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Don Meehan, the agent for Maple Leafs winger Clarke MacArthur, shares the view that his client is headed for salary arbitration with the club.
“It seems like it as of now,” Meehan told the Toronto Sun via e-mail. “However, we will still make all efforts to get him signed.”
In recently asking Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk a couple of questions on the this weekend’s draft, he said the odds of the team trading up are very slim, but the odds of them trading down are pretty good.
“I think moving down is a more realistic possibility,” Nieuwendyk said. “Our guys feel that after a certain point in this draft there are a number of good players and you’d be happy with acquiring any one of them. We don’t have our third round pick, so trying to get an additional pick is something that will definitely be discussed.”
It was Super Bowl week in Dallas, early February, but there was hockey, too, and there was Dallas Stars star center Brad Richards (you might remember him) in his team’s dressing room after a loss to Vancouver, talking about all his times in Tampa.
“Tampa is still where I won a championship,” Richards said. “I’ll be there, live there after I retire. And you never know, you never say never about going back and playing there. You never know.”
We still don’t, do we?
Trade winds start for Jackets
Sens need second-line centre
Will Panthers trade up for Nugent-Hopkins?
Stars trying to deal Richards rights
Last season the Blues were hit by a rash of long-term injuries to their skilled forwards, and there was a lesson that came along with it. They’d better be prepared next time by having some NHL-ready depth in the organization.
It’s difficult to have replacements on hand for the likes of David Perron (concussion), Andy McDonald (concussion) and T.J. Oshie (broken ankle). Few teams, if any, have that type of talent in the minor leagues, which makes a midseason trade perhaps the only option.