Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
When Patrick Kane had surgery, putting him out of the lineup for 12 weeks, one optimistic theory stated that it could be a rallying point for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Which would be a good thing, because apparently they want to tear each others’ throats out behind the scenes ...
Two sports analysts with Chicago roots have reported, independently, that the Blackhawks dressing room is a cesspool of personal conflict. First came this cryptic proclamation from Dan Bernstein, a WSCR afternoon host and columnist for CBS Sports who has a kick-ass ROBOTRON arcade game as his Twitter header:
Per sources, #Blackhawks' locker room complicated by some untidy personal lives right now. Q's job: keep things from distracting/dividing.
“Untidy personal lives” … well, if “The Odd Couple” taught us anything it’s that slovenly behavior leads to personal strife.
Oh, but then David Diehl, the former NFL lineman turned NFL game analyst for FOX Sports, really turned up the heat:
A fist fight!? ON A TEAM THAT ONLY HAS 13 MAJOR PENALTIES THIS SEASON!?
Was there a fight? Are there locker room issues? If so, can the Blackhawks overcome them?
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, March 2, and it’s crazy to think back at the action from last season’s deadline.
To wit, we saw:
- Marty St. Louis moved to the Rangers.
- Thomas Vanek moved to Montreal.
- Marian Gaborik moved to Los Angeles
And so many more!
Now, each of those trades had particular circumstances surrounding them – some personal, some contractual. It’s possible we’ll see some more of these blockbusters … but not probable.
Here are six reasons the NHL Trade Deadline could (emphasis on could ) suck this season. More than usual:
Everyone Is Afraid Of The Cap
Like a chilly wind blowing over the trade deadline, the fear in the NHL is that the salary cap is going to be under $70 million next season. One GM told Elliotte Friedman he’s approaching the deadline with a $69 million cap in mind for next season, which is going to be bad news for a lot of capped-out teams.
But it also would make the owners sweat, and every chance the players can do that, they will …
No One Wants To Move First Rounders
No Good Lousy Stinkin’ Long-Term Contracts
No, not a comb – no-move clauses.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago
While the Las Vegas NHL franchise’s potential owners try to scrounge up 10,000 individuals – rather than casinos – for season-ticket deposits, that other possible Western Conference expansion city is making some noise.
In announcing that the environmental review of the proposed arena site should be complete by May 7, Mayor Ed Murray said he would go to the city council and ask for their deal with current arena rights holder Chris Hansen to be amended to allow construction for an NHL tenant first. Currently, the funds will only be released for an NBA team.
He also revealed Wednesday that he is willing to go to the Seattle City Council to modify the existing Memorandum of Understanding for an NHL team to prompt construction of a new facility. The MOU currently allows for public financing and construction to begin only after an NBA team is acquired.
The last part's the key: There's going to have to be some financial promises from the NHL and the new owner, and probably some extra freight picked up in cost.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago
Melker Karlsson is happy to be here.
Here, in one sense, is the NHL, where the 24-year-old rookie always wanted to be when he was toiling in Sweden for Skelleftea AIK.
Here, in another sense, means the San Jose Sharks, the team that handed him a 1-year, $925,000 contract last May. Here, most specifically, means playing on a line with Joe Thornton, who might be the best passer of his generation.
“If you’re staying in the right spot, you’re going to get it on your tape,” said Karlsson.
“It’s pretty easy [to play with him]. But you have to play the game he wants to play. I try to listen to where I need to be.”
The team saw a lot they liked in Karlsson when they signed him, including the ability to skate with their most skilled players. "He fits with the way we play the game, the way the game is being played in the NHL now and where it's going. Play in all situations and play on the inside,” said GM Doug Wilson to the Mercury News.
Karlsson has nine goals and seven assists in 32 games, including a five-goals-in-five-games streak in January.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago
The last day of the Chicago Blackhawks’ regular season is April 11. They’ll still have to wait over a month until star winger Patrick Kane returns.
Kane crashed into the boards against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night and did not return to the game, a shootout win for the Hawks. On Wednesday, the official word came down on his injury, from the team:
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today forward Patrick Kane underwent successful surgery to repair a left clavicle fracture. The procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk.
“Patrick underwent successful surgery today to repair his left clavicle fracture,” Terry said. “The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks.”
Twelve weeks from the date of surgery? That would be May 20, which could mean Chicago would be without Kane for the opening two rounds of the playoffs.
If the Blackhawks advance, that is.
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The worst-kept secret of the NHL trade deadline was that the Los Angeles Kings would add a body to their blue line, which had been depleted all year with the arrest and suspension of Slava Voynov on domestic violence charges.
On Wednesday, five days before the trade deadline, GM Dean Lombardi made his move: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera, who makes $2.75 million against the cap and goes unrestricted this summer.
And an aggressive move it was: L.A. sent a first-round pick and prospect Roland McKeown to the Canes for Sekera.
McKeown was acquired in the Linden Vey trade with the Vancouver Canucks. He’s a 6-1 defenseman who was taken No. 50 overall in 2014.
The pick in the deal goes to Carolina this season if the Kings make the playoffs, and next season if the Kings miss the playoffs, per Elliotte Friedman. So, in essence, lottery protected. (The Kings would draft No. 14 at the moment.)
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Fun fact: The New Jersey Devils, with victories in their next two games, will pull within four points of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
According to Sports Club Stats, there’s a one-percent chance the Devils actually make the playoffs. But to quote the great Lloyd Christmas: “So you're telling me there's a chance?”
None of this excites 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr, unfortunately. He hasn’t scored a point in seven games. His ice time dipped under 13 minutes in each of the last two games, and is down dramatically from when Pete DeBoer was the head coach earlier this season, rather than the current three-headed monster of Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens.
He’s not happy, and he let Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record know it on Wednesday:
Jaromir Jagr said that he expects to play even less if he is not traded and Devils are not in playoff contention. Jagr said he knew his ice time would go down after the coaching change. Jagr said he does not know if he will still be here after trade deadline.
Jagr’s angling for a trade. There’s going to be a market for him, especially for teams seeking power play help.
Jack Eichel, 18, is expected to be the second overall pick in this summer’s NHL Draft because he’s not Canadian right behind the much-heralded Connor McDavid.
But now, that status is threatened. Because the Boston University star has … we don’t even know how to say this … potentially imbibed an alcoholic beverage from that Holy Grail of Bostonian hockey lore, the Beanpot. In the process, he becomes both the first player to ever drink from the trophy, and the first college freshman to have potentially had an adult beverage before their legal drinking age(!).
The Sports Junkies had two videos of Eichel. The first features him telling a cameraperson to “check back in 12 hours and see where I am. The second features Eichel congratulating the cameraperson for checking back with him before drinking something out of the Beanpot which we assume was apple juice.
Yeah it would be terrible if someone reported all that.
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In one tumble into the boards, Patrick Kane’s MVP campaign may have crashed.
The Chicago Blackhawks star left their game against the Florida Panthers in the first period on Tuesday night, his left shoulder and hand smacking against the dasher after a cross-check from Alex Petrovic. He skated off in pain and didn’t return to the game, a shootout win for the Blackhawks.
“Word is concern with Kane is shoulder/collarbone. No one wants to put a timeline on it, but doesn't look good. Hopefully he recovers quickly.”
Petrovic was given a 2-minute minor for cross-checking.
Here’s the play in question:
Whatever the catalyst, it was a nasty spill.