Latest on the Blue Jackets, Blues & Stars – September 29, 2017

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Does Josh Anderson want out of Columbus?

Conflicting reports about Josh Anderson seeking a trade, the Blues are linked to Jaromir Jagr and the Stars could make a move to clear up their logjam on defense. Details in your NHL rumor mill.

 SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman yesterday reported Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson requested a trade. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen claimed the request “was news to me,” adding the club isn’t looking to trade Anderson.

Friedman said the idea of a sign-and-trade scenario was broached. Appearing on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590, he said the report of the request didn’t come directly from the Anderson camp, but it was something he’d heard when working on the story. Anderson’s agent told Friedman he wasn’t going to talk about it.

Anderson is a restricted free agent coming off an entry-level contract. Friedman cites a report in The Athletic claiming the two sides appear to be only $150K per season apart on a three-year deal but the two sides are standing firm on principle. He also notes the Blue Jackets worked to protect Anderson from June’s expansion draft and it’s thought they’ve rejected requests from the Colorado Avalanche to include the winger in a trade package for center Matt Duchene.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Adam Jardy also reports Kekalainen denied Friedman’s report of a trade request, adding the Jackets are hopeful Anderson will be signed soon and continue playing in the NHL. The winger’s agent, Darren Ferris, declined to comment on speculation or the state of contract talks, other than to say talks are ongoing and he hoped for a resolution soon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anderson posted a respectable 17 goals and 29 points as a rookie in 2016-17. He’s a big, physical forward with a decent scoring touch. The Blue Jackets obviously believe he has a promising future and prefer to keep him in the fold. However, the longer this contract stalemate drags on, the more Anderson’s name will pop up in the trade rumor mill. Because he’s coming off an entry-level deal, he has limited leverage. If he’s not under contract by December, he becomes ineligible to play in the NHL for the remainder of the season. Perhaps the Jackets will listen to trade offers if the standoff drags on through October. 

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Jim Thomas reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong isn’t ruling out bringing in outside help to replace forward Robby Fabbri, who’s out for the upcoming season with a knee injury. However, it’s likely he’ll look to within his organization to address the issue. Armstrong admitted his staff are discussing options outside the team, including unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr. However, there are few decent choices available via free agency. There are also salary-cap complications if they go the trade route.

NBC SPORTS: Jame’s O’Brien cites TSN’s Rick Dhaliwal reporting the Blues could bring back forward Scottie Upshall, who’s currently with the Vancouver Canucks on a professional tryout offer. Canucks GM Jim Benning, however, said his club hasn’t heard anything yet about Upshall returning to St. Louis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues currently have around $2.2 million in salary-cap space. If necessary, they can place Fabbri on long-term injury reserve, but they’ll only get $894K in salary-cap relief. Bringing back Upshall would be cheaper than signing Jagr.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika recently examined the options facing Stars GM Jim Nill to address his crowded blueline. The club currently carries nine defensemen. He could send Julius Honka, who’s exempt from waivers, to the minors. He could demote Greg Pateryn, who’ll likely clear waivers. Heika said Nill hasn’t traded Jamie Oleksiak or Patrik Nemeth yet because he still values their potential.

Heika subsequently reports Stars coach Ken Hitchcock has determined who his top-six blueliners will be to open the season, though he declined to reveal who they are. Heika speculates they could be Esa Lindell, John Klingberg, Marc Methot, Jamie Oleksiak, Dan Hamhuis and Stephen Johns, as they were Hitchcock’s defense pairings during a recent preseason game. He suggests Honka could be demoted and either Nemeth or Pateryn could be traded or placed on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: General managers looking to pry a blueliner from the defense-heavy Vegas Golden Knights could also contact the Stars. I think there will be interest in Honka but I doubt that Nill wants to part with him. Nemeth could also attract interest in the trade market. Pateryn could get plucked off the waiver wire. 



  1. Jagr must be looking to become the new Mike Sillinger. How many teams did he play for? But in all honesty with 16 goals and 30 assists is he not keeping with many in the League today? However, in watching Frank Seravalli’s video I can see a good point for the Blues to stay away from Jagr. In today’s League, it probably does make sense to continue keeping spots open for younger players.

    • Mike Sillinger with 12 – right behind him with 10 each are Michel Petit, Mathieu Schneider, J.J. Daigneault , Jim Dowd, Lee Stempniak, Dominic Moore and Olli Jokinen. Stempniak and Moore could still challenge Sillinger. Jagr sits at 8, along with Matt Cullen and P.A. Parenteau, who seems to find a new team every year.

      • Thanks George, I didn’t realize Schneider played for that many teams.

      • Walt McKechnie played for 9 teams

      • Striker cheers for 12 teams

      • How could I forget Walt!! Thanks Cucumber Kid.

      • Actually, after you mentioned that I began to think about McKechnie in terms of having played for 3 defunct teams and when I looked it up I see that he played for 8 in total – not 9: Minn North Stars, Cleveland Barons, Cal Golden Seals, Boston, Detroit, Washington, Toronto and Colorado.

        Had I mentioned those with 9 different teams I would have listed Carl Voss, Brent Ashton, Grant Ledyard, Jim Cummins, Sean Burke, Kevin Miller, Jim McKenzie, Bryan Marchment, Paul Coffey, Tony Hrkac, Bobby Dallas, Dean McAmmond, Reid Simpson, Randy Robitaille

      • Bergevin also played for 8, still working though. If that’s what you call it….

  2. I believe Jajr wants to represent his country in the Olympics. I doubt money is the reason he wants to play in the NHL so it might make sense for Jagr to play for the home team, remain eligible for the Olympics, and sign with an NHL team before the deadline.

  3. It must be nice to feel so wanted.

  4. Honka to the minors but not traded. A recent first round pick with all kinds of offensive upside. He will play some NHL games for sure this year just maybe not to start.

    Jagr in the Olympics makes all kinds of sense.

    • Jagr is such an interesting story. Jagr in the NHL makes sense, Jagr with HC Kladno makes sense, Jagr in the Olympics makes sense, and Jagr retiring makes sense!

      • I don’t think Jagr will make the NHL this year…. He is amazing, was amazing, just GM want younger bodies…

        GM’s have stayed away from the Doan (who retired) Iginla and Jagr. hell Brooks Laich (solid player) long time Capital only 34 is battling for a roster spot with the KIngs

  5. Josh Anderson must be getting advice from Dubinsky

    • Something has to be going on is only 150k is holding them up, split the difference and drop the puck…but if it more….

      • I get why AA hasn’t been signed yet. For me just a business issue, it happens soon after Oct 4th.

        This situation with Anderson is stupid, sign a 2 year deal at what ever is being offered 1.9 for 2 years apparently. Bennett just signed that deal in Calgary recently & is a far better player with a substantially better pedigree. You will have arbitration & leverage coming out of that bridge deal.

        The only person hurting in this is Anderson. Clb has the depth to cover for the loss of Anderson. I’ve met Davidsson on several occasions when with the Blues. He’s not letting his GM capitulate for this player.

        This wasn’t worth missing camp for, nor am I trying to slight Anderson but what does 17 goals & 29 points in your 1st full NHL season entitle you to when drafted 95th overall? Take 1.9 & be happy. Bjorkstrand, Milano & Haanikanen all thank you for the opportunity your giving them to make this roster out of camp.

    • Jagr 46 points
      Iginla 16 points
      Doan 27 points

      Respectively last season.
      There is a huge difference here. Iggy should be done, but Jagr is still producing at a decent pace.

  6. Hey, chrisms what did Striker do to you? It’s a funny one though. I will tell you one thing Striker is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to boring stuff like the cap, waiver wire, team rosters, and so on. I love throwing things out there to get clarification from him. He’s entertaining too.

    • Chrism is all good just being amusing. I have a favorite team, Boston, which means I hate Montreal, been on the losing side of to many playoff battles with them. Other than that I like almost every team.

      Hockey pool betting issue. The NHL is simply the conduit to that hobby & a decent revenue stream.

      2 fantasy drafts down, to draft pools next week, a bunch of box pools & lets get this party started.

      Game on. Go Boston!

    • It was a friendly jab Stevey. Hard to tell in these forums unless you get to know somebody well enough… I should’a thrown a winky face in there or something. There can be some down right nasty personal stuff on the page which is no fun but Lyle does a respectable job of policing this without going overboard.

      CHeers Striker.

      • No offense taken, gave me a little chuckle you were only off by 18, everyone but Montreal. Ha-ha! Sorry Lyle.

      • Oh, I figured it was friendly, and that’s why I said I thought it was funny. I agree though, these form comments look pretty dry sometimes.

  7. Interesting that the 2 remaining unsigned RFA’s AA & Anderson are both Ferris clients.

    • Would love for Canucks to trade for Anderson and offer sheet AA
      Both were teammates of Bo Horvat and I do believe Anderson was Horvat’s linemate.
      Size, speed and hands.

      I’m not naive enough to think getting those 2 would be a pipe dream but having a top 6 of
      AA, Bo, Anderson, Boeser, Virtanen finally breaking out. Should buy time for guys like Pettersson, Lind, Gadjovich to properly develop.

      • chances of landing both is about the same as Virtanen breaking out :p

      • So those are good chances then coz Jake has put his foot on the pedal and not let up all camp.
        Did you see the writer that Mike Smith had no chance on last nite?
        Keep em coming Canuck hater, chances are your team will do no better pal haha

      • Wrister*

      • Virtanen will be an NHL player eventually but hard to see him being on the roster on opening day. Injuries or a trade would need to open up a roster spot.

        He has had a great camp though & played well. The business side of hockey his ability to clear waivers specifically that dooms his chances today. He will be 1 of the 1st players recalled when an injury opens up a roster spot.

  8. I think Jagr will sign to play in the NHL this year but not until after Oct 4 & teams can address their LTIR issues.

    Once Chicago clears off Hossa’s salary that appears to be a good fit, there are several other possible fits as well, Anh, MtL, NJ, Ott & StL. That’s based on roster & injury issues today. More opportunities will open before the end of Dec.

    • No WAY Ottawa brings in Jagr. That has as much possibility of happening as getting Duchene for Borowiecki and a couple of prospects. Aside from his age and being a dressing-room distraction, his style of play and Boucher’s system would be like oil and water.

      • Agreed George but having lost MacArthur Ottawa could use a player. Boucher likes puck possession & Jagr can hold onto the puck.

        I really just identified teams that all have a need for a top 9 forward, some more than others.

      • Count Mtl out too. Habs need a left D and a top 6 center. Our RW is solid enough right now and the Habs are designed to be a speed team.

      • After Weber, Alzner & Petry I have serious concerns about Mtl’s D.

        I prefer this formation at forward to what Julien is rolling out currently but I hadn’t factored Hudon into the mix & all indications are is he’s had a great camp & as he has to clear wavers he stays so trying to see the fit.

        Galchenyuk, Danault, Drouin.
        Pacioretty, Plekenec, Gallagher.
        Lehkonen/Hudon, Shaw, Lehkonen/Hemsky.
        Byron, Mitchell, Hemsky/Holland.
        Spare Martinson.

        Drouin moving to the middle to play C potentially opens up a RW spot, injuries will happen eventually, Gallagher can’t stay healthy, Shaw can play any where so RW is an option but with 8.4 mil in cap space Mtl can do what ever they want the problem is finding a dance partner.

        Really only included Mtl as they can afford to & have been tied to Jagr in the past. Not an ideal fit & Jagr’s skating is a big concern but he still produces regardless & apparently isn’t a distraction just the opposite now, very effective with young players as few train & practice harder.

    • Jagr in a Blackhawks uniform would be iconic!

      • No slight to Jurco, Kero, Bouma, Wingels or Tootoo but Jagr would help this roster & once Hossa’s contract is placed on LTIR they have the cash if so inclined. The nice thing about the 1 year over 35 contract is bonus monies can potentially be differed if necessary.

        Chi has room for a middle 6 RW.

  9. A tip of the cap to Lyle for his Bleacher Report column, “Coaches on the Hot Seat.”
    Of course Paul Maurice is top of the list – he’s been there a while.
    Would Darryl Sutter be a good coach for Winnipeg? They sure seem to be underachievers.

    • Only if he can stop a puck

      • Reporter question to John Tortorella: “what do you think is needed to turn this team (Tampa) around?

        Tortorella: “a save would be nice”

    • Having just been extended unlikely Maurice is getting terminated anytime soon. Certainly not impossible but Cheveldayoff isn’t Lamorello he changed coaches like underwear. Winnipeg is semi frugal, they don’t waste monies so unless he just has to go he will be given a ton of leeway.

      • I repeat. Maurice being resigned was the shocker of the summer for me. He’s gotta have some dirt on Chevy or the ownership group

      • Ha-ha! It seemed odd to me to but I think staying the course was wise. Having Myers back will help a ton. This is 1 of the best D’s in the NHL now. All that youth is better prepaired.

        Can they make the playoffs? I don’t know yet the battle for those final 2 wildcard spots is going to be tight. They are right there but injuries will play a huge factor not only for Winnipeg but numerous teams in both conferences. Winnipeg has solid depth. My heart would like them to it just hasn’t sold my brain yet.

      • Did Lou make more changes than Brian Murray? In the 9 seasons from 2007 to 2016, Murray hired – and fired – John Paddock, Craig Hartsburg, Cory Clouston, Paul MacLean and Dave Cameron.

      • NJ had 9 different coaches in that time span 2007 thru today

      • Nine? If we start with Claude Julien in 2007, next was Brent Sutter 2007-09, Jacques Lemaire 2009-10, John Maclean 2010, Lemaire again 2010-11, Peter DeBoer 2011-2014, and John Hynes 2015 to now.

        That doesn’t add up to 9, and Lemaire was there twice and I don’t think he was ever fired by Lou – he just quit both times.

  10. Congratulations George & Jeff. Anderson signs a 2 year extension. I love that deal for both Ottawa & Anderson. That solidifies their goal crease for several years to find a new long term solution.

    • While will be 6′ 3″ 200 lb Marcus Hogberg – starting this year in North America in the ECHL, but will no doubt see some games in Belleville before the season is out. He’s probably 3 years away.

      • Which will be … (DAMNED faded script – lol)

  11. Looks like the end of the road for Ryan Malone.

    • OD?

      • Booooooo