Caps deal Niskanen to Flyers

 

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Radko Gudas. Niskanen has 2 years remaining with a $5.75 million cap hit. Washington gets a cap savings of over $3 million with the Flyers retaining 30 percent of Gudas’ $3.35 million cap hit. Niskanen’s departure is not surprising as Capitals officials believe his game took a nose-dive last season and quietly put him on the market at the deadline.

Latest NHL Buzz: Jeff Skinner’s Payday, Erik Karlsson, Taylor Hall, Flyers going big in RFA market?

 

Latest NHL Buzz Price of Doing Business hitting Buffalo When you’re a General Manager like Jason Botterill who knows his seat is starting to get extremely warm in entering a make or break season for an impatient owner that has a history of paying executives, coaches not to work, you’ll get stuck in a situation Botterill now finds himself in. The price of doing business when your job is on line can get rather expensive. It started with the coaching hire and is now spreading to negotiations with Jeff Skinner. After Alain Vigneault Pittsburgh was in the mix for Skinner at the 2018 draft and were among three teams Carolina was entertaining offers for at the time. Some say Pittsburgh was in fact the leader in the clubhouse until things got close to the finish line and Karlsson to stun the hockey world? Erik Karlsson by-passing the free agency interviewRead More »

Blues Center Oskar Sundqvist suspended one game

 

The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended center Oskar Sundqvist one game for boarding Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk in the Blues 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 (series tied 1-1) on Wednesday night. The former Penguin has been a breakout player for the Blues this season with 14 goals and 31 points in the regular season, including 9 points in 21 playoff games. Sundqvist has 1 assist in the Stanley Cup Final through two games and played 15:24 in Game 2.

Flyers add Therrien, Yeo to coaching staff

 

The Philadelphia Flyers are adding quite the staff under new head coach Alain Vigneault in hiring Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo as assistant coaches. Therrien and Yeo who are very close friends, spent seven seasons together in the Penguins organization and both have close ties to Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher who hired Yeo as head coach in Minnesota and was in Pittsburgh when Therrien got the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2008 and has always had an admiration for Therrien who would have been a top candidate for the head coach job in Philadelphia had Vigneault went to Buffalo. OFFICIAL: The #Flyers have hired Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo to serve as assistant coaches on head coach Alain Vigneault's staff. https://t.co/FvlskNwWR3 — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 6, 2019

Hurricanes sweep 🧹 Islanders

 

The Carolina Hurricanes are headed to the Eastern Conference Final, dispatching the New York Islanders in four games. Carolina’s 5-2 win in Game 4 saw the Islanders become the first team in 26 years to have an 8 game playoff.

Hurricanes amped with draft capital following Adam Fox trade

 

NYR Receives: D Adam Fox CAR Receives: 2019 2nd Rounder (37th overall) 2020 3rd rounder (conditional) The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes in-exchange for a 2019 2nd round pick and a 2020 conditional 3rd round pick that turns into a 2nd round pick if Fox plays in 30 games next season. Fox who was a main piece in the Carolina – Calgary four player trade last summer, never had any intention of signing with Carolina, just like he had no intention of ever signing with Calgary. College players continue to have success in dictating where they want to play as the worst kept secret in hockey for a year now has been that Fox would end a New York Ranger via trade or as a college free agent in August 2020. The Rangers are getting a skilled right shot puck moving defenseman whoRead More »

Hurricanes take first two games in Brooklyn

 

GM 2: CAR 2 – NYI 1 Curtis McElhinney stopped all 17 shots in relief of an injured Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes have taken the first two games in Brooklyn, opening up a 2-0 series over the New York Islanders . Injuries keep piling up for the Hurricanes, this time losing Mrazek in the second period and their underdog story continues, now two wins away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hurricanes burned the Caps in round 1 with third period scoring and today was the same story vs the Isles. Entering the third down 1-0, Warren Foegele scored 17 seconds into the period and Nino Niederreiter scored 48 seconds later. Carolina has held the Islanders to just two goals thus far in the series. The Islanders scored 7 goals in two homes games vs the Penguins in Round 1.

GM 2: Matt Duchene evens up series

 

Matt Duchene scored a power play goal at 3:42 of the second overtime to deliver a 3-2 Blue Jackets win over the Boston Bruins to even up the series at 1-1. Back-to-back overtime’s, Columbus – Boston has had just about everything through two games Physical play, nastiness, and great goaltending on both sides in what’s setting up as an highly entertaining series. The Blue Jackets stars came to play in Game 2. Artemi Panarin was sensational with 2 goals and dominated play throughout, especially his play with the puck along the wall. He seemed a step ahead of the Bruins all night. Sergei Bobrovsky was a rock in goal and enough can’t be said about how Seth Jones is dominating games right now. What a player he’s evolved into.

GM 1: Jordan Staal nets OT winner

 

Game 1 goes to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders. Staal with 4 goals in the postseason, including goals in three straight games, has had a resurgence in the postseason for the Hurricanes who have won five of their last six. Netminder Petr Mrazek posted a 31-save shutout for the Canes.

TIOPS Inside Buzz: On NHL Playoffs, What Rival teams say of Pens/Malkin situation & Latest Steelers Draft Buzz

 

TIOPS INSIDE BUZZ — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. The Washington Capitals were ousted in Round 1 Wednesday night on a Brock McGinn double overtime goal as an unpredictable 2019 postseason continued.  The NHL has always wanted parity with this playoff alignment and they got it this season with all no division winners advancing past Round 1. Washington’s rein comes to an end and as good as a story the Hurricanes are, the NHL loses a great Round 2 storyline of Trotz vs the Capitals. This was just a strange series for the Capitals. To go up 2-0 in the series followed by laying an egg in Games 3 and 4, to then deliver what looked like a knockout punch in Game 5 where it appeared after fives games they were finally taking the Hurricanes seriously, only to drop games 6 and 7 as Carolina roared back to win four ofRead More »