- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, that's a four-year $18 million contract with full no-trade clause in his first year.
The full, done Zuccarello deal: 4 years, $18 million, full no-trade in 1st season, nothing in final 3yrs. Salary $4.5 per yr, as is cap hit
How does a player go from being on the trade block to all of a sudden being re-signed? Bargaining and leverage of course. The 27-year-old Zuccarello was going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. And if the salary cap was going to be at $69 million, New York wouldn't have afforded him. And as a player with 59 points a year ago and 35 this season in 59 games, he probably would have been lavished with greater riches than a $4.5 million contract? Perhaps.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Mark Giordano attempted to play through an arm injury suffered last week, but after he took warmups against the New York Islanders on Friday night, he felt he just couldn’t go. The diagnosis? A torn biceps, a complete tendon tear. According to Flames GM Brad Treliving, that’s a four-to-five month recovery time.
Calgary has dropped six of their last 10 games and are clinging to a playoff spot with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks right behind them.
It’s a huge blow for both the Flames. They lose their best player and leading scorer as they slowly drop out of the Western Conference playoff picture. It’s also tough news for Giordano, who many had pegged as a Norris Trophy favorite and some had on a long list for the Hart Trophy. He missed a little over a month last season due to a broken ankle, an injury that likely cost him a spot on Team Canada’s entry at the Sochi Olympics.
Despite the free-fall, Treliving stuck to his guns and didn’t mortgage the future to help claw out a playoff spot.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
James Wisniewski had been a healthy scratch for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had been asked for a list of teams to whom he’d be willing to be traded.
He can, in fact, take a hint.
"I kind of saw it coming,” he told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, after being traded to the Anaheim Ducks. "Having my family here for four years, having my kids here, having a home here … we have roots here. That’s going to be tough."
The Ducks acquired Wisniewski and a third-round pick from Columbus for a second-round pick, William Karlsson and Rene Bourque, who was passed through waivers recently.
The trade was a bit of a surprise as Wisniewski injured his left foot against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night. Portzline reports it was a bone bruise in his left foot, but not a break.
Karlsson, 22, was a 2011 second-round pick for the Ducks who had 2 goals in 18 games this season, spending most of it in the AHL. Bourque has been traded twice and waived twice this season, which is a heck of an achievement.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Anaheim Ducks spent Monday's trade deadline looking to add defensemen. Clearly. And after dealing Ben Lovejoy to Pittsburgh for fellow defensemen Simon Despres the Ducks also acquired the injured Korbinian Holzer from Toronto for Eric Brewer and a fifth-round pick.
As for the Lovejoy/Despres move, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lovejoy, 31, had played just 40 games this season, and had fallen off a bit from a season last year where he had 18 points and a plus-21 rating. He's also playing about a minute less per-contest. For the Pens, it brings back a guy who used to play in Pittsburgh and knows its system and is a little more veteran.
Despres, 23, is a good, young blueliner with some more size. We give this trade:
THREE MILBURYS! I like this better for Anaheim's present and future. Despres has more potential than an aging Lovejoy.
As for Holzer, this gives the Ducks someone it can use further down on the blueline, which is important in the playoffs, especially if you're muscling up to go against the likes of Los Angeles, St. Louis and Chicago in the playoffs.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Buffalo Sabres saw the Arizona Coyotes making moves Sunday. They wanted to make some trades to ‘rebuild’ or tank – and finished that off Monday at the NHL’s trade deadline by dealing forward Chris Stewart right at the deadline for a 2017 second round pick from Minnesota.
OK, so what will the world even look like in 2017? Who cares?!? Earlier in the day they rid themselves of Michal Neuvirth who was clearly playing too well to work with Buffalo’s grand scheme. Also, to get a second rounder for Stewart, who is quite inconsistent is pretty decent.
Good move for the Sabres, who are probably praying they get the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick. Can you imagine what would happen if the Sabres didn’t get Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel?Tue, Mar 37:30 PM ESTBuffalo at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The NHL Trade Deadline can sometimes feel mechanical and cold. These are names on the transaction wire, additions to rosters. What gets lost is that these are moves that interrupt lives and affect families.
Thanks to Jordyn Leopold, we’ve all been reminded about the human side of the trade deadline.
Jordyn Leopold is the 11-year-old daughter of Jordan Leopold, a defenseman who played for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. In January, she wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild front office asking the team to trade for her father, a University of Minnesota product who was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
"My dad is very lonely without his family," the letter reads. "We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my 2 sisters and my brother. My dad is on a team with young guys and is very lonely and is not playing because the Jackets got him because they needed a D-man. I has been since November and we can not take it anymore.
“Please, please, please ask the Jackets if you guys can get him.”
On Monday, they did: The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick for Jordyn Leopold’s dad.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
3:35 p.m. ET: The Bruins have traded defenseman Jordan Caron to the Avalanche for Max Talbot. Sort of a minor move in general for both teams. Boston was done with Caron, and the Avalanche needed some defense depth. Meanwhile, the Bruins seemed to feel the desire to get a playoff-tested gritty forward like Talbot, who has won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
3:20 p.m. ET: Sven Baertschi goes from the Calgary Flames to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick, according to TSN. The 22-year old Swiss forward has spent most of this season in the AHL where he's scored eight goals and recorded 21 points in 34 games. He'll reunited with Travis Green, who coached him in Portland. The move won't make Flames Nation happy, as Baertschi showed tremendous scoring ability in junior and is still young. It feels like Calgary is giving up on the forward, feeling he's moved in the wrong direction on their organizational depth chart.
UPDATE: Trevling told reporters that Baertschi was unhappy with his role and had asked to be traded, citing his unwillingness to re-sign with the organization.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Former NHL coach Ron Wilson was a panelist on TSN’s NHL Trade Deadline coverage, and dropped a bomb during a discussion of teams throwing their seasons for high draft picks: While coaching in the NHL, he was asked by a former general manager to tank.
Which team and general manager? Wilson left a trail of breadcrumbs that would make Hansel and Gretel blush. The clues:
- It was a team that was a former Stanley Cup finalist. The only time Wilson made the Cup Final was with the Washington Capitals.
- It was a season that had several high-profile injuries that caused the team to struggle, to the point where a tank was considered.
- The player the team drafted “didn’t play in the NHL.”
Our guess: The 1998-99 Washington Capitals.
The Caps made the 1998 Stanley Cup Final, losing four straight to the Detroit Red Wings. The following season, the Capitals saw significant man-games lost from Peter Bondra (limited to 66 games), Sergei Gonchar (a holdout plus an injury cost him 29 games), Adam Oates (59 games) and others. In total, the Capitals had 511 man-games lost to injury that season.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Olli Jokinen has played 1,223 games in his NHL career, but has only been involved in six playoff games. That number will increase this spring after the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the St. Louis Blues for forward Joakim Lindstrom, a conditional 2016 sixth-round pick 15 days after acquiring him from the Nashville Predators.
The condition, according to Pierre LeBrun, is that the pick becomes a fourth-rounder if the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Final and Jokinen plays.
Jokinen was not a happy camper to be traded to Toronto from the Cup-contending Predators last month.
“Years go by fast. Any year you go in, you always think any team’s got a chance. Maybe I will get lucky one of these days," he said last week.
Jokinen told Armstrong that he feels like he hit the lottery being traded to the #stlbluesLiveNashville0 - 2NY RangersFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
2:57 p.m. ET: The Canadiens got forward Torrey Mitchell just under the deadline from Buffalo, who seems to have gotten rid of all tradeable NHL-ready parts -- except Chris Stewart. The Sabres have tanking down to a science, and they took the Coyotes' deals from a day before and raised the bar. TSN's Darren Dreger indicates it's a prospect and a pick going to Buffalo for Mitchell.
2:56 p.m. ET: Cam Atkinson has re-signed Cam Atkinson for a three-year $3.5 million per-year contract according to the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline. So four minutes before the deadline, he gets re-signed and goes off the market. To be honest, the Blue Jackets are set up quite nicely for next season, even if this year has been destroyed by injuries for them.