What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Blue Jackets may have asked Carolina for Jeff Skinner in Nash deal, says hilarious report

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo

.

Getty Images

TSN's Darren Dreger reported two items of varying degrees of hilarity on Thursday. First was that the Carolina Hurricanes are no longer in pursuit of Rick Nash, which is understandable when Nash didn't have the Canes on his list of preferable destinations.

The second bit of information is the punchline:

"Columbus Blue Jackets believed to be after Jeff Skinner. Non-starter."

Jeff Skinner, you'll recall, won the Calder Trophy and has 107 points in his first 146 NHL games, all played before his 21st birthday.

Now, there are three reasons we can fathom for GM Scott Howson reportedly asking for Jeff Skinner here. The first is that this is, after all, a negotiation. You start high, they start low, you meet in the middle. Of course, asking for Jeff Skinner isn't starting high; it's ludicrous.

Unless it's actually Theory No. 2, in which Jeff Skinner is seen as equal value for Rick Nash; this might not be too outlandish given their abilities and track records, until you factor in potential and the concept of player decline after a certain age in the NHL. Nash is old and busted, Skinner is the new hotness, in Will Smith parlance.

Theory No. 3 is that Howson believes Skinner's next contract — he goes RFA next summer — will make the Hurricanes' budget explode on the heels of Jordan Staal's 10-year deal, and saw the chance to swoop in to grab Skinner.

If that's the case … hey, it was worth a shot, Howson. Or perhaps he simply wants to prevent GM Jim Rutherford from the eventual heartbreak of having to trade a beloved franchise player for one reason or another, and then finding the market isn't going to offer up the gold-plated unicorns that are your asking price. Because obviously Howson would know.

View Comments (47)
  • Adebayor excluded from Spurs' Europa League squad

    Adebayor excluded from Spurs' Europa League squad

    (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor has been dropped from the Spurs' Europa League squad as the out-of-favour striker remains in limbo at the club. Spurs were keen to part ways with the Togo international during the summer … More »

    Reuters - 8 minutes ago
  • Los Angeles bid is 'new start' for all, says LA mayor

    Los Angeles bid is 'new start' for all, says LA mayor

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Los Angeles' 2024 summer Olympics bid will be a new start for the United States as it attempts to land the first summer Games since 1996 and put the disappointment of Boston's failed effort behind it, the … More »

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago
  • Froome withdraws from Vuelta after heavy crash

    Froome withdraws from Vuelta after heavy crash

    Chris Froome's hopes of pulling off a rare Tour de France-Vuelta double are over after he was forced to withdraw before Thursday's 12th stage after a heavy crash on Wednesday left him with a fractured bone in his foot. The twice Tour winner and … More »

    Reuters - 15 minutes ago
  • Froome pulls out of Spanish Vuelta with broken foot

    Chris Froome has pulled out of the Spanish Vuelta after fracturing a bone in his foot. Froome, who had been hoping to win the Vuelta after winning this year's Tour de France, fell early in Wednesday's 11th stage and looked to be in pain for the … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    LONDON (AP) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Olympic officials have wasted no time in taking their bid for the 2024 Games to IOC headquarters. … More »

    AP - Sports - 29 minutes ago