Prior to this afternoon's Chicago Blackhawks versus Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline (@aportzline) tweeted that the Ottawa Senators had a scout in attendance.
Of course there are a number of angles that one can look at:
- The Blue Jackets will inevitably retool and Ottawa has been linked to a number of Blue Jackets forwards before. Names like Derick Brassard, Vinny Prospal or possibly even Antoine Vermette come to mind.
- The Blackhawks are looking for some depth on the blue line. Perhaps one of Ottawa's veteran guys -- Carkner, Kuba, Gonchar -- could interest them.
- Or if you're like Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT), you could believe that teams like Dallas or Ottawa are interested in RJ Umberger. Barf. As if giving up the prospects and draft picks to make that deal happen isn't bad enough. Imagine holding onto Umberger through 2016/17 while he's carrying an annual average value of $4.6M.
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Hmmm.... three points for this "J. Toews" character. We should maybe pick him up before anybody notices he can put up points. Think he's available?
Can't help thinking the Hawks are a bit thin on D. God love John Scott (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR6mhS0KUq4 1:09) and Sean O'Donnell but it's not really a great sign when you're looking to go deep in the playoffs and both of these guys are in your starting lineup.
With the apparent Kubina for a 2nd+4th trade and the Grossman or a 2nd+3rd trade you have to think there's potential Chicago offers a 1st for Kuba. Question is do you take that deal?
If we're talking players I say stay put. I would take a long look at Carter and Nash, and maybe Fedor Tyutin, but I don't think there's a realistic chance we get any one of those players. Can't see anyone the Sens would want too badly being available on either team (Kruger, Stalberg?) One player I'd like to add is Bolland. If you add him maybe you shift a guy like Zack Smith to the wing? For the sake of discussion let's just say Bolland+pick/prospect/depth D-man for Kuba.
Michalek - Spezza - Butler
Foligno - Turris - Alfie
Smith/Greening - Bolland - Condra
Greening/Daugavins - O'Brien/Smith - Neil
Aside from the probably unobtainable Brett Lebda, I think they're more looking at a guy like Sammy Påhlsson. Will make Konopka sit where we all want him, and hey, he won the SEL title with Alfie during the lockout. Also, has won a Stanley Cup and was very good during that run (don't we know it?). With Murray saying he'd want a veteran FW, I'm hoping it's someone like that, so they won't have to pay a whole bunch.Also, Prospal was re-signed with a NMC (technically not in effect yet, but still) and a handshake agreement on a staff role post-career, so I doubt he's on the market anymore.
D Nikita Nikitin from Columbus. Not sure if he's injured or was a healthy scratch but he would fit in nicely with the Sens
@slavitch You would risk losing out on a huge amount of revenue and the young guys getting playoff experience just to add a mid-20's pick in a draft that isn't deep? I can tell you Bryan and Euge would not. That makes no sense.
That pick would get you a mid-range prospect, which is of very little value to an organization full of young players and good prospects.
@MelnyksHangovers The team is rebuilding, it's not a contender. The Senators will have a similar playoff run no matter if Kuba traded or not. Drafts are like shooting craps, outside of a lottery pick you're better off with lots of picks. Disciplined continual renewal is what got Detroit to where it is. Going for a run goes nowhere.
@MelnyksHangovers That drunk moron owns the team, so listening to him is kinda the point.
@slavitch I would caution you against listening to anything that drunk moron says. Unless there is a ridiculously good offer, neither of them is going anywhere.
@MelnyksHangovers and.. @Team1200 Melnyk says on Toronto radio that the #sens are NOT buyers. Will unload high priced contracts. #byebyeGoncharandKuba
@MelnyksHangovers And the Huge Euge sees the light....
"@Steve_Lloyd: #Sens owner E Melnyk on TO radio 2day: Sticking w/ 3 yr plan. Will continue to try to get rid of "older expensive players""
@MelnyksHangovers If they don't get a 1st+ for Kuba don't trade him. However if there is a market bubble for aging defensemen with expiring contracts, be opportunistic and sell, baby, sell. Never give a sucker an even break, Remember, we're talking about FILIP KUBA here. He's having a good year. A rebuilding team should always sell aging UFA talent if the price is right.
@slavitch I'm not saying go for a run. I'm saying stick with the team we have. Firstly, they won't get a first rounder for Kuba anyway. And secondly, the pick(s) they would get are of very marginal value to them. This is not a good draft.
I understand what you're saying about the Detroit model, but it also sends a terrible message to the dressing room, coaches, fans, etc if they trade a key player while they're in the middle of a playoff race. I don't remember Detroit unloading guys when they were in 7th place.