- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy21 mins ago
2:07 p.m. ET: For those wondering, the Sharks big guns appear to not be in play. From Pierre LeBrun, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has not gone to Patrick Marleau to ask him to waive his no movement clause to be dealt. All year, the Sharks have walked a fine line of trying to stay competitive and rebuild. Though players like Marleau or Joe Thornton would likely command a mighty haul in a trade deadline return.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy26 mins ago
The last time Michal Neuvirth had a game in which his save percentage was under .900 was Jan. 17, which is a heck of a feat for someone that had the Buffalo Sabres in front of him.
The Sabres clearly had to nip this in the bud if they were going to ensure themselves of either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, so they traded Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for goalie Chad Johnson and a 2016 conditional third-round pick.
But please, do NOT accuse a team that just traded its second starting goalie this season of attempting to tank.
Neuvirth will play backup to the goalie for whom he was traded in March of last year, when he was dealt from the Washington Capitals to the Buffalo Sabres.
It’s good insurance for the Islanders should something happen to Halak. OK, it’s better insurance than what Chad Johnson was giving them.
Johnson will get a chance to play for the Sabres. "You know there's a possiblity to be traded anywhere," he told TSN. "There's opportunity there. For a guy like myself, that's what you want. You want to be a starter. It's a good situation."
And on the Tank?
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy45 mins ago
Ian Cole is on his way to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh round pick in 2016.
The Blues are already quite deep on the blueline, while the Penguins are top heavy, but lack a more veteran presence further down on the defense depth chart. Cole could add that. In dealing Bortuzzo, Pittsburgh isn’t giving up a ton. He’s definitely more of the physical variety, who has played just 113 NHL games.
Cole has played 167 contests. So maybe the Blues are trying to get tougher while the Pens want to get more skilled? Seems this way.
On the Milbury scale we give this trade … ONE MILBURY. Seems like both squads got what they wanted.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Detroit Red Wings had designs on Toronto Maple Leafs star defenseman Dion Phaneuf at the NHL trade deadline, but only if the Leafs were to assume at least $2 million annually for the next six years on his $49-million contract.
Thankfully for the Red Wings, because they seriously don’t need $5 million of Dion Phaneuf on their cap for six years, the teams couldn’t make the numbers work.
So the Red Wings turned to the New Jersey Devils and traded a conditional 2016 third-round pick for defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who had to waive his no-move for the trade. The Devils retain $1 million of his salary.
Zidlicky is a pending UFA with a $4 million cap hit. He’s a right-handed shot, which coach Mike Babcock coveted. He’s a veteran puck-mover who could find himself on the second pairing, supplanting either Kyle Quincey or Brendan Smith. His best asset might be as a power-play quarterback; his worst asset would be that he can make head-on-desk turnovers at times.
The third rounder becomes a second rounder for the Devils if Detroit makes the Stanley Cup Final.
So, checking the Milbury Scale:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Blackhawks locker room is in disarray because of off-ice issues. Players are fighting for random reasons that have nothing to do with internal discord.
Whatever has caused these rumors or what they mean, Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith has decided to join the chorus of Chicago players spouting off on the issue.
From the twitter feed of Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times:
"There’s so much BS out there, I don’t know where it comes from. ... I don’t know who’s making that crap up."
It’s actually Dan Bernstein of WSCR in Chicago and David Diehl, a former NFL lineman, "making that crap up," Duncan.
From Patrick Sharp a day earlier:
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
1:55 p.m. ET: The Islanders stay active and upgrade their backup goalie spot by nabbing Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres for Chad Johnson and a conditional third-round pick in 2016. Tim Murray sees your tank, Don Maloney, and just raised the game. Johnson has struggled in New York, and has posted an .904 even-strength save percentage in 17 starts this season, compared to the .932 ESVP he put up a year ago in Boston. Neuvirth, who was acquired for now-crease partner Jaroslav Halak at last year's deadline, has played well for a tanking Sabres club, recording a .934 ESVP in 27 starts.
1:40 p.m. ET: Another deal goes down with Ian Cole heading from the St. Louis Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-rounder. Both are set to become UFAs this summer. Bortuzzo will provide some insurance while Zbynek Michalek deals with a concussion. Cole has the better game and could fit in nicely for the Penguins, who were looking to add to their blueline.Mon, Mar 210:00 PM ESTMontreal at San JosePreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Social media hasn’t been kind to Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul at the NHL trade deadline.
Please recall in 2011 when Down Goes Brown used a series of tweet that welcomed Lupul to Long Island to fool the Leafs winger into believing he’d been traded to the New York Islanders.
This time, the joke was a little cruder. Anthony Adragna, a die-hard Leafs fan, tweeted a joke about Lupul at TSN’s “#TradeCentre” hashtag. It read: “I want the leafs to keep lupul solely based upon the fact that he banged phaneufs wife.”
And it made it. On the air.
For millions of viewers around North America and the world to see.
Phaneuf's wife, of course, is actress Elisha Cuthbert, once again proving that no good can come from making sex jokes about Elisa Curthbert, right Avery?
Lupul really wasn’t happy about this, as could be expected. So he decided to play the card every upstanding media organization hates to see played. The ultimate media chip.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The St. Louis Blues needed to find a veteran defensive defenseman for the blueline. The Arizona Coyotes had one in shot-blocking specialist Zbynek Michalek. The problem was, he’s damaged goods.
GM Doug Armstrong was willing to take the chance. The Blues traded forward 19-year-old Maxim Letunov for Michalek and a conditional third-round pick. Michalek hasn’t played since Feb. 14 due to an “upper body injury” that sounds like a concussion.
According to Bob McKenzie, there's a condition on the pick on whether or not Michalek plays this season. The Coyotes also retain half of his salary, the third and last player they could trade and do so this season after the Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle trades.
“He’s well on the road to recovery and there is significant interest in his services,” said GM Don Maloney on his conference call on Sunday night, and there was.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
12:49 p.m. ET: Ha, it appears that there was a troll on the Wideman, Hartley situation per ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
Told the the discussion Wideman was having with Hartley was about maybe wearing a letter on his jersey now that Glencross is gone
12:47 p.m. ET: Seems like Slava Voynov has been in the news for parts of the day. He may have been traded, he wasn't trade. And now comes word that his domestic trial has been delayed to next Tuesday per Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times. It was supposed to start Monday. So any resolution with him is being pushed further back for Los Angeles
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
11:49 a.m. ET: There are no trades going on at the moment. So Sportsnet currently has Nick Kypreos, Glenn Healy and Neil Smith reminiscing about the 1994 trade deadline where the Rangers acquired Stephane Matteau, Brian Noonan and Glenn Anderson and others. This feels like a frat reunion. Also Smith recalls a story of how when he traded Todd Marchant for Craig MacTavish, then Oilers GM Glen Sather didn't realize that Marchant was short. Ha! Also, friend of the program Jeff Marek is being one heck of a moderator.
11:36 a.m. ET: Trade target Chris Stewart is on the ice for the Buffalo Sabres for their practice in Tampa. Will he be yanked off? Will he complete the practice? Anything is possible on trade deadline day!
11:14 a.m. ET: So this happened at Penguins practice today:
Crosby has left the ice at Southpointe. Not sure if he will return for 11:30 practice
Not that we thnk Crosby is getting traded, but that's an interesting situation to note on deadline day.