Mike Halford

You've heard the expression "let's get busy?" Well, Mike Halford is a blogger who gets "biz-zay!" Consistently and thoroughly.
Getty

Chicago signs Quebec League sniper Highmore

7 Comments

On Thursday, the ‘Hawks announced they’ve signed QMJHL forward Matthew Highmore to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Highmore, 21, is an undrafted winger that’s racked up the points this year for the Saint John Sea Dogs. He has 82 through 58 games — good for seventh in league scoring — and sits tied for second on the team in goals with Bolts prospect Mathieu Joseph.

It’s probably worth noting that Highmore’s one of the oldest players in the Q, having turned 21 earlier this week, and that his offensive spike has come in his final two years of junior hockey (he had 22 goals and 75 points last year).

It’s also worth noting Highmore is teammates with Chicago prospect Nathan Noel, who was taken in the fourth round of last year’s draft.

After missing 62 games, Hemsky expected back for Stars

Getty
2 Comments

Dallas’ season might essentially be over, but that doesn’t mean players don’t have something to strive for.

Like Ales Hemsky, for example.

Hemsky, who’s appeared in just one of Dallas’ 63 games this year due to a hip ailment, appears likely to play for the first time since Oct. 22 when the Stars host the Isles tonight at American Airlines.

The 33-year-old’s injury is just one of the many that have, in part, derailed Dallas’ season. Mattias Janmark hasn’t played at all due to knee surgery, while the likes of Cody Eakin, Patrick Sharp, Jiri Hudler and the now-departed Johnny Oduya all missed at least 20 games with various ailments.

As mentioned above, Dallas heads into tonight’s action seven points back of St. Louis for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, needing to jump three teams (the Blues, Kings and Jets) to get there.

So they’re pretty much done.

But as also mentioned above, Hemsky has quite a bit on the line.

In the last of a three-year, $12 million deal with a $4M average annual cap hit, he has plenty to play for over the 19 games. The most obvious thing is a new contract, given he’ll be a UFA on July 1, so he’ll need to show he’s 1) healthy and 2) still able to contribute offensively.

That last part is huge, given it came into question even before this hip injury. Hemsky had largely been a disappointment in Dallas prior to getting hurt, scoring just 11 goals in his first campaign and 13 last year.

 

PHT’s 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker

4 Comments

Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

Mar. 1

To Chicago: F Kenton Helgesen, 2019 7th-round pick
To Anaheim: F Spencer Abbot, F Sam Carrick (link)

To Pittsburgh: D Mark Streit
To Tampa Bay: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Drew Stafford
To Winnipeg: conditional 6th-round pick (link)

To Dallas: D Dillon Heatherington
To Columbus: F Lauri Korpikoski (link)

To Pittsburgh: D Frank Corrado
To Toronto: F Eric Fehr, D Steve Oleksy, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

To Calgary: F Curtis Lazar, D Mike Kostka
To Ottawa: D Jyrki Jokipakka, 2nd-round pick (link)

To Nashville: F P.A. Parenteau
To New Jersey: 6th-round draft pick (link)

To Tampa Bay: D Mark Streit
To Philadelphia: F Valtteri Filppula, ’17 4th-round pick, ’17 conditional 7th-round pick (link)

To Montreal: F Andreas Martinsen
To Colorado: F Sven Andrighetto (link)

To Columbus: D Kyle Quincey
To New Jersey: D Dalton Prout (link)

To New York Rangers: F Taylor Beck
To Edmonton Oilers: F Justin Fontaine (link)

To Tampa Bay: G Mike McKenna
To Florida: G Adam Wilcox (link)

To Los Angeles: F Jarome Iginla
To Colorado: ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To Montreal: F Dwight King
To Los Angeles: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To Florida: F Thomas Vanek
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, D Dylan McIlrath (link)

To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)

To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)

Feb. 28

To Montreal: F Steve Ott
To Detroit: ’18 6th-round pick (link)

To San Jose: F Jannik Hansen
To Vancouver: F Nikolay Goldobin, ’17 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To Edmonton: F David Desharnais
To Montreal: D Brandon Davidson (link)

To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
To Dallas: F Mark McNeill, ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)

To Ottawa: F Viktor Stalberg
To Carolina: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: D Brendan Smith
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 27

To Washington: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
To St. Louis: F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, ’17 1st-round pick, ’19 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Ottawa: F Alex Burrows
To Vancouver: F Jonathan Dahlen (link)

To Montreal: D Jordie Benn
To Dallas: D Greg Pateryn, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

To Toronto: F Brian Boyle
To Tampa Bay: F Byron Froese, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

To Arizona: F Teemu Pulkkinen
To Minnesota: Future considerations (link)

Feb. 26

To Minnesota: F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, ’17 4th-round pick
To Arizona: ’17 1st-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick, ’19 conditional 4th-round pick, F Grayson Downing (link)

To Los Angeles: G Ben Bishop, ’17 5th-round pick
To Tampa Bay: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, ’17 7th-round pick, ’17 conditional pick (link)

Feb. 24

To Anaheim: F Patrick Eaves
To Dallas: ’17 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Chicago: F Tomas Jurco
To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Pittsburgh: D Ron Hainsey
To Carolina: F Danny Kristo, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 20

To Calgary: D Michael Stone
To Arizona: ’18 3rd-round pick, ’18 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 18

To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)

Feb. 15

To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 4

To Nashville: F Vernon Fiddler
To New Jersey: ’17 4th-round pick (link)

Boston gets a winger, acquires Stafford from Winnipeg

Getty
6 Comments

The Bruins, rumored to be seeking some depth up front ahead of the trade deadline, added exactly that by getting veteran Jets winger Drew Stafford just prior to the 3 p.m. ET cutoff.

In exchange, Winnipeg receives a conditional sixth-round pick (per ESPN).

Stafford, 31, has had an injury-plagued campaign, limited to just 40 games due to upper- and lower-body ailments, yet still managed to rack up 13 points while averaging just over 13 minutes per night.

He also has history as a productive goalscoring winger.

The former Sabre found the back of the net 21 times last season (and scored a career-high 31 with Buffalo back in ’10-11). He’s got enough ability to play up and down the lineup and, what’s more, he’s about as pure a rental as they come — Stafford’s a pending UFA, in the last of a two-year deal that pays $4.35 million annually.

 

Leafs add another veteran forward, get Fehr from Pittsburgh

Getty
1 Comment

Toronto wanted to “reward” its young players by bringing in a veteran presence like Brian Boyle ahead of today’s deadline.

And now they’re getting rewarded again.

Eric Fehr, waived by the Penguins earlier this week, has been acquired by the Leafs along with d-man Steve Oleksy and a fourth-round pick at this year’s draft, per TSN.

Pittsburgh receives d-man Frank Corrado, and the cap/roster space to orchestrate a deal that will bring Mark Streit into the fold (more on that in a subsequent post).

Fehr, 31, is in the second of a three-year, $6 million deal with a $2M cap hit. He’s appeared in 52 games this season, scoring six goals and 11 points while averaging just under 11 minutes a night.

He was also a regular in last year’s Stanley Cup run, scoring three times in 23 games.

Though his role decreased, Fehr was still frequently used by head coach Mike Sullivan — albeit in a more limited capacity. He is a good PK contributor, and can play both center and wing.