- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy35 mins 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 Daddy2 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 Daddy2 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.Sat, Feb 28Minnesota3 - 1ColoradoGame Recap
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues
Stastny set up Dmitji Jaskin’s first-period goal and scored the game-winner in the third period as the Blues survived the Oilers, 201.
No. 2 Star: Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
The Devils goalie made 33 saves, preserving an Andy Greene goal until Travis Zajac’s empty netter, as New Jersey beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0.
No. 3 Star: Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes
McClement scored to tie the game in the first and then to give the Hurricanes a two-goal lead in the second period as Carolina stunned the New York Islanders, 5-3.Sun, Mar 15:00 PM ESTColumbus at PittsburghPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
The Minnesota Wild’s 3-1 win at the Colorado Avalanche was a gloriously contentious affair.
On the ice, you had Cody McLeod running his mouth at Mikko Koivu and pretty much jumping Charlie Coyle at the end of the game, nearly sparking a brawl at the benches as he got a misconduct.
Meanwhile, there was some misconduct in the stands, as was evidenced by this fan-shot video of a fight between Wild fans and Avs fans in the lower bowl (which was also witnessed by Star Tribune beat writer Michael Russo). Watch the video here:
Stacey, an Avs season-ticket holder, shot this video that shows a woman in a brown jacket she claims was a Wild fan popping an Avalanche fan in the back of the head. That started a major disturbance in the crowd, leading to some ejections and some real ugliness.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
There was a showdown this weekend between No. 6-ranked Minnesota Duluth and No. 8-ranked Nebraska-Omaha in NCHC men’s hockey. They battled to a 1-1 draw in consecutive games, with the Mavericks prevailing in the shootout on both nights.
But thanks to Jake Randolph, they did it in spectacular fashion on Saturday.
Randolph pulled out the famous “Forsberg” move in the shootout, baffling freshman goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo with a nasty bit of trickery. He skated in, cut left, brought the puck back to his right and then tucked it into an open net.
Kaskisuo attempted to reach back over with his glove, but unfortunately the rest of his body was traveling in the opposite direction.
Randolph, 20, was born in Duluth, incidentally.
This isn’t the first time he’s pulled this move. While playing for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, he did this in 2012:
Informal poll: Sick of “the Forsberg?” Independent of being sick of the shootout? Or is it always awesome to see the goalie deked out of his skates?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
The Chicago Blackhawks were probably going to acquire Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes even before the injury to Patrick Kane, but it became a necessity when the star winger went down.
So they made the deal on Saturday night, and paid the price to snag the prized trade deadline center.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported that the Blackhawks traded their first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and highly-regarded defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck for Vermette, an unrestricted free agent.
Yep, another first-rounder changing hands for a prized rental, as the Los Angeles Kings did in grabbing Andrej Sekera from Carolina. That’s how high the prices already are under less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Dustin Penner runs a pretty funny Twitter feed.
He has an acerbic wit, and cracks jokes at the expense of ex-teammates and trolls. He also asked President Obama is he had a place he could crash for a while when Penner was traded to the Washington Capitals.
Alas, every comedian has their blind spot, and apparently Penner’s is making demeaning jokes about women, and then trying to rationalize it.
Like the time he called a 19-year-old driving a nice car a “prostitute.” That didn’t go over well.
Then on Saturday night, Penner, currently a free agent, made a joke about rape.
And it didn’t go over well.
Is it always consensual if she's your girlfriend? Asking for my gf...& shortly arriving police
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
The Florida Panthers have acquired both Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr in the last few days, which means it’s entirely possible they’re using a copy of EA Sports NHL ’96 to generate trades. (“TRADE ACCEPTED!”)
Heatley was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with a third-round pick to the Panthers for forward Tomas Fleischmann on Saturday.
Heatley had been toiling in the AHL for the Norfolk Admirals since December, recently having gone 15 games without a goal. The Panthers say the 34-year-old who recorded back-to-back 50-goal seasons from 2005-2007 is expected to report to AHL San Antonio.
Fleischmann, 30, was expected to be dealt at the trade deadline because he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has seven goals and 21 assists in 52 games, skating to a plus-12. Fleischmann was a drag on possession this season.Sun, Mar 18:00 PM ESTAnaheim at DallasPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Tim Gleason is on his way to Washington – and Jack Hillen is going to Carolina. Great for Gleason to escape the Hurricanes. Stinks or Hillen to go from a contender to a team that’s embracing a tank. The Hurricanes picked up a fourth round pick as well.
“Tim has been a steady presence on and off the ice for our team, and I wish him all the best in Washington,” said Carolina GM Ron Francis in a statement. “This gives us a chance to take a look at Jack for the remainder of the season and continue to accumulate assets for a deep draft this summer.”
Well, Ron, I wouldn’t call a fourth rounder an “asset” of any major substance but nice spin.
Said Caps GM Brian MacLellan: “ We are pleased to welcome Tim to our organization … Tim is a veteran, physical defenseman and we feel his experience, toughness and skill set further strengthens our blueline.”
Physical, toughnes, skill, playoffs, ROAR! Gleason has averaged 16:39 for the Canes this year and has seven points in 59 games ans is an unrestricted free agent after the season. Hillen has five points in 35 games, but has only averaged 12:22 all year.