From Miller to Malkin, the best of the early season streaks

Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec (Photo by Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Under new coach Bill Peters, the Hurricanes stumbled out of the gate and lost their first nine games before finally getting Peters his first NHL win. Just when they seemed poised for that first victory, they’d have it snatched out from under their feet. It wasn’t great to watch.

But there are some of the best streaks. This is not a list of futility, but rather a list of incredible stretches from the first month of the 2014-15 season: Read more

Who won the Jeff Carter for Jakub Voracek trade…three years later?

Jakub Voracek's amazing start means fantasy players could get a king's ransom for him in a trade. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Since Jeff Carter was moved out of Philadelphia in 2011, he’s been a critical component of two Stanley Cup winners, won an Olympic gold medal, banked tens of millions of dollars and gotten hitched. Life is indeed sweet for the 29-year-old center.

But the question we’re asking today is who won that deal between the Flyers and Blue Jackets three-plus years later, based on the results of that swap, and the subsequent package Columbus received for the then disgruntled Carter.

Here’s our re-assessment of the transaction in the latest installment in our series of re-opened cold-case files.

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Five NHL coaches on the hot seat after one month

Edmonton's upcoming road trip will put Dallas Eakins' job security to the test. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

What does a slow start mean in the NHL? In some cases, it’s a harbinger of more poor play. Other times, it’s bad puck luck, which is correctable. Regardless of the cause, however, poor starts make heads roll every year. The advanced stats tell us GMs are often too hasty to axe their coaches, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The most common victims are bench bosses who ended the season prior on thin ice. They often get the boot as soon as they give their GMs an excuse to do so.

Here are five coaches who have to think about updating their resumes in the near future.

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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

Flyers equipment manager pulls hilarious snake prank

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After winning just one of their first six contests, the Philadelphia Flyers have gone on to rattle off three wins in their next four. You could say it’s thanks to timely scoring, improved goaltending, or, in this case, a loose locker room.

Derek Settlemyre, the head equipment manager for the Flyers, knows his job and does it well. He also knows how to pull a pretty great prank. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Isles have prospects to help land supplementary talent

Dallas Stars v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders are off to a terrific start this season. Entering this week, the Isles had a record of 6-2-0, putting them atop the Metropolitan Division and second overall in the Eastern Conference.

ESPN.com’s Craig Custance fielded a question from an Islanders fan wondering if the club might pursue a top-six forward like Carolina’s Eric Staal or a top-four defenseman. With over $63.5 million in payroll, the Isles have the space to take on a star player, as well as depth in promising young players to offer up as trade bait. Read more

Getting To Know: Matt Read

Mark Malinowski
Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers

Status: Philadelphia Flyers right wing.

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 185

DOB: June 14, 1986 In: Ilderton, Ontario

First Hockey Memory: “I remember seeing pictures of playing hockey in the basement or out in the street, when you’re two or three playing with your brother. I have a picture on my cellphone from that and it’s something I’d say is my earliest time of playing hockey.”
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