Put the Rick Nash rumors on hold – and the Luke Schenn ones too while you’re at it – Pavel Kubina is the latest addition to the Philadelphia Flyers. Tampa Bay, who kept Kubina out of their lineup on Thursday to make sure he would stay healthy, will get a second and a fifth round draft pick in exchange. This also comes just two days after the Flyers acquired fellow defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars for a pair of draft picks.
None of this will replace Chris Pronger, but it does serve to address the team’s defensive problems. Both Grossman and Kubina are big men who aren’t afraid to throw around their bodies and block shots. Even combined they might not be able to match a healthy Pronger in terms of offensive output, but the struggling Ilya Bryzgalov will certainly appreciate their work. We’ll have to wait and see if the Flyers are done shopping. Either way, they look much more like a serious playoff contender now than they did a week ago.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.