Tammy Sides, Cypress, Calif.
Tammy Sides, Cypress, Calif.
If the Flames defenseman is still on the trade block, there might be a fit with the Rangers; Are the Bruins shopping Ryan Spooner?
Engaging in some Black Friday shopping, USA Today's Kevin Allen came up with some trade scenarios for several NHL clubs. Topping the list was his suggestion that the New York Rangers pursue Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton.
Allen believes Hamilton could address the Rangers' need for a mobile, right-shot blueliner. While the 23-year-old is struggling with the Flames, Allen feels he could improve under the right system. Taking on Hamilton's $5.75-million annual cap hit could be a problem for the Blueshirts, but he proposes they make it work by shipping veteran rearguard Kevin Klein ($2.9 million) to the Flames or another team.
As Allen pointed out, the Flames need scoring. They have the fifth-lowest goals-for per game (2.29) and miss the production of sidelined left winger Johnny Gaudreau. While Klein might bring a measure of stability to the Flames blueline, he can't help their offense. Unless the Rangers give up a scoring forward, they won't land Hamilton.
Allen also suggests the New York Islanders ship a defenseman (perhaps Thomas Hickey or Calvin de Haan) to the Buffalo Sabres for left winger Evander Kane. He notes the Sabres are looking for a blueliner and thinks Kane, 25, could provide the Isles with a much-needed offensive spark.
Acquiring Kane, however, would be a desperate move by the Isles. He's done little to improve the Sabres. Since returning from cracked ribs, he's managed only two points in 10 games. Kane's also carrying a $5.25-million cap hit through 2017-18. Having invested heavily in free-agent bust (and former Kane teammate) Andrew Ladd, the last thing the Isles need is another expensive gamble that could quickly go sour.
STRUGGLING SPOONER A TRADE CANDIDATE
After a promising 49-point performance in 2015-16, Boston Bruins left winger Ryan Spooner has only eight points this season in 21 games. The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa believes there's something wrong with the 24-year-old forward, as his play has fallen short of expectations.
Once considered a top-six forward, Spooner has seen playing time on the Bruins' fourth line. As he's a restricted free agent next summer, this season is a crucial one. If Spooner's play fails to improve, Shinzawa believes it could adversely hurt his efforts to secure a significant raise and perhaps put his chances of re-signing with the Bruins at risk.
Spooner's name surfaced earlier this month in the rumor mill. If his struggles continue, he could become a frequent topic for trade chatter.
CANADIENS LOOKING FOR DEFENSE DEPTH
The Montreal Canadiens enter this week with a league-leading 34 points in 22 games. However, their blueline depth remains an area of concern.
Last Friday, Stu Cowen of the Montreal Gazette reported the Canadiens need to find a No. 6 defenseman that coach Michel Therrien has confidence in putting on the ice. He noted call-up Joel Hanley saw little ice time in two recent games against Toronto and Ottawa before giving way to Mark Barbiero. Cowen also pointed out Greg Pateryn was a healthy scratch in seven games this season.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is reportedly seeking help for his defense corps. One option could be Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Ryan Murphy, who's apparently on the trade block.
Kevin Dineen father Bill Dineen head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers pose for a photo before the game against the Boston Bruins at the Boston Garden.
Inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2014, Dineen led the Adirondack Red Wings to Calder Cups in 1986 and 1989.
The hockey world lost a coaching icon on Saturday.
The American Hockey League confirmed the passing of Bill Dineen at age 84.
Inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2014, Dineen led the Adirondack Red Wings to Calder Cups in 1986 and 1989. During his six seasons behind Adirondack’s bench, he led the club to a 246-182-52 record and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach twice.
“During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today,” said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time.”
Bill’s sons Shawn, Peter, Gord, Kevin and Jerry all went on to play and/or coach in the AHL. Gord Dineen is currently the associate coach of the Toronto Marlies.
Our thoughts are with Associate Coach Gord Dineen today, as the hockey community mourns with the family over the passing of Bill Dineen.— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) December 10, 2016
Kevin Dineen is currently an Assistant Coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.
"Bill Dineen was a tremendous man," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told CSN's Tracey Myers. "Everyone who had the privilege to meet Bill and be around him loved the guy. He was probably one of the most liked people you'd ever want to meet.
"Great family man; the kids are just like the dad. We had a good time with him on the dad's trip last time. Seeing him at that stage and being around hockey again, it was fun to be there."
During his playing days, Bill Dineen was a four-time 20-goal scorer over six AHL seasons with Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester and Quebec, and made appearances in the Calder Cup Finals in 1959 and 1964. He recorded 271 points in 391 AHL games during his playing career.
Dineen also appeared in 324 NHL games with the Red Wings and Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cups in Detroit. He later coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991-93.
Additionaly, Dineen won three other league titles as a head coach, with the Western Hockey League’s Denver Spurs (1972) and the World Hockey Association’s Houston Aeros (1974, 1975). He was twice named the WHA’s coach of the year (1977, 1978).
Connor McDavid and Brandon Manning
Connor McDavid didn’t mince his words when asked post-game about Brandon Manning. He called the Flyers defenseman “classless” and said Manning admitted to injuring him on purpose.
Connor McDavid has had no shortage of head-to-head battles with young stars in the game. There has been outings against Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews and more than handful per year against the Flames duo of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
But of all the players Connor McDavid could have had an on-ice feud with, it seems Brandon Manning is the first real rival for the Oilers phenom.
One might recall that it was during the early part of the 2015-16 campaign that Manning, a Philadelphia Flyers blueliner, got tangled up with McDavid as he looked to break in on goal, resulting in McDavid making hard contact with the boards behind the net. The impact with the boards saw McDavid break his collarbone and led to a 37-game absence for the then-rookie.
It was believed to be an unintentional act, something that simply happened as part of the game, and McDavid had even absolved Manning of any blame. That was until last night, more than 13 months after the Nov. 3, 2015 injury to McDavid..
During the Oilers’ hard-fought 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Flyers, McDavid was seen verbally jousting with Manning on a couple of occasions. The most obvious case came after a power play goal by McDavid, where he was seen skating towards Manning and shouting something in his direction.
It didn’t end there, though. Post-game, the Oilers captain went in on Manning, calling the hit that led to the broken collarbone an intentional act.
"I did all I could defending him last year in the media," McDavid said. "Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose, and he wanted to say some comments today about what went on last year. I thought it was one of the [most] classless things I've ever seen on the ice. He said some things and our guys responded accordingly. I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it on purpose' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that. Shows what kind of guy he is when he doesn’t step up and fight some of our guys.”
Shortly after McDavid commented on the incident, Manning fired back saying that he would “never intentionally hurt someone,” and added that’s not the way he plays.
"Anybody who knows me, I play a hard game,” Manning said, according to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman. “That's the reason I'm here, that's the way I'm in the NHL. I'm not here to score goals like some of those guys. I think I play an honest game, and anyone who knows me knows I play hard and stuff happens out there."
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Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes and Garnet Hathaway of the Calgary Flames tangle during the second period at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Domi did not play another shift following his fight during the second period of Thursday night's overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.
The Arizona Coyotes have placed Max Domi on injured reserve with an upper body injury, according to Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic. The forward is listed as week-to-week.
Domi fought Flames forward Garnet Hathway in the final minute of the second period of Arizona’s 2-1 overtime loss to Calgary on Thursday night. He did not play another shift in the game.
It was the sixth career regular season fight for the 21-year-old, per HockeyFights.com.
Domi has five goals and ranks second amongst Coyotes with 16 points while averaging 17:16 a night in ice time in 26 games this season.
Regarding Domi, Tippett emphasized week-to-week timeline. Domi has to be on IR only a week but thinks it'll take longer than that.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) December 10, 2016
With Domi on IR, the Coyotes recalled center Laurent Dauphin and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from the American Hockey League’s Tucson Roadrunners. According to McLellan, the Coyotes were able to make two recalls as Peter Holland, who was acquired in a trade with the Maple Leafs on Friday, continues to sort out his visa issues.
Dauphin and DeAngelo are expected to be in the Coyotes lineup on Saturday night when Arizona plays host to the Nashville Predators.