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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So maybe Michel Therrien couldn’t live with P.K. Subban in Montreal, but he sure couldn’t live without him, either.
- How many hundreds of millions more in subsidies from Arizona taxpayers now is it going to take to keep the Coyotes in the desert? Never stops, does it, for a franchise that has been on life support for nearly two decades, even preceding the absurd land-grab move to Glendale where it never belonged.
- And the Oscar for best hockey movie ever goes to “Net Worth,” the story of Ted Lindsay’s battle to start a Players’ Association in the mid-1950s, based on the book of the same name written by David Cruise and Allison Griffiths.
- Finally, not quite sure what this means about the Islanders’ future, but American Pharoah is scheduled to drop the first puck at the 2019-20 home opener.
more including some Rangers trade talk...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- The price to trade for pending free agent defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk is too high. The price to sign him long term is even more expensive ... Have to wonder a little about Shattenkirk when he had a chance to play for a contending roster in Tampa Bay for $6 million a year over seven years and he turned it down. Never mind where the Lightning are now: A defence with Viktor Hedman, Anton Stralman and Shattenkirk would be Blackhawks-like.
- My top 10 most entertaining players in the NHL: 1. Connor McDavid; 2. Patrick Kane; 3. Vladimir Tarasenko; 4. Erik Karlsson; 5. Johnny Gaudreau; 6. Brent Burns; 7. Sidney Crosby; 8. Alexander Ovechkin; 9. Mitch Marner; 10. Mikael Granlund.
- Anaheim has traded for forward Patrick Eaves but the Ducks are still dangling one of their depth young defenceman in exchange for a forward of consequence. GM Bob Murray has the deepest defence in his system of any team in hockey.
more, including a look at Joffrey Lupul...
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for right wing Jeremy Morin, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Fournier, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, has played in 29 games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season, recording two goals and four points. He has played in 139 career AHL games with the Roadrunners, St. John’s IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs.
The 24-year-old has also played in 18 career ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and the Brampton Beast, notching six points.
Both received 5 for fighting... The only punch thrown was from Kesler.
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Jordan Nolan from injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Quick, the 6-1, 218-pound native of Milford, Conn. suffered a lower-body injury in the Kings first game of the season, Oct. 12 at San Jose. He has missed 59 games due to the injury. Last season he became the first Kings goaltender to win at least 40 games in franchise history, breaking his own record.
Selected by the Kings in the third-round (72nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Quick has appeared in 476 career NHL games, posting a 252-162-51 record, a .916 SV%, 2.27 GAA and 42 shutouts. He holds the franchise record in every major goaltending category. His 42 shutouts are the most among American-born goaltenders in NHL history.
Nolan, the 6-3, 219-pound native of Garden River, First Nations, Ontario suffered an injury on Feb. 1 vs. COL and has missed nine games. He has appeared in 41 games this season, posting eight points (4-4=8) and 44 penalty minutes.
Selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Nolan has appeared in 287 career NHL games, posting 42 points (20-22=42) and 264 penalty minutes.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
There is no denying Alex Galchenyuk’s touch with the puck. The 23-year-old is Montreal’s best player when he has the puck on his stick. It’s hard for opponents to take it off his blade. He can drive to the net and create his own chances, or he can distribute it for linemates to do their thing. The 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound pivot has a good mix of physicality and skill, similar to Patrice Bergeron’s playing style.
But what makes Galchenyuk an inaccurate overall comparable to Bergeron is the former’s flickering presence without the puck compared with the latter’s. Bergeron is manic in his precise and smothering defensive approach. Galchenyuk, even with five seasons of NHL experience, is more in the scatterbrain category when it comes to own-zone play. Defensively, Galchenyuk has more in common with Ryan Spooner than Bergeron.
Now that he’s playing for Claude Julien, Galchenyuk will have no choice but to learn how to skate, think, and position himself without the puck.
more plus other hockey topics...
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2017) – Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 10-game suspension that was assessed to Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for violating Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Vermette met with Commissioner Bettman during a hearing in New York on Thursday, Feb. 23, pursuant to his appeal of the suspension assessed on Thursday, Feb. 16.
The length of the suspension includes four games already served. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
On the verge of passing last year’s team point total of 69, Mike Babcock wasn’t about to make a big fuss about one game.
But a few Leafs are on notice after he saw red flags in Thursday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers.
The red flags had to do with veterans, which Babcock thought would be the easiest Leafs to motivate this time of year.
“Most of the (young guys) have been in lots of playoff races,” Babcock noted on Friday. “It was just at a different level. They’re used to winning. The only guys who aren’t used to it are those who’ve been here for awhile. They have to get used to winning.
“Lots of nights you say, ‘OK, we’re young,' but I didn’t think our veteran guys up front were near as good as they are normally. We could have won more battles and we were way too respectful. We turned the puck over too much and made it hard on ourselves.”
With Mitch Marner hurt, pressure to produce has switched to players such as James van Riemsdyk, with no goals the past 10 games.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
Yes, as per NHL guidelines, they’re playing their games with a puck.
But it could just as easily be a coin for the Ducks, a team still trying to make heads or tails of a season that continues to insist on flipping between the two.
Since opening the season 0-3-1, the Ducks haven’t had a winning or losing streak in excess of three games. They’ve alternated wins and losses over each of their past eight.
Officially, that’s one step forward followed by one step back, which is a very difficult way to make discernible progress.
If they keep skating in place like this, the Ducks might eventually scrape down the ice and fall straight through.
“If we knew exactly what the problem was, I’m sure we would have fixed it a long time ago,” forward Rickard Rakell said. “We want to win as many games as we can. But I think this keeps us honest throughout the season.”
It certainly should keep the Ducks grinding, in a way quite rare of late, this being a group that, in each of the previous four years, put together magnificent stretches of cruise-control dominance.
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