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Report: Oilers offered Nugent-Hopkins to Predators for Jones

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It was a blockbuster tradeRyan Johansen going from Columbus to Nashville for defenseman Seth Jones.

But, based on a report Friday, it seems there were other suitors for Jones, who was selected fourth overall in the 2013 draft and is already more than 200 games (15 goals, 64 points) into his NHL career.

That includes the Edmonton Oilers, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, who wrote that multiple sources confirmed Oilers’ GM Peter Chiarelli offered Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Nashville in hopes to land Jones.

From Mark Spector of Sportsnet:

Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course, Nashville general manager David Poile chose to deal Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen instead. What it tells us is that Chiarelli sees Nugent-Hopkins as the one player from the Oilers former core that can command the greatest return — yet at the same time is expendable.

Meanwhile, Taylor Hall has played himself into the “going forward” group of Oilers Top 6 forwards, with an excellent season thus far.

Nugent-Hopkins, 22, is one numerous first overall picks for the Oilers. He has eight goals and 29 points in 44 games this season.

Sam Bennett nets four goals as Flames light up Panthers

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Sam Bennett joined elite company within the Calgary Flames organization on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old rookie forward scored four goals — three of those were in the first period for the first hat trick of his career — as the Flames thumped the Florida Panthers by a final score of 6-0.

It was over early. The Panthers, who had their winning streak snapped at 12 games earlier this week and currently on a six-game road trip, trailed by four goals after the opening period. They produced only 15 shots on net all game.

Roberto Luongo, who had been playing lights out for Florida over its impressive run of wins, was pulled after the first period.

Meanwhile, Bennett became the first Flames player to score four goals in a game since Jarome Iginla accomplished the feat back in 2003, as per the NHL. He saved his best for his last goal of the night, as he dangled Alex Petrovic then beat Al Montoya with the backhand shot.

So much for that 18-game scoring drought Bennett recently snapped.

“I think it’s big for my confidence. I mean, I knew I felt confident playing in this league. And now, I think I took another step in the right direction,” he said, as per the Calgary Sun.

 

Oops! Getzlaf giveaway leads to Lazar goal (Video)

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Not sure if Curtis Lazar ever said ‘Thank you.’ Then again, maybe that’s not a good idea.

The Ottawa Senators forward was gifted an easy opportunity for a breakaway and he made no mistake, scoring on Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen late in the second period, after a terrible giveaway by Ryan Getzlaf in the neutral zone.

Getzlaf made a lazy cross-ice pass, putting the puck right onto Lazar’s stick, sending him in on a breakaway. The rest, well, that’s been covered.

That gaffe occurred with the Ducks — three points out of third place in the Pacific Division and four points out of a Wild Card spot in the West — leading by a goal.

It appears that in the aftermath of that mistake, Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau tried to send a message to Getzlaf to begin the third period.

Update: Getzlaf redeemed himself by setting up Shea Theodore‘s first career NHL goal, which stood as the winner, as the Ducks scored three times in 3:29 late in the third period for a 4-1 victory.

Video: Rookie NHL coach Hakstol has ‘been unbelievable’ for Flyers

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These are good times for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Winners of four in a row after defeating the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, and winners in six of their last 10 games, the Flyers are now two points back of a playoff spot.

Wayne Simmonds, who scored the tying goal in the third period against the Bruins and continues to enjoy his time on a line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, gave a ringing endorsement for Flyers bench boss Dave Hakstol, an NHL rookie, after the game.

Maybe at first he was a curious hire from the University of North Dakota because he didn’t have NHL experience. But after an adjustment period at the beginning of the season, which included the introduction of a whole new system, said Simmonds, Hakstol has helped guide the Flyers into playoff contention.

Leafs’ skid hits three games after loss to Blue Jackets

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TORONTO (AP) Rookie Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves and the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a four-game skid with a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old Korpisalo entered with just one win in six starts this season and had a 3.69 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.

Boone Jenner, Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Blue Jackets.

Brad Boyes scored late for the Maple Leafs. Toronto has totaled just two goals while losing its past three games.

Toronto’s James Reimer stopped 19 of 21 shots.

Nazem Kadri had Toronto’s first good opportunity to score while on a power play but wasn’t able to beat Korpisalo on the blocker side from the slot early in the game.

Columbus opened the scoring when Jenner tipped Seth Jones‘ point shot from the high slot past Reimer at 15:08 of the first period.

Rene Bourque had a great chance to double his club’s lead before the first ended but was turned away on a breakaway by a sprawling Reimer.

Toronto held the lead in shots 6-0 to start the game before William Karlsson put the first one on net for Columbus at 7:03. The Maple Leafs took a 10-8 shot advantage into the first intermission and were up 25-17 after 40 minutes.

The action picked up in the second after a slow opening period and Korpisalo was forced to make two big saves midway through – first on a point shot from Dion Phaneuf that took a deflection and then another on Peter Holland on a one-timer from between the faceoff dots.

Columbus made it 2-0 late in the period when Toronto couldn’t get the puck out of its own end and Scott Hartnell took control of it behind the Leafs net. Reimer stopped Justin Falk‘s point shot but couldn’t corral the rebound and Wennberg was able to put it home on the backhand at 16:17.

Boyes put Toronto on the board with 2:27 to play in the third, with Reimer on the bench for a sixth attacker, but Dubinsky added an empty-netter in the final seconds.

NOTES: Shawn Matthias took James van Riemsdyk‘s spot on Toronto’s top line. Van Riemsdyk missed his first game since fracturing his foot. … Jones’ assist on Jenner’s goal was his first point for the Blue Jackets since being acquired from Nashville last week.