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Welcome back: Blues re-acquire Cracknell from Columbus


The St. Louis Blues have brought a familiar face back into the fold, trading future considerations to the Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Adam Cracknell.

Cracknell, 29, made his NHL debut with the Blues in 2010 and spent four years with the club, appearing in 65 regular-season and 10 playoff games. He’s perhaps best known as part of the CPR Line — along with Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves — that provided a physical presence in a postseason series against Los Angeles a few years back.

Cracknell signed with the Kings last summer but never got a chance to play for the club during the regular season, as he was claimed off waivers by Columbus on Oct. 7. He’s since appeared in 17 games for the Blue Jackets, registering one assist.

Update: The Blues have announced Cracknell will report to AHL Chicago.

Goalie nods: Zepp starts fourth straight as Flyers push for playoffs

Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils

All the latest from the blue paint…

Zepp goes for Flyers

Philly will turn to Rob Zepp for the fourth straight game when it takes on the Leafs in Toronto this evening.

Zepp, 33, has fared reasonably well in his first-ever NHL campaign. He’s posted a 5-2-0 record, though his GAA (2.80) and save percentage (.893) leave something to be desired.

At the same time, the Flyers need wins right now — they head into tonight’s action four points back of Boston for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference — and Zepp has provided those; he’s won two of his last three starts, which included impressive victories against the NHL-leading Predators and Washington, who currently holds the east’s other wild card.

For Toronto, Jonathan Bernier will be in goal.


Canucks at Sabres: Eddie Lack vs. Michal Neuvirth (more here)

Coyotes at Rangers: Mike Smith vs. Cam Talbot

Habs at Jackets: Carey Price vs. Curtis McElhinney

Hawks at Panthers: (No word on a Chicago starter yet) vs. Roberto Luongo

Blues at Jets: Brian Elliott vs. Michael Hutchinson

Wild at Preds: (Devan Dubnyk likely) vs. Pekka Rinne

Sens at Kings: (No word on an Ottawa starter yet) vs. Jonathan Quick

Wings at Sharks: (No word on a Detroit starter yet vs. Antti Niemi

Rutherford: ‘Good chance’ Pens are done dealing after Winnik trade

Jim Rutherford

Wednesday’s acquisition of Daniel Winnik sounds like it’ll cap off a two-month flurry of transactions from Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

“There’s a good chance that we’re done,” Rutherford said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’ll keep our ear to the ground. If something comes along we think we can improve our team a little bit, we’ll take a look at it.

“[But] there’s nothing we’re looking at right now.”

Rutherford’s action got underway in early January, first acquiring David Perron from Edmonton; then, at the end of January, he flipped Marcel Goc to St. Louis in exchange for Maxim Lapierre. Today, he paid a fairly significant price to acquire Winnik — Zach Sill, a second-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 — but feels he accomplished his goal of building a better bottom-six forward group than the Penguins have had in previous campaigns.

“I feel the team we have now has as good a chance (to win the Stanley Cup) as any other team,” Rutherford explained.

With this move, Pittsburgh’s bottom-six forward group will likely be comprised of Winnik, Lapierre, Brandon Sutter, Nick Spaling, Steve Downie and Beau Bennett. (Veteran Craig Adams can serve in a depth role.) It’s a good group that’s got a decent amount of postseason experience; Lapierre has played 75 playoff games and Winnik has been to the postseason in each of the last three years.

Goalie nods: Ramo shrugs off trade talk, will start versus Rangers

Karri Ramo

News and notes from around the crease…

Ramo goes at MSG

Karri Ramo will get the start in goal tonight when Calgary takes on the Rangers in New York, and knows this opportunity — getting the nod ahead of Jonas Hiller, that is — could be viewed as a potential showcase for a trade.

Not that the pending UFA is letting it distract him.

“It’s not up to me,” Ramo said, per the Calgary Herald. “Maybe some players are affected by this, when they are going to decide where they want to go.

“All I can do is to play my best, work hard, and if it happens, it happens.”

There are rumblings around Ramo, and with good reason. He’s unrestricted come July 1, and it stands to reason he’s not in Calgary’s future plans — Hiller is under contract for one more year at $4.5M and the club is very high on 23-year-old Joni Ortio, an AHL All-Star this season who went 4-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save percentage in a five-game NHL cameo earlier this year.

Calgary also has a history of flipping goalie depth at the deadline — last year, the Flames sent Reto Berra to Colorado in exchange for a second-round pick.

It remains to be seen if Ramo would garner similar interest on the open market. The 28-year-old’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 9-5-1, .904 save percentage, 2.69 GAA — but he could be seen as an upgrade at the backup position for certain teams.

That said, he would be an expensive option with his $2.75M cap hit.

(Also, no word yet on who’ll start for the Rangers.)


Canucks at Bruins: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Coyotes at Isles: Mike Smith vs. Chad Johnson

Flyers at ‘Canes: Rob Zepp vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Jackets: Michal Neuvirth vs. Anton Forsberg

Stars at Jets: Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg, Jhonas Enroth likely for Dallas

Oilers at Wild: Devan Dubnyk for Minnesota, no word yet on an Edmonton starter.

Avs at Preds: Nothing yet from either team.

Habs at Blues: Carey Price vs. Jake Allen

Panthers at ‘Hawks: Scott Darling for Chicago, no word yet on a Florida starter.

Wings at Kings: Jonas Gustavsson for Detroit, no word yet on a L.A. starter.

Bruins’ Krejci (knee) to miss 4-6 weeks

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres

The Boston Bruins will be without David Krejci for 4-6 weeks due a partially torn MCL in his left knee the club announced Monday.

Krejci suffered the injury during the Bruins’ 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

He left the game after checking Alexander Steen early in the second period. You can see the incident below:

The Bruins have placed the 28-year-old on injured reserve.

Krejci has seven goals and 26 points in 38 games this season while averaging 18:06 in ice time.

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