Tonight's games: post-deadline haze

The night after a trade deadline always feels a little strange; it’s not that different from cleaning up after a raucous party. You have to wonder if the players and coaches are affected by the early afternoon insanity. Not only do you have to deal with scratches but you also must share some awkward goodbyes (or, sometimes worse, realize that you’re stuck with these freaks for the rest of the season).

Still, we’re gamers at PHT so we soldier on. Let’s preview tonight’s six games.
Today’s Best

Washington Capitals (41-13-8, 90 pts) at Buffalo Sabres (33-19-9, 75 pts) – 7:00 PM ET

Will Ovechkin go into Zeus mode after a disappointing Olympics? Buffalo’s not exactly getting a chance to find their legs after the Olympics with back-to-back games against Pittsburgh and Washington.

Vancouver Canucks (38-22-2, 78 pts) at Detroit Red Wings ( 29-21-12, 70 pts) – 7:30 PM ET

Despite Kirk Maltby’s injury, a shockingly human Detroit squad is starting to get its wounded players back. They’re going to need all the help they can get because they have very little margin for error right now.

Rest of the games after the jump


Philadelphia Flyers (33-25-3, 69 pts) at Florida Panthers (24-28-10, 58 pts) – 7:30 PM ET


Don’t blame the Flyers and Panthers if they feel compelled go for the throat in this one. After all, both teams have plenty to prove after doing very little during the deadline.
Edmonton Oilers (19-37-6, 44 pts) at Chicago Blackhawks (41-16-5, 87 pts) – 8:30 PM ET

Yesterday I might have jinxed the Blackhawks against the Islanders, but they really need to win this considering that the Oilers basically transformed from a bad team to an AHL team today.
Minnesota Wild (30-27-4, 64 pts) at Calgary Flames (30-23-9, 69 pts) – 10:00 PM ET

Calgary is one point behind Detroit for the last playoff spot; Minnesota is actually in better position than it might seem because they’ve only played 61 games. The lesson? Just about every team in the West has a chance to make the playoffs aside from Edmonton. (Sorry again Oilers fans)
Colorado Avalanche (35-21-6, 76 pts) at Anaheim Ducks (30-25-7, 67 pts) – 10:00 PM ET

Some might look at this as a game between a band of plucky overachievers (Colorado) and a huge disappointment (Anaheim). Such a statement won’t bother Ducks fans though because they’re still probably celebrating the Visnovsky-Whitney deal.

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    Third team’s the charm? Devils ink Gormley to one-year, two-way deal

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    Since being selected by the Coyotes at 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Brandon Gormley has had a difficult time breaking into the league on a full-time basis.

    On Thursday, the 24-year-old Gormley joined his third NHL team, signing with the New Jersey Devils on a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level, the club announced.

    Despite his draft status, Gormley has yet to play a full season in the big league, although this deal could give him an opportunity to end that. For the Devils, the deal adds more depth to their blue line and for a friendly price.

    Last season, Gormley split time between the Colorado Avalanche and its farm team, the San Antonio Rampage. Despite some high expectations about where he could fit on the Avs’ blue line, he was eventually put on waivers in January.

    He ended the season with one assist in 26 games with the Avalanche, and hit the open market after Colorado didn’t give him a qualifying offer.

    Wild sign Dumba to two-year, $5.1M deal

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    After ongoing contract talks between the Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba, the two sides have come to a deal.

    The Wild announced Thursday that they had signed Dumba to a two-year deal, worth a total value of $5.1 million.

    A breakdown of the new deal:

    — In 2016-17: $2.35 million.

    — In 2017-18: $2.75 million.

    Selected seventh overall by the Wild in 2012, Dumba had his most productive campaign this past season, with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games.

    Known for his offensive skills — he had 20 goals and 57 points with Red Deer in the WHL in his draft year — Dumba also brings a coveted right-shot to the Wild blue line, which features four players with contracts of four or more years of term remaining.

    As per General Fanager, the Wild still have $2.168 million in projected cap space, but they have secured all their remaining restricted free agents.

    Rangers bring back forward Marek Hrivik (Updated)

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    The New York Rangers announced that they’ve re-signed Marek Hrivik to a new contract. The term and financial details of the deal were not released.

    Hrivik signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in May 2012. The 24-year-old made his NHL debut in 2015-16 and ended up playing five games for the Rangers. He had one assist and a plus-3 rating during his time in the NHL.

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    The young forward was an important part of New York’s AHL affiliate in Hartford. Hrivik finished his AHL campaign with 12 goals and 29 assists. He tied for the team lead in assists and finished third in points.

    If you go by Hrivik’s tweet, it appears as though he signed a one-year contract:

    Now that Hrivik is re-signed, the Rangers have no more free agents of any kind, per General Fanager.

    Report: Stone and Coyotes agree to one-year, $4M deal

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    Another day, another scheduled arbitration hearing avoided.

    According to multiple reports, defenseman Michael Stone and the Arizona Coyotes have settled on a one-year, $4 million deal, well ahead of their scheduled arbitration hearing set for Aug. 4.

    Stone, 26, was a restricted free agent coming off a three-year contract with an AAV of $1.15 million.

    Last season in Arizona, he hit new career highs in points with 36 and assists with 30. He also logged some heavy minutes, playing more than 22 minutes per game, which was second behind only Oliver Ekman-Larsson. That includes being used on both the power play and penalty kill.

    Just more work done for the Coyotes on Thursday.

    Earlier in the day, they announced they had signed defenseman Connor Murphy to a six-year contract extension, worth a total of $23.1 million.

    Related: Coyotes’ defensive makeover continues with Luke Schenn signing