Zack Kassian ejected for hit on Brenden Dillon of Dallas; suspension coming? (GIF) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:46:00 PST)
The Vancouver Canucks had a no good awful very bad first period against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, giving up three goals in the first 12 minutes of the game. So naturally they started playing chippy hockey as the period went on. And then Zack Kassian did something stupid.
Here’s Kassian hitting Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon from behind, in glorious GIF form ( via Pat Iversen ).
Canucks’ Kassian gets ejected for boarding (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:34:45 PST)
Ugly start for Vancouver vs. Dallas.
NHL 2014 Trade Deadline Report Card: Puck Daddy grades all 30 teams (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:06:37 PST)
There were 20 trades on 2014 NHL Deadline Day involving 38 players and around 24 draft picks. Even more players and picks moved in the days leading up to it.
So who struck gold, and who wallowed in garbage? Which teams made smart decisions, and which ones acted recklessly?
Coming up, we grade all 30 teams on their 2014 trade deadline performances.
Enjoy. Or cry. You know who you are.
Anaheim Ducks : B+
The Dustin Penner trade led to the Stephane Robidas trade, and that’s the real keeper for this deadline for the Ducks. When he’s healthy, he’ll add a veteran presence to the D-corps as well as some toughness. They solved the Viktor Fasth issue by flipping him to Edmonton for two picks, as Frederik Andersen made him expendable. A solid deadline for Bob Murray, but only a B-plus because they cleared the decks for Ryan Kesler and didn’t land him.
Boston Bruins : C
Hard to fault a division leading team for not doing much, but the Bruins could have bolstered their blue line with something more than Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers and Oilers castoff Corey Potter. Still, Meszaros has played with Zdeno Chara in the past, which makes for an intriguing connection. How did they miss on the Vanek rental again, given what the Habs paid and how he’s killed the Bruins?
Buffalo Sabres : A
The deconstruction of the Sabres continued, and the rebuild picked up steam. The Ryan Miller/Steve Ott traded yielded Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first and a conditional third. GM Tim Murray is a hockey prospect nerd; if he’s in love with Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers, acquired by the Sabres from the LA Kings for Brayden McNabb and two picks, then that should send sirens off. (Especially for Fasching, who’s just 18 and a top line player on the NCAA’s top ranked team.) Getting two second-rounders and Torrey Mitchell for Matt Moulson was, arguably, more than the Islanders will get for Vanek. Canisius College star Cory Conacher comes home via waivers. Jaroslav Halak gets turned into Michal Neuvirth, who is an NHL-caliber goalie. The war chest grew, and prospect pool deepened, and Murray had a strong debut deadline.
Calgary Flames : C-
I really wanted to just fail the ever-loving [expletive] out of Brian Burke for not being more proactive in clearing out dead weight or getting anything for the departing Mike Cammalleri, but a third for Lee Stempniak and an inexplicable second for Reto Berra pushes the grade up.
Carolina Hurricanes : D+
Let the sell-off begin … some other time. The Canes’ only move was flipping Tuomo Ruutu and the remaining two years of his contract to the Devils for Andrei Loktionov (who has some upside) and a conditional third, while picking up salary. They don’t have many expiring contracts, and obviously feel that bolder moves (Jeff Skinner?) will wait until the summer.
Chicago Blackhawks : B
Sneaky good deadline for Stan Bowman, as David Rundblad will attempt to recapture his potential with an organization that works well with defensemen. Meanwhile, Brandon Pirri is flipped for two Florida picks (a third in 2014 and a fifth in 2016). Doesn’t address the second-line center conundrum, but again, they won a Cup with Handzus as a second pivot, so …
Colorado Avalanche : C
We’ll just go ahead and assume the Avalanche goaltending braintrust sees something in Reto Berra that would warrant a second-rounder to the Flames and anointing him as the team’s goalie insurance policy if J.S. Giguere’s back doesn’t hold up. Because we don’t.
Columbus Blue Jackets : B
Considering the rental market, getting the well-traveled Matt Frattin, a 2014 or 2015 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick (if the Kings win a playoff round or if they sign him) for Marian Gaborik is doing pretty well. Especially since the second is the Leafs’ pick and the third is the Oilers’. Snagging Nick Schultz for a fifth-rounder is a nice depth move too. The grade gets knocked down a peg for their inability to get Kesler on the hook.
Dallas Stars : C+
Jim Nill was fairly firm in saying the Stars weren’t going in on rentals, despite their playoff contention. Tim Thomas technically is one, but he’s such a nice upgrade at the goalie spot (for Dan Ellis) that they couldn’t pass it up. The conditional fourth-rounder for Stephane Robidas could have been a little higher, but given his injury this season maybe that was the ceiling.
Detroit Red Wings : B+
David Legwand is a great piece: Local guy, can roll with the top-liners, plays defense to a Babcockian standard. The Red Wings surrendered a heck of a prospect for him in Jarnkrok, but one can see Legwand really thrive in this situation.
Edmonton Oilers : C+
An intriguing deadline for the Oilers. Can Viktor Fasth work with Ben Scrivens to form a strong goaltending battery for the Oil next season? Was a fifth and a third the best the Oilers could do for Ales Hemsky? The heavy lifting will be in the summer, obviously.
Florida Panthers : A-
Meet the next phase of the franchise. Finally deciding to dive into the Roberto Luongo pool, the Panthers surrendered never-will-be (at least in Florida) goalie Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias for Lu, with Vancouver retaining salary. How many years does he have left? Hopefully enough where Luongo is still a franchise goalie when the Panthers’ young stars are blossoming. Also traded a third and a fifth (in 2016) to Chicago for Brandon Pirri. (Dale Tallon and a trade with Chicago? NO WAY.) Then they snagged a third in 2015 and a fifth in 2014 from the Penguins for Marcel Goc, and flipped Tim Thomas for Dan Ellis.
Los Angeles Kings : B+
How will Marian Gaborik and Darryl Sutter coexist? That’s the prevailing question about the trade that saw LA ship Matt Frattin, a 2014 or 2015 second rounder and a conditional third to the Blue Jackets. His speed will be an asset; one hopes his goal-scoring touch returns. The Kings made a couple of other minor moves, but Gaborik will have the most impact.
Minnesota Wild : A
Matt Moulson is a shrewd pick up for this team, bringing goal-scoring, character and more shootout prowess to the Wild. The cost was high for a rental – Torrey Mitchell and two second-rounders – but Cody McCormick comes over as well. Some might scoff at the Bryzgalov move given other goalies available, but he’s a solid addition to an unpredictable goaltending situation. Although please, no one tell him of all the bears in Minnesota …
Montreal Canadiens : A+
Even if Vanek doesn’t work … even if the Habs fail in their playoff quest and he leaves … this was a major coup for GM Marc Bergevin at a time when the team’s status – contender or building to be one – was in question. At this point, Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second is a pittance for one of the league’s most dynamic offensive players. Mike Weaver’s a nice addition to the blue line, and Devan Dubnyk for “future considerations” is a nice insurance policy.
Nashville Predators: B+
Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a conditional third for David Legwand is a nice return. Guess all that “YOU’LL HAVE TO PRY LEGWAND FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS” posturing from David Poile worked. Jarnkrok is the centerpiece, and Poile expects he’ll challenge for a gig next season. If he stays in North America, that is.
New Jersey Devils : B
The big Martin Brodeur drama ended with him still a New Jersey Devil, as Lou Lamoriello refused to be the one who ended Marty’s time in Jersey. (That'll be up to Marty this summer.) Tuomo Ruutu brings some offense, some shootout prowess and two contract years; but it’s not the worst deal with Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third going to the Carolina Hurricanes, who pick up some of Ruutu’s salary.
New York Islanders : D+
As of this writing, Garth Snow is still dodging the tomatoes being thrown at him by disgruntled Islanders fans for getting winger Sebastian Collberg, speedy but no sure-thing, and a conditional third for Thomas Vanek, allegedly one of the hottest commodities among the deadline rentals. The return for defenseman Andrew MacDonald was more than respectable: 2014 third-rounder, 2015 second-rounder and center Matt Mangene.
New York Rangers : B+
Marty St. Louis fell into their laps thanks to his decision to leave the Lightning in-season to (finally) move to New York. Ryan Callahan fell out of favor due to his contract demands. There’s no question St. Louis makes the Rangers a more dangerous team up front and could click with Brad Richards again. But on a day when few first-round picks were moved, to give one up for a guy who wanted to leave Tampa and had some smoldering bridges in his rearview mirror is overpayment. Raphael Diaz comes over from the Canucks for a fifth-rounder as well.
Ottawa Senators: B+
Ales Hemsky is a nice move, and it’ll be interesting to see how he thrives with an increased offensive role and a contract to play for. (Or, in general, it’ll be interesting to watch him be the latest player attempting to find chemistry with Jason Spezza, assuming they’re paired.)
Philadelphia Flyers : B
Andrew MacDonald has his detractors but I think he’ll fit well with the Flyers, although they anted up plenty for him – a third, a second and a prospect. Remember, this is just for the deadline, not for when they overpay him. They picked up a third from the Bruins for Andrej Meszaros. Ryan Kesler didn’t happen, but perhaps the Flyers were just trying to drive up the Penguins’ price for him.
Phoenix Coyotes : B
Is there a better landing place for Martin Erat than with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata? The Coyotes shipped Rusty Klesla, Chris Brown and a 2015 fourth to the Capitals for Erat and John Mitchell. They also found a taker from David Rundblad, getting a second from the Chicago Blackhawks for him and Mattieu Brisebois. Grade gets knocked down a tad as the Coyotes might have needed a bit more of a roster shakeup than they received.
Pittsburgh Penguins : C
No Ryan Kesler, no puck-moving defenseman to help fill the void left by Kris Letang. But Marcel Goc is a nice addition as a depth center. And hey, Lee Stempniak, so that’s something.
San Jose Sharks : B
They didn’t do anything, which means they didn’t dabble in the dark arts of a Devin Setoguchi reunion. But the does the fact they didn’t add a scoring winger – a need for sure – mean Tomas Hertl’s headed back? (The ‘B’ by the way is a default grade. I hate incompletes.)
St. Louis Blues : A-
The Ryan Miller trade is a game-changer for the Western Conference, solidifying the position and giving the Blues a goalie that can win a series on his own. Steve Ott’s a great faceoff guy and another pain-in-the-ass on the Blues’ roster. Now the real question: Will Miller be a Blue next season?
Tampa Bay Lightning : A-
For a GM whose hands were tied by a captain that requested a trade in-season to only one other team in the NHL, to snag Ryan Callahan, a first-rounder and a second-rounder that could become another first for Marty St. Louis was brilliant.
Toronto Maple Leafs : B
All’s quiet on the Maple Leaf front. Dave Nonis said the cost was too high to do business on deadline day. No word if he had his tie undone when he said it.
Vancouver Canucks : C
This is a really tricky one. GM Mike Gillis deserves credit for clearing out Luongo’s contract and getting two NHL players back for him in Shawn Matthias and Jacob Markstrom, when the alternative was a buyout. And Ryan Kesler wasn’t traded, which helps Vancouver in their playoff push and maybe generates a larger market for him in the summer. On the other hand, Gillis made such a hash out of the goaltending situation and the Kesler trade demand is just going to keep lingering.
Washington Capitals : B+
Dustin Penner brings postseason scoring prowess and a jovial comportment to a team that needs both. Martin Erat’s trade was addition by subtraction. Jaroslav Halak also clears out a mopey Cap (Michal Neuvirth) while bringing in a goalie that will push, or supplant, Braden Holtby. A good deadline for George McPhee … although it did nothing to address the blue line.
Winnipeg Jets : D
For all that talk about being reshaping the roster and/or adding pieces for a very real playoff push, the Jets did nothing outside of resigning Mark Stuart. And that’s despite losing Mark Scheifele to injury in the same week. Kevin Cheveldayoff didn’t part with prospects and didn’t shed any of his own pending UFAs. These are the best fans in the NHL. Give them something to cheer for, will you please?
Metropolitan deadline analysis: Rangers lose big (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:23:14 PST)
The Penguins didnt get Ryan Kesler. The Rangers, despite being close to a contract with captain Ryan Callahan, threw up their hands in frustration and traded him anyway. The Isles continued their path to self-destruction by virtually giving away Thomas Vanek to Montreal. Pittsburgh got Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak to help them on the injury front, but they were pretty much the lone serious suitor for Kesler.
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Stamkos returns; deadline acquisitions debut everywhere (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:08:30 PST)
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption: "Fans of the Ottawa Senators cheer on their team prior to an NHL game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome."
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Preview : Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview : Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m. ET
Preview : Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview : Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET
Preview : Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings, 8 p.m. ET
Preview : St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET
Preview : Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET
Preview : Montreal Canadiens at Phoenix Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET
Preview : New York Islanders at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET
Preview : Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1) Marian Gaborik debuts in LA. There will be no easing Gaborik into the lineup versus the Jets. In practice, Darryl Sutter skated Gaborik on the Kings' top line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
2) A whole new Lightning team. The Lightning may have lost one of their most dynamic offensive weapons in Martin St. Louis, but they get the other one back, as Steven Stamkos returns to the lineup after missing most of the season with a leg injury. Ryan Callahan debuts as well. It's like watching a completely different Lighting team!
3) David Legwand plays, and not with Nashville. The weirdest sight tonight may be David Legwand skating around the ice in a Red Wings jersey. That's happening, after Legwand was acquired at yesterday's deadline and will suit up with a team not based in Tennessee for the first time ever.
4) Vanek in Montreal. So many debuts tonight! This should be an interested one, as Thomas Vanek, acquired from the New York Islanders in exchange for a compliment, makes his first appearance as a Hab.
5) Wild card battle in Dallas. The Canucks didn't blow things up as expected at yesterday's trade deadline, but if they lose tonight's game to Dallas, yielding a four-point swing in the wrong direction that could yield the end of their faint wild card hopes, the fans might.
Bold prediction: Canucks get shut out again, and people go ballistic.
Blues Stanley Cup favorite, Sharks given 10/1 odds (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:32:23 PST)
Programming note: Sharks-Penguins coverage gets underway at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California
Three Periods: Stastny stays with Avs; flip-flopping thoughts on St-Louis swap; surreal trade for Legwand (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:44:32 PST)
Paul Stastny is happy to remain a member of the Colorado Avalanche after the NHL trade deadline passed on Wednesday; figuring out who won the Martin St-Louis, Ryan Callahan deal is no easy feat; David Legwand leaves his adopted home for his hometown; agenda items at next week's NHL GMs' meetings; and, the NHL's six outdoor games, the Flames and the 2014-15 salary cap.
Online bookmaker: Blues are 5/1 favorites to win Stanley Cup (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:31:13 PST)
High hopes in St. Louis with Ryan Miller between the pipes.
Goalie nods: Lehtonen goes for Stars, Zatkoff for Pens (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:52:33 PST)
All the latest from around the crease...
Fantasy Hockey: Untraded players whose fantasy value increased (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:42:25 PST)
Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
The Internet is loaded with embarrassing Rob Ford videos opinion and columns on the NHL players who were moved at the deadline and the subsequent fantasy value shift of those players. My own website, as well as my upcoming columns for The Hockey News, offer no shortage of opinion on the Thomas Vaneks, Matt Moulsons and Marian Gaboriks of the fantasy hockey world.
But what about the domino effect? You know -- those players who play for the same team now as they did a month ago, yet their value in fantasy leagues gets a bump. Not enough opinion on that, and I'm here to fill the void. You're welcome.
Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
Although the trading of Viktor Fasth has no impact on Andersen's one-year value, his keeper value sees a nice bump. After all, instead of two guys in front of him there is now just one - and that one is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. While I don't for a second believe that the Ducks will lean on Andersen as their starter next season (in fact, I think they re-sign Jonas Hiller), I do believe that Andersen will be a 35- or 40-start goaltender in a 1B capacity. He's shown that he can stop pucks.
Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets
When Marian Gaborik was in the lineup these past four games, Atkinson witnessed his ice time decreasing by about two minutes per contest. With Gabby out of the mix for good this time, Atkinson can go back to being a 50-point player again. The 24-year-old has a lot of upside in the long term, but for now we'll settle for the solid first full season he's been giving us.
Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild
Granlund has been absolutely flying lately while playing on a line with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, posting 12 points in his last 10 games. He's been so impressive that even with Mikko Koivu back in the lineup, Granlund has maintained his plum spot on the first line. However, when it comes to rookies and sophomores, they are generally on a short leash and I get the feeling that as soon as Granlund goes three or four games without a point, he's off the line. Now, with the acquisition of Matt Moulson, Mikko Koivu has a top goal scorer to pass the puck to and the urgency of moving him back to the Parise line has abated. Granlund's spot is safe and so the production will continue.
Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild
Not sure what the Wild were thinking when they re-signed injury-prone goaltenders Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom. And this isn't to make light of Harding's MS diagnosis, which neither Harding nor the Wild had any indication of prior to signing the contract. But Harding has always been quite injury prone and thus a risky signing to begin with. So it was clear that the team needed another goaltender. Thank goodness they managed to secure the brick wall known as Ilya Bryzgalov, who…ahh I can't type with a straight face…
Anyway, if Bryzgalov's your competition, then your job is secure. So Kuemper owners, rejoice.
Eddie Lack, Vancouver Canucks
Here is the single player who wasn’t traded who benefits the most. What kind of odds would you have gotten a year ago if you put a hundred bucks on Eddie Lack emerging as Vancouver's starter today? In his last five starts he's given up six goals. If the Canucks can figure out how to score, Lack will be an elite goalie to own down the stretch. If they can't figure out how to score, then Lack will struggle in the 'W' category. But his SV% and GAA seem to be doing just fine.
Kyle Palmieri, Anaheim Ducks
With Dustin Penner out of the mix, that's one less player competing for that sweet spot on the Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry line. While Jakob Silfverberg, Matt Beleskey and even, to an extent, Patrick Maroon are still eyeing the job, it's once again Palmieri's to lose. In Wednesday's game Palmieri saw nearly 18 minutes of ice time, 6:29 of power-play time and he fired six shots on goal.
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
With all due respect to Cory Conacher, Ales Hemsky is an upgrade in skill. Jason Spezza is running out of excuses not to produce - and now Hemsky is also without an excuse for poor numbers. Hemsky was off the first power-play unit in Edmonton thanks to all the skilled youngsters in the lineup. And he was often on the third line. Now he's playing with Spezza and seeing proper PP time. Spezza and Hemsky were held off the scoresheet in their first game together, but give it time.
For more fantasy hockey tips, take a gander at DobberHockey . And while you’re at it, follow Dobber’s fantasy hockey musings on Twitter .
Adjusted salary cap projections; deadline reactions; wanted: Roberto Luongo (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:37:39 PST)
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• It's David Legwand in a Red Wings jersey! Considering he's never worn anything beyond the Predators' sweater, this is really weird.
• The salary cap had been projected to rise to $71 million. But it won't, according to Dean Lombardi. "Lombardi said he was told the salary cap, initially projected to rise to about $71 million next season, will be significantly lower because of the recent weakness of the Canadian dollar." [ LA Times ]
• Scott Burnside's trade deadline winners and losers. [ ESPN ]
• Who won the trade deadline? I'm saying the Montreal Canadiens, who proved it's never a bad idea to just dial Garth Snow. Ninth caller through gets a superstar for free. [ Sporting News ]
• Despite being traded straight-up for him, Ryan Callahan knows he's not a replacement for Martin St Louis. Again, despite being exactly that. But he's not. [ Tampa Bay Tribune ]
• Callahan and St. Louis both look like spoiled brats after Wednesday's trade, says Steve Simmons. [ Toronto Sun ]
• Roberto Luongo on returning to Florida: "It feels good to be wanted from an organization." [ Panther Parkway ]
• Among those duped by fake Bob McKenzie on trade deadline day: Eddie Lack, who actually went so far as to tell Ryan Kesler he'd been traded to the Penguins before realizing the error. [ Vancouver Sun ]
• Does Zdeno Chara hate Andrej Meszaros or something? Because he really, really did not want to talk about the Bruins' new defenceman. [ WEEI ]
In the Cage: Trade deadline winners and losers (NHL)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:00:00 PST)
Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.
Ryan Kesler plays the Vancouver Trade Demand Waiting Game (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:49:58 PST)
The NHL trade deadline passed, and Ryan Kesler is not a Pittsburgh Penguin.
Oh, they tried: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , the discussed deal involved center Brandon Sutter, a first- and third-round pick, and the Canucks' choice of any prospect defenseman not named Derrick Pouliot; who, of course, is the guy they wanted.
So nothing happened, either because GM Mike Gillis didn’t like the price or because, as the Tribune-Review also reported, it was ownership that was deciding on whether the trade happened or not.
“That’s not true,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun. “That did not happen and I don’t know where that information is coming from. Our ownership did not nix a deal. On days like this, owners, whether they own a hockey team or own a baseball team or own a football team, they’re going to be involved in major decisions you make. They expect you to have a plan and they expect you to carry through with that plan.”
So what’s the plan for Kesler?
Waiting. And waiting.
And more waiting.
See, the problem with Kesler making a trade demand is pride. He has it. Even when the U.S. Olympic team was hungover and disinterested in the bronze medal game, Kesler was one of the few noticeably good players in the game, despite a hand injury. He practices hard. He’s had an outstanding season for Vancouver even though he’s not feeling it there any more. You know you’re going to get maximum effort from Kesler.
It was the same thing with Roberto Luongo. There was never a moment, even when he had been jerked around for the thousandth time by the team, that one felt Luongo wasn’t giving his all or attempting to win his job back.
This became a two-year ordeal, with Luongo as the good citizen.
“Good thing I listened to Lou,” Kesler told The Province. “He told me whether I wanted out or not, I was going to be here at the end of the day. Funny how things work out.”
So Kesler knows what he’s in for. The ramifications of his trade demand aren’t as extreme as they were in Tampa Bay for Marty St. Louis, who was a captain that couldn’t return to his ship. Kesler could finish the year with the Canucks without incident, and will have played as hard in his last game as he did his first. Awkward as it might be, he could come back next season, because that's what his contract mandates.
“It’s not hard for me to come to the rink, I love what I do. The only way to get out of losing is enjoying what you do and put all your effort into that. We need more of that.”
He’s saying the right things and doing the right things. It’ll probably continue. Which makes you wonder how hasty the Canucks will be in trying to trade him. Because they looked for the perfect deal for Luongo for two years, and didn't find one.
The only reason he’s a Florida Panther now is because the Heritage Classic snub was the final insult.
Does it need to get to that point for Kesler to finally win the Canucks Trade Demand Waiting Game?
Wakeup Call: Lightning fans get a 'Dear John' letter (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 03:46:16 PST)
But now a whole bunch of teams, including the Red Sox, have been added to the suit, and ex-lawyer Craig Calcaterra says if the suit is "successful or if it even leads to a settlement of some kind it could mean major changes to the way baseball does business." (NBC's Hardball Talk) Ryan Braun's sure making up for the lost time of his 50-game suspension, isn't he? The Royals are talking about bravely about Luke Hochevar's elbow injury, but he'll be out for two months at least. The Orioles still hope Manny Machado -- who suffered that ghastly knee injury against the Red Sox last September -- will be ready for the start of the season.
St. Louis sent to Rangers, Gaborik goes to LA
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:56:20 PST)
The Tampa Bay Lightning traded captain Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers just hours before the National Hockey League trade deadline, while welcoming back injured star Steven Stamkos. Columbus Blue Jackets Slovakian winger Marian Gaborik went to the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Islanders traded Austrian left wing Thomas Vanek to Montreal.
Canadiens-Coyotes Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:23:13 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens just got a whole lot stronger, acquiring offensive threat Thomas Vanek before the deadline. That doesn't bode well for the Phoenix Coyotes, who have had enough trouble in the series as is. Vanek is expected to be in uniform as the visiting Canadiens go for a 10th consecutive win over the Coyotes on Thursday night. Montreal (35-22-7) made a big splash Wednesday, sending prospect Sebastien Collberg and a conditional 2014 second-round pick to the Islanders in exchange for Vanek and a conditional fifth-rounder.
Brisson says decision to sit Luongo for Heritage Classic led to trade out of Vancouver (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:41:22 PST)
He's now the No. 1 guy in Florida.
Rangers, Lightning swap captains on deadline day (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:18:51 PST)
The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off the biggest deal on NHL trade deadline day Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan Callahan and Martin St. Louis. The surprising move was announced just hours before the afternoon deadline and shortly before the Rangers hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs. St. Louis arrived in time to make his debut with New York, but the Rangers lost 3-2 in overtime. ''I know this is going to be a challenge for me, but I love challenges and I like to rise to the occasion,'' St. Louis said after recording three shots in 20 minutes and 11 seconds of ice time Wednesday night.
NHL teams make a flurry of deals before deadline (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:20:00 PST)
Martin St. Louis told Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman more than once he wanted to play for another team. The reigning NHL scoring leader got his wish - hours before the league's trade deadline - in one of 20 trades that involved 38 players Wednesday. Tampa Bay dealt its unhappy captain to the New York Rangers for their rugged captain, Ryan Callahan. ''We're different.'' St. Louis, who ranks among league leaders this season, should help the Rangers' chances of finishing among the top three in the Metropolitan Division to avoid falling into the Eastern Conference's wild-card logjam.
GM: League-leading Ducks can win Stanley Cup as is (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:19:52 PST)
General manager Bob Murray is confident the Anaheim Ducks can win a Stanley Cup championship as currently constructed. Anaheim swung no major deals Wednesday despite getting deep into talks on a handful of available players, Murray said before his NHL-leading Ducks faced the Montreal Canadiens. Murray didn't name any of those players, but the Ducks were widely known to be interested in Vancouver center Ryan Kesler, who ultimately stayed with the Canucks. The Ducks have few areas of weakness, but faceoff effectiveness is among them, and Kesler is among the NHL's best on draws.
Canucks GM Gillis: ‘We entertained multiple offers but none fit our expectations’ (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:59:02 PST)
Expectation was that he would deal Ryan Kesler in another blockbuster.
2014 NHL Trade Deadline: Winners & Losers (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:36:12 PST)
The 2014 NHL trade deadline was a frantic affair, with multiple star players switching teams and a captain-for-captain swap.
Canucks-Stars Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:21:04 PST)
After letting one team pass them in the Western Conference standings, the Vancouver Canucks will face another that is ahead of them in the race for a playoff spot. The Dallas Stars have taken the first two meetings this season with the Canucks, who may be debuting new goaltender Jacob Markstrom on Thursday night. Dallas (29-23-10) holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the West while Vancouver (28-26-10) is two points back in 11th place, although it has played two more games. Roberto Luongo was originally slated to start in goal before he was dealt to Florida before the game in a trade that brought Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks.
Ducks GM is confused about not landing a big player like Kesler (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:55:37 PST)
Bob Murray reportedly offered up high draft picks.
NHL trade-deadline moves (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:28:48 PST)
NHL clubs made 20 deals involving 38 players Wednesday prior to the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. A list of the transactions:
Penguins acquire forwards Goc, Stempniak (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:07:26 PST)
The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't go for the big splash at the trade deadline this time. General manager Ray Shero believes the little ripples his team made instead can be just as effective as the franchise pursues its fourth Stanley Cup. The Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins acquired two-way forwards Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers and Lee Stempniak from the Calgary Flames in exchange for draft picks after making a fruitless run at Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, who stayed with the Canucks. ''I think our goal was to try to increase our depth up front and help our forward group ... and I think we've done that.'' A year ago the Penguins dominated the deadline, bringing in forwards Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen and Brendan Morrow along with defenseman Douglas Murray.
Holmgren explains Flyers' approach to deadline (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:04:01 PST)
As the trade deadline passed, there was no truly enticing player available that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren felt would have made a significant difference in his teams chances to win a Stanley Cup this season. One that would have made it worth parting with valuable assets that could be better used this summer at the NHL draft in bolstering the Flyers improving defense. I still believe you really try to put your team in place during the summertime, Holmgren said as the trade deadline passed without a major deal. Which is the why the only move the Flyers made Wednesday -- and it was expected -- was sending defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins (see story), who were down to just three experienced veterans on their blue line.
Watch PST: Trading for Kesler not feasible for Flyers (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:54:57 PST)
As the NHL trade deadline approached, all eyes were on Vancouver's Ryan Kesler.
2014 NHL Trade Tracker: Deal-by-deal details & analysis (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:39:45 PST)
2014 NHL trade deadline: Follow the deals as they happen, with expert analysis by Yahoo Sports NHL writer Nick Cotsonika.
Deadline trade frenzy includes St. Louis to Rangers (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:50:00 PST)
The NHL trade deadline started a day early this season, with the Vancouver Canucks shocking the hockey world by sending goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The move kicked off a busy 24 hours for NHL general managers anxious to improve their teams for the stretch run and playoffs. The biggest deal of the deadline day Wednesday saw Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star forward Martin St. Louis being shipped to the New York Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and two draft picks. The second-round pick would become a first-rounder if the Rangers make it to the Eastern Conference finals this year.