Yzerman Is Playing (And Winning) at the Deadline

The trade deadline has been an especially interesting time for Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman this season. While the team has been at the top of the league for most of the year, they have had a consistent defensive hole on their first pairing alongside Victor Hedman. While Jake Dotchin played adequately last season in this role, he has taken a major step back in his first full…

February 25, 2018
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Adding Another Nash: Pros and Cons

The Boston Bruins have made a deal with the New York Rangers to acquire Rick Nash. To make the trade go through, the Bruins parted ways with Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, their 2018 first-round pick, and 2019 seventh-round pick. This is definitely a hefty price, but it also shows that the Bruins are looking to win right now. With the record they possess thus far, it makes all…

February 25, 2018
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Oilers Trade Letestu to Predators For Pontus Aberg

The Edmonton Oilers informed both Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu that they would be moved before Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline. Letestu just found out the Oilers are a team of their word. On Sunday, the Oilers traded Letestu to the Nashville Predators for young and speedy forward Pontus Aberg. The Preds then flipped Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth-round draft pick. Letestu will be heading back to Columbus…

February 25, 2018
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Flames Drafts Pay Depth Dividends

Drafting should be judged with calendars – often several of them – rather than with a stop-watch. Over the past few years, the Calgary Flames’ scouts have had success drafting players and then sending them directly to the National Hockey League. The Flames selected Matthew Tkachuk at 6th overall at the 2016 NHL Draft. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports) But beyond first rounders that made the jump quickly like Sam…

February 25, 2018
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Bruins Sign Brian Gionta

The Boston Bruins have come to terms with veteran forward Brian Gionta on a one-year contract worth $700,000, the team announced Sunday. This news comes just a few short hours after the Bruins announced their blockbuster deal that saw a first-round pick, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey and one of the team’s top prospects in Ryan Lindgren traded to the New York Rangers for Rick Nash. Bruins sign Brian Gionta to…

February 25, 2018
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NHL Trade Rumors: Pacioretty, Karlsson, Iginla, Maroon, More

For those who watched Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, they’ll have seen a panel that consisted of Nick Kypreos, Elliotte Friedman and Kelly Hrudey and all were loaded with a wealth of information, rumors, speculation and updates regarding the NHL Trade Deadline that closes on Monday. They discussed, Max Pacioretty, Erik Karlsson, Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla, Jack Johnson, Joel Ward, Patrick Maroon and more. Max Pacioretty a King? Nick…

February 25, 2018
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Canadiens Trade Plekanec to Maple Leafs

The Montreal Canadiens have traded veteran center Tomas Plekanec and forward Kyle Baun to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev and a second-round pick int he 2018 NHL Draft. This deal is one of what is expected to be many coming from the Canadiens this season as the team looks to rebuild for the future after a very disappointing 2017-18. The Canadiens reportedly had three…

February 25, 2018
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Rangers Trade Nash to Bruins

The New York Rangers have traded veteran forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, a first-round draft pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019. The Rangers will retain 50% of Nash’s salary and the Bruins will retain 50% of Beleskey’s. OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and…

February 25, 2018
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Ducks’ Kase Making His Case

In what has been a more difficult season than the Anaheim Ducks have had in recent times, there have been plenty of positive storylines as the club makes a push towards a hopeful playoff berth. Rickard Rakell has built on last season’s success, once again leading the team in goals (22 in 58 games) and now adding more assists to lead the club in points (48). Ryan Getzlaf, at age…

February 25, 2018
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Karlsson Being a Golden Knight Makes Sense

With how poorly their season has gone, rumors have been swirling around the Ottawa Senators and a potential teardown and rebuild of the roster for several months. The trade of Dion Phaneuf to the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 13 was defensible as a salary-cap move and allowed the Senators to deny rumors of such a rebuild. However, the recent trade that sent Derick Brassard to the Pittsburgh Penguins by…

February 25, 2018
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