The best news item from trade deadline day, and inarguably the most heartwarming, was the story of a letter sent from the daughter of Jordan Leopold to the Wild coaching staff – one that asked if the team could, please, bring her dad back home to Minnesota.
In one of the final moves of the day, the Wild made young Jodryn’s wish come true when they acquired her father from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth round pick in the upcoming draft. What is now being called “The Letter” surfaced within hours of the trade’s announcement.
On the night her dad played his first game in Minnesota, Wild TV caught up with Jordyn to ask her about how her letter came to be and see what’s next for the 11-year-old. Read more
Only three games into his career as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, hard-luck left winger David Clarkson was sidelined 4-to-6 weeks – in other words, more than likely the rest of the regular season – with a torn oblique muscle.
Acquired Feb. 26 from Toronto for severely injured winger Nathan Horton, the 30-year-old Clarkson suffered the injury during his debut game with Columbus two days later and had been playing through the injury until he couldn’t continue during the Jackets’ 5-3 loss to the Capitals Tuesday. Read more
The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off a relatively minor trade before the 3 p.m. Eastern trade deadline, but when Minnesota landed Jordan Leopold from the Jackets, they not only acquired a veteran defenseman, but granted the wish of a young hockey fan – Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn.
Due to his duties with the Jackets this season, Jordan Leopold, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., hadn’t been back home since November. And in a letter sent to the Wild in January – and obtained by Minneapolis-St. Paul-based radio station KFAN 100.3 – his daughter Jordyn made a heartfelt request for the team to consider acquiring her father: Read more
Chicago’s Patrick Kane is out with a broken clavicle, which has spurred on speculation the Blackhawks will be dogged in pursuing someone to replace some of the winger’s production.
To be fair, there’s no one in this year’s trade market capable of adequately replacing Kane. At best, the Blackhawks land a decent scoring winger to fill the void until Kane’s return sometime in mid-May, provided the ‘Hawks get that far into the post-season. Read more
If all goes according to plan, right winger David Clarkson will be in the lineup Saturday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets take on one of his former teams, the New Jersey Devils. But it’s not his time in Newark that folks like to pontificate on, it’s his brief tenure in Toronto after Clarkson signed a big free agent deal with his hometown team.
Now that the dust has settled on the shocking trade that sent him to Columbus in exchange for injured winger Nathan Horton, Clarkson has revealed his thoughts on the turbulent times he had as a Maple Leaf, and they’re not as bad as you might think.
Blue Jackets left winger Corey Tropp didn’t score a goal that counted Thursday in Columbus’ 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but his disallowed goal on star netminder Carey Price was nonetheless a marvel of hand-eye co-ordination.
The 25-year-old Tropp has just one goal and six points in 46 games with the Jackets this season, and he nearly had his second after being knocked to the ice directly in front of Price and putting the puck in the net from a seated position on the ice: (video via Reddit user Grizzy19 and streamable.com) Read more
So much for the untradeable player with the unmovable contract. That species of player, thought to be alive and well in the salary cap era, does not exist. In fact, he never has because GMs such as David Nonis and Jarmo Kekalainen can cook up deals like the one they did Thursday afternoon.
In swapping the ill-suited and much maligned David Clarkson for the seriously and likely permanently injured Nathan Horton, Nonis and Kekalainen conspired to help each other out of contractual straitjackets that were paralyzing their rosters. This deal was so much more than just swapping one bad contract for another one. Read more
The Toronto Maple Leafs did the unthinkable Thursday – at least, in the eyes of hockey watchers and amateur salary capologists – when they traded highly-paid, underachieving right winger David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for severely injured right winger Nathan Horton, who may never play another NHL game due to a bad back.
Many believed Clarkson’s contract, which has a cap hit of $5.25 million through the 2018-19 season, would be impossible for Leafs management to move. But to Toronto’s credit, they recognized a situation in which they could use their corporate heft to their advantage: Read more