As has been reported by numerous outlets today including Howard Eskin JVR reportedly has held off on getting surgery to block a trade that would bring Rick Nash to Philly. The reports have been denied by the Flyers camp. The JVR trade rumors are becoming similar to the Andre Igoudala trade rumors – there’s a whole lot of them and they never turn out to be true. JVR has been a true enigma in the Flyers line-up. He’s had games and whole series (versus Buffalo in the 2011 playoffs) where he has just flat out dominated the ice end to end. He has also had long stretches where he was invisible. You couldn’t recall a play he was involved in. He has been a frustrating player to watch in his first 3 seasons, but he has also ran into some injury problems early on too. Last season he only suited up for 43 games during the regular season. That’s a bad sign going forward as he’s becoming somewhat injury prone in just the short time he’s been in the NHL. I still think his potential is very high. This fourth season will be huge for him and it will really shape what is thought of him as a player going forward. Another injury riddled season and he will officially be labeled an injury prone player. Another season with less than 50 points and he will be considered a draft bust and overrated. Of course on the other hand he could pot 30 goals and break the 60 point plateau and be considered an up and coming superstar who just got some bad breaks his first few seasons.
The other half of the trade rumor circulating today was one Rick Nash. The man who has suffered in the NHL hell that is Columbus for 7 years. Can you imagine what he felt like when he heard Carter got traded? And to a serious contender? The man has truly suffered and it is finally time for him to see what he can do with a supporting cast around him. He’s resume screams pure goal scorer – 6 out 7 NHL seasons with 30 plus goals. He’s no doubt got the goal scoring touch and as it seems he’s generally a good guy too as he has stuck around Columbus for a long time without any major complaint coming out of there.
The problem with this trade is that it really does nothing for Philly. The Flyers would just pile Nash on top of their already ridiculously deep list of forwards. With Pronger’s return not likely it would be a questionable move by Flyers management to move JVR for anything other then defensive help and especially questionable to take on a salary like Nash brings with him – $5.4 million a year. JVR’s salary is $4.25 million per year so your actually taking on salary for another forward (assuming the deal was just one for one). We all know anything can happen, but if I were betting on it I would say if JVR gets traded it would be A) for a franchise type defenseman to replace Pronger or B) to make cap space to sign a franchise type defenseman to replace Pronger.
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