I honestly think this would kill Jeff Carter. That’s not hyperbole– like, dead. Finished. The end… for Jeff to see his new teammate get traded to the Flyers, the team that still makes him sad.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers, Rangers and Kings are all potential suitors for Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash, who has 18 goals and 21 assists in 56 games thus far this season: [ESPN.com]
The Rangers, Kings and Philadelphia Flyers would make sense to me, although the math would be really tight in New York given the money already tied up in Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist. But no doubt Nash represents just what the Blueshirts need. And there are always ways to get creative cap-wise. The Rangers have some young pieces (led by Chris Kreider) that might entice the Jackets. Howson, after all, took in the Rangers-Flyers game over the weekend.
Which brings me to the Flyers, whom I believe also have interest in Nash and certainly have the young pieces to get involved (Brayden Schenn, James Van Riemsdyk or Sean Couturier, etc). Can you imagine Rick Nash on a line with Claude Giroux?
Yes I can, Pierre.
But the rumors didn’t stop there. Earlier, Boston Globe writer Kevin Paul Dupont (that’s soo pretentious) threw some shit at this wall:
Here’s my thought on all this: GET A DEFENSEMAN!!!
The Flyers don’t need any more scoring– they are third in the NHL with 182 goals. What they need is defense or a better goalie, or perhaps some unknown hybrid of the two– THEY ARE 25TH IN GOALS AGAINST, 169. Does it sound like I’m shouting? Because I’m shouting.
To be fair, most of this is conjecture on the part of hockey columnists, and the last time we used a naming convention like we did in the title here (Did Somebody Say Stamkos?), it didn’t exactly come to fruition. But, for two years there was Jeff Carter-Blue Jackets smoke, and the fire eventually followed. So the above is certainly worth mentioning.
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