If the New Jersey Devils were shopping Patrik Elias during the 2015 trade deadline, he didn’t hear about it.
The 38-year-old told the Newark Star-Ledger that he was never asked to waive his no-trade clause.
“No. I was never asked, so I don’t know if anybody called,” Elias said. “He (GM Lou Lamoriello) never talked to me about it.”
It’s not a shocker that New Jersey held onto Elias, a longtime figure on a team stretching back to much better days. He’s already produced some offense tonight, too, as he assisted on one of New Jersey’s two early goals against the Nashville Predators.
Elias backs up the notion that his fellow teammate and countryman Martin Havlat would have liked to be moved, but it didn’t work out.
Some players might want to move to a contender, yet when you’re comfortable on a team with past success, it’s reasonable to want to stay put. It’s interesting to wonder if Elias would have at least considered caving to a request, though.
Even with wildly different expectations, Tuesday serves as an awkward-yet-interesting experience for both the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Sabres sold off key components for the future while the Lightning (mostly) loaded up to be a more dangerous playoff team. We’ll see if the two teams play those parts on NBCSN or if there’s an upset in store.
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Even after making big investments for reinforcements, the Chicago Blackhawks likely still feel a little shaken up without Patrick Kane … but hey, they still have a healthy Jonathan Toews.
Their captain scored the first two goals (and later added an assist) as they cruised to a 5-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
The Blackhawks showed off their still-deep offensive attack, as Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa scored their 20th and 18th goals of the season respectively (Marcus Kruger also broke a scoring slump with his sixth).
The game was essentially over in the third period, when Carolina scored its two goals. The only moment of real concern came when Corey Crawford was slow to get to his feet late in the contest, but he finished out the night for his 25th win of the season.
Neither newcomer scored a point, but Kimmo Timonen and Antoine Vermette got their feet wet in their debuts with Chicago.
Despite a -1 rating, Timonen seemed to fit in quite nicely for a 39-year-old who’s dealing with career-threatening blood clot issues. He logged 17:29 TOI and may have been OK for more if it wasn’t such a lopsided game. Either way, Chicago has to be happy about its investment so far (though it’s obviously very early).
Vermette was quieter in his first game, only receiving 12:55 of ice time.
Beating up on a deflated Eastern Conference afterthought doesn’t prove a whole lot, but the Blackhawks at least looked dangerous in their first game after the trade deadline.