The Year Everything Changed

What a difference a year makes.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of HockeyTradeRumors.com in it’s present format. In one year, HTR’s readership has risen by almost a factor of ten, going from 3,000 to 25,000 daily, according to the site’s operator, TradeMan. Today I will recount some of the greatest memories in HTR’s rise, and here’s hoping more great memories come around.

Nieuwendyk for Bondra

SportsRadio 1310 KTCK, Dallas, has reported that there have been discussions regarding a trade of Dallas Stars centre Joe Nieuwendyk straight up for Washington Capital Peter Bondra.

Can the Rangers Get Any Luckier?

Now it seems as if the Rucinsky and Lyashenko deal seems like it was a must do for the Rangers. Tonight, the Rangers are playing against the Boston Bruins and Radek Dvorak is injured with a torn MCL and/or ACL. He will have reconstructive knee surgery, much like Mike Richter and Tomas Kloucek had. It happened when Dvorak was crossing the blueline and stupidly and pretty useless, old veteran Gord Murphy stuck his hip out on Dvorak.

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The Latest on Pavel Bure and Tom Poti

We’ve just received five articles regarding the trades of the services for Tom Poti and Pavel Bure, and I’m including them all here. All the authors are “Anonymous”.
(Courtesy Spector’s Rumours)

Hockeytraderumors.com mentioned in Mercury News

Thought you might like o read this:

Hockey trades are motivated almost as much by contract status and salary as play on the ice. That means certain players — Selanne and other unrestricted free agents, for example — become automatic fodder for trade talk.

And all that talk is magnified by the Internet.

“It’s gotten to this point because of the Internet,” Sharks General Manager Dean Lombardi said. “If one newspaper has it, everybody has it. That’s different than five years ago when you might see it in one paper, but it wouldn’t have a life of its own.”

Many major hockey sites have a link to trade rumors. Some, like www.hockeytrade rumors.com, are even more direct.

All of which poses a problem for general managers: how to respond to the player — and to the public.

Here is the full article:

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/sports/hockey/nhl/san_jose_sharks/2836257.htm

Jon

http://64.166.70.214/sharkspage/

HTR's One Year Anniversary

According to the articles archive, HockeyTradeRumours.com will be one year old this Friday. The first ever article was simply titled “Hockey Trade Rumours” and dealt with a number of key issues, like Alexei Yashin, and created a plethora of speculation on where he and other big names might end up.

Media Tricks Once Again

The media falsified their trade rumors of New York Rangers veteran netminder Mike Richter. Today, radio station 660 WFAN interviewed Rangers GM Glen Sather. Radio announcer Sal Mussina asked Sather about his involvement in the trade deadline, mentioning Richter. Sather responded that he has not talked to any teams about Richter. Sather said he will trade only if the offers will be right for the Rangers, not to just make a trade.

In my opinion, the Rangers should just fire Low.

Peroni on Spector's Trade Rumors

My opinions on Trade Rumors from Spector:

What the GM Meeting Should Really be About

The National Hockey League is now holding one of the many annual General Manager meetings where new rules are discussed and personnel discussions are articulated.

***REMINDER****

*** Since the trade deadline is coming closer, HTR REQUIRES ALL submitted trade rumors to have a source. Trade rumors that are “thoughts” or “i heard somewhere” will NOT be posted, unless the trade rumor could happen or sounds realistic.***

Thank you,
HTR Staff

Flyers make a trade

The Flyers have aquired forward Jarrod Skalde from the Thrashers for minor leaguer Joe DiPenta.

Stan Fischler says

http://www.msgnetwork.com/fans/personality.cfm?name=fischler&cont_id=98766&subnav_key=nhl

The Isles would love to land either Geoff Sanderson or Shawn McEachern to play alongside Alexei Yashin. Bait could be Mariusz Czerkawski-plus

Ducks Bruins trade

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded right wing Marty McInnis to the Boston Bruins for a third-round NHL entry draft pick.

Richter To Be DEALT If Sather Gets The Right Offer

Larry Brooks from the NY Post reports:

Lecavalier to Canucks

The Boston Herald reports that Vancouver Canucks General Manager Brian Burke will try to deal for Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent Lecavalier or Boston Bruin Bill Guerin. It is not clear if Burke will trade during the offseason or before the trade deadline but Vancouver will be doing business for good talent in the near future.

Flyers problems=trade is likely

Today’s game against the Rangers exposed many of the flyers problems, as well as some additional ones.

A different look on trade rumours- Feb. 28 Edition

Sorry for the delay: University work beckoned, and with the Olympic break there really wasn’t too much point talking trade. Anyhow, I’m back and this week it’s “Goaltender Week”: the searches/”shoppings” of the Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes of netminders.
(Sources: Spector’s Rumours, ESPN.com, Toronto Star)

Contracting the NHL

Contraction. It’s an issue that Major League Baseball is trying to deal with and has been hit with huge skepticism concerning it. Still, this contraction talk and the finishing of the Olympic hockey tournament made me think: Could the NHL contract nine teams to get it back to a competitive 21 teams?

To do this I’ll examine one-by-one each of the 30 NHL teams and put up my reasons for and against contracting each team.

What All NHL Teams Need to Do After the Olympics

Here are some suggestions on all 30 teams on what they need to do after the olympic break and before the trade deadline.

Olympic Hockey Update

After hearing that HTR had a meltdown, I’d thought I’d run a Reader’s Digest version of what has happened so far at the men’s Olympic hockey tournament.