Let the wheelin’ and dealin’ begin! Here are the remaining 10 big-time players most likely to find new NHL homes by March 2:
Colorado Avalanche, center
Contract status: 1 year @ $6M
Good fit for…ARI, BUF, FLA, MTL, WPG
Although some think O’Reilly, 24, could make the jump to become a bona fide No. 1 center, many pro scouts view him more as a tremendous second-line pivot. He’s a solid two-way forward with exceptional discipline (he had just two penalty minutes in 80 games last season), and he’s not a rental, with one season left on a two-year, $12-million contract. The Avs need a young defenseman in return. It’s more a matter of when he’s traded, not if. Read more
Heading into action Wednesday night against Guelph, Connor McDavid scored had 92 points. He scored his 93rd point – a power play goal – less than seven minutes into the contest with the storm. But it’s his 94th point, a spectacular individual effort, which is going to stand up as one of his best.
Little more than two minutes after his first tally of the evening, McDavid scooped the puck up behind the Erie net and skated up ice with a head of steam. He slipped past one check with relative ease, embarrassed a second defender and finished the goal off in style. It’s a must-see goal from the sure-fire top two pick in the upcoming draft. Read more
Buffalo Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth became the NHL’s first goalie publicly fined for diving this season when the league levied a $2,000 penalty on him for diving and embellishment in a game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Neuvirth was fined after his second offense of the season. The first took place against Toronto on Nov. 15, and merited a warning; the second offense came Sunday when he drew a penalty on Preds right winger Mike Santorelli: Read more
Iconic Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos dressing room attendant Joey Moss is one of the most beloved figures in the city’s history, and the 51-year-old will be officially recognized as such in May when he’s inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall announced its new class of inductees Wednesday, and Moss is one of 11 honorees. He’s in the esteemed company of Olympic gold medalist curler Kevin Martin, Olympic gold medalist hockey player Carla MacLeod and former NHLer Bruce MacGregor (who also served as Oilers assistant GM) and hockey builder James “Bearcat” Murray. They’ll be honored at the ASHF’s induction banquet on May 29.
Moss has been famous in Edmonton – and for that matter, the hockey community – since joining the organization (and working primarily with the Oilers’ training staff) in the 1984-85 campaign; he’s been a part of four Oilers Stanley Cup championship teams and is a tremendous role model for those living with Down syndrome.
Moss was presented with the NHL Alumni Association’s “Seventh Man Award” prior to the 2003 All-Star Game, and four years later, he was given the Mayor’s Award from Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel as a recognition of the Oilers’ commitment to people with disabilities. He’s also served as an assistant to the training staff of the CFL’s Eskimos since 1986.
Oilers captain and native Edmontonian Andrew Ference paid Moss the highest compliment after hearing the news: Read more
The NHL’s GM community continued to move well in advance of the league’s March 2 trade deadline, with the third deal of Wednesday taking place between the L.A. Kings and Carolina Hurricanes: the former gets defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Canes; the latter gets a conditional first-round draft pick and prospect Roland McKeown from the Kings.
Sekera isn’t scoring anywhere close to the 11-goal, 44-point season he posted for Carolina last season, but on a horrendous Canes team, the blueliner was second in time-on-ice average (22:49) and carries no contractual commitment beyond this year. Sekera is an above-average puck-mover, and with former Maple Leafs blueliner Cody Franson off the market as of mid-February, the eight-year-veteran was hotly pursued enough by multiple teams to drive up the price Carolina GM Ron Francis got for him. He’s not the type of player who will be the final piece of the puzzle for the Kings, but the 28-year-old Slovakian can be an effective second-pairing defenseman who plays a consistently positionally sound game. Read more
Better rush to get this blog up before every name in the headline above finds a new team.
The writing on the wall is pretty much in perma-Sharpie for right winger Jaromir Jagr and center Antoine Vermette. Left winger Joffrey Lupul has a decent shot at changing addresses before March 2′s trade deadline, too, assuming the Toronto Maple Leafs eat some of his $5.25-million cap hit.
Admit it: one of the funnest things to do this time of year is speculate on deals and propose some of your own. Let’s take a crack at it in this space with a few plausible swaps for each on-the-block player.
At this rate, there won’t be any trades left for deadline day.
The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday afternoon they have acquired Jiri Tlusty from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick 2016 in and a conditional fifth-round selection – which could become a sixth-round pick – in 2015.
Minutes before the Jets announced their acquisition of Tlusty, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs. For Winnik, the Maple Leafs received a second-round selection in 2016, fourth-round pick in 2015 and winger Zach Sill. Read more
There aren’t many reasons to feel bad for NHL players, but we think we may have found one thanks to a video released by GoPro showing Sidney Crosby deke around the ice.
The video, three minutes of Crosby showing off his ridiculous puck handling, shooting and hand-eye ability, is enough to put even the brightest of rec league stars to absolute shame. It gets worse, however, when you watch Crosby play 2-on-1… and he’s the one. Check out the Penguins superstar absolutely undress two defenders from his perspective: Read more