As we inch closer to the trade deadline, it’s just a matter of
waiting to see which goaltender will be the first to be traded after the
roster freeze lifted. There are a number of names floating about —
Tomas Vokoun, Jaroslav Halak, Dwayne Roloson, Tim Thomas, Dan Ellis —
and with Ray Emery out of the season it looks like there is a collective
holding of the breath to see what the Flyers do.
technically has the room to trade for a goaltender like Roloson, but
from all accounts today the team is set to move forward with Leighton
between the pipes. That may have changed, just in the past few hours.
All of a sudden it seems that goaltenders have some increased
value after it seemed that the market really wasn’t there. The Emery
injury certainly opens things up, and with teams like Chicago and
Philadelphia in a race to get the best fit, it will be interesting to
see how the asking prices change. You’d certainly think that Halak would
be more valuable than Vokoun, but word is that Montreal is just asking
Garth Snow suddenly has an incredibly valuable
goaltender on his roster (especially if Dipietro’s knee is ok) and
Roloson may be on his way to Philly. TSN’s Bob McKenzie maintains that a
deal is nowhere near done, considering Roloson is expected to play
tonight, but “Dallas Dave” is reporting the deal is done in principle.
not going to speculate one way or the other but it does appear that in
the past few hours, especially after word broke that Emery would be
having hip surgery, that a trade for Roloson is in the works. We’ll wait and see how this shakes out — I’m still trying to determine just how much I trust Dave anyway.
There’s been a lot of movement between Montreal and Saint John’s lately and that continued on Sunday.
This time, it’s forward Daniel Carr who’ll be getting a stint with the big club.
Carr has no prior NHL experience.
The 24-year-old spent four years at Union College before joining the Canadiens organization as an undrafted free agent.
In his first season as a pro, Carr scored 24 goals (led the team) and 39 points in 76 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15.
This year, Carr has seven goals and 15 points in 20 games.
Montreal is without forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Semin.
Brian Campbell doesn’t score as many points as he used to, but he came up with a huge goal against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.
With the game tied, 1-1, in overtime, Campbell skated into the slot and beat Petr Mrazek with a perfect wrister to end the game.
It was also a pretty nice passing play between Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Huberdeau and Campbell.
Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the second period before Reilly Smith leveled the score with just over five minutes remaining.
The Wings have blown a lead in three straight games.
Detroit was up 2-0 and 3-2 in their last game, against Edmonton, before they finally closed the game out with an overtime goal by Niklas Kronwall.
They weren’t so fortunate against the Bruins on Wednesday, as they lost 3-2 in OT after leading 2-1 with under two minutes remaining in regulation.
This was the first meeting of the season between Detroit and Florida, but they’ll see each other three times between Feb. 4 and Mar. 19.
You can’t blame Mike Babcock for siding with the relatively unknown when the other option is Jonathan Bernier, a goalie who’s 0-8-1 so far in 2015-16.
With that in mind, meet Garret Sparks, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ expected starter for Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Sparks was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2011, a guy who was off to a great start in the AHL. That much wasn’t lost on Babcock.
Let’s face it, though; this is as much about the Leafs’ other two goalies as it is about Sparks (whose name inspired a very obscure reference in this post’s headline).
In Bernier’s case, there’s an “enough’s enough” feel:
Meanwhile, James Reimer‘s not quite healthy enough to play yet, so the window of opportunity is open for Sparks … a little bit.
Sparks will get a chance to make an impression, even if it’s just a small one.
So far, the 2015-16 crop of rookies is living up to the hype, if not exceeding it. Connor McDavid‘s unfortunate injury hasn’t even derailed this year’s crop.
The Detroit Red Wings are watching their own blue chip blossom, as Dylan Larkin is making an instant impact.
No. 71 scored his 10th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, fattening his rookie goals lead.
He still needs five points to match rookie points leader Artemi Panarin, though.