Brodeur Just Wants To Play
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
From the outside, it might be hard to understand. Why does Martin Brodeur keep talking about playing elsewhere? He has spent his entire career with the New Jersey Devils. He has made millions of dollars. He has won 684 games – more than any other goaltender in NHL history – and three Stanley Cups. Why not go out with grace? What more does he need?
But Brodeur isn’t afraid of hanging on too long. He’s afraid of not hanging o...
A Hard Day Of Practice For Ottawa
from James Gordon of Senators Extra,
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said his team needed to work harder after a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night.
That they did on Friday, for 81 lung-busting minutes of practice in Calgary that featured special teams practice, breakouts and one battle drill that led to a fight between Jared Cowen and Chris Neil. They dropped the gloves and got a few punches in before teammates intervened.
“We need more of that,” MacLe...
Video- Zack Kassian Suspended For 3 Games
Here is the suspension video...
Sharks Battling For Home Ice
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Well, that was a fun game to watch. Talk about entertaining. The San Jose Sharks rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 (including an empty-netter) Thursday night in a battle of Cup contenders. It avenged a 5-1 loss in Pittsburgh earlier this season.
What struck me the most was how physical the Sharks were against the Penguins, Brent Burns and Raffi Torres in particular.
The win pushed the Sharks seven points above the ...
NHL Short Notes
RED WINGS RETIRE LIDSTROM’S JERSEY
The Red Wings retired Nicklas Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey prior to their game against the Avalanche. Lidstrom spent his entire 20-season NHL career in the Motor City, capturing the Stanley Cup four times, winning the Norris Trophy as the League’s best defenseman seven times and earning 10 selections as an NHL First Team All-Star. He never missed the playoffs during his career and in 2002 became the first European-born captain to win the Stanle...
The Vancouver Canucks Are Fading Fast
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
They can’t score. And now they can’t defend or maintain discipline. What’s next?
Following a morning video session in which the Vancouver Canucks were shown 65 of the 150 goals they’ve managed to score this season to pump them up mentally, they couldn’t physically handle the speed and skill of the Dallas Stars in a listless 6-1 loss Thursday that bordered on a complete no-show.
No life. No emotion. And certai...
Report- Alex Edler Was A Trade Target For The Boston Bruins
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
President Cam Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub the Bruins had a deal in principle for a player with term remaining on his contract. That trade was shelved, Neely said, because another deal did not happen.
According to a team source, the Bruins’ trade fizzled because an expected transaction between Vancouver and Pittsburgh failed to take place.
The Penguins had been pursuing Ryan Kesler. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the P...
Video- Zack Kassian Has A Hearing Today For This Hit On Brenden Dillon
The NHL has announced Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks will have a hearing today for this hit on Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars. I do believe it is hearing via a phone call.
Kassian received 5 for boarding and a game, the Canucks lost 6-1.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the Brendan Dillon injury (Lindy Ruff):
“I was relieved to get him back. It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make th...
Video- Nick Lidstrom’s #5 Goes to The Rafters
No words needed...
Steven Stamkos Named Captain Of The Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have named Steven Stamkos the 10th captain in franchise history today, the team unveiled prior to their game versus the Buffalo Sabres.
“Steven Stamkos was destined to be the leader of our team,” head coach Jon Cooper said. “The fact that it’s happening now just puts us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal and that is trying to win the Stanley Cup.”
“What’s made ‘em so good this year is being bad long enough to get really good players. I’m not trying to be a smart—, that’s how you do it in this league now. You get bad enough so you get (Nathan) MacKinnon or these high, high end players. Their top six forwards they put out on the ice are flat-out fun to watch. It’s absolutely scary. Then their third line knows how to play and then they have a fourth line that’s got meat. So, to me, they&rsqu...
General Managers On The Trade Deadline Deals
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild tallied the most mentions in an unscientific poll of NHL general managers who were asked which clubs impressed them the most with their trade deadline moves.
The Blues were the most cited among responses from 10 GMs on Thursday, their blockbuster acquisition of netminder Ryan Miller and gritty forward Steve Ott solidifying St. Louis as a Cup contender. Blues GM Doug Armstrong got lots of kudos from...
Audio/Video- Garth Snow Talks Thomas Vanek
Garth Snow, GM for the New York Islanders phoned in to Sportsnet's Hockey Central @ Noon show.
Snow discussed the trade of Vanek to Montreal and also thought the Islanders had a chance to sign him.
The NHL Modifies The Penalty Handed To The New Jersey Devils For Cap Cicumvention
NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect.
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Remember The New Jersey Devils Getting Hit With Cap Circumvention Penalties?
via Darren Dreger tweets,
Hearing the NHL has reversed part of its penalty against the Devils for cap circumvention (Kovalchuk contract)....
NHL will award Devils with the 30th pick in the Draft instead of the 1st round pick as usually determined. Also forgiving $1.5 mil of fine.
Needless to say, NHL teams are not happy with the leagues decision to let the Devils off the hook.
added 12:31pm, Again via Dreger tweet,
Devils were orginally fined $3 mil, had to forfeit a 3rd ...
NHL Short Notes
TRADE DEADLINE RECAP
NHL clubs made 20 trades involving 38 players prior to Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Click here for a full list.
Among the more the notable deals:
Video- Ottawa Coach Paul MacLean Calls Out His Team
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean after Ottawa's 4-1 loss to Calgary.
They just don't play hard enough....
"We found out, to our chagrin and surprise the other day, we had been told the cap was going to be $71 [million] and now with the Canadian dollar having tanked, that the cap could be as low as $68 [million]. That's a huge swing,"
-Dean Lombardi, GM ofl the Los Angeles Kings. More on the Kings including the Gaborik trade from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Viddeo- Dustin Tokarski With The Bad Goal Of The Night
Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens wants this one back..
Time For The Stars To Shine In Pittsburgh
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The story isn't Ryan Kesler. Not at all.
The Penguins swung hard and missed on Kesler. So give 'em credit for stepping to the plate — general manager Ray Shero always does — and let it go. Move on. The story isn't the big fish they did not land or the shrimp they pulled in to play on the top line.
Honestly, it's not about the star they did not get.
It's about the stars they still have.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Suddenly on deadline day in the National Hockey League, the cherished ‘C’ became all about ‘me’.
The captains of two teams were revealed to be nothing like captains at all, traded for each other in a mashing of egos, mirrors, contract negotiations, hurt feelings, pettiness and singularity.
It was almost enough to make Darryl Sittler tear the ‘C’ from his jersey once again, if that wasn’t bad enough t...
Yesterday’s Pass Or Fail Teams
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
TEAMS THAT DIDN'T GET THERE
Actually moved the Bruins up and down on this list a couple of times but ultimately settled with a "didn't quite get there" ranking. The top team in the Atlantic Division didn't get the guy it wanted in Andrew MacDonald, who went to Philadelphia on Tuesday. So GM Peter Chiarelli went to Plan B and added Andrej Meszaros, trading a third-round pick to the Flyers in the deal. Meszaros, a member of the Slovak Olym...
It’s Now Cup Or Bust For The New York Rangers
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This is the type of trade a team makes either if it is one piece away from winning a championship, or its management doesn’t place a premium on keeping its draft picks.
This is the type of trade the Rangers made on Wednesday, when they dealt the past and the future for the present in sending one first-rounder, one second-rounder that could become a first, and the remainder of Ryan Callahan’s season to Tampa Bay in exchang...
Trade Deadline Day Turned Into A Buyers Market
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It was a trend around the league Wednesday, as the buyers at the deadline had a rare good day. Unlike past years, when teams often sacrificed valuable assets in the name of short-term gains, GMs collectively kept their sanity – with the possible exception of New York Rangers boss Glen Sather – and refused to pay exorbitant prices to rent assets that may or may not make a difference in the stretch drive and into the playoffs.