- Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The Vancouver Canucks had a no good awful very bad first period against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, giving up three goals in the first 12 minutes of the game. So naturally they started playing chippy hockey as the period went on. And then Zack Kassian did something stupid.
Here’s Kassian hitting Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon from behind, in glorious GIF form (via Pat Iversen).
Kassian was given a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Dillon left for the dressing room in the first period but returned to play in the second.
Will this earn him a suspension? Keep in mind that Kassian was given three preseason and five regular season games for a high stick on Sam Gagner in the preseason.
Watching this hit, it seems even Kassian seemed to realize he had just punched his ticket for a Shanaban.
- Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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
- Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
So Lou Lamoriello appears to have outsmarted everyone. Again.
From the NHL, on the Ilya Kovalchuk cap circumvention penalty reduction first reported by Darren Dreger on Thursday:
NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect. The sanctions originally imposed on the Club included a significant fine, the forfeiture of the Club’s third-round draft selection in 2011 (which was forfeited) and the forfeiture of a first-round draft selection which has been deferred by the Club until this year in accordance with the terms of the original penalty. As a result, as it relates to the portion of the discipline relating to the first-round draft pick, the Devils stand to forfeit it entirely in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.
- Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The NHL trade deadline passed, and Ryan Kesler is not a Pittsburgh Penguin.
Oh, they tried: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the discussed deal involved center Brandon Sutter, a first- and third-round pick, and the Canucks' choice of any prospect defenseman not named Derrick Pouliot; who, of course, is the guy they wanted.
So nothing happened, either because GM Mike Gillis didn’t like the price or because, as the Tribune-Review also reported, it was ownership that was deciding on whether the trade happened or not.
“That’s not true,” Gillis told the Vancouver Sun. “That did not happen and I don’t know where that information is coming from. Our ownership did not nix a deal. On days like this, owners, whether they own a hockey team or own a baseball team or own a football team, they’re going to be involved in major decisions you make. They expect you to have a plan and they expect you to carry through with that plan.”
So what’s the plan for Kesler?
Waiting. And waiting.
And more waiting.
- Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Here’s what the Buffalo Sabres were able to do at the expense of Garth Snow and the New York Islanders this season:
Turn Thomas Vanek – an impending free agent with a significant salary (Buffalo retained $2.1 million of it) and little chance of returning to Buffalo – into a first-round pick in either 2014 or 2015, three second-round picks and forward Torrey Mitchell, a cheap role player.
Four picks and a player for Vanek.
Imagine if Snow was able to get even a crumb off that cake during the trade deadline?
Snow and the Islanders take more gleeful whacks than a beer-filled piñata from critics. It’s not always warranted. But here, now, when it comes to Thomas Vanek, they are completely valid and encouraged: This is an epic failure in judgment of assets and marketplace by Snow. This was a terrible investment; like, "Wolf of Wall Street" bad.
The deal with the Montreal Canadiens for Vanek, essentially: Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg, an undersized winger, for Vanek. If Montreal makes the playoffs, they trade a second-round pick to the Islanders and the Islanders, inexplicably, send a fifth-round pick to the Habs.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
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- Puck Daddy1 day ago
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin had come under scrutiny in his second season in the gig. “Are you a buyer or a seller? Is this the year or is the year in the future?” asked CTV.
On Wednesday, after the trade deadline’s final bell sounded, we had our answer: The Montreal Canadiens are buyers. And they believe this could be the year.
New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek, arguably the most sought after player in the 2014 trade feeding frenzy, was acquired by the Habs with a conditional fifth-round pick for prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round pick in 2014. According to Pierre LeBrun, the Habs have to make the playoffs for picks to exchange hands.
“I really didn’t know what to think, honestly,” Vanek told Sportsnet. “It’ll be fun and I’m excited to join them.”
Michel Therrien tells Sportsnet that Bergevin “sent a message” with the move.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
Dean Lombardi has been sniffing around Marian Gaborik for around six years. But the Los Angeles Kings weren’t yet built to accept an all-offense winger, and Gaborik’s price tag was too high both in acquiring him or signing him.
The stars finally aligned on Wednesday: Gaborik was traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Matt Frattin, a conditional 2nd-round pick and a 3rd-round pick. The Jackets will pay a portion of Gaborik's remaining salary this season, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
One year ago, Gaborik was a trade deadline stunner: Dealt from the New York Rangers to the Blue Jackets for forward Derek Dorsett, center Derick Brasssard and defenseman John Moore. He had fallen out of favor with Coach John Tortorella, and had been dropped to the fourth line, carrying a $7.5 million cap hit through Summer 2014.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
The venerable stat heads at Extra Skater summarized Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips thusly: “Chris Phillips is not a good possession player, old, and plays soft competition.”
The Senators signed the Big Rig to a 2-year, $5-million extension that keeps him from UFA status this summer. The 35 year old had been tendered a 1-year offer earlier in the process, and re-upped with the Sens after they added a second season to the deal. Phillips also has a no-trade clause, per Sportsnet.
What the Ottawa take on this? Jared Crozier of Sens Shot writes:
It is good to see the Senators reward loyalty, even if it did take right up to the 11th hour to get it done. Phillips was looking for 2 years, which he could easily have got on the open market. The contract opens the door for Phillips to become the franchise’s all time games played leader, as he sits just 54 games behind Alfredsson’s total in Ottawa.
- Puck Daddy1 day ago
Marty St. Louis made a demand, got his wish and the powers in the Eastern Conference may have dramatically shifted to the New York Rangers – in the short term.
The Tampa Bay Lightning traded St. Louis to the Rangers on Wednesday for forward Ryan Callahan, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 second-round pick, with conditions.
It’s the first captain for captain trade in NHL deadline history.
Callahan was a pending UFA that couldn’t come to terms with the Rangers in time. Reports were that they had agreed to term (six years) but had a gulf of around $500,000 per season in money.
You have to give to get, and clearly GM Steve Yzerman wanted a top six forward from the Rangers if it meant sending his second best offensive player there. Callahan gives the Lightning a tenacious defensive forward and someone that gives them a net presence; how many Steven Stamkos slappers will sail through a Callahan screen, or generate rebounds for Callahan to cash in?
Plus, how does losing a heart and soul player like Ryan Callahan affect the Rangers’ room?Fri, Mar 74:00 PM PSTNY Rangers at CarolinaPreview Game