Rumor Roundup: Trade watch for Flames’ Glencross, Panthers’ Bergeheim heats up

Curtis Glencross (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Curtis Glencross‘ days with the Calgary Flames could be numbered. The 32-year-old left winger is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday there was no contract discussions between Glencross and Flames management, fuelling suggestions he could be dealt by the trade deadline.

Those rumors ramped up Friday when reports emerged from Calgary claiming Glencross, who has a full no-movement clause, was asked to provide a list of preferred trade destinations. However, the Calgary Herald’s Kristen Odland reports GM Brad Treliving said the veteran hasn’t requested a trade, adding it was possible Glencross could finish the season with the Flames. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Phil Kessel drawing interest from Panthers

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Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel remains the subject of intense trade speculation leading up to the March trade deadline. Despite his hefty contract ($8 million-annually for the next seven seasons), there’s reports he’s attracting interest from several NHL teams.

On Monday, Leafs GM Dave Nonis told Sportsnet’s Hockey Central panel the 27-year-old Kessel lacks a full no-trade clause. Nonis admitted the Leafs “have teams we can trade him to,” claiming they have the flexibility to change their team. Despite having discussions with other clubs, Nonis notes stars like Kessel carrying expensive contracts tend to move in the off-season, “if at all.”

Sun-Sentinel.com’s Harvey Fialkov believes Kessel would love to play for the Florida Panthers, as he lives in South Florida during the summer. Fialkov notes the Panthers have depth in young talent to interest the Leafs, though he doesn’t believe Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon will part with defenseman Aaron Ekblad or forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad or Brandon Pirri. Read more

Florida’s Nick Bjugstad is the big center every team wants

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Florida's Nick Bjugstad (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Think about the elite centers in the NHL and more than likely, the team they play for acquired them through the draft.

Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Tavares, Toews, Getzlaf, Giroux, Kopitar and Henrik Sedin all qualify and it’s no coincidence they were all snatched up in the first round. Tellingly, none of those players have been traded in their careers and to be a little cheeky, you kinda have to wait until the Boston Bruins are ready to trade a No. 1 center (Thornton, Seguin now that he’s in Dallas) if you want one.

Since that’s probably not going to happen again for awhile, the path to success is clear – since it’s near impossible to win the Stanley Cup these days without a great top pivot – and Florida’s leading scorer happens to fit the mold.

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Dmitry Kulikov gets four-game ban for hit on Tyler Seguin

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Dmitry Kulikov (via NHL Department of Player Safety/NHL)

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for four games as a result of his low hit on Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin.

The hit earned Kulikov a five-minute major for clipping and a game misconduct, while Seguin was forced to leave the game. There was no question that the play would result in a suspension and the four-game ban for Kulikov is the first suspension of his career. Read more

Blues’ Brian Elliott robs Barkov with amazing desperation save

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Brian Elliott

Sunday’s contest between the St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers turned out to be a goalie duel, and the kid they call ‘Moose’ ended up winning with a 40-save performance highlighted by a diving glove catch.

Brian Elliott was under siege in the third period as his Blues tried to hold on to a one-goal lead. The Panthers peppered the net, firing 15 shots on net in a span of 4:29 before St. Louis manage to get a shot at the other end.

But Elliott stood tall in the face of all that rubber, and made a potentially game-saving stop on Aleksander Barkov.
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Steve Montador has died at age 35 of ‘natural causes’

Steve Montador

Former NHL defenceman Steve Montador was found dead inside his Mississauga home early Sunday morning. He was 35 years old.

Peel Regional Police say a friend found Montador dead at about 2 a.m. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Police say an autopsy will be conducted but no foul play is suspected.

“It appears to be natural causes,” police said.
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Suspend him or not: Dmitry Kulikov takes out Tyler Seguin with a low hit

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Tyler Seguin

Dmitry Kulikov took out Tyler Seguin‘s legs with a dirty low bridge hit on Friday that should earn the Florida defender a suspension on top of his game misconduct.

The play happened in the third period of a game between the Stars and Panthers with 6:55 left on the clock and Seguin’s Stars ahead 2-0.

Seguin had just entered the Panthers zone and passed the puck away when Kulikov ducked low and took out Seguin’s legs in the middle of the ice. Seguin went toppling over Kulikov and couldn’t get back to his feet. He had to be helped to the dressing room.

See it for yourself.
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Luongo gets beat from center, has brilliant idea to stop it from ever happening again

Jared Clinton
Roberto Luongo

There is no player that has endeared himself to the masses through social media quite like Roberto Luongo. After allowing a goal from center ice on Tuesday, he had good reason to put his self-deprecation skills to the test.

The gaffe came with little more than five minutes left in the second period and the Panthers up 5-1. Anaheim Ducks winger Tim Jackman collected the puck at the red line, dodged a check and used his backhand to flip the puck into the Panthers’ zone. The puck bounced once, skipped twice and finally hopped over the glove of Luongo. Read more