The DWSHL is finally back, and with lots of rumors to report. Many of the elite teams, including the Drunks Cup Champions could be making dramatic changes this off-season.. Whos coming? Whos Going? Who are the top DL players to lookout for? Find out the first edition of “The Trap.


Pro Report

The Phantoms have announced plans to trade goaltender Martin Brodeur. With one year and 10.5 million remaining on his contract, Scanlon says the odds of Marty being with the Phantoms next season are very slim and they will look to deal him for a package of “youngsters and draft choices.” Henrik Lundqvist is expected to ink his first DWSHL contract in the coming days.
                          
GM Harvie has made it clear that keeping Nicklas Lidstrom and Simon Gagne are priorities, while keeping Joe Sakic is not. Harvie feels the team will have to part with Sakic and his 12.22 million dollar salary to have a chance at improving in other areas.

The Drunks Cup Champion Michigan Falcons and Scott Gomez have yet to come to an agreement on a contract. Being one of only two players on the team since the league’s start in 01, many will find it hard believe he will look elsewhere if the Falcons don’t want him back.
  
Also the Falcons would appear to have a goalie to boot, as Marc-Andre Fleury may be ready to claim the throne.

Hanover may be best suited in dealing Jose Theodore with his inconsistent play and Vesa Toskala nipping at his heels.

The Reno Riptide are set to start rebuilding. In an announcement made yesterday by Steve Davey, he told the press “anyone over the age of 25 is available.”

The Seattle Spartans must take some time to self evaluate as they again were knocked out of the playoffs. One scenario for the club is shedding an aging Jaromir Jagr and his bulky salary. The Spartans will be looking to move Sergei Federov.   

After a troubled season, expect Hanover to finally ship Tomas Kaberle elsewhere.

The Blizzard are now in need of a starting goaltender with the retirement of Felix Potvin. The Blizzard organization also reports that Ivan Novoseltsev retired and went to Scandanivia to complete is sex change operation. At 27, he allegedly felt the time was right to assume the role of his alter ego, Ivanna, on a full time basis and leave Hockey behind.

Look for some key players to be cut again in 2009 as the DWSHL will again hold a buyout period.

Some early comments have the Pirahnas taking Phil Kessel with the top pick despite a lackluster DWSJL season.

A report from Sweden has the DWSHL mulling over seizing operation of the flailing Sundsvall franchise.

Rumors are beginning about a DWSHL heavyweight undergoing a major  organizational shakeup including players and management.

Coaching changes are abound in the DWSHL with a record number (3) of firings during last season.

The Falcons and coach Robbie Ftorek may be parting ways...possibly to make way for Pat Quinn. Now that his team has won a Drunks Cup, will Steffer still let Ftorek go?

Kevin Constantine reportedly will be let go by Arizona.
 

DL Report

Thomas Vanek, Petr Taticek, Rostislav Olesz, Benoit Pouliot (Selkirk Rush). Ryley Weir has taken his time developing these four and it appears they are ready for the pros, after becoming DL legends.
 
Eric Fehr, Bobby Ryan (Kingston Pirates). Look for these two to emerge as the next great tandem of the DL.

Marek Svatos (Antwerp Icebats). This kid will enjoy his last season in the DL, as he is projected to become a top winger for the Icebats next season.

Erik Christensen (Houston Sting). This slick, speedy center could find himself in the top 10 scoring list.

Jarrett Stoll, Brian Gionta (Kansas City Huskies). Give the Rams credit for being patient with these two, Stoll and Gionta will be another great duo to pay attention to.


JL Report

The Swedish Thunder appear to be favorites again for season 9 as most of the starters including Jhonas Enroth and Nicklas Backstrom are returning.

Expect the league to allow draftees to remain in the JL for additional seasons if they aren’t offered pro contracts right away.