Blackhawks News

Summer Drama Starting To Come To An End

By Greg Boysen

Two of the biggest names and sources of rumors and angst have found their landing spots in the last 24 hours.  First the Columbus Blue Jackets finally traded forward Rick Nash to the New York Rangers for  Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick.  That isn’t exactly the king’s ransom the Jackets were hoping to get for Nash as far back as last January when the talk of his availability first started.  The Rangers didn’t give up any of their top prospects like Chris Kreider to land Nash, which makes me wonder what the hell their plan is in Columbus.  The Blackhawks will appreciate the free 12 points they will be receiving from the Jackets this season because they are going to be awful.  Some people started on Stan Bowman for not going after Nash.  There are two reasons why Bowman rightfully wanted nothing to do with Nash.  First and foremost is his $7.8 million cap hit for the next six seasons.  Do you really want to be paying Nash, whose numbers have declined each of the last 3 years, when the contracts of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are due in a couple of years?  And secondly, Columbus was not going to trade Nash within the conference and definitely not to a division rival.  I look forward to Viktor Stalberg scoring 22 goals against the BJs this upcoming season.

In other news, the Nashville Predators have matched the offer sheet given to captain Shea Weber by the Philadelphia Flyers.  This should not surprise anyone.  There was no way they could lose both Weber and Ryan Suter in the same summer.  Weber is know locked in until he whines enough to be traded in a couple of seasons.  His cap hit is now over $7.8 million through the 2025-26 season. Good luck with that!  It will be very interesting to see how Suter and Weber play without each other.  With the money spent on both of these players, their respective teams better hope they are as good without each other as they were when they were on the same blue line.

The best part of these two deals is they are two more big names not going to Detroit.  If I was a Red Wings fan, and thank God I am not, I would be extremely pissed off.  This was suppose to be the summer where they cleaned house.  Instead they have missed out on every big name and only have Jordon Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson to show for their efforts.  So who will the drama focus on now? Well, we still need to find out who is going overpay for the services of the 36 year old Shane Doan.  Will the Anaheim Ducks be dumb enough to move Bobby Ryan? Will the Vancouver Canucks finally be able find someone to take Roberto Luongo off their hands?  Stay tuned….

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