NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Blue Jackets GM Explains Why Scott Hartnell Waived His No Trade Clause For Columbus – Last year, it took a trip to the Columbus Zoo for the Blue Jackets to sign Nathan Horton. One year, and a trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs later, and it is winning that is bringing big names to Columbus. Both the Blue Jackets and Scott Hartnell spoke prior to the trade and made sure that both sides were on the same page when it came to the subject of winning. [ Puck Daddy ]
- Brad Richards Retrospective – While Brad Richards’ tenure in New York ended in defeat and a buyout, Blue Line Station takes a more positive look back at Richards’ time with the Rangers. [ Blue Line Station ]
- Columbus Blue Jackets Fan React To Umberger / Hartnell Trade – In our post covering the trade, we featured a reaction from the Flyers side of things, which as you could expect, was not positive. Over at Union and Blue, they have several reactions from Columbus Blue Jackets fans in the aftermath of the trade that sent RJ Umberger and 2015 4th round pick to the Flyers in exchange for Scott Hartnell. [ Union and Blue ]
- NHL Draft 2014: Ranking The Top 30 Prospects – In preparation for the 2014 NHL Draft, Bleacher Report has ranked their Top 30 prospects, including pros and cons for each of the players. [ Bleacher Report ]