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added 1:53pm, Florida release is below.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Treliving is in his first year as GM of the NHL club and he remains very patient and cognizant of the big picture despite his team's unexpected season. Sure, as stated, he'd love to make a trade to help the team make the playoffs. But he's not sacrificing important, high-end future assets to get it done. It has to make sense. And in a perfect world, it's a hockey deal and not a rental deal, getting a player who can help the Flames past this season. Treliving is a sharp guy, and despite the excitement in his market, I think the rookie GM won't get fooled by short-term goals.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So the old adage, “If Wayne Gretzky was traded, anyone can be traded,” should be replaced by, “If Scott Gomez and David Clarkson were traded…”
The Maple Leafs essentially cleared $10.5M in cap space by dealing Clarkson to Columbus for Nathan Horton—Clarkson’s $5.5M they shed plus Horton’s $5M they will be able to replace when and if the club hits the upper limit and places the incapacitiated winger on LTI.
The Leafs finally have a management that is willing to take advantage of its financial might.
- Oh, and the best thing for Horton is that the NHL has a job waiting for him when he goes on LTI.
read on for the latest on Mats Zuccarello...
added 12:01pm, Washington release is below... added 12:06pm, Carolina release added below too...
THIRD-PERIOD RALLY POWERS DUCKS IN FREEWAY FACE-OFF
Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Ducks scored four unanswered goals in the third period – including the tiebreaking marker by Corey Perry with 8:39 remaining in regulation – to pick up their fourth victory in their past five contests.
* At 39-17-7 (85 points), the Ducks moved within four points of the idle Predators (41-14-7, 89 points) for first place in the NHL standings. Nashville, however, holds one game in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker (NSH: 35, ANA: 31).
* The Ducks improved to 7-0-2 in their past nine regular-season meetings with the Kings dating to Dec. 3, 2013, including a 3-0-1 mark in 2014-15. They conclude their season series on March 18 at Honda Center.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Center Brandon Dubinsky and left wing Matt Calvert will miss today's game against the New Jersey Devils in Nationwide Arena after being diagnosed with concussions. They are listed by the club as being out indefinitely.
Dubinsky had just scored a goal early in Thursday's loss to Montreal when he was undercut by Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert and sent crashing into the end boards. He landed awkwardly on his neck and did a half-somersault before tumbling to the ice.
Watch how Dubinsky suffered the concussion below...
Here is the schedule with start times for the games today.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The veteran bench boss lit into Lehtonen for the second time this season, and with newfound furry after a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado. Now, you can say Ruff was talking about the goaltending problem in general with this team (the back-ups are 2-12-0 on the season), but this dagger was clearly pointed at Lehtonen.
“I know this is hard, but the goaltending performance doesn’t match the effort of the team,” Ruff said. “You need goaltending. It’s as simple as that. There’s nights that he has to steal games, there’s nights where he has to out-perform the other guy. Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that’s where the frustration is.”
To Ruff, there is logic there. His team allowed just seven shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, and Lehtonen still let in a soft goal. In fact, the Stars battled back to take a 3-1 lead early in the third period, and all Lehtonen had to do was weather the expected storm. It happens to all teams who hold a lead _ they simply are going to be outshot, and the goalie has to hold on and get the win....
And that has to be somewhere in Ruff’s brain when he’s watching these meltdowns - he has to wonder if his goalie has a loose wire, if he simply can’t handle pressure.
Maybe he’s testing him now to see how he responds. Maybe this is needed before the team makes a big decision in the summer.
But, if you ask me, Lehtonen isn’t good with extreme emotion .
Lots of Oilers fans wonder how a team with such a weak defence can afford to let Jeff Petry go. They’re right — he’s going to leave a big hole next year. But last summer, when the time came to sign Petry long-term, his game wasn’t deserving of the commitment. Sure, he was the best guy on a poor defence, but in my opinion, someone will be having buyer’s remorse on Petry at this time next year, when he signs for four years and $18-19 million.
The key to the negotiations though, is that Petry wanted to go to UFA. There haven’t been any talks leading up to the deadline. The player simply wants to exercise his rights, play the field, and make a choice on a new team come July 1. It isn’t always a GM’s mistake when a player leaves. Sometimes the player, in this case an American-born player married to an American girl, wants to head south.
It’s no more complicated than that.
-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more NHL topics.
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