NHL Free Agents & Trade Candidates – Carolina Hurricanes
Game recaps, injury updates, and more heading into the All-Star break in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Nazem Kadri’s hat trick powered the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals, handing the latter their seventh consecutive defeat. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and tied former teammate and mentor Sergei Fedorov for the most career NHL points (1,179) by a Russian player.
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 30 saves for his 20th win of the season by edging the Arizona Coyotes 2-1. Mike Reilly tallied the tie-breaker in the third period.
Eric Staal scored two goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 to pick up their fourth victory in their last five games.
Nashville Predators netminder Juuse Saros kicked out a career-high 47 saves in a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Predators defenseman P.K. Subban claimed Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare bit his finger during a scrum in front of the Nashville net. Bellemare wasn’t penalized on the play. Speaking of the Golden Knights, they recalled goalie Oscar Dansk and demoted Maxime Legace.
The St. Louis Blues downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-1, handing the latter their seventh straight home loss. Before the game, the Blues activated forwards Tyler Bozak and Zach Sanford off injured reserve. The pair each scored a goal in this contest. The Ducks, meanwhile, received bad news as winger Ondrej Kase will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum. They also placed defenseman Andrej Sustr on waivers.
Nino Niederreiter scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Teuvo Teravainen had a three-point night for the Hurricanes.
MLIVE.COM: Player agent Dan Milstein recently floated the notion that his client Pavel Datsyuk could return to the NHL. The Arizona Coyotes own Datsyuk’s NHL rights until July 1, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. The Detroit Red Wings traded Datsyuk’s rights to the Coyotes in 2016 after he decided to return to Russia for family reasons. Milstein suggested the future Hall of Famer could consider returning to the Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Milstein also indicated Datsyuk hasn’t ruled out staying in the KHL. If he does decide to return to the NHL there’s no certainty the Red Wings will sign him, though I daresay they’ll be willing to consider the option.
SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s not looking to pick a fight with the NHLPA over the decision not to stage a World Cup of Hockey in 2020. He noted both sides wanted to avoid staging a tournament if negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement are ongoing at that time. The league and the PA have the option this September to opt out of the current agreement, bringing it to an end in September 2020. Bettman remains hopeful of avoiding another work stoppage by working out a new collective bargaining agreement with the PA.
Game recaps, injury updates, recalls and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: John Tavares scored twice and Thomas Greiss had a 23-save shutout as the New York Islanders blanked the Dallas Stars 3-0, giving Doug Weight a win in his debut behind the bench as Isles interim head coach.
Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Winnik and Andre Burakovsky each collected two points as the Washington Capitals thumped the St. Louis Blues 7-3. Blues goalie Jake Allen was pulled for the fourth time in six games. Alex Steen and Jaden Schwartz each had three-point performances for the Blues in a losing cause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Allen’s horrible midseason slump could push Blues management into the trade market for a goaltending upgrade.
Michael Grabner tallied two goal and Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 23 shots to give the New York Rangers a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ryan Ellis scored twice and Juuse Saros made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators took a 4-0 lead and held on to down the Calgary Flames 4-3. For the first time in his young career, Flames center Sam Bennett was a healthy scratch.
Nino Niederreitter scored twice as the Minnesota Wild, despite blowing a two-goal lead, went on to edge the Arizona Coyotes 4-3.
Nick Ritchie’s overtime goal gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The game was delayed nearly 45 minutes to replace a pane of broken glass behind the Ducks’ net. Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Aaron Dell turned in a 24-save performance and Logan Couture tallied the game winner in the San Jose Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the game, the Sharks placed forward Micheal Haley on injured reserve while Joonas Donskoi came off IR.
Mike Condon turned aside 42 shot backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
BOSTON HERALD: Rumors abound suggesting Bruins head coach Claude Julien could be fired, but the real problem is the limited depth of roster talent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Firing Julien won’t fix that issue. But that’s what general managers of struggling teams sometimes do in hopes of shifting focus away from their roster mistakes. Time will tell if Bruins management goes that route.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes demoted sophomore winger Anthony Duclair to the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duclair has only nine points in 41 games this season, a far cry from his 20-goal, 44-point performance in 2015-16.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm, sidelined since Nov. 15 with a dislocated shoulder, could return to action tonight. Forward Steve Ott (shoulder) could be placed on injured reserve to make room for Helm.
SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Florida Panthers placed forward Seth Griffith on waivers. It’s the third time this season Griffiths has hit the waiver wire.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes recalled goalie Michael Leighton.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: With goaltender Anders Nilsson sidelined by illness, the Buffalo Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark.
OTTAWA SUN: A bus carrying the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League overturned on Interstate 74 near Peoria yesterday. No one on the bus suffered life-threatening injuries, though three are reportedly in serious condition.