Never trust a reporter who hasn’t made it out of Columbus, Ohio. But, we’ll take Blue Jackets beat writer Arron Portzline at this word when he says…
Why, Riemer? Seriously, why?
JVR doesn’t have a no-movement clause (Canadian for no-trade) in his contract (yet– it kicks in after next season), but, at least for the Blue Jackets, it’s a good sign that, if he wound up in Ohio, he wouldn’t whine and pout and cry and carry on and force a trade to the Kings so he could win the Stanley Cup (zing).
What would be more important is if current Blue Jacket Rick Nash – who does have a no-movement clause – would be willing to accept a trade to the Flyers. One hockey rumor-mongering Twitter account (@HockeyBreak) seems to think so. Last night, they tweeted that the Flyers are on Nash’s list, and would be the team’s haul in a trade that sent some combination of JVR, Matt read, Sergei Bobrovsky and a first-round pick to Columbus.
One or two of those things sound reasonable, but all four of them would be ridiculous.
Hockey Break is one of a dozen or so Twitter account that hides behind the walls of the intertubes, using only a pro-looking avatar and a Gmail account for credibility. Their 16,000 followers make them just legitimate enough to perpetuate rumors, but their reliability is unknown. Of course, CSN hockey man John Boruk passed their report along like it was gospel… so, interpret that how you want:
Let’s rumor monger!