By Patrick Powell
As we inch closer to American Thanksgiving, which has recently been the date when some General Managers push the proverbial panic button or change the dynamic in their respective dressing rooms, rumors are aplenty. Let’s explore some speculation and their potential cap implications for various trade partners.
The woeful Columbus Blue Jackets (2-11-1) are unlikely to bring back goaltender Steve Mason for next season. The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost goaltender James Reimer to injury and may look to acquire a stop gap netminder to keep them in contention. Both general managers, Scott Howson and Brian Burke, respectively, are at least considering Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders. The 35-year-old Nabokov carries an extremely affordable cap hit of less than $570K. He has posted a respectable 2.37 goals against average in three appearances thusfar this season.
Logically speaking, Nabokov’s value would equal about a third round draft pick, but if a bidding war en...