Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/17/12 at 11:02 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Twice in recent history, the Jackets used an early pick on a Russian forward. Twice they failed. It didn’t work out with Nikolai Zherdev or with Nikita Filatov. They can’t afford to fail a third time with the franchise so tender.
The options, along with dealing Nash, are this for Columbus: 1) They could keep the pick and not choose Yakupov, which would be counter-productive; 2) They could flip picks with another team, trading the first choice for another early choice, and getting an asset as well; 3) They could trade the pick to the highest bidder and begin rebuilding their team….
• The Chicago Blackhawks are leading the NHL in front office soap operas this year. The word around is that Scotty Bowman isn’t happy that coach Joel Quenneville isn’t showing the appropriate respect to GM Stan Bowman, who just happens to be Scotty’s son.
• ...To recap: Radulov walked out on his NHL contract and signed with the KHL in Russia. Now, apparently, he’s ready to return. So after league rosters have been frozen and the trade deadline has passed, Radulov is free to rejoin the Preds, who did nothing wrong but lose a player under contract to them. What smells here is there is no punishment at all for the deserter Radulov. He left when he wanted to. Now he returns when he wants to….
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