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Targeting A Top Four Defenseman For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Thursday, a possible upgrade will be in St. Louis, while wearing the other team’s sweater (and the other team’s “C”). Seattle Kraken captain Mark Giordano is on the last year of his contract, and the former Flame surely has one in his belly to win a Cup. He does make a bunch of money ($6.75 million), and the Blues would have to get crazy-creative with salary-cap space, likely moving Marco Scandella and, say, Klim Kostin and even more to make it work....

The trade deadline (March 21) is more than two months away. A lot could happen before then. One thing that’ll likely happen? Colorado asserts itself as a top-three team in the division. The Avs team that started 4-5-1 was a mirage. And Nashville (St. Louis’ opponent on Monday) has lost only three games since November ended. The Blues are good enough to make the playoffs. But are they good enough to make a playoff run? You could make an argument for that right now — but an added defenseman makes making that argument quite easier.

Another name that’s naturally floating around the cyberspace is Jakob Chychrun, because the Coyotes are rebuilding and he’s too good for a rebuilding team. Like Giordano, Chychrun is a lefty, which would pair with Parayko. Chychrun ($4.6 million) makes less per year than Giordano does, but Chychrun has three more years on his contract. Coyotes boss Bill Armstrong previously worked for Blues boss Doug Armstrong, so Bill knows the trade pieces and his potential trading partner.

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NHL Short Notes

* It was a night to remember for 37-year-old Joe Pavelski, who became the oldest NHL player with five points in a game since Teemu Selanne over 10 years ago.

Brad Marchand scored the fifth hat trick of his NHL career as the Bruins continued their winning ways since the calendar flipped to 2022. 

* Thursday is set to feature the return of Tuukka Rask on ESPN, Lou Lamoriello approaching Glen Sather on an all-time NHL list and three teams looking to reach 25 wins on the season.

 

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Video- Dave Tippett And Connor McDavid On Evander Kane

via the YouTube page of TSN

Oilers head coach Dave Tippett and captain Connor McDavid discuss Edmonton's reported interest in adding Evander Kane and how the team would deal with the drama surrounding the talented winger.

 

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Video- A Sit Down With Chris Pronger

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

On this edition of the Big Picture, Chris Simpson sat down with Chris Pronger to reflect on his career, what he misses most about playing in the NHL, his jersey retirement in St. Louis, and more.

 

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Getting Auston Matthews Home

from Craig Morgan of Go PHNX,

If you are from Toronto and you just read that headline, you either laughed out loud or you suffered a panic attack. Those are the endpoints on the Maple Leafs fan spectrum, a truth that I discovered all too well when I conducted the most innocuous of Q&As with Matthews 2½ years ago, only to have Leafs nation implode.

I heard it on talk shows, I heard it on podcasts and I read it in print. Those who weren’t busy trashing or dismissing the Coyotes franchise for its myriad missteps over the years were genuinely concerned that Matthews had only signed a five-year extension with the Leafs earlier that year because his goal was to come home and wear the jersey of the team for which he grew up rooting; the jersey that his idols Danny Brière and Shane Doan had worn.

For the fearful, all roads led back to the same place.

Matthews would win a Cup or two in Toronto and then realize that he had nothing left to prove so he would return to his home state.

Matthews would not win a Cup with the Leafs and become so sick of Toronto’s suffocating fan support and withering media coverage that he would jump ship for his quiet, happy place.

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The Latest On Evander Kane

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing NHL has notified teams it is investigating process of Evander Kane crossing border from US into Canada on Dec. 29. (1/x)…

Kane tested positive for COVID on Dec. 21, and flew to Vancouver on the 29th. In termination notice from SJ, it was alleged he did not have proper medical clearance. NHL is now doing full investigation…(2/3)

This will likely prevent a Kane signing in the short term, as teams await the results.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

A bit over four minutes to watch.

 

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Mid-Season Draft Rankings By Central Scouting Bureau

NEW YORK (Jan. 12, 2022) – Shane Wright (Burlington, Ont.), a center from the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, ranks No. 1 among North American skaters for the 2022 NHL Draft as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its mid-season rankings. Wright can become the first Frontenacs player selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft and the first OHL player since Connor McDavid in 2015.

Wright has recorded 11-19—30 in 22 games with Kingston this season (1.36 P/GP). He was granted exceptional player status to enter the OHL early and was selected with the No. 1 pick by Kingston in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection before claiming Canadian Hockey League and OHL Rookie of the Year honors in 2019-20.

“Shane Wright is a strong stride skater who possesses elusive outside speed to beat defenders and quickness to evade checks or lead a rush,” said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting. “He has elite hockey sense with vision, anticipation and composure and has proven that he can carry the load and lead the way when it’s needed in game situations. He has carried himself remarkably despite many disruptions and distractions endured the past year and a half.”

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NHL Short Notes

* Malkin scored twice in his return to Pittsburgh’s lineup, including his 74th career game-winning goal to climb the Penguins’ all-time list.

* The Panthers (24-7-5, 53 points) and Lightning (24-9-5, 53 points) each earned wins Tuesday as the Sunshine State teams maintained first and second, respectively, in the Eastern Conference standings.

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand eye an NHL-first when the Bruins host an Original Six rival in the first game of a doubleheader on TNT.

 

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Why The Cancelled NHL Games In Canada?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Ticket sales in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are capped at 50 per cent by the provincial governments in Alberta and British Columbia, which is better than the alternative, because the Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets aren’t allowed any fans.

As a result of the limits because of the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the NHL started postponing several games in Canada last month, with the owners and players trying to avoid a huge hit financially after playing last season in empty rinks.

Forgive the owners and players if they thought the days of empty rinks or capacity limits were behind them. They were happy to complete a 56-game schedule last season, but didn’t enjoy the fact there was little or no atmosphere even with fake crowd noise and loud music.

Both sides are still paying the price for playing during the pandemic and were hopeful this season would help get them back on the road to financial recovery. Everything looked great until a month ago, and now it feels like the clock has been turned back.

The bottom line is, one way or another, the restrictions in Canada will be a big hit for Hockey Related Revenues, which the owners and players divide 50/50, so essentially the NHL is trying to soften the blow for both sides.

That’s why we’ve seen postponements in Canada.

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