Predators-Senators Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:43:40 PDT)
Ales Hemsky certainly isn't sad any more, and he'll try to make the Ottawa Senators even happier. The recently acquired Hemsky looks to build on a promising performance with the Senators while helping them to another victory over the last-place Nashville Predators on Monday night. Ottawa (28-25-11) obtained the forward from Edmonton for two draft picks before last Wednesday's trade deadline. It took the right wing two games to make an offensive impact for the Senators, getting a season-high three assists in a 5-3 win at Winnipeg.
Wired: Into the homestretch (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 09 Mar 2014 16:47:00 PDT)
Ryan Dadoun looks at a variety of waiver options following the trade deadline.
Meszaros in for Bruins; Hamilton scratched (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:29:04 PDT)
Bruins fans will finally get a look at new trade acquisition Andrej Meszaros, who is in the lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Florida Panthers at the First Atlantic Center. Meszaros was scratched for the first two games after arriving via deadline deal with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 5, and the Bruins kept their defensemen combinations intact. But Dougie Hamilton was on ice for a pair of goals against in Bostons 4-3 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, and struggled a bit in the shutdown pairing with Zdeno Chara. Claude Julien announced that the 20-year-old defenseman will be the healthy scratch for the Bs against the Panthers on Sunday, and will be the one making room for Meszaros in the Black and Gold lineup.
Jets-Avalanche Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:24:23 PDT)
With their latest loss to St. Louis out of the way, the Colorado Avalanche can get back to beating up on the rest of the Central Division. The Avalanche continue a four-game homestand Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets, one of several division foes Colorado has dismissed with impressive regularity. Colorado (41-18-5) is yet to pick up a point in three matchups with St. Louis this season, but is 15-3-2 against the rest of the competitive Central - including a 2-0-1 mark against second-to-last Winnipeg (30-28-7). A 2-1 home loss Saturday against the Blues denied the Avalanche a chance to move into second place in the Central, but coach Patrick Roy wasn't upset with the effort as his club's four-game winning streak came to an end.
Conacher to make Sabres debut tonight (NBC Sports)
(Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:10:28 PDT)
The once promising rookie was put on waivers by Ottawa.
NHL Three Stars: Bob shuts out the Preds; Lupul wins it in OT (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:26:47 PST)
No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Officer Bobrovsky stopped all 28 shots he faced, as Artem Anisimov’s goal stood up for the 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. That included an awesome save on Colin Wilson with 28 seconds remaining.
No. 2 Star: Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lupul cashed in a Dion Phaneuf pass on the doorstep, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3. He earlier assisted on Nazem Kadri’s first-period goal. Kimmo Timonen had two goals for the Flyers.
No. 3 Star: Tuomo Ruutu, New Jersey Devils
The former Carolina Hurricanes forward set up Travis Zajac’s opening goal and scored the game-winner for the Devils, as New Jersey survived a Canes rally for the 5-4 win. Adam Henrique had two goals.
Honorable mention: Tommy Wingels had two goals and Logan Couture had three points in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the shutout. … Ryan Miller made 26 saves and Patrik Berglund had the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues’ 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. … Erik Cole had a goal and an assist and Tyler Seguin had a 3-point night in the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Ales Hemsky and Jason Spezza each had three assists in the Ottawa Senators’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Tuukka Rask was perfect in the shootout while Reilly Smith scored for the Boston Bruins, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3. … The Washington Capitals scored three third-period goals to rally post the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2. ... Eddie Lack rebounded from a bad goal to make 22 saves in the Vancouver Canucks; 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
Dishonorable mention: Mark Streit and Tyler Bozak were a minus-3. … Thomas Vanek was scoreless again for Montreal. … Paul Stastny played just 40 seconds before leaving the Avs’ game with an injury. … Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the third period following a collision with Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula. … Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty were a minus-3. … Raffi Torres boarded Lars Eller and was jumped by Jarred Tinordi, who was given an instigator. … Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after giving up five goals.
East update: Leafs get another OT win to climb ranks (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:59:04 PST)
Seeding battles heat up.
Sens’ MacArthur (hand) won’t require surgery, could be back next weekend (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:53:17 PST)
A solid Saturday for the Sens.
Hemsky has 3 assists, sparks Senators over Jets (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:45:42 PST)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ales Hemsky is enjoying playing hockey again, and the Ottawa Senators are just happy he's happy. The gifted right-winger was at his play-making best, assisting on three goals -- including rookie center Mike Hoffman's first NHL tally -- to pace the Senators to a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in a Saturday matinee. Hemsky, picked up at the trade deadline Wednesday from the Edmonton Oilers, set up two goals in the first period and two more in the second for the Senators (28-25-11). Hemsky's third helper midway through the middle frame started a pretty passing play with center Jason Spezza and Hoffman, whose shot to the top shelf ended the night for Winnipeg starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Newcomer Hemsky has 3 assists in Senators 5-3 win (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:44:48 PST)
Ales Hemsky admitted he was feeling down after being traded to Ottawa from Edmonton last Wednesday. But his mood picked up after he had three assists in the struggling Senators' 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. ''It's weird,'' said Hemsky, who is in his 11th NHL season. ''I was sad, but in the end I was excited to come here and play those type of games and battle for the playoffs.'' It was Hemsky's second game and first points with Ottawa since he was traded and slotted on to the Senators' top line.
Hemsky collects three assists in Sens’ win against Jets (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:16:12 PST)
Craig Anderson made 46 saves on Saturday.
Senators 5, Jets 3 (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:13:23 PST)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ottawa center Mike Hoffman scored his first NHL goal and newly acquired right-winger Ales Hemsky had four assists as the Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets, 5-3, in a Saturday matinee. Hemsky, picked up at the trade deadline Wednesday from the Edmonton Oilers, set up two goals in the first period and two more in the second for the Senators (28-25-11). His fourth helper midway through the middle frame started a pretty passing play with center Jason Spezza and Hoffman, whose shot to the top shelf ended the night for Winnipeg starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Hemsky also assisted on goals by left-winger Milan Michalek and defensemen Jared Cowen and Eric Gryba.
MacLean bothered he still has to tell Sens to play harder (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 06:51:01 PST)
Ottawa has been underwhelming this season.
Senators’ MacArthur to miss Saturday’s game with hand injury (NBC Sports)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:26:33 PST)
Ottawa in a battle to make the playoffs.
Lots of Wheeling & Dealing (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:53:00 PST)
Michael Finewax reports that Marian Gaborik was one of many stars to be dealt in the last week. Read it all in The Week Ahead
Senators-Jets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:14:41 PST)
The Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators have done little of late to help themselves move into playoff position in their respective conferences. Both will try to avoid a third straight loss Saturday when the Senators look to remain undefeated in Winnipeg. The Jets (30-27-7) won nine of their first 11 after Paul Maurice replaced the fired Claude Noel as coach, but are 2-2-2 since and trying to avoid the longest slide under their new bench boss. Winnipeg is 10th in the Western Conference, three points behind Dallas for the final wild-card spot.
Lightning foiled by Sabres in Stamkos' return game (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:07:02 PST)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning got its best player -- center Steven Stamkos -- back from an extended injury absence, but could not get a win against one of the worst teams in the NHL. Defenseman Tyler Myers and left winger Marcus Foligno scored goals and goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves as the Buffalo Sabres dealt the Lightning a costly 3-1 loss on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "We've hit a rut," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Tampa Bay's is coming at an inopportune time, with 19 games remaining.
Sabres 3, Lightning 1 (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:15:20 PST)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning got its best player back but could not get a win against the worst team in the NHL. Defenseman Tyler Myers and left winger Marcus Foligno scored goals and goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves as the Buffalo Sabres dealt the Lightning a costly 3-1 loss on Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay (34-24-5, 73 points) still holds one of two wild cards in the Eastern Conference but has lost eight of its last 11 games. Buffalo (19-35-8) has the fewest points in the league with 46.
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?
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
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.
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.
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Meszaros welcomes 'fresh start' in Boston (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:28:43 PST)
BOSTON Andrej Meszaros couldnt help but invoke the words of the great Kelly Clarkson in talking about his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, and his hopes for the next few months in Boston. The Flyers defenseman was scratched 24 times this season with the Flyers, and was only playing 17:22 per game when he was in the lineup for the Broad Street Bullies. Hes clearly hoping for more after arriving in another crowded defenseman situation in Boston. Its up to the coaches, and how theyre going to use me, said Meszaros, who has five goals and 17 points this season with offense really not being the challenge for the 6-foot-2, 228-pounder.
Chara likes 'depth' countryman Meszaros brings (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:57:07 PST)
BOSTON -- While there had been reports that fellow Slovakian Zdeno Chara had been whispering in the ear of Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli about acquiring Andrej Meszaros, the Bruins captain said that wasnt the case on Thursday morning. There was communication between Chiarelli and Chara prior to the trade deadline, but the Bs captain was underplaying it in a meaningful way. Chara was pleased that the Bruins got some depth along the blue line, and the hope is he can scale back on the 24:59 of ice time hes averaged in 58 games this season.
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.
Islanders-Oilers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:22:19 PST)
The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders sit the bottom of their respective divisions. The Oilers try to avoid their first home loss to the Islanders in nearly a decade Thursday night. Last in the Western Conference with 50 points, Edmonton (21-34-8) was plenty busy Wednesday. After spending the first 10-plus seasons of his career with the Oilers, Ales Hemsky was shipped to Ottawa in exchange for a third-round draft pick this year and a fifth-rounder in 2015.
Dose: Deadline delivers (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:50:00 PST)
Reviewing the 2014 trade deadline's biggest blockbusters ... and yes, there were actual blockbusters this time around.
Granlund, Ortio lead Flames past Senators, 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:28:28 PST)
Markus Granlund's first NHL goal helped fellow rookie Joni Ortio record his first NHL win and the Calgary Flames beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Wednesday night. Born exactly two years apart, the 20-year-old Granlund and his older countryman from Finland are key parts of the future for the rebuilding Flames. Their memorable night came six days after they made their NHL debut together in Calgary's first game back from the Olympic break.
Haggerty: Meszaros isn't enough for Cup-caliber team (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:10:20 PST)
BOSTON Peter Chiarelli himself admitted he was disappointed in some of the deals that never materialized by the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline on Wednesday afternoon. Andrew MacDonald, Stephane Robidas, Christian Ehrhoff, Nikita Nikitin, Jack Johnson and Marian Gaborik were all possibilities for the Bruins and there may have even been a few realistic names that never even saw the light of day. Chris Phillips was high on their wish list, but signed a two-year contract extension with the Senators rather than leave Ottawa for the first time in his career. In the end, the Bruins traded for 28-year-old Andrej Meszaros, claimed 30-year-old Corey Potter off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers and secured some defensemen depth for the playoffs.