Rumor Roundup: Canadiens GM Bergevin looking for offensive help

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As the Montreal Canadiens continue to plummet in the standings, calls are rising for GM Marc Bergevin to do something to save their dwindling playoff hopes. As Bergevin has publicly stated he won’t change the coaching staff, his only option is the trade market.

The more the losses pile up, the more the trade rumor mill buzzes in anticipation over Bergevin’s plans. There’s been talk of pursuing Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels recently reported right winger Dale Weise and defenseman Tom Gilbert could be shopped if the losing continues.

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Coyotes assistant GM Darcy Regier leaves team for ‘personal reasons’

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Darcy Regier (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

After less than two seasons as the Arizona Coyotes assistant GM, Darcy Regier has stepped away from his post for unspecified personal reasons.

Tuesday, the Coyotes confirmed Regier had left the organization, but did not comment further on Regier’s departure.

Regier, 59, was hired by the Coyotes in July 2014 to serve as the team’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, where he was to work under Arizona GM Don Maloney. Regier filled the post vacated by Brad Treliving, who left the Coyotes to take over the GM job in Calgary. At the time of Regier’s hiring, Maloney said it was a great addition to the Coyotes’ staff. Read more

Louis Domingue allows another goal from center ice, this one to Dustin Brown

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Louis Domingue (via Streamable)

Only three days ago, Arizona Coyotes netminder Louis Domingue was named the NHL’s rookie of the month. It was a fitting honor for the Coyotes goaltender, who has been stellar in his appearances with starting netminder Mike Smith on the shelf.

But for as good as Domingue has been, he may have to start scouting the opposition for Dustins. In Domingue’s final game before the all-star break, he squared off against the Winnipeg Jets and allowed Dustin Byfuglien to score on a blast from center ice. Those goals happen, though, and Domingue shook it off as well as he could. In fact, he probably wasn’t thinking about it all heading into Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Maybe he should have been, though.

In the second period against Los Angeles, Kings captain Dustin Brown was carrying the puck through the neutral zone and stepped across center ice before rifling a puck from the red line towards Domingue. As Domingue’s awful luck would have it, the puck bounced a few feet in front of him and completely changed course. Read more

Pacific Division captain guides team to inaugural 3-on-3 All-Star Game win

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John Scott (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

John Scott’s bizarre, winding journey to the NHL All-Star Game ended in storybook fashion.

With the fans in Nashville chanting “MVP” each time he stepped onto the ice in the dying minutes, Scott’s Pacific Division team finally secured a 1-0 victory in the championship round of the 3-on-3 tournament against the Atlantic stars.

The fans got what they wanted. Scott, who scored two goals over the course of the event, was presented with a new car to go along with a small trophy. That was after his Pacific teammates Brent Burns and Mark Giordano hoisted their captain in the air like a modern-day Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger.

John Scott, MVP, was the star of the show.

John Scott. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

John Scott. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Of course, Scott’s road to that moment was a little different than that of Ruettiger, the undersized Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end whose struggle to play collegiate football was told in a famous 1993 film.

Scott, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound left winger, began this season playing for his sixth NHL organization since he entered pro hockey with the AHL’s Houston Aeros. As a noted enforcer, his hands were used more for slugging opponents than scoring. He had 542 penalty minutes compared to five career goals.

But Scott won the fan vote to gain an all-star spot and become the Pacific Division captain. That spot was in question when the Coyotes dealt Scott, who’d played in only 11 games, to Montreal and the Canadiens sent him to their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.

In a piece on the Players’ Tribune, Scott even alleged a representative from the NHL tried to coerce him not to attend the game.

Of course, attend he did. And the crowd ate it up.

They gave him a standing ovation before he took his slapshots in the hardest shot event at the Skills Competition.

But Sunday was really his time to shine.

Scott tapped in a pass from Burns for his first all-star goal and went down on one knee to celebrate. He checked former teammate Patrick Kane, recording the first all-star hit since 2003 in the process, and then pretended to duke it out with the Chicago Blackhawks star.

Scott’s second goal had some style points as he ripped a shot by Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk on a breakaway.

It was impossible to remove the smile from Scott’s face whenever the camera was on him.

Scott was all anyone wanted to talk about by the time the weekend was over.

It’s safe to say no one would have predicted that back in October.

Jets’ Byfuglien tricks Coyotes’ Domingue with fake dump in, scores from red line

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Dustin Byfuglien. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien taught Coyotes rookie goaltender Louis Domingue a lesson Tuesday night, and that’s that he better be sure of himself when he leaves his net to play the puck.

Domingue learned the hard way, too. In the second period of Tuesday’s game, Byfuglien skated the puck to safety out of the Winnipeg zone and glided into the neutral zone. With linemates ready to chase a dump in, Byfuglien wound up, put his head down and appeared to be set to dump the puck around the boards. Instead, he pivoted his body ever so slightly and hammered the puck on goal.

Domingue, who was expecting the dump in, began to leave his net when Byfuglien shot the puck, and he couldn’t get back quite in time to stop the slapshot from center ice: Read more

Luckily for Milan Lucic, things ain’t the way they used to be

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It’s reasonable to expect that a suspension given for an on-ice crime that was committed more than 20 years ago would be a lot different than one of a similar nature in today’s game. And that was certainly the case when Milan Lucic of the Los Angeles Kings was sentenced for his gratuitous punch to the head of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton, but not in the way you’d think.

Lucic served one measly, meaningless and inconsequential game for slashing and drilling an unsuspecting opponent in the head with a sucker punch and forfeited 0.1 percent of his salary this season. It was literally the least the NHL could do. Yes, Connauton slashed Lucic across the wrists and made a boo-boo, for which he was penalized two minutes for slashing. Which players such like Lucic seem to think should be just cause for losing your mind and taking matters into your own hands.

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THN.com Roundtable: Which bubble teams will make, or miss, the playoffs?

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The NHL standings are very close. The league has rarely seen the kind of parity being displayed so far this season. More than halfway through the season you can count on one hand the number of teams that are already out of playoff contention.

While teams like the Capitals and Kings start to run away with their divisions, there are a number of teams stuck right in the middle, right on the crowded playoff bubble.

As the all-star break approaches, here are our picks for playoff bubble teams that will be in or out of the playoffs come April.

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Prospect Need to Know: Jeremy Lauzon has Rouyn-Noranda flying

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It’s home stretch time in the CHL as trade deadlines have passed and all the newbies are settling in to their new uniforms. In 2016 draft news, the NHL’s Central Scouting bureau released its mid-term rankings and not surprisingly, Auston Matthews topped the European skaters list (because he’s playing in Switzerland). Team USA linemate Matthew Tkachuk of OHL London was tops amongst North American skaters, while Filip Gustavsson (Lulea) and Carter Hart (Everett) lead the goalies. Here’s a look at some of the other prospects making noise right now:

 

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