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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes On The Ottawa Senators

The Senators have an image problem and this latest turn of events will only amplify the notion that the organization can’t hang on to its star players. Depending on how far back you want to draw the line, you could go with departures like Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa, Alexei Yashin and Dany Heatley. Or you could focus on more recent exits like Daniel Alfredsson (twice), Jason Spezza, Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson.

Whatever timeline you use, each departure of a high-profile player was cloaked in mystery, intrigue and tension. In virtually every aforementioned situation, it feels like a reasonable explanation for the departure wasn’t given that satiated the fan base. 

-Ian Mendes of TSN where you can read more on the Senators.

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NHL Network Coverage On Trade Deadline Day

February 22, 2019 – With NHL® trade discussions intensifying, NHL Network™ today announced it will produce more coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline than ever before this Monday, February 25. Programming will begin with a simulcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at 8:00 a.m. ET, followed by a live five-hour trade deadline edition of NHL Tonight at 2:00 p.m. ET. Live reports, updates and analysis from NHL Network’s E.J. Hradek, Brian Lawton, Tony Luftman, Jackie Redmond, Kevin Weekes and NHL.com’s Dan Rosen will be featured throughout the day on NHL Tonight and within Sportsnet’s Hockey Central coverage leading up to the 3:00 p.m. ET deadline. NHL Tonight will continue its live coverage until 11:00 p.m. ET with analysis and recaps on every transaction throughout the NHL from Jamison CoyleJamie HerschBilly JaffeBill LindsayMike Rupp and Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Stevens.

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Matt Duchene Traded From The Ottawa Senators To The Columbus Blue Jackets

added 11:52am,


added 11:55am,


added 12:07pm, Bob McKenzie with the details...

added 1:02pm, Colunbus release is below.

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Praise For Craig Berube

from Chris Pinkert of the Blues' website,

When Craig Berube took over the St. Louis Blues, they had just been shutout by the last-place Los Angeles Kings at home.

It was mid-November and the team was 7-9-3 in the first 19 games of the season. They sat 14th in the Western Conference and were 30th out of 31 NHL teams.


The Blues are 32-23-5 with 69 points, good enough for a divisional playoff spot and third in the Central Division.

The big turnaround can, at least in part, be attributed to Berube.

"He's intense, demanding," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told stlouisblues.com. "But he also understands when the boys need a mental and physical break. He's been really good at managing us in games from behind the bench and managing days away from the rink.

"He expects a lot. I mean, he expects you to keep getting better every day, regardless of how many games we've won lately or how many in a row we've won," Pietrangelo added. "Every single day, he wants to get better. He's demanding that of us, but it's made us a better team."


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Video- Connor McDavid Will Be Meeting With DoPS Today


Video below.

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Carter Hart Pulled Again In Loss To Montreal

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Kid Goalie vs. his idol. That would be Carter Hart, the Flyers’ 20-year-old wunderkind, vs. Montreal’s Carey Price, 31, long regarded as one of the NHL’s best goaltenders.

Advantage, Price.

For the second straight game, Hart allowed three goals on nine shots and was pulled.

For the second straight game, the Flyers faced an early 3-0 deficit and couldn’t recover.

Montreal 5, Flyers 1.


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Winning Continues For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

This is getting stupid.

I’m looking at the NHL standings, I’m looking at the Lightning, hockey team from another planet, light years ahead of everyone.

Didn’t Jon Cooper’s guys, 10-0-2 in February after Thursday’s 2-1 shootout win against the Sabres, read the memo about hitting a slump to keep things honest?

This is getting stupid.

The Lightning, an obliterating 47-11-4 with 20 games remaining, is constructing one of the more remarkable seasons in hockey history, recent or otherwise, and the best season a Tampa Bay sports team has ever rolled out — provided it closes the deal.


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The Stars Need To Shine In Toronto

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Whatever Kyle Dubas manages to accomplish in the next three days, this much is evident: If his high-priced and soon to be high-priced talent doesn’t start producing anywhere close to their salaries and salary demands, the Maple Leafs will be easy and early fodder in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The National Hockey League trade deadline falls upon the hockey world on Monday afternoon. Maybe Dubas will pick up another part. Maybe he won’t. But what he needs more than trading for a depth defenceman or a checker who can outscore Par Lindholm or a grinding winger with a name similar to mine is for his big guns to start acting like big guns.

And start producing like big guns.

And not waiting to play catch-up in third periods too many nights.

This thought process may not be popular in Leafland, where worship trumps reality most days, but asking more of Auston Matthews, of John Tavares, of Mitch Marner, of William Nylander is absolutely necessary, at a time when home-ice advantage is almost stunningly slipping away from the Leafs.


Highlights of Toronto's 3-2 loss to Washington can be watched below.

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NHL Short Notes


Home Team in Caps

Washington 3, TORONTO 2

Carolina 4, FLORIDA 3

NEW JERSEY 4, Ottawa 0

Minnesota 4, NY RANGERS 1

San Jose 4, PITTSBURGH 0

MONTREAL 5, Philadelphia 1

TAMPA BAY 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)

NASHVILLE 2, Los Angeles 1

DALLAS 5, St. Louis 2

EDMONTON 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)

Arizona 3 , VANCOUVER 2 (OT)

NHL Morning Skate – Feb. 22, 2019

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Video- Boys Will Be Boys - Pittsburgh/San Jose

With under 5 minutes left in the game and the Sharks up 3-0.

Mike Sullivan got tossed too.

15:24 San Jose Evander Kane - Fighting - 5 minutes
15:24 San Jose Brenden Dillon - Misconduct - 10 minutes
15:24 San Jose Micheal Haley - Misconduct - 10 minutes
15:24 Pittsburgh Marcus Pettersson - Misconduct - 10 minutes
15:24 Pittsburgh Tanner Pearson - Fighting - 5 minutes
15:24 Pittsburgh Sidney Crosby - Misconduct - 10 minutes
15:26 Pittsburgh Phil Kessel - Hi Stick - 2 minutes
15:57 Pittsburgh Kris Letang - Cross Check - 2 minutes
18:47 Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin - Misconduct - 10 minutes

watch the action below along with the highlights from the Sharks 4-0 win...

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