Penguins’ fans will have a close eye on Caps-Isles tonight. An Islanders regulation loss and a Pittsburgh win will result in the Penguins clinching second place in the Metropolitan Division. Washington, though, won’t be doing Pittsburgh any favors. Alex Ovechkin will play but with nothing at skate, the Capitals will rest Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson tonight.
The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the 16th and final berth in the 2019 playoffs with a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Friday night. The all-in Blue Jackets will enter the final day of the regular season as the second wild card seed and will need a regulation win vs the Ottawa Senators combined with a Hurricanes loss against the Flyers to move into the top wildcard spot and avoid the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1. EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE 1. Y-WSH 104 PTS | 44 ROW 2. X-NYI 101 Pts |42 ROW 3. X-PIT 99 Pts | 42 ROW ___________________________ 1. P-TBL 126 Pts | 55 ROW 2. X-BOS 107 Pts | 47 ROW 3. X-TOR 99 Pts | 46 ROW __________________________ Wild Card 1. X-CAR 97 Pts | 43 ROW 2. X-CLB 96 Pts | 44 ROW _________________________ Saturday’s Playoff Seeding Implications CBJ @Read More »
Derick Brassard is on the move again. The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Brassard from the Florida Panthers in-exchange for a 2020 3rd round pick. This is the type of deal the Penguins felt they were going to be forced to take for Brassard prior to the Nick Blugstad, Jared McCann deal surfacing. Brassard had 1 goal, 3 assists in 10 games with the Panthers. Wanting cap flexibility for the summer, the Panthers basically traded Nick Blugstad and Jared McCann for a 2019 second-round pick, 2019 4th-round pick and a 2020 3rd-round pick. Florida made the trade for Brassard with hope that by deadline day they could get a second-rounder for him but that type of market never developed for the struggling forward.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have landed the first big fish on the trade market in acquiring center Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators. This is a big move for the Blue Jackets in the short-term and long-term if they can get Duchene signed to an extension this summer. While an extension is not part of the deal yet, the Blue Jackets received intel from the Duchene camp in recent days that Duchene will strongly consider resigning in Columbus that saw them decide to push forward to complete the deal. Duchene is not a bona-fide No. 1 franchise type center by any means, but Columbus now has a formidable 1-2 punch down the middle and from a playing style, Duchene’s strengths of creating individual 1-on-1 offense off the cycle and has a dynamic ability to create offense down low in tight spots that will play right into the Blue Jackets offensiveRead More »
BOS RECEIVES: F Charlie Coyle MIN RECEIVES F Ryan Donato 2019 5th round pick TRADE BUZZ: Minnesota’s asking price under Chuck Fletcher and now Paul Fenton for Charlie Coyle has been so high for sometime that the surprise of this deal wasn’t that Coyle was traded, but it was the return. Minnesota is starting a bit of a re-tool. Donato, 22, has a chance to be a nice player, but Fenton turning Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle into just Viktor Rask and Ryan Donato is going to draw some criticism in Minnesota as it should. For Boston this is a nice deal for them. Coyle is always going to be that player where you look at him and he should produce more, but it’s a player who can skate, has great size and play anywhere in your lineup. Boston also gets a year of control as Coyle is a UFARead More »
Dan Milstein is out as the agent for Columbus Blue Jackets star winger Artemi Panarin. Panarin filed paperwork on Monday with the NHLPA for an agent change and officially hired Paul Theofanous. The significance of this is that Theofanous is the agent for Sergei Bobrovsky which will prompt speculation that the two are looking to be a packaged signing this off-season. In the short-term for the Columbus Blue Jackets, any glimmer of hope that Panarin could have a change of heart and stick around with a deep run is completely shut. It’s no secret around the league that Theofanous, a hard nosed negotiator, despises the Blue Jackets organization over their handling of Bobrovsky. Behind closed doors, it’s been ugly since the summer between the two sides.
Penguins 2019 Draft Capital heading into trade deadline month: 1st RD, 2nd RD, 4th RD (3), 5th RD, 7 RD (2). One situation to watch all season has been the 2019 conditional 4th round pick from the Buffalo Sabres received in the Conor Sheary/Matt Hunwick trade. The pick becomes a 2019 3rd rounder if Sheary scores 20 goals or 40 points or Matt Hunwick is traded before the draft. Neither is likely to happen. With 32 games remaining in the Sabres season, Conor Sheary (8G-13A-21Pts) projects to fall short of either threshold that could turn the pick into a third rounder. Sheary with 2 goals in his last 30 games, is on pace for 13 goals and 35 points. Last season in Pittsburgh Sheary netted 18 goals and 12 assists.
Full details >> https://t.co/M8xVa2oTxX#LeafsForever — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 29, 2019 If there was a contender in the Eastern Conference that had to acquire a top-2 pairing defenseman by the deadline it was the Toronto Maple Leafs. With pressure to go all-in this season and make a deep run while the likes of Auston Matthews/Jake Muzzin are still on their entry level contracts, first year GM Kyle Dubas just had to make this type of move in acquiring Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings. Muzzin is the perfect type of defenseman to bring in for Toronto in filling an immediate need to play top pairing minutes, while also being insurance next season if Jake Gardiner prices himself out of Toronto due to their cap situation. Muzzin’s $4 million cap hit for next season is manageable for the Leafs. An issue lately for the Leafs is having Ron HainseyRead More »
If there’s a team that desperately needed the All-Star break/Bye Week, it’s the Washington Capitals. The defending Cup Champions dropped their seventh straight game Wednesday night with a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is a hockey club that just looks gassed from their goaltending on out. Braden Holtby posting a 2nd straight sub-.910 SV% season, the Capitals have allowed 21 goals over their last three games and have been outscored 36-18 during the losing streak. Washington has luckily built up some capital where they still sit 2nd in the Metropolitan Division with 60 points. Washington returns from the break February 1st against the Western Conference leading Calgary Flames and won’t have the NHL’s leading goal scorer Alex Ovechkin (suspended for skipping All-Star Game).