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Report: highly anticipated Jarome Iginla trade not happening tonight


We can all relax for one night, at least. There appears to be no announcement coming tonight about a possible blockbuster Jarome Iginla trade that could see the Boston Bruins pick up the long-time Calgary Flames captain.

Rumors have been circulating for some time now about Iginla’s future in Calgary.

The speculation hit a fever pitch Wednesday when it was first reported that Iginla, who has 525 goals in 1,219 career game with the Flames, was a healthy scratch from Calgary’s lineup against the Colorado Avalanche.

His absence from the Flames’ lineup Wednesday was the first time since the 2006-07 season that Iginla had missed a regular season game for Calgary.

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald reported that a trade between the Flames and Bruins for Iginla was imminent and that coming to Calgary as part of the deal would be a first-round pick and prospects Matt Bartkowski, a defenseman, and Alex Khoklachev, a center.

Of course, there were conflicting reports that a deal could come down tonight, which would’ve stolen the headlines across the hockey landscape.

Amid all the rumors and speculation, the Bruins, Stanley Cup champs just two years ago, appear to be the frontrunners in the Iginla sweepstakes.

However, it’s also been reported that the L.A. Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are interested in acquiring Iginla, who is 35 years old and has nine goals and 22 points in 31 games this season for Calgary.

Iginla is a $7 million cap hit this season and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Iginla, originally a first-round pick, 11th overall, of the Dallas Stars in 1995, began his NHL career in Calgary in the 1996-97 season. In 2004, he helped the Flames to within one win of the Stanley Cup, but that prize went to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7.

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

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.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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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:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?