Trade Bait 2013

NHL Rink Wrap: Big Canucks changes; Islanders, Flyers can’t end streaks

NHL Rink Wrap: Big Canucks changes; Islanders, Flyers can't end streaks
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Top player from Sunday in the NHL

Brian Elliott, Lightning

How cruel is it that the Flyers suffered one of their lowest moments during an eight-game losing streak against former goalie Brian Elliott?

Now, you can only sugarcoat a 7-1 loss so much. Especially when you’re desperate like the Flyers increasingly look. But Brian Elliott had to work for his spiteful loss of his former cronies. The aging backup made 38 saves to make a rough loss look even worse for Philly.

Highlights from NHL games on Sunday

In the Kings’ dominant win over the Oilers, Connor McDavid was ejected for his hit on Adrian Kempe. Could McDavid face a suspension?

The Jets and Maple Leafs combined for 52 penalty minutes in a nasty game.

On the lighter side of that Maple Leafs – Jets game, Blake Wheeler enjoyed a nice moment and milestone.

Sometimes, Marc-Andre Fleury can be an adventure. Sometimes, that’s in a good way, though.

Sunday’s NHL takeaways

Canucks fire Benning and Green, hire Boudreau

Phew, what a weekend for the Vancouver Canucks.

Late on Sunday, the Canucks made huge NHL news official. Bruce Boudreau replaced Travis Green as Canucks head coach. Similarly, it’s clear that the Canucks also fired GM Jim Benning. Follow those links for more on each facet of big structural changes for the Canucks.

Islanders still can’t win, losing streak extends to 11 games

Maybe the Isles should’ve tried a little harder to score in 3-on-3 overtime? Instead, Islanders – Blackhawks went to a shootout, and the Isles’ losing streak grew to 11 games. Here’s an updated recap of the Islanders’ losing streak:

Nov. 7: 5-2 to loss to the Wild in Minnesota. Closed off a back-to-back set (they beat the Jets on the road in the previous game).

Nov. 11: 4-0 loss at the Devils.

Nov. 15: A brutal Florida back-to-back set begins with a 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay.

Nov. 16: The Panthers are even less gracious as hosts, beating the Isles 6-1.

Nov. 20: Yay, the Islanders end their 13-game road trip. Less yay: the Islanders continue their losing streak, and don’t exactly open their new home arena very smoothly. First, they lost 5-2 to the Flames.

Nov. 21: A day later, the Maple Leafs beat them 3-0. Many John Tavares jokes were made; none were very nice.

Nov. 24: The hated Rangers did much like the hated Devils, beating the Isles 4-1.

Nov. 26: A 1-0 loss to the Penguins, continuing a fruitless homestand.

[The misery of the losing streak includes some COVID postponements.]

Dec. 2 (Thursday): Another home loss, but the Islanders gain their first point of this losing streak (plus their first point in their new home arena). That Karlsson OT goal pushed the Islanders’ streak to nine games.

Dec. 4 (Saturday): The Islanders factored into Saturday’s OT/shootout barrage of NHL games. So, they got a point again, but they lost. At least the Islanders scored some goals.

Dec. 5 (Sunday): Notice a pattern within a theme (wrapped in an enigma, maybe)? The Islanders earned a standings point for a third straight game, but lost to the Blackhawks, extending their losing streak to 11 games.


Now, this isn’t the worst losing streak in Islanders’ history, let alone NHL history. The league record is 17 games, shared by two teams. At 12 games, two Islanders teams (1972-73 and 1988-89) have suffered longer losing streaks.

On paper, Tuesday’s game against the Senators in Ottawa provides the Islanders with a Grade-A chance to end their losing streak. If not, they’ll try to avoid dubious franchise history with a 13-game losing streak by beating the Predators at home on Thursday.

Not far behind, the Flyers see their losing streak extend to eight games in ugly loss

As angsty as it looked in Philly before, things got even worse during Sunday’s NHL games. Where the Islanders suffered a narrow loss, the Lightning beat the Flyers 7-1 to extend Philly’s losing streak to eight discouraging games.

To be fair to the Flyers, their eight-game losing streak is littered with tough matchups, including three losses to the Lightning. Let’s give the Flyers eight-game losing streak that treatment, too.

Nov. 18: Flyers’ losing streak begins with 4-3 shootout loss at home to the Lightning.

Nov. 20: After that, they dropped a 5-2 loss at home against the Bruins. Memories of Carter Hart‘s strong start begin to fade.

Nov. 23: Uh oh, those Bolts again. In that case, it was a 4-0 loss to the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

Nov. 24: A back-to-back set in Florida isn’t an easy task. After falling to the Lightning, the Flyers saw their losing streak extend in a 2-1 OT loss to the Panthers.

Nov. 26: Another tough one against a challenging opponent. They dropped a 6-3 loss at home vs. the Hurricanes.

Nov. 28: Never feels great to lose by a nearby rival. That happened in the Flyers’ 5-2 loss to Devils in New Jersey.

Dec. 1: The Flyers dropped a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Dec. 5 (Sunday): big loss at home vs. Lightning.

With a Monday game against the deadly Avalanche, the Flyers will need to work hard to end their losing streak at eight games. With the Canucks and Canadiens making prominent coaching and/or GM changes lately, it’s fair to wonder if every key Flyers front office member will remain employed through this discouraging losing streak.

No Lehner at the Olympics

After the Golden Knights’ narrow win over the Flames, Robin Lehner announced that he won’t play for Sweden at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Monday’s big story

Edler returns to Vancouver while Canucks are in disarray

It was always going to be a heavy, emotional return for Alexander Edler (now of the Kings) when he faced his former team, the Canucks, in Vancouver.

Edler played 15 largely underrated seasons for the Canucks, appearing in 925 regular-season contests and 82 playoff games. So far, Edler’s played 22 games for Los Angeles.

But, for Edler to return in the first game after the Canucks reportedly fired Travis Green and Jim Benning? Kind of wild. It’s unclear if Bruce Boudreau will be able to slide behind the Canucks’ bench as soon as Monday, but either way, it’s a turning point for a franchise so familiar to Edler.

Sunday’s NHL scores

Lightning 7, Flyers 1
Blue Jackets 6, Sharks 4
Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 (SO)
Jets 6, Maple Leafs 3
Kings 5, Oilers 1
Golden Knights 3, Flames 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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    PHT’s 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker


    Wednesday, Apr. 3 is the final day for NHL teams to make trades for the 2013 regular season. The deadline is set for 3PM ET — be sure to check back here often as we’ll update the tracker throughout the day.

    Here’s a complete list of all trades since Mar. 23:


    Apr. 3

    To Washington: Martin Erat, Michael Latta
    To Nashville: Filip Forsberg (link)

    To Minnesota: Jeff Deslauriers
    To Anaheim: Future considerations (link)

    To Boston: D Wade Redden
    To St. Louis: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

    To New Jersey: F Steve Sullivan
    To Phoenix: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

    To Anaheim: F Matthew Lombardi
    To Phoenix: F Brandon McMillan (link)

    To Toronto: D Ryan O’Byrne
    To Colorad: 2014 fourth-round pick (link)

    To San Jose: F Raffi Torres
    To Phoenix: 2013 third-round pick (link)

    To Columbus: F Blake Comeau
    To Calgary: 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

    To Minnesota: F Jason Pominville, 2014 fourth-round pick
    To Buffalo: G Matt Hackett, F Johan Larsson, 2013 first-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

    To Philadelphia: G Steve Mason
    To Columbus: G Michael Leighton, 2013 third-round pick (link)

    To Columbus: F Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, Blake Partlett
    To New York Rangers: F Derick Brassard, F Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and 2013 sixth-round pick (link)

    To Tampa Bay: G Ben Bishop
    To Ottawa: F Cory Conacher, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

    To Pittsburgh: F Jussi Jokinen
    To Carolina: 2013 conditional draft pick (link)

    To Edmonton: F Jerred Smithson
    To Florida: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

    To San Jose: D Scott Hannan
    To Nashville: 2013 sixth-/seventh-round pick (link)

    To Boston: F Rob Flick
    To Chicago: F Maxime Sauve (link)

    Apr. 2

    To New York Rangers: F Ryane Clowe
    To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 third-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

    To Montreal: D Davis Drewiske
    To Los Angeles 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

    To Boston: F Jaromir Jagr
    To Dallas: F Lane MacDermid, F Cody Payne, 2013 second-round pick (link)

    To Vancouver: F Derek Roy
    To Dallas: D Kevin Connauton, 2013 second-round pick (link)

    To Colorado: F Tomas Vincour
    To Dallas: D Cameron Gaunce (link)

    To Phoenix: F Matthew Clackson
    To Washington: F Joel Rechlicz (link)

    To Carolina: D Marc-Andre Bergeron
    To Tampa Bay: F Adam Hall, 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

    Apr. 1

    To St. Louis: D Jay Bouwmeester
    To Calgary: 2013 or ’14 first-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick, G Reto Berra, D Mark Cundari (link)

    To Los Angeles: D Robyn Regehr
    To Buffalo: 2014 second-round pick, 2015 second-round pick (link)

    To Chicago: F Michal Handzus
    To San Jose: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

    To Anaheim: F Harry Zolnierczyk
    To Philadelphia: F Jay Rosehill (link)

    Mar. 30

    To St. Louis: D Jordan Leopold
    To Buffalo: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

    To Philadelphia: D Kent Huskins
    To Detroit: 2014 seventh-round pick (link)

    Mar. 28

    To Pittsburgh: F Jarome Iginla
    To Calgary: 2013 first-round pick, F Kenneth Agostino, F Ben Hanowski (link)

    Mar. 25

    To Pittsburgh: D Douglas Murray
    To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

    Mar. 24

    To Pittsburgh: F Brenden Morrow, 2013 third-round pick
    To Dallas: D Joe Morrow, 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

    Video — PHT Extra: Canucks, Rangers can’t go quiet at deadline


    On Monday, Brough and I spoke with NBC’s Kay Adams about the upcoming trade deadline — set for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 3.

    Thanks to a flurry of already-completed trades and recent signings, many figure the deadline will be more bust than bonanza.

    We discussed the potential for fireworks (and duds), and also picked the Canucks and Rangers as two teams that have to bolster their respective rosters before the deadline passes.

    Click below to see more…

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    Trade Bait: Jamie McBain


    The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Following is a player that may be moved. For more “Trade Bait,” click here.

    Thanks to a pair of tweets from TSN’s Darren Dreger (see here and here), Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain has become a legitimate trade target for Wednesday’s deadline.

    The club has reportedly put the 25-year-old defenseman in play — so, what’s his deal?

    McBain’s spent his entire pro career with the ‘Canes after they took him 63rd overall at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 30 points in 76 games during the 2010-11 season and 27 points in 76 games last year, all while averaging just over 19 minutes per game.

    This season, he has 1G-5A-6PTS in 26 games — again, averaging around 19 minutes a night — but has struggled at times.

    (Highlighted by this egregious gaffe against Winnipeg.)

    What’s interesting is that, last May, the club gave McBain a two-year, $3.6 million extension that runs through the 2013-14 season.

    “Jamie is still a very young player who has established himself as an NHL defenseman,” Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said at the time. “He moves the puck well and has shown that he can contribute offensively, especially on the power play.”

    So, why’s he available?

    It could be that McBain’s a moveable asset. Or, there could be buyer’s remorse.

    On defense, the ‘Canes have Joni Pitkanen, Tim Gleason, Joe Corvo (who played a season-high 25:11 against Winnipeg on Saturday), Jay Harrison, Brett Bellemore and Bob Sanguinetti (currently on IR) in the mix, with minutes leader Justin Faulk (MCL sprain) to return in mid-to-late April.

    The club also has 2011 first-rounder Ryan Murphy in the system. The club thinks highly of Murphy, and he was given nearly 24 minutes in ice time in his NHL debut on Feb. 21.

    As a result, McBain could simply be the odd man out in Carolina, yet promising enough for another club to give the ‘Canes something interesting in return.

    Trade Bait: Roberto Luongo


    The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Following is a player that may be moved. For more “Trade Bait,” click here.

    Much has happened in the four years since the Vancouver Canucks announced they’d signed goalie Roberto Luongo to a long-term contract that would keep him club property through 2021-2022.

    The Canucks went all the way to Stanley Cup finals in 2011, losing to the Bruins in seven games. Luongo, 33, was both brilliant and brutal in that series, though it was the brutal that most people remember.

    A new CBA has since outlawed the type of contract Luongo received.

    But most importantly so far as this story is concerned, Cory Schneider has emerged as the Canucks’ number-one netminder.

    “It’s been a great six years, but it’s time to move on,” Luongo said this summer after Schneider took over the starting duties in Vancouver’s first-round playoff loss to the Kings.

    Except, of course, he hasn’t moved on. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, unable to get the deal he wants, has kept Luongo, tacking on another chapter to the soap opera.

    All the while, the club has remained adamant it won’t be giving Luongo away.

    “We need a third-line center, but no one is going to steal Roberto from us,” assistant general manager Laurence Gilman told TSN recently. “We’re not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow.”

    Toronto has been the most discussed potential destination of late, with center Tyler Bozak — a pending unrestricted free agent — being the name that pops up most as far as a return is concerned.

    But the Leafs, like other teams looking for a long-term fix in net, have options. Other goalies that could be targeted include Ottawa’s Ben Bishop, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, and L.A.’s Jonathan Bernier.

    The Leafs could also choose to do nothing and stick with the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. Or, they could seek a short-term insurance policy like Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff or Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin.

    That’s not to say Toronto is the only team that may may be looking to address its goaltending, either now or in the offseason. Tampa Bay, Florida, Washington, and New Jersey are but four teams where the position is, at the very least, unsettled for the future. Philadelphia is another, though the Flyers already have a goalie signed to a long-term contract.

    If the Canucks don’t move Luongo by Wednesday’s deadline, they’ll go into the playoffs with almost $10 million in cap space dedicated to goalies.

    “From an efficiency standpoint, to have $9.33 million invested in two goaltenders when only one of them can play is clearly not the most efficient use of resources” Gilman said. “That being said … Roberto is still in the prime of his career and can stabilize a NHL team for years to come. That’s an asset that’s extremely hard to come by. It would be foolish for us to trade Roberto for a rental player.”

    Update (4:34 p.m. ET):