The mailman has evaded the pit bull in the yard again, so I am compelled to address some of your more bracing epistles. Letter-opener, please...
I think full panic is an appropriate state at this point, especially after that shootout loss to the Wild at home on Thursday night.
Not to say they can't turn things around, but the Canucks just have a look about them like they're going to find a way to lose, don't they? If there's a bad bounce to be had, they're going to find a way to get it. And sometimes it looks like coach
If you want to go half-full, there are some positives.
I'd never say never, especially given Boston's propensity for being so generous in trades of late, but I'd be surprised to see Dallas part with either of those players prior to the deadline without getting a reliable scoring winger in return. The Bruins do have
All that said, I think the Stars are more likely to deal from their depth up front. Having played without Zubov (15 games) and Boucher (33) for so long, they understand the value of having reliable and proven options on hand to cover for the injuries that are inevitable during the postseason. More to the point: there's no definite return date yet for either vet, and with the deadline less than two weeks away, that doesn't leave much time. If the Bruins, or anyone else, are interested in Norstrom, he'll be a UFA this summer. Considering how well youngsters
I'm just spitballin' here, but something tells me that Simon might be better somewhere like Nashville. The Predators are a fairly disciplined bunch, too, but adding Simon would make them a much nastier playoff opponent.
Amazingly, I've actually heard this from a handful of Columbus fans over the past few weeks...and I have no idea where you people are coming from.
I get that there are questions about Nash's laid-back personality and how it translates in terms of on-ice leadership. Let's call it
But even if he never picks up the torch and holds it high, is this really someone you want to ride out of town on a rail? Here's a guy with 145 NHL goals at age 23. He's years away from reaching his peak, but already he's proven himself to be one of the game's dominant and exciting forwards. And you've got him for another two years. Rough spots or not, that's someone you continue to build around, rather than barter for a handful of magic beans.
That's not to suggest that Nash couldn't be dealt. Hypothetically speaking, he would draw a sizable return in a deal, but he's not the sort of player you move at the deadline. A contender would have to cut too deep into their current roster to acquire him, and that would be counterproductive to Cup aspirations. No, if you were going to do something this lunatic, it's best to wait for the offseason where you could target a desperate team that had been shut out in the free agent frenzy and then fleece them for all they are worth. Find the right buyer, and you just might be able to make a deal that makes sense for the Blue Jackets.
Right now, not much. All you have to do is look at recent goalie transactions and you realize that, despite their importance, netminders aren't exactly bringing a lot in trade these days.
Montoya's had his own success in the past, especially in leading Team USA to gold at the 2004 World Juniors. There some around the Rangers who believe he deserved to make the squad out of camp this season, but that his contract make
But Montoya;s struggles with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack this season will force any other GM to regard his value skeptically. So, at this point, he's basically a sweetener to any deal that the Rangers make. Or, and this may be more likely, he could be moved for another organization's tarnished hopeful, in the same vein as the Boston - St. Louis deal that saw goalie