- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The Hawks captain scored the game’s first two goals, including a shorthanded one, in their 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He also assisted on Marian Hossa’s third-period goal.
No. 2 Star: Ben Smith, San Jose Sharks
Acquired at the trade deadline, Smith stepped into the Sharks’ lineup and scored a goal and an assist in their 4-0 whitewash of the Montreal Canadiens. Smith scored in the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin’s goal in the second.
No. 3 Star: Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
The winger, fresh off a contract extension, assisted on goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
Honorable Mention: Rick Nash scored his 38th. … Brandon Saad scored his 20th. … Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the shutout.
Did You Know? The Blackhawks are 21-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.Mon, Mar 2Carolina2 - 5ChicagoGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The 2015 NHL trade deadline is in the books. Some teams did quite well. Some teams … didn’t.
Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy break down some of the trade deadline’s biggest trades and most aggressive teams, as well as their favorite trades and the deadline’s winner and losers.
Spoiler: They both rather like the New York Rangers’ Keith Yandle trade.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray didn’t like the way his team played against particular squads. He felt Anaheim needed to get more mobile. A little more skilled and add a different element. He didn’t opt for wholesale changes, but instead added components to his blueline on trade deadline day that he thought would do this.
Say hey to Simon Despres and ciao to Ben ‘The Reverend’ Lovejoy. Say adios to Eric Brewer and ‘oh hi’ to Korbinian Holzer.And of course, he made a deal for James Wisniewksi.
“As the season unfolded there were certain patterns of us having struggled against certain teams, and we started a while back to say, ‘OK, we have to address different styles of teams’ there’s different styles within our conference,” Murray said. “Hopefully we’re capable now of competing against most of the teams in our conference.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 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 Daddy9 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.Tue, Mar 38:30 PM ESTNY Islanders at DallasPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 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 Daddy10 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 Daddy11 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 Daddy11 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.Tue, Mar 37:00 PM ESTWashington at ColumbusPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy11 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.Tue, Mar 37:00 PM ESTCalgary at PhiladelphiaPreview Game