Sometimes, when you ponder a player who opts not to wear a visor, you wonder if that person cares about their health. Then you remember that it takes a certain mixture of bravery and recklessness to be a professional hockey player in the first place.
Even so, there are moments that stand out as especially “hockey tough” – and, yes, reckless – with Austin Watson of the Nashville Predators fitting both labels well on Tuesday.
It’s already brave and dangerous to block a shot with your full gear, but Watson did so without his stick and without his helmet against the Calgary Flames. Luckily, the shot didn’t hit him up high … but dude.
While that’s a cause for concern if Carrick is hurt, it seems like Nikita Soshnikov is OK after Chris Thorburn sent him about halfway into the Jet’s bench. Allow a mild bit of disappointment that Soshnikov didn’t take a full “seat” there. Those are the most amusing moments (unless you’re the frightened soul stuck in that situation).
Report: Patrick Eaves is driving serious trade interest for Stars
NHL teams are especially interested in trade talks with the Dallas Stars regarding Patrick Eaves, and it’s not because of his stellar beard-per-capita.
Nope, it’s instead that he provides such excellent bang for the buck. You won’t find many players who already have 20+ goals and are making just $1 million, particularly outside of the artificial ceiling created by entry-level contracts.
Eaves, 32, is enjoying arguably the year of his career, but it’s that bargain price that makes him the Stars’ best bargaining chip (and maybe one of the best in all of the league), according to Pierre LeBrun during the latest round of TSN’s Insider Trading.
Interesting, Eaves could conceivably present a now vs. later debate for those in the bidding.
While his cap-friendly contract makes him easy to drop in just about any contender situation, his affordability may prompt the Stars to ask for richer future assets.
Of course, with an expiring contract, the Stars would still need to walk that tightrope between getting something for Eaves and letting him leave for nothing (assuming they wouldn’t re-sign him).
That’s a delicate balancing act for any GM, and Jim Nill has mainly been accustomed to buying in Dallas so far.
The Minnesota Wild haven’t lost often, particularly in the past month, but they did fall to the Chicago Blackhawks in their last meeting.
That was a spirited affair that ended with a 4-3 overtime win for Chicago, a setback that began what’s been a mostly successful run of home games for the Wild.
The Blackhawks aim for a similar result – ideally this time in regulation – to make up ground against the Wild in the Central Division.
At the moment, the Wild have more points (84 to 77) a game in hand, more wins (39 to 36) and more ROW (36 to 34). Catching the Wild even with a win tonight wouldn’t be easy for Chicago; a regulation loss would make the odds extremely slim.
If their last game was any indication, this should be a fun one on NBCSN. You can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.
A large portion of the hockey-loving population in Montreal let out a big sigh on Tuesday night. Especially worrisome types may still be holding their breath about Carey Price, however.
Many gasped after hearing that Price left pre-game warm-ups early after taking a Paul Byron shot up high.
Video even surfaced of the moment, with Price looking very uncomfortable following the shot. (Byron might have felt uncomfortable too.)
It doesn’t sound like Price is going to miss time because of that incident. Of course, in many cases upon further reflection/once the adrenaline of competition wears off, he might think differently. So we’ll see.
#Canadiens finally come on the ice, very late, led by a slow and seemingly unhappy Carey Price. (Hit by puck in shoulder in warmup.) #NYR