Rick Jackman Available

Leafs Defensman Rick Jackman wants to play in Toronto but after dressing in the first 16 games of the season he has only dressed in 13 of the teams past 39 games and he is growing frustraded.Terry Kochan of the Toronto Sun reports Jackman wants to play, and although he hasn’t formally requested a trade he has let the media know how he feels. “…If I am not going to play, then maybe it would be better if I went somewhere else.” Cemented as the Leafs seventh defensman with Kaberle, McCabe, Klee, Berg, Pilar, and Marchment all ahead of him, he can only find playing time when there are injuries

Jackman, Dallas’ first round pick (5th overall) in the 1996 draft is worst in leafs +/- at -11, and has 2 goals and 4 assists in 29 games. Its reported that at least six teams are interested in him including The Rangers, Capitols, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes and Penguins.

He shows a lot of potentiel and could still end up becoming a solid NHL defensman within the next couple of years. He shows a bit of offense and lots of toughness and would be a good addition to any rebuilding/young team looking for a defensman. (That means any of the six teams up there except NY.)