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from Bruce Garrich of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Jets and defenceman Jacob Trouba are at the stalemate stage. The word is there have been a couple of short discussions between Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Trouba’s Colorado-based agent Kurt Overhardt and we’re led to believe those may have been less than a minute. The Jets have made it clear they’re not going to just give Trouba away because he has asked for a trade and the reality is this all going to come to a head before Dec. 1. A restricted free agent, the 22-year-old Trouba has to sign somewhere by then or he may as well go spend the winter playing in Switzerland. “Every day he sits and waits for a trade is another day that costs him money,” a league insider told Insider Trading on Friday. Yes, the Bruins and Wings have both shown genuine interest, but Cheveldayoff is standing firm in getting what he wants in return.
- The word is the Ducks are approximately $250,000 a year apart on a six-year deal with RFA defenceman Hampus Lindholm. Many expect the situation to resolve itself soon and for Lindholm, who was believed to be demanding more than $6 million per season when the negotiation started. Once he does sign, the Ducks will have a decision to make on defence and many teams have called about Cam Fowler. The Wings and Bruins have been the most aggressive, but it’s believed the Sabres have also been pushing hard as well.
MULTI-GOAL COMEBACK TREND CONTINUES
The trend of multi-goal comebacks in the NHL continued Saturday as four teams – the Blackhawks, Rangers, Flyers and Canucks – stormed back to earn at least one point:
* Facing a 4-2 deficit with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Blackhawks scored two goals exactly 60 seconds apart to tie the game and set the stage for Artemi Panarin (0-2—2) to seal a victory in the shootout.
* The Rangers scored four unanswered goals – including the tying and winning markers three minutes apart by Jimmy Vesey – to rally past the Capitals.
* The Flyers fell behind 2-0 in what became a seven-goal second period, but responded with four straight tallies of their own – powered by Jakub Voracek (2-1—3) and Shayne Gostisbehere (1-2—3) – to snap a three-game skid.
* Forward Dustin Brown (1-2—3) helped the Kings build a three-goal lead, but the Canucks rallied to tie the game with 34.4 seconds remaining in regulation before Los Angeles ultimately won in a shootout. It marked the first loss of any kind for Vancouver this season.
* Elias notes that there have been 17 instances this season in which a team has overcome a multi-goal deficit to earn at least one point. The trailing team eventually won 13 of those 17 instances.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The commute might be a pain. The obstructed views and imperfect sightlines may be inconveniences.
But the Barclays Center ice … the ice that continues to be sub-standard despite everything progressive ownership can do … it is the ice that will ultimately render this Brooklyn arena ill-suited to be the home of the Islanders for the long term.
That is why majority owner Jon Ledecky and his group have the obligation to seek an arena of their own for this NHL stepchild, as they have over the last few months in conducting due diligence on alternate sites, and most prominently, we’re told, the Citi Field parking lot.
Indeed, Slap Shots has learned Islanders ownership has held meetings with folks representing Wilpon-owned Sterling Equities to discuss constructing an arena on what would be the third base/left field area of the parking lot.
continued plus Trouba talk and how it relates to the Rangers..
Finally, I see where the Oilers played a short video welcoming first-overall bust Nail Yakupov back to Edmonton when he returned with St. Louis on Thursday.
Nice human touch and all, but what’s next, a banner being raised at the Garden in honor of Pavel Brendl?
from Stve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Connor McDavid, Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel all push the heavy sled for Gary Roberts in the summer. And as a sprint, Kessel beats both of them. But when you extend the race, McDavid and Stamkos leave Kessel in their dust.
- Funny how all the shrieking about Shea Weber going to Montreal is suddenly quiet. Only took four games for Montreal to understand what a difference maker Weber can be.
- Why so much noise over the upcoming NHL expansion draft? Every team in the league loses one player. So the Leafs will lose someone like Peter Holland. Is that worth six months of discussion?
a few more hockey notes...
via RDS (tranlated),
Sad news. Our colleague and friend Jacques Demers suffered a second stroke within six months.
The former Canadiens coach was admitted to hospital earlier this afternoon.
We have no details about his condition at this time.
At Jacques and his family, the thoughts of the whole team of RDS with you.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending health took another blow on Saturday as Jeff Zatkoff suffered a groin injury during the morning skate. A Kings public relations representative said that the goaltender is “questionable” for tonight’s game against Vancouver, but because the goalie needed assistance off the ice and towards the dressing room, it should be expected that Jack Campbell, who backstopped Ontario to a 6-5 overtime win last night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, would be brought in to back up Peter Budaj at Staples Center tonight.
“He stopped a shot, and his groin tightened up,” Darryl Sutter said. “We’ve seen it in a game, and now we’ve seen it in practice.”
There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or whether Zatkoff will see a doctor today.
Reports are Jack Campbell has been recalled and will back-up Budaj in net tonight.
via Chris Botta tweets,
NHL source: Floor piping system at Barclays Center in Brooklyn does not meet NHL standard requirements for ice-making.
Barclays has PVC piping. All other NHL rinks have steel pipes. PVC cannot maintain ideal temp of 21 degrees for NHL play.
Only solution is to tear up Barclays Center floor and install proper piping. Not easy, but should have been done in offseason.
Arena mgt knows this and hasn't fixed it yet, which is inexcusable, brings down caliber of play and is potentially dangerous.
Barclays ice will be fine when weather is freezing. But (heaven forbid) there's a long Cup run someday...disastah.
New Islanders owners want to fix the ice problem. Likely another big reason they are looking at other arena deals.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
A hair before David Krejci pulled the puck into the offensive zone, Ryan Spooner, driving the middle at full roar, sprinted over the blue line. Driscoll and Meyer did not spot Spooner’s premature entry into the zone. Only the two cameras positioned at each side of the blue line concluded the play should be considered null and void.
It was the video provided by those cameras, initiated by Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice’s challenge, that scrubbed the goal and the 11 seconds of events — Krejci’s backdoor feed to Spooner, Spooner and Danton Heinen digging for the puck on the wall, Krejci’s heavy forecheck to force a Ben Chiarot turnover — before Chara’s shot went in the net.
“I get why it was put in there,” said Bruins president Cam Neely of the coach’s challenge. “But it’s such a fast game. There’s blatant offsides that happen. I don’t know. I’m a little ambivalent about the rule.”
Neely’s gripe is a common one. The coach’s challenge, introduced in 2015, was meant to overturn the slam-dunk whiff.
more pluse additional league-wide topics...
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Here are theories for why scoring is up in the early going:
Youth movement: Sixty-seven rookies have played this season. That’s 11.1% of all players. After watching the Pittsburgh Penguins soar in last spring's playoffs, teams aimed to replicate them in being younger and faster. Skillful youngsters, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner or the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski, boast elite scoring touches and quicken the game's pace. But less experienced players make mistakes, and mistakes lead to goals.
Goalies struggling: Jonathan Quick suffered a long-term injury, and Carey Price missed time with illness. Brian Elliott has slumped early in Calgary. Ben Bishop and Martin Jones are still searching for last season's level. The league save percentage of .903 is well below the .915 average of the past two seasons.
from Craing Morgan of Arizona Sports,
The excitement of a new season and a youth-injected roster has given way to the reality of all that implies. If you thought the Coyotes would jump out to a fast start, pat yourself on the back for unbridled optimism, but then buckle up for a decent dose of disappointment.
Arizona is asking five rookies and four sophomores to play major roles in its lineup, and the NHL didn’t do the team any favors by casting it out on a six-game road trip just after the official pucks were dropped.
The Coyotes showed character to battle back from an early two-goal deficit on the back end of back-to-back games on Friday in Brooklyn, but tired legs, an impotent power play and a soft goal in the third period led to a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, dropping Arizona to 0-3 on this road trip with three games still left to play.
“We competed hard but you’ve got to find ways to win in this league,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We’re shooting ourselves in the foot.”
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