In my best Bones McCoy voice: Damn it... I'm a blogger not a journalist!!
What does this mean? It means that A: journalists will not bear my foul stench or even acknowledge my existence and B: I am not even as accountable as them for vetting things. This is basically awesome.
I get to write about my favorite team and make up crazy trades ideas and get smacked down by other equally non vetted opinions of fanatic masses. I don't have to lay out my blogs in the time honored and over used basic reporting fashion. I can put . a . period in. where ever. ..and even occasionally use, "there" where "their" is the proper word. My chief editor is spell check.
Now on the flip side when we hear that there has been movement we can report it NOW. Journalists have to make sure, get confirmations etc. By the time they've done that we've already wrote it, had an opinion and are laughing at the trolls who comment on our blogs. This unbinding freedom allows us to write stuff like:
Semin to Calgary for Regehr and Hagman is a trade I would make because it makes sense for both clubs. For one the Caps needs some serious D, they honestly suck balls back there (yeah let's see if you see that in a newspaper!). Aside from Green and Shultz, Tom Poti is their best guy, the flip side is that Calgary is really not good up front. Having said that you can't just trade a guy like Semin away and hope that some other guy comes in and does the job, enter Hagman. Hagman has proven he can get 25-30 goals fairly consistently, Semin has proven when he's healthy he can get in the range of 40. With Regehr going back as well as Hagman the dollar exchange would benefit the Flames to the tune of one million, the Caps have the cap room and get the depth. It's a hockey trade that makes sense for everyone. If Semin doesn't work out in Calgary, he's UFA and so what? Just don't trade him for Redden or Kotalik and he'll be off of your books! This trade would free up room for guys like Pelech who need to make this team now as well. The best part for the caps is that Semin is UFA after this year so they would actually be getting huge return.
Close your eyes and thing Semin Backlund Iginla. It might remind you of Semin Backstrom Ovechkin
Here's another blogger's musing:
Filitov for Regehr straight up. At first this sounds crazy, Filitov didn't work under Hitchcock so why would he work under Sutter? Who cares. He is probably the best player not in the league right now and you'd dump Regehr's Salary, Columbus picks up a defensive guy that is better than Mike Commodore. I keep mentioning Regehr because he is actually valuable to a lot of teams for his shut down ability but also his salary is a little to high for the Flames but affordable to other teams. The Blue jackets have decent cap room to work with and Filitov is around 2 mil a season right now... you might also fit Radulov under this category if his KHL implications could be worked around. Now if you have Filitov you have other assets that could be moved for picks which this team needs. Or keep the depth.
Bergeron. 24 Years old. Has this guy ever been healthy? Again who cares. When he's injured he gets Jokinen points, when he did play a full season... how does 31 goals 42 assists grab you. Now Bergeron gets tricky because Boston doesn't have a ton of cap room but they can afford to keep him this year. So they wouldn't want to take on Salary, they aren't especially shallow anywhere but could possibly use a d. Calgary is right against the cap with no where to go so they'd have to trade dollar for dollar OR get into a complicated three way. Who doesn't love a three way??!! The possible destinations and partners is impossible to think about but hey... make something up, I'd be glad to read it!
To Boston- Pavelski & Calgary's 2nd
to S.J- Regehr
to Calgary- Bergeron
Someone you want to see come to Calgary? let's hear it. Journalistic opinion be damned!