[CORRECTION: I misinterpreted a Twitter post from the Blue Jackets and have since removed the content related to it once a reader brought the fact to light. Apologies for the error.]
TRADE WINDS A-BLOWIN' THROUGH TOWN
|"Hey, R.J., how's your French?"|
Just this weekend alone, I've seen the names of Derick Brassard, R.J. Umberger, Jared Boll and Rick Nash (!!) floated. That Brassard's name popped up is not much of any surprise - he's been rumored to be on the block for weeks if not over a month. And Brass, Umberger and Boll all lack No Trade Clauses in their contracts, making it relatively easy to move them. Nash, on the other hand...
If the Nash rumors are floating because teams are calling and asking what it would take to obtain the CBJ captain, I'll suggest that there's no meaningful smoke or fire. Any owner who found out that Nash was available and learned that his GM didn't at least make a phone call and kick the tires probably has grounds to fire the GM.
If, however, the Blue Jackets have approached Nash about waiving his NTC...wow. That's a meaningful development.
(But why aren't any defensemen or goalies in the rumor mill?)
DBJ's OMNIBUS RUMOR DISCLAIMER
If I happen to write about or republish a Twitter post suggesting a potential trade, DO NOT presume that said trade is going to happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not at all. Rumors are just that. Rumors.
I post this "information" for a couple of reasons. First, I think that burying one's head in the sand when scuttlebutt involving the team exists is...well...naive. I choose not to be naive. Second, the conversational element of discussing who should stay and who should go on a club that's crying out for an extreme makeover is interesting for this fan blogger, and rumors help fuel these types of discussions.
So just enjoy the conversation - and hope for the best for the Blue Jackets.
ONE COOL PICTURE
I didn't get time to include this photo before posting my New Year's Eve piece on Jason Chimera's return to Columbus. Ryan Salmons' dad, Brad, sent this snapshot along from the wall of Brad's company suite at Nationwide Arena. Among other things on the wall, as you can see, is a signed Jason Chimera Blue Jackets sweater. I gather that the suite also displays a signed Manny Malhotra CBJ sweater, too. What a terrific symbol of the bonds built between players and their community.
|Photo courtesy of Brad Salmons|
And with that, I got to the start of the Winter Classic. Guess I'll sign off for now and enjoy the pageantry. Be good, everyone!