June 24 2011 02:17PM
From a stand-alone perspective, trading Jeff Carter to Columbus is not a bad trade for the Philadelphia Flyers. Everything that happened afterwards is chaotic, as Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren laid his team's foundation and future through 2012 on a roulette table.
Where the Jeff Carter trade baffles me is that it meant more than a long contract for salary cap relief, a young roster player (Jakub Voracek) and a couple of picks, one of them #8 in a pretty decent draft. Philadelphia used all the long-term money they save on a piece that they may not have needed. An oft-repeated cliché is that the Flyers were just a goalie away from the Stanley Cup. They haven't won one since Bernie Parent.
June 24 2011 01:41PM
Most fans believe the Oilers should jump at the chance to bring Ryan Smyth back to town, but do the Oilers have a legitimate reason not to?
June 24 2011 12:48PM
This is the day Steve Tambellini can finish laying the foundation for the Edmonton Oilers rolling out over the next decade.
June 24 2011 11:40AM
ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- One Ryan or two? Maybe none?
June 24 2011 11:29AM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. -- The honeymoon, if there even was one, is over for Steve Tambellini. The Oilers' GM will celebrate his 3rd year as GM on July 8th, and while he was a quiet observer for the first nine months, he has been the decision maker since he announced Craig MacTavish wasn't going to return as head coach on April 15th, 2009.