The Pittsburgh Penguins, with a game tonight in Chicago, have recalled defenseman Derrick Pouliot from the AHL.
No word why the move was made, but it’s worth noting that teams are limited to four recalls post-trade deadline, which is today at 3 p.m. ET. Called up this morning, Pouliot would not count as one of those four recalls.
The Pens are currently dealing with a number of injuries on their blue line. Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley are on IR, and Kris Letang is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
The addition of Pouliot would appear to give the Pens eight healthy defensemen, including recent trade acquisition Ron Hainsey. Steven Oleksy was a scratch in last night’s 3-2 loss in Dallas.
Pouliot, 23, has only played seven NHL games this season, with no points registered.
— Up top, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones discuss what Kevin Shattenkirk brings to Washington after yesterday’s big trade with the St. Louis Blues.
— Here’s Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on the acquisition: “When you bring in a player of this stature, there’s an excitement, an energy that goes throughout the room. Everybody gets pumped up for the last part of the season. They get excited. You can never tell what it does to the chemistry. … It changes roles a little bit. People get less ice time. People get less power play time.” Indeed, it will be interesting to see how the addition of Shattenkirk affects a team that already had two capable, right-shooting d-men in John Carlson and Matt Niskanen. There’s only so much PP time to go around, and those two will likely have to accept less now. File it under “a good problem to have.” (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
— The Blues traded Shattenkirk in large part because their GM, Doug Armstrong, didn’t believe his team was a top contender. That being said, Armstrong’s not giving up entirely on the season. “Everyone says Minnesota is a Cup contender. Everyone says Chicago is a Cup contender, based on what they do and with their experience. Last year at this deadline, everyone said St. Louis is a Cup contender. Now we are at the dark horse part of that. But dark horses win every once in a while, too.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
— A list of the best trades that each NHL team has ever made. Plenty of goalies involved, from the Habs getting Ken Dryden to the Avs getting Patrick Roy. (ESPN)
— Speaking of hockey history, here’s a story about Ralph Slate, the man behind HockeyDB. “Slate’s love of hockey and history – and his tech savvy – underpins HockeyDB, which gets about 1.3 million unique visitors a month. What began as a curious college student’s attempt to locate the alumni of his school hockey team grew into a quest with no finish line.” (Globe and Mail)
— With six points in his last seven games, Bruins forward Ryan Spooner is loving life under Bruce Cassidy. “I felt like the last coach… he just didn’t really trust me. It might’ve been kind of on me not really playing to the potential that I have, but at the same time … I just don’t think that he really liked me as a player.” Spooner is, of course, talking about Claude Julien, who certainly did have an up-and-down relationship with the young, offensive-minded player. (CSN New England)
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The New York Rangers have assigned rookie forward Pavel Buchnevich to the AHL.
The move is likely related to the acquisition of Brendan Smith from Detroit. The Rangers needed to open up a roster spot, and Buchnevich can be sent down without waivers.
That being said, Buchnevich has just one assist in his last 12 games, and he’s been a healthy scratch a couple of times in the last week. So if he plays for Hartford, it could also be a move to get him back on the ice and, hopefully, bolster his confidence.
The 21-year-old Russian has six goals and nine assists in 26 NHL games this season.
Jaroslav Halak’s strong play since being sent to the AHL has reportedly generated trade interest ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.
According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the New York Islanders have received two offers for Halak, and a third may be forthcoming.
Halak, 31, is 14-2-1 with a .933 save percentage for Bridgeport. He’s signed through next season for a cap hit of $4.5 million, so the Isles would likely have to eat some salary to facilitate a deal.
Vancouver’s Ryan Miller is another netminder who could be on the move today or tomorrow. The 36-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $6 million.
Miller has a no-trade clause that allows him to be sent to only five teams. However, he told reporters that he’d be willing to listen if the Canucks presented him with an option that wasn’t on his list.
The day after prying Alex Burrows out of Vancouver, the Ottawa Senators have added another veteran winger in a trade.
Viktor Stalberg is on his way to the Sens from Carolina. A pending unrestricted free agent, the speedy 31-year-old has nine goals and three assists in 57 games this season.
In return, the Hurricanes will receive a third-round draft pick in 2017.
Like Burrows, Stalberg brings plenty of postseason experience, having appeared in 43 playoff games for the Blackhawks, Predators, and Rangers.
Related: The Sens are ‘ecstatic’ to add Burrows