February 24 2016 07:30AM
According to a tweet from Darren Dreger, the Arizona Coyotes fielded winger Mikkel Boedker a contract extension earlier this season, and have since backed away from the offer. It’s fair to assume that Boedker’s days in Arizona are numbered. Multiple sources have suggested that the Coyotes aren’t going to let the 26-year old winger make his way through the trade deadline unless a new contract is in place. And rightfully so. While the Coyotes have had themselves a pretty nice season, thanks largely to impressive performances from their core of young players, they’re still pretty far away from competing. I mean, yeah, they're technically in a playoff race because they're only six points behind Colorado for the final Wild Card position, but they certainly aren't in win now mode.
With just under a week left to go until the trade deadline and no new contract on the horizon, it’s pretty easy for anybody who’s been paying attention to put the pieces of the puzzle together and realize that the Coyotes will be selling on Mikkel Boedker. What type of return are the Coyotes going to be expecting? And what’s he going to command when he inevitably hits the open market this summer?
February 22 2016 09:28AM
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Does today seem like a good day for new beginnings or what? The Blue Jays have officially opened camp down in Dunedin, Florida, taking the first steps on their path towards defending the American League East title they won last fall, and my coverage of the club has moved into these splashy new digs! Welcome to TheBlueJaysNation.com!
February 22 2016 08:30AM
The Boston Bruins have to be one of the league’s biggest surprises this season. After missing the playoffs last year, they fired Peter Chiarelli, the architect of their 2011 Stanley Cup winning team, and handed the keys to former defenceman Don Sweeney. From there, Sweeney spent his first summer at the helm dismantling the organization, as he jettisoned Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic to Western Conference teams for a collection of draft picks and prospects. And well, Martin Jones, who was quickly traded for a draft pick and a prospect.
After their mini garage sale, it was widely expected that the Bruins were going to entire somewhat of rebuilding phase in which they likely wouldn’t be competing too aggressively for a playoff spot. Now, a week before the trade deadline, the Bruins are sitting in a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division and appear to have the potential to do some legitimate damage in the playoffs. That said, Loui Eriksson, an important aspect to their elite offence, is set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer, so the Bruins are facing the difficult prospect of either keeping him for their playoff run and trying to re-sign him, or selling him at the deadline for an asset and not risk letting him walk away for nothing.
February 20 2016 08:30AM
Apparently the Montreal Canadiens are gauging the trade market on former Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban. They aren’t actively shopping him or anything, but Louis Jean of TVA Sports tweeted that another team executive he had spoken to said his name had come up in potential trade talks. Oh boy.
Things are rotten in Montreal right now. After finishing at the top of the Atlantic Division with 110 points last season, the Habs have struggled mightily without Carey Price in net, as they currently sit on the outside of the playoffs with only 23 games remaining in their schedule.
That said, as bad as things have been this season, and as painful as it’s been to watch, in absolutely no way is trading a player of Subban’s calibre going to make the situation any better. For anybody out there who believes the Habs would be better off without their All-Star defenceman: take a breath, grab a glass of water, and let us remind ourselves just how fantastic a player he actually is.
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February 19 2016 05:30AM
Could the Canucks land Stamkos, trading Nazem Kadri, turning the lights out on Nail Yakupov, analyzing Bettman's decision to uphold the Wideman suspension, looking back at the NHL off-season winners and losers, plenty of trade deadline speculation, a couple good scraps, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.