Derick Brassard or Bryan McCabe to Montreal? Rick Nash to Toronto?  Enjoy!

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claimed there are some who believe the Columbus Blue Jackets were prepared to make a move this week, until Urban Meyer was hired as the new coach of the Ohio State Football team, “and Ohio State Football news is not easy to compete with in Columbus.”…He also claimed the Montreal Canadiens were the latest team interested in Derick Brassard, and believed they’d be the best fit for Brassard….”Be prepared” for some preliminary Rick Nash to Toronto rumors…The Kings remain interested in Zach Parise…He “keeps hearing” the Wings and Jets might be interested in Alex Semin, and the Canucks might be “up to something”…One “well-placed Montreal source” believes Bryan McCabe to the Canadiens makes a lot of sense…The Flames and Penguins had had talks, not Iginla, but talks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Blue Jackets desperate situation, I doubt very much they’d delay making a move which could help their team because they didn’t want it to coincide with Ohio State hiring a new coach in the local news…I don’t see how Brassard would be a good fit with the Habs …Nash has consistently stated he wants to stay with the Blue Jackets, and GM Scott Howson has consistently said Nash isn’t available, nor has he mentioned his name at all in trade talks…I’m sure the Kings are interested in Parise, but as long as the Devils are in the playoff hunt this season, he’s not available…Why would the Wings be interested in Semin? Because he’s Russian and would get along with Pavel Datsyuk? Because the Wings are among the few good teams with the cap space to absorb his salary this season? Because Ken Holland has gone insane? And why in heaven’s name would the Jets want this guy?  He’s a UFA next summer, and carries an expensive contract for this season, which doesn’t fit into the budget of the cost-conscious Jets this season. As for the Canucks, they’re getting Mason Raymond back this weekend, and have no reason to pursue Semin…McCabe makes no sense for the Canadiens for two reasons. One, if he did return to the NHL, he would prefer it be with a team close to his Florida home. Two, Andrei Markov is due back very soon, plus Chris Campoli is expected back around mid-December…The Flames need offense, but what could they have which the Penguins would need? Apart from Iginla, who’s not available, I don’t believe the Flames have anything that would interest the Penguins.