Goalie nods: Aaron Dell gets the call for Sharks

One of the questions the San Jose Sharks were facing leading up to the NHL trade deadline was whether or not they would look to add a veteran backup goaltender to offer some added insurance behind starter Martin Jones.

It seemed like an unnecessary luxury given how well Aaron Dell has played for them this season, and the Sharks seemed to agree by making no move for a goalie and sticking with the 27-year-old rookie.

No move was the right move.

Even though he has only made 14 appearances for the Sharks this season Dell has been every bit as good as the team could have possibly hoped, entering Sunday’s game against Dallas with a .935 save percentage. He has been even better in his past four starts, helping the Sharks to a 3-0-1 record in those games by stopping 117 out of 123 shots (.951 save percentage) in games against the Flyers, Coyotes, Jets, and Canucks.

He gets the start on Sunday night against a Dallas Stars team that is beginning a four-game road trip.

Kari Lehtonen starts for the Stars.

Elsewhere on Sunday…

— It was Devan Dubnyk vs. Corey Crawford in the afternoon game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

— With Henrik Lundqvist sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks Antti Raanta gets the start for the New York Rangers against Petr Mrazek and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

— To the surprise of no one Cam Talbot will make his league-leading 61st start for the Edmonton Oilers when they host Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.

Braden Holtby gets the call for the Washington Capitals when they visit the Anaheim Ducks for the second half of their back-to-back. The Ducks have not yet announced their starter for the game.

Blues name Larry Robinson as new senior consultant to hockey operations

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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.

Looks like Matt Duchene will make preseason debut tonight vs. Stars

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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.”

Habs prospect Juulsen out six weeks with fractured foot

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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.”

Fight Video: Lappin, Puempel land some good shots in preseason tilt

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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.