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Rob Zepp

Five on waivers as trade deadline looms


With the trade deadline just around the corner, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp, Dallas Stars defenseman David Schlemko, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Tim Erixon, Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon McMillan, and Washington Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti have all been placed on waivers, per TVA Sports Renaud Lavoie.

This is one case where the teams that are putting players on waivers is as noteworthy as the players themselves as some of them might not end up in the minors. However, by going this route, teams are gaining some extra roster flexibility should it be needed before the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline.

Zepp, 33, has a 5-2-0 record, 2.89 GAA, and .888 save percentage in 10 games this season. He comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level and his presence on this list means that there’s a rental backup goaltender available outside of the trade market should any team be interested.

Schlemko, 27, has a goal and four points in 25 games this season with Arizona and Dallas. He’s already been claimed once this season back on Jan. 3, but the Stars have barely used him since that date.

Erixon, 24, has a goal and six points in 27 games this season. In addition to Chicago, he’s also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers. He’s a former first round pick (24th overall, 2009) and was involved in the Jackets-Rangers Rick Nash trade back in 2012. It’s worth noting that Chicago added defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Friday.

McMillan, 24, has a goal and three points in 53 contests with Arizona and Vancouver in 2014-15. He’s a native of British Columbia and was claimed off of waivers by the Canucks on Feb. 12.

Volpatti, 29, has missed most of the season due to a neck injury. That being said, he’s been used sparingly since his return as he’s only played with Washington on Feb. 3 and Feb. 14 this season.

Video: Couture fined $5K for slew-footing Smith

Logan Couture

San Jose forward Logan Couture has been fined $5,000 — the maximum allowable under the CBA — for slew-footing Detroit’s Brendan Smith on Thursday night, the NHL has announced.

The incident occurred at the 16:03 mark of the third period, as shown here:

Couture was given a tripping minor on the play while Smith was whistled for hooking.

Smith, who appeared to be shaken up after landing on the ice, didn’t play for the remainder of the contest. Wings GM Ken Holland later updated Smith’s status as “fine, day-to-day, nothing serious,” per MLive.

This is the third slew-footing offense the NHL has punished this season. Ryan Garbutt was suspended three games for his on Dustin Byfuglein back in early December, and Brad Marchand was suspended two games for his on Derick Brassard in mid-January.

Goalie nods: With Rask ill, B’s make emergency recall

Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

All the latest from the crease…

Boston facing questions in goal

Here’s the latest out of Bruins camp prior to tonight’s game against New Jersey: Tuukka Rask has fallen ill, head coach Claude Julien won’t say if backup Niklas Svedberg will get the start and, just a short while ago, the club made an emergency recall, bringing up Jeremy Smith from AHL Providence.

Smith, 25, got the call ahead of Malcolm Subban, the highly-touted prospect that struggled in his NHL debut against the Blues last week. A veteran of the American League circuit, Smith is 14-8-4 with Providence this year, posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. He’s previously spent time in the Columbus and Nashville organizations, but has yet to make his NHL debut.

If we had to guess, Svedberg will get the start tonight — he was the only goalie present at this morning’s skate. For the Devils, Cory Schneider will be in goal.


Flames at Isles: Karri Ramo vs. Jaroslav Halak

Caps at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin

‘Hawks at Bolts: (No word on a Chicago starter) vs. Ben Bishop

Avs at Stars: Semyon Varlamov vs. Kari Lehtonen

Kings at Ducks: (No word on a Kings starter) vs. John Gibson

L.A. Kings extend winning streak to eight games

Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick

The L.A. Kings look like a team on a mission right now.

And of course, it’s all happening just prior to the trade deadline and with the playoff race in the Western Conference heating up. On Tuesday, the Kings recorded their eighth straight victory, defeating the visiting Detroit Red Wings 1-0.

They move back within three points of the Vancouver Canucks, who sit second in the Pacific Division and were also victorious on Tuesday.

The lone goal of the game came off a double deflection in front, as Justin Williams was the last Kings player to get his stick on a point shot less than three minutes into the game.

From there, the defending-champion Kings held the Red Wings, playing their third game in four nights and fourth on a six-game road trip out West, to just 20 shots on goal.

The Red Wings were also without Henrik Zetterberg, who hasn’t played since Saturday after getting popped with a pair of lefts to the head from Jamie Benn.

Zetterberg lets Benn off the hook — ‘He just got me in a bad spot’


Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss his second straight game when the Red Wings play the Kings tonight in Los Angeles.

Given the “symptoms” Zetterberg is experiencing, there’s speculation the 34-year-old may have suffered a concussion on Saturday in Dallas, courtesy a gloved shot in the head from Stars captain Jamie Benn.

But in a refreshing turn, Zetterberg decided to let Benn off the hook.

“I don’t think it was that bad,” he said, per the Wings’ website. “He just got me in a bad spot. … We had a battle on the face-off and I think both me and him have done worse things than that on the ice.”

Naturally, Red Wings fans have been somewhat less understanding. But like Zetterberg says, “It is a battle sport, so you are in battles all the time.”

The Wings play Thursday in San Jose and Saturday in Nashville before returning home.