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Comment 19 Feb 2019

A weaker division in the future, I'll grant you. But Toronto, while looking at some cap problems shortly, has several strong prospects and will be a serious contender for the next decade. Boston also has some good prospects coming up. Buffalo is, finally, headed in the right direction. And Montreal has plenty of cap space, if Bergovin can figure out what to do with it. While the traditional powerhouse teams in the Metro are aging and/or headed for cap problems, creating opportunity for the Jackets, the Atlantic is strengthening.

Comment 08 Feb 2019

On the other hand, having Bread on his line may have accelerated his development and he'll be a top center for years to come. In the 50-odd years I've seen both outcomes many times. Having said that, from what I've seen, PLD just keeps on getting better the more he plays. I think that, at worst, he'll be a very good #1C, regardless of who is on his line.

Comment 08 Feb 2019

On the other hand, having Bread on his line may have accelerated his development and he'll be a top center for years to come. In the 50-odd years I've seen both outcomes many times. Having said that, from what I've seen, PLD just keeps on getting better the more he plays. I think that, at worst, he'll be a very good #1C, regardless of who is on his line.

Comment 08 Feb 2019

With the large number of talented goalies in the system, I contend that doing what's best for these young goalies is what's best for the team. At least, what's best for the team long term. Short term, Quick would be a good pick up for the team. IMO, he would provide nearly as good of netminding as Bob in the regular season and would be a fantastic mentor to Korpi, Elvis or whichever of the Jackets' young goalies is called upon to be his back up and eventual replacement. My sole concern is the term left on his contract which could stall the development of the goalies in the system.

Comment 08 Feb 2019

I'm always a little cautious when it comes to trade rumors, especially around TDL time. No doubt, Jarmo, like any GM, is making the calls to see who's available. But a lot of rumors come from some sports writer who sees that player X is about to become a UFA/is one of the better players on a poor team/supposedly isn't happy on his team/whatever and player Y seems to be a good fit on player X's team, then suggests trading one for the other is a good idea. In other words, something a couple of ten year olds might come up with when trading their collector cards. And, more often than not, said rumored trade turns out to never have been contemplated. That said, Howard has been rumored to be on the trade block most of the season. The sole reason I can see is that he's on a poor team and will be a UFA after the season. Plus most of these rumors state that Detroit wants a first round pick for him. If there is any substance to these rumors, I don't see any GM giving Detroit a first round pick for a goalie in his 30's who is more inconsistent than Korpi.

Comment 06 Feb 2019

Interesting possibility, but I wonder.... I've found most of your comments to be well thought out, so I am interested in your thoughts on one question. Since Bob has a no trade clause and has to approve any trade, or just refuse to waive his NTC even should the team wanting to acquire him be his preferred destination, in your opinion, how does his negative attitude and poor play benefit him and his desire for a Price-level contract?

Comment 06 Feb 2019

Interesting possibility, but I wonder.... I've found most of your comments to be well thought out, so I am interested in your thoughts on one question. Since Bob has a no trade clause and has to approve any trade, or just refuse to waive his NTC even should the team wanting to acquire him be his preferred destination, in your opinion, how does his negative attitude and poor play benefit him and his desire for a Price-level contract?

Comment 06 Feb 2019

No GM gets it right all the time. The test is whether he gets it right more often than he gets it wrong. To date, Jarmo has been right most of the time. As for Torts, all coaches have a "best by" date. Torts' seems to be right around the four year mark. Which he has passed, already. Yet, when you look at the job he's done with the Jackets, especially this season when the team has had several distractions and players having to sit for various reasons, he's done a much better job than anyone could have predicted. Maybe what needs to be done is not to bring in a new head coach, but to take a page from the Collingwood Magpies, Richmond Tigers, Sydney Swans and St. Kilda Saints of the Australian Football League have done in the last few seasons to get to the next level and shake up the assistant coaching staff.

Comment 06 Feb 2019

Admittedly, I had my doubts when Jarmo drafted PLD, despite basically trusting the Jackets' braintrust. When PLD had a rough final Juniors season, I began wondering if he'd be yet another Jackets first round bust. I am glad that he's proven all the experts and CBJ fans who doubted wrong. Maybe we don't have as much to worry about, should Bread leave (As seems likely) since very good centers can raise the play of the wingers on his line.

Comment 06 Feb 2019

I'm kind of on the fence about this rumor. Not whether or not the Jackets have had talks with LA about Quick, but whether it's a good idea. If Bob is traded, short term, acquiring a starter of Quick's ability would help in the playoff push and would, potentially, improve the Jackets' chances of getting past the first round since Quick has backed the Kings in deep playoff runs multiple times. On the other hand, what effect would acquiring Quick have on the Jackets' several goalie prospects? Especially Elvis, who has stated that he will play in the NHL as a starting goalie only and is in the final year of his current contract.

Comment 31 Jan 2019

Your middle paragraph suggests that Panarin would definitely sign with one of those teams. Yet, there is no evidence of that. Plus, regardless of who Panarin is traded to (assuming he is), there is no guarantee that he won't go UFA and sign with an Eastern Conference team. So, trading Bread is a gamble and holding on to him is a gamble. Personally, I prefer the gamble where the Jackets get something for Bread having been here.

Comment 31 Jan 2019

Your middle paragraph suggests that Panarin would definitely sign with one of those teams. Yet, there is no evidence of that. Plus, regardless of who Panarin is traded to (assuming he is), there is no guarantee that he won't go UFA and sign with an Eastern Conference team. So, trading Bread is a gamble and holding on to him is a gamble. Personally, I prefer the gamble where the Jackets get something for Bread having been here.

Comment 31 Jan 2019

I'm starting to wonder if Wenns is a "change of scenery" candidate. Maybe Pittsburgh, who could put him on the third line where his deficiencies wouldn't hurt and he could work on them, would take him for Brass and (maybe) a mid-level prospect.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

Let's be honest. In hockey talk, Milstein has said that Bread will not be a Jacket next season. And the Islanders are proving conventional wisdom - That you need a star finisher to be successful - wrong. I'd rather JD, Jarmo and Torts look long term and get even merely a collection of draft picks &/or prospects for Bread and Bob than nothing. Even without those two, the Jackets will still ice a competitive, exciting team with a chance to make the playoffs.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

Milstein's comment, in the hockey world, translates as, "My client isn't resigning with this team." Considering the Jackets' inconsistent play and that the Metro, this year, resembles a roller coaster, solid arguments can be made for both keeping and trading Bread. Personally, I think Jarmo should think long term. Even should the Jackets make the playoffs, with the teams which seem most likely to be a first round opponent, getting out of the first round will be problematic, at best. So, Jarmo (along with JD and Torts) have to ask themselves whether having a first round and out or getting assets which will help the team for years is the best use of Bread. BTW, Bread has, now, earned my respect for stating his intentions, however diplomatically.