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Which trade-deadline rental would provide the best bang for the buck in the playoffs?
Craig Custance: Put me down for Kevin Shattenkirk because if you trade for the St. Louis Blues defenseman, you get a head start on the rest of league in getting a chance to sign the best unrestricted free-agent defenseman on the market to a contract extension. That's extra bang for your buck and additional value for teams that would be looking at Shattenkirk as a solution on defense beyond this season. The problem is that teams are going to have to pay a premium to land him.
For general managers not interested in paying the steep asking price and looking for a cheaper alternative, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith could end up being a sneaky-good addition. He's a strong skater, can contribute offense and is still young enough that he could be auditioning for a spot on your defense too.
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As you can see, Jake Allen had a tough time picking up the puck.
Below is a video of the goal....
Home Team in Caps
Florida 2, ST. LOUIS 1
ARIZONA 3, Anaheim 2
PANTHERS SWEEP FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP, CLIMB ATLANTIC DIVISION
Vincent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the Panthers concluded their road trip with a 5-0-0 record. Elias notes that Florida swept a road trip of at least five games for the first time in the franchise’s 24-year history.
* Trocheck scored his second game-winning goal of the season (also Nov. 3 vs. NJD) and extended his point streak to six contests (3-5—8). Per Elias, Trocheck (59:55) scored the latest game-winning goal in franchise history, besting the mark set by Kristian Huselius (59:46) on March 28, 2002 at OTT (4-3 W).
* At 28-20-10 (66 points), the Panthers passed the idle Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) and Bruins (30-23-6, 66 points) to move into third place in the Atlantic Division.
* James Reimer (26 saves) has earned wins in his past five decisions and improved to 8-1-1 in his last 10 overall dating to Dec. 31 (2.01 GAA, .933 SV%).
from Ryan Boulding of ColoradoAvalanche.com,
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.
The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.
"He got tangled up with Mikko," head coach Jared Bednar said after practice. "He actually fell on top of Mikko, but his leg got trapped underneath Mikko and he fell awkwardly."
While Zadorov's status is a tough blow for the club, the Avalanche appears closer to getting two other players back in the mix.
Here is the NHL explanation...
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
For what it’s worth, and it’s not much, I didn't like the Malkin hit on Wheeler. I like to think I like hitting in hockey as much as anyone, but Malkin's hit struck me as unnecessary. The puck was gone. Outside of fulfilling the time-worn “finish your check” mantra or protecting the sky-is-falling chorus of “there's going to be no hitting in the game,” I'm not sure what purpose Malkin's hit served, especially weighed against the contact to Wheeler's head.
But I have also come to realize everyone's threshold for this type of hit is different, and if the GMs on opposite sides of the debate haven't figured it out yet, I don't like our chances for resolving it here today.
I get that Jets fans are angry, and I wouldn't want to be dismissive of them, though let's be honest: How many of them would be outraged if it had been Wheeler who hit Malkin in that fashion?
much more and also discussed the Trouba hit on Stone...
Watch the Malkin hit below...
BERLIN / LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings will now oversee all operations of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey, it was announced today at a news conference at Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League are owned and operated by AEG Sports, a division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The LA Kings will now begin leading all hockey operations and administrative matters, directing the day-to-day leadership of Managing Director Peter John Lee. Lee will report directly to LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.
NEW YORK (Feb. 20, 2017) – Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 19.
from Hometown Hockey,
Scott and Rob Niedermayer did everything together growing up as kids in Cranbrook and since the brothers were just 16 months apart in age, they could also be teammates on several hockey teams. When Scott and Rob went their separate ways to pursue hockey careers at the age of 16, they never thought they’d have the opportunity to play on the same team again. Not only did they end up playing together again, but they won championships together, including the Stanley Cup.
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