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Nick Jensen Off To Washington

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added 2:45pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have traded defenseman Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals for a second-round pick in 2020 and defenseman Madison Bowey.

The Red Wings were trying to sign Jensen to an extension but unable to reach an agreement.

Bowey, 23, has one goal, five assists and 38 penalty minutes in 33 games this season for the Capitals. The 6-foot--2, 198-pound right-shooting defenseman has appeared in 84 games over parts of two seasons with Washington, picking up one goal and 17 assists, along with 62 penalty minutes. He was selected in the second round (53rd overall) in 2013.

The Red Wings also are sending a 2019 fifth-round pick to Washington, the one they received from Buffalo for Scott Wilson.

added 2:51pm, Washington release is below.

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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes On The Ottawa Senators

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The Senators have an image problem and this latest turn of events will only amplify the notion that the organization can’t hang on to its star players. Depending on how far back you want to draw the line, you could go with departures like Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa, Alexei Yashin and Dany Heatley. Or you could focus on more recent exits like Daniel Alfredsson (twice), Jason Spezza, Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson.

Whatever timeline you use, each departure of a high-profile player was cloaked in mystery, intrigue and tension. In virtually every aforementioned situation, it feels like a reasonable explanation for the departure wasn’t given that satiated the fan base. 

-Ian Mendes of TSN where you can read more on the Senators.

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NHL Network Coverage On Trade Deadline Day

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February 22, 2019 – With NHL® trade discussions intensifying, NHL Network™ today announced it will produce more coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline than ever before this Monday, February 25. Programming will begin with a simulcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at 8:00 a.m. ET, followed by a live five-hour trade deadline edition of NHL Tonight at 2:00 p.m. ET. Live reports, updates and analysis from NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek, Brian Lawton, Tony Luftman, Jackie Redmond, Kevin Weekes and NHL.com’s Dan Rosen will be featured throughout the day on NHL Tonight and within Sportsnet’s Hockey Central coverage leading up to the 3:00 p.m. ET deadline. NHL Tonight will continue its live coverage until 11:00 p.m. ET with analysis and recaps on every transaction throughout the NHL from Jamison CoyleJamie HerschBilly JaffeBill LindsayMike Rupp and Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.

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Videos- Justin Abdelkader And Darren Helm After The Morning Skate

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Abdelkader first, Helm below.


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Matt Duchene Traded From The Ottawa Senators To The Columbus Blue Jackets

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added 11:55am,


added 12:07pm, Bob McKenzie with the details...

added 1:02pm, Colunbus release is below.

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Praise For Craig Berube

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from Chris Pinkert of the Blues' website,

When Craig Berube took over the St. Louis Blues, they had just been shutout by the last-place Los Angeles Kings at home.

It was mid-November and the team was 7-9-3 in the first 19 games of the season. They sat 14th in the Western Conference and were 30th out of 31 NHL teams.


The Blues are 32-23-5 with 69 points, good enough for a divisional playoff spot and third in the Central Division.

The big turnaround can, at least in part, be attributed to Berube.

"He's intense, demanding," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told stlouisblues.com. "But he also understands when the boys need a mental and physical break. He's been really good at managing us in games from behind the bench and managing days away from the rink.

"He expects a lot. I mean, he expects you to keep getting better every day, regardless of how many games we've won lately or how many in a row we've won," Pietrangelo added. "Every single day, he wants to get better. He's demanding that of us, but it's made us a better team."


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An Optional Morning Skate Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

per Dana Wakiji tweets, the Wings have an optional morning skate and Jonathan Bernier is in the starter's net plus Helm and Abdelkader are on the ice.

Puck drop tonight is just after 7:30pm in Detroit against the Minnesota Wild.

added 11:29am, Wakiji,

Blashill said Howard is sick, they are calling up Harri Saterinto back up Bernier. Also, Ehn is going down to GR.

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Video- Connor McDavid Will Be Meeting With DoPS Today

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Video below.

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Carter Hart Pulled Again In Loss To Montreal

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Kid Goalie vs. his idol. That would be Carter Hart, the Flyers’ 20-year-old wunderkind, vs. Montreal’s Carey Price, 31, long regarded as one of the NHL’s best goaltenders.

Advantage, Price.

For the second straight game, Hart allowed three goals on nine shots and was pulled.

For the second straight game, the Flyers faced an early 3-0 deficit and couldn’t recover.

Montreal 5, Flyers 1.


Below, watch the game highlights...

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Winning Continues For The Tampa Bay Lightning

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

This is getting stupid.

I’m looking at the NHL standings, I’m looking at the Lightning, hockey team from another planet, light years ahead of everyone.

Didn’t Jon Cooper’s guys, 10-0-2 in February after Thursday’s 2-1 shootout win against the Sabres, read the memo about hitting a slump to keep things honest?

This is getting stupid.

The Lightning, an obliterating 47-11-4 with 20 games remaining, is constructing one of the more remarkable seasons in hockey history, recent or otherwise, and the best season a Tampa Bay sports team has ever rolled out — provided it closes the deal.


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