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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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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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Video- Goals Of The Week

A bit over four minutes to watch.


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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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Video- TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of Evander Kane joining the Oilers, Ducks assistant GM Martin Madden not being in the first wave of interviews for the Canadiens' GM vacancy, top UFA defencemen getting trade attention, the concern among teams that the salary cap may remain flat, and more.

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Tuesday Night Hockey Thoughts

from Eliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Two teams you are going to hear in almost every trade rumour: Carolina and Colorado.

- Marek mentioned Anaheim, Los Angeles and St. Louis in deep on Jakob Chychrun last weekend. All of those make sense, but that contract is right in the Hurricanes’ wheelhouse. Some teams also believe Arizona prefers the Eastern Conference, if possible.

- There hasn’t been a ton of trade talk because of COVID and cap constraints. That’s going to change in the next week or so. We are in scouting-meeting season, so targets will be identified. As one exec laughed, “Time to start reporting which scouts are in attendance.”

- The most open-minded thing about Lidstrom’s hiring is that he’s staying in Sweden. Someone will tell me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall anyone with such a high-level title as Vice-President of Hockey Operations of an NHL team based overseas. But when you can employ Lidstrom’s brain, you make concessions. There were some real good questions and answers in this availability. Lidstrom was asked if he thought of himself as GM somewhere down the road, and replied, “I haven’t thought that long-term at all.”

- Who knows how things are going to look when the trade deadline hits 69 days from now (nice!), but at least one US-based rental has indicated at this time he won’t go to Canada under the current setup.

more Thoughts...

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The Patrick Roy Talk In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

A pal asked me this week how I keep interested during this Canadiens season from hell in which the team is destined to finish near the bottom of the National Hockey League standings.

I said it’s easy. It’s just that the drama isn’t on the ice, it’s behind the scenes and, oh my, is it popping.

Let’s start with the top story, which is recently-appointed executive vice-president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton’s search for a general manager to replace Marc Bergevin. The most buzzed-about potential candidate is, in my view, the one least likely to get the job.

That would be former Habs goaltending great Patrick Roy. Late last week, I was on Tony Marinaro’s podcast and we were both saying how surprised we were that the Canadiens hadn’t even bothered to do even one interview with Casseau. During the weekend, news broke that the controversial star had in fact been interviewed by the team’s brass last week and yet during a news conference Thursday, he denied he’d been interviewed.

When he finally fessed up, he told Renaud Lavoie from TVA Sports that he’d fibbed because he wasn’t sure he was allowed to go public with the info.


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Afternoon Line- Bobby Clarke

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Ken Holland Has Inquired About Evander Kane

from Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations Ken Holland confirmed on Tuesday he spoke to the agent of Evander Kane, the embattled forward whose off-ice choices and troubles put his NHL career on pause.

The scope of those talks is not clear.

"I've talked to his agent, his agent is Dan Milstein -- I know Dan very well because he was Pavel Datsyuk's agent [the former Detroit Red Wings star who Holland drafted]," Holland said. "As the manager, it's my responsibility to investigate every situation."

Kane's former NHL team, the San Jose Sharks, placed him on unconditional waivers Saturday in order to terminate his contract, ending a tumultuous run that saw him face consequences at both the NHL and AHL level for breaches of Covid-related protocols.

The 30-year-old Kane was previously suspended for the first 21 games of the NHL season for using a fake vaccination card.


added 2:44pm, if interested, watch Hollands meeting with the media below.

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