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As the NHL approaches the one-month mark, the bitter, galling truth for the Columbus Blue Jackets is this: No matter who gets pushed over the side, no matter who falls on the proverbial sword, whether it’s today, tomorrow or next week, this season is lost.
Not even a month into the season, the Blue Jackets have stumbled and bumbled their way not just out of a shot at the playoffs but out of relevance. Shocking, really, how quickly this team has imploded, how quickly it has managed to suck the air out of a market that was already gasping for breath, having endured a full decade of NHL play without having seen the home side win one single playoff game.
NHL scout told me the Blue Jackets have interest in Sergie Bobrovsky. However, Flyers reporter told me he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Much has been made of the surplus on defense in Toronto and the eventual and likely trade the Maple Leafs will make using that surplus sometime this season.
But another team that’s willing to move a defenseman is the Carolina Hurricanes, a source told ESPN.com this week.
The idea is to give more ice time eventually to the likes of Justin Faulk or Derek Joslin, both promising young blueliners. The Hurricanes need to open up that ice time by moving a defenseman.
For a team like the Flames, with an average age of 29 second only to the Detroit Red Wings’ 30, a youth movement is on the horizon. So the addition of a potential top-line talent in Turris is extremely attractive. If (perhaps when) the Coyotes cave and get what they can for the kid, the Flames will be in the running. The Yotes have plenty of cap room, but it’s tough to justify a team being run by the league spending any higher than their current US$53-plus-million.
With 10 NHL scouts scattered around the press box — Comeau, on a one-year, $2.3-million contract, would be the likeliest trade target, even though the season isn’t even a month old — the line continued to play hard but out of sync.