The Toronto Maple Leafs began what could be a very busy trade season for them by sending Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators on Sunday in exchange for Olli Jokinen, Brendan Leipsic and a 2015 first-round draft pick. There’s plenty of speculation that Daniel Winnik will be one of the next Toronto players to be dealt, but nothing appears to be imminent, according to TSN and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
That’s because no one has met Toronto’s asking price yet and the team is willing to wait. The Maple Leafs don’t expect to add another first rounder in a Winnik deal, but they are looking for second and third-round picks. An alternative would be a second rounder plus a prospect.
Winnik has six goals and 23 points in 55 games this season. He also has a team-high plus-14 rating, which is impressive given that Toronto only has five players that are even above neutral, including Santorelli’s plus-seven rating with Toronto. Winnik’s similarly solid from an analytics perspective as the team has a 48.4 5-on-5 Fenwick% when he’s on the ice compared to the Leafs’ 45.5% when he’s not playing.
He’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing his one-year, $1.3 million contract.
Chicago’s Marian Hossa, Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 15, the league announced on Monday.
Hossa led the NHL with five goals and tied for second in the League with six points to help the Blackhawks (35-18-4, 74 points) pick up points in all four of their games.
Toffoli shared second in the NHL with four goals and six points to power the Kings (25-18-12, 62 points) to a trio of victories, moving the club within three points of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Rinne went 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to backstop the first-place Predators (38-12-6, 82 points) to three straight wins.
Hossa’s breakout performance came after a sluggish start to the season, in which he scored just 10 goals in his first 52 games (including an ugly month of November, when he scored one in 14.) The 36-year-old Slovak is still on pace for a 60-point season, however, which would match last year’s total when he scored 30 goals and 30 assists.
Stamkos and Callahan lead the Bolts over the Sharks
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened a five-game, eight-day road trip with a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Sunday night.
Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan each had a goal and an assist while Valtteri Filppula added two helpers for the Lightning, who avoided a third straight loss.
“We wanted to start this road trip on the right foot, and we did,” said Stamkos per NHL.com. “We gave them a couple of good looks but [Ben Bishop] was there, and we capitalized on our chances. [That] was a big game for [Bishop] to get his mojo back. He was terrific tonight.”
Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Cedric Paquette had Tampa’s other goals. Bishop, who had been pulled in two of his last three starts, made 33 saves to improve to 28-10-3 on the season.
Logan Couture and Brent Burns had the goals for the Sharks.
Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots in the loss.
San Jose is now winless five straight at home this month. San Jose has just one win in their last five overall as well.
“This is frustrating,” Couture said. “The mistakes we make are things we work on, we practice on and watch video. When you constantly make the same mistakes every single night, you question whether you are prepared to play.
“These are things that should have been fixed in Week 2 of the season. We all go through training camp learning the system. You have to play it. I don’t care whether you’re a rookie or a veteran. Our attention to details is not where it should be. It’s the entire team. You lose when the team is not on the same page and that’s what we’re going through right now.”
Things don’t get easier for the Sharks who head to Nashville on Tuesday for a meeting with the Predators.
Tampa continues its road trip Monday against the L.A. Kings.
Big moves like David Clarkson’s terrible contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs get a lot of attention, yet there are often under-the-radar signings that are pretty lousy in their own right.
Many were excited when the Nashville Predators added Viktor Stalberg to the mix, but he just hasn’t worked out. He was placed on waivers for the second time in 2015 on Sunday, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.