Predators hopes new additions bolsters playoff run…Avalanche win after deadline deal…Bruins look for strength in numbers…Sharks GM addresses team’s inconsistencies…Sabres GM chooses the long view…Red Wings GM both amused and irritated by false Brad Stuart rumors…Rangers shut out Devils…Wild GM’s dealings could put him on defensive…Coyotes deserve a chance to succeed.
THE TENNESSEAN: By adding Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad, the Nashville Predators are signalling they’re in “win mode” now.
EXAMINER.COM: The Predators moves may help them now, but the future of pending UFA blueliner Ryan Suter remains cloudy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How the Predators perform in this year’s playoffs will likely determine Suter’s future in Nashville.
DENVER POST: After making a multi-player trade with the San Jose Sharks, the Colorado Avalanche downed the surging Anaheim Ducks 4-1 to move into a tie for eighth overall in the Western Conference, but Mark Kiszla believes it’s now time for the Avs to “grow up and win”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kiszla’s impatience is shared with a number of Avalanche fans growing weary of the excuses from management as it seems to stumble along in its rebuilding process. It’ll be interesting to see what impact yesterday’s trade – essentially, acquiring winger Jamie McGinn for Daniel Winnik and TJ Galiardi – has upon the current Avs lineup.
BOSTON GLOBE: By adding Brian Rolston, Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau, GM Peter Chiarelli is hoping to have strength in numbers for the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of those three, I like the addition of Zanon, who’s a shot-blocking specialist, which should prove valuable in the playoffs.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks GM Doug Wilson addressed his team’s inconsistencies by adding forwards Daniel Winnik and TJ Galiardi in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche. He also had talks with Columbus regarding Rick Nash, but balked at the asking price of Logan Couture.
BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres GM Darcy Regier took the long view with his acquisition of Cody Hodgson yesterday from Vancouver, but while Hodgson thrived in Vancouver playing on the third line against third line checking, it remains to be seen how he’ll perform against stiff opposition as he plays a larger role in Buffalo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The complaint from some Sabres fans is, “Oh great, another small center”, but that could be overlooked if Hodgson has strong linemates. Who knows, maybe he might blossom into the next Daniel Briere?
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland was both irritated and amused yesterday by a false rumor, apparently originating out of New York, claiming he was about to trade defenseman Brad Stuart to the Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It certainly stirred up a few moments of excitement in the Twitterscape yesterday, though it didn’t take long for that one to be dismissed.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers passed on acquiring Rick Nash, dealt with Chicago for enforcer John Scott, then defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher’s shakeup of his blueline yesterday seems to indicate a shift away from defense toward offense.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes deserve a fair chance to flourish in the Phoenix area.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree. Folks who keep pointing out the low ratings and attendance despite the Coyotes improvement over the past three years conveniently overlook the fact the club has had the constant threat of relocation hanging over its head, so naturally Phoenix area sports fans are reluctant to support a franchise which might not be around next season. I know this probably won’t happen, but I’d love to see the Coyotes win the Stanley Cup this year, just to watch the reaction of the league brain trust, especially if it appears the club is on the verge of being moved.