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A Friday To Remember For Cole Caufield

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Cole Caufield was already trending on Twitter in Canada early Friday night.

Part of the reason was the Canadiens’ top prospect was named the Hobey Baker Award winner as the top player in U.S. college hockey. About 30 minutes after that announcement, Caufield made his pro debut with the AHL’s Laval Rocket in Toronto against the Marlies.

The fact a 20-year-old who has yet to play a game in the NHL was trending is a sign of just how excited Canadiens fans are about Caufield. The game was also televised on RDS and broadcast on TSN 690 Radio.

Caufield didn’t disappoint, scoring two goals — including the winner — and adding an assist in a 5-3 Rocket victory.

Caufield’s first goal came at 1:28 of the second period with a one-timer blast on the power play from the faceoff circle to the right of Marlies goalie Joseph Woll. His second goal at 9:43 of the third period came after streaking down the left side, taking a shot and then roofing his rebound.

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A Torn Tricep Is What Bobby Ryan Is Dealing With

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”from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Three days before the NHL trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings announced that the 34-year-old winger is done for the season with an “upper body” injury.

And no, it’s not another broken finger.

While Ryan has been dealing with back issues, putting him on the shelf is a torn triceps that require surgery.

The second overall pick in 2005 (behind Sidney Crosby) should be ready to get back at it in plenty of time for next season, but in what jersey — or even if there will be one offered him — he does not know.

His deal with the Red Wings was for one year.

“Obviously gutted the way things ended prematurely this season for myself,” Ryan, who hasn’t played since March 28, told Postmedia on Friday. “I was hoping to put things off until the season ended, but no way around surgery, so now my focus shifts to getting healthy and seeing what’s next.

“Whether it’s another year in the league or not, my goals don’t change … get healthy, get stronger and see if there’s an opportunity to go back to work.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Go Outside The Box Acquiring An Injured Riley Nash

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The only real question now is whether Frederik Andersen will be healthy enough to play another game for the Toronto Maple Leafs before the end of the regular season.

If he’s sidelined until the playoffs, Friday’s creative cap-bending maneuver to acquire depth forward Riley Nash while triggering the long-term injury provision signalled that Kyle Dubas has roughly $5-million in space to play with heading into the trade deadline.

However, should Andersen return from a lower-body injury the team has declined to place a timeline on before May 11, what they accomplished in the trade with Columbus was adding a veteran centre without any impact on their cap position because Nash is out four to six weeks with a knee sprain.

Either way it’s an outside-the-box approach to acquiring an asset while balancing a challenging cap situation -- something Toronto has become known for under assistant general manager Brandon Pridham.

What this deal ultimately tells us about the Leafs hinges entirely on Andersen’s health. He hasn’t been on the ice since a loss to Calgary on March 19 and isn’t expected to join the team for practice before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline passes.

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TSN Trade Deadline Coverage On ESPN+ & ESPN2

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ESPN press release,

Beginning Monday, April 12 at 8 a.m. ET, TSN’s leading team of hockey insiders and experts provide breaking TRADECENTRE news and analysis throughout a full day of coverage from Canada’s Sports Leader. ESPN+ will stream the entire TRADECENTRE coverage, while ESPN2 will simulcast from 2-4 p.m. ESPN+/ESPN2 have carried TSN’s TRADECENTRE since 2018.

TSN’s TRADECENTRE host James Duthie will lead a team of hockey experts in day-long coverage of all the NHL trade deadline action. Covering deadline day from all angles, TRADECENTRE is a signature annual special from TSN, featuring breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, as well as interviews with players, GMs, and coaches.

Beginning with the start of the 2021-22 season in October, ESPN+ will stream more than 1,000 live NHL games per season, including 75 national games per season produced by ESPN and streamed exclusively on both ESPN+ and Hulu, a first. Additionally, ESPN+ subscribers get truly incredible value with more than 1,000 out-of-market games now available digitally only on the industry-leading sports streaming service – making it a must-have for hockey fans. ESPN+, which topped 12.1 million subscribers by the end of 2020, nearly doubling in a year, also features “In the Crease” an exclusive original highlights show, hosted by ESPN’s Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose each NHL gameday throughout the season.

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NHL Short Notes

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THREE HARD LAPS

Ryan O'Reilly recorded 3-1—4 as the Blues scored nine goals in a game for the first time in over 10 years.

* A day after passing Brett Hull for the second most power-play goals in NHL historyAlex Ovechkin scored again to pass him on the League’s all-time even-strength goals list.

* Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who has scored a shorthanded goal in each of his last two games, can join rare company this afternoon.

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Video- Save Of The Night Candidate

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Evening Line- Jeremy Roenick

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Patrik Nemeth Traded To Colorado

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for the Avs’ fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Nemeth, 29, is in his second campaign with the Red Wings and has tallied eight points (2g/6a) this season, ranking third among Detroit blueliners in points and average time on ice (18:24).  He is second on the club and first among Red Wings defenders in average shorthanded time on ice (2:09).

Nemeth previously spent two seasons with the Avalanche from 2017-19 after being claimed on waivers from the Dallas Stars on Oct. 3, 2017 and produced 25 points (4g/21a) and a +32 rating in 142 games with Colorado. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound rearguard finished the 2017-18 campaign with a +27 rating, tied for the fifth-best plus/minus rating for a defenseman in Avalanche history (since 1995). Nemeth also ranked first on the team with 185 blocked shots that season and set career highs in points (15), goals (3) and assists (12). He skated in a career-best 74 games the following year (2018-19).

added 8:09pm, Detroit release is below.

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Video- Four Years Ago

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Zach Werenski Out For The Rest Of The Season

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via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Zach Werenski on Injured Reserve due to an inguinal/sports hernia, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

He is expected to undergo surgery next week to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season. Werenski, 23, has collected seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points and 13 penalty minutes in 35 games this season, leading club defensemen in goals and ranking second in points. He also ranks second on the club in averaging 24:22 TOI per game.

"Zach has been playing through the injury for most of the season and as much as we would like to have him in the lineup, having the surgery now is the right decision and will allow him to be 100 percent before the start of training camp in the fall," said Kekalainen.

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