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NHL Trade Deadline 2019

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3:49PM- A few more minor deals trickling in…

3:34PM- And to rain all over my parade and cap off deadline day the Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Tanner Pearson (acquired earlier this year for Carl Hagelin) for Erik Gudbranson a D man from Vancouver who doesn’t fit the mold of a Pens D man. He’s a bigger body, not known for offense or moving the puck. It’s obvious Jim Rutherford felt the need to add a physical D man after the injuries to Dumo and Letang over the weekend and Pearson is nothing to write home about but this reeks of desperation.

3:10PM- Depth D man going to one of the hottest teams in hockey the St. Louis Blues

3:06PM- And just like that we have 2 deals getting announced finding out Wayne Simmonds to Nashville squeeks in just before the 2:59:59PM deadline as well as Marcus Johansson to Boston

3:00PM- And there it is the deadline is officially OVER. You may see a deal or two trickle in that just snuck up under the clock but it looks like the West is going to be a bloodbath in the playoffs and the East is still Tampa’s play ground with CBJ doing everything they can to make a push and finally win a round.

2:51PM- Here’s the return for Stone and it was not cheap. Brannstrom is considered by some to be a defenseman who you can build a franchise around. Have to assume Stone signs an extension in Vegas soon.

2:45PM- This is huge for the Knights. They’ve been treading water lately and this instantly gives them another dynamic goal scorer up front. He’s young enough at 26 they can build around him as a core player for years to come too.

2:40PM- Nashville stays away from the big boys and gets a slight upgrade with Granlund. Nashville is deep but not sure they have the overall high end talent to make it out of the West.



2:31PM- Another depth move on the day this time for Calgary… Thought we might see some more shake up from the Kings today but no dice.

2:30PM- 30 minutes left and nothing to report. Simmonds, Stone, and a few others still dangling out there. Have to suspect everyone waiting for a Stone move and you’ll see everyone rush to try and fill some backup options. 

2:15PM- The latest on the prize of the day Mark Stone…

Stone would be the type of player that could put Vegas back in the SCF. It’s the kind of move that the guys in the locker room would love and could really re-energize them if the front office shows that type of commitment to trying to win. 

1:55PM- CBJ are at it again! Adding McQuaid gives them a big body on the back end with tons of playoff experience. Torts is going to cream his pants every time McQuaid gets out there and blocks a shot, a match made in heaven. 

1:33PM- This is some value shopping for Colorado and a great pickup. Not sacrificing your future still trying to build a young core and adding a guy who can fill the net and produce playoff points, if he gets his game back. Low risk move.

12:40PM- Minor deal with the ‘Bunch of jerks’ picking up Jurco. 

12:05PM- Nooner update… Figured I’d share a couple of rumors to make things interesting. The #Insiderr himself Commie has Mark Stone the sniping winger from Ottawa heading to Vegas

Others aren’t as sure…

The asking price for Wayne Simmonds is allegedly a 1st and prospect which has become the going rate for an impact rental winger. Simmonds game just screams western conference to me as a big body guy who makes a living in front of the net. Nashville is getting left out to dry so far, do they step up? If I’m a GM I’ll pay whatever it takes for Simmonds, he can be a monster catalyst for a contender. 

Ooooh this is interesting!

I don’t think there’s a chance in hell Hank moves today, that type of deal is usually done in the offseason but that would be a BOMBSHELL. 

Have to assume if there was anything cooking on these guys for Ottawa they’d be having a seat. 

11:22AM- We’ve got a depth swap and signs of life from Montreal

The Canadians were expected to be quiet, essentially as they have all year and here they add another little, speedy guy in Weal. 

11:14AM- This is Gump from north of the border, i have a good source in Vancouver telling me that Jim Benning and the Canucks are going to do absolutely nothing and also lose Alex Edler in the offseason.

10:20AM- Here we go now we’re talking…

Love this route for WPG and this really puts some pressure on Nashville to step up. Early return sounds like Brendon Lemieux (Son of Claude) and WPG’s 1st which feels right. Hayes is a big body who can dish the puck and help matchup down the middle in the West. 

10:10AM – Ok here we go good old #HockeyTalk on a Monday morning. I’ll do my best to keep things updated here until the deadline ends at 3pm. Nothing cooking yet. Still a few big names left to move… I’m looking for Nashville to make another move today. Are the Islanders going to try and beef up their lineup? What is Columbus going to do with Panarin? Is Ottawa going to move Mark Stone? Wayne Simmonds is definitely on the move today? Does he head out west?

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Couple thoughts on the moves so far…

Columbus is going all in and you have to love it if you’re a Blue Jacket fan. For years they’ve been a 1 and done or also ran playoff team but they’ve sacrificed some futures here to load up their forward group with UFA’s Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa. If they keep Panarin it makes them as dangerous as any team in the East outside of Tampa.

Have to tip the hat to the Caps as well as they have made a few small tweaks that could pay off big time. Hagelin isn’t the game changer he was a few years back but still brings an element of speed and kills penalties. Nick Jensen gives a boost on the back end and is the type of under the radar move they wanted to make similar to picking up Michael Kempny 2 years ago. 

I’m not in love with the Coyle to Boston, Donato to Minny move for the Bruins. Coyle is solid no doubt, but I think they were better off holding onto Donato who has real upside though he struggled so far this year with the B’s. He now has 4 points in 3 games with Minny who needed some juice up front. 

Tough break for Dallas in grabbing Zuccarello from New York, leaving his best buddy Hank Lundqvist in tears, blocks a shot in his first game with the Stars and gets injured and won’t be back for 4 weeks…

My favorite move so far though goes to San Jose picking up a rental in Gustav Nyquist from Detroit. He can play up and down the lineup, has a knack for timely goals, has seen playoff action, and is always a positive possession player. It just feels like a situation where can score a huge goal or two in a deep run. 

Here’s a quick look at everything that has happened already courtesy of TSN‘s Trade Tacker:

Wednesday Night Hockey FACEOFF!!!

There’s never enough #HockeyTalk coming out of this office so Pat, Gorms, and I are going at it, debating the trending topics on and off the ice in a new weekly segment dedicated to bringing you the best, raw, unfiltered, takes from around the NHL.

This week includes Peter Chiarelli and Edmonton Oilers, the slumping Washington Capitals, and the best hockey movie of all time…

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Flyers Reporter Fooled by World’s Worst Photoshopped Tweet

Flyers reporter Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) saw this post on his twitter feed, read it with his eyeballs, processed it through the frontal lobe of his brain, and down through central nervous system to his fingers to report that this was actually a real thing. 

This “Tweet” claims the Philadelphia flyers (no capital F, no time to worry about semantics in a society where scrutiny against journalistic integrity has never been higher and there’s a trade to report) traded with the Oil for their starting goalie and the #4 overall pick from the 2016 draft for a 30 year old rental winger.

Well Sam did what any good journalist would do and checked with his sources to follow up and confirm. He was rebuffed by the Flyers, I’m sure much to their surprise and came back with his big break in the story.

No deal! Fake news! Suck it TSN!

Story has since been removed! TSN deleted the “tweet” wow… Big win for Sammy the Bull here. Well this caught the eye of the big dog of hockey news and rumours the OG Bob McKenzie from TSN.

Fabricated screen cap? Nah…

Body bagged! Live look at Sam Carchidi after this tweet!

Game over right?

NO FUCKING WAY! NOT IN PHILLY BRO! Sammy channels the spirit of Rocky Balboa and comes back swinging! He’s got the proof in a screenshot!

Sammy!

Well… Who wants to tell him? Bob? Go ahead please

Oh no… Sam what happened here?

Damn… Hit em with the Who Knows… Never can be too sure online these days kids. 

In the end Sam humbly and graciously accepted his defeat.

The nerve of that LOSER to try and trick people on the internet! Thank the heavens we had the old Broad St Bull on the case to dig through the muck and get to the truth!

Then again this is the guy who tweeted this masterpiece after one playoff series…

#NotAHomer indeed. 

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Is Bob on His Way Out of Columbus?

News broke this morning that Blue Jacket’s Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky or Bob as us big time hockey guys call him is going to miss his team’s game against Nashville tonight. 

No word yet on what happened or any context. It could honestly be anything here and there are two things to keep in mind about this situation… 1. He’s a goalie… 2. He’s Russian. Two of the most enigmatic type of people to ever grace this earth combined into one ball of mystery.

He could have been out all night drinking vodka after Torts ripping him a bit? He could have been hacking the DNC? He could have been pulled over in an altercation with the police driving his motorcycle around with his bear riding side car? The speculation is endless…

Bob?

Making things complicated here is Bob is set to be a UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent for you non hockey guys) meaning he can sign anywhere he wants when the seasons over. He’s been stellar for the Jackets over the years in the regular season, but struggled in the playoffs. Regardless he’s the best goalie to ever put on a CBJ sweater. He holds all the club records:

  • Most wins in a season: 41 (2016–17)
  • Best goals against average in a season: 2.00 (2012–13)
  • Best save percentage: .932 (2012–13)

Columbus already had a bit of a debate on what to do with Bob that I doubt they were seriously considering until now. Trade him at the deadline or lose him in the offseason to free agency. The problem is he’s still currently their best option on the roster to guide them to a cup. This all goes without mentioning their best forward Artemi Panarin is also set to become a UFA and has refused to talk contract extension up to this point (He gone). 

If Bob is unhappy without an extension and causing issues for the team he’s gotta go. Even with a 7.4 million dollar cap hit this year, there are certainly teams that would be interested as either a short term fit for a cup run or a multi year starter. Let’s get a head of ourselves and list a few options that make sense at a glance:

 – Philly has been looking for a goalie for close to 3 decades now and actually traded Bob to Columbus in the first place, he would be a solid option to hold the net for a year or two til Carter Hart is ready.

 – Toronto has Freddie Andersen already but he’s coming off a groin injury, which for a goalie can be a nightmare to recover from. Bob would be a great guy to take some starts off his hands and make sure he fully recovers or platoon with until the playoffs.

 – Edmonton has Cam Talbot on an expiring contract and Bob would be an upgrade for an Oiler team fighting to make the playoffs. Connor McDavid would definitely appreciate the help.

 – Ottawa… but there’s a chance Bob just goes AWOL and ends up back in Siberia, seems more appealing. 

 – Carolina has tons of cap space (even with an internal budget) and a need for a bonafide #1 goaltender moving forward. They have young players and picks CBJ would covet, but it would be helping a division rival.

Torts is a no nonsense coach and would rather play with no goalie and 6 hard nose grinders blocking shots all night than a guy who disrespects him or his team. Bob’s days are numbered.

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NHL Weekly Things to Think About

Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.

Anaheim Ducks – The Anaheim Ducks have now lost 8 consecutive games. Before the losing streak, the Ducks had won four in a row and nine of 10. They also tried to kill Connor McDavid… Not great! (If you’re throwing money around on some bets now would be a good time to start betting on the Ducks, they’re getting Cam Fowler back from IR and obviously due for a W).

Arizona Coyotes – Scoring 1 or less goals in 7 of their previous 12 games you knew they were due for an explosion and the Rangers were the unlucky victims with a 5 goal shutout win for the Yotes. If you’re looking for betting trends the Coyotes are average on the road which you may expect, but they are piss poor at home going 8-12-2 on the year.

Boston Bruins – The B’s lead the league in roasting each other on Twitter. Marchand doesn’t tweet often but when he does he makes it count, Krug rolled out the body bag for him this time tho.

Buffalo Sabres – Jeff Skinner is all the way on top of his game right now and the Sabres are embracing it. His 28 goals are 2nd in the entire league and they’re giving him every opportunity look at his offensive zone starts by year…

No he didn’t get picked for the ASG, but maybe he should have just for the skills comp. Here he is in the Sabres team skills comp

He makes his return to Carolina on Friday night. If you can find a prop bet for him to score, book it. Hint, hint MyBookie.AG

Calgary Flames – Cutis Lazar is ready to return to the NHL. A former first round pick of the Senators traded to Calgary who actually ASKED to be sent down to the A at the beginning of the year for more playing time seems to have found his confidence with 27 points in 33 games in the minors. I suspect it has nothing to do with the Flames being tied for first in the West right now either.

Carolina Hurricanes – On a 4 game win streak Carolina is desperately trying to climb back into the wild card hunt. There’s currently a pretty clear separation in the east with Montreal 1 point out at 49 and Carolina leading the also rans at 43 points.

Seems weird but at the same time makes perfect sense. 

Chicago Blackhawks – Perfect storm for the Hawks as they continue their dominance of the Penguins. They battled back from a 2 goal deficit, ended Pittsburgh’s 8 game win streak, ended Crosby’s 6 game point streak, Chris Kunitz scored against his former team, and have now won 10! straight against Pittsburgh since losing 4-1 on March 30, 2014.

Colorado Avalanche – Much like Arizona it seems a good cure for what ails ya is a game against the Rangers. The Av’s had lost 6 straight including the Blackhawks (twice) and buried New York 6-1 on Friday night. Rantanen and MacKinnon had 3 points each and should be a good jumpstart to get them rolling again.

Columbus Blue Jackets – Look at this composure from Dubois on the feed to Seth Jones. Once he falls and starts to slide he peeks over and see’s Jones trailing, he doesn’t just take a hack at the puck trying to force it over, he knows he has time so he cradles it and puts a precision pass right through the D mans triangle tape to fucking tape.

Dallas Stars – Everyone thinks this Stars team is all offense but they’ve had two goals or fewer in eight of their past 10 games and still managed to go 6-3-1. Bettors? Stars are 14-5-2 at home. Ride the Stars at home. Money.

Detroit Red Wings – “Lose for Hughes” is starting to gain steam in Detroit. Jack Hughes is set to be the first overall pick in the ’19 draft and with the Wings playoff chances all but dead is it time to start the tank? Thing is even if they start selling players I’m still not sure they’re bad enough to finish last. Better hope those lottery balls bounce their way.

Edmonton Oilers –  Highest % of Team Goals Involved in since 2016-17:

1. Oilers – Connor McDavid 46.0%
2. Colorado – Nathan MacKinnon 37.8%
3. Tampa Bay – Nikita Kucherov 36.7%

You expect McDavid to be heavily involved in his teams offensive output but for the love of Gretzky get this guy some damn help!

Florida Panthers – Interesting rumor from George Richards of The Athletic: The Florida Panthers could be looking for a starting goaltender at the trade deadline or during the offseason:

They could be looking to go big with their main target possibly being Columbus Blue Jackets pending free agent Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky owns a condo in downtown Miami already, and there have been rumors already that Bobrovsky and fellow pending UFA Artemi Panarin have interest in playing in the state of Florida.

Los Angeles Kings – Here’s a look at the LA Kings come February…

Trade everything.

Minnesota Wild – Zach Parise is quietly having a great bounce back season riding a 5 game point streak with 19 goals, and 38 points in 39 games. They need this guy sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber. Keep him healthy AT ALL COSTS!

Montreal Canadiens – Here are some potentially surprising nerdy stats about the Canadians if you’ve been wondering (Like I have) how they’ve managed to stay in the playoff hunt:

Only three teams produce more scoring chances per 60 than the Canadiens during 5v5 play.

At 3.02 goals scored per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time, the Canadiens are ranked fifth in the NHL.

They are beasts at 5v5 but special teams?  Their PP is at 13.4 per cent… 29th in the NHL. The PK is 27th. 

Nashville Predators – Can you guess the current leading goal scorer for Nashville? Craig Freakin’ Smith. (Forsberg also has 14, but he’s still out). The edge? Smith has 4 ppg and Forsberg has 3. With all the talent on this team, especially on the back end, at a glance you would expect Nashville to have a much better PP. 28th in the league. Getting Forsberg back will help.

New Jersey Devils – Howabout this goal from Ben Lovejoy of all people looking like Jaromir Jagr in his prime using that backside to protect the puck showing all the patience in the world and just snapping it home.

New York Islanders – Was getting rid of John Tavares the best thing to ever happen to the Isles? 9 and 1 lately nd on a 6 game win streak they seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder every night. Everyone wrote this team off the day JT signed in Toronto but here they are right in the thick of it for the Metro division.

New York Rangers – Things are getting bad. Bad, bad. 3 straight losses all by 5 goals or more. Hank Lundqvist is a proud man and he’s never going to ask for a trade but it may be time to do him a favor and send him to a team with a shot for the last few years of his career.

Ottawa Senators – Absolutely beautiful glove save by Anders Nilsson to keep Ottawa in the game late in the 3rd. Ottawa wasn’t able to tie it up and ended up losing falling to dead last in the East. 1-8-1 in their last 10, the wheels are all the way off.

Philadelphia Flyers – The Philly faithful have another week of Big Dig Nick and the Eagles to distract them from their Flyer woes. But don’t get down Flyers fans, I have good news for you! Forward Jori Lehtera is skipping his court date in Finland for his cocaine bust because officials haven’t been able to serve him papers yet. He gets to keep playing! *Looks at stats* 24 games, 3 points… Yikes

Pittsburgh Penguins – Defenseman Justin Schultz is skating again after a broken leg and is listed as week-to-week. Speaking of injury, Since returning Matt Murray is playing some of the best hockey of his career. He is 7-0 with a 1.27 goals-against average and .962 save percentage. The numbers are outstanding but you can just look at his body language in the net and notice he’s a different guy. He’s got no bad habits right now. He’s not fighting the puck, not going down early, not overcommitting. He’s standing tall when challenging the shooter, limiting his rebounds, and most important, his confidence is sky high. He looks like the young phenom who helped backstop the team to two championships.

Also Matt Cullen scored with his ear.

San Jose Sharks – Statement win for the Sharks taking down Tampa 5-3 who are undoubtedly the class of the league. Granted it was in San Jose on the last leg of a West Coast trip for Tampa but a W is a W. Maybe the most impressive feat of the night? Keeping Kurcherov off the scoresheet except for a big fat -4.

St. Louis Blues – Lots of faith in the Blues front office and coaching right now.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Losing their first game in regulation since fucking NOVEMBER on the last game of a west coast trip is encouraging to say the least. My logical brain says this is the team to beat and it’s not even close, but my sports brain tells me until they show they can beat the Penguins or the Capitals in the ECF they’re just the next great regular season team who couldn’t get it done.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Freddie Andersen is getting close to making his return after being out since mid December with a groin injury. There’s no rush quite like pinning your Stanley Cup hopes on a goalie with a wonky groin. Enjoy the ride Leafs fans.

Vancouver Canucks – Pretty damn good company here and your clear cut Calder winner.

Butttt now he has an MCL sprain. This is a good test for the Canucks to evaluate the rest of their guys when their star isn’t in the lineup. 

Vegas Golden Knights – The curious case of Brandon Pirri continues with his call up from the AHL this week. All this guy does is score goals but he can’t seem to stick in any lineup or any team throughout his career. I understand this guy isn’t going to win a Selke anytime soon but he’s an inexpensive depth forward that scores A LOT.

Washington Capitals – What seemed like a minor deadline move last year has turned out to be a high quality pickup in Washington with Michael Kempny who has already set career highs in goals (five), assists (ten), and points (15). He is a career-high plus-24, tied for fifth-best in the league. On the flip side a guy the Caps have counted on in Dmitry Orlov has three points (all assists) in 16 games since December 1st and has not had a goal in 24 games. The two he had against the Minnesota Wild on November 13th are his only two goals this season to date. (via Japersrink.com)

Winnipeg Jets – Nikolai Ehlers is out for a month after a collision with Sidney Crosby. Tough blow for the Jets as he has 15 goals on the year and it was a rather pedestrian looking hit.

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