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Friedman: Why not PK for Hall instead?

Leading off a 1 AM-posted edition of "30 Thoughts" (I guess it's been that kind of day for Elliotte Friedman, too):

On a crazy day where Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay could arguably be the third-biggest hockey story, the most unanswered question has to be: “Why couldn’t Montreal and Edmonton work out a Taylor Hall-P.K. Subban deal?”

The Oilers sure could’ve used Subban. We knew they were talking last week. Montreal initially asked for Leon Draisaitl, the No. 4 pick at Friday’s draft and more. That “more” included either Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse, plus something else. I can’t nail down what that “something else” was, but it was not insignificant. It was a big price to pay, and Edmonton did not want to do that.

According to several sources, there was another possibility — without Draisaitl. Was Hall there? I can’t say for sure. But I do think he’s got fans in the Montreal organization. So, why didn’t it happen?

Here’s a quote from a GM on a different team: “How much are you paying Connor McDavid in two years? If you’re budgeting for $10M-11M, that’s $19M-$20M for him and Subban. Can you do it under this tighter cap?”

I would suspect that’s the reason.

With McDavid’s next contract potentially massive, Peter Chiarelli looked elsewhere. The Hall-for-Adam Larsson deal saves Edmonton more than $1.8M in cap room. No doubt that’s why it was a one-for-one trade. New Jersey GM Ray Shero could say, “I’m adding salary, I’m not giving up anything else.” He took a hard line.


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The Meal's avatar

I’m not sure what EF is saying here:

34. Privately, Jim Benning felt terrible about his comments putting heat on Marc Bergevin. The real loss here is what this will do to his future interviews. Benning is must-listen because he’s so blunt and honest. As an executive, tampering rules make it imperative you watch what you say. But, a secondary story in all of this is what’s happened to radio interviews.

This is a one-time only rant from me in this column, but here it is: My days of doing this stuff are over, except for what I’m contractually-obligated to do. Content aggregators have ruined it for everyone. Few stories get broken on radio because it’s just not set up for that as easily as Twitter or TV or our company websites. We go on radio to have a conversation, to expand on a story, to shoot the breeze, to talk like we would over beers at a bar. It’s spit-balling. But, these content thieves turn it into hard news, which it isn’t. It’s ridiculous and not worth the aggravation.

Is he done going above and beyond with radio interviews?  What’s the content aggregator angle have to do anything with those?  Is he done doing 30-thoughts?!?  He’s the best at what he does and that’d be a huge loss for all of us.  I’m just confused by his string of words and what he’s really trying to say to us.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 06/30/16 at 08:10 AM ET


If that is Elliotte Friedman’s attitude he might as well get out of the business now, because the model isn’t changing. That would be a shame because I think he’s one of the best in the business.

The reality is that print and radio lag well behind Twitter, TV and the web. Those formats still have their place because they are better designed for more in depth coverage but today people demand their information ASAP. I understand his frustrations particularly because I think many of the rumors and information published on these ASAP formats can be either inaccurate of fluff but it is what it is.

To blame the aggregators pushes it a bit far. They would be around even if information was only available once a day. I’d rather see him attacking the people who make up or pump out fluff stuff just to get followers or clicks.

Posted by evileye on 06/30/16 at 09:27 AM ET


. Content aggregators have ruined it for everyone…. Blame the messenger.

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/30/16 at 02:34 PM ET

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