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I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets’ offer to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards is: right winger Gilbert Brule, right winger Dan Fritsche and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
That makes sense to me. I just talked to one those players’ agents, who said: “That makes sense to me, too.”
The Blue Jackets wouldn’t want to part with Brule, as he’s starting to really come on now. But, hey, you’re not going to get Richards without giving up at least one top prospect.
continued... and in a new post from P-r, he believes nothing will happen today with the Lightning.
Take a deep breath, Jackets fans, because trade talks will accelerate on Monday.
I spoke to Scott Howson several minutes ago and he doesn’t expect any movement today (Sunday), but added “tomorrow should be a busy day.” That doesn’t mean there will be a deal, only that the intensity gets turned way up.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
That doesn’t mean Howson should hold out hope for a miracle and hang onto every pending free agent he doesn’t plan to sign at the end of the season. It doesn’t mean he should feel compelled to sit there facing a gaping hole in his roster and have nothing to show for it. What it means is that he shouldn’t start dealing players who might help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs—for draft picks.
At this point in franchise history, “draft picks” are dirty words to most Blue Jackets fans. After seven seasons, a handful a draft picks means about as much to them as a handful of potato chips. No one wants to sacrifice even a remote chance to make the playoffs for more draft-day fliers. Unless we’re talking about a high first-rounder, it’s probably not worth the risk.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Rumor is, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards is available and the Blue Jackets are making a pitch. This is juicy.
The rumor first floated on TSN, the Canadian sports-television network, on Wednesday. TSN suggested that the Jackets were “front-runners” in the bidding. Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline confirmed as much, and reported that the Jackets had two scouts, including Don Boyd, director of player personnel, scouting the Lightning-Islanders game Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y.
Oh, man, if the Jackets can get their hands on this guy . . . he’s perfect for them.
Richards’ availability via trade was first reported by TSN, a Canadian cable channel. TSN also hinted that the Blue Jackets were in the running. I didn’t want to report it until somebody I respected confirmed it to me, and that took place this afternoon.
First, Richards would have to waive his no trade clause. Not sure he’d do that to come to the Blue Jackets, but this franchise has always been very welcoming and attractive to Prince Edward Island guys.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
After meeting with general manager Scott Howson in recent days, Foote has expressed his desire to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets rather than risk being traded at Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.
“I want to be here,” Foote said. “That’s been made clear to Scotty by both me and my agent (Rick Curran). To my understanding, Scott Howson wants me to be here, too. So there we go.”
from Russo’s Rants,
Columbus has two centers available — 38-year-old Sergei Fedorov and 33-year-old Michael Peca. Fedorov is the guy I have a feeling the Wild is eyeing. I know his age might scare many of you, but I watch Columbus a lot, and there’s no doubt he can still play.
He’s also a very quality defensive player, so that fits into Minnesota Wild hockey, and he’s got 162 games worth of playoff hockey experience.
If the Wild is looking at defensemen, there’s Adam Foote and Ron Hainsey as potential guys to be dealt in Columbus….
To get Jokinen, the Wild would likely have to give up at least one core piece, possibly a guy like Pierre-Marc Bouchard — a player who’s a potential restricted free agent who’s one year from being unrestricted.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Howson met with defenseman Adam Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, on Sunday, their first talks toward getting Foote signed to a contract extension.
They’ll have further talks later this week.
It’s believed the two sides are discussing a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.
more on Columbus, including Hitchcock would like to keep the team he has…
from Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch,
With the NHL trade deadline a week away, the decision whether to buy or sell rests not only in the mind of Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson, but in the mail of season ticket-holders.
The 2008-09 ticket renewal packages arrived at homes and businesses the past few days. It will be interesting to see if they are immediately returned with a renewal check, are held for a few weeks to see whether the Jackets strengthen the roster through trades—either to add talent now in hopes of making the playoffs or to slash payroll so they can afford to bring in better players in the offseason—or are burned in protest.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Howson could be a buyer. He could trade part of the club’s future—a No. 1 draft pick, perhaps—to land a skilled center who could help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs for the first time. This would delight coach Ken Hitchcock and a significant portion of the fan base, who care only about winning today.
If Howson is a buyer, here are two names to keep in mind: Mike Comrie of the New York Islanders and Vaclav Prospal of Tampa Bay, both unrestricted free agents this summer.
more and the assumed value of some of the Columbus players…
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