Sunday, June 25, 2006

Takin' Care of Business

Draft day came and went with no big deal to get Jordan Staal. For awhile, it looked like the deal was gonna do itself. The Pens are way weak on the blueline. The only stud blueliner in the draft was gonna go number one to the Blues. I wonder if he's gonna do a Jack Johnson and disappear for multiple years. The Canes had a deep in the pipeline stud blueline prospect to offer. I'm curious if and how much Jack Johnson's coquettishness turned the Pens off.

So while the Flames and Wild made big deals to bring in huge offensive talent, JR must have been in a back room taking care of business. On Friday, he locked down Cap'n Rod to an extension. And late yesterday, Sportsnet reported a deal basically done to keep Lavvy on the payroll for five more years. Deals for assistant coaches apparently soon to follow.

I think the priority JR and PK placed on these two signings is the first indication that the Carolina Hurricanes are not about to become the Florida Marlins of hockey. Yeah, they need to get busy re-signing Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Justin Williams, AWard, Mike Commodore, Frankie Kaberle and Matt Cullen, but they took care of securing critical leadership first. Very productive draft day, I'd say.

Cole for Havlat?
This one just won't go away. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has a re-set on this one from last season. Not sure it makes any more sense now than it did back in the day. Cole is an icon in the Triangle, a team leader and in my opinion, probably an alternate captain next year. Havlat is a fine two-way Euro with a history of chippy play. He's also a guy the Sens are feverishly trying to unload.

LeafNation is already figuring it's a foregone conclusion that like all good Ontario boys, Pronger wants to come home and play for the Leafs. Alas, Garrioch hints that the missus wants to move out of the land of ice and snow back to warmer climes. Garrioch mentions New York. I say, go Phoenix, go Phoenix, get Pronger, get Pronger.

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