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from Pat Pickens of the New York Times,
Like many young hockey players, Mark Arcobello spent his formative years trekking around New England for youth tournaments.
But even the most intense schedule would pale in comparison to Arcobello’s road during his first full N.H.L. season.
Arcobello, a 26-year-old center for the Arizona Coyotes, has spent this season living out of a suitcase. He is on his fourth N.H.L. team, tying a league record.
“It’s been crazy, but it’s a good experience, I think,” said Arcobello, a native of Milford, Conn. “I can now say I’ve been traded, picked off waivers, been on four teams in one year. I’ve seen a lot of coaches, a lot of players, it’s kind of a cool experience.”
Dennis O’Brien in 1977-78 and Dave McLlwain in 1991-92 also played for four N.H.L. teams in the same season.
“I don’t know if that’s a really good one to tie,” Arcobello said.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Toronto has traded Daniel Winnik to Pittsburgh
Leafs in return for Winnik get Zach Sill plus 2nd round pick in 2016 and 4th round pick in 2015
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft and either a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Jiri Tlusty.
“We appreciate everything that Jiri did for our team and our community during his time in Carolina, and wish him the best in Winnipeg,” said Francis.
The conditional 2015 draft pick will be in the fifth round if Winnipeg qualifies for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs or the sixth round if they do not.
added 3:55pm, Penguins release is below...
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2015) – Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Kyle Clifford to a five-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 24-year-old Clifford (born on Jan. 13, 1991) is a 6-2, 208-pound native of Ayr, Ontario, has appeared in 333 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 58 points (25-33=58) and 462 penalty minutes.
This season, Clifford has tallied 10 points (3-7=10) a plus-1 rating and a team-leading 66 penalty minutes. Clifford appeared in his 300th NHL game, Dec. 2 vs. BOS.
A second round (35th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Clifford has been a part of both Stanley Cup runs with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. He has played in 47 career postseason games, registering 14 points (4-10=14) and 56 penalty minutes, including assisting on the Stanley Cup clinching goal scored by Alec Martinez in Game 5 against the New York Rangers.
The Blackhawks did place Kane on LTIR today...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, with only rumours, tips, and our keen sports writer’s eye — having watched nearly every player who ever hurt his collarbone skate off the ice bent over just like Patrick Kane did on Tuesday night — we are ready to pronounce that Kane is out with some sort of shoulder/collarbone (clavicle) malady.
So, here’s what that means:
If the clavicle is broken, which is very rare in hockey according to a former NHL trainer we reached out to Wednesday, Kane is looking at eight to 10 weeks on the shelf. The good news is that bones mend, and although a broken collarbone means more recovery time, the injury would not linger with Kane for the remainder of his career.
If the collarbone has separated from where it joins the shoulder — the far more popular AC or Acromioclavicular joint injury — that means the ligaments which hold the clavicle to the shoulder have been stretched. Doctors simply put the clavicle back in place, and wait six-to-eight weeks until the ligaments tighten up around the joint once more.
There are two issues with that however. One, it never tightens up like it used to be; and two, Kane would return with a much more painful shoulder than he would if he waited the requisite time for a broken bone to heal.
Quote The Maven" is a weekly column where Stan Fischler touches on the three local teams plus other hot NHL items.
- If I’m Glen Sather, I’d bring Mats Zuccarello back next season. The little guy’s grit, willingness to take on any size foe and scoring touch should guarantee a return to 7th Avenue.
- Speaking of speed, name one team out of 29 that is faster than the Blueshirts. Sorry, there is none.
- Carey Price vs. Rick Nash vs. John Tavares! How about a dead heat for the Hart Trophy!!!
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Eric Lindros has launched a $3 million defamation lawsuit against one-time NHL referee Paul Stewart and the Huffington Post, after Stewart wrote a column for the online news website that allegedly made the former Philadelphia Flyers star forward look like a "*#$%@&."
In documents filed in an Ontario court, Lindros says his reputation has been sullied after Stewart wrote about his poor on-ice relationship with Lindros, which was capped by an incident when Lindros allegedly tore up posters he was asked by Stewart to autograph for a charity.
Lindros's claims have not been proven in court and the Huffington Post has not filed a statement of defence. Lindros's lawyer Geoff Shaw said in an interview that Stewart has served him with a statement of defence, although it has not yet been been added to the public court record.
In an emailed statement, Huffington Post Canada managing editor Kenny Yum wrote, "This is before our lawyers and I can't comment." Stewart, reached in the U.S., declined to discuss the case. "I don't have anything to say," he said. "I don't have a comment."
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Jagr: "If I stay here and we're not going to have a chance to playoffs, I don't think I'm going to play at all. And I still like to play."
Jagr:"I love this team, but if it's going to be after the trading deadline & we're going to be (out of contention), it's going to get worse”
Jagr: "You're probably going to play guys who've got a contract next year or young guys. It's understandable, don't you think?"
Jagr said he knew "from the first day" after coaching change his ice time would go down.
QUICK, KINGS BLANK RED WINGS FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN . . .
Jonathan Quick stopped all 20 shots he faced to record his 35th career shutout (fourth this season) and lead the Kings to their second eight-game winning streak in the past calendar year (also Feb. 6 – March 10, 2014: 8-0-0).
* The Kings became the third team to post an eight-game winning streak this season, following the Blackhawks (Nov. 26 – Dec. 11) and Rangers (Dec. 8-27). No team has won nine consecutive games in 2014-15.
* The Kings’ eight-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest such run in franchise history, also achieved in 1972-73, 1991-92 and 2013-14. The club record of nine straight wins was established Jan. 21 – Feb. 6, 2010.
* Quick has been in net for all eight games during the current winning streak, compiling a 1.63 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout in that span. His eight consecutive personal victories also are one shy of his career high, set Jan. 21 – Feb. 6, 2010 (during the team’s franchise-record streak).
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Keep an eye on Washington. GM Brian MacLellan said last weekend he will not trade Mike Green for picks or prospects, so barring a blockbuster (which the GM doesn’t see coming), Green will finish the season in the American capital.
The Capitals are all-in.
MacLellan would not comment on anything else, but it’s believed they will try to add another defenceman and it’s well-known they are chasing a forward to play with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin’s flexibility allows them to search for the best possible addition, whether a right- or left-handed shot.
- I’m a Mats Zuccarello guy. Big fan of his game, and that did not change watching him lead everyone with five shots in Tuesday’s win.
He and the Rangers are not close on a new deal and he can walk this summer. The simple move for New York is to keep him, make a playoff run and take their chances later. But, there are rumours they will consider trading him, see what they can get and, if necessary, flip that for something else.
I can’t prove or disprove those rumblings, but they’re out there.
- One GM said this week he is now planning on a $69M cap — if the players don’t vote for the escalator. Ouch.
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