The latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading aired on Tuesday night, and one of the most interesting bits expands upon the Columbus Blue Jackets’ tough time on the trade market.
Bob McKenzie trotted out the following facets of GM Jarmo Kekalainen’s failed bids:
- The Blue Jackets are hoping to land a top-two defenseman, to which McKenzie said “good luck with that.”
- For one thing, McKenzie said it’s a bad time to aim for a trade. That makes sense, as the season’s so young that most teams are probably still gauging their rosters and not quite panicking about any shortcomings.
- There may be two prospects that could get something moving, but the Blue Jackets aren’t willing to part with Alexander Wennberg (pictured with Kekalainen) and Zach Werenski.
Not a huge surprise that Kekalainen is coming up empty in his attempts, especially since he’s asking for such a sought-after commodity without dangling his farm system’s most sought-after commodities.
To little surprise, McKenzie said that head coach Todd Richards is on the hot seat, especially if Columbus keeps losing (they’re facing a real challenge in the New York Islanders tonight).
Click here for the full segment.
Update: Perhaps something could happen, after all?
The Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers don’t share a whole lot in common – previously employing Ken Hitchcock, maybe? – but both teams have some star power and hopes to return to the playoffs.
Having Claude Giroux, Jamie Benn, Jakub Voracek, Tyler Seguin and other talented players on the same ice surface should be a real treat tonight.
The contest airs on NBCSN tonight, yet you can also stream the action live via the link below.
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More often than not, Dustin Byfuglien makes a big impact – literally, figuratively or both.
Following a flat matinee, the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets put on a clash of the titans that ended with a 4-2 Blues win.
TSN’s commentators hyped it up as a potentially physical affair, yet the two sides topped even those expectations.
Jacob Trouba seemed to get away with a high hit on Troy Brouwer (who was shaken up, but is seemingly OK), but that check was bumped out of the headlines thanks to this, well, Byfuglien-sized check on Jay Bouwmeester. (See above.)
That’s the kind of dramatic moment that might just demand a Jim Ross dub.
The contest was truly a testy, physical encounter. St. Louis seems to be developing a narrative where someone gets hurt and they get a win, as they won all four games in a tough Western Canada road rip.
Ken Hitchcock might have said it best:
It’s also the sort of win that makes you wonder if the Blues may just be equipped to finally get over that playoff hump.
Of course, many are already a little skeptical of that narrative, as the Blues have “teased” fans with great regular season results plenty of times before under Ken Hitchcock’s watch.
Note: The Jets lost, but it’s still quite the start for Blake Wheeler & Co:
In the middle of the season, it’s easier to shake off a losing streak.
People are paying extra attention right now, so just a note: the New York Rangers aren’t losing their minds after losing three straight (0-2-1) counting today’s 2-1 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Dan Girardi made that note most directly, sharing a shocking revelation that there might be panic buttons rather than just one big red panic button.
“We’re not pressing panic buttons…but it needs to be addressed right now,” Girardi said, according to Newsday’s Steve Zipay.
The Rangers won their first three games, but they’ve hit a bump in the road offensively. New York only has two goals in its last three contests. Their power play is especially punch-less with a “success” rate of 1-for-16.
Much like his team, head coach Alain Vigneault isn’t overly concerned.
The Rangers have dealt with a slow start or two under Vigneault, and so far, they’ve managed just fine.
So hang up the big red phone for now, OK?
There’s a benefit to 3-on-3 OT that may be more important than putting an exclamation point on an already exciting game.
What about those times where two teams seem to be a little, um, drowsy?
In an 82-game season, you’re bound to get some contests that lack a little passion or “omph” or (insert other descriptions for a bland affair), even when local rivals like the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers are involved.
That seemed to be the case on Sunday – feel free to disagree in the comments – possibly due in part to the “matinee” timing of the bout.
Business really picked up when it became much tougher to clog up the ice, however.
The Rangers and Devils traded some chances and near-goals (doing the sort of things fans want to see … you know, all game) before Lee Stempniak scored his first tally as a Devil.
You can see the OT GWG and some of the exciting action in the video above. It’s also John Hynes’ first win as Devils head coach.
Circling back, 3-on-3 OT and shootouts aren’t quite the “authentic” hockey we all love. Still, during duller nights, we might just appreciate these avenues for excitement.
It even draws some mainstream appreciation:
To reiterate: it would be better if the sport bumped up excitement in more organic ways (for example: by cracking down on obstruction again). That might not happen for some time, so we’ll take what we can get, and sometimes the fun stuff might not come until regulation ends.