Brief and to the Point …
>> A question before we get started: Who is Pittsburgh’s best current coach/manager?
>> I wrote a week ago from Buffalo that the Penguins shouldn’t make any moves, then on Monday that they wouldn’t make any moves. And, wow, nothing at all about that changed yesterday. That might have been the biggest dud of any trade deadline ever.
Unless you count Nashville finding a second Kostitsyn. (There’s got to be a country song in that tale.)
I’ll say it a third and final time: Teams that make moves because they feel some kind of public pressure to do so, those are losers. It just doesn’t work.
The Penguins, as currently constituted, could stand to gain a superstar center and a 20-goal support guy. Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy would do. A checking center would have been nice, especially if the team bumps up Jordan Staal to a scoring line, but seeing the Predators give up a first-round pick for Paul Gaustad from Buffalo … wow, no thanks.
The blue line could have used a big body, but that need would be immensely diminished if NHL officiating director Terry Gregson is transported back from 1995 and sees that obstruction is back.
>> I’ll give Columbus credit, too, for hanging onto Rick Nash. But man, it’s hard to believe that Scott Howson, one of the league’s youngest GMs, had the fortitude to pull that off. This has Craig Patrick’s fingerprints all over it.
Patrick, for those who don’t know, was hired recently as Howson’s senior adviser.
>> I’ll be working on some college hoops for tomorrow’s column. And yes, for those of you cynics who doubted this, that soccer column will run. And it’ll run sooner than most of you would like.