A few articles to go with your Sunday morning coffee
Mike Morreale of NHL.com wrote a feature article on Flyers propsect James van Riemsdyk. But for the meaty interview, the guys over at Inside College Hockey featured JVR in January when he was named Hockey East’s player of the month. Put it this way – NHL.com quotes Jim Dowd, but INCH quotes JVR himself.
Rumor blogger Eklund posted a list of 15 players who have filed for arbitration, which means that teams cannot extend an offer sheet. Arbitration does allow the other 29 teams to trade for that player, however. Note that Jay Bouwmeester and Ville Koistinen are on the list. Might the Flyers make a move for one of the big young defensemen? There are plenty of pieces in the system now to offer up. I feel far safer about trades than giving up multiple first round picks on an RFA.
The Fourth Period reports that Chicago is still on the prowl for more defense, either by trading for Ryan Whitney or going after UFA Jason Smith. Frankly, trading for Ryan Whitney sounds suspect to me. The Blackhawks have a young defense corps – (Bfyglien(sp?), Keith, Barker and Seabrook – which they just augmented with the Brian Campbell signing.
Acquiring Smith makes some sense from the veteran leadership perspective. The oldest blueliner on the Blackhawks is Brent Sopel, who at age 31 isn’t exactly a graybeard himself. Smith would bring some serious grit and experience into that lockerroom. And with the Blackhawks’ youth movement, his mobility would be far less problematic than it was in Philadelphia. I actually would be quite happy to see Gator trade red for orange this fall.