But never let it be said I can’t be compromised with. I’m still not going to participate fully in the short-form mania of the moment, but each answer in today’s mailbag will be restricted to 140 characters or less.
Hey Adam, please tell me the Blue Jackets are going to find someone to play with Rick Nash. GM Scott Howson needs to find that center to compliment Nash's game. Do you think it will happen?
Patrick Hunt, Halifax, N.S.
Howson may argue that, between D. Brassard and R.J. Umberger, he’s got Nash's 'C.' If not, dealing prospects could land one.
Adam, is there a chance the Phoenix Coyotes can be moved to Quebec City instead of Hamilton? Thank you.
Sam Kohen, Quebec City
Highly unlikely the Yotes land in La Belle Province. I still believe they wind up moving to Kansas City two or three years from now.
Hi Adam, do you think the Penguins could win the Stanley Cup again?
Jerry He, Sidney, B.C.
Could? Yes. Will? I doubt it. Deep playoff runs spell trouble for many teams the next year. Hits to depth on defense won't help.
Hi Adam, which Canadian team has the best chance to go deep in the playoffs in the 2009-10 season?
Nathan Gomez, Edmonton
Calgary. Their ‘D’ corps rivals Wings' for West's best; if they're healthy, anything less than a Conf. Final showing = disaster.
Hey Adam…enjoy the column...do you think the Capitals should acquire a veteran stay-at-home D-man? With all the currently signed and up-and-coming guys (John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Dmitri Orlov), we seem to be set. Do we trade for someone or depend on our youth?
Bryan, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Another veteran would boost their blueline nicely. Adam Foote might be a solid fit if they can move M. Nylander or J. Theodore.
Hey Adam, it looks like a two-team race in the Central Division right now, but I'm curious to know where you think the Preds, Jackets and Blues fit into the picture in that division. Think any of them could give Detroit or Chicago a run for second place?
Matt Muth, Seattle
The Jackets and Blues have an outside shot at shocking the Wings and Hawks for first in Central. Preds remind me of ‘08-09 Wild.
Hey Adam, with all of Russia's talented players playing in the 2010 Olympics, how can they be stopped? With the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Andrei Markov, Alex Semin and Evgeni Nabokov, they seem almost unbeatable. Do you think they will be beaten for the gold, and if so, by who?
Will Bocking, Markham, Ont.
Russia and Canada are my gold favorites. Sweden’s a handful, too. Injuries suffered during NHL season may dictate medal results.
Adam, with all this craziness with Chicago this off-season I don't see them staying great for years with all of this cap trouble. It seems that they want to please the fans instead of setting a limit.
Dave Dilorenz, West Chester, Pa.
Hawks have too good a young core to not be competitive for next five years. After so much misery, their fans deserve to be pleased.
Adam, what do you think of the Carolina Hurricanes’ acquisitions this summer? How do you feel the additions of Tom Kostopoulos, Andrew Alberts and Aaron Ward will impact the team? Is this a top contender in the Eastern Conference now?
Steve Shank, Raleigh, N.C.
Canes were playoff bound before new players and still are. They're not faves for Cup, but C. Ward & E. Staal may carry 'em there.
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