FILE – In this Oct. 1, 1988 photo, Wayne Gretzky, of the Los Angeles Kings, is shown during a break in action at the Forum in Inglewood, Ca. The infamous trade that dealt Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on Aug. 9, 1988, sent shock waves throughout Canada and the United States is the subject of the documentary “Kings Ransom” that will be broadcast Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 on ESPN. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)
Jarome Iginla is still without a team but isn’t giving up hope just yet on one last ride in the NHL.
The 40-year-old Iginla, who last played in 2016-17 with the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, was spotted on the ice at Providence Bruins practice on Tuesday, but there’s nothing in the works as far as a deal anywhere, he told the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver.
Iginla’s name popped up in contention for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team this fall, but a hip procedure cost him time on the ice and ultimately a place in GM Sean Burke’s final roster for PyeongChang. (The Canadians are doing just fine without him having reached the semifinals of the tournament.)
Now living in the Boston area after buying a house last spring, Iginla, who played 78 games with the NHL Bruins during the 2013-14 season, was simply taking advantage of a favor from the team. He’s expected to skate with AHL Providence again on Thursday as he continues to see where his body is physically.
Iginla — and for that matter, U.S. Olympian Brian Gionta, who’s also looking to continue playing — can sign with any NHL team, but to be eligible to play in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs a deal needs to be inked before the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline next Monday.
The Montreal Canadiens may have come out on the wrong end of Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime decision in Philadelphia, but Nicolas Deslauriers definitely won his fight against Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning.
This was Deslauriers’ first game since signing a two-year, one-way contract extension worth $950, 000 per year. The 26-year-old has brought a physical presence to Montreal’s lineup, but he’s also chipped in with seven goals. On Tuesday, he made more of an impact with his knuckles than anything else.
Take a look four yourself by clicking the video at the top of the page.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time these two players go head-to-head on the ice. They also fought when Deslauriers was a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
If you’re more interested in finding out what happened last night’s game, click here.
• The rivalry between Canada’s women’s team and the United States women’s team doesn’t have the same bite it did a few years ago. (NBC Olympics)
• American twin sisters Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson have been playing like they have something to prove. (The Ice Garden)
• Former NHL goalie Jonas Hiller won’t play for team Switzerland anymore. (Swiss Hockey News)
• There’s a group of Kenyan hockey players that want to take part in future Olympic Games. (ESPN)
• The NHL can grow in popularity if they sample three things from the Olympics. (Vice Sports)
• The Rangers will go through a hard time over the next little while, but it could all be worth it in the end. (NY Post)
• Don’t expect the Golden Knights to make big moves before Monday’s trade deadline. (Knights on Ice)
• Speaking of Vegas, they might have the best line in hockey. (TSN.ca)
• Winnipeg has had a hard time trading for players with no-move clauses, but that’s nothing to be offended by. (Jets Nation)
• Even though they won’t make the playoffs this year, the Panthers certainly have a bright future ahead. (Fan Rag Sports)
• As bad as things are for the Montreal Canadiens, they’ll probably get a whole lot worse. (Rabid Habs)
• The San Jose Sharks acquired veteran forward Eric Fehr from the Maple Leafs. (NHL.com/Sharks)
• The World’s Longest Hockey Game raised over $1.2 million for cancer research this year. (Edmonton Journal)
Players of the Night:
- Click here for details regarding a clutch night from Jakub Voracek, who played a huge role with two goals (including the OT game-winner) and an assist for the Flyers in beating the Habs.
- Frederik Andersen was stellar for the Maple Leafs, pitching a 40-save shutout against the Florida Panthers. Toronto only won 1-0, so they needed every save from their franchise goalie. Andersen tends to face a lot of shots on goal, and he’s put out some stellar performances in the process:
- Two Avalanche players take the cake for players of the night, overall.
Nathan MacKinnon didn’t return to action, technically, on Tuesday. This was actually his second game back.
That said, it felt like Mac was truly back here, scoring the overtime game-winner and collecting three assists to help Colorado scrap its way to an OT win against the Canucks. With this output, MacKinnon has set a new career-high for points, and he has plenty of time to add to his already impressive point total of 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists).
Tyson Barrie was outstanding in his own right, arguably more impressive than MacKinnon. Quite ridiculously, the Avalanche scored all five of its goals on the power play, and Barrie collected a point in all five. He scored a goal and generated four assists, with three of those helpers being primary assists.
Injuries make Barrie’s fantastic work in 2017-18 slip under the radar a bit. With these five points in mind, Barrie now has 36 points in just 45 games. Over an 82-game season, that would translate to almost 66 points.
Highlight of the Night: Another fantastic Nikita Kucherov goal.
Kucherov already has 32 goals and 78 points this season. He edges Taylor Hall, whose fantastic coast-to-coast goal was good enough for a post, but couldn’t quite get it done for the Devils, who fell to Columbus in regulation.
You have to love the neat-and-tidiness of Anze Kopitar scoring his 800th point in his 900th regular-season game:
Where do you think Alex Ovechkin will end up once he hangs up his skates, hopefully a long time from now?
So far, pretty good for Dion Phaneuf in Los Angeles:
Maple Leafs 1, Panthers 0
Blue Jackets 2, Devils 1
Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (OT)
Lightning 4, Capitals 2
Predators 3, Red Wings 2
Sharks 3, Blues 2
Kings 4, Jets 3
Bruins 3, Oilers 2
Avalanche 5, Canucks 4 (OT)