Updates on the Canucks shipping Cody Hodgson to Buffalo…Leafs might impose its own, earlier, trade deadline in future…Should the Senators have tried to trade Filip Kuba?…Calling on the Canadiens to hire an experienced GM….Flames lose fourth-straight…Oilers rally to down Jets.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks GM Mike Gillis declined to say if Cody Hodgson asked to be traded, while the Canucks are hoping the return of Zach Kassian from Buffalo gives them a Lucic-type winger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Does it really matter if Hodgson wanted out or not? He was never gonna get a chance to move up and center the top two lines with Sedin and Kesler there, and the Canucks needed to bolster their depth on the wings. Kassian might turn into a “Lucic-type”, but Canucks fans shouldn’t expect too much from him too soon.
TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke suggested he might impose an earlier trade deadline period in the future, as he does with the Christmas trade freeze, to take the stress off his players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s easier to do that in December than in February, especially when there’s pressure to make the playoffs. Burke runs the risk in future of missing out on a deal which could significantly hurt his team if he has a self-imposed earlier deadline. Mind you, his tendency to make deals well before the league deadline has been a sort of self-imposed deadline.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes the Senators should have dumped Filip Kuba.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:Woulda, shoulda, coulda, didn’t. Big deal. The Senators management has done a fine job rebuilding this club, so who cares if they couldn’t get anything for Kuba, or if they were even shopping him in the first place.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Red Fisher believes the Canadiens need to hire someone with NHL management experience as their next GM, suggesting former Habs GM Serge Savard, though the latter has repeatedly said he’s reached the point in his life where he doesn’t want or need the pressure of that job.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, I think Fisher makes a valid point about hiring someone with management experience. On the other, I think he’s insane for suggesting Savard, or anyone who hasn’t been in management since, oh, before the turn of this century! The NHL has changed significantly in the nearly seventeen years since Savard was a general manager, and they wouldn’t be effective in the job now. Why do you think Pierre Lacroix and Bob Clarke are no longer NHL general managers? It’s because they couldn’t adjust to a salary cap world, and Savard would have the same difficulty.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames playoff hopes took another hit with a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, stretching their winless skid to four.