Many hockey fans (myself included) were absolutely stupefied when the Boston Bruins signed Derek Morris for a staggering $3.33 million right in the middle of their Phil Kessel crisis. Well, after today, the Bruins have essentially traded depth, Morris and a second round pick for Dennis Seidenberg.
“The Florida Panthers have parted ways with Dennis Seidenberg, trading the veteran defenceman to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins also receive defenceman Matthew Bartkowski in exchange for right wingers Craig Weller and Byron Bitz, as well as a second round pick.”
Aside from the increasingly fashionable exchange of a second round draft pick, the other noteworthy player in this move is Byron Bitz. In the grand scheme of things, though, Bitz is just a gigantic but limited player with an awesome last name (I’ve been fond of referring to him as “Ritz Bitz.” … I’m a large fellow.)
Seidenberg’s scouting report (I love those things) essentially casts Seidenberg as the anti-Morris. Here are some of his “assets”, according to the scouting report:
“Is adept at logging big minutes and is a sound defender. Moves the puck quickly and efficiently out of the defensive zone. Knows when to pinch in from the point and can play the point with the man advantage.”
Yup, sounds like he’s everything Morris is not. What do you think, readers? Is Seidenberg a significant upgrade over Morris?
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger