The San Jose Sharks have acquired defenseman Karl Stollery in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, in return for forward Freddie Hamilton.
From the Sharks:
Stollery, 27, has played in seven NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, posting four penalty minutes.
He was originally signed as a free agent by Colorado on May 2, 2013.
Hamilton has appeared in 11 NHL games with San Jose, all during the 2013-14 season, posting two penalty minutes.
The Sharks, in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003, have been busy today. They’ve also traded Andrew Desjardins for Ben Smith and Tyler Kennedy for a third-round pick in 2016, plus they lost Tye McGinn to waivers.
Oh, and they traded James Sheppard yesterday.
The Arizona Coyotes set about filling some roster holes today, picking up San Jose forward Tye McGinn and Boston forward Craig Cunningham off waivers, per ESPN.
McGinn, 24, appeared in 33 games for the Sharks this year, scoring one goal and five points while averaging 10:20 TOI per night. The former Flyer, who was traded to San Jose last summer, had been out of the Sharks lineup quite a bit recently, but did draw back in for Saturday’s loss to Ottawa.
Cunningham, also 24, appeared in 32 games for the Bruins this year, scoring two goals and three points while averaging 10:07 TOI. Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, he’s spent the majority of his professional career in the American League, where he’s been a decent goalscorer with Providence (he has 15 points in 21 games this season).
It’s likely that both will get immediate looks in Arizona. The team has shipped out three veterans already — trading Antoine Vermette, Keith Yandle and Zbynek Michalek — and it’s possible GM Don Maloney could make more moves prior to today’s 3 p.m. deadline.
With the 2015 trade deadline rapidly approaching, it’s no surprise that NHL teams are using waivers to open up space (and occasionally grab low-risk players). Let’s take a quick look at recent announcements in that regard.
Claimed: The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed defenseman Tim Erixon (pictured) off of waivers. The Calgary Flames grabbed Dave Schlemko.
A little more on Erixon:
Here’s some added perspective on why the Flames made their move:
Cleared: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti and Brandon McMillan of the Vancouver Canucks all cleared waivers.
Waived: Anaheim Ducks forward Rene Bourque headlines the latest batch of players who’ve been waived. Also on the list: Craig Cunningham (Boston Bruins), Keith Aulie (Edmonton Oilers), Paul Carey (Colorado Avalanche) and Tye McGinn (San Jose Sharks).
HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lays out a few roster details after the trade deadline:
Put this one in that bulging “hockey players are tough” folder: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber didn’t miss much time despite having his arm cut by San Jose Sharks forward Tye McGinn:
Here’s video of the moment from CSNBayArea.com:
Pat Iverson shared a photo of Weber’s bloody arm on Twitter:
We’ll pass along updates if he has any setbacks.
Going into tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks, the Edmonton Oilers hadn’t won since Nov. 9, they hadn’t earned a home win since Oct. 27, they hadn’t beaten a Western Conference team this season, and they had the worst record in the NHL. Three of those four things are no longer true as Edmonton managed to scrape together a 2-1 victory.
For just the 10th time in 27 games this season, the Oilers were able to get on the board first thanks to a power-play goal from Nail Yakupov. The 2012 first overall pick got his first point since Nov. 11 and eighth overall this season.
Tye McGinn evened the contest just over two minutes later, but David Perron scored what would become the game-winning goal midway through the third period.
Naturally its hard to be optimistic about Edmonton just because its no longer in the midst of one of the worst losing streaks since 2009, especially given the Oilers’ failures over the last nine seasons. Even still, this offers them an opportunity to grow.
“It’s great to get a win, and especially a win where we thought we deserved two points. Now we have to carry it over,” Taylor Hall said, per the Oilers’ Twitter feed.
“This doesn’t mean a lot if we’re not going to stick to it. We have to replicate that kind of effort night after night,” winning goaltender Ben Scrivens added.
This was just the first of three meetings between these squads scheduled for December. Edmonton and San Jose will also battle on Tuesday and the 18th.