It makes sense that the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks are among the three or four teams who expressed interest in the possible (and courageous) NHL comeback of goalie Ray Emery.
After all, each team received an up close and personal account of the fiery goalie during his healthier days. Emery’s most recent NHL season came with the Flyers in 2009-10, as his campaign was cut short by that hip injury and the surgery it necessitated. (It’s kind of hard to believe that was only a season ago, right?)
The Ducks, meanwhile, played against Emery in the Stanley Cup finals when he was a member of the Ottawa Senators. While Anaheim more or less dominated Ottawa in that series, Emery played well in those contests and was fantastic during that playoff run in general.
Philadelphia always seems interested in adding some depth to its goaltending position, so it makes sense that they might be inquiring about their former starter. Anaheim would make it even more sense, though, since they are making Jonas Hiller start almost every game thanks to their shaky backup Curtis McElhinney. Hiller already played in 47 games so far, the second highest total of his career (his highest mark is 59, a total he’s likely to pass).
The third rumored team wasn’t named, so let the speculation begin. Was it his old squad in Ottawa? Maybe the constant goalie rumor targets in Long Island? Maybe the Detroit Red Wings are willing to give him a shot? Feel free to debate the mystery team’s identity in the comments. (Although other reports indicate there might be four teams in the mix. How exciting.)
We’ll let you know if any of those Emery flirtations amount to something more substantial. For those of you still suffering from Evgeni Nabokov Waiver Claim Disorder, relax; he didn’t play overseas this season so if a team signs him, he’ll be on their roster.
You know a playoff series is starting to rev up when teams can’t even peacefully share an ice surface during warm-ups.
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to draw a red line in the sand between each other before Game 3, with the two sides exchanging a couple bumps and mean looks.
It’s … honestly a pretty amusing spectacle.
You can watch it all in the video above. Perhaps this GIF will fuel a meme or two:
Brian Boyle downplayed the exchange(s):
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled tough guys Tom Sestito and Steve Oleksy from the AHL on Tuesday.
This move makes a sense for a couple of reasons.
Most clearly, things are getting nasty between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, so Pittsburgh is bringing in a couple of brutes. Each player isn’t shy about piling up penalty minutes, whether that be in the NHL or AHL.
The other reason: with injuries and Kris Letang‘s suspension, Oleksy could provide some depth. Justin Schultz is motivated to prove himself, yet Oleksy provides a little insurance.
Is it the ideal scenario in a big playoff game? Nope, but if brute force ends up being a factor, the Penguins added some muscle.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take the series lead for the first time against the New York Islanders, who are trying to regain the advantage on home ice at the Barclays Center after a split in Tampa Bay. You can catch Game 3 between these teams on NBCSN (7 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Artem Anisimov on Tuesday underwent successful surgery on his injured right wrist, the Chicago Blackhawks announced.
“We anticipate his return to full hockey activities in approximately six to eight weeks,” said team physician Dr. Michael Terry in a statement.
The news comes eight days after the Blackhawks were ousted in the first round, eliminated in seven games by the St. Louis Blues.
Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in last summer’s blockbuster deal for Brandon Saad, the 27-year-old Anisimov enjoyed the second 20-goal season of his career and fell just two points shy of his previous career best of 44 when he was with the New York Rangers.
He played the bulk of this season on a line with two highly skilled players in Patrick Kane, the league-leader in points with 106, and Artemi Panarin, named as a Calder Trophy finalist on Monday.
In March, Anisimov was named to Russia’s preliminary roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, although the recovery schedule outlined above should allow plenty of time for Anisimov to be physically ready for the tournament when it begins in September.
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