Author: James O'Brien

Video: Patrick Kane hits the 30-goal mark

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Things have been pretty bad for Pekka Rinne lately.

You know who won’t make life any easier for him? Patrick Kane.

That showed on Kane’s 30th goal of the season, seen in the video above. Remarkably, this ties a career-high for goals, and Kane has months to keep piling them on.

Kane also drew an assist so far, so he’s at 71 points in 2015-16, leaving him just 17 points behind his career-high of 88 points.

Even before tonight’s game, it was clear that scoring-wise, it’s Kane and everyone else.

Video: Possible slewfoot by Habs’ Gallagher on Bruins’ Trotman

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It wouldn’t be a Boston Bruins – Montreal Canadiens game without at least a controversial moment or three.

Brendan Gallagher provided one of them on Tuesday, as he may or may not be guilt of a slewfoot on Zach Trotman of the Bruins.

(Watch the video above and decide for yourself … with polite words, if you don’t mind.)

Trade talk: Preds aren’t done shopping, latest on Marleau, Drouin

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) is knocked off the puck by New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Tuesday’s a busy night in the NHL, and it’s just about as hectic in the area of trade rumors.

Pierre LeBrun provided many of the spiciest bits tonight, both at ESPN and during a TSN Insider Trading segment.

Let’s rattle off some of the highlights.

  • The splashy move that sent Ryan Johansen to Nashville might not mean that Predators GM David Poile is finished. No shocker that Poile told LeBrun that he’s looking for offense (which is about all Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher seemed to acknowledge, by the way.)

“I hope it happens from within our club, but we’re totally open [to more trades],” Poile said. “Because we haven’t played as well as we had hoped to play at this point in the season.”

  • To some, Patrick Marleau‘s trade request is low on the radar … others might have forgotten about it altogether. It turns out that it isn’t necessarily just a thing of the past, though.

LeBrun reports that Marleau’s agent is still keeping talks active, although the Sharks aren’t straining to make something happen by the trade deadline. It may be something that isn’t settled for San Jose until the offseason.

  • Both LeBrun and TSN’s Bob McKenzie indicate that the market on Jonathan Drouin is stacked with suitors, yet the situation itself is fuzzy. There could be as many as 12 teams that were in serious discussions about a deal. McKenzie believes a move is just as possible to happen within a few days … or not at all, at least until the summer.

Moral of the story/stories? Keep your eyes on news, even if it’s tough to tell if anything will happen in the immediate future.

Reaching redemption? Zack Kassian scores first goal with Oilers

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Zack Kassian has a long way to go to turn his story of struggles to something more inspiring, but he’s already traveled a bumpy road to his latest goal.

He collected his first tally as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. You can see it in the video above.

The big forward found the net in his fourth game since being recalled from the AHL, so it’s not as if it took Kassian that long to make an impact.

Of course, Edmonton wants to see if he can do it more often while also excelling off the ice.

Kassian’s road to recovery

Suspended without pay in October after car accident

Goes through substance abuse program, waived by Canadiens

Not welcome by Habs AHL affiliate in December

Traded during the holiday break

Kassian opens up about his issues with alcohol

Trade rumor favorite Kerby Rychel gets his first NHL goal

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For some hockey fans, the main question revolving around Kerby Rychel trade rumors might have been “Why should I care?” or even “Who is Kerby Rychel?”

Not everyone keeps prospects high on the radar, so with that in mind, Rychel’s getting his chance to show why he’s relevant – whether that means cementing his place with the Columbus Blue Jackets or possibly impressing a suitor in a trade.

(He’s been the catalyst of a few this season.)

It helps to score, then, and Rychel scored his first goal at the NHL level on Tuesday.

You can watch video of that tally above, which was triggered thanks to a great play by William Karlsson.

This tweet features the tally, too, if that’s your preference: