P-A Parenteau is winning Toronto’s trade deadline derby

Ryan Kennedy
P-A Parenteau (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

When the Toronto Maple Leafs put together their first-ever roster under new GM Lou Lamoriello, the tea leaves were pretty easy to read: hot young prospects such as William Nylander and Mitch Marner would not be rushed up to the majors, but a cohort of veteran free agents would get a chance to make a mark.

Enter P-A Parenteau, Michael Grabner, Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes. Those vets all came on short-term deals that would easily be flippable at the trade deadline and bring more futures in return, hypothetically.

So here we are, with less than a month to go before the deadline and very little movement in the market (blame Winnipeg). But rest assured, the logjam will be broken and for Toronto, that will mean dispersing some of the aforementioned vets to playoff contenders. The top name to focus on is Parenteau.

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Bruins’ Marchand goes between the legs, fires backhand goal on beautiful solo effort

Jared Clinton
Brad Marchand (Rob Marczynski/NHLI via Getty Images)

One of the biggest reasons why the Bruins’ offense has seen such a great turnaround this season is the play of Brad Marchand. The 27-year-old has always been a contributor for Boston, but he’s been on fire in 2015-16 and he wasn’t about to slow down Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

In the third period of Thursday’s game, the Bruins were killing a penalty when Marchand took possession of the puck in the Boston zone. With time winding down on the penalty, Marchand began to skate it out of the Bruins’ end, but circled back in order to kill a few extra seconds. The turn back ended up being the key to a beautiful goal, as Marchand wound up and gained speed through the neutral zone before burning Zach Bogosian with a between the legs move: Read more

Winnipeg’s Burmistrov fined $2,000 for diving, second Jets player cited this season

Jared Clinton
Alexander Burmistrov (via NHL)

Alexander Burmistrov is the seventh player this season to be fined for diving, as he joins teammate Nikolaj Ehlers as players who have been flagged for embellishment twice this season.

The NHL announced Wednesday that Burmistrov picked up a $2,000 fine for diving during a Jan. 26 game against the Arizona Coyotes, the Jets’ final game before the all-star break.

Trying to head up ice in the third period, Burmistrov ran into the stick of Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone and flopped to the ice. Arizona’s bench was immediately motioning to referees that Burmistrov had embellished the play, but to no avail. Stone was handed a tripping minor and Burmistrov headed to the Winnipeg bench: Read more

Does NHL treat diving more seriously than concussion protocol?

Dan Hamhuis and Mikael Granlund. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL announced Thursday morning that Winnipeg Jets center Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $2,000 for violating Rule 64, which deals with diving and embellishment. Burmistrov is the seventh player to receive a fine for diving, joining teammate Nikolaj Ehlers, Jordin Tootoo and Bobby Farnham of the New Jersey Devils, Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks, Zack Smith of the Ottawa Senators, and Teemu Pulkkinen of the Detroit Red Wings.

The NHL, which fines players and coaches on a graduated scale for such infractions really seems to have a bee in its bonnet for players who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Talk to any of the “hockey people” in the league’s head office and they see diving as an enormous blight on the game.

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Former player, referee Paul Stewart adds name to concussion lawsuit

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Former NHL referees Paul Stewart (left) and Kerry Fraser (Photo by Andy Marlin/AM Photography/Getty Images)

Of the 12 names that were added to the NHL’s concussion lawsuit yesterday, the one that stands out the most is that of Paul Stewart, the first American in history to make it to the NHL as both a player and a referee. According to the lawsuit, one of the more gregarious and easy-going personalities in the game, Stewart now suffers from depressive and anxiety disorders, anger, impulse and temper control issues and a loss of memory.

And more importantly, Stewart also has had a brain tumor. Last April, Stewart had a golf-ball sized benign tumor removed from his brain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He had spent much of the previous three seasons in Russia as a judicial and discipline consultant to the KHL. “When I got home from Russia, I promise you, things were not pleasant,” says Stewart, who turns 62 next month. “At first I thought it was because I was gone so long. I’m better since the surgery, but every day I really have to work at it.”

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Red Wings beef up alumni roster for outdoor game, add Yzerman, McCarty

Jared Clinton
Steve Yzerman at the 2013 alumni game (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may have been applauding his team’s 3-2 victory over Detroit Wednesday night, but come Feb. 26, he’ll be slipping on a Red Wings jersey and skating in his former red and white.

It was announced Wednesday that Yzerman has been added to the alumni game roster for the contest ahead of the Stadium Series game between Detroit and Colorado. Yzerman, who spent his entire career with the Red Wings, wasn’t on the initial roster for the game, but his addition adds even more intrigue to an alumni game that is the rekindling of one of the greatest on-ice rivalries of the past 20 years.

But Yzerman isn’t the only addition, and he might not even be the one most fans are excited about. Read more

The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 2 — On the Wideman suspension, and what’s gone wrong in Montreal

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Dennis Wideman (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Hockey News Podcast.

This week, THN writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy, and Matt Larkin discuss the Dennis Wideman suspension, what’s gone wrong with the Montreal Canadiens, and the return of Connor McDavid.

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[Music: Metz – Headache; Quicksand – Omission]

Canadiens’ struggles impact team award as improbable collapse continues

Jared Clinton
Mike Condon (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The past two months have been a seemingly endless nightmare for the Montreal Canadiens. Since the beginning of December, the Canadiens have slipped from first place in the Atlantic Division and first in the entire NHL to sitting five points out of the post-season. In their past 26 games, Montreal has posted a 5-20-1 record, far and away the worst record in the NHL over that span.

If you’re looking for another example of just how bleak things have been for the Canadiens, though, look no further than the team-awarded player of the month award, the Molson Cup. No player received the award for January, a month in which the Canadiens went 3-7-1.

That in and of itself is not necessarily an indictment of the Canadiens play as the award is handed to the player with the most first-, second- and third-star votes throughout a month. According to RDS’ Francois Gagnon, each of Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller tied for the award with a first star and third star honor in January. However, that three players tied for the award speaks to the team’s mediocrity over the past month, and marks the first time this has happened in the 43-year history of the award. Read more