The Praba Insider- Jackman wants out?

Penguins defenseman Ric Jackman has been a healthy scratch for 12 of the team’s first 52 games, and if the trend continues, he wants out, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jackman, whom the Maple Leafs traded to the Pens on Feb. 11, 2004, has registered five goals and 19 assists in 40 games.

The Toronto native has asked general manager Craig Patrick to trade him if the Penguins don’t intend to use him.

“I’ve asked Craig if there’s an option,” Jackman told the Post-Gazette. “I want to play hockey. I don’t want to be sitting out games. I’m 27 years old. It’s a pretty important part of my career.

“I don’t want to sit around and not play. I don’t think anybody does, as a player. I love it here in Pittsburgh. I really want things to work out here. But the way things have been going the last little while, this is not working for me. It’s not working for them.”

Patrick, who said Jackman “hasn’t achieved what we thought he’d achieve,” declined to discuss Jackman’s trade request.

Asked if he expects to be dealt, Jackman told the Post-Gazette, “I would think so.” (According to

jackman was a solid blue liner for the leafs with a strong point shot. his lack of production caused him to be benched by the pens on several occasions, and has not turned out to be what they expected. teams that are struggling from the offensive blue line especially on power plays may be interested in him, such as the new york rangers who are now contenders-not pretenders for winning the stanley cup. the leafs may also want to look into this as he may be a great asset to their 3rd and 4th defenceman structure

21 Responses to The Praba Insider- Jackman wants out?

  1. 92-93 says:

    i knew the leafs would be linked up to jackman – i could see it coming from a mile away.

    suffice to say, didn’t jackman make these comments when he was in toronto … and didn’t JFJ trade him??? so why would toronto want another offensive d-guy who can’t play in his own end – regardless of their depth situation.

    nope. i’d rather have Harrison, Woz, and Kronvall playing.

    and shouldn’t Jackman stop whining about playing time and start realizing that the pattern of not playing much has to do with HIM and not the GM or the coach!?!?

  2. thatleafsguy says:

    pat quinn traded him.

  3. thatleafsguy says:

    I think jackman could help a contender…… new jersey, carolina, buffalo and san jose should look into acquiring him.

  4. neilios says:

    Jackman and Malone to Canucks for Bieska,King,Bouck,and a couple 2nd rounders since the Nucks have 3 in this years draft.Another rumor going around is Tkachuk going to the Wild but I dont know who would be going to the Blues.

  5. The-President says:

    Khavonov for Jackman

  6. Realistic says:

    I like Jackman a lot, but he needs to learn how to play defence. I am torn as to whether to bring him back to the Leafs or not – on the one hand, he is a former 1st round pick and he is talented….on the other, he can’t play D and he has a history with the bottle which always scares the leafs away (that’s why they traded Markov….booze, drugs and partying with mobsters).

    I have been really impressed with the kid Dmen. I think when Coliacovo comes back, send Kronvall down perhaps, but maybe not. I am of the mindset that we let Harrison (who I like best so far for his stay-at-home style), Woz, Kronvall & Coli play a lot for the rest of the season so we can see what we have. I bet at least 2 can become servicable dmen….plus they need to get experience…why not now.

  7. PTack says:

    Jackman could be a good pick up for a team like Carolina as somebody already mentioned. Hes not that great in his own end but if used properly he will bring in some offense.

    For all of the leaf fans Jackman will not be coming back to toronto. Theres only like 5 comments so far and like three of them are saying Jackman to toronto. Why are you leaf fans even saying this i mean two years ago when he was on the team none of you cared about Ric he was another aki berg…well until he was traded and brought his numbers up. Fact is Mccabe, Kaberle, Klee and Coliaccovo will bring the offense. We dont need anymore guys like that. You Leaf fans are such a joke.

  8. Mimo says:

    New Jersey and San Jose are contenders? Riiiiiight…

  9. N25philly says:

    If he can’t find regular playing time on the Penguins defense what makes him think he can play anywhere else? Maybe he could make a high school team…maybe

  10. afanofthelakings says:

    I’d like to see him with the Kings because I’ve never loved N.Dempsey …

    But I think it will interest Bob Gainey that wants a D-Man who can play 20+ minutes

    he could go for P.Dagenais and draft pick

  11. afanofthelakings says:

    Montreal has almost a high school team defense corp !!! (Streit, Komisarek, Cote and Bouillon(because of is size) )

  12. TheWho says:

    Bet Montreal will go and get Pittsburg’s garbage *rolls eyes*

  13. thinice987 says:

    As a Pens fan I would love to see the Penguins dump Jackman. He is terrible in his own end. Unless a team needs a power-play specialist Jackman is a waste. I wouldn’t even call him a specialist. I would take a second round pick for you, or a Dman of similar age, just one who is more defensive minded.

  14. V3n0m says:

    I think you’re wrong…JFJ was hired in late August 2003. Ric Jackman was traded Feb.11, 2004.

  15. coach_bombay says:

    Here’s a fantasy trade:

    to pitts: Theo, Ribs, Bonk and a pick

    To montreal: Jackman, Fleury and Ouellet.

    Montreal get younger while adding a little heart, pittsbrug get the thugs and a slag!

    OK OK! Excuse the brain fart! I apoligize.

  16. intothevoid001 says:


  17. 93213 says:

    While I tend to agree with your statement about his playing pattern I’m still not sure we couldn’t use him more than Chercawski and Marius may be useful to replace Palfy now.

    Jackman asked to be traded due to his lack of ice time, back when Toronto had too many defensmen ahead of him and Fergie did it for him so I don’t think there are hard feelings.

    What about Jean-Luc Grand Pierre? He’s not playing for anyone and would have been a better utility signing than Brown. Anyone know where he is?

  18. 93213 says:

    I don’t remember anyone complaining but Jackman himself.

    He felt he deserved the kind of ice time McCabe was getting and Quinn disagreed. Jackman asked to be traded and was.

    Now that he’s been humbled I think he could play as number three and be happy. He just didn’t want to be number 6 an more.

    Well he’s number 6 on the worst team in the league so being number 3 or 4 on an average team like the Leafs might not be so bad. Especially when you think that Kaberle and McCabe are free agents next year.

  19. guinsfan4life says:

    The problem with this whole situation is that Jackman is being singled out by penguins management. Gonchar has been worse–

    by far, but they will not scratch a player with that steep of a contract. To make things even more messed up, Gonchar continues to wear the A on given nights.

    If I was Jackman, I’d want out too.

  20. thatleafsguy says:

    Jersey is and San Jose could be if not this year then next year for sure.

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