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
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:
The trade deadline marks a time of buyers and sellers, of lopsided deals helping one side in the short term and the other down the road.
That’s why Tuesday’s swap between the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens feels odd. They rank second and first in their respective conferences and completed a true “hockey trade,” with right winger Devante Smith-Pelly, 22, going to Montreal for left winger Jiri Sekac, 22. Both players have one year remaining on their deals, Smith-Pelly at $800,000 and Sekac at $925,000, before becoming restricted free agents. They were born four days apart in 1992.
When it was announced Anaheim’s AHL team was moving from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif., talk immediately began about what the club would be named.
Sunday afternoon, it appears San Diego hockey fans have gotten their answer: the relocated team will take on the Gulls name, paying tribute to the longstanding tradition of area hockey teams being given that moniker. Read more
The NHL may have seen the last of Ilya Bryzgalov.
Sunday afternoon, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Anaheim Ducks have placed Bryzgalov on waivers and, if he clears, he will be demoted to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. The news comes as a surprise after goaltender Frederik Andersen missed the Ducks road trip into Western Canada.
With Bryzgalov having an extremely subpar season between the pipes for the Ducks, there’s a good chance this is his last run in the NHL. Read more
Weather permitting, Boston’s NCAA Beanpot tournament will end next week and hopefully I’ll be there. In the meantime, some more important dates were established when the CHL announced the hosts of next year’s Super Series with Russia: Kamloops, Kelowna, Owen Sound, Windsor, Rouyn-Noranda and Halifax. With that out of the way, let’s take a trip around the world of prospects.
The Anaheim Ducks have dealt with goaltending injuries, a beaten up blueline and the mumps, but now, with less than two full months of regular season action remaining, the team will have to deal with the losses of Matt Beleskey and Sami Vatanen.
The Ducks announced Tuesday afternoon that Beleskey will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, while Vatanen’s lower-body injury will keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. The injuries come just as the Ducks were beginning to get to full health again and right as teams head into the two-week stretch before the trade deadline. Read more
Alex Ovechkin had quite the game Sunday evening. The Washington superstar scored two goals, added two assists, and, if you ask Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, Ovechkin can even add a dive to his accomplishments.
After the game between the Ducks and Capitals, Getzlaf was speaking to media when he let Ovechkin really have it. There’s some NSFW audio, so beware of that before you listen. Read more