- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
New York Rangers GM Glen Sather decided to keep churning out the moves on the eve of the trade deadline. Just a few hours earlier, Sather pulled off a deal that brought defenseman Keith Yandle to the Big Apple. He followed up with two more trades.
The first sent Rangers forward Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg in exchange for AHL forward Carl Klingberg. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been so active during the trade deadline that he made this deal during his team's game against the LA Kings.
Klingberg, 24, has spent much of his career with the St. John's Ice Caps after being selected by the then-Atlanta Thrashers in the second round of the 2009 draft. He has 12 games of NHL experience over four seasons with exactly one goal scored during that time. His impact is made with the AHL team. In 256 regular season games played, he has 133 points. After his entry level deal expired this past off-season, he signed a 1-year contract with Winnipeg for a $650,000 cap hit.Mon, Mar 27:00 PM ESTNashville at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney doesn’t call what his team is enduring a “rebuild.”
He calls it a “reset.”
Rebuilds tear things down, and it takes years and years to build them back up. Resets are more of a quick push, even if the reboot also takes some time to take hold.
Maloney has traded away his two top scorers in the last two days in Antoine Vermette to the Chicago Blackhawks and Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers. He’s amassed two first-round picks, a solid defensive prospect in Klas Dahlbeck and a blue-chip offensive prospect in Anthony Duclair. Combined with a high lottery pick for his team's struggles, and the Coyotes are in a potentially great position.
“It fast-tracks us back to respectability,” he said. “The one benefit of having such a miserable season is that there’s a pretty big reward being a bad team this season, at the top of the draft. We know that.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill knows the Detroit Red Wings quite well. He knows their general manager quite well. So Stars fans, in theory, should take a measure of solace in knowing that the two prospects Dallas is receiving in exchange for Erik Cole are ones their general manager is confident will blossom.
The Wings sent Mattias Backman, a defense prospect who quit Grand Rapids to go back home to Sweden this season, along with forward Mattias Jarnmark, a third-round pick from 2013, and a second-round pick to Dallas in exchange for Cole and and a third-round pick that reverts to Dallas if the Wings make it to the Eastern Conference Final this spring.
Cole, 36, is in the last year of a contract making $4 million this season. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, he adds size to the Wings' forward corps, and buys them some leeway should any of their young players be as quiet as they were in last year's very brief playoff run.
Mike Heika notes that Nill drafted Backman and was influential in scheming out the draft in which they took Janmark-Nylen.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The New York Rangers have gotten some level of blueline help, but had to pay a large personnel price to do it. New York, which is clearly going for it, acquired Keith Yandle and Chris Summers from Arizona for John Moore, Anthony Duclair and a 2016 first round draft pick. New York is also sending its 2015 second round pick to Arizona and the Rangers are getting a 2016 fourth round selection from the Coyotes.
And part of the oddity of this trade is that the Coyotes are apparently picking up 50-percent of Yandle’s salary the rest of this season and 2015-16, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Remember that time when the Coyotes were bankrupt?
Regardless, Duclair is one of the top prospects in the NHL. In 18 games with the Rangers this season, the 19-year-old had seven points.
Looking at this, great move for the Coyotes. If Arizona is trying to build for the future, Duclair, plus whichever prospect it gets in the draft this year and next year should help. Also, Duclair can jump into the Coyotes lineup immediately next year and potentially play with World Junior teammate Max Domi.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Curtis Glencross wanted an extension from the Calgary Flames. The team didn’t agree with the numbers his camp put together so on Sunday the forward was dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second and third round pick in the 2015 draft, according to Chris Johnston.
Glencross, who had to waive his no-trade clause to approve any deal, has 9 goals and 28 points in 53 games this season, while his fancy stats are okay for someone who’s played tough minutes. He was also a key cog on the Flames' power play, averaging 2:14 of ice time with the man advantage, recording eight points.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Dustin Penner has been pulled from TSN’s Monday trade deadline coverage, TSN confirmed to Yahoo Sports via email.
On Saturday night, Penner, who most recently played for the Washington Capitals made a joke about rape on Twitter, which wasn’t exactly funny. Penner was slated to provide coverage on TSN with "Cabral ‘Cabbie’ Richards to give a different-type of take on the deadline.
Sometimes it’s hard to walk that line of being funny and edgy, and clearly that was crossed Saturday by the 32-year-old Penner, who is currently a free agent and most recently played with the Washington Capitals.
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
There’s that old saying, “If you ain’t cheatin', then you ain’t tryin'.” This was probably going through the mind of Sibir forward Jonas Enlund during Saturday’s KHL playoff game against Traktor.
With Sibir trailing 3-1 with under seven minutes left in the third period, Enlund was tied up behind the Traktor net by Ilya Davydov as both battled for the puck. That’s when Enlund tried to fool the officials with a little sleight of foot.
Points for creativity, for sure.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Three wins against three California teams – two goals allowed in three games. No big deal for a goaltender with one game NHL experience leading into this season and so-so AHL numbers last year and very mediocre numbers in the minors this year.
But Ottawa's 27-year-old Andrew Hammond – whose nickname per a recent story is ‘The Hamburglar’ hasn’t just won for the Senators. He has won and thrived in a major way for the Sens, going 5-0-0 with a 1.31 goals against average and .957 save percentage this year.
From after Ottawa’s 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night:
“I don’t think winning ever gets old,” said Hammond, who has allowed a total of five goals during his five-game run. “It’s starting to become more about the team now, and seeing everyone else enjoying it as much as I am is pretty cool, too.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The NHL trade deadline is Monday afternoon. While it usually degenerates into a ongoing waiting game to see which fourth-liner with an expiring contract gets traded to a contender, there have been some absolute blockbusters pulled off around the deadline.
Some trades that, in fact, led to championship seasons.
Here are Nick Cotsonika and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the five best deadline deals in NHL history.
What’s your favorite NHL trade deadline blockbuster?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Cody McLeod did as agitators and enforcers do on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.
The Colorado Avalanche forward trash-talked his opponents. He crashed the net, pushing the puck and Devan Dubnyk’s pad over the goal line for a controversial Avalanche tally. And at the end of the game, he got a little wacky.
With four seconds left in the game, and the Wild en route to a 3-1 win, coach Patrick Roy put McLeod on the ice. He bulldozed Mikael Granlund off the faceoff, and then engaged Charlie Coyle – of the two career fights – as he dropped the gloves and went after the Minnesota forward.
On his way to the dressing room, McLeod jawed with the Minnesota bench, sparking a few contentious moments between the Wild and Avs players. (Gabriel Landeskog was given a 10-minute misconduct for shouting at the Wild players, and trying to engage them physically.)
McLeod was hit with a fighting major, an unsportsmanlike conduct and a misconduct penalty. Please note: He was not given an instigator penalty, which would have carried an automatic suspension.