It’s draft day and just about every newsworthy situation – trades, contract demands, draft positions – could have changed a number of times before it ends. That’s something you should remember when reading the answers below. In any case, thanks as always for your submissions.
Hey Adam, why aren’t there rumors of Jordan Staal going to the New York Rangers to play with his brother Marc?
Joe Cordova, Burnaby, B.C.
Primarily because Staal is a center – and with both Brad Richards and Derek Stepan occupying that role on the Rangers’ first and second lines, it’s not like there’s a perfect fit there. The Blueshirts need help on the wings (especially with star Marian Gaborik out of the lineup until December), which is why you have and will continue to hear Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan mentioned as much more likely candidates to land in Manhattan.
Beyond that, the increasing sense is Jordan Staal is focused on the Carolina Hurricanes and his brother Eric as the ideal destination. Maybe he prefers the small-market lifestyle of Raleigh to the bustle of New York City. And when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer, he’s earned the right to choose.
Hey Adam, Do you think the Canucks should get bigger and grittier up front? Should they try to get players such as Bobby Ryan, Paul Gaustad, Jarret Stoll, Jakub Voracek, Nick Foligno or the ultimate big guy, Rick Nash? Thanks.
Cody, Kenton, Man.
Yours is an interesting question, because if the NHL is going to enforce its rulebook (and I use the word “enforce” very loosely) as it has at playoff time in the past couple years – in other words, with the notion of obstruction all but forgotten by the officials – it makes a lot of sense for Vancouver GM Mike Gillis to look at players who can thrive in that environment.
That said, they did make it to Game 7 of the 2011 final with the same core of stars, so it isn’t as if they need wholesale changes. But if they do decide to target some of the league’s edgier talents, whom do you think they ought to give up? And don’t say Roberto Luongo. I don’t care how much Gillis insists he’s prepared to keep Luongo if he doesn’t get a good return in a trade for him – other GMs see that for the posturing it is and aren’t going to step up to give him anything other than the salary cap relief he’s looking for.
There’s no sense in the Canucks making a bad trade, certainly not when you see they’ll have more than $20 million in cap space for the 2013-14 campaign. I get the feeling they’ll keep the lineup relatively intact and see how the team responds to a full year with Cory Schneider as the undisputed starter before Gillis makes any serious alterations.
Hey Adam, Why is the Ted Lindsay Award seemingly regarded as second-tier to the Hart Trophy when, in fact, the players vote on it? If anything, shouldn’t that make it the more coveted and recognized trophy?
Donny Fuchs, Wesley Hills, N.Y.
You’re right. In the public’s mindset, at least, the Lindsay (which was called the Lester B. Pearson Award until 2010) takes a backseat to the Hart. The Hart has been around in name much longer and is supposed to be awarded to the player “most valuable to his team.” The MVP designation always seems to resonate more with fans and media. Even though in this case it’s a nebulous term that results in a split opinion amongst the Professional Hockey Writers Association members who vote on it. However, the writers usually come up with the same winner as the Lindsay – as we did this year when Evgeni Malkin won both awards – which is as it should be, considering none of us should be voting before asking around the NHL for a variety of opinions on who is most deserving of the honor.
Nevertheless, there’s no doubt the players themselves value their peers’ opinions and the Lindsay Award more than that of the writers and the Hart. Once in a while, you’ll see a Lindsay winner hint at that fact, but for the most part, they’re too classy to publicly state their preference.
Hi Adam, I’m hoping you can help me. It’s my husband’s 40th birthday in September and I’d love to get him a New Jersey Devils shirt signed by Martin Brodeur as part of his present. As we live in Scotland, I’m not sure how to go about this. Do you know of any websites that sell authentic signed shirts or game-worn shirts that I could check out and who would be willing to ship to Scotland? Thanks for your help.
Louise Woodman, Annan, Scotland
Yes, there are sports memorabilia businesses that deal in autographed jerseys, but a far cheaper option would be to build a relationship with Devils fans in New Jersey who could get Brodeur to sign a jersey or shirt and not try and make a killing off your husband’s fandom.
Sorry there aren’t any easier solutions, but now you know why autograph hounds are always following pro athletes around – the business behind it is very lucrative.