San Jose and Pittsburgh had a classic tilt last night as two of the best teams in the NHL duked it out. The Sharks won 5-3, thanks in part to Patrick Marleau‘s shorthanded goal, which saw the veteran undress Evgeni Malkin while Sidney Crosby looked on.
The St. Louis Blues’ acquisition of goaltender Ryan Miller and winger Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres has sparked speculation over how their Western Conference rivals will respond.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal wonders if the Los Angeles Kings will pursue Thomas Vanek or the more affordable Matt Moulson, or if the Anaheim Ducks will make a pitch for Buffalo’s Tyler Myers. Matheson also wonders if the Sharks have interest in the Sabres’ Christian Ehrhoff or the Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald, and mused about the Blackhawks pursuing Nashville center David Legwand or Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov as a backup for Corey Crawford. Read more
Last night’s Ryan Miller trade came on a night both tams involved in the move – St. Louis and Buffalo – played a game. And with the announcement of Miller’s departure coming so close to game time, both teams (Buffalo against San Jose, St. Louis against Anaheim) were short a goalie.
St. Louis called on an equipment guy from Anaheim to sit on their bench as a backup, while the Sabres used a member of their video department. Read more
For adventurous foodies, Iceland has some of the world’s most daring dishes. Among them are singed sheep’s head, rams’ testicles and a mixed dish of sheep intestines, liver and lard tied up in a sheep’s stomach (kinda like haggis).
But by far the most olfactorily offensive, however, is hakarl, a traditional Icelandic meal of fermented Greenland shark that has to rot in the ground for six months before it’s even eatable for humans. It smells of ammonia and is chased with a local spirit called “Black Death,” just to take the taste away.
Imagine that and you’ll approximate how bad the Sharks stink up the ice whenever they visit the Sabres. Read more
The Olympic break was a great opportunity for some injured players to rest up. Here is a look at some key names expected to be back in the post-Olympic lineup and what the fantasy impact of these returns will be.
Viktor Fasth, Anaheim Ducks - For the second time this year, Fasth has been sent to the American League on a conditioning stint. The first one didn’t go so well as he managed just one game before being sidelined again with a lower-body injury. Last year, Fasth established himself as an above-average NHL-caliber goaltender who was giving starter Jonas Hiller a run for his money. This season, rookie Frederik Andersen is doing the same thing. A healthy Fasth makes this situation very interesting, but it will be Andersen who eventually gets sent back down. The Ducks won’t want to enter the playoffs without Hiller being on a roll. So expect Hiller to get the bulk of the starts, regardless of the status of Fasth.
Marian Gaborik, Columbus Blue Jackets - When Nathan Horton returned to action, Cam Atkinson was pushed down the depth chart. But that was probably better for Atkinson, who wasn’t ready for top ice time and responsibility. In a secondary role, Atkinson has shown to be a tremendous asset capable of 45 to 50 points. Gaborik’s return could go one of two ways. It could push one of he or Atkinson to the left wing, something that was done in pre-season games when they were linemates. Or it could push Atkinson down the depth chart even further. Although Atkinson now carries a bit of a risk as a result of this circumstance, I like the first scenario better – look for the two to be linemates, which actually helps Atkinson’s potential production. Read more
The Edmonton Oilers are among the handful of teams considered sellers leading up to the March 5 trade deadline. Right winger Ales Hemsky and defenseman Nick Schultz are among the Oilers expected to be shopped once the Olympic trade freeze lifts Feb. 23.
Hemsky is no stranger to rumors, but he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer earning $5 million this season and isn’t expected to be re-signed. Schultz, earning $3.6 million, is also a pending UFA.
Oilers analyst Bob Stauffer claims the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins could be interested in Hemsky. Stauffer also commented on a proposed deal with Hemsky going to the Phoenix Coyotes for prospect Henrik Samuelsson. While doubting the Coyotes would part with Samuelsson, the Edmonton Journal’s Jonathan Willis believes if the Oilers agreed to pick up half of Hemsky’s remaining salary it could make the 30-year-old winger attractive to teams with financial issues, like Phoenix.
SOCHI – How good has Joe Pavelski been between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk for Team USA? So good that some of the yahoos who call into sports radio stations are lobbying for the Toronto Maple Leafs to go out and get Pavelski in a trade from the San Jose Sharks.
Yeah, like Sharks GM Doug Wilson is going to do that. No, Gino from Woodbridge, Tyler Bozak and a second-round pick is not going to get it done. Plus, Pavelski is pretty happy where he is, both in the NHL and in these Olympics.
“I don’t know what I think of that,” Pavelski said. “I really like San Jose. We’re in a good spot. Good team. Good players.” Read more