A few teams were eyeing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nate Thompson as a potential trade deadline addition. They can now cast their eyes elsewhere as the Lightning announced they’ve locked up the rugged forward to a four-year contract extension.
Thompson’s been a solid third-line forward for the Lightning and doubles as a penalty killer as well. Offensively, he’s got six goals and four assists this season through 30 games.
With Thompson locked up long-term, that takes yet another name off what was already shaping up to be a short list of players who could’ve been moved by the April 3 trade deadline. Thompson along with Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were all thought to be there to be had, but all three are out of the picture now.
Hey, maybe that Roberto Luongo deal can finally happen to give us something to run with on deadline day.
Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.