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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
... another worthy center in Arizona whom the Rangers should target: Martin Hanzal. The 27-year-old Czech has the goods: He's 6-5, 230 pounds, has eight goals in 37 games this season, has posted between 11 and 16 goals in five of the seven previous seasons, and carries a very reasonable salary-cap charge of $3.1 million through the 2016-17 season.
With the Rangers too dependent on their top two lines and needing more size to battle heavier squads in the East and West, Hanzal would be quite valuable -- and importantly, not a rental. An offer of Miller, defenseman John Moore and a midround draft pick might be tempting enough for the Coyotes to bite.
Acquiring a two-way center remains a top priority, and if Moore, an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent is traded, the Blueshirts will need a reliable, low-cost replacement as a sixth/seventh defenseman.
One player whose name has surfaced numerous times this season, after the Rangers auditioned Henrik Tallinder and Tomas Kaberle in Hartford while Ryan McDonagh and Dan Boyle were injured, was Jan Hejda, another unrestricted-free-agent-to-be. Currently with Colorado, The 6-4 Hejda, 36, another former Blue Jacket, is believed to be an option.
more trade options...
I believe it was Elliotte Friedman last night who said the Coyotes are receiving more calls on Hanzal than any other player on the Arizona roster.
Elliotte Friedman sat down with newly-retired goalie Martin Brodeur and asked what he would change about the NHL in its current state.
HOME SWEET HOME
Home teams combined for a 10-1 record on Saturday, outscoring their opponents by a 34-14 margin. Overall this season, home teams are 416-233-89.
ATLANTIC DIVISION’S BEST WIN BIG
The top four teams in the Atlantic Division: Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-4, 68 points), Montreal Canadiens (32-13-3, 67 points), Detroit Red Wings (29-12-9, 67 points) and Boston Bruins (27-16-7, 61 points) all recorded victories against non-divisional opponents on Saturday to keep pace in the race for the division lead. They also represent four of the top six teams in the Eastern Conference, including holding down the top three spots.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
So now the NHL has a standings system in which 22 of the 30 teams had more "W's" than "L's" going into Saturday's games. It's an optical illusion. It's false and misleading propaganda.
I realize it's futile to propose a "solution" to a problem the NHL isn't just tolerating, but gladly perpetuating, but one of two things should be done. Either every game is three points — three for regulation win, two for an overtime or shootout win, one for an overtime or shootout loss — or shootouts are expanded to a five rounds, emphasizing they're important in determining two points, and you either get two points for a win and nothing for a loss.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
It has become pretty clear that Maple Leafs management dropped the ball when they fired Randy Carlyle on Jan.6.
That’s one victory in 11 games since Carlyle was axed.
Say what you want about the Leafs under Carlyle, but at least they were in position to make the playoffs, or at least fight for a playoff spot. Why didn’t Dave Nonis and Brendan Shanahan wait until the end of the year before deciding on what to do with their coaching situation?
Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers — a team that certainly doesn’t look like world beaters — represents the Leafs’ ninth straight loss, and fourth time in January they were shut out. Some fans are taking some kind of pathetic joy in the defeats, something about how it’s all a big tank job to get a better draft pick.
added 9:01am, from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Brodeur deserved the same grand sendoff that Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom got in Detroit, that Mike Modano got in Dallas even after leaving for the Red Wings, that Daniel Alfredsson got in Ottawa even after an apparent fracture with management and ownership.
Maybe Brodeur’s ego was still hurt that he wanted to play one more year and Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t make it happen. Maybe Lou was just being stubborn Lou and didn’t feel it was important enough to make sure Thursday’s event was in Newark, not St. Louis.
But it’s a real shame it did. It was the most unemotional presser you’ve ever seen for a player as great as Brodeur. The Devils were barely mentioned, his Hall of Fame career almost glossed over.
-Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Martin Brodeur. Read more from Russo plus other hockey topics...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
For this was the night Henrik Lundqvist was able to survive taking a puck in the throat at 3:02 of the second period when Ryan McDonagh’s stick inadvertently lifted his goaltender’s mask just as Brad Malone had uncorked a rising drive from the right circle.
“I could feel the stick hit my chin and pull up my helmet so I lost my vision of the puck,” Lundqvist said. “I had a bad feeling because I could kind of see the puck coming and then I lost track of it.
“When I got hit, it’s obviously extremely painful and hard to breathe for a couple of minutes,” said The King, who fell prone on the ice immediately, kicking his legs, writhing in pain as trainer Jim Ramsay and a club physician attended to him. “I got very light-headed and a little worried the first couple of minutes, but they told me just to breathe and slowly I started to feel better.”...
“It wasn’t a concussion, so I didn’t need tests,” Lundqvist said. “I had the headaches because I didn’t get air for that time.”
Behind the Rangers’ bench, coach Alain Vigneault later would admit to having flashbacks of a previous incident while coaching the Canadiens 15 years ago when winger Trent McCleary suffered a fractured larynx and collapsed right lung when struck flush on the throat at point blank range while trying to block a slap shot from Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien.
Watch the incident below...
Few of the topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were the bad goal Bernier gave up a few days ago, sticking up for a teammate and few more...
Almost seven minutes of highlights from the NHL games on Saturday.
A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:
In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.
For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.
For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.
Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.
“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”
Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:
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