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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.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
The New York Rangers are now an impressive 8-1-2 since Henrik Lundqvist left the lineup, and their 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday might have been one of the most encouraging, because they didn't have to rely on a slew of goals to pull it off.
Cam Talbot got the shutout, stopping all 21 shots he faced, and the Rangers managed to keep pace with the New York Islanders, who beat up a bad Arizona Coyotes team. It was a strong road effort for the Flames in their first game of a seven-game road trip, and you can't help but wonder if this road trip will ultimately define whether they make the playoffs.
Calgary would like to add depth on defense and some scoring before the deadline, but if things go sideways this week they would have to consider selling potential UFAs, including Curtis Glencross, who is generating interest. Two more games in the New York area this week might help determine how it all plays out in Calgary.
read on for more hockey topics including the Blackhawks/Kane and the Bruins...
from Ken Cambell of The Hockey News,
One NHL general manager has gone over the players that are available prior to the trade deadline next Monday and has come to the conclusion that the laws of supply and demand will rule the day. And in this case it’s great news for the sellers because the demand outstrips the supply.
“I see a lot of guys out there who are Tier II players that teams will pay Tier I prices to get,” he said. “And I include myself in that. Of course I’d never say I overpaid for a guy, but yeah, if I get one of those guys I’ve probably had to overpay for him.”
Another GM who has been through countless deadlines says this one looks like almost every other one that has preceded them in the past 10 years in that it always looks like it will be a quiet day, but then the deals start coming fast and furious and at the end of the day you’re amazed at how many transactions come together.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
“I haven’t really at any time wanted to be traded,” Wisniewski said. “I’ve always wanted to be a Columbus Blue Jacket. I love it here. As of right now, I’m a Columbus Blue Jacket. I’m here to win hockey games.”
more and other Columbus notes...
Told James Wisniewski's list of 10 no-trade teams was put together in a way to make it more difficult for #CBJ to trade. In other words ...
... teams with no cap room and no need for offensive defensemen were approved, while teams with glaring need/cap room were on no-trade list.
from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“What we’re doing is not paying any respect to checking,” he said. “We’re not paying any respect to defense, to managing the puck, to managing the proper way to play. I don’t care what the shots on goal are. When you give up as many odd-man rushes as we gave up in the last two games, we’re showing no respect for what matters in the National Hockey League at this time.
“And in the offensive zone, the sense of urgency that we’re not playing with, that we’ve played with all year, is not there. That’s why we don’t score, that’s why we don’t get second and third chances, that’s why we don’t win the front-of-the-net battles. Those combinations are lethal the wrong way. You have no control over the hockey game because of the scoring chances you give up off these odd-man rushes.
“We’re a team that’s made a lot of great inroads on playing a certain way and now we don’t want to play that way, and we’re not interested in playing the way that’s been successful here. We want to play a different way right now and it’s really, really hurting us.”
more on the Blues...
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The New York Rangers did defeat the Calgary Flames 1-0.
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added 9:18pm, video of the hit below...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Sean Bergenheim (BUHR-gehn-highm) and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the Wild's 2016 third-round selection.
Bergenheim, 31 (2/8/84), has collected 18 points (8-10=18), 34 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-2 rating while averaging 14:09 in ice time in 39 games this season with the Panthers. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, has tallied 179 points (95-84=179) and 373 PIM in 489 career NHL games during nine seasons with the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida. He has recorded 17 points (12-5=17) in 23 career NHL playoff matches.
Bob McKenzie reports add the Chicago Blackhawks to the teams interested in Andrej Sekera. Regarding Zbynek Michalek of the Arizona Coyotes, TSN reporting the reason he has not played in the past week is that he has a concussion but teams may still be interested in him.
Pierre LeBrun believes the LA Kings are leaning on adding a few players before the trade deadline.
Darren Dreger says James Wisniewski may be on the market but his cap hit may be an issue.
The next topic was the Anaheim/Montreal trade today and Dreger finished up with what will the Avalanche do with Ryan O'Reilly.
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