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Comment 17 Nov 2019

Edmonton doesn't have the cap space to sign Hall if he was traded there. Look at teams that regularly go to the playoffs and have cap space to add a likely $11 million contract while also being able to resign any RFAs they have and those are the teams likely to acquire Hall.

Comment 13 Nov 2019

Even if Murray stays healthy and puts up Norris candidate numbers, I have my doubts that he can be traded. He's been tagged as fragile and that's a very hard label to shake.

Comment 13 Nov 2019

It is long past time for management to take a thorough look at special teams. That means all the coaches, the schemes and the players. Especially during the last two seasons when such creative players as Zack, Jones, Cam, PLD and Bread were available for the PP, there is no reason for the PP to be so anemic. And the PK has slipped, this year. It is more than fair to ask why the PP has sucked under Larson.

Comment 13 Nov 2019

I consider those three more likely to be traded during the off season because, generally speaking, teams looking to add a defenseman at the TDL prefer someone with a solid NHL career. Currently, Gabrikov is still more potential than experience, as is Kukan. And Harrington is a classic tweener.

Comment 12 Nov 2019

In my mind, there are too many variables for me to make more than a wild guess. So, here's my wild guess. Defense wins Cups, so I think there's a good chance either Savard or Nuti are traded near the TDL. I believe there's an outside chance that both could be traded, but I find it unlikely. I further believe that whomever doesn't claim the #1 goalie spot (strictly between Elvis and Korpi) will be traded, probably as part of a package deal, next summer with VV and Matiss fighting for next season's back up role. That all said, my opinion could be different at different points in the season.

Comment 12 Nov 2019

I don't know about Hall. From the rumors I've read, the main problem NJ is having in signing him is that he recognizes that this is likely to be his last contract and he wants a good chance to play for the Cup. If the rumors are correct, that could rule out the Jackets as we're nearly as far from playing for the Cup as NJ is. I'm as eager as anyone else to see the Jackets make improvements, but I think that, at this time, such improvements are more likely to come via trades due to the Jackets' surplus of defensemen and goalies.

Comment 12 Nov 2019

I can understand Korpi's actions. When I could still play, I did similar things a few times after letting in goals that I should/could have stopped easily. On the other hand, I was playing on beer league and sled teams, not professionally. Maybe Korpi could try what I found helpful. When a puck got past me, one of my teammates, usually one of the d-men, would come over and get me to snarl at him, thus burning out the frustration and getting my head back in the game.

Comment 08 Nov 2019

Just spitballing about potential returns for Puljujaarvi. But the Oilers biggest weakness is their blueline. I don't think I'd give up an NHL ready defenseman, but a borderliner or an AHL level prospect and, maybe, a middle round pick seems about right. For the record, I think the problem was poor development by the Oilers.

Comment 08 Nov 2019

Back in the summer of 17, I went to a couple days of Prospects Camp and really watched Matiss. While it was obvious that he had development to do, his positioning and side to side movement was excellent. At that time, I had him pegged as challenging Korpi for the back up goalie slot within two years. Now, with Korpi, Elvis, VV and Matiss, the Jackets have a goalie situation that may teams must envy.

Comment 07 Nov 2019

There's this thing called "evidence". It's what police use to solve crimes. Evidence is collected via observations. I observe that every single team, save the Jackets, made moves to improve themselves. Therefore, I use my brain to sort through possibilities. Ohio, unlike the home states of every other team in the division, is a moderate tax state with a reasonable cost of living. The Jackets, Caps and Penguins are the only teams with a recent history of repeated playoff appearances. Only the Caps and Penguins have been to the SCF in this decade. Every other team in the division added players over the off season. Most telling, Jarmo began touting the young players coming up after going all in during last season. Note that he did not wait until summer to do so. Add that all together and I don't have to be in the room with Jarmo to reach the reasonable conclusion that, save signing Nyquist, Jarmo sat on his hands all summer. Had Jarmo waited until, say, June to start talking up the talent in the pipeline, I'd be more inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. But when he started doing so shortly after the TDL, that tells me that he planned to do little, or nothing, during the off season.

Comment 07 Nov 2019

Good points. I think that, often, fans forget that playing in the NHL is always a huge adjustment, even from the AHL. Unless we're talking a generational talent (McDavid, Matthews, et al), it's going to take time to realize potential. On the Jackets, just look at PLD. He had a fine rookie season and a better sophomore year. Yet, he still hasn't reached the potential Jarmo and the scouts foresaw when drafting him.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

PLD is the only bright spot on the first line and quickly proving himself to be a true #1C (and justifying being picked ahead of Puljujarvi.) I'm with Doggy about contract numbers, but the Jackets need to sign him for as many years as possible. Andy could, possibly, be a first liner, but more likely will be a top second liner. I'd like to get 6 or more years on his next contract, but your numbers are more likely.

Comment 06 Nov 2019

Then, we'll just have to agree to disagree. I find it impossible to believe that, with all the player movement this summer and the Jackets overload of defensemen (and about half the league in need of defensemen), that the only move Jarmo could make was signing Nyquist. That simply defies logic.

Comment 05 Nov 2019

So, every other team in the division made moves to improve this summer, but a team fresh off shutting out the President's Cup team (with the most wins in the salary cap era) and you think that absolutely no player in the entire league wanted to play for that team? That no other GM wouldn't even consider talking trade with that team? If you honestly believe that, I have some bottom land to sell you. Just don't ask what it's at the bottom of.

Comment 05 Nov 2019

Okay, I'll be "that guy". The Jackets are a .500 team, again, and we can thank Jarmo for sitting on his hands all summer. It didn't take being a genius, or having 50+ years as a hockey fan, to figure out that relying on rookies not named McDavid to make up for the offense that left was not a good idea. Add in relying on a career back up goalie and a goalie who hadn't played a single second on North American ice (Though both have shown longish stretches of very good to fantastic play.) to replace a 2 time Vezina winner was a somewhat questionable decision. Yes, Tex has all the tools to be a game changer and he will be.... in a couple years. Yes, Bemstrom lead the SHL in goals (or was it points) last year. But the SHL isn't even the AHL, much less the NHL. So, settle in, prepare to miss the playoffs and try to enjoy watching the young guys develop.

Comment 03 Nov 2019

You completely missed my point. Knowing that Bread and Bob wouldn't resign, Jarmo goes all in at the TDL. The Jackets shock everyone by sweeping Tampa in the first round. So far, so good. Everyone gets excited, of course. Then, Boston pulls off a win in the second round. Disappointing, but not a real shocker. Then, all summer, Jarmo sits on his hands, after signing Nyquist, while assuring everyone that the Jackets would be competitive and even a playoff team thanks to Tex, Bemstrom, a career back up goalie and a goalie who has never played a single second on North American ice. Now, longtime hockey fans (Such as myself, with over 50 years of hockey fandom.) knew he was full of shit, but casual fans, the bulk of the market, bought his hype. Now, with the Jackets (unsurprisingly) struggling to stay at .500, thanks to icing 5 rookies, those casual fans are starting to stay home. This is not good for the Jackets. Whereas, had Jarmo been honest, said that Bread and Bob weren't going to resign, so he'd get whatever he could for one or both of them and "Stick around, we have a lot of exciting players coming up from Cleveland. We'll struggle to win, next season, but we'll play exciting hockey", many casual fans would understand that, buy in and keep supporting the team.

Comment 02 Nov 2019

I'm not trying to be "that guy", but, more and more, it's becoming obvious just how much the Jackets leaned on Bread, the last two seasons. Personally, I'd rather have had Jarmo announce, at last year's TDL, that he knew he couldn't resign Bread and trade him to one of the Cup contenders, keep everything he sent to Ottawa and let the team play out the season instead of loading up. At least, then, everyone would have known this would be an up and down season and we could enjoy watching Tex, Abromov et al developing without all the hype about being competitive that we were fed, this summer.