- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Watch elation go to horror for Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky. He scored a goal, he starts to raise his arms, and then he trips (and flips) over Montreal defenseman Tom Gilbert who is on the ice sliding to prevent the goal Thursday.
Check out this video, where Dubinsky suffered an “upper body” injury and did not return to the tilt between the Canadiens and Blue Jackets.
This is probably not what the Blue Jackets wanted to see. They’re not exactly in the thick of the playoff mix, but it’s always rough to see one of your top players get hurt. Definitely didn’t look intentional on Gilbert’s part. Just a fluke play.
Regardless of the injury, that was at very least a nice goal on an end-to-end rush.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Brendan Shanahan and Dave Nonis just worked a minor miracle. Or at least found a team paying an injured player to not play and dealt David Clarkson for said player.
Regardless, Clarkson, who is in the second season of a seven-year deal worth $5.25 million per season is going to Columbus for Nathan Horton – whose career was likely over anyway. Sound the celebration bells for the Maple Leafs, who have enough money to stash away Horton, and get relief from his contract, which was uninsured per TSN’s Bob McKenzie. This gives Toronto some sizable salary cap relief also per McKenzie.
Horton signed a seven -year, $37.1-million free-agent contract with the Blue Jackets in 2013 and the Blue Jackets were essentially paying him to not play.
And in Clarkson the Blue Jackets are getting … we’ll let Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen tell us in a release:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Jaromir Jagr is about to get a suntan. The New Jersey Devils winger, who had done everything but demand a trade recently, is on his way to … the Florida Panthers! Did anyone see that one coming?
And Florida doesn’t have to give up a player off its roster. The Panthers, who are now clearly gunning for the Bruins and the playoffs, gave up a second round pick in 2015 and a Devils option of Florida’s or third or Minnesota’s third rounder in 2016.
Jagr’s name had been rumored to a few more veteran teams looking to add forward depth. The Panthers are a bit of a surprise, mostly because they’re still two points back of the playoffs and giving up draft picks. It's not like this team is totally out of rebuild mode yet. After all, it did have the No. 1 pick in the draft last year.Fri, Feb 277:00 PM ESTBoston at New JerseyPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
NASHVILLE – Devan Dubnyk wanted to have the greatest start in the history of great starts almost a year ago.
On Jan. 18, 2014 he jumped into goal for the Nashville Predators after a mid-season trade with Edmonton for Matt Hendricks. Nashville needed a goalie with Pekka Rinne out with a hip infection. Dubnyk was tall, he was quick. Pair him with then Nashville goaltending guru Mitch Korn, and it was a perfect fit.
“That first game against Colorado here, I was all pumped up and wanted to go out and do backflips and do all this stuff,” Dubnyk said.
Then Nick Holden scored 6:21 into the game. Jan Hejda made 2-0 at the 11:27 mark. Gabriel Landeskog pushed it to 3-0 at the 12:05 marker.
Such began the stretch of nine goals allowed in two games for Dubnyk, his only two contests with Nashville. Eventually he was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens, essentially for nothing. But that experience has helped him realize that when you’re playing for a good team, you don’t have to be a savior in goal. Just a good enough player to let the guys do their work.
“When you make a picture that big and put that much pressure on something, it doesn’t allow you to be successful,” Dubnyk said.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 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:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 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.
• A Brent Burns selfie with SJ Sharkie? Yes please. [ Getty Images ]
• Ilya Bryzgalov has returned home for the remainder of the NHL season. [ Ducks ]
• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is “intrigued” by a possible outdoor game at Beaver Stadium. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
You don’t need to ask. Mark Arcobello is well-aware he’s part of an NHL record.
The Arizona Coyotes became Arcobello’s fourth team this season after they picked him up off waivers earlier this month, tying him with Dennis O'Brien and Dave McLlwain for most teams in a single season, according to HockeyDB.com.
It’s been a long journey to the desert for Arcobello after beginning with the season with the Edmonton Oilers. He was dealt on Dec. 29 to the Nashville Predators for Derek Roy, played four games in Smashville, was waived and picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 14. Ten games later, he was waived again, landing with the Coyotes.
Traveling with Arcobello are a couple of suitcases he took with him after the trade from the Oilers as it’s now hotel life for the 26-year old forward. And despite all the movement, he’s still posted 12 goals and 19 points this season.
So how much has the wackiness of the past two months thrown him off?
- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.
The trade deadline offers double the fun for fantasy owners. And I'm not referring to watching the talking heads on TV analyze the trade of a fourth liner all morning on Monday before allocating five minutes on each trade when things actually start moving after lunch. No, if you're a fantasy owner then not only do you get the (post-lunch) excitement of some players that we own being moved to a new environment, but you also feel the rush of trade deadlines in our fantasy leagues.
And while you'll get no argument from me that the events are fun, is the end result really any different? Take last year's crop of players who were moved…
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy14 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.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 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.