Kukla's Korner Hockey
Here is 3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the four games played on Wednesday.
fom Leah Hextall of Sportsnet,
Imagine where Detroit would be with four first overall picks in six years.
No one is suggesting the Oilers want to be in this predicament. New management was brought in to elevate the Oilers out of the basement and return the team to its glory days.
While working in Boston for NESN, I watched then-Bruins and current Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli craft a Stanley Cup contender and pull the trigger on several major trades. Along with Bob Nicholson, one would expect to eventually see change for the better within the Edmonton organization.
Until then, if this year’s draft lottery again falls in the Oilers’ favour, I assure you NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s inbox will be filled with emails from 29 GMs, stating in more colourful terms than I used:
“You can’t suck that long because it’s not fair to everyone else.”
Mike Richards is stopped.
Braden Holtby burst onto the hockey scene in the 2012 playoffs when he guided the Caps to a first round upset of the Boston Bruins. The next two seasons saw his play become inconsistent. That all changed when the Capitals hired Mitch Korn.
Elliotte Friedman with the feature.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canuck could be the best affordable defenceman in advance of the NHL trade deadline Monday — especially with the New York Rangers expected to take pending unrestricted free agent blueliner Keith Yandle off the market — and that’s where the ongoing fiddling has become more pronounced for Hamhuis. He’s a pending UFA, who would have to waive his no-trade clause to be moved, and he has gone back and forth with the issue that needs to be resolved quickly.
“We’ve been working through some thoughts and to be prepared,” said Hamhuis. “And certainly, if going is the direction, we would have to give them (Canucks) some time to make a deal happen.”
The Smithers native took a hometown discount to sign here for six years at $27 million US as a free agent, after his rights were traded from Nashville to Philadelphia and then to Pittsburgh. He left money on the table. He would hit the jackpot in free agency on July 1 because joining a Stanley Cup contender at the trade deadline would only increase the value of a proven defender. Hamhuis was on world championship title teams in 2015 and 2007 and won gold at the 2014 Olympics.
from Tom Dougherty of CSN Philly,
With the NHL trade deadline five days away, the Flyers' game plan hasn't changed much.
Even with the orange and black sitting five points out of the second wild card.
"We're not going to add," general manager Ron Hextall told Comcast SportsNet's John Boruk in a 1-on-1 interview Wednesday afternoon. "We feel like we have depth, quite honestly.
"I feel like we have a couple guys up in Lehigh Valley that can help us, so we feel that we have enough depth right now to make it through the year.
"If someone goes down, we got good fillers for them. We're going to hold. If something comes up that we can make ourselves better for the future, we'll at least look at it."
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The New York Rangers know they shouldn't be in the high-rent(al) district at this trade deadline, but I'll be curious to see if they can resist the temptation.
Especially where it might concern Eric Staal.
The Rangers haven't had a first-round pick since 2012 and they don't have one this year either. Anthony Duclair, a third-round pick who developed like a first-rounder, was sacrificed last year to get Keith Yandle, who is now an expiring contract who can't/won't be re-signed in New York.
Tuesday night's poor effort against New Jersey notwithstanding, the Rangers have played well enough over the last couple of months to not want to shop Yandle in the rental market in an effort to recoup some future considerations. They surely must think they still have a shot; that contending in the East is something they can still see if they squint a bit and don't look too closely in Washington's direction.
But the Rangers also haven’t played so well as to think they're just one notable player away to continue throwing caution to the wind and loading up the mortgage even more. Their current deadline philosophy calls for more cautious spending of lower-level future assets than first-rounders or blue-chip prospects. Or maybe they would consider moving a younger roster player. That is, if they're to add a piece at the deadline - the operative word being if.
But you know how it is when you're in debt. The temptation is always there to go a little deeper. You know, in for a dime, in for a dollar.
And Eric Staal may represent a unique opportunity.
more on Staal and the Rangers...
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What to do, what to do, if you're the Boston Bruins and pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson remains unsigned into Monday, as the clock ticks down to the 3 p.m. trade deadline?
As far as I can ascertain, Bruins GM Don Sweeney has prepared for all three options on the Eriksson front: get him signed to an extension; keep him past the deadline and hope it's worth it to make the playoffs and maybe win a round or two, and also use the extra months to get him signed; or trade him.
To me, the final option seems the most likely, even for a team that's sitting in a playoff spot.
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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
This morning in Woodbury, former Wild coach Mike Yeo sat down with the two beat writers for more than an hour. He discussed how he found out he had been fired, where he thinks things went wrong (Ryan Johansen trade rumors, a divide in the locker room, frustration throughout the team), his system, the power play, Adam Oates (a paid skills coach of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and others around the NHL) showing up at a Wild morning skate in January and what's next?...
“Those trade rumors hurt us. That’s the way I feel. I feel like there were some players that were probably hoping it was going to happen and there were some players upset it was even talked about. That’s my opinion. I could be wrong.”
You’re talking Johansen and Drouin? “Yeah I think so. I could be wrong. I had some conversations. If there was a trade happening, I know I had some conversations with some of the players that were mentioned in those trades. And for me, I was not lying, I didn’t want to see them go. I liked our team. Obviously if a trade comes along that’s going to make your team better, you’re going to do it. But it was a tough thing to get around.”
Does that go back to a division between young and old players? “I don’t know. Trade rumors, every team has to deal with that. These are things that shouldn’t have broke us, shouldn’t have been that much a factor. It didn’t take much for our game to slip a little bit. And when our game slipped a little bit, players started to struggle individually. That was the beginning of the end for me when players started to struggle individually.”
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