Maloney: There’s ‘significant interest’ in Zbynek Michalek


The Arizona Coyotes traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk back in January and moved forward Antoine Vermette to Chicago tonight. With Arizona near the bottom of the NHL’s standings though, GM Don Maloney likely isn’t done dealing.

One player in particular that might be wearing a new jersey soon is defenseman Zbynek Michalek. The 32-year-old has 73 hits and ranks 12th in the NHL with 130 blocks in 53 games this season. He’s in the final season of a five-year, $20 million contract.

Michalek also hasn’t played since Feb. 14 due to an upper-body injury, but that hasn’t stopped teams from calling.

“The injury does not help the process (of trading Michalek) but I wouldn’t say it hurts,” Maloney told Fox Sports’ Craig Morgan. The general manager added, “He’s well on the road to recovery and there is significant interest in his services.”

The rental market for defensemen is thin, especially with Andrej Sekera, Cody Franson, and Kimmo Timonen already off the trading block.

The Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and St. Louis Blues are believed to be among the teams interested, per Fox Sports.

Maloney added that the Coyotes were considering additional trades that don’t involve Michalek, but he didn’t go into detail.

Goalie Nods: Mason returns for the Flyers

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Mason looks for his first win vs. Rangers

Steve Mason will make his first start since Feb. 8 tonight when the Flyers play host to the New York Rangers. Mason allowed one goal on nine shots in relief of Rob Zepp on Thursday night. Mason is 0-2-0 with a 2.59 G.A.A. and .914 save percentage in two starts against New York.

Cam Talbot, who has shutout the Flyers twice this season, gets the nod for the Rangers.


Hurricanes at Islanders: Cam Ward vs. Chad Johnson

Devils at Blue Jackets: Cory Schneider vs. Curtis McElhinney

Coyotes at Bruins: Mike Smith vs. Tuukka Rask

Maple Leafs at Canadiens: Jonathan Bernier vs. Carey Price

Wild at Avalanche: Devan Dubnyk vs. Semyon Varlamov (unconfirmed)

Blues at Oilers: Brian Elliott vs. Ben Scrivens (likely)

Senators at Sharks: Andrew Hammond vs. Antti Niemi

Trade: Capitals acquire Gleason from the Canes for Hillen and a pick


The Washington capitals have acquired defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Jack Hillen and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick.

The pick the Caps are sending the Canes was originally acquired in a deal from Arizona.

Both players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after this season.

Gleason, 32, joins his third team in two seasons. He had seven points and a minus-18 rating while averaging 16:39 in ice time a night in 55 games this season with Carolina.

“Tim is a veteran, physical defenseman and we feel his experience, toughness and skill set further strengthens our blueline,” said Washington GM Brian MacLellan in a statement.

Hillen, 29, appeared in 35 games this season with the Caps registering five assists and a plus-1 rating while averaging 12:22 in time on ice.

“This gives us a chance to take a look at Jack for the remainder of the season and continue to accumulate assets for a deep draft this summer,” said Hurricanes’ GM Ron Francis.

In a separate transaction the Capitals placed forward Aaron Volpatti on waivers.

NHL on NBC: Rangers look for a fourth straight win against the Flyers


NBC continues its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center tonight at 8:00 pm ET. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game online.

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to avoid a third straight loss overall and a fourth to the New York Rangers when the two teams hook up for the finale in the season series tonight at Wells Fargo Center.

Philly enters tonight’s action after back-to-back road losses against teams below them in the standings. The Flyers were embarrassed 4-1 in Carolina on Tuesday night and then fell 3-2 on Thursday night in Toronto.

The two losses have the Flyers six points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins also have a game in hand.

One bright spot for the Flyers is their starting goaltender is back after missing eight games with a right knee injury. Steve Mason made eight saves in relief on Thursday night – it was his first action since Feb. 8.

New York enters tonight’s action looking for the season-series sweep of Philly.

The Rangers trail the Islanders by just two points for top spot in the Metropolitan Division and have three games in hand.

New York has gone 8-0-2 in its past 10 and 11-1-2 in the last 14 games. The Rangers will look for a fifth straight win tonight after a victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

The two teams met over a 10-day span in November with the Rangers out-scoring the Flyers 10-2 in three wins. Rangers’ goaltender Cam Talbot has posted shutouts in both his starts against the Flyers this season.

Goalie nods: With Rask ill, B’s make emergency recall


All the latest from the crease…

Boston facing questions in goal

Here’s the latest out of Bruins camp prior to tonight’s game against New Jersey: Tuukka Rask has fallen ill, head coach Claude Julien won’t say if backup Niklas Svedberg will get the start and, just a short while ago, the club made an emergency recall, bringing up Jeremy Smith from AHL Providence.

Smith, 25, got the call ahead of Malcolm Subban, the highly-touted prospect that struggled in his NHL debut against the Blues last week. A veteran of the American League circuit, Smith is 14-8-4 with Providence this year, posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. He’s previously spent time in the Columbus and Nashville organizations, but has yet to make his NHL debut.

If we had to guess, Svedberg will get the start tonight — he was the only goalie present at this morning’s skate. For the Devils, Cory Schneider will be in goal.


Flames at Isles: Karri Ramo vs. Jaroslav Halak

Caps at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin

‘Hawks at Bolts: (No word on a Chicago starter) vs. Ben Bishop

Avs at Stars: Semyon Varlamov vs. Kari Lehtonen

Kings at Ducks: (No word on a Kings starter) vs. John Gibson