NHL: Stars acquire Andrew Cogliano


ANA Receives: F Devin Shore DAL Receives: F Andrew Cogliano Trade Buzz: The reeling Ducks continue the process of getting younger upfront with swapping the 31 year old Cogliano for the 24 year old Shore. Shore an aggressive forechecking winger, has 5 goals and 17 points in 42 games, carrying a $2.3 million cap hit through the 2019-2020 season.  For Dallas, they’re getting a faster, better all-around player as of right now in Cogliano, who can play all three forward positions that brings a ton of speed to the lineup and durability. Getting faster was the key to the deal for Dallas. Still, there is some risk. The underlying numbers are good but he’s having a down year with 3 goals in 46 games and Cogliano carries a $3.125 million cap hit through the 2020-2021 season.

Jeff Carter remains a coveted trade target


Jeff Carter while on the downside of his career, showed in the first period why he’s an intriguing trade target from clubs ahead of the deadline with a great individual goal for his 9th on the season. Carter, 34, has three years left on his deal with a $5.27 million cap hit, but is only owed $7 million in cash (2019-2020 – 2021/2022). Carter can still play anywhere in the lineup, lacks a NTC, but the Carter camp has sent signals to clubs around the league that retirement is a possibility next season if Carter is traded from LA.

Rick Nash retires


Winger Rick Nash officially announced his retirement today. Nash dealing with lingering concussion issues, finishes his career with 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points in 1060 NHL games. Nash turned down lucrative offers this summer, including a 3 year deal worth over $16 million from the Vegas Golden Knights. Contenders continued to monitor the Nash situation throughout this season, including the Penguins who checked in again last month. If Nash decided to play this season, it would have been with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Torts gets to 600 Wins


Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has become the first American-born coach to have 600 wins. Tortorella tonight earned his 600th career win with a Blue Jackets 4-3 Overtime victory against the Nashville Predators. The Blue Jackets (25-15-3, 53 pts) after surrendering a 3-1 lead late in the 3rd period, were victorious a 1:22 into OT on a power play goal from Artemi Panarin. Panarin starred on the night with 2 goals.

Opening Night Takeaways: Caps Celebration continues, Matthews will get $12.5-$13 million per season


NHL OPENING NIGHT TAKEAWAYS WSH 7 – BOS 0 (F) TOR 3 – MTL 2 (OT) VAN 5 – CGY 2 (F) ANA 5 – SJ 2 (F) The celebration continues in Washington At least for one night, no Stanley Cup hangover in Washington. Alex Ovechkin and the defending Champs raised their Stanley Cup banner and roared to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins. Washington scored 24 seconds into the game on a T.J. Oshie goal and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a 1:23 later as the Capitals led 2-0 just a 1:47 into the game. They never took the gas off the pedal. Kuznetsov had 2 goals in the win and Nicklas Backstrom added 3 assists to lead the way for Washington. The obvious storylines for the Capitals entering the season is what type of Stanley Cup hangover if any they will habe and the loss of Tom Wilson. NeitherRead More »

NHL: Tom Wilson hit with 20 game suspension


The NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday suspended Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson for 20 games. The League had given Wilson chance after chance to chance and it reached the point where they had to deliver a significant suspension and they sure did. This is now four suspensions in his last 105 games and just the 16th game since Wilson was suspended for an illegal in the second round of the 2018 playoffs when he broke Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw. The NHLDPS called Wilson’s constant suspensions an “unprecedented frequency” of suspensions in the history of the NHL Player Department of Safety.

NHL: Torts gets 2-year extension


With dicey contract situations looming on star forward Artemi Panarin and Vezina trophy winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets have gone the stability route with their front office and coaching staff. On heels of new extensions for the General Manager and Team President, the Blue Jackets today announced a 2-year extension for head coach John Tortorella. CBJ have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a 2-year extension. → https://t.co/jX8B8DjuaQ pic.twitter.com/qK6YU2OZLd — Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) September 12, 2018

Latest NHL Buzz: Fallout of the Max Pacioretty Trade


Latest NHL Buzz: Fallout of the Max Pacioretty trade The Max Pacioretty saga was only heading towards one direction, a trade, and the Montreal Canadiens sent their captain packing Monday morning in trading Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights. In return for Pacioretty, Montreal acquired forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki, and a 2nd round pick in 2019 from the Vegas Golden Knights (Columbus’ pick previously acquired by Vegas). Tatar who carries a $5.3 million cap hit through the 2020-2021 season, was a total disaster in Vegas, struggling mightily in the Knights fast-paced system. In Claude Julien’s slower paced system, Tatar may bring some value to a Canadiens team depleted at center. The key to the deal for Montreal is clearly Nick Suzuki, the 13th overall pick in 2017. He’s a versatile forward that can play all three positions and scouts think his ceiling will be 20 goal, 50 pointRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Le’Veon Bell Watch, Trade Talks, Movement of NHL superstars & the Crosby Contract…..


  TIOPS Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. As Le’Veon Bell remains MIA, the situation now turns to Saturday. Does he finally report by 4:00 p.m. Saturday to collect his week 1 check and force the Steelers hand to pay him or not. This will be fascinating to watch if Bell actually reports before Sunday. The Steelers look weak if they cave in and don’t apply the 2-week roster exemption to Bell. With how vocal that locker room has been this week towards Bell, the organization has the perfect situation to make a statement and make Bell lose two paychecks. Here’s guessing if Bell shows up Saturday, though, Pittsburgh will pay him. As frustrated as the organization is, its easy to see them wanting to turn the page and not alienate Bell. 2. The San Francisco 49ers lost their No. 1 running and have over $35 million in cap space.Read More »

Jets ink Wheeler to 5 year, $41.25MM extension


The Winnipeg Jets today signed captain Blake Wheeler to a 5 year, $41.25 million contract extension. For a franchise that is financially cautious, this is a big commitment to the 32 year old Wheeler as Wheeler will carry a $8.25 million cap hit through age 33-37. Wheeler is coming off a monster season with 23 goals and 68 assists. With Patrik Laine entering the final year of his contract and in line for a $9-$10 million pay day, the Jets are in keeping this core together for a Stanley Cup run the next 2-3 years.