Ryan Kesler

Kesler likely to be traded at deadline, says online bookmaker


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.

Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby

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Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).

Bad news for Boedker: Coyotes won’t face Sens again in 2015-16


Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.

OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.

For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

You can watch all three goals in the video above.

It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.

Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

John Tortorella

Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).