The Wild are stacked on defense and struck a deal with Vegas to lay off their top five defenseman in the expansion draft, likely with this deal in mind. They shed $5 million in cap space but will likely pay to add the services of Foligno, a 228-lb winger that has the type of physical presence that the Wild were missing in the post-season this year. He becomes a restricted free agent today, and was previously signed at a $2.25 million cap hit. The Wild need cap space to sign Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter to new deals. Both hit restricted free agency today, and both will come at a pretty high price tag after successful seasons. According to Wild beat writer Michael Russo, the club wants to land a fourth-line center and a right-shot defenseman to replace Scandella.
Hearing that preliminary discussions have begun between the Sabres and Jack Eichel's camp on an extension. He's one year out of his ELS deal— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 28, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Peanuts, incidentally, was not what McPhee was asking Dorion to pay for the privilege of having him not select Methot in the expansion draft. According to Senators beat writer Bruce Garrioch (venerable), the ask was a first-round pick.
The Stars acquire D Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for G Dylan Ferguson & a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/Qf1CumiQWN— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 27, 2017
If that's the case then the market has soured a bit for McPhee and the many defensemen he drafted with the hopes of turning them into assets in the trade market. Methot was one of the biggest fish of his expansion draft picks, so Vegas and McPhee could be in for a rude awakening in the next few weeks as they try to unload Alexei Emelin, Luca Sbisa and Clayton Stoner. The Golden Knights selected 13 defensemen in total at the draft, and they were under they belief that defensemen were the hottest commodoties on the trade market. It may be true in general, but to be more specific, puck-moving defenseman (and exceptional ones) are the ones driving the market. The players in McPhee's stable right now are not exactly Paul Coffey-type players. None of this likely matters to Pierre Dorion or the Senators right now. They lost the defenseman they wanted and Ottawa's loss is Dallas' gain. Methot, 32, and earning $4.9 million for the next two seasons, should provide some good stay-at-home defense for a Stars team that badly needs it. Dallas swooped in and scored a win in this deal. Other teams eyeing Vegas defenseman might want to pony up and do the same. It may not take a whole lot to make a deal.
Led to believe the ask from the #Sens to protect Methot was a first-round pick in 2018.— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) June 27, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Rangers soured on Stepan during the playoffs this year and Chayka swooped in and scooped up a player that was being undervalued by his current team. He'll be a key leader in Arizona, and if the Coyotes continue to improve he may end up as the perfect No.2 center. In Hjalmarsson Chayka gets a blueliner with three Stanley Cup rings. The 30-year-old Swede wasn't a part of many trade rumors but Chayka went to Stan Bowman and the cap-weary Blackhawks with the perfect offer to lure him away. That's savvy dealmaking. Arizona may not look like a playoff team yet, and the team still will see its arena deal expire at the end of the season, but as far as the on-ice product goes, the Coyotes are a lot further along than they were two weeks ago. Chayka's dealing has given a beleaguered franchise hope--and a shot of proven talent to boot. With a few more deals and some more seasoning, we may finally see a contender in the desert. For now, at the very least, there's hope.
For a team that gets kicked around and a young gm who's often questioned, Arizona and John Chayka has done some slick work this morning.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
As it stands now, the Coyotes and 28-year-old general manager John Chayka have a lot of work to do. Team owner Andrew Barroway bought out the rest of the team's minority owners in early June and now owns the team outright. But the Coyotes problems are not just on the ice or behind the bench. The orgnanization's current lease deal in Glendale is up after next season, so there will be tense negotiations and the threat of moving the club to another part of Arizona or out of the area entirely. According to Forbes, the team loses about $8 million annually and is valued at about $240 million.
Tip was not a fan of Mike Smith trade, not a fan of how things went down w/Shane Doan. Don't think relationship with Barroway was working.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) June 23, 2017
On eve of NHL Draft, Coyotes have no coach, no captain (yet), no president/CEO, no starting G, no No. 1 C (still), no prez of hockey ops.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) June 23, 2017
The New York Islanders have acquired winger Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Strome. Eberle, 27, has 165 career goals in 507 NHL games. The winger is signed through 2019 at an AAV of $6 million. He was much maligned in Edmonton after putting up 20 goals and 31 assists in 2016-17 for the Oilers, and only two assists in 13 playoff games. The same could be said for Strome, who put up 50 points in his second season, but managed just 28 and 30 points in his last two campaigns. The 23-year-old is signed through 2018 with a cap hit of $2.5 million. Rumor has it that Islanders' GM Garth Snow is not done dealing. The team appears to be in the hunt for another top six forward, and is likely targeting Matt Duchene of Colorado or Alex Galchenyuk of the Canadiens.
Islanders Transaction: The team has acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome. pic.twitter.com/aMosTueeyW— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 22, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Dubas' name came up in rumors last year, when his services were reportedly being sought by the Coyotes, and some thought he might be in the running for the Sabres General Manager job, which was recently awarded to former Penguins Assistant GM Jason Botteril. Could this be a plan hatched by the Leafs to have Dubas go to Colorado, trade them Nathan MacKinnon for a bag of pucks, then return to Toronto in a few year's time?
On COL/Dubas, as mentioned on-air, not sure where it stands. But there were conversations. Question is: still a possibility or closed-off?— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 24, 2017
Per a source, Simek's deal is $925k at NHL level next season. Sandberg $742.5k in 17-18, $792.5k in 18-19 #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNBCS) May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
In other news, Arvidsson was bloodied after the hit, in the shape of an "R." Not really sure why it's news, but it seems to be.
#Preds Pekka Rinne is 10-1 with a 1.46 GAA and .944 SV% in his last 11 postseason starts at home— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) May 23, 2017
So there you have it.
thank goodness arvidsson is okay because holy hell nick ritchie zorro-marked him pic.twitter.com/lYmR1L589z— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) May 23, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
So, what should you do when your team trails by a touchdown late in the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final? How about try to take Scott Wilson's head off? That's what Ottawa's Tommy Wingels went with--and he nearly succeeded. Will the NHL's Department of Player Safety make its presence felt? Stay tuned...
We almost made it through a whole game without an elbow to the head, but alas I present you Wingels on Wilson.— Jim (@PandaPSU) May 21, 2017
Yay, NHL. pic.twitter.com/GoNCEzVzfz
Karlsson says he'll be fine for Game 6 #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 21, 2017
He'll need to be. The Senators aren't the same team without Karlsson, and they have zero momentum after suffering a humiliating 7-0 defeat to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. Only one of those goals came with Karlsson on the ice. Pittsburgh went 3-for-3 on the power play and outshot the Senators 36-25. Game 6 is Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Karlsson, Brassard and Ceci were rested. All will were good enough to come back. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Rakell was tied for second on the Ducks with 13 points, and he leads the team in plus-minus (+13) and is tied for the team lead in power play points with four. From the looks of things, Nicolas Kerdiles will draw in at forward for the Ducks, and the top line will be comprised of Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Ritchie and Corey Perry.
Ducks just announced that Rakell (lower-body injury) is out tonight.— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 20, 2017
From a cursory glance, Ducks lines/pairs looked like: 37-15-10, 7-17-33, 21-44-86, 58-50-40, 4-42 47-71, 2-45.— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) May 20, 2017
Here's the NHL's full statement about the incident. No suspension is forthcoming.
Getzlaf drops the "f**king c***sucker". This is ok right? pic.twitter.com/85tOgFsdYK— Adam (@JohnnyNuck) May 19, 2017
From the inbox: pic.twitter.com/5tXZHNDbOk— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 20, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
At this point it's not really clear who will draw in for the Predators at pivot if Fisher can't go. Vernon Fiddler has been the club's fifth center in these playoffs and he has played five games and scored one goal. But the Predators will have to go lower in the depth chart for their next option.
Here's what happened to Mike Fisher https://t.co/4AZqFuDxbg— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 19, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
TSN Insider Darren Dreger reports that the 26-year-old Czech is garnering big interest from the Edmonton Oilers and perhaps the Calgary Flames.
Defenseman Jan Rutta named Player of the Game for Czech Republic today. Will make decision on NHL offers soon. https://t.co/NdvwAxzXEd— Allan Walsh (@walsha) May 18, 2017
Multiple NHL offers on Czech dman Jan Rutta. Edmonton is among the CDN teams with interest, but i don't believe they've tabled offer yet.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 18, 2017
The 6'0" 210-lb defenseman scored 32 points in 46 games for Chomutov Pirati of the Czech League last season.
Flames are tight lipped, but I'm hearing Calgary is also in on offensive dman Jan Rutta.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 18, 2017
Rutta just finished up playing for the Czechs in the IIHF World Hockey Championships, and was named the Czech player of the game in the Czech Republic's quarterfinal loss to Russia on Thursday.
Jan Rutta's stats: pic.twitter.com/ByLA18G2dV— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 18, 2017
#Isles also confirm that Bob Corkum will not be back as assistant coach.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
5. Craig Anderson has a .964 Save Percentage in the Conference Final Craig Anderson has quietly been the Senators best player in the first three games of this series. Yes, the Sens have done a fantastic job of shutting down Pittsburgh's banged-up lineup with their swarming nuetral zone 1-3-1 cauldron, but Anderson has been there whenever Pittsburgh has found its way past the D. He has stopped 80 of 83 shots and has a 0.98 GAA.
Points by D, these playoffs: pic.twitter.com/1IrdowslX2— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 18, 2017
Seems like every round a goaltender steps up and plays hero. So far Anderson is the hero of the Conference Finals. pic.twitter.com/hu9n5lJ18D— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) May 18, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Nashville outshot the Ducks 40 to 20 and did not allow a shot on goal in the final 11 minutes and 23 seconds of the game. According to Natural Stat Trick, the Predators finished with 28 scoring chances to 11 for the Ducks. Anaheim opened the scoring on a power play goal from Corey Perry, his first of the series and third of the playoffs, at 15:35 of the second. The veteran sent a wrister from the goal line that somehow got past Rinne, who had trouble getting his positioning against the post on the play. Nashville leveled at 3:54 of the third on Filip Forsberg's 6th goal of the playoffs. Forsberg won a loose puck from Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen, dished it out front to Ryan Ellis for a chance and then banged home the rebound as Anaheim goalie John Gibson was falling beneath the weight of Viktor Arvidsson, who was sent into the goalie on a check from behind by Vatanen. "We never stopped believing," said Filip Forsberg after the game. "We were taking over after that goal." The Predators kept coming late and finally broke through after Chris Wagner was sent to the box for high-sticking at 16:05. Mattias Ekholm's point shot was stopped by Gibson but the rebound caromed off of Arvidsson right to Josi who deposited into the open net for the eventual game winner. With the roof virtually coming off the Bridgestone Arena, the Ducks could not manage a single shot on goal down the stretch, even with Gibson pulled for an extra skater for the final minute and 22 seconds. Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.
The Predators are the first NHL team in 20 years to win 10 consecutive home playoff games.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) May 17, 2017
Not your parent's NHL. Days of crashing net, making "incidental" contact with the goalie no longer part of the game. #ANAvsNSH— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) May 17, 2017
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman will be up all night, staring at the ceiling, talking goaltender interference #SmallTalk— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) May 17, 2017
Gibson has made 35 saves and been run over twice. Still has almost half a period to go, at least.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 17, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Here are some other topics discussed in today's podcast: 1. Some Game 7 NHL History 2. Clever roster decisions by Barry Trotz and Todd McLellan gives their teams an edge 3. Should Sid the Kid even be playing? 4. A look at the goalie matchups 5. A funny quote from Randy Carlyle 6. Predictions 7. See you next time!
Pittsburgh's 5-0 road record in Game 7 is best among all major pro sports franchises. Two of those wins were in Washington (92, 09). https://t.co/nSwuKtAjJ8— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
He is eligible to sign a new deal on July 1 and the Islanders, from owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky on down, have spent the better part of a year keeping the lines of communication open with his agent, Pat Brisson, about the organization’s plans. The Islanders are likely to offer Tavares an eight-year contract worth upward of $10 million per season. If Tavares tells the club he’s not interested in signing this summer, Snow likely will be forced to entertain trade offers for his superstar before July 1 arrives. Even with a year left on his deal, the Islanders can’t wait to see what happens in the 2018 offseason and risk seeing their franchise player walk away with no compensation.Staple also reported that Tavares had surgery on his right hand last month and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of next season. Tavares is still in a cast, but is proceeding as scheduled in his recovery and should have the cast removed next week.
It's been a rough one for Crosby and the Penguins thus far. The Capitals have just taken a 2-0 lead on a goal by Andre Burakovsky at 6:36 of the second period. The Penguins hold a 13-5 edge in shots as we approach the mid-way mark of period two.
The blow to Crosby's head was an inadvertent high stick by Niskanen. Crosby still hasn't left the bench.— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
"Maybe the guys didn't know the goaltender was coming," Vigneault said. "But there was less than two minutes and we were down by a goal--we should expect it." The Rangers can take solace in the fact that they have won four in a row at home and dominated Ottawa in Game 3 and Game 4, outscoring them 8-2. "We're down, and can't lose another game," said Vigneault. "We're going to go back to New York, regroup." The Rangers were outshot 6-0 in the overtime and only had one shot attempt while the Senators had 13. Michael Grabner had a goal waved off at 4:12 of overtime when it was ruled that he played the shot with a high stick. On Turris' winner his shot was initially blocked by Dan Girardi, but Turris alertly scooped up the loose puck and charged past Girardi before depositing the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. "I know it's Kentucky Derby day. I guess that was our horse tonight," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "Definitely somebody who came out with the max character and the pushback we can expect from him. It was very inspiring." The Rangers lead early by a 2-0 margin, but later had to rally from 3-2 down. Ryan McDonagh scored t 17:49 of the second to tie it and rookie Jimmy Vesey scored his first playoff goal to put the Rangers up 4-3 at 12:48 of the third. But the Senators dominated play down the stretch before breaking through with Brassard's tying goal.
Brady Skjei did not play the last 5:04 of the third period.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 6, 2017