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.
Winners of COL/OTT/NSH Blockbuster deal While Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic has been criticized for months around the league for his handling of the Matt Duchene situation, at the end of the day Sakic showed an ability to adapt from his initial asking price and land what many executives believe was a massive haul for Duchene. After turning down multiple deals since last year’s deadline, offers more centered around established NHL players, Joe Sakic’s patient approach might have drove Duchene, the fan base and even other clubs nuts throughout the process, but things fell perfectly into Colorado’s lap where a contract stalemate between the Senators and Kyle Turris opened the door for this blockbuster deal between the Avalanche, Predators and Senators to come to fruition. Of the three teams involved, Colorado and Nashville are the big winners: Colorado for one did better than many expected: In the deal theyRead More »
Duchene traded to Ottawa in blockbuster deal Ottawa Receives: Matt Duchene Nashville Receives: Kyle Turris Colorado Receives: Defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Nashville Predators. Colorado also receives Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond, a first-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2019 from the Ottawa Senators
Waiver Wire 39 Year old defenseman Mark Streit has been placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens. Signed this summer by the Canadiens to a one year, $700,000 contract, Streit was looked at as a player who would come in and take Andrei Markov’s role on the power play for Montreal. Instead Streit never found any footing with the Canadiens coaching staff and has been waived after appearing in just two games. Streit was in a similar situation with the Penguins coaching staff last spring once their group got healthy as he fell to No. 8 on the depth chart, even with Kris Letang sidelined, and the Penguins d-men struggling to move the With just a $700,000 cap hit, a team could take a flier on Streit as he can still move the puck very well but there was little interest in Streit this summer.
Two former Pittsburgh Penguins starred in the Vegas Golden Knights first ever regular season game Saturday night. James Neal scored twice and Marc Andre Fleury was brilliant in stopping 45 of 46 shots in a Golden Knights 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Fleury was under siege all night in what’s going to be a common scene all season for Vegas as they will struggle to create offense which was the case Friday. Fleury and Neal were the difference makers in spoiling Ken Hitchcock’s return behind the Stars bench.
Latest NHL Buzz 1. The year of what will John Tavares do? It’s going to be one of the top storylines for the 2017-2018 and is one of the closest situations a number of General Managers have their eyes glued on. The New York Islanders’ star center is best friends with Steven Stamkos and the talk has been out there for years that if Tavares left New York, it would be to team up with Stamkos, wherever he’d be playing. Whether that comes to fruition next July remains to be seen but what multiple NHL executives believe what Tavares will likely do is not sign an extension with the Islanders this season and take the Steven Stamkos route of going into the free agent interview period and then deciding what to do. Stamkos met with Toronto, Buffalo and San Jose during the free agent interview period in June 2016 beforeRead More »