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Which of these players is most likely to be traded before the February 27 deadline: Jeff Carter (Blue Jackets), Ales Hemsky (Oilers), Derek Roy (Sabres), or Bobby Ryan (Ducks)?
Aaron Ward: Hemsky. Known to be a talented player but just hasn't shown it as of late. A motivated Hemsky can be a very tangible asset to a team that wants to make a run to the playoffs, but again, it just comes down to interest. The more he plays right now, he's hurting his case. He has to pick up his focus and his approach to the game and play it the right way.
Bob McKenzie: Ryan. Bob Murray, the general manager in Anaheim has really advertised the fact that he's open for business and this is a highly sought after commodity. A big power forward who is young, will net a huge return. It won't be an easy deal to do, but I've got to believe that it's a deal that Bob Murray wants to get done.
Marc Crawford: Hemsky. He doesn't fit the age dynamics of the Oilers now. I think he's still a top six forward and he could really help his cause if he shot the puck more.
The battle over realignment has been interpreted by many as a clear indication negotiations on a new CBA will not go smoothly; do you think the 2012-13 regular season will start on time? Yes or No?
McKenzie: No. I said that even before the realignment issues. I just think there is a lot to be covered and there is a new guy in Don Fehr. It's going to be another takeaway negotiation, because the NFL and the NBA went to 50 percent or less and the NHL is at 57 percent. I don't think we'll lose a whole season, but I don't think we'll start on time.
Crawford: Yes. I'm an eternal optimist and I think that anybody who has been through a lockout, either in hockey or in baseball has to realize that there is nothing to be gained from another extended work stoppage.
Ward: No. Gamesmanship, sending a message, whatever you want to call it, it's not going to be easy for each side of this bill. The guys are sending a message right now. I lived it in 1994 and also in 2005, it comes down to that nasty word 'concessions'.
In the aftermath of Vancouver's 4-3 win over the Bruins in Boston, Daniel Sedin said, "I think we showed we can play against these guys in this building. I don't think anyone can question our toughness anymore." Agree or Disagree?
McKenzie: Agree. Are they as tough as the Boston Bruins? No, they aren't and they never will be. I don't think there are any other teams in the NHL as tough as the Bruins. They went to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and they could have won the hockey game. If they had won, are we sitting heretoday asking questions about toughness? I don't think so.
Ward: Agree. They are totally good where they are right now. It's how they responded and that was with that pack mentality. Playing against the Bruins, every time they were challenged, they responded. That is the thing that was needed against Buffalo when Lucic hit Miller. It's how you respond.
Crawford: Disagree. It was a monumental game, but they will be tested again and the question will come up again until they show they can do it in the playoffs. I would have to think that they are still looking for a little bit more toughness.
If you are Scott Howson and already out of playoff contention, is it your duty to the franchise to 'Fail for Nail' or to play to win at all costs?
Crawford: Win at all costs. You play to win at all costs all the time. That's the only way to go. You look at the teams that have done it, they have all been rewarded by the hockey gods. Edmonton played hard and got Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Hopefully that happens for this year's team.
McKenzie: Fail for Nail. It's not like they have to try that hard, they are right on course for that right now. It's up to the players and the coaches on the Blue Jackets to try to win every night. It's up to the general manager to steer the ship in the right direction and that means stripping off some of the assets between now and the deadline and start looking towards next year. That might cost you a few points and if it does, so be it.
Ward: Win at all costs. It's a lottery pick so there is no guarantee you are going to get him. You have to start establishing a culture, a good atmosphere. Let's not kid ourselves, I think even if they tried hard enough, they aren't getting out of the basement. So they'll be well positioned for that pick.