Pro Hockey Talk's Trade Deadline Extravaganza

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The deadline has come and passed, and overall it was a relatively quiet day. Here’s a rundown of all of the news and rumors from the day. We’ll be bringing you comprehensive opinion and analysis of all these moves throughout the afternoon.

4:07 p.m. – Here’s another that’s just gone down. The Hurricanes have traded Stephane Yelle and Harrison Reed to Colorado, in exchange for Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a 6th round pick.

3:45 p.m. – Here’s the rundown of the trades that have come across the past 30 minutes:

Dustin Boyd to Nashville; 4th round pick to Calgary
Chris Peluso to Toronto; 6th round pick to Pittsburgh
Ryan Whitney to Edmonton; Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim (!!!!)
Joey MacDonald to Anaheim; 7th round pick (2011) to Toronto

We’ll have more on these trades and more throughout the afternoon. Stay with us.

3:10 p.m. – The LA Kings continue to bolster their team for a playoff run by acquiring Fredrik Modin from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

3:08 p.m. – Washington receives Joe Corvo from Carolina for Brian Pothier and Oskar Osala. OK, now that’s a pretty big trade (thankfully).

3:00 p.m. – The deadline is upon us! Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be more deals announced, though. Stay tuned.

Earlier news and original post after the jump…


We’re still settling into our new digs here at PHT; in fact the boxes
aren’t even unpacked yet and I’ve been sleeping on a mattress on the
floor. But trade deadline day is here and we’ll be giving you all the
news and semi-grounded rumors we can find.

Here’s the plan: all
throughout the day this thread will update with any trades or major
rumors that come across the wire. We’ll link to our more in depth
analysis and takes on the rumors below, but this thread will stick to
the top of the page and will be constantly updated.

So if you’re
at work: open up another window with a spreadsheet or work email in it,
and be sure to keep checking back here throughout the day. We’re
certainly not encouraging anyone not to work….but we all know that
hockey fans will not be very productive today anyway.

We’ll also
be keeping up with all the news on Twitter. You can follow Pro Hockey Talk by
going here
, and I’ll guarantee it’s going to be a busy feed today.
At least I hope. I’m still getting the whole “tweeting” thing down.

Let’s
have some fun.

2:56 p.m. – TSN is claiming that Dan Hamhuis will remain
a member of the Nashville Predators. Fair enough.

2:54 p.m. – Word is that
Sheldon Souray will miss the rest of the season with an infected hand.
(Resists making tasteless jokes about his messy divorce.)

2:53
p.m.
 No word on the team “lucky” enough to receive him, but
the Toronto Maple Leafs have unloaded Lee Stempniak. Update: apparently
that team is the Phoenix Coyotes. Toronto receives a fourth and seventh
round pick for Stempniak.

2:52 p.m. – TSN reports that
Milan Jurcina has been traded back to the Washington Capitals.
Update:
Bob McKenzie reports that Jurcina was diagnosed with a sports
hernia. Hmmm.

2:41 p.m.Bob
McKenzie just Tweeted that the Atlanta Thrashers sent their third and
fourth round picks to Buffalo for Clarke McArthur? Huh? Where’s the
second rounder?

2:32 p.m. – The Buffalo Sabres
added some grit in Raffi Torres. They sent a (clicks “paste”) second
round pick and D Nathan Paetsch. Is it even a heavy price to pay when
everyone but Scott Walker is basically going for a second round pick?
GMs sure are a
bunch of conformists
.

(Apparently,
Torres is going to be Toronto bound next off-season. Read
more about that strange situation
.)

2: 20 p.m. – I
know that Curtis McElhinney and Vesa Toskala have traded places, but we
have yet to see a major trade involving a major goaltender. More on
that here.

2:00 p.m. – With the Kaberle talks
heating up (ugh, so tired of it already)
I opine on the topic here.

1:47
p.m.
 –
The Washington Capitals acquired Eric Belanger from the
Minnesota Wild for (wait for it) a second round draft pick. This ads to
what’s becoming a sizable pool of character guys for the Caps.

1:38
p.m. –
Remember how I was talking how it seemed that Tomas
Kaberle was not interested in waiving his NTC. Well, now it seems that
he and Brian Burke have a ‘deal’ where he’ll  consider deals that come
across. I have this strange sense of deja vu.

1:34
p.m.- The Tampa Bay
Lightning sent Jeff Halpern to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have
sent Teddy Purcell and a third-round draft pick to Tampa Bay.

1:22
p.m.-
Well, it was quiet for a bit but we have another trade.
The Canucks have sent defenseman Mathieu Schneider to the Phoenix
Coyotes. Boy…I’m writing Phoenix a lot today. Details to come.

12:50
p.m. –
We
wonder what exactly the point was
regarding the Aaron Ward trade.
Obviously salary and the need for depth….but Ward to Anaheim was a bit
anticlimactic.


12:43
p.m. – It’s
official. 
Peter
Mueller has been traded with Kevin Porter from the Phoenix Coyotes to
the Colorado Avalanche for Wojtek Wolski.
That’s a nice find for the
Coyotes, since both players seem to register a lot of the same
attitude-type complaints while Wolski has actually made good on some of
his promise.

12:35 p.m. – Now we’re
talking…Vancover has aqcuired Yan Statsny from St. Louis in exchange
for Cedric Labrie. Things are starting to heat up.

12:30
p.m. –
Mueller to Colorado or Mueller to Atlanta. RDS is reporting that Peter Mueller has
been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, while TSN is saying a deal is in
the works for Phoenix to send him to Colorado in exchange for Wojtek
Wolski. We’ll keep you updated.

12:28 p.m. –
TSN just announced that Scott Walker was traded from Carolina to
Washington for a seventh round pick. No word on a three-team trade in
which Walker’s fist is sent to Aaron Ward’s face. Further analysis here.

12:06
p.m. –
Breaking into all the trade talk here, but you can catch
a replay of the Gold Medal Game between Canada and USA on Universal
Sports. Details
here
.
12:00 p.m. – Florida dealt Dennis
Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski to Boston for a second round draft
pick, Byron Bitz and Craig Weller. So, essentially, the Bruins swapped
Derek Morris and a second round pick for Dennis Seidenberg. Solid
move in Beantown.

11:44 a.m. – Aaron Ward
has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for goaltender Justin
Pogge and a draft pick, could be a fourth or so. We’ll see.

11:36
a.m. –
Just as I was publishing a post on how quiet today has
been, Seidenberg gets traded to the Bruins. Not a HUGE move, mind you,
but at least there was more to it than draft picks. Well sort of; Byron
Blitz is part of the trade as well.

11:30 a.m. –
Looks like the Morris trade to Phoenix was certainly with another move
already in the works. TSN reporting that Florida has traded Dennis
Seidenberg to Boston.

11:14 a.m. – Just saw a tweet
by someone who is very serious about what they do, confirming that
Florida wants Jeff Carter. Thanks for the info…see my update from an
hour ago.
10:54 a.m. – NHL.com guru Mike Dilorenzo is saying that
Martin Skoula is headed to the New Jersey Devils.  He was just traded
yesterday to Toronto as part of the Alexei Ponikarovsky deal. Hope he
didn’t unpack.

10: 51 a.m. –
Morris traded to
Phoenix, Boston
set up for another move later today.

10:35 a.m. – Details
on the trade – Derek Morris is traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, Boston
gets 2011 fourth round draft pick. Yep, can you say “salary dump for
another trade today?”

10:30 a.m.It
appears that
the asking price for Raffi Torres of the Blue Jackets
is a first round pick, or at least a top prospect. That’s a steep, steep
price for a 30 point scorer, who’s just a rental.

10:25
a.m. –
We may have our first trade of the day. Derek Morris may
be headed back to Phoenix; he was going to be a UFA this summer for
Boston. Waiting on details.

10: 17 a.m. – Well
now….Washington interested in Ray Whitney? Interesting, since I just
heard Carolina might not trade him, since no one would accept their
price.

10:10 a.m. – According
to Darren Dreger
, Sheldon Souray has ‘softened’ a bit on the team’s
he’d be willing to accept a trade to.

10:03 a.m. – It
looks like Tomas Vokoun to Philadelphia is in the works, and that Jeff
Carter  is the target for Florida. Not exactly a salary dump for
Panthers; Carter is owed $5 million next season.

9:58 a.m. –
Tomas Vokoun has apparently agreed to waive his NTC for small
number of teams.

9:41 a.m. – Florida
Panthers are definitely sellers
. Dennis Seidenberg will be first to
go, Tomas Vokoun is almost certainly on the trading block as well.

9:22
a.m. –
Well, this is a bit surprising. Scotty
Bowman tells FAN that Chicago
is not in the market for a
goaltender.

9:15 a.m. – Tomas
Kaberle rumors are still out there
, but he’s not budging on his
wish to stay with Toronto. We wonder….why?

The Buzzer: Penguins dominate, Sharks sweep

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Wednesday’s scores

Pittsburgh Penguins 5, Philadelphia Flyers 0 (Penguins lead 3-1):

Pittsburgh dominated from pillar to post in this one. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel each had three points nights. Matt Murray, meanwhile, grabbed his second shutout of the playoffs in the win, which puts the Flyers on the brink of a playoff exit. Philly has just six goals in four games now and five of those came in Game 2.

Tampa Bay Lightning 3, New Jersey Devils 1 (Lightning lead 3-1):

Nikita Kucherov was a force in this one, scoring the twice and adding an assist while laying a massive (and controversial) hit on Devils’ defenseman Sami Vatanen, which knocked the latter out of the game. J.T. Miller tied the game in the first period and assisted on both of Kucherov’s goals for a three-point night of his own. Andrei Vasilevskiy, up for the Vezina this year, turned aside 27-of-28 shots.

Nashville Predators 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 (Predators lead 3-1): 

The Predators held off a late comeback attempt by the Avalanche to take a 3-1 series lead back to Nashville. Colton Sissons and Craig Smith scored in the second period, following Filip Forsberg‘s highlight-reel first-period marker to give the Preds a 3-0 advantage going into the third. Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot brought the Avs back to within one, but that was as far as they’d get. The Avs lost more than just the game as goalie Jonathan Bernier left after the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

San Jose Sharks 2, Anaheim Ducks (Sharks win 4-0):

Tomas Hertl scored 1:16 after Andrew Cogliano tied the game 1-1 in the third period to give the Sharks their second sweep in franchise history (they previous swept the Vancouver Canucks in 2013). The Ducks looked better than their Game 3 effort (just showing up would likely do that), but still only managed a single goal (and just four in the series). Martin Jones made 30 saves for the win. The Sharks will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round after Vegas swept the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Three stars

Matt Murray, Penguins: Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby each had three-point nights, but Murray’s 26 saves made sure the Flyers came nowhere near the Penguins as he picked up his second shutout of the series, sixth playoff shutout of his career and fourth in his past six playoff games. Those are some ridiculous numbers from the Pens’ No. 1.

Nikita Kucherov, Lightning: Two goals — the game-winner and the dagger into the empty net to ensure victory — capped off a big night for Kucherov, who has scored in all four of the series’ games thus far. Kucherov added an assist on the game-tying goal in the first period and laid a massive hit on Sami Vatanen (which could earn him a call from the league).

Filip Forsberg, Predators: Got the Predators off on the right foot with his first-period marker which, as you will see below, was from another world. He also assisted on Colton Sisson’s tally that gave the Preds a 2-0 lead in the second period. Forsberg now has five points through four games in the series.

Highlights of the Night

Forsberg’s theatrics:

Jones was a huge problem for the Ducks, as seen here:

Man deposited into bench:

Vezinalevskiy:

Factoids of the Night

Thursday’s schedule

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN) — Bruins lead series 2-1
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. ET (USA, NBCSWA) — Blue Jackets let series 2-1


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Sharks advance after sweep of hapless Ducks

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Few figured the San Jose Sharks would have had it this easy against the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim came roaring into the postseason, winners of five straight and eight of their past 10 as they worked their way into second place in the Pacific Division

Perhaps they just ran out of gas or, perhaps, the Sharks are quite good at Duck Hunt. Either way, the Sharks made quick work of their California rivals, recording the sweep after a 2-1 win on Wednesday in Game 4.

The truth is the Sharks were far and away the better team in the series and the Ducks — outside of John Gibson — were horribly inept offensively and couldn’t handle the Sharks’ offensive attack, or solve Martin Jones.

After being shutout in Game 1, the Ducks lost a close 3-2 decision in Game 2 only to follow that up with an incredibly embarrassing effort in an 8-1 loss in Game 3.

In Game 4, and on the cusp of being swept, the Ducks managed just a single goal as they went crashing out of the playoffs.

That’s four goals in four games.

Poor John Gibson. The Ducks’ No. 1 faced a combined 69 shots in Games 1 and 2 and then 24 in Game 3 before being pulled, mercifully, in favor of Ryan Miller. In Game 4, Gibson faced a further 24 shots and once again received next to no run support.

The Ducks’ veteran core of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry combined for four points in the series. Perry was shutout entirely and the trio failed to combine for a single goal.

The Sharks were very much the opposite.

Captain Joe Pavelski had a goal and four assists. Logan Couture had two goals and five points. Evander Kane, acquired at the trade deadline, scored three times and added an assist.

And then there was Marcus Sorensen, who in 32 regular season games only scored five times but had three goals and an assist in four games in the series.

Jones got all the run support Gibson didn’t and was equally as good, turning aside 131 of the 135 shots he faced during the four game.

The Sharks will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round after Vegas swept the Los Angeles Kings in four games on Tuesday.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Avalanche’ Jonathan Bernier forced out of Game 4 loss

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Bad news hit the Colorado Avalanche’s playoff hopes on Wednesday.

The Avs’ woes in the crease suffered another blow when the team announced that Jonathan Bernier would not return for the third period because of a lower-body injury.

It’s not known when Bernier got hurt. Andrew Hammond, the team’s No. 3, replaced the Avs’ starter for the final frame.

Colorado is already without Semyon Varlamov, who was ruled out the playoffs after a late-season injury after a collision with Chicago Blackhawks forward Tomas Jurco.

The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 after taking Game 4 with a 3-2 win.

Nashville had a scare of their own during the second period when Avs forward Gabriel Landeskog went to hit forward Ryan Johansen with an open-ice hit. As Landeskog approached, Johansen looked up and tried to duck out of the way but took what appeared to be Landeskog’s knee to his head.

Johansen had a tough time getting back to his feet and headed down the tunnel and out of the game once he did.

Johansen was not on the bench to start the third but eventually returned around the mid-way point of the period and played five shifts.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

Penguins follow Matt Murray’s lead, take Game 4 over Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers came up short in what head coach Dave Hakstol called the “biggest game of the series, so far.” It was another night where the Pittsburgh Penguins’ offense could not be stopped and their 5-0 victory in Game 4 means they take a 3-1 series lead back home with a chance to close things out Friday night.

It could have been a different game if not for the play of Matt Murray, who stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the series and fourth shutout in his last seven playoff games. One of the bigger opportunities for the Flyers was a period of extended offensive zone time late in the first, but Murray stood tall, and when the pressure subsided the Penguins transitioned the other way resulting in a Phil Kessel goal.

 

“That’s what’s going to happen in the playoffs,” said forward Carl Hagelin. “There’s going to be momentum swings. You’re going to get pinned in your zone for an extended time and that’s what happened there. But we didn’t give up many Grade A chances.”

That cool demeanor of Murray’s isn’t just effective for him, it also positively affects his teammates.

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“It helps. He’s a confident guy. He calms us down,” said Hagelin. “He’s always a calm guy. It’s one of those things we have a lot of faith in him. He trusts his ‘D’ and his forwards to do the job in front of him.”

“He [makes] saves at key times, too. That’s huge,” said defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. “Not just here and there, but early in the game or when we’re down a goal, he does a good job switching momentum. He’s definitely a special goalie that way.”

Through four games, Murray, who became the fastest goalie in NHL history to reach 25 career playoff wins, is rolling with a .958 even strength save percentage and has allowed only three goals at five-on-five in the series. A hostile Philadelphia crowd wasn’t going to faze the 23-year old goaltender. Before helping the Penguins to the first of back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016, he was thrown into the fire for his first playoff start on the road in Game 3 of their first-round series against the New York Rangers. He’d win both those games at Madison Square Garden and the rest was history.

So with the first period nearing a conclusion and Travis Konecny on a breakaway after leaving the penalty box, the Penguins had no cuase for concern. Murray would make the save and his teammates would add to the lead in the second period, putting the game, and potentially the series, out of reach.

“When you get those types of saves it certainly helps your team’s chances of winning,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. “But that’s what Matt does for our group. I thought he was locked in all night long. He made the timely saves for us when we needed him to. Those are big points in the game, but you have to get that save if you’re going to win at this time of year.”

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.