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).
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has finally been canned, officially fired Tuesday night after the Oilers 3-2 loss on home-ice to the lowly Detroit Red Wings. The craziness with this situation is the Oilers brass allowing Chiarelli just two days ago to sign 30-year old journeyman goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a 3 year, $14.5 million contract. Koskinen who turns 31 in July, is 16-12-1 in his career with a .905 SV%. How that happens shows the dire situation the Oilers are in moving forward that those above Chiarelli would sign off on such a contract when almost every notable transaction under Chiarelli has turned into a dumpster fire. You don’t just decide out of nowhere that you’re going to fire the GM. This was brewing for weeks. With a once in a Generation Player Connor McDavid signed for seven more seasons in Edmonton, the NHL has a nightmare situation brewing inRead More »
MIN Receives: Victor Rask CAR Receives: Nino Niederreiter Trade Buzz: Thursday’s 1-for-1 trade of young underperforming players saw the Minnesota Wild acquire center Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes for left winger Nino Niederreiter. Carolina did an excellent job of being able to get out of the Rask contract, who has three years remaining with a $4 million cap hit. Rask has 1 goal, 5 assists on the season, mirrored in a 22-game goal drought. The logic here for Minnesota is taking the chance on a playmaking center who can help fill a top-9 spot longer term if the Wild move on from Eric Staal. Minnesota is also playing the card that a change of scenery will benefit the 24-year old who posted a career-high 21 goals, 48 points in 2015-2016. Niederreiter’s trade value was stunted because of his contract, where he has three years left on his deal withRead More »
The Penguins (25-15-6, 56 pts) on Tuesday night dropped to the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders (26-15-4, 56 pts) 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, continue to hang around in the Metropolitan Division and is it finally time to start buying into the Islanders as having sustainability in race for a top-3 spot in the Metro? The possession numbers, 5th worst in the NHL, have been poor all season for the Islanders, but the Barry Trotz effect is working to counter that with the 2nd-best Goals For% (57%/+23) at even strength in the NHL. With the Islanders you continue to wait for the goaltending to start trending down but it hasn’t to this point. Robin Lehner is 13-7-0 with a 2.16 GAA, .928 SV% and Thomas Greiss is 13-8-1 with a 2.62 GAA, .918 SV%. These numbers hold where NYI is getting .930 and .920 typeRead More »
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 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.
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.