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via the Nashville Predators,
While undercover, Shea Weber and Roman Josi interview unsuspecting passersby about themselves.
The Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday evening that the club has acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.
Both clubs confirmed the deal shortly after 6:30 p.m ET. Full details and additional coverage will follow later this evening.
Nashville release is below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets may be on the verge of a big trade with a once-upon-a-time rival in the Central Division.
Multiple sources have told The Dispatch that trade talks between the Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators have intensified in recent days, with Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Predators GM David Poile zeroing in on a blockbuster.
The two clubs would seem a perfect fit.
The Blue Jackets have made it clear they'd be willing to trade struggling center Ryan Johansen, and the Predators have a desperate need for an offensive boost, especially in the form of a prototype No. 1 center. Johansen, 23, was MVP of the All-Star Game last season, but he has fallen off precipitously this season.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
If you’re looking for teams to watch on the trade front this month, Nashville would be one you’d want to keep your eye on.
The struggling Predators, held to two goals or less in 11 of the last 18 games, are clinging to the final wild card berth in the Western Conference and impressing no one these days with an oddly unbalanced team that’s again getting more consistent offence from its defence than its forwards.
Shea Weber and Roman Josi have combined for 51 points, including 19 goals, and just like last year, Nashville is getting more offence from its backline than any other NHL club.
Up front, the story is different. Filip Forsberg has been only okay with nine goals, while youngster Colin Wilson is a huge disappointment with only two goals. James Neal is the only Nashville forward who has 10 or more goals this season.
As a team, Nashville has a 6.8 per cent shooting percentage, which puts them in the bottom third of the league. Last year, they made a winter deal with the Leafs to bolster a strong lineup that managed 104 points, but neither Cody Franson nor Mike Santorelli helped and the Preds went out in the first round.
There are always rumours about possible deals involving Weber, who has a $7.85 million cap hit until 2026 but doesn’t have any no trade/no movement protection. The availability of Columbus centre Ryan Johansen, who had no points and no shots in 14:06 of ice time Sunday against Florida, has many making connections between the Preds and Blue Jackets.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Forget trying to make the call in real time, this was a very difficult play for the referees to ascertain through video review if Galchenyuk made a “reasonable effort” to avoid contact with Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne. In the end, I believe the correct call was made despite the hook/pressure applied to the Montreal sniper by Weber.
Rule 69 (Interference on the Goalkeeper) makes a provision whereby, “If a an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for the purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”
Under certain conditions, this rule would provide for a hooking penalty to be assessed on Weber (must be made in real time and not through review) and if it was further determined by the referee (real time or coach’s challenge) that Galchenyuk did not make a “reasonable effort” to avoid Rinne the subsequent goal would also be disallowed.
Watch the play below...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Late in the Canadiens 5-1 loss in Nashville Monday night, Max Pacioretty caught a puck in the mouth.
Fans can only hope the injury did not compromise the Captain’s ability to drop an F-bomb or six to describe the team’s latest debacle.
A fourth straight loss left the Canadiens one point ahead of Boston in the Atlantic Division standings, and the Bruins have three games in hand.
Detroit is two points back with two games in hand.
Florida, Ottawa and Tampa Bay are trending upward.
The Canadiens have won once in their last nine games – the worst streak of futility since the 2000-’01 season.
That’s 15 years ago, peeps– 15 years during which we’ve seen some pretty gosh-awful Montreal Canadiens.
Is this yet another craptastic edition of the team?
Game higlights are below along with Michel Therrien post-game...
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
“(It’s) the closeness of dollars, meaning the necessity of moving equal dollars to make trades," Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday, explaining the lack of moves league-wide. "And (with) the parity that we have in the league, everybody still has a chance. I think it’s going to be reflected at the trading deadline (Feb. 29) this year. If the races stay this close, you might see the fewest amount of trades ever at the trading deadline.
"It’s not from lack of effort, I can tell you that. It’s not from general managers not talking to each other. It’s not from desire. … If I could make a trade now to maybe change our team a little bit, I would be open to that. But you need to have a partner and you need to have this match in so many ways. It's just not like it used to be that you could just make a trade for the sake of doing something because things have to match up. Dollars have to match up, years and contracts have to match up. Maybe even your age has to match up, maybe even position. It's really a different thing."
read on for some Predators talk...
Andrew Shaw hit on Francois Beauchemin.
Two more hits below...
Referee Time Peel had enough of the act from James Neal and let's him know about it. Two minute for embellishment.
Steve Moses on unconditional waivers. Must be going back to KHL
Moses' KHL rights were acquired by SKA about a week ago. So this was brewing for a bit.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN back in mid-February...
NHL teams are not looking for Moses to lead them out of the wilderness as much as they are simply trying to determine whether he can part an NHL defence.
His name is Steve Moses. He is a 25-year-old, 5-foot-9, 170-pound winger from Leominster, Mass., and he's attracting NHL interest this season because he's leading the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in goals, with 35 in 56 games for Jokerit (Finland). He also has 56 points in 56 games, sixth best in the KHL.
"He's the top (unrestricted) free agent in the KHL, that's for sure," one NHL management person said.
"Really small but really fast," said another.
Some teams think he's worth a shot. Others aren't so sure. In any case, what's certain is the diminutive University of New Hampshire alum – he played four seasons there between 2008 and 2012 – won't be leaving Jokerit (where he's in his third season), or the KHL, unless he has a one-way NHL contract tucked in his back pocket.
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