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Monday, February 25, 2008

Jackets miss out on Richards

The thought was good while it lasted but Brad Richards is now a Dallas Star as reported on

The rich get richer.

It was said that Richards had narrowed his list of teams to Vancouver, Dallas and Columbus.

All three were offering good packages but at the end of the day it was Dallas who had the most to offer in terms of assets and playoff potential.

The cap didn't do us any favors by going up another 3 to 4 million giving teams like Dallas who are willing to spend to the cap a lot more flexibility to add a guy like Richards.

It really is a kick in the (you know where) if your a CBJ fan but I give Howson credit for being aggressive and trying to address a major hole in this lineup in a big way.

To me it came down to the goaltenders. Dallas offered Mike Smith and we weren't willing to give up Leclaire or blue chip prospect Steve Mason.

Back to the drawing board for Howson to try to address that #1 center need. Marleau and Jokinen are rumored to be on the block. Maybe Langkow in the offseason. Regardless I don't expect a deal for #1 now until the offseason.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Foote and Fedorov today. With no news of a Foote signing I am now leaning towards both of these players getting dealt for picks or prospects or roster players if they can add the right ones.

Looks like Howson may be cleaning house after this Richards domino has fallen.

One would think that if Howson landed the big fish in Richards that Foote would be kept and a playoff push realized. Now with Richards out I think Howson has no choice but get what he can in terms of assets and try to address needs this offseason via more trade options or unrestricted free agency.

If all he can get are picks perhaps those could be packaged for legit help around draft time in June.

The only problem is that now he will have to fill #1 center, #1 defensemen and a shutdown defensemen. That's a tall order.

By this time tomorrow this team may indeed be Rick Nash, Nikolai Zherdev and Pascal Lelcaire's. They've carried it this far, with the possibility of veteran leadership like Foote leaving can they keep this boat afloat or will everyone pack it in?

Better yet, how does Hitch keep this team from imploding and how does this franchise expect season ticket renewals to come rolling in?

Wish I had those answers but I don't. The only thing I know is that who ever is left standing by 3:00 p.m. can use this is a rallying point and look towards themselves to keep a playoff push alive or they can use it as an excuse.

Nash, Zherdev & Leclaire will have to lead the way.

Update: Added yahoo link



Anonymous said...

Where are you finding this information? I haven't seem this reported anywhere?

LTL said...

Trust me this guy has scooped everyone on this one.


Anonymous said...

If that does turn out to be true, he did scoop everyone. EVERYONE.

Puckrakers references it but indicates it is still unconfirmed.