New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle remains a central figure in the trade rumor mill. There’s growing speculation the Blueshirts could shop the pending unrestricted free agent before the Feb. 29 trade deadline in hopes of landing a scoring forward.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes Yandle’s usage by Rangers coach Alain Vigneault suggests he doesn’t have a long-term future on Broadway. Despite the 29-year-old’s offensive skills, Brooks suggests he’s now being used more as a sixth defenseman.
The Canucks made the bizarre public announcement Sunday that they were shopping veteran Chris Higgins, but, just two days later, Vancouver has placed him on waivers.
Canucks president Trevor Linden told Sportsnet during Monday’s game that Higgins would be placed on waivers in part because there was a lack of trade interest in the 32-year-old. Tuesday afternoon, Higgins was officially waived by the Canucks and, per Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Higgins will report to the AHL’s Utica Comets if he is not claimed by Wednesday. Read more
Buried at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings a month ago, the Anaheim Ducks climbed to third in the division and within striking distance of a playoff berth. Credit for this improvement belongs to the outstanding performance of rookie goalie John Gibson and the solid play of their defense corps.
Offense, however, remains a problem for the Ducks. Since Dec. 1, they’ve managed to score three-or-more goals only three times and remain the league’s lowest-scoring team. Their offensive production drops significantly beyond first-line forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, who are well below last season’s high-scoring pace.
Monday night the Vancouver Canucks did what no team has done since Dec. 12: they beat the Florida Panthers. But after Daniel Sedin scored the game-winning goal in overtime — a goal that tied him with Markus Naslund for the most in Canucks history — he skated towards the Florida bench and appeared to yell something to the Panthers, and they didn’t take too kindly to Sedin’s words.
Canucks winger Derek Dorsett said that while Vancouver was celebrating at center ice, Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic and goaltender Al Montoya were yelling at the Vancouver players and Petrovic squirted water towards Sedin. That’s when Dorsett headed over to the Florida bench and the melee ensued: Read more
While it doesn’t happen often, there are times that a player publicly asks for a trade from his team. Take the Jonathan Drouin situation in Tampa Bay, for instance. For as infrequent as public trade requests are, it’s even more rare that a team outright announces they’re looking to move a player, but that’s exactly the situation with the Vancouver Canucks and winger Chris Higgins.
The Canucks announced Sunday via the team’s website that they are looking to move Higgins, 32, as part of their attempt to inject more youth into their lineup. The announcement came seemingly out of nowhere, but isn’t altogether shocking considering Higgins’ lack of production this season.
“As part of our transition to a younger team, I can confirm we’re exploring trade options for Chris Higgins so we can create more roster space for our younger players to develop,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said in a statement. “Chris is a quality person who has been an important member of our team for nearly five seasons. Our focus has been on finding a positive new situation for him and we will continue to do so.” Read more
Emerson Etem’s time as a New York Ranger has ended before even a full season has passed.
Friday afternoon the Rangers shipped Etem to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for winger Nicklas Jensen and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The deal comes the same day the Rangers had announced they would be shipping Etem to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack on a conditioning stint, and after TSN’s Bob McKenzie had reported earlier in the day that Etem may be on the move.
Etem, 23, was acquired by the Rangers in the off-season from the Anaheim Ducks along with a second-round pick in exchange for Carl Hagelin, second- and sixth-round picks. Etem hasn’t been able to find a regular spot in the Rangers’ lineup, though, and has suited up for only 19 of New York’s 40 games this season. Etem has been a healthy scratch 18 times this season, including eight of the Rangers’ first nine games. Read more
Over the past few seasons a number of teams have worn throwback jerseys, but few NHL franchises have as deep a uniform history as the Vancouver Canucks. In February, the Canucks are bringing back one of their most famed jerseys — the red, yellow and black flying skate — as part of a 20-year celebration for Rogers Arena.
Those jerseys were worn during some of the most successful seasons for the Canucks, including their 1994 run to the Stanley Cup final. The skate logo was worn by Canucks legends such as Trevor Linden, Pavel Bure and Kirk McLean, and it’s a great choice for a throwback night.
But no retro night would be complete without a goaltender going all out with his equipment, and Vancouver’s Ryan Miller is heading into the outing with a brand new mask that perfectly combines not just the skate logo, but another, more infamous, Canucks jersey design: Read more
Daniel Sedin is lucky Tuesday isn’t team photo day for the Vancouver Canucks because he got some unexpected dental work Monday after taking a puck to the face.
Four minutes in Monday’s game against the Coyotes, Sedin was entering the offensive zone when the puck flipped up into the air over the head of Arizona defenseman Michael Stone. Stone was attempting to ward off the Canucks attack, and in doing so batted the airborne puck right back into Sedin’s face.
Sedin went down in a heap and when the replay is slowed down it’s not hard to see why. When the puck strikes Sedin in the face, something white flies out of Sedin’s mouth. That something is his front teeth. Ouch. Read more