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:

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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 »
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Prediction Time: Pacific Division, Pt. 2

September 25, 2011

The Rich Get Richer...

The San Jose Sharks have become the epitome of the old expression.  They continue to get richer, while the poor teams around them continue to flounder, and lose stars to bigger markets.  This off-season was jus another example of the Sharks putting the boots to some of their division rivals in this regard.  They added Brent Burns, Michal Handzus and swapped Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat, while also picking up former Devils stalwart, Colin White.  They did this with such ease, it was almost painful to watch the Coyotes lose Eric Belanger and Ilya Bryzgalov for nothing in return.  Not only that, but then they had to give up on Stempniak in order to get a center (they currently only have two under contract) in Langkow.  The trouble is, Langkow is recovering from a broken neck.  The Stars are no better off, having had to watch Brad Richards leave for nothing, and resort t signing past-their-prime veterans.  It’s going to be a long season for two of these teams, and potentially a landmark year for the other. Read the rest of this entry »