Author: Joe Yerdon

Martin St. Louis

Report: Rangers have offer in on Martin St. Louis


One name to watch today is Martin St. Louis and it appears the New York Rangers are still interested.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports the Rangers have an offer in on St. Louis and says it’s up to GM Steve Yzerman and St. Louis if anything is going to happen there.

When talk arose originally about St. Louis wanting out of Tampa Bay, the Rangers were believed to be the main team interested in him and the feeling is mutual from the Lightning captain.

It’s hard to imagine the Lightning wanting to move a key player like St. Louis when they, like the Rangers, are in the middle of a playoff race in which both teams are threats to come out of the East, but here we are.

Burke says Flames need upgrades at forward, defense

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If there’s one thing we know Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, and acting general manager, Brian Burke won’t do, it’s tiptoe around subjects.

Yesterday, Burke was asked what he asked about the state of the team heading into trade deadline day. As Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun shares, he was honest.

“I think we could use upgrades on forward and defense,” said Burke. “Other than that, I think we’re fine.”

Hopefully you can sense Burke’s sarcasm in there because he’s laying it on with the Flames being one of the worst teams in the NHL. But hey, at least the goaltending is OK then, right?

The Flames could be busy today as forward Mike Cammalleri figures to be traded and Burke says they’re in a good position at the deadline because they can take on other teams contracts because of where they’re at salary cap-wise.

According to CapGeek, the Flames have just over $10 million in cap space. Perhaps Calgary could be involved in helping broker a three-way deal to help things out. Of course, don’t expect Burke to help out of the goodness of his heart. The Flames rebuild needs some help and he won’t make a move just because he’s “supposed to.”

NHL on NBCSN: Caps and Flyers meet again, this time in Philly

Philadelphia Flyers v Washington Capitals

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

When last we saw the Flyers and Capitals battle it out, we saw the Caps blow a two-goal lead in the third period on the way to a Flyers 5-4 overtime win on a Vincent Lecavalier goal.

Things are going to be a little bit different tonight thanks to trade deadline day. As it is, there will be a couple of new faces likely in the lineup (Dustin Penner for Washington, Andrew MacDonald for Philadelphia) and at least one player from Sunday who won’t be there (Martin Erat now off to Phoenix).

Unless both teams continue to stay busy through 3 p.m. ET, we could see lighter than usual lineups.

As for the game, you know the main focus of everything tonight, the Capitals will be looking to make up for the mistakes they made on Sunday.

Blowing a lead in the third period of a game they seemed to be controlling likely isn’t sitting well with coach Adam Oates. He’ll head into the game without Dmitry Orlov after he was suspended for two games following his hit on Brayden Schenn on Sunday. With the Caps defense already in disarray, going without Orlov, who has played well against Philly this season, hurts.

On the upside, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are still dynamite and adding Penner to the mix to (likely) play on a line with them should help that line out. Good thing, too, because they carry the offense for Washington.

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The Flyers on the other hand helped themselves out in an area they needed the most help by landing MacDonald. As a shot blocker extraordinaire, MacDonald will help a Flyers defense that’s had problems at times this year. At the very least, goalie Steve Mason will appreciate the extra help.

If Philly wants to keep the good times rolling against the Caps, seeing Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek do their thing on Sunday had to be encouraging. Giroux scored twice and Voracek menaced the Caps offensively. Throw in Lecavalier being clutch and the Flyers don’t look so bad out there.

Whether there are more changes coming today or not, the game is the thing tonight and the battle in the Metropolitan Division rages on with them.