MacLean strikes again with this little nugget I grabbed from Faceoff.com:
Former Columbus GM Doug MacLean, on the FAN radio in Toronto, says the Blue Jackets are pitching Raffi Torres and Jason Chimera to get a puck-moving defenceman. Torres is out with back spasms and Chimera is recovering from being face-planted into the boards by the Minnesota Wild's Eric Belanger.
First I'm hearing of any "official" reports (if you can call MacLean "official") of Torres' name being shopped.
Make sense though.
Torres has one year left on his deal and doesn't have a NTC. It's no secret the Jackets have to clear out some salary if they hope to obtain another puck mover on the backend.
The problem is will there be any more interest in Torres as there is for Chimera? I would say from a contract position absolutely since it's only a year. Still though he's slated to make 2.75 million and he does have health concerns.
I really like Raffi and am looking forward to what he can contribute with 100% health but unless management rethinks the internal budget -- it's clear that someone's salary has to exit before a d-man enters -- that salary could be Torres.
I think the ultimate solution here is going to be for management to grit their teeth and up the budget by a couple more million.
Pretty easy to type such things when it's not my dough.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Labels: Raffi Torres