For the first time in memory, the annual GM Meetings are uncontroversial and mundane. There will be no great or sweeping changes discussed, there won’t be any fiery debates as we’ve seen in the past. Also on the links agenda, the San Jose Sharks could let Erik Karlsson walk? The list of coaching candidates in Ottawa and Bob is tanking in Columbus, which can only help the Pittsburgh Penguins chances.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost three of four games since the trade deadline. If my two cents count, it looks like Sergei Bobrovsky is disappointed to still be in Columbus (though that opinion is from afar). James O’Brien weighs in (NBC Sports)
There are more names on the Ottawa Senators coaching search list than on telemarketers daily log. You too may receive a call that you can refinance your credit cards and coach the Ottawa Senators. (Ottawa Sun)
The Edmonton Oilers are beginning to form a list of people to interview for the vacant GM post. It too sounds voluminous (TSN)
Also from TSN — Frank Seravalli looks at 10 tweaks being discussed at the GM meetings (TSN)
The San Jose Sharks are one of four great teams in the Western Conference. The Pacific Division battle between them and Vegas will be epic, just as the likely Central Division final between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators will be an all-out brawl. However, San Jose may be all-in this season as Erik Karlsson is a pending-UFA. And will San Jose sign the elite defenseman to a max contract? (San Francisco Chronicle)
Penguins winger Phil Kessel was joking and serious yesterday–which seems about right. The line of the day–“It feels like I’m not going to score again this season”. Read more (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Pittsburgh Hockey Now also has a film study on Calen Addison coming, too. That will be a PHN EXTRA feature.