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 »
September 26, 2011
Are the Flames Doomed to Repeat the Mistakes of the Past?
For a few seasons now, I have found myself continually shocked at the obvious comparisons between the post-lockout Leafs and the current Flames. The Leafs relied on Sundin’s heroics as much or more than the Flames lean on Iginla. Just as the Leafs could not find Sundin a proper winger, the Flames continue to be unable to find Iginla a center. Both had horrendously bad prospect pools. Both had mediocre forward line-ups with some marquee, but overpaid defenders (Bouwmeester, Regehr, Giordano vs. Kaberle, McCabe, Kubina). Both teams’ stars refuse to leave, and simply won’t give up on their team. They are both true captains. At the end of the day though, the Leafs lost Sundin for nothing. If the Flames aren’t careful, the same may happen with the aging Iginla. The league may soon have a new laughing stock unless Jay Feaster opens his eyes and moves the franchise player. Read the rest of this entry »