In the first significant trade of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2013 second-round pick.
Visnovsky, 35, is heading into the final year of a front-loaded deal with a $5.6 million cap hit (his salary for 2012-13 is just $3 million). The Slovak rearguard is coming off a down and injury-plagued year — scoring just 27 points in 68 games — a far cry from his outstanding 2010-11 season, where he posted a career-high 68 points.
The trade creates an interesting scenario on Long Island — the idea of a blueline featuring both Visnovsky and Mark Streit could result in some gaudy offensive numbers and give the Isles a formidable power play with John Tavares up front.
For Anaheim, the move clears up some cap space and will likely result in a larger role for young defensemen Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger