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?
Even the best goalie in the world – one who makes it look easy – can lose his cool sometimes.
(Heck, that used to be the domain of Patrick Roy, right?)
It was quite the sight on Thursday nonetheless: Carey Price absolutely lost his cool and went after Kyle Palmieri during the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the New Jersey Devils. You can watch that spectacle in the video above.
Palmieri received an interference penalty while Price received a roughing double-minor. Apparently fits of Price anger are rare:
Carey Price loses it?! That's like seeing a unicorn.
Sometimes it feels like John Tavares is alone on an island. Even during such grimmer times, there are moments where it seems like he can do it all by himself, anyway.
The New York Islanders have been quietly getting it back together lately (4-0-1 in their last five games), with Tavares averaging a point per contest during that span. Still, he’s obviously been getting some help lately.
If you want an “all by himself” moment, look no further than the goal above, where he just out-efforts everyone. It’s an unusual sight, although especially jaded people may just come to expect this type of thing from Tavares. He’s that great.
Niskanen will miss at least one game from that Bergeron hit
The Capitals consider the valuable blueliner day-to-day with an upper-body injury and noted that he won’t travel to Buffalo for Friday’s game against the Sabres.
That only tells us so much, as the Capitals will face the Vancouver Canucks at home in their next game after that on Sunday. If that’s all he ends up missing, that wouldn’t be too huge of an issue. CSN Mid-Atlantic notes that he’s played in every game (all 189) since joining the Capitals, so he’s been healthy so far in his stay with Washington.
Washington called up defenseman Aaron Ness to help give them some depth.
As you may recall, Bergeron received a two-minute boarding minor for the check in question.
Bruised Blackhawks will be without Seabrook, Toews vs. Rangers