42. Michael Sgarbossa to Anaheim for Mat Clark Literally who cares about this trade at all? The Sgarbossa and Clark families, and that's got to be about it. 41. Jordan Leopold to Minnesota for Justin Falk and a 5th Just the fact that this is what facilitated that cloying letter from Leopold's daughter getting out to the public makes me furious that it happened. Yuck. 40. Sven Baertschi to Vancouver for a 2nd This is classic Flames asset management. Baertschi was a first-round pick, and highly regarded prospect out of junior, with stats that suggested he might have been a value pick even a few spots higher. So the Flames of course rushed him up to the NHL too early and put a lot of pressure on him. He struggled a little bit, so Brian Burke ripped him in the media, and they've spent the last two seasons sending him and up down regardless of his actual performance, and then trade him to a division rival for a second-round pick. Wouldn't be surprised at all to see him become a very useful second-line wing in Vancouver. 39. Adam Cracknell to St. Louis for future considerations You never know, that future consideration could end up being Ryan Johansen!!! 38. Jared Knight to Minnesota for Zack Phillips Phillips kind of flamed out for Minnesota after being a first-round pick, so this is one of those “hopefully a change of scenery does him good” deals. Low risk for the Bruins. 37. Tim Gleason to Washington for Jack Hillen and a 4th Why would either team want either of these players? At least Carolina got a fourth-round pick out of the deal. 36. Ben Smith and a conditional 7th to San Jose for Andrew Desjardins I don't know why anyone would want Ben Smith, but then again I don't know why the Sharks would want John Scott and Scott Hannan and all these other bums they've acquired in the last year. But yeah Joe Thornton isn't leader-y enough. 35. Freddie Hamilton to Colorado for Karl Stollery Another who-cares move. Karl Stollery was a good college hockey defenseman and thus ends up knowledge of this trade. 34. TJ Brennan to Toronto for Spencer Abbott Another minor-league deal, and hey, there's another college hockey guy. Spencer Abbott is, of course, better known as “That guy who played with Brian Flynn at Maine.” 33. Marek Zidlicky to Detroit for a 3rd Detroit's fascination with acquiring a right-shooting defenseman apparently led them to this decision and I guess I get it but Marek Zidlicky isn't good enough to be useful to the Devils without getting a lot of sheltered minutes. Red flags all over the place, but low-risk for the Wings. 32. Cory Conacher to Vancouver for Dustin Jeffrey Man, remember when everyone thought Cory Conacher was good? Tampa to Ottawa to Buffalo to the Island to Vancouver since 2012-13. In the two seasons since, he still hasn't scored as many goals as he did in 47 his rookie year. 31. Ben Lovejoy to Pittsburgh for Simon Despres I understand that the Penguins are familiar with Ben Lovejoy and they wanted to shore up the bottom of their defense, but isn't Simon Despres — who's 23 and projects pretty well even now — a better option? Lovejoy starts in his own zone more, sure, but the Ducks went out and got defense but considered him expendable. Have you seen the Ducks' defense? Good gamble here for Anaheim. 30. David Leggio to Arizona for Mark Louis Leggio is 30 already, and he's having an abysmal season in the AHL. I don't know why you trade for him, because you can get an .866 AHL goalie literally anywhere there's ice, but it's not like he's going to get a shot in the bigs so who cares? Hell, the way Arizona's going, an .866 AHL goalie might be just what they want in Glendale. 29. Devante Smith-Pelly to Montreal for Jiri Sekac It's another one of those “change of scenery” moves, and it's a good one from Marc Bergevin. Smith-Pelly has a lot of upside (in theory), and Sekac was an asset he got for nothing this summer. Even if Sekac has been semi-useful, this is a bet you make when you have the kind of playoff assurances Montreal does. 28. Erik Cole and a 3rd to Detroit for Mattias Backman, Mattas Janmark, and a 2nd What was Cole, like the ninth-best forward on a Stars team that isn't going to make the playoffs? Getting two prospects and a second for Cole and a third makes a lot of sense for Jim Nill, who probably has a lot of familiarity with the quality of the players he acquired from Ken Holland. 27. Chris Stewart to Minnesota for a 2nd Well, getting Chris Stewart off your team is a nice move for anyone. Chris Stewart isn't good. That Buffalo ransomed him for a second-round pick is nice and helpful. But here's the thing: Tim Murray dramatically overestimated Stewart's market value and as a result settled for less at the deadline than he was reportedly offered in the run-up to it. It happens, bud. 26. James Sheppard to New York for a 4th Getting a half-decent NHL forward for basically nothing was a good move on a day full of them by Glen Sather. 25. Korbinian Holzer to Anaheim for Eric Brewer and a 5th Dave Nonis continued to work his magic, somehow, and got someone to take Korbinian Holzer off his hands. Brewer has played 26 games this year and only nine with Anaheim. Wanna bet he even gets that many with the Leafs? 24. Brian Flynn to Montreal for a 5th Another strong tank move from Murray. Flynn is okay, with a positive relative corsi, dismal zone starts, and work against Buffalo's top competition. Having him off the roster helps the team be worse. 23. Torrey Mitchell to Montreal for Jack Nevins and a 7th See No. 24. Buffalo's top four scorers at 5-on-5 this season are no longer with the club. 22. Max Talbot and Paul Carey to Boston for Jordan Caron and a 6th Well this is a move I don't get for the Bruins. Sure, Caron didn't figure into their plans, and Max Talbot had 50 percent of his salary retained. But is Max Talbot what the Bruins need? He sure isn't, because he's not a Dennis Seidenberg trade. 21. James Wisniewski and a 3rd to Anaheim for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson, and a 2nd Of all the people to scapegoat on the Blue Jackets defense, I can't see where James Wisniewski is one of them. And then taking on that Rene Bourque contract, which has another season left on it? At least they got a second-round pick out of it, I suppose. 20. Ian Cole to Pittsburgh for Rob Bortuzzo and a 7th This was actually a good move for the Penguins as they tried to shore up that defense. Cole plays bottom-pairing minutes but gets decently tough zone starts and does well. Bortuzzo plays middle-pair minutes — when he plays at all — and needs favorable zone starts, and still gets buried. On the balance, the Pens getting Cole and Lovejoy gives them some pretty good options at the end of the bench and costs them a guy they've given up on and a guy who's not good. (Not that it was what they needed or anything, but they upgraded the blue line.) 19. Michal Neuvirth to Long Island for Chad Johnson and a 3rd This is the mega-tank mode move for all to fear. Tim Murray's goaltenders for the foreseeable future are Anders Lindback and Chad Johnson. Meanwhile Garth Snow gets a very serious backup in Michal Neuvirth for basically nothing. Great move for both teams, given what they're going for. 18. Tomas Fleischmann to Anaheim for Dany Heatley and a 3rd Fleischmann is okay but not-having Heatley is great. Solid swap for Bob Murray. Meanwhile, the Panthers are that much closer to winning the 2006-07 Stanley Cup. 17. Olli Jokinen to St. Louis for Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional 6th Toronto got someone to take Olli Jokinen. What a world. Huge win for Nonis.
No. 1 Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning The rookie netminder made 28 saves and recorded his first NHL shutout as the Lightning blanked the Buffalo Sabres 3-0. Steven Stamkos scored his 36th of the year as Tampa won for the 13th time in their last 15 games at Amalie Arena. No. 2 Stars: Trevor Lewis / Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings The Kings forwards each had a goal and two assists as LA beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. LA has won seven of their last eight meetings against Edmonton and since 2008 are undefeated on the road in regulation against them. Lewis and Kopitar ended up connecting on two goals, like this one to give LA a 2-0 lead: No. 3 Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Ovechkin continued his march toward another Rocket Richard Trophy with a pair of goals as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3. Nick Backstrom and Jason Chimera each recorded a pair of assists. Joel Ward reached the 500-game plateau. Honorable Mention : The New Jersey Devils scored twice in the game’s opening four minutes en route to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Cory Schneider made 33 stops as the Devils won for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Cammalleri scored an empty-netter to give him 9 points in his last seven games … Predators forward Matt Cullen played in his 1,200th NHL game … Jiri Hudler scored 1:21 into overtime to help give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers: Scott Hartnell of the Blue Jackets scored twice and added an assist in the loss … Nazem Kadri and Peter Holland scored five minutes apart early in the third period to help give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. The game featured a wacky third period that saw Al Montoya, who replaced an injured Roberto Luongo after the first period, get injured himself and force the Panthers to scramble for a solution. After a delay, and Florida contemplating the possibility of suiting up Derek McKenzie or Scottie Upshall, Montoya returned briefly before Luongo regained the crease. It was so wild that goaltending coach Robb Tallas suited up , just in case … Matt Dumba scored twice in the second period and Charlie Coyle put home the winner in the shootout as Minnesota Wild edged the Ottawa Senators 3-2. Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves in regulation and overtime and two big ones in the shootout … Cody Eakin’s goal 2:18 into overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. Anders Lee forced the extra period after his shot deflected off Jordie Benn’s skate with 1.1 seconds left in the third period. Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves and won for the first time in four starts … Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Andrew Cogliano added a pair of goals and Frederik Andersen made 29 saves in his first start since Feb. 8. Ryan Kesler opened the scoring with a beautiful individual effort while shorthanded: Matt Nieto scored twice and helped the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 rout of the Vancouver Canucks. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each added two assists and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for his first win in four starts ... In a losing effort, Henrik Sedin scored twice for the Canucks and became the fourth Swedish-born NHL player to reach 900 career points: Did You Know? “Darryl Sutter coached his 1,102th game, tying Billy Reay for 16th overall in NHL history.” (AP) Dishonorable Mention: Nashville dropped their fourth straight, a season high … The Flyers thought they had tied the game on a Nick Schultz goal but the officials huddled and ruled the defenseman made incidental contact with Karri Ramo before the puck crossed the line: The Blue Jackets have now lost seven in a row … Matt Martin was give a five-minute major and automatic game misconduct for kneeing Trevor Daley in the first period: MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:
One common theory about the NHL Awards this year was that we could see a goalie win the Vezina and the Hart. But unlike those seasons of Hasek-ian domination, the theory states that we could see different goalies win each award this June: Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators for the Vezina, and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens for the Hart. The latest Bovada NHL odds have been released, and right now, Price is the odd-on favorite to win the Hart with Patrick Kane out of the mix: Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player? Carey Price 2/1 Alex Ovechkin 3/1 John Tavares 7/2 Sidney Crosby 15/4 Ryan Getzlaf 15/2 Jakub Voracek 19/2 Nicklas Backstrom 12/1 Pekka Rinne 25/1 Rick Nash 30/1 Vladimir Tarasenko 30/1 But he’s also the odds-on favorite to win the Vezina as well: Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL’s top Goaltender? Carey Price (MON) 5/14 Pekka Rinne (NAS) 8/5 Marc Andre Fleury (PIT) 18/1 Braden Holtby (WAS) 26/1 (Marc-Andre Fleury, Vezina finalist, is well-deserved but no less mind blowing.) Here are the rest of the awards odds: Who will win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year? Filip Forsberg 5/8 Johnny Gaudreau 5/2 Aaron Ekblad 10/3 Michael Hutchinson 19/2 Mark Stone 14/1 Mike Hoffman 15/1 Anders Lee 18/1 Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman? Shea Weber 7/4 Kris Letang 4/1 Drew Doughty 4/1 Duncan Keith 5/1 Kevin Shattenkirk 6/1 P K Subban 13/2 Ryan Suter 7/1 Erik Karlsson 12/1 Who will win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy Trophy as the NHL’s Top Goal Scorer? Alex Ovechkin 2/7 Rick Nash 2/1 Steven Stamkos 15/2 Joe Pavelski 20/1 Vladimir Tarasenko 30/1 The Chicago Blackhawks (15/2) remain the favorites for the Stanley Cup, behind the Anaheim Ducks (9/1) and the Nashville Predators (9/1). The Montreal Canadiens (10/1) are the Eastern Conference team with the best odds.
|Puck Daddy||Chicagoin 7||Great, gritty battle between two teams loaded with big names and quality grunts. The Hossa Hex ends, much to our chagrin.|
|Sam McCaig||Chicagoin 6||Chicago's depth, skill and speed will prove to be too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the 'Hawks can keep pace physically with the Flyers.|
|Ross McKeon||Chicagoin 6||The 'Hawks are poised to win their first Cup since 1961, but if we’ve learned anything from these playoffs it’s to expect the unexpected.|
|Matt Romig||Chicagoin 6||Give the 'Hawks the edge in skill, speed and special teams. Philly brings enough intangibles to extend an otherwise one-sided series.|