Author: James O'Brien

Chicago Blackhawks v Minnesota Wild

Report: Wild are gauging goalie trade market


Considering the fact that head coach Mike Yeo called out a particular overtime goal and plenty have pointed out the Minnesota Wild’s problems in net already, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the team is reportedly looking for a netminder.

Just in case you were wondering, that does indeed seem to be the case, as GM Chuck Fletcher is testing the goalie trade market, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

What General Manager Chuck Fletcher is gauging is this: Do you give up significant assets now to get a short-term fix when there’s no guarantee a goalie can save the season or do you stay patient, continue to ride out the instability and wait for the right move to come along that will address the long-term need?

Fletcher didn’t comment on the issue, yet it’s hard to imagine a general manager who wouldn’t ask around at this point.

The Star-Tribune lists the following goalies as possibilities: Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth, Viktor Fasth and Martin Brodeur.

Obviously, those netminders represent a wide array of different considerations, from pricey with term remaining (Ward), expensive but expiring deal (Niemi) and cheap-but-big-name (Brodeur).

With Yeo letting loose on his team during a recent practice and tension seemingly coming to a head in general, the Wild must at least explore avenues to improve. Who would you target if you were in Fletcher’s shoes?

PHT Morning Skate: Girgensons rap, more Ovechkin kindness

Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Finding some good news in the seemingly familiar situation for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (The Hockey News)

Henrik Zetterberg scored two points in the 800th game of his NHL career last night. (

A look at the “Birthplace of Hockey.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Thursday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

In case voting him into the 2015 All-Star Game wasn’t enough of a clue that Zemgus Girgensons has his native Latvia’s attention, feast your eyes (and ears) on this (H/T to Josh Flynn):

Alex Ovechkin is enjoying a hot streak in the best way lately, as it seems like heartwarming stories about his kindness toward fans keep popping up. Apparently a fan wanted a stick from warm-ups for her birthday last night:

But he did it one better:

NHL on NBCSN: Rangers test hot streak against Ducks

New York Rangers v Anaheim Ducks

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Wednesday’s second game as the Anaheim Ducks host the New York Rangers at the Honda Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

As impressive as the New York Rangers have been in rattling off 10 wins in their last 11 games, today’s road contest against the Anaheim Ducks represents the beginning of their truest test yet.

There isn’t a gimme in the Rangers next seven games, but this week stands as the largest challenge, as the Rangers visit the Ducks tonight, the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and then close out a California churn by facing the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday.

The Ducks are off to another strong start. They’ve won two in a row, and while many victories have come by slim enough margins that they aren’t exactly puffing out their chests, they can really sock away standings points. There are four games remaining on this current eight-game homestand, and three of those matches put them against East opponents.

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $18,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Wednesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Wednesday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

The two teams bring plenty of offensive firepower to the table. Rick Nash continues his explosive 2014-15 season, while he’s supported by quality scorers including Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan and Derrick Brassard. As usual, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry generate MVP-like work for the Ducks most evenings.

Anaheim’s becoming something of a factory for young defensemen, especially Sami Vatanen and Cam Fowler. Grizzled Rangers veteran Dan Boyle’s beginning to pay dividends while promising blueliner Ryan McDonagh also seems to be finding his game.

Assuming that the Rangers roll with Henrik Lundqvist and the Ducks give Frederik Andersen the nod, we’ll see two goalies who seem to be on the top of their games, even if they boast very different resumes.

These two teams don’t see each other often, yet it could be quite an aesthetically pleasing contest, especially if both attacks are in strong form.