Calipari on N.C. State: 'We're firing coaches midseason ... Are you s----ing me?'
If you wanted to escape bye week talk, turn away from this one. The Chicago Blackhawks went into their break on a five-game winning streak, yet they saw theirs end much like the Washington Capitals’ did earlier on Saturday. In Chicago’s case, the Edmonton Oilers handed them that loss via a score of 3-1. A result like this will annoy different people for different reasons. Some will be annoyed by bye weeks, period. This will make them more annoyed. Others will be annoyed that the bye week narrative persists. This will not help. A reasonable portion will be annoyed that such discussions take the focus of great performances, like Cam Talbot standing on his head against Chicago. The workhorse Oilers
The Washington Capitals fell to the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout, perpetuating the bye week narrative and seeing their hot streak end. They won at least one battle on Saturday … by a lot. Usually, when you see two well-known players fight, it’s a fairly limited affair. That was not the case when Brooks Orpik battered Steve Ott in one of the most one-sided bouts you’ll see. Capitals onlooker called it the team’s “fight of the year.” Ott is a well-documented hyper-pest, so it’s likely that Capitals fans weren’t the only ones who enjoyed seeing him on the receiving end of Orpik’s wrath.
In Newsday, Steve Zipay lists a number of defensemen that the Rangers could target at the trade deadline to boost their roster. Zipay notes that, in addition to Kevin Shattenkirk, other pending UFAs like Michael Stone of Arizona, Brendan Smith of Detroit, Roman Polak of Toronto, Ron Hainsey of Carolina, Cody Franson of Buffalo, Dennis Wideman of Calgary and Johnny Oduya could be options. (Newsday) Of those players, Wideman, Franson, Polak and Stone are right handed shots. Zipay notes that it's unlikely that the Rangers could "pry away a skilled defenseman" like a Ryan Ellis of Nashville without having to surrender one of their young forwards. (Newsday) Adam Rotter: With the number of teams still