Blockbuster trades always find a way to reverberate through the league in ways. The Colorado Avalanche trade with St. Louis centering around power forward Chris Stewart and defenseman Erik Johnson certainly more than qualified as a blockbuster and opinions on the deal have been varying.
While Erik Johnson was busy saying he hopes he can make the Blues regret they ever traded him away, another figure was looking at things a bit more harshly. Former Nordiques great and hall of famer Peter Stastny sounded off to KMOX radio in St. Louis about what he thought of the Avalanche dealing away Stewart and McClement (audio here) and suffice it to say he’s not very pleased as Adrian Dater of The Denver Post transcribed.
“This young team was ready to challenge, almost, for a Stanley Cup this season. They were so good. All they needed was some more chemistry, and some synergies. Instead, they destroyed the team. I mean, that was a one-way deal. Mr. Armstrong will look like a genius. I don’t know what they were thinking in the Colorado organization. I should not have said this, but I’m so, so mad what they’ve done to this team. They’ve moved the team about two to three years back again.”
All right so perhaps Stastny is wearing the homer hat proudly here. After all, this is his franchise and it’s also the team that employs his son Paul. It’s probable that Peter isn’t exactly looking at things with the clearest of minds for how much his heart is involved in matters, but we haven’t seen anyone in his position speak up so loudly and pointedly about this deal.
Saying that Avalanche GM Greg Sherman “destroyed” the franchise and set them back two or three years because of the deal is some pretty hardcore hyperbole though. Seeing that Stastny cares this much for the franchise is pretty incredible but is he speaking with a clear mind about things? Tough to say as anything that directly affects people in your family, and in this case his own son, makes it all hit home a little harder. This time around, Peter is sounding off like the angry sports dad throwing a tantrum at his kid’s game.
After all, it’s not as if Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson don’t know each other. They were Olympic teammates after all and Dater points out that they were even roommates in Vancouver. We’re sure that won’t make for too awkward of a conversation during the Avs next practice. Colorado runs a really tight ship when it comes to how things are run there and having a franchise icon speak out this way against them makes for quite the fun media circus. Peter Stastny isn’t some nobody after all and as we’ve seen with Mario Lemieux, when a hall of famer speaks out, people pay attention.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
It was a thrilling, sometimes nasty contest, from Sidney Crosby shaking off an Alex Ovechkin slash, to Evgeni Malkin delivering a hit some thought was over the line and plenty of typical playoff skirmishes.
Ultimately, Matt Murray played another strong game and Patric Hornqvist scored the overtime-winner to put the Capitals in a tough spot.
The Penguins lost their previous eight playoff overtime games, so maybe it was just a matter of time before such a game went their way?
Then again, the history between the two teams is a little different:
If the Capitals want to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Ovechkin era, they’ll need to accomplish quite the feat against arguably the hottest team in the NHL.
Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.
An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.
After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.
You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.
Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.
Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.
Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.
Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.
Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.
Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:
Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.
Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”
People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.