Watch this wild 3-on-3 OT finish as Devils earn first win of season
Watch this wild 3-on-3 OT finish as Devils earn first win of season
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Hovering over the Jacob Trouba situation with the Jets is the Dec.1 deadline for re-signing restricted free agents.
The standoff between the Winnipeg Jets and defenseman Jacob Trouba shows no sign of a quick resolution. A restricted free agent, the 22-year-old Trouba continues to withhold his services and is home in Michigan awaiting a trade. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, however, isn't in any hurry to honor the blueliner's request.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Arizona Coyotes contacted the Jets expressing interest in Trouba. The New York Post's Larry Brooks believes the New York Rangers could use him, speculating GM Jeff Gorton has likely done his due diligence.
The problem, however, is Cheveldayoff reportedly set a high asking price. It's believed he seeks a left-handed defenseman comparable to Trouba in age, skills and experience. A return of high draft picks and promising prospects won't cut it. Brooks suggests it could take a package of promising rearguard Brady Skjei and a forward such as Chris Kreider or J.T. Miller for the Rangers to land Trouba.
Trouba's new contract is another stumbling block. It could cost over $5-million annually on a long-term deal to re-sign him. The Coyotes, Red Wings, Sabres, Bruins and Rangers lack sufficient cap space, so the Jets must take back some salary as part of the return. The Panthers already addressed their blueline needs this summer by signing Keith Yandle and Jason Demers, so they're unlikely to get into any serious bidding for Trouba.
Cheveldayoff, meanwhile, maintains his decision on Trouba will be one that meets the best interests of the Jets. His club's performance in the coming weeks, however, will have an effect on this standoff. If the Jets are playing well, Cheveldayoff can remain patient. If they struggle, he'll feel the pressure to use Trouba as a trade chip to bolster the roster.
Hovering over this situation is the Dec.1 deadline for re-signing restricted free agents. If unsigned by that point, Trouba becomes ineligible to play the remainder of this season. His agent, Kurt Overhardt, told the Winnipeg Free Press it's not a pressing issue right now, noting plenty of time remains to work out a transaction that mutually benefits both sides.
TRADE SPECULATION AROUND WIDEMAN
Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was a healthy scratch during the club's recent games against the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres. This will provide fodder for the trade rumors dogging the 33-year-old blueliner.
Wideman is eligible next July for unrestricted free agency. Since last season, he's struggled against faster opponents while his playing time and production declined.
Prior to Wideman's late-season suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson, there was talk the Flames were shopping him before the trade deadline. The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports the Flames also tried moving Wideman in the off-season.
Wideman's $5.25-million cap hit and a full no-movement clause also make it difficult to trade him. However, there is a market among NHL teams for right-handed blueliners. A rival club could take a chance on him, though they could ask the Flames to pick up part of his remaining salary or take back a toxic contract in return.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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Simon Despres missed 48 games during the 2015-16 season due to concussions, and it sounds as though he could be facing another long road back from a head injury.
For the second time in as many seasons, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres finds himself sidelined long-term and it appears he could be once again dealing with concussion issues.
Nothing has been made official by the Ducks, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Sunday that Despres, 25, has been placed on long-term injured reserve by Anaheim and it sure sounds like the issues could be associated to another concussion. According to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens, Ducks GM Bob Murray has hinted that Despres is battling “similar issues to the concussion-related problems,” and the young blueliner has been forced to miss each of Anaheim’s past five games.
The scariest thing about Despres suffering another concussion is that it isn’t as if he missed simply a game or two due to head injuries during the 2015-16 season.
After taking a high hit from Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in October 2015, Despres was forced to miss the next 42 games as he battled back from a concussion. And after his January return, Despres would only remain completely healthy until late-March, at which point he suffered another concussion that saw him shelved for six games.
Before the 2016-17 seaosn began, Despres described to Stephens what he was going through during some of the worst periods of his recovery.
“Well, I was sensitive to light,” Despres told Stephens. “Sensitive to noise. More emotional. I had headaches. Dizziness. Close to fainting. Stuff like that…It was a challenge. It was dangerous.”
In the same breath, though, Despres said that he was prepared for the rigors of the new season and said that he believed his hard work in the off-season would help him find his stride again. That’s what makes his return to the injured list so sad for the youngster. Like Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur, who is attempting to get healthy once again after suffering his fourth concussion in 18 months, Despres has to be wary of his long-term health.
Despres is still an incredibly promising player, and his play during the 2015 post-season showed the Ducks exactly how capable he is. That run to the Western Conference final saw Despres average nearly 21 minutes of ice time per game, post one goal and seven points and shut down some of the game’s top stars. It also earned him a huge off-season raise, as Anaheim inked Despres to a five-year, $18.5-million deal.
There’s no silver lining in this for Despres, to be sure, but it does offer the Ducks a very slight break in terms of the salary cap.
With Despres on the shelf, $3.377 million has opened up in LTIR relief cap space. Anaheim is still trying to sign young blueliner Hampus Lindholm, and while it’s unlikely Despres’ cap relief is enough to make that happen, it does free up some space and mean less salary would have to be shipped out if Anaheim is attempted to swing a deal to free up additional salary room.
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The Canadiens lost Carey Price to a severe case of the flu, but they didn't miss a beat with newly signed backup Al Montoya.
They have the best winning percentage, the best goals differential and are the only team in the NHL that has yet to endure a loss in regulation. And they have the league’s best goalie in
Al Montoya Carey Price. So it’s no wonder the Montreal Canadiens are at the top of thn.com’s first Power Rankings of this season.
Remember, folks, these are Power Rankings, not NHL standings. They reflect how the team has performed most recently and are measured in order of the team that an opponent would least like to face if it played that night. So if you’re team is low in our rankings, remember it’s because we hate your team, and probably you and your family as well.
THE CREAM OF THE CROP
1. Montreal Canadiens
2. Edmonton Oilers
3. Detroit Red Wings
4. New York Rangers
5. St. Louis Blues
6. Tampa Bay Lightning
7. Florida Panthers
8. New York Islanders
9. Pittsburgh Penguins
10. Washington Capitals
Shea Weber was supposed to represent the panacea for Montreal’s power play, but it sits 20th in the league going into tonight’s game against Philadelphia, where they’ll try Alexander Radulov alongside Weber on the point…Since Cam Talbot’s wife gave birth to twins last Wednesday, Talbot is 3-0-0 with just three goals against on 99 shots…After posting a career-low 43 points last season, Gustav Nyquist has 3-4-7 totals in his first five games…After all the talk of resting Henrik Lundqvist more this season, The Rangers played him in back-to-back games over the weekend, the second one against the worst team in the NHL…The way Nail Yakupov has thrived on the Blues’ third line, his trade from Edmonton could develop into a major steal…Not sure how many noticed, but ESPN ranked the Lightning as the No. 1…The 4-1 win over Ottawa Saturday night kicked off a six-game, 11-day road trip for the Lightning…Tough not to cheer for 27-year-old rookie Shane Harper, who had never played an NHL game before this season, but made the Panthers’ fourth-line and scored twice in Florida’s 5-2 win over Colorado Saturday…Islanders captain John Tavares said he thinks it wears him and his teammates out more talking about the bad ice at Barclays Center than playing on it. Pretty sure that’s not the case…After taking part in his first full-contact practice since suffering a pre-season concussion, Sidney Crosby has not been ruled out yet for Tuesday night’s game against Florida…Going into a four-game road trip through western Canada, Capitals coach Barry Trotz shuffled his top two lines, moving Andre Burakovsky to the top line and T.J. Oshie down to the second.
THE MUSHY MIDDLE
11. Anaheim Ducks
12. Los Angeles Kings
13. Vancouver Canucks
14. Minnesota Wild
15. Boston Bruins
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. Chicago Blackhawks
18. Columbus Blue Jackets
19. Ottawa Senators
20. Nashville Predators
Simon Despres and his concussion have been placed on long-term injury reserve, which could give the Ducks the room they need to sign Hampus Lindholm…Thank goodness for 34-year-old Peter Budaj. He’s the only healthy goalie in the Kings organization at the moment with NHL experience…As much as people seem to want to pigeonhole Bo Horvat as a third-line center, his all-round game and offensive production this year suggest otherwise…Zach Parise scored his 300th and 301st NHL goals on Saturday and needs only 40 more to pass Dave Christian for first on the all-time list among Minnesota-born players…The Bruins have yet to score the first goal of the game in any of their five games this season…The Avalanche are in the midst of a six-day break. John Mitchell is expected to be in the lineup for the first time this season Friday night against Winnipeg…Speaking of season debuts, veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival will play his first game of the season tonight against Calgary after sitting out the first six games as a healthy scratch…The Blue Jackets rallied with big wins over NHL powers after losing their first two games. A big reason for that has been the penalty kill unit, which has allowed only one goal on 11 shorthanded situations, and that was an empty-net goal…The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Senators can score plenty, but have allowed at least four goals in four of their first five games this season...Despite an attack of food poisoning, the Predators managed to beat Pittsburgh 5-1 on the weekend. Their power play is by far the best in the league.
VYING FOR THE PARTICIPATION BADGE
21. San Jose Sharks
22. Philadelphia Flyers
23. Dallas Stars
24. New Jersey Devils
25. Toronto Maple Leafs
26. Buffalo Sabres
27. Winnipeg Jets
28. Carolina Hurricanes
29. Calgary Flames
30. Arizona Coyotes
The Sharks went 2-for-18 on the power play on their recent five-game road trip, but they still managed to pick up two wins…League menace Radko Gudas will be eligible to return from his six-game suspension Tuesday night against Buffalo…Ales Hemsky reinjured his groin Saturday and will miss Tuesday night’s game against Winnipeg, as will Jason Spezza, who tweaked something in practice Monday…Same old Devils? New Jersey hasn’t scored more than two goals in any of its first five games this season. And that includes two overtimes...The Maple Leafs 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago Saturday marked the fourth time in five games the young Leafs have gagged up a lead late in the third period…Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen doesn’t appear to have been hurt by missing training camp with a contract dispute. He has an assist on each of Buffalo’s four power-play goals this season…This could be a lot worse. The Jets’ only two wins this season have come back when they roared back from three-goal deficits in the third period…The Hurricanes may have to finish their season-opening six-game road trip Tuesday night in Detroit without Jeff Skinner, who wasn’t on the ice for practice Monday…The Flames are porous. They’ve given up at least four goals in four of their first six games and at least five in three of them…The Coyotes are 0-4-0 on their eastern road trip, which still has stops in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Jonah Imoo and Dusty Imoo.
The AHL's Ontario Reign needed two goalies on short notice so turned to 22 year old Jonah Imoo to start between the pipes, while his 46-year-old father Dusty was his backup.
The Los Angeles Kings' goaltending woes resulted in some interesting hockey history on Saturday night.
When goalie Jeff Zatkoff was injured during practice and Jack Campbell needed to be recalled to the NHL, it created not one but two openings between the pipes for their AHL team, the Ontario Reign.
The Reign handed the starter's job to 22-year-old goalie Jonah Imoo on an emergency basis for their game Saturday night against the San Jose Barracuda. Imoo's backup goalie for the evening? His father, Dusty.
Dusty Imoo, 46, is a goalie development coach in the Kings' organization, and got to watch his son's AHL debut up close and personal, in full uniform, on the Reign bench. Jonah Imoo spent four seasons playing in the BCHL and had split last season in the Federal Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League before a finger injury and surgery ended his season after just three games.
Imoo stopped 26-of-31 shots and the Reign lost 5-4 in overtime but it didn't diminish the special moment for father and son.
"Old man crying, even as I think about it I kind of well up," Dusty told NHL.com. "It's emotional. It's weird. I watched him play exhibition games with us this season, the rookie games. I saw him put on a NHL jersey and it was all heartwarming to see, but this is different. . . I walked into the dressing room before anyone was there and I see the two jerseys and our nameplates."
Jonah & Dusty Imoo Take the Ice and Father and Son Goalie Duo
Earlier tonight, Jonah Imoo and Dusty Imoo took the ice as a father and son goaltending duo!Posted by Ontario Reign on Saturday, October 22, 2016
Dusty Imoo had a long career playing in professional leagues in Asia, including suiting up for the Japanese national team at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. His son's career is just beginning but got off to a memorable start.
"I found out I was starting after morning skate," Jonah said. "As I was getting undressed, one of the trainers said, 'Guess who is backing you up tonight?' And he put in another Imoo nametag in the stall next to me. I couldn't believe it. It was pretty surreal."
The Kings, of course, lost Jonathan Quick to an injury in their opening game of the season. With Zatkoff hurt, that mean both Reign goalies -- Peter Budaj and Campbell -- were recalled to the NHL. It means the younger Imoo might be sticking around a little while longer. Though that's probably not the case for dad.
“I don’t think they want a 46-year-old backup for too long," Dusty told Jim Alexander of the Press Enterprise.