Islanders 4 – Penguins 1 PIT GAME LEADERS Matt Murray | 33 Saves, .923 SV% Conor Sheary | Goal (15), 2 SOG Phil Kessel | Assist, 3 SOG Derick Brassard | Assist, 2 SOG The Penguins performance in Matt Murray’s return to the lineup was underwhelming to say the least. Pittsburgh fell behind 2-0 in the first 10:33 of the game and although it was a one goal game going into the third period, it just never felt like it was going to be the Penguins night. In three games so far during a four game stretch against teams that are nine points or more out of a playoff spot, the Penguins have taken 3 out of a possible six points and the Penguins have looked like a bored team, especially in the defensive end. Defensively the Penguins did a lot of standing around against the Islanders Tuesday night andRead More »
New Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon who has a reputation of looking to be a hands on Mark Cuban type owner, is having a world of trouble in finding a General Manager candidate willing to take the job. Three of the Hurricanes top targets for their GM opening, Mike Futa (Los Angeles Kings), Paul Fenton (Nashville Predators) and Tom Fitzgerald (New Jersey Devils) all withdrew from consideration in a matter of days this week. Once Fenton withdrew, word around the league is the Hurricanes planned to offer Fitzgerald the job this week. All three have cited that it’s not the right time but this is a strong indictment on the situation in Carolina and concerns about the owner. Penguins Assistant GM Bill Guerin also declined a request to interview for the job this week as the Hurricanes tried to expand their initial 5-candidate list after candidates started withdrawing. Where do theRead More »
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators for a 2020 third round pick annd forward Nick Moutrey. Contrary to any reports, Pittsburgh was not looking to require Cole. A source says the NHL brass would have frowned upon it. There is a familiarity between Cole and Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen who was the Blues assistant GM when Cole was drafted by St Louis. The Blue Jackets are now said to be wide open on moving Jack Johnson.
TRADE DETAILS Boston Receives: Rick Nash New York Receives: Ryan Spooner, 2018 First Round Pick, 2019 7th Round Pick, Defenseman Ryan Lindgren, Matt Beleskey Rick Nash is the latest big name on the move and has been traded to the Boston Bruins. Boston has always loved power forwards like Nash, so it’s not surprising they step up to pay the price for Nash. But, did the Bruins significantly upgrade their team? With having to go through Toronto and Tampa Bay, Boston is one of those teams it won’t be surprising if they reach the Eastern Conference Finals or lose in round one. Nash is a nice piece but he’s not the Rick Nash from three to four years ago. Nash has 18 goals and 28 points in 68 games. Boston loses Spooner here, a speedy-playmaking center who has 25 points in 39 games, a player whose games is built toRead More »
Latest NHL Buzz The New York Rangers are expected to ask Rick Nash for his 12-team list this week and the Rangers are certain the list will include a couple teams in the Metropolitan Division, based on their preliminary discussions with the Nash camp so far. Early indications are the Rangers are willing to trade Nash inside the division. Nash and his representatives already have a tentative list in place and the Penguins are expected to be one of the 12 teams on Nash’s list , league sources told TIOPS last week. That will make the Penguins a team to watch as Nash has long been a favorite of Penguins In what has been an expected development, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports the Rangers are likely to pick up 50% of Nash’s remaining cap hit, something that has to be a must if the Rangers want toRead More »
Big news out of Nashville today as Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement. SEE YOU AGAIN. Mike Fisher is ending his retirement and will play for the #Preds this season. https://t.co/TJ3Si0jAXY — Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 31, 2018 The 37 year old had 18 goals and 42 points last season for the Predators. The Predators already one of the deepest teams down the middle with Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino, have talked about using Bonino on the wing in the past. That could happen now. Bonino signed a 4 year, $16 million with the Predators on July 1 and one of the selling pitches from the Predators to Bonino and his agent Petr Fish is that Bonino was looked at as the long-term replacement for Fisher. Bonino has 7 goals and 12 points in 37 games this season.
Father time always comes out on top and it was quite an NHL career for Jaromir Jagr. Jagr today cleared waivers, presumably ending his legendary NHL career as he will now go back to Europe to continue playing. One of the All-time greats, Jagr is top-5 all-time in goals, assists, points and games played: 766 Goals (3rd) 1,155 Assists (5th) 1,921 Points (2nd) 1,733 Games Played (3rd) 1,079 of Jagr’s 1,921 career points came as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won two Stanley Cups and established himself as one of most dominating forwards of not just his era but all-time. Jagr last wore a Penguins uniform in 2001 but there were two opportunities over the last 10 years where a Jagr reunion to Pittsburgh was in play. After Marian Hossa turned down a 7 year, $50 million offer from the Penguins in July 2008 and signed withRead More »
Ray Shero has started to make the Devils Interesting Again Another pretty big hockey trade in the month of November. The New Jersey Devils today traded forwards Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round pick. 🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨 The #NJDevils have acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional third-round pick from Anaheim. New Jersey sends forwards Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round pick to the Ducks. https://t.co/ik2k08usnx pic.twitter.com/lO5iR6x9n9 — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) November 30, 2017 The Devils are starting to get pretty interesting in the Metropolitan Division due to the high-end talent that’s been brought in over the last year. Devils GM Ray Shero is often known for dealing defensemen for top-6 forwards, but this was a move where Shero has the forward depth to move a productive forward in Henrique forRead More »
Vegas Golden Knights Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury remains out indefinitely due to concussion symptoms and is not close to returning to the ice. Vegas GM George McPhee tells John Shannon of Sportsnet that Fleury has yet to begun skating and is still dealing with “at least one concussion symptom.” Fleury has been off the ice since suffering a concussion on October 13 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Vegas is a surprising 15-7-1 on the year, despite not having Fleury for all of four games and also losing No. 2 netminder Malcom Subban for a month.