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Lightning send Connolly to Boston, swap Gudas & picks for Flyers’ Coburn
So late-night Twitter is a strange place, and late night Steve Yzerman trades are stranger still. This played out over the better course of an hour:
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 2, 2015
OK, hockey t...
Deadline day Garrioch
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch can only pen "'almost deal'" columns after today, so he's delivering a hum-dinger of a rumor wallop this morning. Among his trade deadline day ruminations:
A guy who isn’t being talked about much who may ...
Rangers, Zuccarello agree to contract extension
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie and ESPN's Katie Strang, who are at slight odds about a no-trade clause:
Mats Zuccarello and NYR have agreed on financial terms of four-year extension ($4.5M AAV) but the partial NTC has not yet been finalized.
The New York Rangers Go All In With Keith Yandle Trade
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
That sound you just heard was Glen Sather pushing all of the chips into the middle of the table.
Realistically, the New York Rangers have about a 15-month window to get the veteran general manager a sixth...
San Jose Trades James Sheppard To The New York Rangers
Pending trade call, NYR acquire James Sheppard from SJS. #TradeCentre
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 2, 2015
Shepherd to NYR for a 4th in 2016
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 2, 2015
Kypreos: Maple Leafs still trying to move Dion Phaneuf
I'll let you take this interview breakdown from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons for what you will:
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Maple Leafs are trying “real hard” to move captain Dion Phaneuf.
Winnipeg acquires Lee Stempniak from NYR for Carl Klingberg
Cue the "marriage of convenience" depth trade:
NYR trade Lee Stempniak to WPG. #TradeCentre
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2015
Stempniak to Winnipeg for Klingberg
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March...
Video- Jaromir Jagr With His 717th NHL Goal
He ties Phil Esposito for 5th all-tme in goals.
Report: New York Rangers finalizing contract extension with Mats Zuccarello
Yesterday evening, the New York Post's Larry Brooks reported that the New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello couldn't come to a contract extension agreement in the $4.5 million range. That's apparently changed, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie:
Possible Deal Coming With Arizona Sending Keith Yandle To The New York Rangers
NYR are deep into discussions to acquire defenceman Keith Yandle from ARI but it's reportedly not done yet. If it gets done, it will be big.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2015
ARI will want A...
A Players Only Lunch In San Jose
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Call it a players-only meeting or players-only lunch, but the guys who wear the uniform decided Sunday that what the Sharks needed most was time together on their own.
One day before the NHL trade de...
Patrick Sharp On The Rumors Of Problems In The Chicago Blackhawks’ Dressing Room
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
It was an emotional Patrick Sharp who stood in the dressing room of the Chicago Blackhawks' practice facility and spoke of the toll that rumors on the Internet have taken on him and his family.
Stars Of The Month
NEW YORK (March 1, 2015) – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of Febr...
Afternoon Line-Terry Frei On Cody McLeod
What Cody McLeod did last night at the end of the game was, to me, as much a stupid outgrowth of the North American game’s code and culture as it was a single despicable act. I’d ask anyone expressing outrage: Flip it 180 degrees...
Curtis Glencross Traded To The Washington Capitals
Glencross traded to Washington.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 1, 2015
Curtis Glencross waived his NTC to facilitate deal to #caps. Calgary gets a 2nd- and 3rd-pick coming back in return.
Waiver Action Today
Several NHL clubs have taken to the waiver wire Sunday as they attempt to prepare their rosters for potential trade deadline moves.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames added a player each via the waiver wire Sunday.
NHL Short Notes
HAMMOND, SENATORS STAY HOT IN CALIFORNIA SWEEP . . .
First-year netminder Andrew Hammond stopped 28 shots and rookies Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman each found the back of the net in the third period to rally the Senators to their fifth straight vic...
The Boston Bruins Are Still Shopping
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Peter Chiarelli is still looking for a right winger with some physicality, a depth defenseman and potentially a backup goaltender, and wants to acquire any and all these things without dealing away the team’s...
A Two-Year Extension For Jay McClement In Carolina
Bad news @tsnjamesduthie, another one off the board. CAR signs Jay McClement to 2-year extension. $1.2M AAV. #tradecentre
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2015
added 10:09am, Carolina press release is below...
Morning Line- Dave Hodge On The Toronto Maple Leafs And Philadelphia Flyers
Every time I decry the supposed virtues of the salary cap, I'm surprised to hear from fans who think it's the best thing the NHL and Gary Bettman ever did.
Sorry, but "thumbs down" - yet again - to that belief.
The level playing field the ...
A Wild Win
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Mayhem in Denver as the Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 to gain a three-point cushion on eighth and move a point from Winnipeg.
In a nasty, physical, action-packed, playoff-like affair, the Av...
Wayne Gretzky Should Be The Next Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
There’s no reason to waste time getting to a point this big, so here goes: The Sabres should hire Wayne Gretzky to be their next coach.
The philosophical differences between Tim Murray and Ted Nol...
Michael Del Zotto Playing With Confidence In Philadelphia
from MArc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Del Zotto now has seven points (3 goals, four assists) in his last eight games.
“I thought he played a really good game,” coach Craig Berube said. “He’s doing an all...
An Interesting Advanced Stat
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
According to research conducted by Harvard PhD student Stephen Pettigrew, the average NHL goal increases a team’s chance of winning by 17 percent. To that end, Pettigrew, who presented his resear...
Video- Recap Of The 10 NHL On Saturday
In just under five minutes...
LeBrun: Avs won’t be trading O’Reilly
Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:
[Joe] Sakic and th...
Garrioch talks Yandle, Sharp and the Blues
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having intere...
Video- You Make The Call, Toronto/Montreal
Bernier was told on third goal that Gallagher could push him into net if the puck is loose.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) March 1, 2015
Jonathan Bernier: "Personally, that was one of the worst [calls] I've seen on the ...
Ready For More Mike Babcock To Toronto?
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Until Mike Babcock commits to the Detroit Red Wings going forward, the Maple Leafs are of the belief there remains a considerable chance he will be their coach next season.
They are of the mind &mdas...
Antoine Vermette Traded To Chicago
Vermette traded to Chicago pending NHL trade call
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 1, 2015
Blackhawks trade first-round pick and a prospect to Arizona for Antoine Vermette, still pending NHL trad...
Pre-trade deadline ‘headlines’ from Cox and Friedman
Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.
Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most activ...
Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight
The segment started with Cherry pointing out teams are laughing at the Leafs.
Then the problem with nets tipping over.
The main topic discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean was star players getting injured and nobody riding shotgun for them.
The Los Angeles Kings Are Still Fighting For A Playoff Spot
from Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register,
Life is tough in the NHL. The Kings’ recent eight-game win streak did little more than get their heads above turbulent water in the Western Conference playoff race. Now the Kings have to ...
The New York Islanders May Be Quiet On Monday
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Monday at 3 p.m. will come and go quietly for the Islanders, who have been steadfast in their desire to move to the postseason with the same roster they began this very successful regular season.
Video- Jaromir Jagr Talks After His First Game With The Florida Panthers
Watch as Jaromir Jagr addresses the media following his first game as a Panther.
Jagr says he was kind of shocked the Devils did not consult him regarding the trade.
Tomas Fleischmann To The Anaheim Ducks For Dany Heatley And A 3rd Round Pick
BREAKING: #NHLDucks acquire Tomas Fleischmann from the @FlaPanthers for Dany Heatley & 2015 third-round draft pick. pic.twitter.com/GvNLd6KqoX
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 28, 2015
added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.
The Calgary Flames At The Trade Deadline
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Treliving is in his first year as GM of the NHL club and he remains very patient and cognizant of the big picture despite his team's unexpected season. Sure, as stated, he'd love to make a trade to help the team ma...
About That Clarkson/Horton Trade
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So the old adage, “If Wayne Gretzky was traded, anyone can be traded,” should be replaced by, “If Scott Gomez and David Clarkson were traded…”
The Maple Leafs essent...
Report Of Washington/Carolina Trade
The Capitals are finalizing a trade sending D Jack Hillen and a draft pick to Carolina for D Tim Gleason, per league sources.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) February 28, 2015
The draft pick is believed to be a fourth-ro...
Anyone Want Mats Zuccarello?
As it currently stands, looks more likely that Rangers F Mats Zuccarello will be traded than re-signed. Teams have been told he's available
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) February 28, 2015
NHL Short Notes
THIRD-PERIOD RALLY POWERS DUCKS IN FREEWAY FACE-OFF
Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Ducks scored four unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaking marker by Corey Perry with 8:39 remaining in regulation – to pick up...
Brandon Dubinsky And Matt Calvert Out With Concussions
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Center Brandon Dubinsky and left wing Matt Calvert will miss today's game against the New Jersey Devils in Nationwide Arena after being diagnosed with concussions. They are listed by the club as being out ...
Why The Strange Start Times For The NHL Games Today?
NBC claimed an exclusive window Sat 8-10PM ET. No TV can conflict. Bad deal. @crimsonace: reason for the unusual 5:30 start time tonight?
— Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) February 28, 2015
Here is the schedule with start time...
Kari Lehtonen Issues In Dallas?
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The veteran bench boss lit into Lehtonen for the second time this season, and with newfound furry after a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado. Now, you can say Ruff was talking about the goaltending probl...
Morning Line- Mark Spector On Jeff Petry
Lots of Oilers fans wonder how a team with such a weak defence can afford to let Jeff Petry go. They’re right — he’s going to leave a big hole next year. But last summer, when the time came to sign Petry long-term, his game wasn&...
Lack Of Excitement As The Trade Deadline Approaches
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Just 12 months ago, well-known stars like Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Marian Gaborik, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Jaroslav Halak, Marty St. Louis and Ryan Callahan all changed addresses within five da...
Videos- Brad Marchand And Corey Perry Maintain Their Reputations
Hope Brad Marchand is OK after this....
And Corey Perry once again being Corey Perry,
Report: Devils’ finish won’t affect Lou Lamoriello’s job security
The Newark Star-Ledger's Rich Chere is making quite the claim this morning:
How much clout do three Stanley Cup rings bring, even it's been 12 years since the last championship?
Enough, NJ Media Advance has learned, that Lou Lamoriello wi...
Yet another Patrick Sharp trade rumor
Via CBS Sports' Chris Peters, one Tweet spiced up a rather dull--by imminent-trade-deadline standards--Friday by a significant margin:
Source: #Blackhawks and Capitals have had dialogue about possible trade involving Patrick Sharp.
Kimmo Timonen Traded to The Chicago Blackhawks
via Philadelphia Flyer PR release,
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron He...