Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
The Calgary Flames added defensive depth Monday, acquiring blue liner Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for a 2017 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2018 fifth-round pick.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Coyotes will retain half of Stone’s $4 million salary cap hit for the rest of the season. The condition kicks in if Stone is re-signed by the Flames. He is on a one-year contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.
Considering Stone’s production plus his recent injury history, it seemed unlikely that the Coyotes, a team that’s in last place in the Pacific Division, would look to re-sign him in the offseason, so moving him now and picking up assets made sense.
The deal also seems to indicate that the Flames are looking to add pieces for a postseason push.
Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago
Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets will sit for two games after he was suspended for his hit on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone Sunday evening.
Here’s Patrick Burke of the Department of Player Safety explaining things:
It’s the same story here as many other NHL suspensions for illegal checks to the head. Trouba made Stone’s head the main point of contact and should have taken a better angle to deliver the hit through the Senators forward’s body. A clear cut violation of Rule 48.
The two-game ban means Trouba will be donating $33,333.34 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
Saturday was “Toy Night” for AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, your current West Division leaders. That meant it was time for the organization to break out the stop-motion LEGO videos, something they’ve done in the past.
There was the Hockey Night in Grand Rapids opener:
And then the tribute to WWE NXT superstar Bobby Roode:
Finally, the stop-motion greatness ended with one last video to tune of the great Martin Zellar tune, “I Wanna Drive the Zamboni.”
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
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• It’s spelled Nickelback. [Columbus Blue Jackets]
• Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan could miss over a month with a possible broken right index finger. This continues a string of bad injury luck for the winger. [Ottawa Citizen]
• After missing the first 59 games of the 2016-17 campaign while battling through different forms of treatment for bile duct cancer, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader returned to the broadcast booth Saturday and called his first game of the season. An inside look at Strader’s return with comments from Strader. [Dallas Morning News]
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
How did you celebrate “Hockey Day In America,” assuming this isn’t the first you’re hearing of it?
Did you wear your jersey to the supermarket? Paint your face? Did you plant your butt on the couch for multiple games, before inevitably flipping over to HBO or the NBA All-Star Game in the evening?
The made-for-TV “Hockey Day In America” unspooled on Sunday, with four games that featured American teams, with American players who were identified with gusto by American Pierre McGuire. (“BA BA BABA BA [insert obscure NCAA hockey fact here] BA BA BABA BA DOC.”)
There were a dozen original video projects created for the day.
The closest thing we got to the rest of America was a feature on a St. Louis Blues AAA hockey program, and the five players it produced in the first round of the 2016 NHL draft.
Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
By Chris Morgan
After a busy weekend in the NHL — Saturday was Hockey Day in Canada and Sunday was Hockey Day in America, after all – there are only two games Monday. That’s a big step down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play daily fantasy. The pickings are slimmer, but you still have some decisions to make about who to target and who to avoid.
Jake Allen , STL vs. FLA ($30): Here’s how bleak the goaltending situation is Monday: Arizona’s Mike Smith is the most expensive netminder. Allen hasn’t had a great, or even a good, season, but his team should still be able to get him a win. The Blues are 18-9-4 at home, and St. Louis has scored 2.85 goals per game. Meanwhile, the Panthers have only scored 2.53 goals per contest, and Roberto Luongo has a 3.93 GAA and a .892 save percentage in his last nine games. In a vacuum, Allen wouldn’t usually be a great choice, but he’s the best of an uninspiring set of options.
GOALIE TO AVOID
CENTER TO AVOID
WINGS TO AVOID
DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID
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Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
It is generally accepted that Mike Babcock, or maybe Joel Quenneville, is the best coach in the NHL.
You see all the success they’ve had for years and years, getting winning hockey out of good or even great teams despite immense pressure. They have the Cups. They’ve proven plenty.
But here’s a question that’s been nagging for at least a few weeks now: What if Bruce Boudreau is better?
The idea there, obviously, is that Boudreau does more with less. Yeah, those Washington Capitals teams had Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Semin and Mike Green in their primes (and if they’d also had Holtby in his prime, well…) and those Anaheim Ducks teams had Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in their primes. It’s not like he hasn’t been blessed with talent throughout his career.
Look what he’s done to improve last year’s Wild team, which added minimally in the summer, to what he’s getting this year.
What We Learned
Play of the Weekend
Gold Star Award
Minus of the Weekend
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning forward had one of the best shifts of the season before ending the game in overtime, as Tampa defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.
No. 2 Star: John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
Gibson stopped all 24 shots he faced, as the Ducks shut down the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0. Josh Manson scored the game’s lone goal.
No. 3 Star: Ryan Strome, New York Islanders
Strome scored two goals and assisted on John Tavares’s 21st of the season in the Islanders’ 6-4 win over the New Jersey Devils.
Did You Know? The Blackhawks have won 11 consecutive games against the Sabres (9-0-2) dating to Oct. 11, 2010.
Dishonorable Mention: Chris Kunitz was a minus-4, while Kris Letang was a minus-3. … Jacob Trouba had a hearing for this hit on Mark Stone. … P.A. Parenteau, Jacob Josefson and Pavel Zacha were a minus-3. … Phillip Di Giuseppe and Jeff Skinner were a minus-3. … Cam Ward was pulled after giving up four goals.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago
Some players take over a game. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin does the micro version, which is to take over individual shifts in a game – and sometimes, it’s the most important shift of the night.
Bear witness to this overtime shift from Drouin on Sunday that resulted in the game-winning goal with 3:19 left in overtime, handing the Lightning a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
That might not have done it justice. Here’s the full shift:
— Jonathan Arnholz (@JArnholz) February 20, 2017
That’s a 46-second overtime shift that saw Drouin play in all three zones, culminating in that steal of Matt Nieto and that sweet move to beat Calvin Pickard for that critical second point in the standings for Tampa. It was Drouin’s 17th goal of the season.
Said goalie Ben Bishop: “He wasn’t going to be denied. He was a man on a mission.”
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago
When one is vying for the Calder Trophy, one wants to amass as many memorable highlights as possible.
So add another clip to the reel for Auston Matthews, as the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie sensation scored an aesthetically pleasing goal, even if it wasn’t the greatest hockey play.
Check out Matthews’s 28th of the season on Sunday night, against the Carolina Hurricanes:
The Hurricanes got caught on a change with an admittedly nicely timed pass from Jake Gardiner. That was left wing Phillip Di Giuseppe trying to use his stick like a velvet rope and keep Matthews out of the club.
Instead, Matthews fell to the ice, twisting his body, and backhanding the puck through Cam Ward.
Tremendous effort, aided by his opponents, and another chapter in his growing legend in Toronto.
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