A Monster Trade?

November 25, 2011

Rumors are swirling that if Jonas Gustavsson continues his strong play, he could be traded when James Reimer is ready to return to the net later next week.  However, ‘Monster’ has been providing solid netminding for the last few games.  In the last two, the Leafs managed to outscore their opposition by a total of 14-2.  Even with Reimer in the net, Leaf fans are not accustomed to blow out wins and top notch save percentages – and certainly not both in the same game.  So if there is interest in Jonas Gustavsson, the return would probably have to be fairly substantial for Burke to be willing to toss away what looks like a very nice insurance policy.

That said, I doubt there are any managers out there willing to deal a lottery pick for a hot-and-cold goaltender like Gustavsson.  Burke was a little late to the party if he wanted Greg Sherman to bite on that kind of deal.  Still, a good prospect or a high pick (2nd rounder) might be enough to entice the Leafs GM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prediction Time: Central Division, pt. 2

September 7, 2011

Jeff Carter, Meet Rick Nash

3.) Columbus Blue Jackets

Since the beginning of the lock-out era hockey fans have been told time and time again by just about every media outlet imaginable, that the best way to build a hockey team in this salary cap world, is to collect high-end draft picks.  The NHL used the strategies employed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals to sell this model.  The idea is that if you are a bad enough team, you’ll have some rough years, but you’ll be rewarded with your very own Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin.  The reality is that there are several teams who have followed this model and experienced absolutely no success whatsoever.  One of those teams is the Columbus Blue Jackets. Read the rest of this entry »


Blue Jackets in the Rumor Mill and a Bryz in Philly

June 8, 2011

Rumors about Jeff Carter continue to swirl.  Multiple roster players are likely to be on their way out of Philadelphia to make room for Ilya Bryzgalov and his contract which could easily exceed 6 million dollars per season.  With four players capable of playing top six center roles, Carter could very well be the odd man out.  Today news leaked that Columbus may be one of the teams interested in helping the Flyers out of their cap jam.  Could it be time for the Flyers to take a calculated risk and bring in a big contract like Carter’s?  Only time will tell, but the Flyers appear to want to act sooner rather than later. Read the rest of this entry »