The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings continue to negotiate a deal which would see captain Dion Phaneuf going to Detroit today, but the sticking point now appears to be Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.
The possible deal would see the Leafs get Smith and forward Stephen Weiss in a deal for Phaneuf with the Red Wings assuming the remaining six years on Phaneuf’s deal at $7 million per season. Read more
Rangers GM Glen Sather was far and away the busiest GM on the day before the NHL trade deadline, making deals with Arizona and Winnipeg. But going into the day, the biggest question was the future of winger Mats Zuccarello, a pending restricted free agent who had been credibly rumored to be on the trade block due to his contractual uncertainty. And according to ESPN.com, Sather managed to get that situation cleared up before the clock struck midnight, signing Zuccarello to a four-year, $18-million deal to keep him in Manhattan for the long term.
With 12 goals and 35 points in 59 games this year, the 27-year-old Zuccarello isn’t enjoying the same success on offense has he did in the 2013-14 campaign (19 goals and 59 points in 77 games). Nevertheless, the speedy Norwegian has shown enough in more than five seasons with the team to have almost certainly received on the open market a significant raise from the $3.5 million he earned this year. Could he have received closer to $5 million a year instead of the $4.5 million he accepted? Read more
The Red Wings are en route to their 24th consecutive playoff appearance, but may be without concussed key winger Johan Franzen for its entirety. With that in mind, GM Ken Holland moved Sunday and made a deal with his former assistant GM and current Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill for veteran Erik Cole.
The trade also sends a third-round draft pick in 2015 from Dallas to Detroit, while the Stars receive a second-round pick in 2015 as well as two 22-year-old prospects: centre Mattias Janmark, and defenseman Mattias Backman. But the Wings get the most recognizable asset in the Cole, who at 36 is nearing the end of his 13-season NHL career, yet still is contributing a better-than average amount of offense (he’s got 18 goals and 33 points in 57 games this year after posting 16 goals and 29 points in 75 games last season) and plays a physical game coach Mike Babcock will appreciate. Read more
Don’t sleep on them Desert Dogs.
The Buffalo Sabres sure have held our attention this year, plummeting into the standings abyss in an unofficial push to win the Connor McDavid Sweepstakes. The Edmonton Oilers tire fire has populated plenty of headlines in Canada, as has the Toronto Maple Leafs’ shift toward a full rebuild.
But these Arizona Coyotes, I’ll tell ya. They struggle to fill their own building, so it’s no wonder they get lost in the noise. Yet in a span of 24 hours, they’ve set themselves on quite the path toward a bright future.
With the NHL trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Winnipeg Jets continued tinkering with their lineup, adding veteran right winger Lee Stempniak from the very busy New York Rangers Sunday in exchange for right winger Carl Klingberg.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulled off a trade for former Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty on Wednesday, and the deal for Stempniak mirrors that pattern insofar as there’s not a huge upside or downside to it. Read more
You never have to twist the arm of Rangers GM Glen Sather to get him to consider and consummate a high-stakes trade. In fact – and especially at this time of year – he usually walks around with his arm pre-twisted to make a deal more convenient for one of his 29 NHL colleagues. And on Sunday afternoon, he pulled off another major move, acquiring veteran defenseman Keith Yandle, minor-leaguer Chris Summers and a fourth-round pick in 2015 from Arizona in exchange for top prospect Anthony Duclair, defenseman John Moore, a Blueshirts first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-rounder in 2015.
First, the good news if you’re a Rangers fan: Yandle’s new team is built for the present, and the addition of the 28-year-old, eight-season veteran to a defense corps that includes Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle makes it one of, if not the best blueline groups in the Eastern Conference. Sather knows Henrik Lundqvist is 32 and Martin St-Louis is 39 and Rick Nash will turn 31 in the summer, and the East is about as wide open as it will get. And this is who Sather is. In his heart, he’s a gambler. Always has been, always will be.
However, here’s the bad (and potentially very bad) news: to land Yandle (who has four goals and 41 points in 63 games this year) Sather had to part ways with a huge trove of treasure: Read more
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs traded a maligned defenseman to the Detroit Red Wings it was Larry Murphy, who went on to win two more Stanley Cups in Detroit and cement his credentials as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. After all, four Stanley Cups looks a lot better than two on the career resume.
That was 1996-97 and Murphy was being booed every time he stepped on the ice in Toronto. The Leafs were so desperate to part with Murphy, they gave up the ubiquitous “future considerations” which turned out to be Detroit picking up part of his salary and allegedly sending then-GM a bottle of wine to then-GM Cliff Fletcher that summer.
A year later, the Maple Leafs made out a little better when they gifted another defenseman to the Red Wings in the form of Jamie Macoun. They at least got a fourth-round pick that turned out to be the useful Alexei Ponikarovsky in that deal. Macoun, meanwhile, went on to be a top-four defenseman for the Red Wings and helped them to their second consecutive Stanley Cup in 1998. Read more
After seven seasons as a Calgary Flame, unrestricted free agent-to-be Curtis Glencross is heading to Washington.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported early Sunday afternoon that the Capitals have acquired the two-time 20-goal man in exchange for second- and third-round picks in the 2015 draft. Glencross, 32, has nine goals and 28 points this season in 53 games with the Flames, and could find his fit in Washington’s top-six as soon as tomorrow.
Earlier in the season it appeared Calgary and Glencross would work toward a new deal, but news came as the Monday trade deadline approached that the winger had submitted a list of teams that he would be willing to accept a trade to and the Flames would look to move him. Read more