Tag: Martin St. Louis

Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin

Caps GM shares position that tops his UFA shopping list


Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan already made some interesting comments about free agents who might leave town, but what about players who might join the fold?

The still-fairly-new-GM shared some interesting thoughts on the development of forwards such as Tom Wilson (he’s hoping to see the brutish winger become a top-six guy some day) and Andre Burakovsky, yet the position that tops his free-agent shopping list is awfully interesting. As he told the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, the Capitals are hoping to sign a first-line right wing.

Capitals fans are all-too-familiar with a revolving cast of linemates for the dynamic duo of Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. It’s actually been a theme even before the Capitals changed their management combo.

Sometimes, the Capitals have rolled with a power forward-type such as Joel Ward or Wilson. Other times, a “finesse” player would compliment them, such as Burakovsky or Marcus Johansson. (These “With or Without You” stats show how erratic things got for Ovechkin + Backstrom.)

Naturally, there are plenty of questions that arise, including “are you sure there’s even a suitable right win out there?” As you can see from this list, the choices fall off fast after Justin Williams and Martin St. Louis, two players who could conceivably stick with their current teams.

Still, plenty of things can change, and you can’t blame MacLellan for pointing out an obvious hope.

Speaking of hoping, Japers’ Rink did an amusing job of cobbling together Prewitt’s findings into what would seem to be MacLellan’s ideal top-six scenario:

Oh man, Dude Not On Roster can play.

PHT Morning Skate: Blunder and Lightning


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Are the Chicago Blackhawks going to regret the fact that they didn’t add defense at the deadline beyond Kimmo Timonen? (Bleacher Report)

Too bad this possible Chicago signing can’t jump right in then, assuming he chooses the Blackhawks, huh?

Some of these troubles are just pure bad luck, really. (The Hockey News)

How to know you’ve made it in the NHL: people at least try to learn how to pronounce your name. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

It hasn’t been made official from the San Jose Sharks, but all signs point to them landing Joonas Donskoi:

It’s believed that the Oilers will confirm rumors of hiring Todd McLellan this afternoon.

This 8-Bit playoff bracket is pretty cute. (BarDown by way of Reddit Hockey)

The New York Post’s back page was devoted to the Rangers’ Game 2 loss (and Martin St. Louis’ reaction to that pun):

Conversely, Tyler Johnson gets some front-page love in Tampa:

Video: Johnson gets first postseason hat trick in Lightning history

Johnson goal

Tyler Johnson is having an amazing playoff run and he’s been the story in Game 2 against the New York Rangers. Johnson opened the contest’s scoring with a shorthanded breakaway and followed it up with a power-play marker less than six minutes later.

Tampa Bay had a 2-1 lead going into the second period thanks to his efforts and he provided them with some extra insurance while completing the hat trick midway through the frame:

This is the first time a Lightning player has earned a hat trick in a playoff game. Johnson now has 11 markers in 15 contests, which is four more than the next best player on the playoffs goal scoring leaderboard.

He’s also scored in all situations tonight as his latest was tallied while the teams were at even strength.

His playoff run is remarkable under any circumstances, but it’s particularly special when you remember that Johnson was never drafted. Like former Lightning captain and current Rangers player Martin St. Louis, Johnson is a small forward that’s had to prove himself every step of the way.