I also ponder whether Tampa Bay might consider moving Jonathan Drouin for Andrew Ladd and whether moving Matt Carle might be a factor in the Lightning’s decision.
TSN writer and The Hockey PDOcast co-host Travis Yost joins me on the latest One Puck Short Podcast to mull over the Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones trade and the work Blue Jackets’ General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen has to do moving forward.
We also try to make sense of why Los Angeles would want to acquire Vincent Lecavalier and discuss the Florida Panthers season so far.
In moving Seth Jones to Columbus, the Nashville Predators acquired the number one centre they have longed for by adding Ryan Johansen to their line up.
But some felt General Manager Dave Poile had moved the wrong defenceman, with team Captain Shea Weber their preferred worm to dangle before clubs such as the Blue Jackets, Edmonton and anyone else looking for a top defenceman to add to their ranks.
I admit, I was among them. But diving in to the murky world of cap recapture penalties and Poile’s reasons for holding on to the 30-year old blue liner may make more sense.
Things we know:
- Travis Hamonic would like to leave New York for personal reasons, and his desired landing spot is somewhere in Western Canada – Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver – or perhaps Colorado or Minnesota at a push.
- Garth Snow wants a ‘like-for-like’ replacement who can play for the Islanders now. They have defensive prospects, they don’t want picks. Snow wants to ensure the Islanders remain a contender (even if it as a dark horse at this point).
It also seems apparent that a straight deal with one of those six teams is proving ‘difficult’.
The Islanders are in the unique position where they’re a seller dealing from a position of strength; but even then the idea Calgary would trade T.J. Brodie for Hamonic, which is rumoured to be what Snow asked for, is somewhat laughable.
And thus the conversation is increasingly turning to the idea that a third team might have to enter the ring to make a deal happen.
And with a plethora of defensive talent on their books, and a need for some offensive help, Nashville might be that team – especially as they have a young defenceman that could serve as a more than adequate replacement for Hamonic: 24-year old Ryan Ellis.
Home of the defending Champions, the Central Division is arguably the toughest in the NHL.
All seven clubs have featured in the post season over the past two years, but all have questions to answer heading in to the new campaign.
On what felt like the busiest July 1st for a number of years, the 2015 ‘free agent frenzy’ began with a flurry of activity; with Phil Kessel’s trade to Pittsburgh the biggest move of the day.
But the talented wingers move to Pennsylvania should not overshadow the savvy signings made by a number of clubs – nor the risks others have taken in the hop of boosting their teams fortunes.
Here are seven of the most intriguing moves made on the opening day of free agency:
Home of the Stanley Cup winners for the past three years, the Western Conference remains loaded with talent and potential champions.
Can one of the Central Division juggernauts go all the way? Or will the Cup find its way to a new hockey hot spot?
Yesterday One Puck Short revealed its’ predictions for the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals – today it’s the turn of the West: