Team(s) Interested: Carolina Hurricanes-  Jim Matheson reported  the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Carolina Hurricanes are in talks about a Antoine Vermette for Bryan Allen. Vermette does have some trade value, but he also has a cap hit of $3.75 million per season, while Allen makes $3,100,000. Carolina has $14,231,486 in cap space at the moment, so if Carolina can pull this off, they would still have a lot of cap room. Vermette so far is off to a bad start, with only 8 points in 19 games, but nobody is playing well for Columbus. Bryan Allen is a physical defensive defenseman, and possesses size and strength in spades, as well as better-than-average mobility when opposed against speedy forwards. With Wisnewski’s offensive skill and Allen’s defensive skill, Columbus would be getting a good player, but I still believe Carolina would get the better deal, as Vermette can produce offense.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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