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Devils sign Schlemko for one year, $650K


The New Jersey Devils dipped into the free agent pool on Thursday, signing defenseman David Schlemko to a one-year, $650K contract.

The team notes that it’s a one-way deal, which is noteworthy as there could be quite a bit of competition for roster spots among Devils blueliners.

“David Schlemko is a veteran with five years of NHL experience who brings depth and competition to our defensive corps,” Devils GM Ray Shero said.

Schlemko, 28, bounced around quite a bit in 2014-15, playing 20 games with the Arizona Coyotes, five with the Dallas Stars and then finishing up with 19 contests as a member of the Calgary Flames.

While he experienced instability, he stood as a relatively stable presence in Calgary, putting up some healthy possession stats on a team that didn’t excel in that regard.

The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti lays out the possible players vying for a role in New Jersey:

One wouldn’t expect spectacular things from Schlemko, but he could be a nice depth guy, at least if he can break into the lineup. All things considered, it’s not a bad deal for the Devils.

Flames have a ‘dangerous game’ tonight versus Arizona

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For the Calgary Flames to come this far, to win so many games they weren’t supposed to win, only to have a letdown tonight at home against the woeful Coyotes — well, that would be kind of a shame, wouldn’t it?

OK, maybe not for the Kings or Jets, given the standings, but definitely for the Flames and their fans.

It’s something defenseman David Schlemko is keenly aware of, with Thursday’s showdown versus the Kings looming over tonight’s match-up.

“I think it’s kind of a dangerous game,” he said. “Everyone’s already talking about L.A. on Thursday. It’s not going to matter if we don’t pick up two points tonight.”

That’s not entirely true. Thursday’s game is going to matter, whether the Flames win or lose tonight. But anything less than two points against one of the NHL’s worst teams would hurt, especially if the Kings go into Edmonton and get a win.

Calgary and Los Angeles each have 93 points heading into tonight’s action. The Flames hold the ROW tie-breaker, 39 to 37.

“It’s all about us, it’s all about us,” said coach Bob Hartley. “Whether we play the Stanley Cup champions or we play any of the other teams, it’s the way we prepare. … We understand what these two home games mean to us. But we’re going to play them one at a time.”

The Flames finish their season Saturday in Winnipeg.

As for the Coyotes, they won their last game, beating San Jose 5-3 on Saturday. But they’re 0-4-0 versus the Flames this season.

Lack sensational but Canucks lose to lowly Coyotes in the shootout


The Vancouver Canucks looked doomed from the start. On the road, up against the Arizona Coyotes, who have only lost 10 in a row. And the Canucks fell right into the trap.

Despite a late third-period comeback and some sensational saves from goalie Eddie Lack — which only came after his teammates, including Daniel Sedin, were guilty of some atrocious turnovers — the Canucks fell by a final score of 3-2 in the shootout.

Maybe it was Arizona’s jerseys. The Coyotes were wearing their original throwback uniforms. Just like old times.

Sam Gagner scored the lone goal in the skills competition. Other than that, Lack was solid later in the game. He was forced to rob Shane Doan on a breakaway early in overtime after a horrendous pass from Sedin, and made another glove save in OT. Giving his team a chance, at least.

The win snaps Arizona’s losing streak at 10 games.

This skid has gotten the Coyotes right into the thick of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. Odd, because the Canucks, fighting for a playoff spot, have now lost to the Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres, another team in the running to land the top pick in the 2015 draft, in the span of seven days.

In this case, the Canucks still get the single point. They maintain the second spot in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the Calgary Flames, who, thanks to a beauty and unlikely shootout goal from David Schlemko, topped the Boston Bruins earlier in the evening.

Video: Schlemko converts on one-handed shootout move, Flames beat Bruins

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The Calgary Flames waited until the eighth round of the shootout to unleash their secret weapon — David Schlemko.

Yeah. That guy.

The 27-year-old defenseman Schlemko once scored four goals in an NHL season. That was for the Arizona Coyotes, back in 2010-11.

Making his Flames debut, and with Calgary needing a win to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race, Schlemko scored the shootout winner in the eighth round to give his new team a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

The Flames, without Mark Giordano for the remainder of the season and a below average puck possession team at even strength, continue to hang in there, third in the Pacific Division.

Words don’t do the Schlemko move justice. See for yourself.

Five on waivers as trade deadline looms

Rob Zepp

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.