‘It’s not my cup of tea, this rental world,’ says Ducks GM

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Bob Murray sounds like a guy that was pleased to see Blockbuster go under.

Following Tuesday’s “hockey deal” — the Ducks sent Devante Smith-Pelly to Montreal in exchange for Jiri Sekac — the Anaheim GM voiced his displeasure with the current state of the trade market.

“There’s a lot of talking going on, but it’s all about rentals, for Pete’s sake,” Murray said, per the Los Angeles Times. “It’s gone from a third-round pick for a rental, someone you might have for three months; now it’s a second- or first-rounder and a prospect.”

While Murray’s candor is enjoyable (more so if you envision him shaking his fist at the trade deadline), there’s definitely some posturing at play. For starters, the rental market hasn’t proven to be that expensive yet — on Tuesday, Minnesota acquired a pretty useful forward in Sean Bergenheim from Florida for a third-round pick — and, less than two weeks ago, Winnipeg and Buffalo combined to orchestrate one of the biggest blockbusters in recent memory where most of the principles (Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Tyler Myers) were building blocks, not rentals.

(You can also circle back to the Smith-Pelly-for-Sekac trade that Murray completed, which was a true “hockey deal.”)

Of course, we’ve seen comments like these from Murray and GMs before, and they do occasionally prove to be somewhat effective. By bemoaning not just the quality of rental players, but also the asking price, the GM gives himself an out in the event he can’t make anything significant happen at the deadline (which is usually followed by something along the lines of “we weren’t going to mortgage the future.”)

It’s also worth remembering that Murray has history of posturing. After failing to land a big ticket at last year’s deadline (while picking up a cheap rental in Stephane Robidas, it should be mentioned), he expressed confusion and dismay about not getting a deal done despite having a pair of high draft picks in play — the old “I was ready to make a deal, they weren’t” narrative.

Anyway, back to the present. In light of this rentals-only market, Murray could end up having to wait ’til the offseason to make a big move, much like last year with the Ryan Kesler acquisition at the draft. The Ducks are clamoring for defensive help but it sure doesn’t look like there’s a ton available heading into Monday’s deadline — and, posturing or not, Murray sure doesn’t sound enamored with the idea of paying big for a rental.

“I’m not doing that here,” he explained. “It’s not my cup of tea, this rental world.”

Report: Alex Petrovic avoids discipline after injuring Patrick Kane

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Official confirmation hasn’t surfaced regarding Patrick Kane, leaving many to speculate about scary thoughts such as the Chicago Blackhawks star missing 10+ weeks. The guy who injured him won’t have to nervously await a call from the NHL, however.

Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic won’t face a fine or suspension for his controversial cross-check on Kane, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Ultimately, the 22-year-old only received a two-minute penalty for the play (along with a sudden lack of popularity in Chicago):

Petrovic has never been suspended at the NHL level.

Blackhawks’ Kane ‘could miss some time’ after injury against the Panthers (Updated)

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Showtime could be sidelined.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, in a three-way tie for top spot in the league in points, left Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers and did not return after getting shoved from behind awkwardly into the boards in the first period.

Kane could now be out of the Chicago lineup but it’s not known for how long. The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 3-2 in the shootout.

According to multiple reports, Quenneville told reporters Kane “could miss some time” and the club would know more about his status on Wednesday, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

Alex Petrovic received a minor penalty for cross checking on the play.

The loss of Kane for any prolonged period of time could be big for the Blackhawks, who entered this game losers of three in a row and third in the Central Division.

“You can’t replace the guy. You’d be lying if you said you could. He’s just irreplaceable,” Kris Versteeg told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

“You get ticked off when the best player in the league gets hit like that. People play a lot of money to watch Patrick Kane play,” added Versteeg.

Wild’s Parise after loss to Oilers: ‘We’ll be fine’

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It’s a tight playoff race in the Western Conference, with every point crucial.

Nothing is ever guaranteed, but the Minnesota Wild had as good an opportunity as ever to move three points up on the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks for the final Wild Card spot. Only problem is the Edmonton Oilers, intent on playing the role of spoiler.

Minus the first period, the Wild controlled the play. Minnesota outshot Edmonton by a wide margin through the final periods, but couldn’t find that one necessary goal to at least squeak out a single point.

The Wild surrendered only 10 shots on goal through the final 40 minutes but lost to the Oilers, the last-place team in the West, 2-1 on Tuesday.

“We’re going to lose again before the season ends. Tonight, one bad period cost us the game. We’ll be fine,” said the Wild’s Zach Parise, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

Apologies for stating the obvious, but it’s not a desired result. That’s where a break on the out-of-town scoreboard comes into the conversation. The Flames lost to the New York Rangers on Tuesday and the Sharks were not in action.

The Wild drop to 7-2-1 in its last 10 games. Despite this setback, Minnesota still has aspirations of the post-season and added a piece to its roster just for that goal.

Earlier in the day, the Wild acquired forward Sean Bergenheim from Florida. The NHL’s trade deadline is next Monday. He’s a veteran and his experience appears to be a valuable asset for the Wild.

“The sooner the better,” Minnesota’s GM Chuck Fletcher told reporters. “No sense waiting until the deadline.

“Simply looking for a guy with some experience, looking for depth. Right now, we have three forwards out and playing with 12 guys up front that are playing pretty well for us but if you get one or two more injuries, we’ll start to really need to get into issues.”

Video: Patrick Kane falls awkwardly into boards, injured after being shoved from behind (Updated)

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The struggling Chicago Blackhawks will now have to deal with an injury to Patrick Kane.

Kane was hurt in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers after getting shoved from behind into the boards by Florida’s Alex Petrovic. Kane didn’t play another shift in the period after that, and will not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.

From CSN Chicago:

Patrick Kane took a cross-check near the boards and headed to the dressing room in the first period of the Blackhawks’ game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Kane was going toward the boards when Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic gave him a push. It wasn’t a big push, but it was enough for Kane to fall awkwardly shoulder-first into the lower boards. Kane got up under his own power but headed right to the dressing room.

Updated: The Blackhawks announced Kane will not return due to an upper-body injury.