The Buzz Has Started

It seems that Bobby Clarke has started my most favourite time of year. With the trade of Williams for Markov, Clarke has finally began the Gm’s battle for positioning. This year has seemed slower than most and we all know the CBA has been front and centre of all potential deals. No one has been willing to take that step to get GM’s to start wheeling and dealing.

Now I wouldn’t call Markov for Williams a blockbuster trade, however it is the first move in the game. Prior to this the biggest news we had on HTR were waiver claims, or Hasek and Cujo stories.

There seems to be a tension in the air that we as fans feel our GM’s are on the phones right now, and we have no clue as to what is going on but we can pretend. This is the reason I signed up to this site last year. I was dieing to find out where Kovalev would go. Who would be the first team to get him and for what. I searched the internet for a while and came here. Ever since then I check this site almost daily. Most of the time it’s not much. So I add my comments here and there. But now we are all in anticipation.

The Flyers, even though near the top of the standings, made the first real move. So what will the other top teams do to match it. Last year when the leafs got Nolan, Philli was in a panic to get someone also and picked up Amonte. You know if Detroit gets Zhamnov, Colorado will have to add someone. Vancouver never seems to bite on anything, but could they maybe finally get a goalie??

The reason I write this to ask all of those other fans like me to start checking your local papers, go on the internet and search for these rumours to keep me and everyone interested to read a new post. (No offence on the article about which contributor resembles a guy from Slap Shot. But that is not what I log on for.)

Just now on Headline Sports in Toronto, they are posting that the Rangers and Capitals are in serious negotiations to pick up Jagr. That is huge info but at least its something.

Will this help the Rangers?? Absolutely not. All Jagr has been looking for all his career is to make it to New York so that he can collect his fat paycheck and do just enough to keep the fans happy and the gold diggers wanting some Czech action.

Rumours out of Toronto still insist on O’neil coming to T.O. I know others out there all balk at this because we need defense first. However when has a GM really always gone after what they need. ie Toronto and D, Clarke and a goalie, Sather and defense. Except for the good Gm’s like Lacroix, and Lamoreillo.

So if the leafs do go for Oneil,l they will definitely try to pry some defense from teams that will be looking to dump salary or contracts. That is where they can still pick up Wesley or others. (You see the leafs have alot of guys that have contract up this year, therefore picking up a 3 million dollar contract really won’t hurt them if there is a cap)

P.S. Coliacovo is here to stay. Not becuase of his talent but more so for the clause in rookie contracts that make it impossible to achieve bonuses that could equal close to 3 million after the 41 game mark. Therefore look for a trade involving Jackman, Hedin Antropov and Berg to go. Look for Matvichuck to be traded out of Dallas also if they continue to fall in the standings.

Teams that will be having Fire sales if they are not in the playoff hunt.


Washington (easy)


Islanders (although they will be in the hunt till the end)


Anaheim (J.S??) ( you know Clarke would bite on that one.)

Those are just my two cents


9 Responses to The Buzz Has Started

  1. AmericasteamRedWings says:

    Well, I was thinking….

    Since Fedorov has a clause in his contract that says he can be a UFA again if the Ducks don’t make the playoffs….

    Suppose on March 9, the Ducks are out. Fedorov tells management he is going to excercise that clause.

    Do you think that Sergei Fedorov could change teams again? I certainly think that the Rangers would have definate interest, and probably would be the only team who could afford him.

    Just speculation.

  2. Just-Checking-In says:

    Coming off a career worst year, especially with a salary war looming is not the time to go around and opting out of big contracts…..

  3. Leafs88 says:

    Great Article! I liked what you said. I totaly agree with you in the point that there is a war going on between the GMs, and that a move can trigger alot of other moves! So put you seat belts on, this going to be a wild ride!!

  4. Kill_Yourself says:

    Good article. Oniell would be good in the blue and white and it looks like he’s getting his game back with 5 goals in the last 4 games i believe, well something like that but anyways toronto still needs a dman i agree that those guys you mentioned(Jackman, Antropov and Berg) have a good chance of being dealt but i don’t think hedin will go. T.O. will probably keep him on the farm team for 3-4 years because he has a little bit of talent. ha

    Im predicting the leafs will pick up wesley for dirt cheap on the deadline but Gonchar would also be good, they should try to pick them both up.




    Then maybe, just maybe the leafs could beat the flyers or at least lose with out letting in 8 goals. Oh and for all the leaf fans that will get annoyed at that last sentence, Shut Up im a leaf fan myself.

  5. The_Conductor says:

    “If” Fedorov were to leave, then he would want to go to a team that is a playoff contender. He hates loves the fact he is the go-to guy with the Ducks but hates the teams situation.

    According to a reliable source who works security for the Oilers… Fedorov after the loss to the Oilers, had his head down and didn’t look like he wanted to be there. He also told me that Fedorov and Semenov were together after the game talking and wispering… and it looked like there was some bitching and complaing on Fedorov’s part. (Of course no-one knows exactly what was said… but with Fed’s attitude and reaction with the team… one can only guess).

  6. nocuphere says:

    Not a rumor but philly just picked up Matthais Timander

  7. Treva says:

    Vancouver does not need a goalie. They have two, and a excellent backup in the minors. Vancouver needs scoring. I expect them to enquire about Mr. O’Neil, the only thing that concerns me is that they will be less willing to part with players than some other teams (Toronto, Detroit). Why T.O. is looking for forwards is beyond me as well.

    REPEAT: Vancouver is not in a goalie hunt, take a look at the numbers for nucks goailes you will see.

  8. jacosta says:

    Burke and fans can say all you want about Cloutier but for him to choke one more time will be the end of Vancouvers hopes. If there is a lock out Naslund will go back to Sweden and your team will be very different post CBA. Cloutier is not a playoff goalie. I and all Vancouver fans have to admit that that is your weakness. The inconsistent play in the playoffs of Cloutier

  9. Treva says:

    First off Cloutier has improved each and every year, playoffs and in the regular season. Second – Hedberg has had playoff sucsess before, and is a good second option/insurance should Cloutier struggle.

    But you prove my point yourself, Burke is a Cloutier supporter and won’t be looking for another goalie, he did that when he got Hedberg.

    Point number 2, Goaltending alone won’t win the playoffs, the nucks blew against minnie, and were lucky to get game 7, they had the lead in game 7 and then pounded the pooch the rest of the way. Yeah Cloutier sucked, but he sucked just as hard as the rest of the team. They need secondary scoring.

    I agree with you that the CBA is a big mystery and no one really knows how the talks will work out.

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