Why did Montreal grab Sergei Gonchar from Dallas for Travis Moen?

Ryan Kennedy
Sergei Gonchar heads to the Habs (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There are some hockey trades that just make sense at the time and others that require a little more thinking. When news hit that Montreal had acquired veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar from Dallas in exchange for sandpaper bottom-sixer Travis Moen, the initial motivations were cloudy.

After all, the Canadiens aren’t exactly a physically intimidating team and the Stars didn’t seem to be in a position to lose an experienced blueliner, but here we are. So what’s the context of this deal?

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Stars run hilarious Human Centipede drill in hopes of building teamwork, leadership

Jared Clinton

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to see today: The Dallas Stars participating in a drill where three groups are connected to each other and have to scoot along their bottoms to cross the finish line.

It’s hard for the drill not evoke the image of horror/psychological thriller Human Centipede, which is a movie that needs no further explanation. Take a look for yourself (fast forward to 2:46): Read more

Rumor Roundup: Colorado’s struggles could result in shake up for Avalanche core

Colorado Avalanche. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche are currently struggling to recapture last season’s 52-win, 112-point performance. Entering this week, the Avs have won only four games while their 13 points in 16 games left them near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

It was a matter of time until their early difficulties sparked some trade speculation. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports it’s believed Avalanche GM Joe Sakic and coach Patrick Roy could shake things up if the club fails to get its act together soon. Read more

Antoine Roussel to face disciplinary hearing for sucker punch on Justin Braun

Jared Clinton

As Saturday night’s contest between the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars wound to a close, Stars winger Antoine Roussel received a misconduct for a hit to the head of Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock.

Initially, it seemed as if Roussel, if he were to face supplemental discipline at all, would receive it for his hit on Stalock. However, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Sunday that pesky 24-year-old will instead face a hearing for the sucker punch to Sharks’ defenseman Justin Braun that followed: Read more

Watch Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin interview each other awkwardly

Matt Larkin
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin discuss everything from Rolls Royce shopping to horses in their goofy exchange.

So Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have gone uncharacteristically cold. It’s not a big deal yet. Don’t sell them in fantasy leagues. And don’t worry about your Central Division chances yet, Stars fans.

If the chemistry they show in this video from ESPN is any indication, they’ll get back on the same page in no time. Have a look at the two-minute segment, in which they take turns interviewing each other:

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Rumor Roundup: Hurricanes GM Francis looking for trade partners

Jordan & Eric Staal (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

After going winless in October, the Carolina Hurricanes opened November with their first two victories of the season, downing the hapless Arizona Coyotes and the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. This recent bout of success, however, won’t stem the growing tide of trade speculation dogging the Hurricanes this season.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports Hurricanes GM Ron Francis is getting phone calls from other clubs interested in making deals with him. Francis claims none of them are willing to make a hockey trade which that makes sense for his club, as they’re attempting to dump bad contracts upon the Hurricanes. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Defensemen at a premium in trade market

Tyler Myers

SI.com columnist Allan Muir observes it was around this time a year ago the first significant trades of 2013-14 took place, most notably the Buffalo Sabres shipping Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and two draft picks. Muir, Sarah Kwak and Brian Cazeneuve speculated about which NHL teams could be the first to swing a significant trade this season.

Cazeneuve notes “a lot of teams” would love to land Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. Though he doesn’t recommend it, he believes moving Myers could fetch a return to address several areas on the Sabres requiring short-term help. Kwak points out injuries to the respective defense corps of the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers could force them into the trade market, though the market is currently thin for blueliners. Read more

Halloween match-up: Ducks’ Perry vs. Stars’ Seguin

Bryan Mcwilliam
Dallas Stars v New York Islanders

There are four games on a spooky Friday night Halloween schedule for the NHL, the biggest belongs to a match-up between the Anaheim Ducks – tops in the Western Conference with 16 points – and the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The squads feature formidable line-ups that include stars such as: Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf, but tonight’s big match-up will feature the top goal scorer in the NHL in the Ducks’ Corey Perry – who is tied with Rick Nash – and the Stars’ Tyler Seguin, who is tied for most points in the league.

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