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Canadiens-Ducks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:08:28 PST)
The Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens are both in the hunt for their first Presidents' Trophy, but they're not alone. The Ducks look to gain sole possession of the lead in that race while the visiting Canadiens would like to create a three-way tie as they face each other Wednesday night. Anaheim (41-17-7) is tied with Nashville for the most points in the NHL, but Montreal (41-17-5) is just two back as all three teams chase their first Presidents' Trophy - an award first issued in 1985-86. The Ducks have improved their chances by winning six of seven games and three in a row after beating Arizona 4-1 on the road Tuesday.

Fantasy top 60 'D': Values spike on deadline day (NHL)
(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:44:00 PST)
Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

Bennett and Crouse buddy up, Petes' Garlent sidelined: coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)
(Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:08:45 PST)


Carey Price odds-on favorite to win Hart, Vezina (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:29:23 PST)
One common theory about the NHL Awards this year was that we could see a goalie win the Vezina and the Hart. But unlike those seasons of Hasek-ian domination, the theory states that we could see different goalies win each award this June: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators for the Vezina, and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens for the Hart.  The latest Bovada NHL odds have been released, and right now, Price is the odd-on favorite to win the Hart with Patrick Kane out of the mix: Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?       Carey Price                               2/1 Alex Ovechkin                           3/1 John Tavares                            7/2 Sidney Crosby                          15/4 Ryan Getzlaf                             15/2 Jakub Voracek                          19/2 Nicklas Backstrom                    12/1 Pekka Rinne                              25/1 Rick Nash                                 30/1 Vladimir Tarasenko                    30/1 But he’s also the odds-on favorite to win the Vezina as well: Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL’s top Goaltender?  Carey Price  (MON)                    5/14 Pekka Rinne (NAS)                    8/5 Marc Andre Fleury (PIT)             18/1 Braden Holtby (WAS)                26/1  (Marc-Andre Fleury, Vezina finalist, is well-deserved but no less mind blowing.) Here are the rest of the awards odds: Who will win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year? Filip Forsberg                           5/8 Johnny Gaudreau                      5/2 Aaron Ekblad                            10/3 Michael Hutchinson                   19/2 Mark Stone                               14/1 Mike Hoffman                           15/1 Anders Lee                               18/1 Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman?           Shea Weber                              7/4 Kris Letang                               4/1 Drew Doughty                           4/1 Duncan Keith                            5/1 Kevin Shattenkirk                      6/1 P K Subban                              13/2 Ryan Suter                                7/1 Erik Karlsson                            12/1 Who will win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy Trophy as the NHL’s Top Goal Scorer?     Alex Ovechkin                           2/7 Rick Nash                                 2/1 Steven Stamkos                        15/2 Joe Pavelski                             20/1 Vladimir Tarasenko                    30/1 The Chicago Blackhawks (15/2) remain the favorites for the Stanley Cup, behind the Anaheim Ducks (9/1) and the Nashville Predators (9/1). The Montreal Canadiens (10/1) are the Eastern Conference team with the best odds. 

Trade Market Winners, Losers (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:17:00 PST)
We're looking at a whole season worth of trades, not just what happened on Monday.

NHL 2015 trade deadline report card: Puck Daddy’s winners, losers (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:03:56 PST)
It was quantity over quality on 2015 NHL trade deadline day. There were 24 trades made with 42 players moved, along with 21 picks. That’s ahead of last year’s total, but most of the big moves were made leading up to the March 2 deadline day.  Which teams made the biggest strides to the Stanley Cup? Which teams made the smartest moves towards rebuilding? Which teams stood pat but shouldn’t have? Which teams smartly stood pat? Here is the Puck Daddy 2015 NHL trade deadline report card. Keep in mind we factor in the days leading up to the deadline day as well.  Anaheim Ducks : A- If Bruce Boudreau fails to get out of the second round again, it won’t be because GM Bob Murray didn’t fill his tool chest. The James Wisniewski deal brings a longer term than one might want, but it also brings a known quantity who can help the power play. Simon Despres for Ben Lovejoy? Larceny. Korbinian Holzer, when healthy, can help. And Tomas Fleischmann is a depth offensive player that Boudreau knows well. Full speed ahead. Don’t blow it, Brucey. Arizona Coyotes : A What a difference actual ownership makes. The Coyotes move out Keith Yandle, Zybnek Michalek and Antoine Vermette and actually retain salary in each deal to make them work with their trade partners’ caps. The haul was impressive, too: Klas Dahlbeck, Anthony Duclair, Maxim Letunov, two firsts and a second. Tanking and “resetting.” It’s the Don Maloney way. Boston Bruins : C Brett Connolly is an RFA at the end of the season, and is a far better use of two second-round picks than on an older player. There’s reason to believe he could be a top sixer, but he was a bottom-sixer who played with some edge this season for Tampa. Max Talbot is not a good player at this point in his career, although shipping out Jordan Caron for him isn’t a huge loss (and Colorado retains salary). At the very least, Peter Chiarelli chose the right path: Attempting to pivot to younger, cheaper talent rather than overpaying for a rental. But perhaps there was some middle ground left uncovered, a move that could help now and later. Connolly doesn’t quite get there for us, which means the Bruins failed to make a move that ensures them a playoff seed. Buffalo Sabres : A- Dumped more bodies, collected more picks. The second-rounder for Chris Stewart is about right. And they shipped out Michal Neuvirth, who was really playing much too well for a team built to lose every game. Calgary Flames: B+ Nice haul of picks for players that no longer fit into the plans. A second and a third for Curtis Glencross. A second for Sven Baertschi, who wanted out and who wasn’t working. A nice deadline for Brad Treliving, overshadowed by the depressing, devastating loss of Mark Giordano for the season. (The Flames kept that under wraps as long as they could to try and find help on ‘D’ to no avail.) Carolina Hurricanes : B Nice seller’s deadline for Ron Francis. Getting a first-rounder and Roland McKeown for Andrej Sekera. Getting a third for Jiri Tlusty. Getting speedy little Jack Hillen for the U.S.S. Tim Gleason. Now, when’s the Staal trade? Chicago Blackhawks: A- Undaunted by Patrick Kane’s injury, Stan Bowman goes all-in for a Cup run. Antoine Vermette helps this team in several areas. Kimmo Timonen could be the steal of the deadline if he remains healthy – those old wheels had a lot of rest this season. There’s also a lot to like about Andrew Desjardins in their bottom six. The Hawks gave up plenty at the deadline, but they added plenty, too. Colorado Avalanche : C+ Two little moves – adding Freddie Hamilton and Mat Clark – and one slightly bigger one in flipping Max Talbot for Jordan Caron. They probably should have moved Danny Briere and Jan Hejda, but didn’t. But they also didn’t move Ryan O’Reilly, which is a good thing. Columbus Blue Jackets : C- The Nathan Horton/David Clarkson swap was ingenious and creative, but at the end of the day it’s still a bad contract on their books -- no retention of salary from the Leafs. The Jordan Leopold trade was heartwarming, but could actually help in adding Justin Falk. A second-rounder and William Karlsson were the additions for sending James Wisniewski back to the Ducks. They were probably better off trading Cam Atkinson than re-signing him. Dallas Stars : B You have to like the return Jim Nill got for Erik Cole: Mattias Backman was a top 10 prospect for the Wings, Mattas Janmark has potential and a second-rounder. Would have liked to have seen Shawn Horcoff flipped for something, but it sounds like Dallas wants him around.  Detroit Red Wings : B Erik Cole doesn’t have a goal in his last 34 playoff games, which is … wow. Not a fan of his game, but as an insurance policy at forward he’s decent, despite a hefty price from the Stars. Marek Zidlicky, on the other hand, is a puck-mover with lots of experience and a nice add for Ken Holland. But the biggest win: Staying off Phaneuf. Edmonton Oilers : D- As Robert Tychkowski wrote in the Edmonton Sun: So the Oilers spend a second round draft pick on Jeff Petry in 2006, develop him for five years until he is finally good enough to be a key ingredient on their blueline, and then trade him away for a second round draft pick. The Oilers did nothing, Craig MacTavish gave another “ALL IS WELL REMAIN CALM” press conference and Edmonton fans watch nearly every player they’ve given up on star for another team this season. Say, that Minnesota goalie’s pretty good… Florida Panthers : B The Cats did pretty well for themselves. Third rounder for Sean Bergenheim. Second rounder and the empty husk of Dany Heatley for Tomas Fleischmann. Giving up a second and a third for Jaromir Jagr was a bit much, but having him for the playoff push (and to rub off on the team’s younger stars) is a good thing. Deductions for not moving Tomas Kopecky and Scottie Upshall. Los Angeles Kings : B They gave up a conditional first for a rental in Andrej Sekera, which is an overpayment. But they also didn’t do something stupid like cutting bait with Justin Williams due to his contract status. Minnesota Wild : B+ The Jordan Leopold thing goes beyond heartwarming tale – it gives them a much-needed veteran hand on that blueline. Sean Bergenheim needed a change in scenery and the Wild are a good landing spot. Chris Stewart gives that lineup some much needed size and snarl in the West. (The fact that Chuck Fletcher waited it out and only gave up a second-rounder is solid.) The Wild had needs, filled them, and are better now than they were last week. Montreal Canadiens : A- The Petry trade is a steal, even if he doesn’t re-sign. Just a smart move for a possession-driving defensively responsible blueliner. Devante Smith-Pelley for Jiri Sekac could be boom or bust. But adding Torrey Mitchell and Bryan Flynn for peanuts gives them some added depth up front. Nashville Predators: B- We can’t in good faith include the Cody Franson deal as a “deadline deal,” but knowing that they already made their big move means this deadline was a wash. It would have been nice to see them add a piece in the middle, but the market for centers – especially UFA centers – was atrocious.   New Jersey Devils : C The Devils pulled “conditional draft picks” from the Red Wings for Zidlicky and got a second ad a conditional third for Jagr. That’s good. That they were unable to unload anything else from this overage, overpaid and underwhelming roster? That’s bad. But someone was under the de-LOU-sion they were contenders, so the sell-off started late. New York Islanders : B+ The Islanders added Dustin Jeffrey for Cory Conacher, who has officially reached journeyman status. They added Tyler Kennedy, a nice veteran for the bottom six. And they upgraded their backup goalie slot with Neuvirth. Smart, little moves from GM Garth Snow, who has made all the right ones this season. New York Rangers : A Screw the future and reach for the Cup. The Keith Yandle trade might be known as the Anthony Duclair trade in five years, but you have to give to get and the Rangers now have the deepest defense in the NHL. James Sheppard in and Lee Stempniak out were good little moves too. This team has a window to win for the next 2-3 years. You can’t kill them for trying to jump through it. Ottawa Senators : C The Senators are living in that no man’s land of contention and looking at next year. But they ended the deadline with a logjam on defense and with the contracts of David Legwand, Milan Michalek and Colin Greening still on the books. Philadelphia Flyers : A- It may not top the idiocy of the Thrashers sending Braydon Coburn for Alexei Zhitnik, but the Flyers pulling a first, a third and Radko Gudas for Coburn was a coup, even if Coburn plays well for the Lightning. The Flyers also snagged a second rounder for the waning days of Kimmo Timonen. The first time in a long time one feels the Flyers have a steady hand, and a plan, in the GM’s office. Pittsburgh Penguins : C+ Giving up on Simon Despres was more indicative of the organization’s depth on the blue line than his development … which is why one hoped they’d had flipped him for help up front. But they love them some Ben Lovejoy, who really found his game playing for Bruce Boudreau. Then they add another defenseman in Ian Cole, who could never find a steady gig with the Blues. This felt like a deadline where the Penguins had something major in the works that just never materialized. San Jose Sharks : C- A few bodies dumped, Ben Smith acquired for Desjardins … a tough deadline for the Sharks being in contention, which meant they might have hung onto some players (Niemi) that might have otherwise been traded. But they needed a kick in the pants and Doug Wilson couldn't deliver one.  St. Louis Blues : B+ Zybnek Michalek was a smart move by Doug Armstrong, provided he’s healthy. He and Robert Bortuzzo bolster an already stout defense. The Olli Jokinen deal … who knows how much he can actually give you. But it’s another veteran who can score goals, and goals have been the Blues’ undoing in the postseason in our opinion. Tampa Bay Lightning : C+ Steve Yzerman preaches about not overpaying at the deadline and conserving first-round picks … and then overpays at the deadline and trades a first-round pick. This isn’t to say Coburn won’t work out in Tampa, because he’s a good fit for what they do. This is just to say that a first-rounder and a third-rounder AND Radko Gudas is the best argument we’ve seen for not making trades at 2 a.m. But getting two seconds for spare part Brett Connolly was nice. Toronto Maple Leafs : A The Leafs’ selloff saw them turn Daniel Winnik into Zach Sill, a second and a fourth; Korbinian Holzer into Eric Brewer’s expiring contract; Olli Jokinen into anything; and David Clarkson into cap space. A nice first whack of the wrecking ball before the big names (Phaneuf, Lupul, Bozak) are shown the door. Vancouver Canucks : B They didn’t move Zack Kassian, which was commendable. They took a chance on Sven Baertschi, who wanted out of Calgary, costing them a second rounder. Cory Conacher get another tour stop. They’re a playoff team, which meant nothing dramatic with their higher-priced players. Washington Capitals : A- A few years removed from Filip Forsberg-for-Martin Erat, it’s good to see sanity reign at the deadline. Renting Curtis Glencross for a second and a third is great; there was plenty of interest in him and the Caps won the derby. The addition of Tim Gleason to that blue line ... it’s an expiring contract on their last pairing that gives them more size and experience. Winnipeg Jets : B Kevin Cheveldayoff made his first player-for-player deal this season and now he can’t stop! Lee Stempniak adds a little offense in exchange for Carl Klingberg. Jiri Tlusty, acquired with draft picks, might have been a product of playing with Eric Staal but brings some goal scoring to the lineup. We’re just excited to see this team adding at the deadline … although subtracting Frolik would have been fine, too.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

Rangers' rivals counter by stocking up at NHL trade deadline (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:43:05 PST)
New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather struck the first bold move of the weekend by acquiring playmaking defenseman Keith Yandle in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes. By the time NHL trade deadline struck a day later on Monday, many of Sather's Eastern Conference-contending counterparts responded with a series of moves to address their needs. ''Anybody got a crystal ball around?'' Sather asked, in response to whether he was prepared to predict the Rangers' chances of reaching the Stanley Cup final for a second consecutive year. Pittsburgh stocked up on veteran defense with Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy.

Sharks snap 8-game home skid with 4-0 win over Canadiens (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:51:38 PST)
Ben Smith's day started with a morning skate in Chicago and ended with a goal in San Jose. In between was a trade, a flight halfway across the country and a police escort that got him to the rink less than an hour before his first game with the Sharks. Smith had a goal and an assist on his whirlwind day to give the struggling Sharks a needed spark as San Jose shut out Montreal for the third straight meeting in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens on Monday night. ''It starts shift by shift trying to do the small things that can uplift a team.'' Joe Pavelski, Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak by beating the top team in the Eastern Conference.

Canadiens, Islanders add talent at NHL trade deadline
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:23:29 PST)
The division-leading Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders each bolstered their lineups with moves at the National Hockey League trade deadline. The Atlantic division-leading Canadiens, who lead the Eastern Conference with 41 wins and 87 points over 62 games, obtained defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers for two picks in this year's NHL Draft and forward Brian Flynn from Buffalo for a 2016 draft pick.

Dose: On Deadline Arrivals (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:59:00 PST)
On the night after the trade deadline, stalwarts like Jonathan Toews led the way instead of newcomers. Tuesday's Hockey Dose.

NHL Three Stars: Toews leads Blackhawks; strong Shark debut (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:58:10 PST)
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks   The Hawks captain scored the game’s first two goals, including a shorthanded one, in their 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He also assisted on Marian Hossa’s third-period goal. No. 2 Star: Ben Smith, San Jose Sharks Acquired at the trade deadline, Smith stepped into the Sharks’ lineup and scored a goal and an assist in their 4-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens. Smith scored in the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin’s goal in the second. No. 3 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers The winger, fresh off a contract extension, assisted on goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 38th. … Brandon Saad scored his 20th. …  Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the shutout. Did You Know? The Blackhawks are 21-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes. Dishonorable Mention: Cam Ward was pulled after two periods after giving up four goals on 18 shots. … Chicago and Montreal weren’t given a power-play on Monday night. … Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen went scoreless without a shot in their Blackhawks debut. … Shea Weber was a minus-4, while Mike Fisher was a minus-3.  

Canadiens swing 3 deals on busy NHL trading deadline day (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:02:55 PST)
General manager Marc Bergevin added to the Montreal Canadiens without altering his Eastern Conference-leading lineup. In Detroit, GM Ken Holland thought it was important to provide his young Red Wings a nudge by adding two experienced veterans. As for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their long-expected purge of high-priced talent failed to materialize before the NHL's annual trading deadline struck on Monday. We just hoped for more,'' Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis said after being limited to making just two moves, none of which included forwards Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, or defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

2015 NHL trade deadline: Top 10 teams with all the right moves (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:59:32 PST)
2015 NHL trade deadline: Yahoo NHL writer Nick Cotsonika ranks the top 10 teams that helped themselves the most in the days, hours and minutes before the trade deadline.

Sabres ship away 4 veterans on NHL trade deadline day (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:25:48 PST)
The Buffalo Sabres continued their rebuilding effort Monday with a flurry of deadline day deals, moving four veterans set to become free agents when the season ends. The last-place Sabres traded forwards Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn, and goalie Michal Neuvirth and received mostly draft picks as compensation. Our time is the future,'' Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. ''And we added assets for the future.'' Buffalo sent Mitchell and Flynn to Montreal in separate trades, receiving prospect forward Jack Nevins and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick for Mitchell and a 2016 fifth-round pick for Flynn.

Sabres-Lightning Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:45:08 PST)
While the Tampa Bay Lightning made minor moves as they compete for the Atlantic Division crown, the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres continued their rebuild at the trade deadline. It's uncertain who the visiting Sabres will start in net after Monday's deals, but new addition Braydon Coburn is expected to be available for a Tampa Bay team seeking its fourth straight win in the season series Tuesday night. Having fallen further back of red-hot Montreal in the division race, the Lightning (38-20-6) sought to add some depth to the back end as they acquired Coburn from Philadelphia for fellow defenseman Radko Gudas and two draft picks. "What I know of the team is they're really tough to play against," Coburn told the Lightning's official website.

Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 6 (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:57:55 PST)
3:35 p.m. ET:  The Bruins have traded defenseman Jordan Caron to the Avalanche for Max Talbot. Sort of a minor move in general for both teams. Boston was done with Caron, and the Avalanche needed some defense depth. Meanwhile, the Bruins seemed to feel the desire to get a playoff-tested gritty forward like Talbot, who has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.  3:20 p.m. ET:  Sven Baertschi goes from the Calgary Flames to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick, according to TSN. The 22-year old Swiss forward has spent most of this season in the AHL where he's scored eight goals and recorded 21 points in 34 games. He'll reunited with Travis Green, who coached him in Portland. The move won't make Flames Nation happy, as Baertschi showed tremendous scoring ability in junior and is still young. It feels like Calgary is giving up on the forward, feeling he's moved in the wrong direction on their organizational depth chart. UPDATE : Trevling told reporters that Baertschi was unhappy with his role and had asked to be traded, citing his unwillingness to re-sign with the organization. 3:10 p.m. ET: The deals keep trickling through: Torrey Mitchell and Joey MacDonald head to the Montreal Canadiens in separate deals. The Pittsburgh Penguins re-acquire Ben Lovejoy from the Anaheim Ducks for Simon Despres. Both players are signed through next season. You might remember Lovejoy from his grossly-swollen face on 24/7 :

Canadiens acquire Jeff Petry from Oilers for draft picks (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:50:30 PST)
MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens have made the first major move on the morning of the NHL's trade deadline day by acquiring Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers for draft picks.

Canadiens acquire forward Flynn in deal with Sabres (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:34:30 PST)
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Brian Flynn in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres. Overall, he has 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 159 games over three seasons with Buffalo. Flynn's future in Buffalo was uncertain because the team is rebuilding through youth.

Canadiens-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:59:44 PST)
In danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons, the San Jose Sharks can help their cause by finding a way to win at home. Though they haven't lost to the Montreal Canadiens there in more than 15 years, the Sharks must halt the Eastern Conference leaders' four-game winning streak in order to avoid matching a club record with a ninth consecutive home defeat Monday night. San Jose's run of 10 straight postseason appearances is second only to Detroit's 23, but a 3-8-2 performance in February has left the Sharks (30-25-8) on the outside of playoff position in the West. "Time's ticking away here," forward Tommy Wingels told the NHL's official website.

Puck Daddy’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 1 (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:58:46 PST)
10:50 a.m. ET:  Minor deal involving Tim Murray and the Sabres: pending RFA winger Bryan Flynn heads to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick, according to Bob McKenzie . Back on the Phaneuf front, The Hockey News' Ken Campbell reports  that Brendan Smith may be a sticking point in any deal involving the Red Wings. 10:35 a.m. ET:  DRINK! Tradecenter has taken a drastic turn #TSN pic.twitter.com/pEi98sF3mo — Jamie McLennan (@jamiemclennan29) March 2, 2015 10:30 a.m. ET:  Dion Phaneuf's name is out there as talk has the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in conversations about a swap. Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl are a couple of names out there that may be part of a package. According to Renaud Lavoie , Phaneuf has a list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to. Speaking of the Maple Leafs, Ron Wilson sighting!

Canadiens snag Jeff Petry from Oilers to add to blueline (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:26:34 PST)
Jeff Petry of the Edmonton Oilers is one of those players whose name becomes three sizes too large at the trade deadline as a defenseman with an expiring contract. Seriously, how much mind have you paid Petry before the last few weeks? Edmonton excluded.  But Petry’s a solid stay-at-home type, and his contract is off the books after this season. Add in the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers have added significantly to their defenses, and the Montreal Canadiens decided to make a move for Petry. The Habs traded a second-round pick and a conditional fifth rounder for Petry. The fifth becomes a fourth-rounder if Montreal makes the second round; it becomes a third if they make the conference finals. Eyes On The Prize wondered about Petry earlier this week: Jeff Petry has been about even or better in terms of possession in each of the last five seasons. Granted that is relative to members of an Edmonton Oilers club that has struggled with controlling the play over those years, but Petry has still been the best-performing member of his team while burdened with difficult defensive responsibilities.  He would be an upgrade on Sergei Gonchar, who will turn 41 years old just as the playoffs are about to begin, but the advantage he would offer over Tom Gilbert in a second-pairing situation is debatable. Nice addition, bolstering a group that needed a bolster and giving Carey Price a little more help. Lord knows he’s earned it. On the Milbury Scale:

The Power Play Goal (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:53:00 PST)
Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in power play goals with 18. The surprise is that Claude Giroux is sixth overall with 11.

Seller's market for NHL teams as trade deadline nears (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:02:15 PST)
General managers, count your draft picks. In the days leading to Monday's NHL trade deadline, draft picks have been moving at a swift pace. Already the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes have gotten first-round picks for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, Andrej Sekera and Antonie Vermette, and older players like Kimmo Timonen and Jaromir Jagr have fetched second-rounders and more. On Sunday, the New York Rangers acquired All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle from the Coyotes for defenseman John Moore, a top prospect and two draft picks.

Flames trade Glencross to Capitals, claim Schlemko (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:37:38 PST)
The Calgary Flames traded Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals on Sunday for second- and third-round picks this year. He had nine goals and 19 assists in 53 games this season for the Flames.

2015 NHL trade deadline: High prices for players, high stakes for teams (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:34:05 PST)
2015 NHL trade deadline: Teams are paying up in a seller’s market, trying to bolster their rosters for what could be a wide-open playoffs

Andrew 'Hamburglar' Hammond heats up with Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:24:42 PST)
Three wins against three California teams – two goals allowed in three games. No big deal for a goaltender with one game NHL experience leading into this season and so-so AHL numbers last year and very mediocre numbers in the minors this year. But Ottawa's 27-year-old Andrew Hammond – whose nickname per a recent story is ‘The Hamburglar’   hasn’t just won for the Senators. He has won and thrived in a major way for the Sens, going 5-0-0 with a 1.31 goals against average and .957 save percentage this year.  From after Ottawa’s 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night: “I don’t think winning ever gets old,” said Hammond, who has allowed a total of five goals during his five-game run. “It’s starting to become more about the team now, and seeing everyone else enjoying it as much as I am is pretty cool, too. “Obviously it’s a pretty good accomplishment,” he added of the sweep. “It gives us confidence going into the rest of the season, that we can go into any arena and beat any team, because these are some of the best teams in the league. To do that, you’re going to feel pretty good about yourself.” Beyond ‘The Hamburgler’ the Ottawa Citizen brought up legendary Canadiens netminder Ken Dryden (who had quite the NHL beginning himself) when writing about Hammond’s hot start. Gaaaaa. The Dryden comparisons are playful, in jest. Hammond, so calm and unassuming he told a TSN reporter, “I try to get nervous” but can’t manage it, knows he’s neither Dryden nor Carey Price, but plans to “ride the wave” of this improbable, if not impossible, run of unexpected glory for as long as he can. Hammond has been thrust into a leading role for the Senators based off to injuries to Ottawa starting goaltender Craig Anderson and then backup Robin Lehner. Enter the Hammond, who has won five straight games, including wins against Montreal, the Ducks and the Kings, all Stanley Cup contenders. The Senators are just seven points back of the playoffs. Per Sports Club Stats , Ottawa has a 23.0 percent chance of making the playoffs. This isn’t exactly great, but better than before the Sens’ five-game winning streak which has coincided with Hammond’s time in goal. Said Mark Stone to The Sun “We’re trying to make a playoff push … We’ve seen we’ve been able to gain seven or eight points in the last two or three weeks. So we know what we’re capable of and we’ve got to keep continuing to push forward.” It’s not like the Senators have poor goaltending, or had poor goaltending earlier in the year. Anderson is one of the better netminders in the NHL and had a 2.37 goals against average and .927 save percentage before he got hurt. But Hammond has been a revelation since he arrived from Binghamton – a product of Bowling Green State University, and a native of White Rock, British Columbia. Said Hammond in an Ottawa Sun piece: " It's flattering, and something I didn't see happening a few weeks ago, and I don't think anybody else did, but the opportunity is here," he said. "The biggest thing for me is, obviously you can't keep this up forever. Carey Price is the best goalie in the world, he goes through spells like this. I'm not Carey Price and I still have a long ways to go. I'm just trying to enjoy it, and ride the wave." According to the story, earlier in the year, Hammond was pulled 36 seconds into a game with Binghamton. He allowed three goals on three shots on goal. What a difference a few months makes. "It's obviously very crazy what's going on right now." he said. Crazy? Not really. Prolific and interesting. Absolutely.  - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

NHL-Highlights of Saturday's NHL games
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:07:23 PST)
Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: - - - Red Wings 4, Predators 3 The Detroit Red Wings rallied with two third-period goals to edge out the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Saturday. Defenseman Alexey Marchenko tied the contest at 3:56 with his first goal in 13 games and Tomas Tatar supplied the winner at 9:42 for his 25th goal of the season. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (3-2-1), called up in place of regular starter Jimmy Howard, made 37 saves as Detroit (35-15-11) handed the Predators (41-15-7) consecutive home losses for the first time this season.

NHL Three Stars: Paul Stastny saves Blues vs. Oilers (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:00:14 PST)
No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues   Stastny set up Dmitji Jaskin’s first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the third period as the Blues survived the Oilers, 201. No. 2 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils The Devils goalie made 33 saves, preserving an Andy Greene goal until Travis Zajac’s empty netter, as New Jersey beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0. No. 3 Star: Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes McClement scored to tie the game in the first and then to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in the second period as Carolina stunned the New York Islanders, 5-3. Honorable Mention: Brandon Pirri scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers back against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-3 win. … Alexey Marchenko’s first NHL goal tied the game and Tomas Tatar won it with a power-play goal in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. … Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all scored in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. … Carey Price made 30 saves at the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0. David Desharnais had two goals. … Steve Mason made 34 saves and Michael Del Zotto scored a big shorthanded goal in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers, 4-2. … Justin Fontaine scored a goal and an assist and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1. … The Ottawa Senators topped the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, as Mike Hoffman had two goals and Andrew Hammond won again. Did You Know?  Martin Erat scored on Tuukka Rask, which means Terminix will give him free extermination services for life. Dishonorable Mention: Mike Smith lost his eighth straight decision and was pulled after giving up four goals in 31:50. … Richard Panik, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak and Roman Polak were all minus-3. … Cody McLeod jumped Charlie Coyle, nearly sparked a benches brawl and was given 17 penalty minutes. … The Sharks dropped to 0-6-2 at home in February. ... The Wild have won all four games against the Avalanche this season, outscoring them 12-1.

Maple Leafs-Capitals Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:40:47 PST)
The Washington Capitals' three-game slide can be traced to difficulties in the opening period, and they're hoping Tim Gleason can help solve it. With Gleason potentially in line for his team debut Sunday night, the Capitals look to continue their home success against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are trying to snap a franchise-record losing streak. With 19 games left in the regular season, Washington (33-20-10) would seem on its way to the playoffs with nine points more than the cutoff in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals, though, have dropped three games in a row after winning eight of 10.

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