Author: Mike Halford


Welcome Trevor Daley to the trade rumor mill


When Blackhawks sent Patrick Sharp to Dallas this summer, getting Trevor Daley in return was considered an important piece of the deal.

GM Stan Bowman told CSN Chicago the club “always marveled at Trevor’s ability to skate,” adding “he’ll be a great fit for the style of hockey we play here.”

What a difference a few months makes.

From ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

The Chicago Blackhawks, now healthy on defense, have been getting calls regarding Trevor Daley, since it’s obvious the reigning Stanley Cup champions have a bit of a surplus with 10 NHL capable blueliners.

Given the abundance of teams around the league looking for a defenseman, there should be a market for Daley, although I don’t get the sense the Blackhawks are in any hurry. If they move him, it’s because it’s the right fit and the right deal.

Daley, 32, is in the penultimate of a six-year, $19.8 million deal with a $3.3 average annual cap hit.

And the big question right now is how good — or, bad — a fit he is with Chicago.

After scoring a career-high 16 goals and 38 points last year while playing nearly 23 minutes a night, Daley has really bottomed out with the ‘Hawks. He has no goals and just three assists through 19 games and, stunningly, has seen his ice time plummet to 15:51 per night — this on a team that spent a month without Duncan Keith, and has debuted two rookie d-men in Erik Gustafsson and Viktor Svedberg.

Hence the trade talks.

Of course, LeBrun does point out the ‘Hawks don’t appear in any rush to move Daley, which makes sense. He’s less than 20 games into a major overhaul — prior to the trade, Daley had spent all 11 years of his career in Dallas — and, per Bowman, was acquired to help the ‘Hawks now, and defend their Stanley Cup championship.

If that’s the case, a trade involving Daley won’t be one netting Chicago picks or prospects in return.

It’ll have to be a straight-up, good ol’ fashioned “hockey trade.”

Goalie nods: After nine-game absence, Price returns for Habs

Carey Price

The reigning NHL MVP is back.

On Friday, Carey Price will make his first start in three weeks when the Canadiens take on the Isles in Brooklyn.

Price, who’s been sidelined by injury since Oct. 29, will look to regain the form he showed over the first three weeks of the campaign, when he raced out to a perfect 7-0-0 start, eventually earning second star of the month honors for October.

For the Isles, Jaroslav Halak will get the call in goal.


— Toronto will stick with the red-hot James Reimer against Carolina. Reimer, who’s taken firm hold of the No. 1 job based on his outstanding play, made 34 saves on 35 shots in his most recent outing, Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Colorado. The ‘Canes will start Cam Ward.

Pekka Rinne is likely for Nashville tonight, while Sergei Bobrovsky is likely for Columbus.

— Looks like Jhonas Enroth will get to build upon his stellar numbers (3-0-0, 0.67 GAA, .979 save percentage) as the Kings appear primed to give Jonathan Quick a break in Detroit. The Wings will counter with Petr Mrazek.

Scott Darling gets to face the Flames again. Last Sunday, Chicago’s backup netminder allowed just one goal in a victory over Calgary, so he’ll go back in tonight, squaring off against Karri Ramo.

— Devils backup Keith Kinkaid will get a rare start tonight in Edmonton — he hasn’t played since beating Vancouver back on Nov. 8. For the Oilers, Anders Nilsson gets the call over Cam Talbot.



Here’s the latest from the Beleskey-Zucker ‘incident’


Despite objections to the contrary — many of them colorfully written in our very own comments section! — we try not to make mountains out of molehills here at PHT.

We are, however, responsible for covering and analyzing the NHL news of the day.

So with that said:

— Boston forward Matt Beleskey won’t face any supplemental discipline for his slash on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker at the end of the Bruins’ 4-2 win on Thursday, per CSNNE. Beleskey wasn’t penalized on the play and, at the time of writing, there doesn’t appear to be any fine coming, either.

— Despite staying down for several minutes and needing help off the ice, Zucker avoided injury.

— Today, head coach Mike Yeo said Zucker would be in the lineup on Saturday, when the Wild host the Predators.

Beleskey, presumably, will be in for the Bruins when they host Toronto tomorrow night.

NHL rescinds Savard’s misconduct for boarding Bobby Ryan


David Savard won’t be facing any supplemental discipline for his hit on Bobby Ryan last night — in fact, he won’t even have the game misconduct on his rap sheet anymore.

Per the Columbus Dispatch, the NHL has rescinded Savard’s game misconduct and the $200 fine that comes with it. The Blue Jackets’ defenseman was given a five-minute boarding major and tossed during the third period of Thursday’s loss.

As the Dispatch notes, taking away the game misconduct is important — two misconducts in the “physical fouls” category in a 41-game window results in a one-game suspension.

Thursday’s misconduct penalty was Savard’s first of the season.

The league’s decision will probably appease Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella, who didn’t think much of the call.

“It’s certainly not a major,” Tortorella said, per the team website. “I’m not even sure it’s a penalty.”

‘Canes to ice All-American defense against Leafs tonight

Justin Faulk, Elias Lindholm

Call it a Red, White and Blueline.

Per head coach Bill Peters, the ‘Canes defense will be comprised entirely of Americans on FridayJustin Faulk, Ron Hainsey, John-Michael Liles, Brett Pesce, Noah Hanifin and Jaccob Slavin, the 21-year-old prospect that’ll be making his NHL debut.

Slavin, a fourth-round pick in 2012, comes to the team after a strong showing in training camp that extended over to his time with AHL Charlotte. He has seven points in 14 games for the Checkers this year, all assists.

“He’s a big guy who skates well,” Peters said of Slavin, per the ‘Canes website. “He played well in Traverse City [rookie tournament in Detroit] and was good in the exhibition season here for us.

“With the way we’ve played recently, we’ve come off it a little bit, and we want to put him in to see what he can do at this level.”

The ‘Canes haven’t played since a 4-1 loss to Anaheim earlier in the week. Slavin will draw in for Michal Jordan on defense.