Some of the best commentary comes from conversations – real or virtual, matters not – with friends. Such a conversation happened today, and I thought I’d share some of it.
My friend (Let’s call him Steve, for I don’t believe I know anyone associated with Columbus Blue Jackets hockey named Steve) and I were swapping notes on the trade deadline and what’s come out of it. Of course, the acquisition of Marian Gaborik was front and center. Like most conversations about Gaborik, one can’t help but tie the summer’s Rick Nash for Brandon Dubinsky/Artem Anisimov/Tim Erixson/First round pick trade to last week’s Gaborik for Derick Brassard/Derek Dorsett/John Moore trade. In essence, the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers swapped star-level players and a handful of supporting cast members over the course of the two trades. Taken as a whole, it looks like the mother of all “change of scenery” trades.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Steve suggested that the beauty of the Gaborik trade was that the team brought some elite talent back onto the roster but only for a couple years as Gaborik’s contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 season. That one season past this just might be enough, he suggested, to buy the CBJ time to let their young core of emerging stars develop and take the reins of their team. Read More