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Coyotes-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:47:02 PST)
The San Jose Sharks' win over the Arizona Coyotes last month came amidst a season-high point streak that has since drifted into inconsistent play. While the Coyotes seek just their fourth win in the last month on Saturday night, the Sharks hope a home game against their Pacific Division foe brings similar success that it has over the last decade. San Jose (28-20-5) earned its fourth win in the last five games of this series with a 3-1 victory at Arizona on Jan. 21.

Doan gets franchise points mark, Coyotes beat Flames 4-1 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:58:43 PST)
The Arizona Coyotes needed their top players to guide them out of a recent funk, and franchise cornerstone Shane Doan came through with a record-breaking performance. Doan had two goals and an assist to become the Coyotes' leader with 931 career points and Arizona beat the weary Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night to snap a season-worst five-game losing streak. Doan's 4-on-4 goal 3:31 in tied him with Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk on the team list.

NHL-Highlights of Friday's NHL games
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:22:32 PST)
Feb 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League games: Kings 5, Rangers 4 (overtime) Anze Kopitar's third goal of the night with 29.7 seconds remaining forced overtime, then Tanner Pearson won it with 1:50 remaining in the extra period as the Los Angeles Kings rallied for a 5-4 victory against the New York Rangers on Friday. Marian Gaborik also scored for the Kings before leaving the game at Madison Square Garden late in the first period with a lower-body injury. The Rangers also received goals from Kevin Hayes, Viktor Stalberg, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. ...

NHL Three Stars: Kopitar's trick; Doan sets two Coyotes records (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:54:34 PST)
No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings Tanner Pearson beat Henrik Lundqvist 3:10 into overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. Kopitar recorded his third career hat trick to help LA to their third win in their last five games. Peter Budaj, called up earlier in the day, made 24 saves to earn his first regular season NHL win since April 4, 2014. No. 2 Star: Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes The Coyotes captain scored twice and assisted on another as Arizona got by the Calgary Flames 4-1. With three points, Doan set a franchise record with his 931st point. He also notched his 123rd career power play goal, another franchise record. Both records were held by Dale Hawerchuk. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also recorded three points as the Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak. No. 3 Star: Marcus Foligno, Buffalo Sabres Foligno scored twice in the second period, including on a penalty shot, as the Sabres downed the Montreal Canadiens 6-4. Evander Kane scored two of his own, with his first goal assisted by Foligno, and finished with a three-point night. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Sabres.  Honorable Mention : Kris Letang’s goal in the third round of the shootout helped give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots and Phil Kessel potted his 16th goal of the season as the Penguins won for the eighth time in 10 games … Tyler Johnson’s goal 1:04 into overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a dramatic 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. Steven Stamkos drew a power play late in the third period and tied the game with 26.6 seconds to go with his 22nd goal of the year. The win was Tampa’s ninth in a row at home … This is one mighty fine goal by Nikita Kucherov, thanks to a lovely pass by Nikita Nesterov: James Neal recorded his 20th goal of the season and has now reached that mark for the eighth straight season … Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, David Backes and Colton Parayko each recorded two points as the St. Louis Blues beat the Florida Panthers 5-3. Roberto Luongo, who was pulled after the first, moved past Glenn Hall into sixth place in career NHL games with his 907th appearance … Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout as the Avalanche edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Blake Comeau scored in the third period and netted the deciding tally in the shootout. The win was Colorado’s ninth in their last 12 games away from Pepsi Center. Did You Know?  MOST 20-GOAL SEASONS, ACTIVE PLAYERS: 18: Jagr 16: Iginla 14: Hossa 13: Lecavalier 13: Shane Doan ( @ArizonaCoyotes ) (via @EliasSports ) — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 13, 2016 Dishonorable Mention : P.K. Subban was ejected in the final minute of the game after arguing with officials after the puck hit a linesman, leading to Buffalo’s sixth goal: Marian Gaborik left the game after injuring his knee during a collision with Dominic Moore:  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :  

NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:56:11 PST)
The Calgary Flames placed goaltender Karri Ramo on injured reserve Friday due to a leg injury. Ramo, 29, had to leave Thursday night's game against San Jose after a collision with Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi. With just three minutes left in a 5-5 game, Donskoi carried the puck down the right wing and was tripped by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

The Seven: The most shocking thing about the Dion Phaneuf trade (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:03:46 PST)
The Seven: A weekly look at the NHL's seven Canadian teams -- the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks & WInnipeg Jets.

Jersey Fouls of the Week: Toronto Maple Leafs rags (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:41:13 PST)

Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Friday's bargains and values (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:55:02 PST)
by Jason Chen Seven games are on Friday's NHL slate with plenty of interesting picks to be made.  Start with a re-match of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals with the red-hot Rangers -- thanks to  Derick Brassard 's hot streak and  Henrik Lundqvist 's strong play -- playing host to the Kings, who may not have the services of  Jonathan Quick , officially listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered Tuesday against Boston. If either  Jhonas Enroth , who lost Thursday against the Islanders, or  Peter Budaj  starts, all bets are off and the Rangers will be the heavy favorite, but the Kings won't go away easily. Without  Rick Nash , the Kings will have a clear advantage in size with  Anze Kopitar  and  Jeff Carter , and they'll have to use that to full effectiveness, which may prove difficult after playing Thursday.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now ] Then there's a classic Detroit-Colorado matchup that hasn't been the same since the days of Yzerman, Shanahan, Lidstrom, Sakic, Hejduk and Forsberg, but nonetheless features enough star power with  Dylan Larkin ,  Petr Mrazek ,  Nathan MacKinnon  and  Matt Duchene  representing the new generation of talent. With the Detroit defense banged up and the Avs trying to outscore their opponents to win games, it should be a fast-paced battle up and down the ice.  GOALIE Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT at CAR ($33) -  Can you believe he's the third-cheapest goalie Friday? True, Fleury is having a horrible February with at least two goals scored in his last four games, two of them losses, but he's also sporting a .930 save percentage and 1.46 goals-against average against the 'Canes this season. Meanwhile,  Cam Ward  ($37) has allowed three goals in three of his last five games. The Penguins are 11-11-3 on the road and the Hurricanes are just three games over .500 at home, so the home team gets a slight edge, but the smart pick would be to just go with the stronger team.  Goalie to Avoid: Petr Mrazek, DET vs. COL ($42) -  Unless he's facing a bottom-dwelling team, I generally don't like going with the most expensive goalie, and while Mrazek has already been publicly anointed as the team's No. 1 by Ken Holland, the Avs can be a tough opponent. First, there's the  Nathan MacKinnon - Matt Duchene  1-2 punch that Detroit's  Niklas Kronwall -less defense will have to deal with, and the Avs are also one of the stronger teams on the road with 15 wins, tied for second-most in the Western Conference with Chicago and Dallas.  CENTER Sidney Crosby, PIT at CAR ($34) -  The Kid is back at it again and showing why he's long been considered one of the best players in the game. Since the start of the new year, Crosby has 15 goals and 26 points; the next highest total is 21 points. That's pretty much the only stat you need to know.  Center to Avoid: Steven Stamkos, TB vs. NSH ($22) -  It's hard to argue against one of the league's top snipers, especially when's ranked so far down the list, but Stamkos is sitting on just 21 goals on the season with one goal in his last 10 games.  Pekka Rinne  has lost three of his last four games and continues to struggle, but the Lightning offense is also much more well-balanced than in years past, and even Stamkos admitted that he's taken a bit of back seat on offense given the number of weapons Jon Cooper has in his arsenal. MacKinnon ($21),  Tyler Johnson  ($19) and even the red-hot  J.T. Miller  ($21) are better value picks.  WING Evander Kane, BUF vs. MON ($22) -  He may not score Friday but his playing style is worth the price of admission alone. Probably still celebrating from Tuesday's triple thrashing of Florida's  Alex Petrovic  (including a shout out from the original Evander, Mr. Holyfield), Kane has been a fantasy beast recently with a goal and 29 penalty minutes against Florida and a goal and 11 shots two games prior against Boston. The points aren't coming easily, but that won't stop a power forward like Kane from making all sorts of noise. Looking up and down the Habs' lineup, it's tough to envision anyone who can match Kane's mix of speed and strength. He has seven goals and 39 penalty minutes in 18 career games against Montreal. Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA vs. STL ($21) -  Since Jan. 1, Huberdeau has scored 11 points when the Panthers win and just one point when the Panthers lose. The good news is that the Panthers will be the favorite Friday night with one of the league's best home records and best goalies at home in  Roberto Luongo , who sports a .932 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against average at the BB&T Center. The Blues, meanwhile, are still looking for answers on offense, who have lost four of their last six and have failed to score more than one goal in each of those losses. Even the return of  Jaden Schwartz  probably won't help.  Wingers to Avoid: Patric Hornqvist, PIT at CAR ($30) -  There's nothing wrong with picking Hornqvist if you're going to pick Crosby, but even when he's riding on Crosby's coattails, Hornqvist's production has been just above average, at best. He has just one goal in his last 10 games and is prone to the odd stinker, including a minus-3 performance against the Rangers on Wednesday when he was held without a point. As Friday's most expensive winger, he just doesn't breed as much confidence as  Vladimir Tarasenko  ($28) or  Johnny Gaudreau  ($25). Dustin Brown, LA at NYR ($17) -  He has three goals and five points in his last three games, but in those three games the Kings have scored 17 goals, so it makes Brown's accomplishments a little less exciting. At this stage of his career, he's no more than a glorified fourth-line player with a "C" on his chest. He has just 20 points this season, and it seems more and more like a struggle for him to reach that mark every year. Against a Rangers team that has won four straight, and with  Henrik Lundqvist  in net, the odds are stacked against Brown. DEFENSE Kris Letang, PIT at CAR ($33) -  If you had to pick a Penguin to pair with Crosby, go ahead and grab Letang, who has stepped up his offensive production in the absence of  Evgeni Malkin  (lower body). Letang should be the one defenseman every DFS player needs when  Erik Karlsson  isn't playing because the two are just so much further ahead offensively than the rest of the league's defensemen.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI vs. CGY ($22) -  Don't be fooled by his minus-2 rating in his previous game against Vancouver. Asides from being on the wrong end of some unfortunate bounces, OEL was his usual solid self, recording nine shots on goal and a blocked shot while playing 23:21. The Coyotes have lost five straight, but three of those came against L.A., Chicago and surging Anaheim, so the Flames will be a lighter test. Given Calgary's shaky goaltending, Ekman-Larsson should have opportunities to hit the score sheet, and already has two goals in two games against them this season. Defensemen to Avoid: Alec Martinez, LA at NYR ($21) -  He's a solid defenseman but, like Brown, he's managed to boost his stats in a blowout game with a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win against Arizona. He has just 19 points this season, which doesn't nearly qualify him as one of the league's better offensive defenseman, not to mention that he's running up against a tough Rangers squad.  Roman Josi  ($21) and  Keith Yandle  ($18) are likely much better options.  Anton Stralman, TB vs. NSH ($18) -  He scored two goals against Pittsburgh on Friday but followed that up with a pedestrian effort in a 5-1 loss to Ottawa and then finished with a minus-3 rating in a 4-2 loss to Montreal. The Predators aren't the defensive stalwarts they once were so plenty of goals will be scored, especially if Rinne continues to struggle, but Stralman and the rest of the Lightning defense may have their hands full against a balanced Predators attack that includes  Ryan Johansen ,  James Neal ,  Filip Forsberg  and  Mike Ribeiro .   Get a FREE RotoWire 10-day trial (no credit card required) at MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :

Kris Russell and absolutely nonsensical overpayment (Trending Topics) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:02:34 PST)
The NHL is a lot smarter today than it used to be. But there are still serious blindspots that many general managers share when it comes to evaluating talent and determining what it's worth.  For example, goaltending remains a little-understood position for which many players in this league are overpaid. There is often little correlation between a goaltender's normal performance level and the contracts they pull. This is also true of guys who are decent enough hockey players for the bulk of their career but who have a lot of success in a particularly deep postseason run, and end up breaking the bank because of it. Finally, there is a third group of player types that are reliably overvalued in this league: Defense-first players. You see it over and over again: Guys who can maybe chip in a little bit offensively but whose main job is touted as being a “shutdown” guy will get more money than any reasonable viewing of their game and numbers would suggest. The latest to fall into this category, almost inexplicably, seems to be Kris Russell of the Calgary Flames. In Bob McKenzie's latest column , it is so written:  You don’t have to look very hard to find the guys Russell would view as open-market comparables: Montreal’s Jeff Petry got five years at $5.5 million. Edmonton’s Andrej Sekera got six years at $5.5 million. Similarly under-sized blueliner Jared Spurgeon collected $5.2 million per year on a three-year term in Minnesota. Were Russell to go to July 1, is there any doubt he’s going to get a five-year offer for between $5 million and $5.5 million? And he may well be looking for more than that, both in term and dollars. This is the actual craziest thing I have ever read. Let's just start at the very beginning: Giving Kris Russell a cap hit of $5.5 million would, at this moment, tie him for the 22nd-largest cap hit in the league among defensemen. He would be tied with Dan Girardi, Matt Carle, Andrej Sekera, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, James Wisniewski, the aforementioned Jeff Petry, Brooks Orpik, Nick Leddy and Tyler Myers. Obviously that will change this summer as perhaps a few guys are likely to get raises above that level as they hit UFA status. I would say that list should perhaps include Keith Yandle, Alex Goligoski, Torey Krug and maybe one or two others. It should absolutely not under any circumstances whatever include Kris Russell. If you pay Russell $5.5 million a year, and that moves him into the top-25 or so in the league among defenders, then you're basically saying you think Russell is a top-25 — that is, clear No. 1 — defender. Which we all understand fundamentally is absolute nonsense. Travis Yost had a pretty good explanation yesterday for why giving Russell $25 million (or more, as McKenzie suggests!) would be “ a waste of money ,” but he frankly does not go far enough to illustrate the depths of Russell's overvaluation of himself. The market bears what it bears, of course, and if Russell can trick some general manager into giving him that much money because he blocks shots, then more power to him. However, you can consider this a public service announcement that Russell is barely worth the $2.6 million he pulls against the cap right now, and is little more than a third-pairing defenseman. For instance, here are his score-adjusted 5-on-5 stats over the last three seasons versus what his team did when he was off the ice:

Ovechkin back on Top (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:02:00 PST)
Alex Ovechkin has taken over the NHL's goal scoring race. All that and more in The Week Ahead.

Dose: Connor's Big Day (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:14:00 PST)
Friday's Hockey Dose features Connor McDavid's early career-high performance and much more from a busy night of pucks.

Karri Ramo hurt in wild Flames win over Sharks (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:56:35 PST)
Joonas Donskoi came barreling in on Karri Ramo late in the third period of a 5-5 game between the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. Donskoi was tripped by Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano and slammed into Ramo. The same shift San Jose defenseman Paul Martin had been elbowed by Flames forward Sam Bennett. The Sharks were about to embark on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play with three minutes left and to make matters worse for the Flames, Ramo was also writhing in pain on the ice. Jonas Hiller entered the game and stopped the 5-on-3 to help the Flames win 6-5 in a shootout. Hiller played eight minutes and made eight saves in relief of the injured Ramo.  He also stopped three of four Sharks shooters in the shootout. "We really needed these points and I want nothing more than to help the team win," Hiller said after the game.   Said Calgary coach Bob Hartley , "Gutsy effort from our guys. I'm very proud of our team." The Sharks came back from a 4-1 first period deficit to take a brief third period 5-4 lead at the 5:55 mark. Though they got a point there was a sense of disappointment and missed opportunities Along with the 5-on-3, early into overtime forward Logan Couture hit the goalpost. The Sharks also scored the first goal of the shootout to put the pressure on the Flames. "I don't know where to start," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer according to the San Jose Mercury News . "I liked the fact we didn't pack it in. It would have been easy to after one with the way the first period went. We stuck with it, found a way to get a point and probably should have had two at the end."  The Sharks praised Hiller after the game as a main reason why the Flames were able to sneak out of SAP Center with a win.  “He played unbelievable,” Couture said. “Kudos to him. He stepped in in a very-difficult situation in a 5-on-3 and made some unbelievable saves in overtime. We were all over him. He did a great job for them. He basically saved them a couple of points.” At 25-25-3, the Flames have 53 points – five away from the Nashville Predators for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Though they’re also four points clear of the Edmonton Oilers for the worst record in the West. The Sharks (61 points) remained one point clear of the Anaheim Ducks for second place in the Pacific Division.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY   - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper

Hudler wins it for the Flames 6-5 over Sharks in shootout (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:44:33 PST)
Jonas Hiller was more spectator than participant and was only concerned that Calgary had taken too many penalties in the third period. Juri Hudler scored the winning goal in the shootout, leading the Flames past the San Jose Sharks 6-5 on Thursday night, though it was Hiller who stole the spotlight. Calgary's Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 34 shots before being helped off the ice with an apparent lower leg injury.

Flames-Coyotes Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:30:54 PST)
Just over three weeks ago, Arizona was sitting in second place and trying to snap a three-game losing streak to avoid conceding a spot in the standings. A fourth could be on the way Friday night with streaking Calgary stopping in Arizona to complete a back-to-back road set. The Coyotes (24-23-6) were tied with San Jose entering a head-to-head matchup on Jan. 21 and lost to complete a four-game losing streak.

NHL Three Stars: McDavid's 5-point night; Ovechkin breaks hat trick drought (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:05:19 PST)

NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL games
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:49:20 PST)
Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: Flames 6, Sharks 5 (SO) Center Joe Colborne and left winger Jiri Hudler scored shootout goals to lift the Calgary Flames to victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. The Flames led 4-1 after the first period but allowed two goals in the second and two in the third to fall behind 5-4. Calgary defenseman Kris Russell's power-play goal at 8:08 of the final period evened the score.

Huge If True: How Byfuglien contract impacts defensemen at trade deadline (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:58:00 PST)
The Rumor On Monday afternoon, the Winnipeg Jets announced they had re-signed Dustin Byfuglien, a very good defenseman who was long part of a will-they-won't-they with his club. The contract was heavy on dollars (who cares) and relatively light on term (very wisely) and did almost as much for the Jets in the immediate future as it did for everyone else who is on the hunt for blue line help. It has been quite clear at least since the end of October that there were a lot of teams that wanted blue line help , but no real swaps have been made in this regard. Chicago and Pittsburgh swapped some of their D problems, LA took Luke Schenn off Philly's hands, the Ryan Johansen/Seth Jones trade was more of an own-self necessity in Columbus's mind than addressing a specific need (though Jones clearly does that), and that's about it in terms of actual “name” defenders switching teams all season. For the last week or two, NHL insiders had been saying that whatever decision Kevin Cheveldayoff eventually made with respect to re-signing one of Byfuglien or Andrew Ladd would chart a course for everyone else. That is, either of those guys would likely be the top target for anyone looking for defense or offense, respectively. Therefore, with Byfuglien signed, that told everyone who wanted to bolster their blue lines to start sniffing up someone else's tree. The impact of the Byfuglien contract was more or less immediately apparent. Within 18 hours or so, Bob McKenzie reported rumblings of a potential Phaneuf trade. Just 20 minutes later, Darren Dreger linked him to the Senators . And before an hour was out, the Senators themselves announced the trade . Just like that, the D market was open for business. And unlike October, we now have a pretty clear idea of both which teams are buying, and who's for sale. Who's Going Where? Even before the Byfuglien announcement, it seemed the Bruins were starting to get their ducks in a row with respect to the beach-softening that must necessarily go with trading a guy like Loui Eriksson. They shouldn't trade him but it now appears they're going to in pursuit of defensive help, which they badly need. So who could be targeted? Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe says they want young-ish experienced defenders with term, so that might mean guys like Toby Enstrom from Winnipeg, Jack Johnson from Columbus, Kevin Bieksa from Anaheim or Dennis Wideman from Calgary (currently suspended 20 games). Included in that mix was Jared Cowen, since traded to Toronto as part of the Phaneuf deal, and he'll be important again in a minute here. Meanwhile, Comcast Sportsnet New England has a few of those guys in this slideshow , plus Keith Yandle (now unlikely to be traded due to the Ryan McDonagh injury), Kevin Shattenkirk (now unlikely to be traded due to the Alex Pietrangelo injury), Justin Schultz, Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen, and on and on and on. Literally name a young defenseman in the league and he was probably on this list. Meanwhile, the Wild might just be willing to make a trade to get some offensive help (HELLO DON SWEENEY ARE YOU LISTENING?), but unless you're really enamored of Matthew Dumba, you're not gonna find much there. Jonas Brodin and Jared Spurgeon — whose availability is best termed as “very” and “non-existent,” respectively — are both out with injuries of indeterminate term, and this team probably isn't looking to cash in the chips just yet. In another two weeks? Very maybe. Bruce Garrioch has the Habs listening to offers on Tom Gilbert. He also doubles down on the idea that Dan Hamhuis is available in Vancouver, and that Justin Schultz is on the block in Edmonton. All of that checks out. And let's not forget, as Al Muir points out , Travis Hamonic still has that trade demand in with Garth Snow, so he could be moved for the right package. Which, because the Islanders are actually good, probably includes a good roster player or two. And also recall, he specifically wants to go to Western Canada. In 30 Thoughts , Friedman fuels the “Justin Schultz will be traded” fire, and also says some stuff about Dan Hamhuis. Not too long after that, Schultz was a healthy scratch, with Renaud Lavoie believing it might be related to a pending trade . Likewise on this week's Insider Trading , Pierre LeBrun said Hamhuis has serious interest league-wide, echoing Friedman's specific naming of Washington and Dallas as potential destinations. He also mentions LA, but notes what many others have not: Hamhuis has a full no-move. McKenzie also notes the Flames seem to be 50/50 on keeping Kris Russell. As for Cowen, there seems to be a general consensus that the Leafs might sell him to someone else again, because they don't really want or need him (due to his being not-good and expensive). That's because a unique quirk of his contract allows him to be bought out at the end of the season and then actually give the team doing the buying-out a cap credit of $650,000 . That is, the team would be able to exceed the salary cap by that much. The Leafs don't need that because they're not going to be a cap team next year anyway — especially with Phaneuf's huge money now off the books — so a cash-rich, cap-poor team that's likely to be right up against next year's ceiling when the season starts (such as Chicago) might be willing to give up a quality asset to give themselves that bump for the cost of the buyout. With this in mind, the odds that he re-enters the market is high. With all that looming over proceedings, LA also waived a very cheap and possibly finished Christian Ehrhoff, so even if he clears waivers you gotta think he's available going forward. And that, I think, is everyone who was mentioned in the last few days. It's been crazy. The Implications We now have a pretty clear picture of both who is buying and selling defensemen, so it looks like a deal could get done in the relatively near future. If the Byfuglien situation was the issue damming up the D market, then that logjam has been cleared and the Phaneuf trade is evidence enough of that. If you have a defenseman to sell, he'd better be good, because you're apparently in a market that is very, very crowded all of a sudden. In the previous section I count 16 — SIXTEEN — defensemen who might be available for the right price, ranging in quality from “pretty good” to “why bother?” That, I think, shifts the advantage to the teams looking to buy defensemen, which is not something I might have predicted a few months ago. Because if only half those guys are available, that's probably more than the number of teams looking to buy blue line help anyway. It's amazing how quickly this became a buyer's market, but here we are. Lots to consider here in the next week or two. This Is So Huge, If True: Is It True? On a B.S. detector scale of 1-5, with one being the most reasonable and 5 being the least: There are going to be at least a few defensemen traded, possibly all to a handful of teams looking for any help at all. Boston seems a logical jumping-off point but Los Angeles is constantly being linked to teams in this group as well, as is Brooklyn and a few others. Obviously not all the above-rumored trades are all going to come to pass, but a handful will for sure, and that's why it's tough to give this any more than:

Maple Leafs' Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:59:12 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has fined Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri $5,000 for making a throat-slashing gesture at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano earlier in the week.

Nazem Kadri fined $5K by NHL for throat-slash gesture (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:52:02 PST)
The NHL announced on Thursday that Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been fined $5,000 for making “inappropriate gestures” toward Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.  Giordano laid a clean hit on Kadri late in the first period and the Maple Leafs forward wasn’t pleased as he chirped the Flames defenseman from the bench.  “There was emotion, I couldn’t tell if it was a clean hit or not,” Kadri said afterward  via the Toronto Sun . “I was told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. It (the throat slash) is something I don’t really remember doing. I was in and out a little bit (he did go to the quiet room). I guess it’s going to be reviewed (by the league), but it was an emotional reaction.”  Kadri got off light here considering Nick Boynton, then of the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended one game for making a similar gesture at Blair Jones following a 2010 preseason fight. The $5,000 fine, which was handed out by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, is the maximum allowable under the current CBA.  Don’t expect Kadri to do something like that again. Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello told Prime Time Sports  on Wednesday that’s he’s spoken to Kadri about it.  “It’s not something that should transpire. Naz has been spoken to,” he said. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Flames-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:31:44 PST)
The stigma of Calgary's fall from last year's playoff darlings to this season's surprising disappointment added another black mark when coach Bob Hartley benched three forwards, including the Flames' top two scorers. Calgary begins a back-to-back set of road matchups with foes sitting above them in the Pacific Division standings as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma return to the lineup Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks. The trio served as healthy scratches for Tuesday's 4-3 win over Toronto after Hartley levied discipline for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Foley 'naive' on expansion; Jokinen critical of DoPS; when goalies have to 'go' (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:54:45 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at . I'm not saying Mike Yeo is a bad coach but change is due in Minny #YeomustGo — Zenon Konopka (@ZenonKonopka) February 10, 2016 • Mike Yeo's relationship with the rabbit community is irrevocably broken. Zenon Konopka helped his furry friend without opposable thumbs write this protest. Yeo's response? "I really don’t care what he says ... I will say that I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.” [ @ZenonKonopka ] • Bill Foley, leading the charge to get an NHL team to Vegas, admits he was "naive" about the league's expansion process. [ LV Review-Journal ] • The Pittsburgh Penguins are being very cautious with Evgeni Malkin's 'undisclosed lower body injury.' He's not playing the rest of this week. Next week is up in the air, but they're not willing to say it's long-term. [ Tribune Live ] • Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen was highly critical of the Department of Player Safety for their decision not to discipline Justin Abdelkader for his hit on Aleksander Barkov. [ Sun-Sentinel ] • Tanner Glass said outright he'll be the one to hold Wayne Simmonds accountable for the forward's actions that left Ryan McDonagh with a concussion. [ Broad Street Hockey ] • Pairing newly-acquired Dion Phaneuf with Cody Ceci could be a gamble for the Ottawa Senators that might pay off big or not. [ Silver Seven Sens ] • A sincere farewell to the former Toronto Maple Leafs captain who felt the hopes and dreams of a franchise on his shoulders. [ Leafs Nation ] • Despite the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings not having a name yet, the Ilitch organization has trademarked the phrases, "The Baddest Bowl" and "The Baddest Bowl in Hockey." Radical. [ Detroit Free Press ] • Dylan Larkin, a.k.a. D-Boss, talks about his epic YouTube video that's now gone viral. [ M Live ] • Jiri Hudler realizes his days with the Calgary Flames are likely numbered as the trade deadline draws closer. [ Calgary Sun ] • What is it about Sweden that makes the talent coming out of the country a revelation in the NHL? Victor Hedman gives some first-person insight. [ The Players' Tribune ] • How do goaltenders keep their stomachs settled so they don't have to  go  during games? You know you've wondered that. [ SI ] • A couple former NHL'ers talk about what it's like being a back up to one of the best goaltenders in the game, Martin Brodeur. [ Sportsnet ] • In his Reddit AMA, Washington Capitals analyst Alan May reveals the funniest thing he's heard between the benches when covering a game. It's pretty good. [ RMNB ] • Criticism of the negative press Jonathan Drouin is receiving and comparing that to other cases on the Colorado Avalanche. [ Mile High Hockey ] • Johnny Gaudreau and Taylor Hall were dynamite together in the NHL All-Star Game. Fantasy hockey wise, who is the better bet? [ Dobber ] • The Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins all released the 50th Anniversary logos on Tuesday. [ Uni-Watch ] • Here's a problem for the Vancouver Canucks: they need to  both trade Dan Hamhuis and keep him. [ PITB ] • Is it time for the NCAA to switch from cages to half-shields like junior players in Canada? [ Last Word On Sports ] • Marc Stevens of the Guelph Storm went from young guy on a Memorial Cup winning team to a veteran leader on struggling young team. [ Buzzing the Net ] • Theo Fleury gives his thoughts on Johnny Manziel and how his own travails throughout life have inspired his country music songs. [ Eh Game ] • Heart warming story about U.S. Olympian Kelli Stack and her dog, Shayba, who she rescued while playing in Sochi. [ Today's Slapshot ] • "Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth part of game." Who knew Brent Burns has 'cosmetic teeth?' [ USA Today ] • Finally, GoPro's way too adult sounding "NHL After Dark" series, gets a visit from Evgeni Malkin. The focus is on Geno's incredible puck handling. (Motion sickness warning.) - - - - - - - Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth part of game (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 10 Feb 2016 05:24:36 PST)
When Brent Burns packs his bags for road trips, the San Jose Sharks defenseman often leaves something behind: His cosmetic teeth. ''I need that one for corn on the cob,'' Burns said with a gap-filled smile. Missing teeth have been associated with hard-nosed hockey - for better and for worse - for decades, becoming a stereotype of the game even with some players, like Burns, embracing it as a rite of passage or badge of honor.

NHL-Highlights of Tuesday's NHL games
(Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:27:00 PST)
Feb 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games: Kings 9, Bruins 2 Milan Lucic scored a goal and an assist in his first return to Boston as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Bruins 9-2 Tuesday night at TD Garden. Lucic, who was traded June 26 after nine seasons in Boston, picked up an assist during the Kings' four-goal second period and added one of his own early in the third to make for a very happy return. Jonathan Quick made 35 saves for the Kings, while Tuukka Rask and Jonas Gustavsson combined for 48 in the Bruin net. ...

NHL Three Stars: Kings crush Bruins in Lucic's return; Habs on a win streak (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:09:10 PST)
No. 1 Star: Milan Lucic, Los Angeles Kings The former Boston Bruins bruiser scored one goal, added an assist and was a plus-2 in return to the place he called home for eight years . The Kings drubbed the Bruins 9-2, firing 57 shots on goal. The last time the Bruins allowed that many shots on goal was March 18, 1965 against the Detroit Red Wings.    No. 2 Star: Ben Scrivens, Montreal Canadiens The goaltender Stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal to deliver a crucial 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs have won three straight games – all victories by Scrivens. During shat stretch, Scrivens has allowed four goals on 98 shots on goal. Montreal is three points out of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. No. 3 Star: Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers The defenseman scored a goal, added an assist and got into three fights with Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane in a 7-4 victory. The win gave Florida points in 10 straight road games against Buffalo, dating back to Oct. 29, 2011. They’re 8-0-2 in hat stretch. The first place Panthers improved to 32-16-6. Honorable Mention: Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored one goal and added one assist in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs … Flames forward Markus Granlund scored a goal and added an assist … Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner scored a goal … Maple Leafs defenseman Frank Corrado notched two assists ... Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat scored one goal and added an assist in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Teammate Ben Hutton notched two assists … Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored a goal for Colorado … San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton scored a goal and added an assist in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks … Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner for the Sharks … San Jose goaltender Martin Jones stopped all 33 Chicago shots on goal … New Jersey Devils forward Reid Boucher scored one goal and added an assist in a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Martin Brodeur night in Newark . Teammate Adam Henrique also scored a goal and added an assist … Edmonton’s Connor McDavid notched his seventh point in five games since his return from a fractured clavicle … Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored his second overtime goal against the Minnesota Wild this season. He is the first Stars defenseman to score four OT goals in his career. The Stars won 4-3 … Dallas captain Jamie Benn notched two assists as did teammate Tyler Seguin … Wild defenseman Ryan Suter notched an assist in 33:15 of ice-time … Minnesota forward Thomas Vanek notched two assists one game after being benched … Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams scored one goal and added an assist in a 5-3 win at the Nashville Predators. Teammate Tom Wilson also scored a goal and added an assist … Caps forward Marcus Johansson scored a goal and added two assists in his first game since Jan. 27. Johansson had been out with an upper body injury … Nashville defenseman Roman Josi scored a goal … Preds center Ryan Johansen notched an assist … Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little scored his 16th goal of the season in a 2-1 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues … Mark Scheifele fired the shootout winner … St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko scored his first goal since Dec. 19 … Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning … Habs forward Brendan Gallagher scored one goal and added an assist in the win. Teammate P.K. Subban also notched an assist … Tampa forward Valtteri Filppula scored one goal and added an assist. Teammate Victor Hedman scored a goal and added an assist … New York Islanders forward Anders Lee scored a goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets … Forward Ryan Strome also scored a goal for the Islanders … Blue Jackets forwards Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky each scored a goal and added an assist … Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo stopped 44 of 46 shots on goal … Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell scored two goals in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers … Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each notched two assists in the win … Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 28 of 29 Flyers shots on goal … Wayne Simmonds scored for Philly … Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen scored one goal and added two assists … Panthers forward Reilly Smith scored two goals and added an assists. Teammate Jonathan Huberdeau notched an assist and was a plus-3 and Panthers center Nick Bjugstad notched two assists and was a plus-3 … Florida defenseman Brian Campbell scored one goal, added an assist and was a plus-4 … Nine Los Angeles Kings players scored a goal in their win over the Bruins … Kings forwards Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter each scored a goal and added an assist … Defensemen Drew Doughty and Luke Schenn both scored a goal and added an assist … Los Angeles blueliners Jake Muzzin and Christian Ehrhoff both notched two assists. Did You Know?  Florida’s Roberto Luongo played in his 906th career game, tied with Glenn Hall for sixth all-time amongst goaltenders.     Dishonorable Mention: Toronto goaltender James Reimer stopped 18 of 22 Calgary shots on goal … Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 22 shots on goal. He’s won just one of his last four starts … Tampa defenseman Anton Stralman was a minus-3 … Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop allowed four goals on 27 shots on goal … Buffalo Sabres forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn were each a minus-4 … Buffalo forwards Nicolas Deslauriers  and Sam Reinhart were each a minus-3 … Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was a minus-4. Fellow blueliner Zach Bogosian was a minus-3 … Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed five goals on 32 Kings shots on goal. Backup Jonas Gustavsson allowed four goals on 25 Kings shots on goal … Boston forwards Jimmy Hayes and Ryan Spooner were each minus-3 … Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was a minus-4. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

Short-handed Flames hold on for 4-3 win over Maple Leafs (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:31:18 PST)
Flames center Markus Granlund made the most of his opportunity after three teammates were benched. Granlund scored his first goal in 21 games and added an assist to lead Calgary to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. A healthy scratch the past three games, the 22-year-old Finn got back into the lineup only because coach Bob Hartley sat All-Star Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan - the team's top two scorers - along with veteran Lance Bouma for disciplinary reasons.

Nazem Kadri gives throat slash gesture to Mark Giordano (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:40:01 PST)
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri took exception to a big check by Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and showed his displeasure with a throat slash gesture. The situation occurred  near the end of the first period of their Tuesday game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Kadri had his head down as he entered the Calgary zone and Giordano exploded into the young forward. At the bench, Kadri was caught by cameras making the gesture at Giordano. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, NHL hockey operations director Colin Campbell is “reviewing” the Kadri gesture.    In 2010, the league suspended then- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton one game for a throat slash gesture toward Blair Jones of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also in 2010, James Wisniewski, then of the New York Islanders, received a two-game suspension for an obscene gesture towards New York Rangers forward Sean Avery.   In his tweet, Dreger points out the Kadri gesture “may end up being nothing” but it’s the type of situation that’s at least meriting another look.   MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY   - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper

Bob Hartley benches Monahan, Bouma and Gaudreau for Tuesday's game (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:19 PST)
The Calgary Flames have benched forwards Sean Monahan, Lance Bouma and Johnny Gaudreau for their Tuesday night game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. An official reason was not given as to why the three were scratched for the game, though TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted the scratching was for disciplinary reasons.   Sportsnet’s Mark Spector wrote that Monahan and Bouma, both roommates, were almost late to Monday’s practice at Scotiabank Saddledome. It was set to start at 10:30 a.m., and both players were seen entering the building at 10:15 a.m. per Spector. After 15 minutes, Bouma was removed from the ice, with Hartley reportedly later saying Bouma wasn’t feeling well.  During practice, Hartley reportedly huddled the team into a corner , far away from TV cameras and microphones. After ripping the group, he then stormed off the ice. Then two-and-a-half hours later, per Spector’s story, Bouma was still in the Saddledome in the team's dressing room, rather than being quarantined away from other players.  So, let’s recap: On the day we watched the rarest of 25-minute post-Super Bowl practices, we learned of a rare late arrival by two roommates, watched a rare illness-removal from practice, followed by an even more rare return of that sick player to a dressing room that, on every other team in every other sport, he would be asked to stay away from until he was well again.  Said Monahan according to the Calgary Sun: “It’s a long season and different things happen throughout the year. So you get those reminders — you’ve got to stay on your toes, do whatever you can to be the best. We know as a group that these points are crucial. “This is a big week for us. We’re stressing that right now. We need to be good. We’re going to do whatever we can to get those points.” The disappointing Flames are just two points out of last place in the Pacific Division. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10. Last year, Calgary made the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season. This culminated in Hartley winning the Jack Adams Award.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY   - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper

Maple Leafs-Flames Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:49:16 PST)
Near the bottom of the Western Conference with two months remaining in the season, the Calgary Flames are feeling a sense of urgency. The Flames can help their cause by winning back-to-back games for the first time more than a month Tuesday night against a visiting Toronto Maple Leafs team continuing its long-term rebuilding project. Nine points out of the final wild-card spot in the West and needing to pass four teams, Calgary (23-25-3) has little room for error as it looks to reach the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

Islanders-Blue Jackets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:17:39 PST)
The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence after finishing with their highest goal total in five seasons. The visiting Islanders look to complete a four-game sweep of the Blue Jackets and make it eight straight meetings without a regulation defeat in the series Tuesday night. Kyle Okposo recorded his second career hat trick, Nick Leddy had a career-high three assists and John Tavares added a goal and two assists in the Islanders' highest-scoring effort since a 9-3 win over Pittsburgh on Feb. 11, 2011.

Kyle Okposo takes over (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:02:00 PST)
Kyle Okposo and the Islanders had a big week with the man-advantage. Read that and more in The Power Play Report.

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