Ryan Kesler

Kesler likely to be traded at deadline, says online bookmaker

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Some trade deadline odds from the folks at online bookmaker Bovada:

Will the Vancouver Canucks trade Ryan Kesler before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes -175 (4/7)
No +125 (5/4)

Will the New York Islanders trade Thomas Vanek before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes -500 (1/5)
No +300 (3/1)

Will the New York Islanders trade Andrew MacDonald before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes -300 (1/3)
No +200 (2/1)

Will the Buffalo Sabres trade Matt Moulson before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes -500 (1/5)
No +300 (3/1)

Will the New York Rangers trade Ryan Callahan before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

Will the Buffalo Sabres trade Christian Ehrhoff before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

Will the Calgary Flames trade Mike Cammalleri before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes -300 (1/3)
No +200 (2/1)

Will the New Jersey Devils trade Martin Brodeur before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

Will the Columbus Blue Jackets trade Marian Gaborik before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes +200 (2/1)
No -300 (1/3)

Will the Ottawa Senators trade Chris Phillips before the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Yes EVEN (1/1)
No -140 (5/7)

A couple of thoughts:

—- I hear lots of people saying the Canucks are under no pressure to trade Kesler at the deadline, and they can always wait until the summer since he’s signed through 2015-16. Not sure I agree with that. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of interest right now, so why wait and waste the trade value Kesler gives a team this postseason? Mike Gillis has had plenty of time to listen to offers. As far as I’m concerned, he’s definitely under pressure to pull the trigger this week, even if he’d never admit it publicly.

—- Interesting that the odds of a Callahan trade are +150 (translation: more unlikely than likely) after it was reported last week that there was a “99 percent chance” the Rangers would deal their captain. I tend to agree with the odds makers. As I wrote Friday, I’m more inclined to think Glen Sather has been using the media to get Callahan to lower his asking price, which apparently has happened. Don’t get me wrong, Callahan could still be traded. I just believe that when both sides want to do a deal, more often than not a deal gets done.

Capitals manage OT win after coughing up lead to Bruins

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 03: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Verizon Center on November 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t pretty, and they might have lost key defenseman Matt Niskanen to injury, but at least the Washington Capitals managed a win against the Boston Bruins.

For a while, it was looking pretty ugly.

After going up 3-0, the Capitals went more than a period’s worth of time without even managing a shot on goal. Whether you lean more toward giving the Bruins credit for fighting back or beating up the Capitals for “sitting on a lead,” it’s staggering that such a dangerous offense could be held in check for so long.

Luckily for Washington, Nicklas Backstrom salvaged the night with an overtime goal to give the Capitals a 4-3 overtime win.

Both teams have had a knack for extending games beyond regulation lately, by the way:

Capitals over the last three games:
Shootout loss to the Lightning
Overtime win against the Sabres
Overtime win tonight against the Bruins

Bruins over the last five games:
Shootout loss against Flyers
Shootout win against Hurricanes
Regulation win against Sabres
Overtime win against Panthers
Overtime loss to the Capitals

Maybe that’s what gets it done in 2016-17: finding ways to carve out wins and shake out rough patches, like the Caps did tonight.

Matt Niskanen injured by Patrice Bergeron boarding hit

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Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.

The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.

(Check out video of the hit above.)

The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.

Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?

Washington currently leads the game 3-2.

Ouch: NHL official helped off ice after puck to knee (Video)

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There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.

Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.

The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.

Yikes:

Video: Tyler Bozak with some saucy moves on this goal

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It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.

The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.

Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?

(If you’re into that kind of thing.)

Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form: