• THN Trade Deadline preview: Pacific Division

    Jeff Petry (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

    The Anaheim Ducks may be running away with the division title, but it’s the recent surge by the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings that is the story right now. Following eight straight wins, Los Angeles has gone from the outside looking in to nipping at the heels of the Vancouver Canucks for second place in the Pacific.

    And if the wild-card race wasn’t tight enough in the Western Conference with the play of the Minnesota and Winnipeg in the Central, San Jose and Calgary only a breath back of the Wild for the final wild-card berth.

    At the bottom of the table sits Edmonton, set for yet another year of building for the future, and Arizona, shedding weight in favor of a youth movement in hopes the team can become a consistent contender in the near future. Both squads have players that are ready to move, and it could end up being they are dealt within the division. Read more

  • Five NHL trade deadline deals that helped clinch the Stanley Cup

    Bill Guerin (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    What are the chances your team will land a player on trade deadline day to help it win the Stanley Cup this year? It’s a long shot, but perhaps not as remote as you think.

    Over the past 10 years, five teams have made swaps on D-day for a piece of the puzzle, guys who’ve helped, on various levels, to capture glory. Here they are, in order of significance:

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  • Even with trial looming, Slava Voynov remains in limbo

    Ken Campbell
    Slava Voynov (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    It’s still to be determined whether the domestic assault trial for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will begin as scheduled Monday or be delayed by a week, and even if Voynov is found guilty, nobody seems certain when he’ll be able to play again.

    As GMs are scouring the league for the final available talent before Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, Voynov is expected to be in court for the first day of what is expected to be a five-day trial on a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury. But there may be a delay in the proceedings by a week, owing to the fact that deputy district attorney Frank Dunnick lobbied during a pre-trial conference this week to have the trial delayed by one week because he is working on another case. Read more

  • THN mock deadline trades: Yandle, Green and Petry

    Keith Yandle. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    We take a second crack at mock NHL trade deadline moves, this time shifting to the blueline. Defenseman trades are interesting because they involve such a premium position. It can lead to overpays. Stay-at-home Douglas Murray netted two second-round picks in 2013. Andrew MacDonald? A second- and third-rounder in 2014. Offense-minded D-men, especially those with manageable contracts and an additional year on their deals, can haul in more still. Jay Bouwmeester got Calgary a first-round pick when it sent him to St. Louis in 2013. Marek Zidlicky alone brought three skaters and two picks to Minnesota in 2012.

    What, then, of sought-after Keith Yandle, Mike Green and Jeff Petry? Yandle has boom potential with a year left on his deal. Green and Petry make for handy rentals as pending unrestricted free agents. Here are some mock trades to consider.

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  • Rumor Roundup: Blackhawks seek Kane replacement, Sharks have tough decision with Niemi

    Patrick Kane's upper-body injury has landed him on the LTIR. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Chicago’s Patrick Kane is out with a broken clavicle, which has spurred on speculation the Blackhawks will be dogged in pursuing someone to replace some of the winger’s production.

    To be fair, there’s no one in this year’s trade market capable of adequately replacing Kane. At best, the Blackhawks land a decent scoring winger to fill the void until Kane’s return sometime in mid-May, provided the ‘Hawks get that far into the post-season. Read more

  • David Clarkson: No regrets signing with Toronto

    Ryan Kennedy
    David Clarkson (Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

    If all goes according to plan, right winger David Clarkson will be in the lineup Saturday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets take on one of his former teams, the New Jersey Devils. But it’s not his time in Newark that folks like to pontificate on, it’s his brief tenure in Toronto after Clarkson signed a big free agent deal with his hometown team.

    Now that the dust has settled on the shocking trade that sent him to Columbus in exchange for injured winger Nathan Horton, Clarkson has revealed his thoughts on the turbulent times he had as a Maple Leaf, and they’re not as bad as you might think.

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  • Erik Condra goes down hard after Jamie McBain slash to the groin

    Jared Clinton
    Jamie McBain slashed Erik Condra in a tender spot. (via YouTube)

    Be warned: this is going to hurt to watch.

    During Thursday evening’s game between the Kings and Senators, Los Angeles blueliner Jamie McBain was exiting the Ottawa zone with Erik Condra coming towards him. Condra, with no stick, was simply making room for Ottawa to exit the zone when he caught a slash to what color commentator Jamie McLennan called the, “center of gravity area.”

    Suffice to say Condra went down in a heap after receiving the chop to the groin. Read more

  • Goal of the year race has new frontrunner from UK’s EIHL

    Jared Clinton
    Chris Culligan (via YouTube)

    Alex Ovechkin’s spinning, sliding, one-handed goal against Phoenix remains one of the best goals scored in recent history, but we’ll venture to guess that Chris Culligan’s goal in the EIHL is the greatest goal scored in league history.

    Culligan, who plays for the Cardiff Devils, scored a goal that’s similar to Ovechkin’s famous tally but had the degree of difficulty increased ever so slightly. You see, Ovechkin was falling and sliding without a defenseman literally on top of him. Culligan, on the other hand, had a defender draped all over him throughout the entire goal: Read more