3:40 p.m. ET -- Jaroslav Halak to the Washington Capitals. Where does that leave Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth? Is one heading to Buffalo?
3:30 p.m. ET -- David Legwand, the first draft pick in Nashville Predators history, has finally moved on. After waiving his no-trade clause, Legwand will go home to Detroit and finish the year with the Red Wings. He grew up there and played junior hockey with Plymouth of the OHL, so you can imagine it was an easy decision to say yes to.
Nashville will receive Patrick Eaves, a prospect and and a third rounder, per TSN's Gord Miller.
The Red Wings were hoping for some center depth and they got it in Legwand. With Pavel Datsyuk banged up and Henrik Zetterberg out until the playoffs, this move should help. Nashville sends a respected veteran off to go attempt to win a Stanley Cup. One Milbury.
Two big deals just before the deadline: Matt Moulson heads to Minnesota and Thomas Vanek has been dealt to the Montreal Canadiens. More on those in a bit.
3:15 p.m. ET -- The Penguins are reportedly close to a move and it's not for Ryan Kesler or Thomas Vanek or Matt Moulson. According to Pierre LeBrun, Pittsburgh is close to landing forward Lee Stempniak from the Phoenix Coyotes. Stempniak has 8 goals and 23 points in 53 games with the Calgary Flames this season.
Speaking of Kesler, it appears he'll be a Canuck through at least this season. According to Elliotte Friedman , Vancouver GM Mike Gillis is done for the day. A Kesler deal will be explored in the off-season. Same goes for Mike Cammalleri, who could get and extension with the Flames.
3:05 p.m. ET -- The Rangers have added to their blue line bringing on pending UFA Raphael Diaz from the Canucks for a fifth rounder. Single Milbury here as the Blueshirts add defensive depth.
3:01 p.m. ET -- The deadline has officially passed, but there still may be some news coming out post 3 p.m. ET as deals could get tied up in the trade call process with Central Registry. Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Ryan Kesler are still with their teams, as we know. Much could change any minute at this point.
One deal announced prior to the deadline was Andrej Meszaros heading to the Boston Bruins from Philadelphia for a third round pick . The Bruins have been looking to fill the void left by Dennis Seidenberg's injury.
Meszaros is a UFA this summer, so it's a low risk, high reward for the Bruins. One Milbury .
As CapGeek points ou t, moving Meszaros out means that the Flyers could add as much as a $6.4 million cap hit for a move. It was reported earlier that Philadelphia was out on Kesler, but could Paul Holmgren just have been waiting to clear some room to bring him on?
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“It may only be a 5 or 6 percent upgrade, but it is an upgrade," said Blues general manger Doug Armstrong about the massive trade Friday that brought Ryan Miller (and to a far lesser extent, Steve Ott) to St. Louis. "That's how I feel you get better, in small increments.”
That seemed like a very curious quote, for a few reasons.
The first and most obvious of these is that an upgrade of 5 or 6 percent over the Blues' current performance would be massive. Prior to having made the swap, the Blues had 84 points from 59 games, or a pace for a little less than 117 points. Adding even 5 percent to that bumps them up to nearly 123, the equivalent of three wins. To make up those three wins, Ryan Miller will have to stop nine more shots over the remaining 23 games than Jaroslav Halak, for whom he was traded, would have.
St. Louis allowed just 26.6 shots per game heading into Sunday night's contest versus Phoenix, Miller's first with his new team. Based on that number, we can extrapolate that into, say 18 of the 23 remaining games. That's about 479 shots over those 18 starts, give or take; Halak's save percentage to this point indicates that he'd stop roughly 439 of those, and allowing 40 goals over 18 games isn't really that bad. Thus, Miller would need to stop 448 to meet Armstrong's apparently-meager 5-to-6 percent improvement. Unfortunately, if you stop 448 shots out of 479, your save percentage is .935, a whopping 12 points higher than the current number Miller has posted in 40 games behind the Sabres.
Is it reasonable to expect that he'll see an inflation of his save percentage? Sure it is. The Sabres are terrible and bleed high-quality chances, and the Blues are one of the most stalwart defensive teams in the NHL. Miller's save percentage rising to even .926 would likely be a boon and maybe win the Blues an extra game. Getting an extra win out of this trade would be huge.
But would it be worth the freight given up? And would that make it worth having done it at all? Let's not forget, the details of this trade are a little convoluted; the Blues get Miller and Ott, who presumably adds “grit” (and has a potentially negative impact on possession due to his not being very good), and the Sabres get Halak, Chris Stewart and his contract (at least for now), a well-regarded prospect, a first-round pick, and a conditional pick that might likewise end up being a first-rounder.
Another reason this was a curious trade is that it failed to address the Blues' real issue, which is to say that they're probably not doing enough offensively to convince anyone who's paying real attention that they're true contenders in the Western Conference, let alone for the Stanley Cup. Tyler Dellow had a post over the weekend about the quality of the various teams considered to be elite, and which are actual contenders based on the depth they bring to the table. In short, the Blues are scoring more goals at even strength than they actually deserve basically across the board, with their bottom six forwards enjoying a 56.9 percent goal share despite corsi of just 51.4 percent; that is to say, it's probably not sustainable.
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CHICAGO — Saturday night’s meeting between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field will not be new territory for both head coaches. Dan Bylsma and Joel Quenneville will be behind the benches for the second outdoor game of their head coaching careers.
Quenneville and the Blackhawks fell to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, while Bylsma's Penguins lost to the Washington Capitals 3-1 in the 2011 New Year’s game at Heinz Field. Now they'll meet one another under colder temperatures in a match-up of two of the NHL's best teams.
While both the Blackhawks and Penguins try to prepare the players for the elements as best as possible, what Mother Nature brings to Chicago when puck drops at 8 p.m. ET Saturday is anyone’s guess. Quenneville saw windy, but sunny conditions in 2009. Bylsma experienced warmer than normal temperatures and rain in 2011.
There's a threat of snow heading to the Chicago-area by Saturday night, along with the temperature likely dipping into the teens. Players will equip themselves with the proper gear to stay warm but also remain effective. But you never know how the ice conditions will play until the game settles in; and for Bylsma and Quenneville, it's a matter of preaching K.I.S.S.: keep it simple, stupid.
“I don't think we're going to change too much how we've played in the past, but the conditions seem fine out there," said Quenneville. "I think it should turn into a regular game. I think both teams are needing two points.”
As far as getting used to the surroundings, the Blackhawks did just that when they practiced outdoors Friday night under the lights. The players were able to get adjusted to seeing the puck at night, like goaltender Corey Crawford, who worked on picking up the airborne puck going through the Soldier Field lights.
Bylsma said he learned from the 2011 game versus Washington, where the ice conditions weren't ideal. In these outdoor games, between the cold, the ice, any precipitation, sometimes too much thinking gets involved.
"It really does need to be a little bit more of simplifying," said Bylsma. "And understanding that going into the game and having that expectation about how you're going to execute and what you need to do and then dealing with the elements.
"To overcoach I think it would be a mistake."
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