Winners & Losers from the Duchene Blockbuster Deal


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 »

OTT/COL/NSH Blockbuster


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

Mark Streit placed on waivers by Canadiens


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.

Fleury shines in Vegas debut


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: Has the ‘ship sailed’ for the Penguins on the Matt Duchene front?


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 »

Key Dates and Details of Events for Hockeyville Celebration


Hockeyville 2017 Events: Sept. 6 National Anthem Contest; Sept. 21-23 includes Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event, Gala at the Cal U Convocation Center, 5K Race & Parade in North Belle Vernon and Fun Fair at Rostraver Ice Garden: WHAT: To celebrate Belle Vernon’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2017 win as the country’s most passionate hockey community, the Local Organizing Committee is hosting several events leading up to the NHL® Pre-Season Game between the St. Louis Blues® and the Pittsburgh Penguins® on Sunday, Sept. 24 that is scheduled to air live on NBCSN at 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, Sept.6 The National Anthem Singing Contest has begun for an opportunity to perform the national anthem at the Sept. 24 Kraft Hockeyville USA NHL Pre-Season Game! Interested singers must be regional residents between the ages of 12 and 25 and submit an entry form and song video by Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:59Read More »

Expansion Draft: Vegas Golden Knights Selections


Fleury a Golden Knight The Vegas Golden Knights have officially selected Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury in the expansion draft. Fleury got a standing ovation from those in attendance as the Golden Knights look to make him the early face of the franchise. The Penguins in return have traded Vegas Golden Knights Selections Goaltender Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche Defenseman Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks Forward Teemu Pulkkinen, Arizona Coyotes Defenseman John Merrill, New Jersey Devils Forward William Carrier, Buffalo Sabres Forward Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars Forward Tomas Nosek, Detroit Red Wings Forward Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers Defenseman Brayden McNabb, LA Kings Forward Connor Brickley, Carolina Hurricanes Forward Chris Thorburn, Winnipeg Jets Forward Pierre Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender JF Berube, New York Islanders Forward James Neal, Nashville Predators Defenseman Deryk Engelland, Calgary Flames Forward Brendan Leipsic, Toronto Maple Leafs Defenseman Colin Miller, Boston Bruins DefensemanRead More »