Gordo: Predators flesh adult while Blues mount pat

The Nashville Predators filled a large descent hole by orchestrating a three-way understanding with Ottawa and Colorado that landed them a plain No. 2 core in Kyle Turris.

Suddenly a fortifying Western Conference champions feel a whole lot improved about holding another run during a Stanley Cup.

The Senators got discontented Matt Duchene from a Avalanche and dumped a agreement of goaltender Andrew Hammond on Colorado. In turn, a Avalanche got 3 prospects and 3 breeze picks to fuel their rebuilding.

In a brief term, Nashville wins this deal. The Predators mislaid captain Mike Fisher to retirement and James Neal to a enlargement draft. They sealed core Nick Bonino as a giveaway agent, though he got hurt.

Also, tip core Ryan Johansen has been terrible this deteriorate (no goals, 7 assists, minus-2 in 14 games) after signing an eight-year, $64 million contract.

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So they indispensable an descent boost. Turris will possibly support Johansen as a No. 2 core or succeed him, depending on Ryan’s greeting to his arrival.

Turris was eyeing that agreement as a aim for his possess negotiations subsequent summer, so a Senators opted to pierce him down a trail. The Predators were peaceful to compensate that price.

Meanwhile, a Senators get Duchene for a rest of this deteriorate and subsequent during an annual tip strike of $6 million, that is reasonable.

Can Ottawa means to extend Duchene? We’ll see, though during slightest a Senators have him for subsequent season, too, while mapping out their destiny plans.

Colorado GM Joe Sakic hoped to get a Top 4 defenseman, a tip awaiting and a high collect for Duchene. He failed. But he did get defensive awaiting Samuel Girard and immature forwards Shane Bowers and Vladislav Kamenev along with first-, second- and third-round picks.

If Sakic’s scouts are right about 3 players — and if those crew evaluators assistance a Avalanche use those picks wisely — this understanding will be a branch indicate for that once-proud franchise.

In particular, a puck-moving Girard could be a godsend for a authorization rebuilding a blue line. Soon a aged crony Erik Johnson will have lots of help.

So because didn’t a Blues get concerned in this?

While they could positively use assistance on a third line, a Blues miss a income tip space to supplement a high-end forward. And with a group rolling along, GM Doug Armstrong isn’t encouraged to subtract a proven actor to transparent space.

Unlike a Predators, a Blues see their rival window staying open for years to come. They aren’t meddlesome in pricey rentals. They have a clever iota of prime-age talent sealed in place.

Elite prospects should fill in a blanks during a subsequent dual seasons on entry-level contracts, giving a Blues rise potential. Come 2019, demeanour out.

Brayden Schenn has filled their need for a No. 1 center. He is still surpassing all expectations. As for a No. 2 core spot, a Blues could re-up Paul Stastny while giving Robert Thomas time to develop. Or Armstrong could use Stastny’s income container on somebody else.


With Duchene and Turris off a board, a Columbus Blue Jackets are still offered for another center. GM Jarmo Kekalainen had a defensive abyss and awaiting raise indispensable to understanding for Duchene, though he opted not to compensate a price. Now a trade marketplace could settle until most closer to a NHL trade deadline when teams opt to pierce imminent giveaway agents as let players. …

Montreal Canadiens brazen Alex Galchenyuk could be a one difference to that, though GM Marc Bergevin is heedful of offered low on him. …

Upon serve review, Maple Leafs manager Mike Babcock certified he should have challenged Alex Pietrangelo‘s second idea Saturday night. Schenn had bumped goaltender Frederik Andersen, though a communications relapse led to his preference to let a play stand. …

The Edmonton Oilers have won only 3 of 9 home games and they have already depressed 7 games out of a final Western Conference playoff slot. And now they take to a highway for a 4 diversion Eastern swing. Will their deteriorate be over by a time they lapse home? Could be. …

With only one feat in a seven-game span, a Carolina Hurricanes arrange among a league’s early disappointments. Is it time for GM Ron Francis to spend from his defensive abyss to get some some-more assistance adult front?

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