Trade Winds: Jeff Carter

February 6, 2012

No Trade Clause No More...

Jeff Carter has been the hottest topic of conversation in the NHL the last few weeks.  The speculation surrounding Columbus is that General Manager Scott Howson is very much open to making enormous and sweeping changes in the organization.  It sounds like he would like to retain his long time captain, Rick Nash, but he did not sugar coat the reality that Jeff Carter is available for a trade.

I don’t think it’s really necessary to talk about the reasons that Carter may be available.  They are pretty obvious at this point.  The Jackets are dead last by a country mile and their organization is veering dangerously close to being an embarassment.  With a massive payroll not living up to expectations, changes must be made. Read the rest of this entry »


Will Rick Nash Request A Trade?

October 23, 2011

The Losses Mount, and the Bills are Piling Up in Columbus.

Earlier this week, Mike Modano suggested on his Twitter account that Rick Nash should seek a trade:

9modanoMike Modano
Rick Nash please ask for a trade..!

The word of Mike Modano obviously isn’t going to be the deciding factor for the Columbus captain, but it is a good reason to start the discussion, and begin churning the rumor mill.  After all, when a legend like Modano speaks out publically and implores you to explore your options, I think it’s safe to say that the thought has at least crossed Nash’s mind.  If watching Nash struggle in Columbus is painful for veterans just watching the game – even when they have no particular emotional investment in the team or the player –  imagine how Nash himself must feel.
Dating back to last season, the Blue Jackets have been without a regulation win for 30 straight contests.  Granted, in that time span they have picked up some shootout victories, but in reality, these are gimmick wins that a team cannot rely on with regularity.  To put into perspective just how bad this team has been, consider that the expansion Winnipeg Jets who entered the league in the late 1970’s once went on a 35 game winless streak.  They were basically a minor league team playing in the NHL that year, and yet the Blue Jackets are coming dangerously close to drawing even with that horrendous record.  Their next 4 contests are against the Red Wings, Sabres, Blackhawks and Ducks, three of whom have recent Cup wins to their name. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »


Prediction Time: Atlantic Division, pt. 2

August 31, 2011

The Times They Are A Changin’… (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

3.) Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers are probably the biggest mystery in the Eastern Conference this year.  They’ve completely changed the key parts of their roster and the results could fall anywhere from very impressive to absolute disaster.  At the very least though, it’s probably fair to expect an adjustment period for the team.  The pairs of Briere/Hartnell and Giroux/VanRiemsdyk will remain in tact, but the rest of their top nine forward group is entirely different.  In place of Mike Richards, Kris Versteeg, Jeff Carter, Nik Zherdev and Ville Leino are Brayden Schenn, Max Talbot, Wayne Simmonds, Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek.  The only upgrade in this group would be the substitution of Jagr for Zherdev, which is a theoretical upgrade at best considering Jagr will turn 40 during the season and has been away from the league for over three years. Read the rest of this entry »


Around The NHL Today

June 27, 2011

As general managers around the league start putting in the paper work to get their restricted free agents locked up to new contracts and send qualifying offers to retain their rights, speculation about free agency continues to amp up.  Questions abound about how certain teams will make it to the cap floor, and whether the big time restricted free agents will receive massive offer sheets come Friday.

In other news, Jeff Carter spoke to the media for the first time since the trade.  He is angry, but not at the notion of playing in Columbus (though really, it’s not as though he would say so if he were), but at how he was handled by the Flyers organization.  Sidney Crosby is getting back into game shape.  Brad Richards continues to be the main event for July 1st, seemingly with no one organization in the lead to acquire his services.  Finally, the new Jets jersey is coming, and those who have seen it say it will be worth the wait.  For all this and more, check out the days happenings in more detail at the links below: Read the rest of this entry »


Offseason Game Plan: Philadelphia Flyers

June 9, 2011

Overview

Outlook

The Flyers have an issue that they have been dealing with for what seems like forever.  They don’t have a number one goalie or anything resembling a true starter.  That was fine for a time.  After all, the trend in the NHL showed that you could be successful with second rate guys like Osgood, Niemi and even Michael Leighton.  This year though, the goalie musical chairs in the Stanley Cup playoffs became an enormous media distraction and a massive detriment to on-ice chemistry.  The problem became so obvious that it has essentially reached the point where enough is enough, and Holmgren will have to solve the actual problem.  The Flyers have enormous depth at forward and defence, and will likely have to move some salary out from both areas in order to make room for a prime time starting goalie with the experience necessary to get them over the hump.  It looks like Holmgren has decided Ilya Bryzgalov is the man to do the job, but rumours have already begun swirling that the Russian netminder will require a 7 year commitment at 7 million dollars annually. Read the rest of this entry »


Flyers Want Problems Solved Now

June 8, 2011

The Flyers have decided to make a move amidst a controversial ruling in the Stanley Cup Final.  Perhaps the hit by Aaron Rome on Nathan Horton, and the subsequent 8-1 drubbing dealt out by the Bruins will be enough to keep the media focus on Vancouver and Boston.  There should be no mistaking though, that something significant is going on in Philadelphia right now.  Last night word broke that General Manager Paul Holmgren had acquired the exclusive negotiating rights to Ilya Bryzgalov in exchange for a 3rd round selection in the 2012 entry draft, and a conditional pick to be named later. Read the rest of this entry »