Mike Halford

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‘Pretty good chance that I’m going to get moved,’ says Weise


Dale Weise can see the writing on the wall.

The Montreal winger is a pending UFA who 1) has produced well on a reasonable contract, 2) hasn’t had much discussion about a new contract and, 3) plays on a team outside the playoff picture.

Meaning, 4) he knows he’s a candidate to be traded.

“Obviously, you got to look at where we are, look at my contract status and we haven’t had a lot of talk,” Weise said over the weekend, per the Montreal Gazette. “So I think you would weigh a little more on the side that there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to get moved, but crazier things have happened.”

Weise, 27, would certainly be a fairly attractive pickup for a team seeking depth at forward. He’s on a very good contract — a $1.025M cap hit, which expires this summer — and has scored well this season, with 14 goals and 25 points in 55 games.

He’s also averaging a career-high 14:21 TOI per night and has some good playoff experience, with 34 career games split between Vancouver and Montreal.

Of course, Weise did say he’d like nothing more than to remain a Hab.

“I love Montreal,” he said. “This is where I want to stay.”

Jagr, Haula, Anderson named NHL’s three stars of the week

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) reacts after a play during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Florida’s Jaromir Jagr, Minnesota’s Erik Haula and Ottawa’s Craig Anderson have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 21, the league announced on Monday.


Jagr scored three goals in three games to move into sole possession of third place in NHL history and help the Atlantic Division-leading Panthers (34-18-7, 75 points) pick up five out of a possible six standings points.

Haula shared first place in the NHL with 2-5—7 in four games to lead the Wild (27-22-10, 64 points) to a sweep of their four contests, including a victory in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

Anderson posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .951 save percentage to backstop the Senators (28-26-6, 62 points) to three straight wins.

You can expect to see Jagr’s name in the news in the coming weeks as well. He’s just six points away from passing Gordie Howe for third all-time in NHL scoring (Jagr’s currently on 1,845 points; Howe has 1,850).

Jagr also recently passed Brett Hull for third all-time in goals, with 742.

Panthers co-owner raves about Ladd, but won’t ‘comment on discussions’

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The ties between the Florida Panthers and pending UFA forward Andrew Ladd were never a secret.

But now, they’re pretty much out in the open.

Ladd, currently the captain in Winnipeg, is rumored to be available by the Feb. 29 trade deadline — and one of the teams believed to be interested is Florida, where Ladd’s former Chicago GM, Dale Tallon, is running the show and on record saying the Panthers want to acquire a goalscoring forward.

Know who else is a big Ladd fan?

Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu.

“He’s a great player, a character guy, obviously Dale knows him very well,” Cifu said, per the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I’m not going to comment on discussions, but he’s a great character, a great hockey player, he really is.”

Cifu added it would “make some sense” if Florida “could add a nice forward that’s got some skill.”

Ladd’s currently in the last of a five-year, $22 million deal with a $4.4M cap hit and has a ton of postseason experience, with two Stanley Cups on his resume.

In that regard, he makes plenty of sense as a rental player.

The price of that rental, though, is expensive. According to TSN senior correspondent Gary Lawless, the Jets have reportedly received at least one offer for Ladd, which included a first-round pick and a prospect.

Florida certainly has a wealth of prospects available to trade, and its first-round pick at this year’s entry draft.

Preds re-sign Sissons: three years, $1.87M

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 27:  Colton Sissons #84 of the Nashville Predators is congratulated by teammates after scoring his first career NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena on March 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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On Monday, Nashville locked up 22-year-old center Colton Sissons for the foreseeable future, inking him to a three-year, $1.875 million extension, one that carries a $625,000 annual cap hit.

Sissions, the 50th overall pick in 2012, turned pro in ’13-14 and has spent the last three seasons between Nashville and the club’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

With the Admirals, he’s had a fair bit of success, making an AHL All-Star team while serving as the youngest captain in Admirals history this season, scoring 16 points in 33 games.

Success at the NHL level has been more elusive, however.

Sissons — who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer — has only appeared in 19 games this year, scoring a goal and an assist. While he has shown some promise — as the Preds noted in their release, he has “a 59 percent success rate in the face-off circle, best among all NHLers taking at least 100 draws” — Sissons has yet to become a lineup regular.

Part of that, of course, is due to Nashville boasting the likes of Ryan Johansen, Mike Fisher, Mike Ribeiro, Calle Jarnkrok and Paul Gaustad down the middle.

Sissions’ deal was clearly made with an eye for the future. It’s a one-way deal for the final two years of the contract — which aligns itself with the fact that Gaustard is a pending UFA, while Ribeiro and Fisher are UFAs in 2018.

With de Haan hurt, Isles recall prized prospect Pulock

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the St. Louis Blues at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Blues defeated the Islanders 6-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders are about to see what Ryan Pulock is all about.

Pulock, the 15th overall pick in ’13, has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport and could make his NHL debut on Tuesday in Minnesota, per Newsday.

Pulock, 21, is in the midst of a very productive campaign with the Sound Tigers, scoring seven goals and 24 points in 51 games. He was named to the AHL’s All-Star Game in January and could see some action in the not-too-distant future.

The Isles have been without de Haan for a week — he was hurt against Detroit — and have been forced to put both Brian Strait and Marek Zidlicky in the lineup as a result.

Pulock was the sixth defenseman off the board in ’13, and the first three — Seth Jones, Darnell Nurse and Rasmus Ristolainen — have all made their NHL debuts, and essentially become regulars.

The “second three” — Samuel Moris, Josh Morrissey and Pulock — have yet to make their NHL debuts.