Hurricanes rout Islanders, Rangers get key win

 

Playoff positioning heating up The Carolina Hurricanes (97 pts) won their 9th straight game, routing the NHL-worst New York Islanders 9-0 Tuesday night. The Hurricanes kept pace with the Philadelphia Flyers for the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference The Flyers currently hold the tiebreaker because they have three games remaining while the Hurricanes only have two games remaining. In Tuesday’s win Eric Staal had three goals and an assist, and finished with a club-record fourth hat trick of the season, while Cam Ward made 12 saves to record his 39th win of the season. The Islanders were outshot 57-12 Rangers 3 ‚Äì Canadiens 1 The Rangers got a much a needed win and are now two points ahead of the Florida Panthers for 8th place in the Eastern Conference and are within striking distance of the Montreal Canadiens (92 pts) ¬†for 7th place in the East. A win inRead More »

NHL: Shakeup continues in MTL; Five teams in talks with Leafs about Nik Antropov

 

The Montreal Canadiens have re-assigned forward Sergei Kostitsyn to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League Official Release from the Canadiens: Forward Gregory Stewart has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Forward Sergei Kostitsyn has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Stewart will join the club in Washington. Stewart, 22, registered one point (1 assist), posted a plus-1 rating and averaged 9:38 of ice time in three games this season with the Canadiens. The left-winger, who started the season in Hamilton, is sixth in the AHL this season with 170 penalty minutes. The Kitchener, Ontario, native amassed 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) with a plus-8 rating in 51 games with the Bulldogs in 2008-09. This season with the Canadiens, Sergei Kostitsyn, 21, scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and served 64 penalty minutes in 52 contests Columbus, Chicago, Florida among five teamsRead More »

Around The NHL

 

Photo Courtesy of South Central The most glaring thing of the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss against the Islanders Monday afternoon is playing in front of their new coach for the first time they couldn‚Äôt come up with enough of a adrenaline rush to beat the worst team in the league. Personnel wise this team is flawed. There is no way around it. I am all about the Penguins moving to a more up-tempo system but all Dan Bylsma will be is a fresh face. Until the roster is upgraded where the Penguins can be effective playing a up-tempo system, were not going to see much improvement. Sidney Crosby is clearly frustrated and he is just doesn‚Äôt seem like himself lately. The losing seems to be getting to him and it appears he is frustrated with the lack of help on his wings. Shero has to bring in somebody to elevateRead More »

Source: “Management doesn’t see Antropov as a good fit”

 

A few tidbits I’ve been able to gather today Sources tell me Leafs forward Nik Antropov is not on the Penguins radar, he is not seen as a good fit. Columbus, Boston, Florida, Buffalo, Chicago, and LA are among the teams that are currently pursuing Antropov. Check out the NHL Trade Deadline Chart for the rest. The Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Chicago Blackhawks and left winger Martin Havlat have conducted discussions on a long-term extension. I’m hearing a two-three year deal worth $4 million per season has been discussed. Havlat is in the last year of a 3 year – $18 million deal he signed three seasons ago. The surging Kings and Panthers along with the Buffalo Sabres are among the most active teams in trade talks right now. If the Panthers are going to move Nathan Horton it won’t be until the draft. Sharks enforcer Jody Shelley (lower bodyRead More »

NHL Insider Report: Antropov, Kaberle drawing significant interest; NYR to pursue Scuderi in FA?

 

The Penguins, Hurricanes, Stars and Blue Jackets have had discussions with the Leafs about forward Nik Antropov. Leafs GM Brian Burke is driving up the price for Antropov If Blues forward Andy McDonald hits the free agent market, Brian Burke will look to bring him in. Rob Scuderi has been one of the Penguins most consistent defensemen this season. Scuderi could triple his current salary on the open market and sources indicate the Rangers will make a play for him if he opts for free agency. If Mark Eaton is worth two million per season, Scuderi’s representatives will be using that as a starting point in talks with the Penguins. The Minnesota Wild have inquired about Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. The Wild have Marian Gaborik‚Äôs salary coming off the books next season but their best hope to add a top 6 forward is through a trade. Elite Players justRead More »