Quick look at some of the moves made via waivers on trade deadline day…
— Montreal replaced some of the grit at depth lost at forward from the Dale Weise–Tomas Fleischmann trade by picking up Mike Brown from the Sharks. Brown, 30, has appeared in 44 games for San Jose this season, scoring one goal and three points while racking up 63 PIM.
Brown is in the last of a two-year, $2.4 million deal with a $1.25M average annual cap hit.
— New Jersey added some depth on defense by claiming David Warsofsky off waiver from the Penguins. Warsofsky, 25, is a decent offensive blueliner that’s failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level, scoring just two goals and four points in 22 career games.
This year, Warsofsky appeared in 12 contests for the Penguins, a career high. He’s on a one-year, $600,000 deal and will be an RFA on July 1.
— There were no takers for a pair of goalies exposed to waivers yesterday (Toronto’s Alex Stalock and Colorado’s Reto Berra), nor did anyone put in a claim for Columbus’ Rene Bourque or Boston’s Zac Rinaldo.
It’s worth noting that Rinaldo has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Tuesday, following his high hit on Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette.
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Boston forward Zac Rinaldo will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following his high hit on Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette on Sunday, the league has announced.
The hit, which occurred midway through the opening period, earned Rinaldo a two minute minor for an illegal check to the head. Paquette exited briefly but did return to finish with 12:30 TOI.
Rinaldo has a long and checkered history when it comes to questionable hits and supplemental discipline, so news of his hearing — which will take place tomorrow — doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
Though he’s managed to avoid suspension or fines this season, he received a hefty eight-game ban for charging/boarding Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang last season and, the season prior, was suspended four games for an illegal check to the head of then-Buffalo defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.
The Senators awoke Monday morning four points back of Pittsburgh for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Things didn’t get much better from there.
Just a short while ago, Ottawa GM Bryan Murray told reporters that No. 1 center Kyle Turris would be shut down indefinitely to deal with a high ankle sprain.
Turris, who has struggled throughout the year while trying to play through the injury, has 13 goals and 30 points through 57 games. He’s been sidelined recently, after it became clear the ailment was affecting his play significantly — last year, Turris was outstanding and a huge part of Ottawa’s late-season playoff surge, finishing with career highs in assists (40) and points (64).
Where Ottawa goes from here remains to be seen.
Murray could try to broker a deal ahead of today’s 3 p.m. EST trade deadline, but it’s highly unlikely he could land a player of Turris’ pedigree without paying a serious price.
It’s also unclear if Ottawa would still be in buyer’s mode, as the team hasn’t exactly taken off following the big Dion Phaneuf blockbuster — the Sens are just 5-4-0 in nine games with the ex-Leafs captain in the fold.
The Sergei Plotnikov era in Pittsburgh is over.
And it was short lived.
On Monday morning, ESPN reported that Plotnikov, in his first year with Pittsburgh after a lengthy pro career in Russia, had been sent to the Coyotes.
UPDATE: Per the Post-Gazette, the Pens are getting a 7th-round pick in ’17 and Mattias Plachta, a 24-year-old German League power forward the Coyotes signed as a free agent this past summer.
Plotnikov, 25, signed a one-year, entry-level deal with the Pens this summer after spending the last three seasons with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. His time in Pittsburgh didn’t go especially well, though — he scored just two points (no goals) in 32 games, and has frequently been a healthy scratch as of late.
Last week, Pens GM Jim Rutherford admitted the team — most notably head coach Mike Sullivan — became irate after Plotnikov reportedly expressed an interest in returning to Russia.
“Sergei wants to play in the NHL as evidenced by the amount of money he paid to be excused from the last year of his KHL contact,” Plotnikov’s agent Mike Liut told the Post-Gazette.
“He understands that this will not happen in Pittsburgh and the Penguins have been attempting to trade Sergei, albeit, a difficult task when a player is a healthy scratch for two months. If a trade is not available, he will have no choice but to return to Russia.”
In a neat twist, Plotnikov could face his former team tonight, as the Coyotes are in Pittsburgh to take on the Pens at Consol.
After making 41 saves in a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh last time out, Tuukka Rask will get another start tonight when the Bruins take on the ‘Canes in Carolina.
Rask’s been on a pretty nice run of late, having won four of his last six starts. It began back on Feb. 11 with a 34-save win over the Jets and carried over to Wednesday’s big win against the Pens, which marked the first time this season Rask make 40-plus saves in a single game.
Overall, it’s hardly been a banner year for the Finnish netminder, but his numbers are slowly rounding into form. With just over six weeks left in the regular season, it’s likely his GAA (2.53) will drop and save percentage (.917 will rise), assuming he continues to play as well as he has over the last 14 days.
The ‘Canes haven’t announced a starter yet. Cam Ward played last night versus Toronto, so this could be an Eddie Lack game.
— Potential All-Star matchup in New Jersey tonight: Ben Bishop is in for the Bolts, while Cory Schneider should go back in for the Devils after getting an early hook against Columbus last night.
— Braden Holtby, who was hooked against Montreal in his last outing, is in for Washington as the Caps host the Wild. No confirmed starter for Minnesota yet, as Devan Dubnyk played last night versus Philly. So this could be a start for Darcy Kuemper.
— Cam Talbot versus Frederik Andersen as Edmonton plays in Anaheim.
— Chad Johnson gets the nod for Buffalo as the Sabres take on San Jose. Martin Jones will start for the host Sharks.