On Monday, the New York Rangers made the biggest trade of the off-season when they acquired Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets. In return, the Rangers sent popular-but-maligned forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, promising young defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round pick. At the end of the Rangers season, www.hockeyticketsonline.net detailed what the Rangers needed to do in the offseason, but just how good is this deal?
The Blue Jackets announced Monday that they were removing the “interim” tag from Richards’ job title.
“Todd had a three-month interview,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “He passed it with flying colors.”
Richards took over the head-coaching responsibilities in January when the Jackets fired Scott Arniel after the team’s atrocious 11-25-5 start. Under Richards, the team began to show signs of improvement and were able to finish the season with a 18-21-2 record. However, the Blue Jackets still finished the season in last place.
Must be willing to work in a first rate arena with a third rate collection owners/managers/players.
Must willingly be ready to trade face of franchise because even he knows Lord Stanley don’t do Columbus… Ownership has had “issues” since the team was handed down to Jr. On the bright side the current GM and President have been given a vote of confidence by Jr. -despite the fan protest of almost 369 people seeking change…
For the better part of the last month, it was all but determined that Nash, a former first overall pick by the Jackets back in the 2002 NHL entry draft, would be packing his bags and leaving the state of Ohio, but the only question was where.
In an effort to address the serious lamp-lighting deficiency that has plagued the Los Angeles Kings all season long, the club made the first major move of the NHL Trade Deadline period, acquiring three-time 30-goal scorer Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL draft.
The Kings have just 125 non-shootout goals in 61 games, a League-low 2.05 per game. There is no question that they needed help up front, and they are hoping Carter can provide that.
While much of the focus leading up to the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline continues to be on where Rick Nash will be dealt, another interesting rumor is beginning to take shape involving another current member of the Columbus Blue Jackets: Jeff Carter.
It’s been no secret that Carter has been unhappy since he set foot in Columbus. It’s also been made public knowledge recently that the Jackets have been trying trade the forward and the remainder of his 11-year, $58 million contract he originally signed with the Flyers.
With the NHL trade deadline now just three weeks away, the trade rumors are out in full force. Here are the latest:
Smyth Broadway Bound?
When Ryan Smyth returned to Edmonton this offseason, it was an emotional experience. The 35-year-old veteran was back home with the team that drafted him first overall back in the 1994 entry draft.
However, Smyth has yet to have his name engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup, and with the Oilers sitting 13th in the Western Conference, 11 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, he’ll have to be traded to complete the dream.
If you didn’t catch the Kings-Blue Jackets game last night at Staples Center, Los Angeles won 3-2 thanks to a goal from Drew Doughty in the final second of the third period.
Actually, as it turns out, he didn’t.
On-ice officials reviewed the goal and found that the puck crossed the goal line with four-tenths of a second on the clock. However, upon further review by the War Room in Toronto after the game was already decided, it was spotted that at the 1.8 second mark, the clock inexplicably stopped. Therefore, Doughty’s wrister technically should not have counted.