Martin St. Louis is at the center of trade speculation, so it probably only increased interest for hockey fans when the veteran Tampa Bay Lightning forward scored twice Thursday night.
Only problem, as far as the whole team game goes, was the Lightning coughed up a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 to the Nashville Predators, who scored three consecutive power play goals to complete the victory.
On Wednesday, there were reports the 38-year-old St. Louis, fresh off returning from Sochi as a gold medalist with Team Canada, is “locked” onto the New York Rangers as a possible destination for a trade.
The NHL’s trade deadline is March 5.
St. Louis is only perpetuating the speculation, by saying he’s had conversations with Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman about his future with the Lightning, the team St. Louis captains.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.