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From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Perhaps, it’s the calm before the storm.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. EST and while it will be tough to see a deal bigger than former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf being moved to the Senators in a blockbuster Tuesday, there’s still a sense among league executives it’ll be busy enough between now and the cutoff date.
The issue right now is the market is flooded with forwards and that needs to sort itself out because nobody is sure just who will move and who won’t. Naturally, the biggest question mark is Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, but the betting money is he won’t be going anywhere.
After his name, people are eyeing the likes of Carolina’s Eric Staal, Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd, Boston’s Loui Eriksson, Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell, Kyle Okposo of the Islanders and Tampa holdout Jonathan Drouin.
“Right now, there’s a lot of forwards out there,” said a league executive.
Sooner or later, someone has to move to set the market.
From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:
So, no, I don’t believe that there is the slightest correlation between [Steven] Stamkos’ looming availability this summer and Toronto’s excise of Dion Phaneuf’s $7 million cap hit that runs through 2020-21 via last week’s stunning trade with Ottawa.
The deal does indeed create oodles of projected space for the Leafs down the line, albeit with a skeleton roster, following the 2017-18 season. And who might become available as a 27-year-old free agent on July 1, 2018?
Why, none other than John Tavares.
It is more than two years down the line, and the steps that might take the Mississauga native — for whom Greater Toronto has lusted since ever before this other No. 91’s junior career commenced in Oshawa a decade ago — from here to there cannot be plotted at this early date.
But the Islanders have work to do here with not only Tavares, working on the fourth year of a club-friendly six-year deal worth $5.5 million per season, but with their entire team in making the transition from Long Island to Brooklyn.
Maybe it will change upon this summer’s transfer of ownership, but the franchise thus far has attempted to straddle the two locales, in essence refusing to acknowledge the reality of where the team plays and to whom it belongs.
Elliotte Friedman talks about possible replacements for Mike Yeo, when Winnipeg and Toronto will get outdoor games, and contract talks between Andrew Ladd and the Winnipeg Jets.
Ron & Don guarantee the Vancouver Canucks will make the playoffs, breakdown the Dion Phaneuf trade and Connor McDavid scoring goals.
added 7:46pm, from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
Since General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s public vote of confidence for Yeo and his plea for players to play “the right way” 13 times in an eight-minute interview last weekend, the Wild has lost four in a row heading into this week’s western Canadian swing.
Angry owner Craig Leipold sat in his suite all game with only Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Pellegrom daring to come near him.
The restless scene in the GM’s booth was even more fascinating. The fuming reactions after every chance and mistake were hard to misread. During the first five minutes of the second intermission, Fletcher talked to assistant GM Brent Flahr animatedly about the game, then Fletcher sat in his seat and stared at the ice with his hand on his chin for five minutes.
added 8:13pm, Minnesota Wild statement below...
Sir Charles Barkley joins Hockey Night in Canada to talk about his friendship with Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper and gets some shooting lessons from Nick Kypreos.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- The Calder Trophy, by definition, goes to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. In other words, Connor McDavid. No matter how many games he plays.
- I asked some Leafs people if Nazem Kadri was benched Thursday night as a punishment for his throat slashing gesture in Calgary. The fact no one answered is answer enough for me.
- ’m trying to like the new NHL.com. Still not happening.
a few more hockey notes..
After today's 4-2 home loss to the Boston Bruins.
added 6:40pm, Watch coach Yeo post-game below...
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Marian Gaborik on injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 6-1, 205-pound native of Trencin, Slovakia appeared in 54 games this season with the Kings, recording 22 points (12-10=22) and 20 penalty minutes before leaving last night’s game against the New York Rangers with a lower-body injury.
Below, you can watch how the injury occurred.
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