NHL Daily: Let the rumors begin again after Ilya Kovalchuk says that an NHL return is not out of the realm of possibilities, breaking down the Eric Lindros trade that sent him from Quebec to Philadelphia, St. Louis Blues reveal Winter Classic roster, and more! (Morning Coffee Headlines)
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We’ve heard this one before, but Igor Eronko asked Ilya Kovalchuk about a possible NHL return. His response, “Why not? Anything can happen”. Unfortunately, there are complications to that. All 30 teams would need to sign off and the Devils still technically own his rights. [Fox Sports]
Lindholm Disappoints Early on
Surprise, surprise, it seems Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm is off to yet another slow start. Here’s a guy that continues to fall just short of expectations, although fans hope he can still turn a corner. [Cardiac Cane]
Ross Sellers over at Mile High Hockey discusses how the Colorado Avalanche could soon be faced with difficult decisions. He talks about how Joe Sakic won’t be shy to make a deal to shake things up if necessary. [Mile High Hockey]
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NHL Daily Morning Rant
It’s funny that Ross brings up the potential for an Avs trade. Truth be told, this is something that should have occurred long ago.
This is the same writer that deemed Calvin Pickard “NHL ready” shortly before making the full-time jump to the big club. Let’s not forget who suggested that Colorado trade Matt Duchene just before those rumors broke in 2015-16 (linked here).
There’s been a dynamic at play that isn’t working and a glaring weakness that when put together create this losing formula. Having two number one center’s is a problem. They split time up the middle, one tends to play a little more on the wing (Duchene these days) and it’s just not a chemistry that works. MacKinnon needs that space to be the no.1 guy without having to look over his shoulder or give up time at center.
What am I saying? The exact same thing I said around this time a year ago. The Avs need to look to move their top scorer Matt Duchene. His trade value is at a premium at the moment, and while a big loss, fans need to think about the potential return haul. A top-six winger could fill the void up front, and maybe Colorado can get their hands on a top-four defenseman that can eat up big minutes to fill that glaring need on the back end (plus whatever other assets come in the deal). Joe Sakic needs to think about that.
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