SUNRISE FL - FEBRUARY 16: Jody Shelley #45 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates prior to the NHL game against the Florida Panthers on February 16 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Rumors from Philadelphia suggest that the Flyers are trying to trade one of their tough guys, Jody Shelley or Daniel Carcillo.
Though the Blue Jackets would be reluctant to commit more than $2 million to Shelley, it makes for an interesting discussion given his enormous popularity during his six seasons with the team. If Shelley were to put 300 or 400 fans a night in those empty seats in Nationwide Arena, he might make it worthwhile financially in addition to what he adds on the ice.
Interesting take, there, from the Columbus perspective. I wouldn't necessarily mind it. It's not a secret that one of those guys is dead weight every single night now, especially after the addition of Kris Versteeg and even with Peter Laviolette's insistence on benching Nikolay Zherdev.
You have to worry about injuries in the playoffs and needing to fill those holes that would be left by trading away some of the depth, but then again, there's always Eric Wellwood if push really came to shove. If you can get something for Carcillo, who seems like he'll be gone in July anyway, shouldn't you at least give it a shot?
The same goes for Jody Shelley. If you can get something in return for a guy that's certainly replaceable in the lineup, while perhaps clearing cap space at the same time, why don't you try? I guess there is something to be said for the chemistry thing, but still. It's at least worth exploring the options.