The Malik Report
by George Malik on 01/13/14 at 12:28 AM ET
Update: WRONG BLOG, sorry!
I'm sure that "more to come" applies to the first of what is likely a slate of "Hockey World" columns and/or blog entries by the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson. He leads things off with a surprisingly frank conversation held with Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, who is admittedly looking for a winger to play alongside Sidney Crosby (as per usual):
“The search for players in a salary-cap world is hard,” said Shero, who doesn’t know if he’ll look to a rental (how do you spell H-e-m-s-k-y or C-a-m-m-a-l-l-e-r-i?) or take somebody with the hope they can re-sign him in July when the salary cap goes up to around $70 million. “We’ve got Chris Kunitz and James Neal … one guy on the Canadian Olympic team and the other who was really close,” said Shero. “That’s good, and on the second line we’ve got Evgeni Malkin. He’ll play with somebody else. So don’t feel sorry for me. They (Crosby and Malkin) still play with good players and get lots of points. It’s a bit of a challenge, but they make other players better.”
Shero went the rental route with Hossa in 2008 and Jarome Iginla during the lockout season.
“There’s only so many you can do. You have to be careful with those deals that you don’t deplete your organization (in the race for a Stanley Cup). When I made the Hossa deal, I said, ‘You know, you can’t do this every year.’ And we also got Dupuis along with Marian, a great player,” said Shero, who gave up middle-of-the-road prospect forwards Ben Hanowski and Ken Agostino and a first-rounder this past June to get Iginla.
“We’re fortunate we have assets, especially on defence,” he said about Simon Despres, Robert Bortuzzo and Brian Dumoulin, outside of their two prize youngsters — Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot. We’ve got (winger) Beau Bennett coming back next month, maybe after the Olympics. He’s a good young player.
“(The trade deadline is) all about supply and demand. I remember one year I wanted Ray Whitney, when he was in Carolina when he had a no-movement clause, and talked to GM Jim Rutherford and he says, ‘Here’s what I want for him.’ I told him I didn’t think I could do that. But I called a week before the deadline and Jimmy said the price was the same. I called him again about two hours before the deadline and he said, ‘Here’s the price.’ I told him I couldn’t do it and he didn’t trade Ray. I respected Jimmy. I enjoy dealing with somebody like that. No B.S.,” said Shero.
Continued, and if Blake Wheeler is available from Winnipeg, as Matheson suggests, there are a whole bunch of teams that will be lining up to pursue him.
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