NHL Free Agent Rumors/News: Predators' New Uniforms and the Latest NHL News
Hang in there, folks. The signings have begun to dwindle and the trades aren't flowing in at nearly the same capacity. It's the dead zone.
With a few months still to go before training camps open up and all of the offseason excitement behind us, for the most part, the news that rolls in will be far from groundbreaking.
However, the ongoing contract negotiations of some big time restricted free agents are still big stories. Drew Doughty, Steven Stamkos and Shea Weber are all still looking for new deals.
In the meantime, the Nashville Predators unveiled their news threads and there's some injury news to get to.
So let's jump right into it.
Everything was on schedule for Kristian Huselius to make a full recovery from his offseason hip surgery and join the revamped Columbus Blue Jackets' lineup at the end of the summer for training camp. However, while bench pressing, Huselius tore his pectoral muscle, putting him on the shelf for four to six months. Now, the Jackets are wasting no time looking for his replacement, according to the Columbus Post Dispatch.
Jackets' GM Scott Howson spoke to the Dispatch about the injury.
"It's a tough, tough injury for Kristian. He was still rehabilitating the hip after surgery but was going to be ready for training camp. Now we've gone off the rails again. This is a pretty significant setback. We're looking at November at the earliest, and maybe January."
Howson also noted that the loss with likely put the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were previously thought to be done with their offseason dealings, right back in the thick of the trade and free agent market.
Talented veteran centers like Cory Stillman and Vaclav Prospal are still on the open market, but if it's a true top six forward Howson seeks, his best bet may be on the trade market, though it's unclear what type of value he would be able to scrounge up at this point in the offseason.
This is obviously a devastating injury for Kristian Huselius, who was battling hard on his rehab from offseason hip surgery, but the Jackets are certainly feeling the ill effects as well. Literally weeks after putting the finishing touches on what looks like a competitive roster, one of the key cogs that was already in place is lost to injury.
Every team has to face adversity at some point during the season, Columbus just hoped it wouldn't come this early. Now, it's back to the drawing board for Scott Howson.
We all know that Anaheim has one of, if not the most dangerous first line in the NHL, consisting of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan. However, depth at forward is something the Ducks have been looking to address, and it appears they have done so, acquiring Andrew Cogliano from the Edmonton Oilers for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Cogliano obviously has tons of upside as a former first round pick. He has tons of speed and is a threat each an every time the puck is on his stick.
The Orange Country Registrar confirmed the trade and got Cogliano's thoughts on his new team.
"This is obviously the first time I've been traded, I'm excited. There's mixed emotions originally right away. I was just on my way to skate and [Oilers GM] Steve Tambellini called me and let me know.
I'm excited I'm coming to a team that played in the playoffs and has great players and continually has great seasons. I think that's the ultimate goal. I want to be on a winning team and contribute."
"I've done my best in blocking all that stuff out," Cogliano said. "Unless I was getting a call from Tambellini telling me I was traded, rumors and this and that really didn't mean anything. All I really cared about what was what my coach thought of me.
"So when I finally heard that I got traded, I was excited because I really feel like Anaheim and [Ducks GM] Bob [Murray] wants me there to contribute. I think that's the best feeling as a player. You want someone to like your game and wants you to be there."
It sounds like Cogliano was ready for a change of scenery, and it may be just what the former high draft pick needs to show his true potential.
The Nashville Predators officially unveiled their new uniforms to hundreds of fans in downtown Nashville at the annual Skate of the Union for the Predators. Here's what Ryan Suter told the Tennessean about the new uniform.
“It brings Nashville into the jersey, with the music and the culture here. I think people got upset when they saw a yellow jersey and it looked like Team Sweden. But now that the actual jersey is out, I think it looks classy.”
The jersey features some nifty musical references, such as the guitar strings on the numbers, the guitar pick on the shoulder, and a keyboard across the inside of the neck. All in all, the jersey is a wonderful tribute to the city, and definitely stands out amongst the crown.
Here's what the popular jersey critique blog, Icethetics, had to say about the uniform.
"I give it three thumbs up (I'm going to need to borrow somebody's thumb) for standing out in a sea of sameness in this league. I'm thrilled to see them drop the blue jersey — which is becoming overused. I'd say it's one less we'll see in the NHL next season but then I'm betting on a blue sweater from the Winnipeg Jets, whenever that comes."
Personally, I think this yellow uniform would make an excellent third uniform for the club with the blue alternates serving as the home uniform. However, it is tough to argue with standing out amongst the crowd of blue jerseys, and the gold on the uniform is better than the last attempt by Nashville.
Of course, it's just a uniform, but like I said, it's the dead zone. We'll see how the Predators play in this new uniform, but it appears the team has generated some excitement down in Tennessee.