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  • Coyotes GM Chayka isn't enjoying his first trade deadline

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 46 mins ago

    This is the first trade deadline for Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and it hasn’t exactly been the most fun. After dealing Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames earlier in the week, the 27-year-old GM sent Martin Hanzal and Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

    “Today has not been an easy day,” Chayka said candidly on a conference call with reporters. “It’s kind of miserable, to be honest. And right now I’m just trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

    The bad situation is the Coyotes sitting at 29th, and according to Chayka, he has no choice but to continue to prep for the future. That vision continued with the Hanzal and White trade.

    The Coyotes sent fourth round pick in 2017 to Minnesota along with Hanzal and White. In return the Wild get a 2017 first round draft choice, a 2018 second round draft choice and a 2019 conditional fourth round draft choice plus prospect Grayson Downing, who was assigned to the Tuscon Roadrunners.

    The team is keeping 50-percent of the $3.1-million Hanzal makes. As for the 2019 fourth round conditional pick it’s a little more complicated.

    With Hanzal off the books, the focus naturally turns to Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Bruins stay hot under Cassidy; Flames win fourth straight

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

    Bergeron scored two goals and added an assist in a 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars. The Bruins moved to 6-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy and also jumped into third place in the Atlantic Division with 70 points. Bergeron now has 13 points in nine games during the month of February.

    No. 2 Star: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

    Gaudreau scored two goals and added an assist in a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames have won four straight and picked up points in six consecutive games – a stretch where they have gone 5-0-1. Calgary now has 70 points – six clear of the Los Angeles Kings, the last team out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Kings have two games in hand on the Flames. In his last four games Gaudreau has picked up eight points – two goals and six assists.

    No. 3 Star: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

    Did you know? Marchand has scored 17 goals since Jan. 1 and leads the NHL in goals during that span.

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  • Kings see Ben Bishop as important piece in playoff race

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said he acquired goaltender Ben Bishop on Sunday in order to give his team the best possible chance in goal every game.

    The Kings have played well defensively and Lombardi wanted to make sure that the person in net could provide the necessary backbone for the group in case of a breakdown.

    “As far as where we are now, that this we felt was going go give us the best chance to get in (the playoffs),” Lombardi said in a conference call with reporters shortly after he acquired the former Tampa Bay Lightning starter.

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    Whether Bishop is the missing piece for the offensively challenged Kings remains to be seen. The Kings currently have 64 points – three back of the St. Louis Blues for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

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  • Wild GM swings away, sacrifices picks to rent Martin Hanzal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    The Minnesota Wild have earned this.

    They’ve earned the trade GM Chuck Fletcher pulled off on Sunday night, acquiring centers Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes for a package of lofty draft picks.

    “Our players have played hard. They deserve management to step up with how hard they played,” said Fletcher, whose team sits atop the Western Conference with a 39-14-6 record and 84 points.

    “There isn’t going to be a called third strike here. We’re taking a swing. Our players deserve that. Our fans deserve that.”

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    “He was the top rental on the market, if you will,” said Fletcher.

    And then the games that follow them, as Fletcher and the Minnesota Wild take their best shot at winning the Stanley Cup.

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  • AHL player fakes out opponents on gorgeous goal (Video)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Joshua Winquist scored a gorgeous highlight-reel goal in his team’s Sunday game against the Hershey Bears.

    The play happened at the 7:01 mark of the third period when Winquist put the puck through his legs to avoid to Hershey defenders. Then as Winquist made his move to the net, he appeared to lose his footing as he fired a shot past Vitek Vanecek for the game-winning goal.

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    .@Jwinny21 with a highlight-reel goal that you'll want to watch over and over again. pic.twitter.com/8XTfEPW9Tw

    — AHL (@TheAHL) February 26, 2017

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  • Shane Doan voices displeasure at Martin Hanzal trade

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan did not seem pleased with his team’s trade ofcenter Martin Hanzal to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

    During an interview on Fox Sports Arizona between periods at the Coyotes’ Sunday home game against the Buffalo Sabres, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer showed some raw emotion in regards to Arizona’s decision to deal Hanzal, who had been a teammate of Doan’s since the 2007-08 season.

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    Here’s the video of Doan speaking with Fox Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh between periods about the trade.

    Shane Doan: "It's hard to understand" Coyotes trade of Martin Hanzal and Ryan White to the Wild. pic.twitter.com/CeKoFrRItm

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  • Did Minnesota wildly overpay for Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Martin Hanzal is a nice player.

    He never scores as much as you’d like, with 313 points in 608 games. After three years getting above 0.60 points per game, he’s dipped back to 0.51 in 51 games with the Arizona Coyotes this season, his 16 goals led the team. Defensively, he’s always among the top faceoff guys in the League and has traditionally been a decent possession player. If nothing else, he’s a 6-foot-6 center, which has always been part of the admiration from afar.

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    Arizona retained 50-percent of Hanzal’s $3.1 million cap hit, because that’s what Arizona does.

    From Bob McKenzie, here are the conditions:

    Conditional pick: If MIN wins one playoff round this year, it becomes 3rd round pick; if MIN wins two rounds, it becomes 2nd round pick.

    TWO MILBURYS

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  • LA Kings trade for Ben Bishop from Tampa Bay Lightning

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

    The Lightning picked up Los Angeles goaltender Peter Budaj, 19-year-old defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft and a conditional pick for 2017 that could turn into a second-rounder depending on how far LA goes in the playoffs. The Kings also received a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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    The deal could mean the Lightning see themselves more as sellers as they head closer to Wednesday’s trade deadline. Tampa currently sits seven points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 22 games to go. Forward Brian Boyle is another veteran pending unrestricted free agent who could yield some return from a contending team.

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  • Vancouver Canucks say more players have mumps symptoms

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    The Vancouver Canucks announced the possibility of more cases of mumps with the team.

    On Sunday, coach Willie Desjardins said forward Anton Rodin along with defenseman Ben Hutton were experiencing symptoms of mumps. Desjardins also said trainer Brian Hamilton was having similar issues.

    On Friday, the team announced that defenseman Troy Stecher has tested positive for mumps. Also according to the team, defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin along with forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund had each presented symptoms of the virus.

    Hutton played 22:58 and was a minus-2 in the team’s 4-1 Saturday loss to the San Jose Sharks.

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  • Ex-Sabres enforcer Peters suspended after youth brawl

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    Former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended from coaching the Jr. Sabresafter his team was involved in a youth hockey brawl Saturday.

    “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffalo Jr. Sabres game on Saturday,” said Buffalo Jr. Sabres President Kevyn Adams in a statement to local media outlets. “We are currently reviewing the situation and in the meantime have suspended Head Coach Andrew Peters indefinitely until the matter is resolved.”

    According to the below video, a fight between the Jr. Sabres and Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs on Saturday at HarborCenter got out of control and spilled near the Jr. Sabres bench area.

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    WIVB was first to report the video.

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