–The Hockey News looks at five “hockey trades” that were made during past deadline days. Who can forget the deal between Pittsburgh and Hartford that saw Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings go to the Penguins for John Cullen, Zarley Zalapski and Jeff Parker. (The Hockey News)
–Ilya Bryzgalov took part in Sportsnet’s trade deadline coverage and he had a few classic lines when it was all said and done. Sportsnet put together his best 25 moments from yesterday’s appearance. Here’s a sample: “Guys! A question! Is chicken meat? Or is it a bird?” Ahhhh vintage Bryz. (Sportsnet)
–The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marcus Hayes argues that the Flyers should have traded Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek when they had the chance back in 2015. During that summer, they replaced Craig Berube with Dave Hakstol and Hayes says it was the perfect time to get rid of the two faces of the franchise. Now, he suggests it might be too late. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
—Patrick Kane scored his second hat trick in three games, as the Chicago Blackhawks took down the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday night. You can watch the highlights from that game by clicking the video at the top of the page.
–Tonight will mark the first time P.K. Subban returns to Montreal since the Canadiens traded him to the Predators over the summer. Unlike most players who seem to be forgotten by their old city after they’re traded away, the people of Montreal still feel a deep connection with Subban. The Preds defenseman has done a lot of great work for the Montreal Children’s Hospital and it certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. (The Tennessean)
–The Colorado Avalanche may have held on to Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, but that doesn’t mean their trade deadline day was a total failure. Writes Matt Larkin: “If we could all kickstart the perfect rebuild instantly, we would. But the simple truth is Duchene is under contract two more seasons at a $6-millon cap hit and Landeskog four more at a $5.57 million per. Neither player was a rental. Waiting until the summer and, more specifically, draft day to pursue trades shouldn’t hurt Sakic.” (The Hockey News)
–The Chicago Blackhawks made a 13-year-old fan’s dream come true by allowing him to participate in the team’s morning skate. The young fan even got to go in nets while some of his favorite players took shots on him. That’s just awesome. (BarDown)
Larry Robinson has joined the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues made the announcement Thursday, revealing that Robinson has joined the organization as a senior consultant to hockey operations.
Based on the comments of Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, it sounds like Robinson will work closely at times with head coach Mike Yeo. It could also further help the development of an already impressive defenseman in Colton Parayko.
“Bringing someone like Larry in, I just think, helps our hockey operations from top to bottom,” said Armstrong, per the Blues website.
“His ability to talk to Mike Yeo about coaching — that’s one area that we don’t have on our staff is a former head coach. You can think you know what Mike’s going through but I don’t know what Mike’s going through. Larry does. So he’s going to be able to relate to him on a lot of the things that he’s going to go through.
“He’s coming in as a consultant. I can learn a lot from him, our assistant coaches can, Parayko can. There’s not an area of our hockey operations he can’t touch to make us a better group.”
Robinson was most recently the director of player development with the San Jose Sharks, however it was reported in May that he would not return to that organization for this season.
According to reports, there is substantial interest from other teams in Matt Duchene. That said, he remains with the Colorado Avalanche for now and will, it appears, make his preseason debut Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
Earlier this week, Darren Dreger reported on TSN that as many as eight teams have interest in Duchene, with the Senators aggressively pursuing the 26-year-old forward.
According to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post, Duchene will be in the lineup tonight versus the Stars.
Trade speculation has been swirling around Duchene for months now. He reported to training camp last week, and has since said his status with the Avalanche is a “day-by-day” situation.
“I love playing hockey. I want to win,” Duchene told The Denver Post. “That’s the biggest thing on my mind. I’m trying to get better every time I touch the ice right now.”
Tough news for the Montreal Canadiens and prospect defenseman Noah Juulsen on Thursday.
The Habs have announced that the 2015 first-round pick is expected to be sidelined six weeks after suffering a fractured foot on Monday.
The Habs selected Juulsen with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft following his 52-point regular season with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League.
This past spring, Juulsen appeared in two playoff games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. He turned 20 years old in April and it seemed like the Habs were going to give him a serious look to make the NHL club out of training camp.
“We like the way he skates and his transition game,” said head coach Claude Julien earlier this week, before the injury was revealed. “He’s going to get a chance to make this team and if he doesn’t he’s not going to be too far away.”
Who says players don’t care about preseason hockey?
Matt Puempel and Nick Lappin are trying to earn spots on their respective clubs, so they know they may have to do the little things others aren’t willing to do to stick around in the NHL.
On Wednesday night, that involved dropping the gloves against each other. These two seemed to be in mid-season form when it came to throwing punches.
Neither player is considered a tough guy. Lappin had 17 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Devils last season, while Puempel has 28 penalty minutes in 79 career NHL games.
Here’s the video footage of the scrap:
By the way, the Rangers won 4-3 in overtime.