Blackhawks and Ducks make a trade, Rangers sign Paille, an expansion update and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Tampa Bay won its seventh straight & snapped Chicago’s 12-game winning streak in the process. The Devils scored five first period goals & Daniel Sedin became Vancouver’s all-time goals leader. It’s all in your NHL hat trick.

 Notable NHL Headlines.

TSN: The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday traded forward Ryan Garbutt to the Anaheim Ducks for winger Jiri Sekac.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is basically two teams swapping players who weren’t working out. The Ducks add some grit in Gabutt, while the Blackhawks add another winger with skill potential in Sekac. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers signed former Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille to a one-year contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: General Fanager lists the deal as $575K at the NHL level and $100K at the AHL level. It’s an affordable, low-risk move by the Rangers to bolster their checking-line depth. 

CBC.CA: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is standing by his beleaguered head coach Michel Therrien, dismissing speculation the latter could be fired. Bergevin said he still believes in his coaching staff and the players whilst shouldering the blame for the club’s struggles. He also said goaltender Carey Price could be sidelined for another three or four weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s good to see a GM stand up and take responsibility for his struggling roster, rather than throw the coach or the players under the bus. However, I also think Bergevin did this to shift the heat off Therrien and the players onto himself. As for Price, it’s apparent they don’t want to rush him back and risk a season-ending injury. 

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky sidelined again by a lower-body injury.

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky sidelined again by a lower-body injury.

NBC SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender left last night’s game against the Calgary Flame with a lower-body injury. He’s already missed 17 games this season, but the club didn’t say if Bobrovsky re-aggravated his previous injury.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Kyle Turris’ ironman streak ended just four games shy of tying the franchise record of 311 consecutive game, currently held by teammate Chris Phillips. Turris has been hampered in recent weeks by an ankle injury.

CBS SPORTS: Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks had his protective cup destroyed by a slapshot from Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. Hendricks missed several shifts but he did return to the game.

TORONTO STAR: Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton will be added to the Maple Leafs’ Legends Row.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Expansion was discussed during a 10-member NHL executive committee meeting on Wednesday. Bids from Las Vegas and Quebec City were discussed, though no decision has yet been reached.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Las Vegas is a certainty, but the declining value of the Canadian dollar could hurt the Quebec City bid. 

TSN: Rick Westhead reports via Twitter that one NHL player agent predicts escrow on players salaries could jump from 16 percent to 22 percent next week. The reason is the declining value of the Canadian dollar. Westhead explains that means “an NHL player making $5M loses $1.1M off top. After taxes, agent fees, take-home of about $1.9M.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the players are still taking home far more money than the average fan, it is eyeopening to see just how much of a bite escrow, taxes and fees take from their salaries and bonuses. It could also result in the NHLPA membership voting against the annual salary-cap escalator this summer. Players can get the escrow clawbacks back (plus interest) at season’s end, providing league revenue exceeds projections. If it doesn’t, the owners keep the clawbacks.