Reaction to the Rick Nash trade, awaiting the Predators decision on the Weber offer sheet, Lubomir Visnovsky seeks to nullify trade to Islanders, Dustin Byfuglien guilty of careless boating, Bruins re-sign head coach Claude Julien, and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: A collection of reaction from the NHL punditry regarding the Rick Nash trade. Spoiler alert: it’s not exactly positive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it’s overwhelmingly negative, and some folks believe the Blue Jackets would’ve received a better return had they moved Nash at the trade deadline, rather than waiting for a better deal in the off-season. To be fair to Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, who’s become the poster child in everyone’s mind for inept management, he was going to be raked over the coals regardless of the return, whenever he made the trade. He was never, ever, going to get much better than what he got from the Rangers.
For one, Rick Nash had a “no-movement” clause, which significantly limited Howson’s options. Second, we really don’t know what the other teams on Nash’s “wish list” were offering, only speculation. The best I heard from Joe Pavelski and Ryan Clowe from San Jose, but guaranteed if Howson made that deal, his critics would be screeching that wasn’t good enough (“Pavelski’s too small and no good without Joe Thornton! Clowe’s turning 30 and gets hurt too much!”) Third, if Howson had waited until September looking for a better deal, fans and pundits would’ve accused him of being indecisive.
I agree the return’s not great, but it’s not horrible either. If it should actually pan out for the Blue Jackets, a lot of pundits will be dining on crow.
PHILLY.COM: The waiting continues in the Shea Weber offer sheet saga, with Weber’s agents unsure what’s going to happen, claiming the Nashville Predators haven’t contacted their client since he signed the offer sheet last week. The Predators have until 11.30 PM on Wednesday to match the offer, and there’s mixed signals as to their intentions.
NEWSDAY: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky filed a grievance through the NHLPA to nullify the trade last month which dealt him from the Anaheim Ducks to the NY Islanders. Visnovsky contends the “no-trade” clause in his contract was still valid and the Ducks should’ve sought his permission before trading him. If he wins, he’ll be returned to the Ducks. If not, he’ll remain an Islander.
TSN.CA: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was found guilty of careless boating stemming from an incident last summer in Minnesota. He was fined $1000.00 and received a 30 day sentence, 28 of which were suspended. He’ll spend the other two days involved in community service.
CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins have re-signed head coach Claude Julien to a three-year contract extension.
TSN.CA: The Washington Capitals have hired Tim Hunter as an assistant coach.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Drayson Bowman to a two-year contract, the first season of which is a two-way deal.