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  • Wild's Zach Parise, Jason Pominville diagnosed with mumps

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Zach Parise and Jason Pominville of the Minnesota Wild are the latest NHL players to be diagnosed with mumps.

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    Both will miss Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings and likely tomorrow’s tilt in Winnipeg with the Jets. Assistant head coach Scott Stevens is “showing signs” of mumps, according to Mike Russo of the Star Tribune, and is not on the bench tonight.

    From the Wild:

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    In case you’re wondering, the Wild practiced in Vancouver on Feb. 3 and played the Canucks the next day.

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  • Alex Burrows dealt to Senators, reportedly inks two-year extension

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Alex Burrows is now a member of the Ottawa Senators and wasn’t acquired to be a rental.

    The Vancouver Canucks dealt the 35-year-old forward on Monday after he agreed to waive his no-trade clause to reunite with Senators assistant coach Marc Crawford, who coached Burrows during his rookie season in 2005-06. Jonathan Dahlen, a 19-year-old Swedish forward, heads the other way.

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    From the Canucks:

    “Jonathan is a very skilled player with natural goal scoring instincts,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “He’s had a terrific season playing in Sweden and was a big part of Sweden’s offence at the World Juniors. His offensive upside combined with his willingness to go to difficult areas of the ice will make him a valuable player for our organization moving forward.”

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  • Wild prospect suspended six games for off-ice brawl

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Iowa Wild forward Kurtis Gabriel was suspended six games for his actions at a Feb. 25 game against the Chicago Wolves where Gabriel started a brawl near the teams’ locker rooms.

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    The situation occurred after Gabriel and Wolves defenseman Vince Dunn had each received fighting majors at the 17:09 mark of the third period.

    The two appeared to be trash talking as they walked back to their locker rooms before Gabriel walked over to Dunn and instigated yet another fight between the two. Players and security personnel then ran over to try to break them up.

    @Russostrib Iowa Wild fight goes off ice pic.twitter.com/xY850PXVfP

    — Steve Gaskell ???????????? (@HockeySteven) February 26, 2017

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  • Canadiens trade for J. Benn, as in that other J. Benn

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    As is tradition, the NHL trade deadline has extended out roughly 72 hours prior to the actual deadline, and trades great and small are happening.

    On the small side, but not an insignificant side, is the Montreal Canadiens’ trade for Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn, the brother of Stars winger Jamie Benn, a.k.a. the player that inadvertently gave half of Montreal a simultaneous heart attack when someone texted them “we got benn.”

    The Canadiens traded defenseman Greg Pateryn and a 2017 4th round pick for Benn. Please recall that Pateryn was named in a memo from GM Marc Bergevin as a player who was very much available, and now he’s with the Dallas Stars.

    From the Stars:

    In 82 games over parts of four seasons, all with Montreal, he has recorded 13 points (2-11=13), 194 hits and 114 blocked shots. He appeared in seven playoff contests in 2015, producing three assists. “Greg is a solid defender and possesses a physical presence on the back-end,” stated Nill. “He brings size and another right shot into the mix for us.”

    The 6-foot-3, 221-pound native of Sterling Heights, Mich. was originally selected by Toronto in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft.

    THREE MILBURYS.

  • Maple Leafs add Brian Boyle in trade with Lightning

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for minor league forward Byron Froese and a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick.

    The 32-year-old Boyle was in the final season of a three-year, $6 million contract and had 13 goals and 22 points in 54 games for the Lightning. The decision by Toronto to pick up Boyle cements the Maple Leafs, a team that finished with the worst record in the NHL last season, as buyers at the trade deadline. Toronto has 69 points, one ahead of the New York Islanders for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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    It seemed unlikely the Lightning would have been able to keep Boyle and Bishop in the offseason so trading them now instead of losing them for nothing made sense. The team has 62 points and making the postseason appears to be an uphill climb for Tampa.

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  • So when does Kevin Shattenkirk join the New York Rangers?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    The first thing you read about Kevin Shattenkirk on his Twitter bio is that he’s a “New Yorker at heart.” This is before he mentions his Boston University lineage, or the fact that he’s a defenseman for the St. Louis Blues.

    His parents live in Westchester County, and his summer home is their house in New Rochelle, when he’s not hanging in the Hamptons. He went to prep school at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn. His first NHL game was at Madison Square Garden. His idol growing up was Brian Leetch.

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    To which Elliotte Freidman muttered: “Rangers.”

    TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes Shattenkirk will be traded, and that the freight coming back for him is going to be as much as the Wild gave up for Martin Hanzal “if not more.”

  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Monday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    February is almost over, which means the NHL regular season is nearing its end as well. Monday has three games on the docket, although one of those games, the Kings versus the Wild, doesn’t seem likely to provide much fantasy value, given how good those teams have been at goal prevention. With that in mind, here are some players to target and to avoid.

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    GOALIE

    Carey Price , MON at NJD ($31): Price as the cheapest goalie on the market? What a world! However, that provides you with a rare opportunity to buy low on the one-time Hart-winning netminder. While he has had some struggles recently, over his last four games he has a 1.96 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Additionally, the Devils have only averaged a mere 2.28 goals per game and 27.5 shots on net per contest. They’ve also lost three in a row. If Price plays like the Price of old, he would be a steal.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSE

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

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  • Andrew Hammond to have hip surgery, done for season

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond has a torn labrum in his right hip and will have surgery in the near future to correct the issue, ending his 2016-17 season.

    According to the Senators, Hammond will be allowed to begin skating again in approximately 12 weeks.

    The 29-year-old Hammond played just six games this season for Ottawa and held a 4.08 goal-against average and .837 save percentage. In five games with the Binghamton Senators, Hammond had a 3.24 goal-against average and .884 save percentage.

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  • Lightning GM: Salary cap concerns played role in Bishop trade

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    He may have traded Ben Bishop Sunday night, but Tampa Bay Lightning Steve Yzerman is not putting up the white flag and surrendering this season.

    Despite sitting seven points out of a wild card spot and eight points behind the third slot in the Atlantic Division with 22 games to go, Yzerman is still thinking playoffs and confident in his new goaltending tandem of Andrei Vasilevskiy and Peter Budaj.

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    Yzerman had tried to move Bishop since last summer, but no deals could be consummated. He began speaking with Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi a few weeks ago as Jonathan Quick was preparing to return, and on Sunday night they finalized a trade that the Lightning GM felt he needed to make now.

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  • Bickell's back; Peverley's helping hand; Datsyuk's backhand (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • Jaromir Jagr and a future NHL teammate.

    • Does the Martin Hanzal trade delay any potential future success for the Arizona Coyotes? [Arizona Sports]

    • Bryan Bickell returned to playing hockey on Saturday night and picked up an assist to help the Charlotte Checkers in a 6-1 victory. [News and Observer]

    • Why Roberto Luongo feels he shouldn’t be playing right now. [Miami Herald]

    • What’s going on with Alex Ovechkin at the moment? [Washington Post]