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Monday Hockey Thoughts In Mid-November

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Those Fedor Tyutin/Evgeni Nabokov trade rumours were insane. Tyutin’s part of the solution, not the problem, in Columbus. Here’s what happened. After Thursday’s loss to Chicago, the team asked Tyutin and Kris Russell to stick around. We all know now Russell was traded, so somebody assumed Tyutin was gone, too. The Blue Jackets actually asked Tyutin to stay in case they needed to talk to Nikita Nikitin, who they got for Russell. Nikitin doesn’t speak much English.

• Word is that Nabokov has not been asked to lift his no-move clause. And Garth Snow told Hotstover Eric Francis that there isn’t a lot of interest. I still think the Islanders want this three-headed goalie monster to go away.

• One NHL GM: “There are a lot of us who don’t like our teams.” It’s hard to make trades, though, with so many not wishing to add salary. Will be interesting to see what happens when all of them are together for meetings Tuesday.

• Curious to see if anyone at the GM meetings brings up icing. One coach said: “I don’t know what icing is anymore.” Hybrid icing is on the agenda (and, even after the Taylor Fedun injury, there’s some doubt it has enough support), but this is more about what kind of play determines if icing gets waved off.

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Hank1974's avatar

12. There will an update on re-alignment. It’s more of a governors’ vote than a GM issue, but many of them are governors. Curious to see how this goes. Wrote last week I’m hearing the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh situation is settled. Also heard that one of the ideas is re-seeding the teams when they reach the Stanley Cup semifinals. Instead of it being West versus West and East versus East, there is a proposal to have the highest-seeded team facing the lowest and second versus third. Don’t know how much support there is, though.

I LOVE This idea!

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/14/11 at 05:35 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Word is that Nabokov has not been asked to lift his no-move clause. And Garth Snow told Hotstover Eric Francis that there isn’t a lot of interest. I still think the Islanders want this three-headed goalie monster to go away.

Makes it all the more asinine that Snow claimed Nabby off waivers now, doesn’t it?

I find it stupid that they would create this situation, and now want it to go away when they initiated it in the first place.

It’s amazing how inept the people on the Isle are…

Posted by Primis on 11/14/11 at 07:48 PM ET

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