The only connection i see is the Luongo/Quinn Team Canada connection and since Quinn won’t be there next season thats out. Luongo to Colorado or Montreal. And can Montreal afford Richards???

    As for McCabe, he’s definatly gone. I don’t see the Leafs going for a massive rebuild, but they’ll attempt to go in a different direction next year. New coach, new goalie (whoever it is), new defense corps led by kaberle and some stay at home guys, and hopefully some better performing forwards, minus Nik Antropov. McCabes value is as high as its gonna get and he’s gonna get some good players, prospects, picks in return. Plus the leafs won’t be able to afford him soon, especially with the deal they gave Kaberle ( who i think is just as good if not better than McCabe) Kaberle is just as good defensivly, moves the puck better, has a great shot when he does shoot, and is smarter and more consistent on a night in, night out basis. McCabe has had just one good year after 10 years in the league. So as much as I’d hate to see it McCabe is all but done in TO, its just a matter of whether it happens at the deadline or offseason.

  15. habs_punk says:

    The more of this I read, the more I got the feeling that you, Leafy, ARE the insider. I can’t imagine anyone who is remotely serious in this business actually predicting Luongo will end up in Toronto. There is absolutely ZERO chance of that happening. He is not an unrestricted free agent, and the Leafs have nothing that they would be able to trade to Florida to get someone of Luongo’s calibre in return.

    The worst part is the 3 way deal. Those are hard enough to pull off, but involving big names and big salaries like this proposed deal makes this rumor a complete joke. Tell me, why would either New York or Florida give up Luongo or Montoya in order to get Belfour in return? This is just another bullshit rumor that looks good if you’re a Leafs fan because you’re getting without giving.

  16. peedy7 says:

    why do you waste our time? Its well known that the suck leafs have no cap room to make a deal, if they do make a trade they have to give up alot of salary in return for a superstar like Gaborik or Luongo. Nice try dude, keep dreaming the Leafs are Old and in trouble, no playoffs for them this season. Read em and weep !!

  17. shekkie says:

    somewhat interesting, format it a little better next time…

    …made my brain hurt reading through it

  18. Viller02 says:

    *****ing chat logs for a post, god damnit… This is unreadable even if I wanted to read it…

  19. sakic91 says:

    Why move Gaborik for Maccabe tha’s a pretty damn big laugh

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