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COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 17:  Cody Goloubef #29 of the Columbus Blue Jackets controls the puck during the game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 17, 2016 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Detroit defeated Columbus 3-1. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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We have a trade to announce: Blue Jackets acquire Stanton from Avs in exchange for Goloubef

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche made a trade Monday, exchanging defensemen that have so far spent this season in the American Hockey League.

The Blue Jackets acquired Ryan Stanton in exchange for Cody Goloubef.

Stanton, 27, has been reassigned to the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL. In 15 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage, he had one goal and four points.

Goloubef, 26, had two goals and seven points in 16 games with the Monsters. He has been reassigned to the Rampage.

While he’s in the minors for right now, Stanton does have a familiarity with Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. The two worked together in Vancouver when Tortorella coached there during the 2013-14 season.

 

DeBoer hopes Boedker is ‘pissed off’ after getting benched versus Ducks

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 07:  Mikkel Boedker #89 of the San Jose Sharks watches from the bench during the first period of the preseason NHL game against Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on October 7, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks made a splash into free agent waters in the summer, signing forward Mikkel Boedker to a four-year, $16 million deal.

So far, the returns have been minimal.

It wasn’t that long ago the speedy forward accomplished a 19-goal, 51-point season in Phoenix. But Boedker’s tenure in San Jose has so far yielded two goals and zero assists in 22 games — and that’s with time spent on a line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton.

Further to that, Boedker hasn’t recorded a shot on goal in his last two games, either.

So, Sharks coach Pete DeBoer decided to bench Boedker for the third period Saturday against the rival Anaheim Ducks, according to CSN Bay Area.

“I would hope he’s pissed off. It’s always a last resort as a coach,” said DeBoer.

“You run through some different ways to try and get the player going, so to speak. And, overall, I’ve got to be honest with you – and this is the same conversation I’ve had with him – I don’t care about goals or points. It’s if the compete [that] starts to slip, I have a problem. I just felt that we had at that point in the game [Kevin] Labanc was moving and had a good edge to his game, and deserved to play. I’m sure [Boedker will] bounce back.”

It’s still kind of early in the season, so there is time for Boedker to turn it around. But, that’s a lot of money for a player stapled to the bench in a critical point in a game against a Pacific Division opponent.

“Everybody has expectations, obviously,” said Boedker. “It’s always hard to keep confidence up when you don’t score, don’t do that well. You’ve got to continue to grind at it and continue to try and make good plays, and just play your game.”

Meanwhile, there could be positive news on the injury front for the Sharks.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who left Saturday’s game before the third period, and forward Melker Karlsson, out since Nov. 12, both skated Monday, per the San Jose Mercury News, although their status for tomorrow’s game against the Arizona Coyotes is still up in the air.

Quick recovery: Hall returns to practice 12 days after knee surgery

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 22:  Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck in the third period against Minnesota Wild on October 22, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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That didn’t take long.

Less than two full weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Taylor Hall is back practicing with the New Jersey Devils.

That’s good news for a Devils team that could use the boost in scoring as it looks to maintain a playoff spot. New Jersey currently holds down the final Wild Card spot in the East, while Hall hasn’t played since Nov. 12.

Hall was originally expected to miss three to four weeks following his procedure on Nov. 16. He’s already back practicing, but has reportedly been ruled out for Tuesday’s road game against the Winnipeg Jets.

“I don’t think I’m rushing anything,” said Hall, per NHL.com. “I’m not being pressured to play any quicker than I have to. I’ve been able to heal quickly and I’ve worked hard to put myself in this spot and get back as soon as I can.”

Still, it’s a promising development for the Devils, who have points in three straight games. Mike Cammalleri, who missed six games due to personal reasons, has carried the offense in this recent span with four goals and eight points, earning him the NHL’s second star for the week.

Hall had four points in his last three games before having to exit the lineup.

The Devils are currently on a four-game road trip, with stops in Chicago on Thursday and Nashville on Saturday.

“We’re going to see how he does through practices and see how he does near the end of the week,” said coach John Hynes. “We’ll see where he is after a few more days of practices.”

Flames loss to Flyers was ‘the worst we’ve played from the start all season,’ says Gulutzan

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Glen Gulutzan of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on November 21, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Nearing the end of a six-game road trip, this had been shaping up as a decent stretch for the Calgary Flames. And then they went into Philadelphia and suffered quite a setback to the Flyers on Sunday.

The Flames had won in Detroit. They won in Columbus. They won in Boston. They had taken six of a possible eight points prior to Sunday, even if it wasn’t at all pretty. They grabbed an early lead against the Flyers, but Philly took over in the second period and peppered Chad Johnson with 43 shots throughout the game.

The end result was a 5-3 loss for Calgary.

The Flames end this road trip Monday in Brooklyn.

Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan had some stern words for his team following its loss in Philly.

“It’s the worst we’ve played from the start all season. I give (the Flyers) credit, too. They did outwork us,” he told reporters.

“It’s everything. It’s execution. It’s battles. I was very disappointed with our guys after the first. I let them know that but it didn’t get any better in the second.”

The Flames are 24 games into their season and the Gulutzan tenure.

They are two points out of a Wild Card spot with a 10-13-1 record. They’ve struggled to score goals. They’ve struggled to keep the puck out of their own net. And their struggles quickly resulted in calls for Gulutzan’s job — a “pretty ridiculous” notion, according to Sean Monahan earlier this month.

The only positive from Sunday’s game for the Flames, according to Gulutzan? He praised rookie Matthew Tkachuk for his role in a scuffle in front of the Flyers net in the third period.

“We got a young guy there who doesn’t like to lose, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Gulutzan. “We need more of that, to be honest with you. You gotta hate to lose.”

Stolarz wins NHL debut as Flyers defeat the Flames

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Anthony Stolarz #41 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Wells Fargo Center on November 17, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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It didn’t start out the way Anthony Stolarz had probably hoped for.

His NHL debut for the Philadelphia Flyers came Sunday, as they faced the Calgary Flames. T.J. Brodie opened the scoring with a backhander on the penalty kill. Again, not an ideal start. It’s a goal Stolarz would probably like to have back. But he settled in the rest of the way.

The Flames tested the 22-year-old Stolarz with 32 shots and the Flyers netminder stopped 29 of them for his first NHL win, as Philly earned a 5-3 victory.

So far this season, goaltending has been a huge issue for the Flyers.

It changed — for one night, at least. Philly is still without Michal Neuvirth, who was expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee issue. But even before that, the numbers between Neuvirth and Steve Mason were brutal and have been well documented as one of the reasons why the Flyers have struggled out of the gate.

The Flyers host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

There were some anxious moments early in the first period for Philly.

Rookie forward Travis Konecny fell hard into the boards and left the game briefly. But he did return later in the period.