This is the time of year when rumors start to surface, and this season has been no different. There are a few NHL stars that have been in the headlines as of late, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers, and now the latest report is that Thomas Vanek has declined a deal from the New York Islanders. [Visit Too Many Men On The Site for report on Vanek]
Obviously this is all speculation until a deal is actually done, but all three of those players have a contract that is up at the end of the season. Teams these days don’t want to take any chances that a player won’t resign with their organization, so they are most likely trying to work out a deal as I type this article. If an agreement can’t be reached though, it could be likely that all three of them could be traded before the deadline, or even earlier.
Jarmo Kekalainen, the Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager, has most likely been on the phone chatting with other general managers in preparation for the roster freeze that will occur during the Olympics, and of course, the trade deadline which will come up very quickly once the roster freeze is over.
I’ll give you my patented, dull answer: We’re always looking to get better,” he said. “I’m always working the phone, always watching the games — here and on the road — and I am always looking. We’re always looking to get better.
The Blue Jackets don’t need another goalie, but like Jarmo said, they are always looking to get better, and both Callahan and Vanek would make the Jackets better. In my own opinion it seems like Callahan would be a better fit, but Columbus could use a boost in scoring so Vanek would fit that bill. Either option could be a solid addition to the roster, but I think someone would have to go in order for the trade to make sense.