Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis has had a rough few days and if the latest report is true, perceptions won’t be getting any better.
Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports the Canucks had a deal set to go with the Boston Bruins on trade deadline day that would’ve sent Alex Edler to the Bruins, but there was a hangup:
They were waiting for the Canucks to deal Ryan Kesler to Pittsburgh first.
As we know, that never happened. The Penguins’ deal for Kesler was reportedly for Brandon Sutter and draft picks, but the two sides couldn’t agree. According to Shinzawa, the Bruins were set to send either Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khoklachev and Matt Bartkowski to Vancouver for Edler.
If that deal sounds familiar, it’s essentially the same package they put together to try and land Jarome Iginla last season, a deal they were beat out for by the Penguins.
As it was, Shinzawa said the Bruins got Philadelphia to eat a lot of money on the Andrej Meszaros deal because they were looking to save cap space to acquire Edler. The Flyers have to be excited they did that now.
Gillis said at the conclusion of deadline day that they entertained many offers but none met their needs. Instead, the only deal the Canucks got done was the out-of-the-blue Roberto Luongo trade to Florida that signaled they were ready to blow things up and start over.
Instead, they’ve got a (likely) grumpy Kesler and now Edler stuck on a team that looks completely deflated. A 6-1 loss to Dallas last night showed that off.
If the Canucks can’t turn things around and crash into the postseason, it sets up the NHL Draft as their next opportunity to get things done. It’s never dull in Vancouver.
The day after getting pulled halfway through a 6-4 loss to Philadelphia, Braden Holtby will get another start in goal for the Capitals, this one tonight in Boston against the Bruins.
It’s a decision by coach Adam Oates that took some by surprise, especially given Washington’s acquisition of Jaroslav Halak yesterday. The Caps are in a desperate fight to make the playoffs, and currently they’re on the outside looking in.
“Hopefully we play better in front of Braden,” Oates said, per the Washington Post. “He had a good game [in Boston] a few days ago. The team played pretty solid that game as well. Hopefully we can draw on that and the second half of last night and have a good game.”
The Holtby-or-Halak storyline should be an interesting one to follow down the stretch. The fact the Caps haven’t missed the playoffs since 2007 will only add to the drama.
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Boston has added another piece to its blueline, getting Andrej Meszaros from Philly in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Meszaros, 28, has been the odd man out in Philly for most of the year, sitting long stretches as a healthy scratch while making just 38 total appearances. Offensively, he’s a decent pickup — five goals and 17 points this season — but his work defensively and skating ability leave something to be desired.
It will be interesting to see if he’s paired at all with Zdeno Chara in Boston. The two have been teammates on the Slovakian national team for a while, and were d-man partners in Ottawa during the 2005-06 campaign.
Meszaros is in the final of a six-year, $24 million deal with a $4 million cap hit.
Earlier today, the Bruins claimed Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter off waivers.
Boston has made a depth move for its blueline, grabbing former Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter off waivers.
Potter, 30, has spent the last three seasons in Edmonton following stints with the Rangers and Penguins. The Michigan State product had a career year in 2011-12, scoring 21 points in 62 games, but has failed to match that success in subsequent seasons, scoring four points in 33 games last year and making just 16 appearances this season, missing time with a groin injury.
Rumors suggest the Bruins were looking for a bigger move on defense than adding Potter, so don’t be surprised if GM Peter Chiarelli has another move in store. That said, Potter is a stopgap depth move in case nothing else comes to fruition — not unlike the one Chiarelli made last season, acquiring Wade Redden from St. Louis.
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The Boston Bruins might end up shutting down defenseman Adam McQuaid for an unspecified period of time as he continues to deal with a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Jan. 19. The Bruins might adjust their trade deadline plans depending on his status. (Boston Herald)
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Now that the Olympics and outdoor game at Soldier Field are behind them, the Chicago Blackhawks can finally get back to business as usual. (CSN Chicago)
The Vancouver Canucks will name former coach Pat Quinn into their Ring of Honour. (Canucks.nhl.com)
Rookie Matt Nieto meshed well with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton on the San Jose Sharks’ top line last night. (CSN Bay Area)
Meanwhile, New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe admitted that it was “weird” to play against his former Sharks teammates. (The Bergen Record)
Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon is questionable going into Monday’s game. (Dallas Morning News)
With so many teams up against the salary cap, it will be a major consideration as we approach the trade deadline. (Toronto Star)
Here are the highlights from Ottawa’s 4-2 victory over Vancouver in the Heritage Classic: