The Chicago Blackhawks added to their depth while the New York Islanders shed some salary in a deal last night that saw Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard leave Long Island in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2014 draft.
Bouchard is expected to head to the minors, while Regin will bring versatility to the Hawks, as he can play either center or the wing and plays a decent defensive game. Both players had been healthy scratches at times in New York and Bouchard’s $2 million salary was not smart money spent. The right winger was only signed by the team this summer.
Though this appears to be a money dump for the Islanders, they will retain half the salaries for both Regin and Bouchard in the deal, as the Hawks are up against the cap as it is.
In what is seen as a so-so draft, the fourth-rounder acquired by New York will only have value if the Islanders have a specific diamond-in-the-rough in mind, or if they package the selection in another deal.
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane played with a heavy heart last night after learning his grandfather passed away. He honored the man with two goals and a helper, including this excellent score against the Kings.
Everyone loves a “beating the odds” story. And odds are, by the time a hockey player’s 35th birthday has passed, his production has slowed considerably, giving him more time between shifts to contemplate investment opportunities or a broadcasting career. But there’s always a few gifted impact players who seem to barely slow down with age. Here’s the top-10 point-getters over 35 this season. Read more
I’m not buying the malarkey Daryl Katz is shoveling.
In a recent letter posted on the Edmonton Oilers’ website, the team owner acknowledged an eighth consecutive season outside the playoffs is likely and asked fans for more patience.
But in the process, Katz added this comment that didn’t sit right with me: “The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental rebuilds went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer.”
I immediately called cow patty on that.
College hockey fans can be part of the process in helping select this year’s winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. But in reality, the award doesn’t belong in anyone’s hands other than the player they call Johnny Hockey.
Johnny Gaudreau is a Calgary Flames fourth-round pick from 2011 and is averaging two points per game, registering a point in all but one outing this season. And that was way back in October against Minnesota.
The 5-foot-8, 159-pounder was the 50th-ranked prospect in Future Watch 2013 and should crack the top 20 this year. (We’re working on the Future Watch project now.) Gaudreau is expected to forsake his fourth year at Boston College and turn pro with the Flames this spring. Quite frankly, he has nothing left to prove at the college level other than to complete his degree, which he can do during the next few summers.
Maybe he’s being humble, maybe he’s tired of the same question for half a century. Glenn Hall is just so matter-of-fact when it comes to talking about hockey’s most untouchable record.
“You had to be lucky,” Hall understated. “You had to stay healthy.”
Make no mistake, Hall’s record of 502 consecutive games between the pipes for Detroit and Chicago in the 1950s and ’60s is an ironclad standard enveloped in kryptonite. Even Superman won’t come close to touching this mark.
It’s unusual for a skater to play that many consecutive games. For a goalie, it will never happen again. It would be a cover story in The Hockey News if any stopper made it to 10 percent of Hall’s record. Read more
The Nashville Predators’ struggle for a playoff berth resulted in yesterday’s trade of defenseman Kevin Klein to the New York Rangers for puck-moving blueliner Michael Del Zotto.
Other moves could be coming for the Predators before the March 5 trade deadline. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claims Predators management is listening to offers for center David Legwand, who would attract considerable interest from playoff contenders.
Legwand, a hard-working two-way pivot with solid faceoff skills, is currently on pace to exceed the 50-point mark for the third time in his career. He’s on a contract paying him $4.5-million per season and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
Legwand could prove an expensive re-signing for the cost-conscious Predators. With the salary cap projected to jump by more than $7 million, to $71 million, for 2014-15, he could earn a considerable raise via free agency. Plus, after spending his entire career in Nashville, the 33-year-old could decide to sign with a Stanley Cup contender.
I once ate an amazing cheeseburger that had grilled cheese sandwiches for buns. Combining two great things often makes for one really, really awesome thing.
While recently pondering my two favorite pastimes, hockey and movies, I realized my pre-season Stanley Cup pick had not changed at the season’s midway point. It was still the St. Louis Blues. I also decided my pick to win the 2013 Oscar for Best Picture was 12 Years a Slave.
That gave me an idea. Why not compare the remaining eight Best Picture noms to my remaining top eight Cup contenders? With that, I present to you a literary grilled cheese sandwich burger, a.k.a. a breakdown of Stanley Cup frontrunners as Oscar-nominated films. It’s go time, in alphabetical order.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: Philomena
What does hockey in Orange County have in common with an elderly woman searching for her long-lost son? Both are targeted to niche markets, neither is a box-office smash and both are excellent entertainment for their few loyal supporters. The Ducks are the NHL’s best team, led by powerhouse seasons from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Philomena is a charming tale led by powerhouse performances from Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Does any one really expect Anaheim and Philomena to take home the hardware? Probably not, but underestimate them at your own risk.