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from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Whether Wilson decides he wants to add to the team or trade some pieces for future assets is unclear, and could depend on how the Sharks perform leading up to March 2. The Sharks have a number of pending unrestricted free agents, like Sheppard, Kennedy, Desjardins and Niemi that could draw some interest on the trade market.
What Wilson has made clear is that he won’t trade a young prospect or high draft pick for a veteran rental. There have been no indications he’ll waver from his plan of transitioning his team away from older veterans such as Joe Thornton – who is still performing at an elite level – and Marleau, who hasn’t been, although neither of those two franchise icons is expected to be dealt at this point.
If the Sharks are going to become a contender, they will likely have to achieve it with the players that are already here.
much more on the Sharks and their fight for a playoff spot...
from Mike Johnston of the Buffalo News,
With the March 2 NHL trade deadline fast approaching, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray says the market might not be as busy as people think.
“It’s been quiet, to be frank. It’s been very, very quiet. We’re fairly close to the deadline and I didn’t expect it,” Murray told Buffalo radio station WGR 550 Wednesday. “I don’t expect every team to be active, but there usually are a small amount of teams that don’t wait for the deadline, that like to get it done before the deadline…It has, to me, been surprisingly quiet. People aren’t even kicking tires.”
The Sabres are currently dead last in the NHL standings and are expected to be sellers at the deadline. A number of Buffalo players’ names have been out there in trade rumours this season, including forwards Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell, plus defenceman Tyler Myers and pending UFA goalies Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth.
Murray said nothing is immanent on the trade front and that deals are more difficult to complete than many people think.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League will be making a major announcement related to the 2015-16 season on Thursday, January 29, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Check out the best hits, goals and saves thus far from 2014-2015 NHL season.
moving this to the top of page so everyone has a chance to see and participate. original post was 1/28/15 at 10:48am.
Two days late with this week's game. Due to the weather warnings in the northeast, we decided to postpone this week's game until Thursday, so here we go.
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NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Watch the incident below...
"I thought their shot clock was screwed up. When we hit the net it's supposed to count (as a shot), when they miss the net it's not supposed to count. We (won't) worry about that. The NHL can figure that out."
-Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on the Florida Panther's shot clock. More on the Wings and their pnealty kill problems from Ansar Khan of Mlive.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Florida Panthers, to me, anyway, began the post All-Star schedule as the only Eastern Conference team currently on the outside of the playoffs looking in with any chance of making it into the postseason. I still feel that way, but the Panthers wasted a chance right off the hop Tuesday night, rallying from a 5-2 deficit but still losing 5-4 to the visiting Detroit Red Wings despite outshooting them 41-27.
I say "wasted a chance" because the Washington Capitals dropped their fourth straight game (0-3-1), this time a 4-3 road decision to the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Panthers still have two games in hand on the suddenly struggling Caps, but they have to make them count. They remain seven points back of the Caps for a wild-card spot, when they could have cut into that lead with a win Tuesday night. Yes, the Panthers have three games in hand on Boston as well -- the Bruins are also seven points up and holding the other wild-card spot -- but I think the Bruins are going to take off now and aren't a realistic target for Florida. I still think the Panthers have a shot, but they've got to get on a roll very soon.
continue for more NHL topics from the ESPN hockey writers....
Some fans might yearn for the days of a strong coach, a Mike Keenan-type, or a John Tortorella-type, a guy that got attention by cracking the whip. There isn't a coach like them in the NHL these days. And if there were, his time would be short.
-Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star on today's coaches. Read more on this interesting topic.
HALAK LIFTS ISLANDERS INTO TOP SPOT IN EAST . . .
Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots – and was 10 seconds away from posting his fifth shutout of the season – as the Islanders improved to 3-0-0 against the Rangers and 16-2-0 versus Metropolitan Division opponents in 2014-15.
* The Islanders (32-14-1, 65 points) moved past the Lightning (30-15-4, 64 points) – who lost in regulation at Carolina – into top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings (28-11-9, 65 points) also have 65 points but the Islanders have one game in hand.
* The Islanders’ 32 wins through 47 games equal a franchise record set in 1978-79 (32-6-9). Their 17 home wins in 21 games at Nassau Coliseum also match a club record set in 1978-79 (17-0-4); twenty of their remaining 35 games are at the Coliseum.
* Halak, who played in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, improved to 26-9-0 in 35 appearances this season. He also stopped 40 shots in a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Oct. 14.
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