List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers.

The list of notable deals made leading up to today’s NHL trade deadline at 3 pm Eastern Time. I’ll have analysis of the day’s most notable trades tonight in my Soapbox

Winnipeg Jets trade winger Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in 2017. 

Dallas Stars acquire minor-league defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

The Lightning flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Pittsburgh Penguins trade forward Eric Fehr, minor-league defenseman Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Frank Corrado, 

Ottawa Senators trade forward Curtis Lazar and minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017. 

New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for blueliner Dalton Prout. 

Montreal Canadiens trade winger Sven Andrighetto to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen.

Colorado Avalanche trade right wing Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Avalanche also retained half of Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit. 

Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. 

Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit. 

Vancouver Canucks trade winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the  2017 NHL Draft.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft. 












NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby sidelined by another concussion.

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby sidelined by another concussion.

Sidney Crosby concussed again, latest notable training camp cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion during practice on Friday. There is no timetable for his return. The Penguins haven’t revealed how Crosby was hurt during that practice. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby, 29, had one of the best seasons of his career in 2015-16, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as he led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup. He recently led Team Canada to victory in the World Cup of Hockey as the tournament’s top scorer and MVP. His absence will leave a significant void on the Pens roster. Given his well-documented concussion history, this will also raise concerns again about his health and his future as an NHL player.

STLTODAY.COM:  St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen avoided a serious ankle injury during a recent preseason game and could be ready for the club’s season-opening game on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardin is out four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.

TSN/NBC SPORTS/LA PRESSE: Yesterday’s notable waiver wire names include Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, New York Islanders winger P-A Parenteau, Arizona Coyotes defenceman Zbynek Michalek, Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gregory Campbell,  Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Cory Conacher and Erik Condra, Los Angeles Kings blueliner Rob Scuderi, Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon and Toronto Maple Leafs winger Colin Greening. 

The Calgary Flames released forward Chris Higgins from his professional tryout contract, as did the Boston Bruins with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec and Parenteau were the notable surprises on this list. It was assumed the Jets would demote goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is waiver exempt. Pavelec reportedly won’t fight the demotion and will report to the Jets farm team if he passes unclaimed through waivers. The Isles brought back Parenteau this summer on a one-year deal to skate alongside former linemate John Tavares. Evidently, that reunion failed to pan out as hoped.

PHILLY.COM:  Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas received a six-game suspension for “a shoulder-to-head hit on Boston rookie Austin Czarnik in the third period Saturday night.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was only a matter of time until Gudas’ recklessness caught up with him. He’ll have to adjust his style of play to avoid future suspensions and much stiffer punishments.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars signed forward Lauri Korpikoski to a one-year, $1 million contract. 

THE DENVER POST: Rene and Gabriel Bourque (unrelated) signed one-year deals with the Colorado Avalanche. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Forward Devin Setoguchi appears on the verge of starting this season with the Los Angeles Kings. He joined the Kings on a PTO contract in an attempt at an NHL comeback. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a wonderful comeback tale for Setoguchi, whose NHL career was nearly derailed by alcoholism.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2016

Nathan MacKinnon scores in overtime to give Team North America a 4-3 win over Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey .

Nathan MacKinnon scores in overtime to give Team North America a 4-3 win over Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey .

 World Cup of Hockey scores plus the latest on Phil Kessel, Roberto Luongo & more in your NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM:  Nathan MacKinnon scored in overtime to give Team North America a thrilling 4-3 victory over Team Sweden in World Cup of Hockey preliminary round play. The Swedes had rallied back from a 3-1 deficit with Nicklas Backstrom’s third-period goal forcing the extra frame. Sweden has already clinched a berth in the semifinal. The North Americans can secure a berth if Team Finland defeats Team Russia today. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this game was Team North America’s final one in this tournament, it was an exciting way to go out. For me, this was the best game of the tournament thus far. Lots of back-and-forth action, plenty of good scoring opportunities and two highlight-reel breakaway goals from MacKinnon and Johnny Gaudreau. 

Jonathan Toews scored twice and set up another and Logan Couture had a goal and an asset to lead Team Canada to a 4-1 win over Team Europe. The Canadians clinched top spot in Group A with a 3-0-0 record and await either Team North America or Team Russia in the semifinal. Team Europe is also in the semis, where they’ll face Team Sweden this weekend. 

ESPN.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel denied that his sarcastic tweet following Team USA’s elimination from the World Cup of Hockey on Tuesday was aimed at the players. “Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn’t put my finger on it,” tweeted Kessel at the time. Team USA players David Backes, Zach Parise and Derek Stepan said they hoped Kessel’s comments weren’t aimed at the Team USA players. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s obvious Kessel wasn’t addressing the players, but Team USA’s management for twice snubbing him. Kessel’s offseason wrist surgery prevented him from participating anyway, but the selections were made before he suffered the injury. I thought it was a subtle, worthwhile dig. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: A source claims Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo received medical clearance to play without limitations. The 37-year-old netminder was recovering from offseason hip surgery. He’s now expected to be ready to play in the Panthers’ season-opener and could even get in a couple of preseason games. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals yesterday signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million contract. A disagreement over role and playing time, rather than contract terms, was reportedly behind the delay in getting Orlov re-signed. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals also have limited salary-cap space for the upcoming season, which also explains the terms of his current deal. If Orlov plays well this season in an expanded role, he’ll get a more lucrative, long-term contract from the Caps next summer. 

TSN:  Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul reportedly failed his team medical last week and could start the upcoming season on long-term injured reserve. He underwent sports-hernia surgery in February. Lupul is expected to address the media today. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger David Clarkson failed his pre-training camp medical because of chronic lower-back pain. It’s unclear when, or if, Clarkson will play again. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  He’ll also likely start the season on LTIR. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames have signed unrestricted free agent forward Lauri Korpikoski to a professional tryout offer. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Sabres defenseman Richie Dunn died yesterday at age 59. He spent nine of his 12 NHL seasons with the Sabres (1977-78 to 1988-89). He also spent two seasons with the Hartford Whalers and one with the Calgary Flames. In 483 NHL games, he tallied 176 points, along with 18 points in 36 playoff games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Dunn’s family and friends. 

 










NHL Rumor Mill – September 8, 2016



NHL Rumor Mill – September 8, 2016

Jacob Trouba wants to stay with the Winnipeg Jets.

Jacob Trouba reportedly prefers staying with the Winnipeg Jets.

 Updates on Jacob Trouba, Kris Versteeg & more in your NHL rumor mill. 

TSN 1290 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger doesn’t have much to report on the status of restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba’s contract talks with the Winnipeg Jets. He points out both sides have agreed not to have negotiations play out in the media. Dreger said the rumors claiming Trouba doesn’t Winnipeg or playing for the Jets are nonsense. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I didn’t put any stock into the “Trouba wants out of Winnipeg” speculation. It appears both sides, however, intend to push talks right up to the start of training camp and possibly through that period. With Trouba set to skate for Team North America in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, he probably doesn’t want to be distracted by contract negotiations right now. And no, I don’t believe the Jets will trade Trouba, nor do I see him getting an offer sheet. 

TSN 1260 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and his fellow GMs are running through the mock draft process for next year’s expansion draft to evaluate their own teams and to monitor potential trade targets. 

ARIZONA SPORTS:  Craig Morgan reports Chayka acknowledged the Coyotes are among the NHL teams that expressed interest in signing unrestricted free agent winger Kris Versteeg to a professional tryout offer. It appears, however, Versteeg is seeking a regular contract. 

NEWS 1130:  The Vancouver Canucks are not among the teams calling Kris Versteeg about a PTO contract. They have, however, reportedly offered one to UFA forward Lauri Korpikoski. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the speculation suggesting the Canucks pursue Versteeg has come to naught. As for landing a contract, he might have to face accepting a PTO at this stage and hope to earn a one-year deal from that.