Every once in a while you read something and say, "Hmm. Wouldn't that be nice?"
An interesting report today from Eklund, one that definitely piqued my interest. The Blue Jackets are speaking with the Leafs currently discussing a deal that would land defenseman Pavel Kubina. This would do two things for Scott Howson:
1. Get the powerplay quarterback that he needs.
2. Get the "seeing-eye shot" he and Ken Hitchcock so often speak of.
On the flip side, it would do one thing Howson wouldn't be keen on:
1. Acquire another overpaid hockey player.
A friend of mine once called Kubina the "poor man's Souray." Well, at $5 million per season I'm afraid he's not pinching pennies. He does have the heavy shot and a better defensive game than Souray, but I'm afraid the price may be too steep yet again.
If the Leafs would accept Zherdev and a pick in this deal (and if I had a say in the matter), I wouldn't be able to start the fax machine quick enough. Should the Jackets decide to take on his salary, it certainly gives Howson the flexibility to explore trade options for Adam Foote.
If a deal does indeed go down, I would support it completely.
Eklund, please keep our ears listening in Jacketland!
A lot of ifs, but a potentially beneficial deal for both parties.