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Comment 20 Feb 2020

You'd get laughed off of the phone with those first four trades for varying reasons. Those aren't anywhere good enough to get some of the best young players in the game, and in Kuraly's case, a critical bottom-six piece.

Hall is a free agent after the season.

Comment 19 Feb 2020

Bob keeping Florida in it vs. Anaheim, 1-1 in the second.

Colorado skating circles around the Islanders, 2-0, who are scoring even less than Columbus these days (1 goal in the last 3+ games).

Comment 19 Feb 2020

You are correct. Toews went 3rd overall in 2006, then they got Kane at 1st the following year. 

It's really remarkable how a big part of success, really in any sport, is being really bad at the right time, and in the NBA and NHL with the lottery, also being lucky.

As an aside in that '06 draft, Erik Johnson went 1, Jordan Staal 2, Kane 3, Backstrom 4, Kessel 5, then Brassard at 6 to Columbus. Good player, but certainly a level below those other guys right in front of him.

Comment 19 Feb 2020

Definitely intrigued by Puljujarvi. Jarmo is gonna know more about him than any other GM in the league too. Just imagine ending up with the 3rd and 4th picks from the same draft.

He's played pretty well in Finland this year, if there's a deal to be made.

Comment 19 Feb 2020

Didn't even think about this, but it moves Jenner back to the wing where I think he's a much more effective player on both ends of the rink.

Comment 19 Feb 2020

Hard pass for me. He got hot for a couple of weeks when he first got to Montreal, but hasn't had a point in like six games. He had five goals in his first seven games, and just one in the last 10.

Comment 19 Feb 2020

Pierre LeBrun reported this morning that Vincent Trochek may be available from Florida for a top-4 defensemen. Do you consider moving Savard or Gavrikov in that scenario? There's the obvious short term pain given the injury situation, but Trochek would immediately slot in right behind Dubois down the middle.

Comment 19 Feb 2020

Then again, three decent defensemen all moved yesterday for nothing more than 2nd/3rd round picks. Unless we were acquiring those to flip them, nothing that would qualify as immediate help. If that's still the going rate in June, it's no big loss when you're able to make those moves without worrying about immediate on-ice impact.

Comment 18 Feb 2020

That was a strange game. A couple fluke bounces early, and it felt like Philly was content to just muck it up. Much like the Rangers game last week, getting down early just sucked any life out of Columbus. There just isn't enough talent in the lineup at the moment to make up for it. Yes, they could've played with more energy, but this one felt a lot like a talent mismatch too.

Comment 18 Feb 2020

Shooting percentage is largely a combo of luck and skill. I don't think he suddenly lost the ability to shoot well, so I chalk a fair amount of it up to bad luck. It would be one thing if his career numbers were lower, but he was a pretty consistent 11+% shooter even before Panarin got here, so I don't think it's related to that. In the three years prior to Panarin's arrival, he was 10.4%, 11.9%, and 14.6%. The last two seasons were 10.4 and 13.9.

I'm sure his shot quality has dipped a bit without Panarin creating space, but that doesn't make up the entirety of a 3+ point difference to his career mark.

If it's any consolation, either when he returns this year, or next year, those numbers are due to trend back towards his career averages.