Center of attention
Jarmo Kekalainen is at least not hanging up on opposing GM’s when they call about center Ryan Johansen, but that doesn’t mean he trades Johansen. The Blue Jackets GM wants to get a sense of his trade value, and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has no doubt called.
Johansen has gotten tough love from coach John Tortorella, trying to teach the talented kid to be a pro.
But Kekalainen will surely be cautious here. Ask the Boston Bruins if you should trade No. 1 centers.
Tyler Seguin was dealt to the Dallas Stars partly because he allegedly wasn’t a pro away from the rink. He scored 37 goals in each of his first two seasons in Dallas and is tied for second in NHL scoring this season.
Voters flock to Scott
If voting ended today, former Wild and current Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott would not only be one of the six Pacific Division forwards in the 3-on-3 All-Star Game, he would captain the Pacific. He is somehow the leading vote-getter among all Pacific Division players.
“I don’t want to have my name in the headlines for this reason,” Scott told the Arizona Republic. “Hopefully it’ll die down over time.”
No expansion vote
There will be no expansion vote on Las Vegas or Quebec City during the Board of Governors meeting Monday and Tuesday in Pebble Beach, Calif., but expansion will be a huge topic. Another topic will be the draft-pick compensation teams are upset they must pay if they hire a fired coach or GM who is still under contract to another team.
It is crazy that nobody thought of this obvious loophole when this rule was made.