Saturday, March 30, 2013

Jordan Leopold Traded

Jordan Leopold has been traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues. The defenseman and former Hobey Baker award winner with the Minnesota Golden Gophers will make his debut for the Blues on Monday. The Sabres get a second round draft pick and a conditional fifth round pick in this year's draft for Leopold.

NHL Snap Shots: Lightning, Cooper, Islanders, Visnovsky

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their first contest under their new head coach, Jon Cooper, in a come-from-behind victory over the New Jersey Devils at home, in a shootout.  Cooper, previously the head coach of Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch, was named to the helm of the Lightning after they parted ways with previous head coach Guy Boucher.

New York Islander defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has signed a two-year extension according to nhl.com.  Visnovsky was suspended earlier in the season, after not joining the team after the lockout ended.  There may have been some misunderstanding as to the reason why Visnovsky did not join the Isles after the lockout.  That is water under the bridge as far as both player and team are concerned, as Visnovksy was deemed a valuable part of the team and re-signed through 2014-15.  

Friday, March 29, 2013

Martin St. Louis Will Not Be Traded Per Yzerman

Martin St. Louis will not be traded.  Per GM Steve Yzerman, as reported by Pierre LeBrun of espn.com:
"Marty St. Louis is not going to be traded," Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com on Friday. "He remains one of the best players in the league and an extremely important player to our team, both on and off the ice. We are a team in transition, we just made a coaching change, Marty is one of the leaders of the team, he is not going anywhere." 
This is the news that most Tampa Bay Lightning fans wanted to hear.  The Lightning will not be holding a fire sale.

St. Louis is having another strong season with 42 points (8 goals, 34 assists) in 33 games.  He has played all but two of his NHL seasons with Tampa Bay since his start at the highest level (1998-99).  

Zuccarello Back With New York Rangers

As reported by the New York Times, the New York Rangers have brought forward Mats Zuccarello back. Zuccarello had been playing in the KHL, and with the end of the season in that league, the opportunity was there for him to rejoin the Rangers in the NHL.

Zuccarello met the Rangers in Ottawa and practiced with them but did not suit up for the game on Thursday evening.  

Jovanovski Out for Season

The Florida Panthers have lost Ed Jovanovski for the remainder of the season.  It was reported recently that Jovanovski will have surgery on his hip in early April.  The big defenseman, named Panthers captain prior to this season, was able to play in only six games in 2013.  The 36-year-old Jovanovski last played a full slate of regular season NHL games in 2008-09.  He is under contract with Florida through the 2014-15 season.  

Malkin Returns, Fleury Held Out

The Pittsburgh Penguins, on the heels of getting one the best players in the NHL via trade, had another superstar return to their lineup on Thursday evening as Evgeni Malkin returned.  Malkin was back playing for the Pens, while they held out their first string goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, as he recovered from a recent collision.  

Bouwmeester Next To Be Traded By Calgary Flames?

Now that the speculation about whether Jarome Iginla would be traded is over, the focus for Calgary Flames fans has turned to whether another Flame will dealt.  In particular, the name of Jay Bouwmeester, the Flames' big defenseman has been bantered about.

Considered a shutdown defenseman who sets his teammates up to score, the type of play that Bouwmeester provides has been much sought after as we approach this year's trade deadline (April 3 at 3 pm).  The sticking point on a player like Bouwmeester may be his salary however.  He has one more year remaining on his contract, for which he is a $6.68 million cap hit.  And that has to be taken into account with the lowered team salary caps for next season.


Iginla Trade Review: Bruins, Penguins, Agostino, Hanowski

In the end, it seems that the decision on where he would play was ultimately up to Jarome Iginla.  He had given the Calgary Flames a list of teams he would waive his no-trade-clause for, or so it was reported.  Flames General Manager Jay Feaster had two legitimate deals in play for Iginla's services.  One with the Boston Bruins and one with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins were under the impression that a deal had been done.  As reported on cbssports.com, the Bruins had agreed to send Matt Bartkowski and Alexander Khokhlachev and a conditional first round pick in the 2013 NHL draft to the Calgary Flames, in exchange for Jarome Iginla.  All players involved in the were supposed to have been scratched from their games that evening.

But the deal wasn't done.  A trade had also been negotiated with Pittsburgh Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero.  And Jarome Iginla seems to have had the final say in just what team he would play with for the remainder of this season.  So Pittsburgh and joining the two best players in the world it was.

The two players involved in the Iginla trade to Pittsburgh


Kenneth Agostino

Agostino is a scoring forward from New Jersey who is currently playing for the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA.   In his sophomore and junior seasons with Yale, he averaged more than a point per game.  He is reported to have good hockey instincts and to be a strong competitor as well.  

Ben Hanowski

Hanowski is a big forward, who set the mark for the highest scoring player in Minnesota high school history. As a junior at St. Cloud State University he notched 43 points (23 goals, 20 assists) in 39 regular season games.  In his senior campaign, 2012-13, he put up 29 points in 34 games.








Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jarome Iginla Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins

Jarome Iginla has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins according to foxsports.com.  The Penguins deal with the Flames will send college prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski as well as a first round pick in the 2013 NHL draft to Calgary in exchange for Iginla.  This is the third trade the Penguins have made prior to the April 3 trade deadline, obviously making a strong push for the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Doug Murray Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins

As reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Doug Murray from the San Jose Sharks in return for a 2013 second-round pick and a 2014 conditional draft pick.  The Cornell University graduate was drafted by the Sharks in 1999 and had played his entire NHL career with that team.

In 422 games, the blueliner has garnered 56 points, most of them assists.  The heavy hitter is supposed to be strong on the penalty kill.

The Penguins have now traded a defenseman (Joe Morrow) and acquired a defenseman in the span of a day.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jarome Iginla Trade Imminent?

The rumor mill is heating up with the word that Jarome Iginla has submitted a list of four teams to the Calgary Flames, for whom he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause.  There have been reports that a trade is already in the works.  The four teams reported to be in the hunt for Iginla's talent, according to cbssports.com are:  the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.  

Brenden Morrow Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins


Initial reports are indicating that Brenden Morrow has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins pending a waive of his no trade clause.

Update:  Some of the same sources reporting that the Boston Bruins have not been ruled out of the mix....yet.

2nd Update:  No Trade Clause Waived by Morrow - to be Traded to Penguins


3rd Update:  Seems like the deal is done between Dallas and Pittsburgh.  As reported by Puck Daddy, the swap would include Penguins defenseman Joe Morrow going to Dallas, in an interesting swap of players with the same last name.


Pierre LeBrun tweets that Pittsburgh will receive Brenden Morrow and a third round draft pick in 2013. Dallas receives Joe Morrow and a fifth round pick in 2013.



Dallas Stars Recall Goalie Richard Bachman, Assign Campbell

The Dallas Stars have recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from their AHL affiliate Texas Stars, and have sent young netminding prospect Jack Campbell back to the AHL, according to espn.com.

Bachman has played in seven games this season for Dallas, posting a 2-3 mark with an .838 save percentage.  While with Texas, he has posted a much stronger 5-1 mark with a .920 save percentage.

Campbell has not yet played in any NHL games, but has performed well while with Texas.  The 21 year-old netminder from Michigan, taken 11th overall by the Stars in the 2010 NHL draft, has posted a 14-11-3 record with Texas, to go with a .904 save percentage and 2.64 GAA.  It is thought that Campbell will eventually be Dallas' number one netminder.  

Tampa Bay Lightning Part Ways With Coach Guy Boucher

Guy Boucher has been released from his head coaching commitment according to a statement released by the Tampa Bay Lightning as reported by Damian Cristodero at tampabay.com.

The 41 year-old native of Quebec had been at the helm of the Lightning ship for the past three NHL seasons, making a mark of 97 wins and 78 losses with 20 overtime losses.  It may seem odd to see a head coach with a .549 winning percentage let go, but Tampa Bay has been perceived as underachievers this season.

There was wide speculation that the Lightning would part ways with Boucher, and after a loss to the Ottawa Senators which started off with a 4-0 first period deficit, GM Steve Yzerman was almost forced to make a change.

The team reports that head coaching duties will be split between assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix for tonight's contest with the Winnipeg Jets.  

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 NHL Free Agents - Pascal Dupuis

Pascal Dupuis is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2013, if not re-signed earlier by the Pittsburgh Penguins or any other NHL team.  According to capgeek.com, Dupuis is at the end of a 2 year contract worth $1.5 million per season.

Dupuis has always been a goal scorer.   But his play has certainly surprised some in the 2012-13 season.  Through 32 games, Dupuis has notched 15 goals.  Sure, it doesn't hurt that his teammate leads the NHL in assists, far and away.  But Dupuis has 8 of those as well.

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
2000-01 21 MIN 4 1 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 8 12.5 15:36
2001-02 22 MIN 76 15 12 27 11 -10 16 10 3 2 0 154 9.7 15:08
2002-03 23 MIN 80 20 28 48 19 17 44 14 6 0 4 183 10.9 17:30
2003-04 24 MIN 59 11 15 26 10 5 20 9 2 0 1 127 8.7 15:48
2005-06 26 MIN 67 10 16 26 10 -10 40 6 4 0 2 151 6.6 16:30
2006-07 27 TOT 71 14 5 19 9 -17 42 10 2 2 1 156 9.0 15:32
2006-07 27 MIN 48 10 3 13 6 -7 38 6 2 2 0 106 9.4 15:07
2006-07 27 NYR 6 1 0 1 1 -4 0 1 0 0 0 10 10.0 15:30
2006-07 27 ATL 17 3 2 5 2 -6 4 3 0 0 1 40 7.5 16:44
2007-08 28 TOT 78 12 15 27 11 0 32 9 0 3 1 143 8.4 15:12
2007-08 28 ATL 62 10 5 15 7 -4 24 7 0 3 1 111 9.0 14:46
2007-08 28 PIT 16 2 10 12 4 4 8 2 0 0 0 32 6.3 16:50
2008-09 29 PIT 71 12 16 28 11 1 30 12 0 0 2 145 8.3 14:13
2009-10 30 PIT 81 18 20 38 15 5 16 18 0 0 5 157 11.5 14:11
2010-11 31 PIT 81 17 20 37 15 16 59 13 0 4 3 171 9.9 16:52
2011-12 32 PIT 82 25 34 59 23 18 34 22 0 3 8 214 11.7 16:56
2012-13 33 PIT 32 15 8 23 10 19 22 14 1 0 2 92 16.3 17:31
Career 782 170 189 359 143 44 359 137 19 14 29 1701 10.0 15:52
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2013.

Outlook
It certainly won't hurt Dupuis that he is playing so well in a "contract" year.  Other free agent forwards that the Penguins will have to address include Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke.  That being said, the Penguins are projected to be just over $10 million under the 2013-14 cap.  The Penguins are the class of the Eastern Division at this point.  And possibly the league, along with Chicago and Anaheim.  Don't expect any changes in their lineup with respect to deletions of current starters.  Dupuis will remain with Pittsburgh through the end of the 2012-13 season.  And should remain in the black and gold for the following season with a contract extension.   

Nate Thompson Signs Extension with Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to a contract extension with Nate Thompson according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.  Tampa Bay does not have many unrestricted free agents that they need to lock up for next season, but locking up their physical centerman was obviously a priority for GM Steve Yzerman and Lightning management.

Thompson was at the end of a two-year contract with the Lightning, with a $900,000 annual cap hit according to capgeek.com.  He's been a member of the Tampa Bay squad since 2010 when he was claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders.

While Thompson wins nearly half of his faceoff contests, the Lightning must like the energy and aggressiveness he brings to the game.  His offensive production has been good, but not stellar.  As of his reported signing, he has scored six goals and assisted on four more through 30 games.

LeBrun reports that Thompson's extension is for four years at $1.6 million per year.


St. Louis Blues Trade D'Agostini to New Jersey Devils

Matt D'Agostini was traded by the St. Louis Blues to the New Jersey Devils as reported on stltoday.com.  Along with the winger, the Blues sent a conditional seventh round pick in the 2015 NHL draft, in return for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2015 draft.

The move was made primarily to accommodate the return of T.J. Oshie from injured reserve to the Blues' lineup.  

D'Agostini, who was taken in 2005 draft by the Montreal Canadiens, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this July.  He had a stellar season in 2010-11 with St. Louis when he played a full slate of regular season games, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 25 more.  That has since been his highest production level in an NHL season.  

D'Agostini's services could be a rental for New Jersey to make the 2013 Stanley Cup playoff push.  If he and the Devils agree to a contract extension past this season, the Blues would receive their conditional fourth round pick.  According to the stltoday.com article:
D’Agostini is in the final weeks of a $1.8 million salary and represented a $1.65 million cap hit for the Blues. If the Devils are unable to re-sign him, their end of the trade becomes a fifth-round pick, and the seventh-round pick from St. Louis is rescinded.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Jaromir Jagr a Prospect for 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Deal?

At least two Dallas Morning News experts have indicated that Jaromir Jagr has great value at this year's trade deadline, at that the Dallas Stars might want to move him for prospects.  Dallas is not guaranteed a playoff spot at this point in the season (they sit ninth in the Western Conference as of this post).  The thought is that you don't want to give up prospects or draft picks to land a veteran presence that may or may not put you into the top eight spots in the playoff race.  

Jagr has continued to produce like one of the young stars in this league, along with some of his other aging veteran colleagues.   In 29 games this season, he has 12 goals and 10 assists while averaging over 18 minutes of ice-time per game.  Those offensive contributions are good enough to lead the Stars in both goals and overall points.  

There has been some speculation that Jagr might spark his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers, to make a push for the playoffs this season.  Frank Seravalli of philly.com asks whether the Flyers should re-acquire Jagr?   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

NHL Trade Deadline 2013 Update - Forward Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla has come up as a topic of trade speculation this season, possibly more than any other player.       The asking price for Iginla's services may have gone up recently per Puck Daddy.   There is more and more talk that this trade deadline may be a "dud" and that the sweepstakes for Iginla's services will fizzle.

Still, there remains some chatter that teams are interested in Iginla as the trade deadline approaches.  The Los Angeles Kings and Darryl Sutter are the latest team to have an interest in the longtime Calgary Flame, as reported on the Hockey Central at noon show aired on Sportsnet 590, as well as at Puck Daddy.

If the Flames can move Miikka Kiprusoff for some prospects or draft picks, with another deal in place to trade Iginla for Jonathan Bernier, they just may have a coup on their hands.  

NHL Trade Deadline 2013 Update - Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff

As the NHL trade deadline approaches on April 3, 2013, talk will heat up around whether or not goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff will be moved.  Although Kiprusoff's contract isn't up for another season, with Calgary sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff scenario, Calgary Flames' GM Jay Feaster may just determine that it's time to rebuild.  If that's the case, and teams come calling with a need for a proven netminder prior to a playoff run, don't rule out a trade this season.

The question has been raised again recently as to whether the Flames should hang on to their primary goaltender.  The pluses and minuses of a trade have been weighed.

Two teams rumored to have been looking at Kiprusoff as a trade deadline acquisition are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks, according to calgaryherald.com.   With the way that Ray Emery and Corey Crawford have played this season, it would seem to make more sense that Toronto would be interested in Kiprusoff's services as we near the Stanley Cup playoff race.  

New York Rangers Recall Chris Kreider

According to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, the New York Rangers have recalled Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale and sent enforcer Micheal Haley back down. The young forward, who was up with the Rangers for a cup of coffee earlier in the year, has apparently had a fine offensive stretch in the AHL. According to the Post:
In Kreider’s first three games for the Whale, he scored four goals. He then went scoreless for three, but put in one apiece in a two-game weekend homestand


2013 NHL Free Agents - Jordan Leopold


Jordan Leopold, the 32 year-old defenseman with the Buffalo Sabres, is in the final year of three year deal worth $3 million annually and will become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2013 according to capgeek.com.

Leopold is one of the stronger offensive-minded blueliners in the NHL.  Over his regular season career he's racked up a healthy 200 points.

Outlook
With Buffalo clearly out of the playoff race and Leopold being an upcoming unrestricted free agent, there is certainly a chance that he gets dealt to a team in need of an offensive presence in the blue line.  


Minnesota Wild Won't Trade Stars

The Minnesota Wild will not be making headlines with a blockbuster trade at this year's April 3 trade deadline.  General Manager Chuck Fletcher was quoted at startribune.com saying as much:
Will Niklas Backstrom or Matt Cullen be traded? “Oh God, no,” said General Manager Chuck Fletcher. “Backy’s been outstanding. He’s our No. 1 goalie. Cullen’s been a big part of our team. That’s the type of guy every team in the league wants to add for a playoff run.”
If Fletcher will not trade Backstrom or Cullen, why would he trade any of his other "stars"?  He wouldn't.

Backstrom, the 35 year-old netminder who will become a free agent after this season, has been strong in net for Minnesota.  With the Wild in first place in the Northwest division, and looking to make a playoff run to the Cup, parting with Backstrom just isn't an option.

Cullen, the 36 year-old defenseman, who will also be an unrestricted free agent, has already stated that he wants to remain with the Wild.  He's provided an offensive spark on the blueline for Minnesota, notching 4 goals and assisting on 16 more, in 29 contests this season.  

NHL GMs Address Trade Deadline

According to Dan Rosen at NHL.com, most NHL General Managers are still trying to figure out what their position will be as the trade deadline approaches on April 3.  There is much more uncertainty this season, due to the compressed schedule caused by the lockout.  So many teams are still in possible contention for the playoffs that there aren't as many "sellers" out there, even considering unrestricted free agents.  Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli spoke to this a bit in Rosen's article:
"It's been that different so far," Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com at the GM meeting here. "Everything is compressed, so will the flurry be compressed? Will there be a flurry? I don't know. It's been so different because everyone is in it and everyone is looking to add. There are a few teams that aren't looking to add, but I would say most of them are still in the race."
There seem to be plenty of "buyers" out there.  Some GMs have confirmed that they are looking to acquire talent, while all but a few have indicated they will not look to make additions via trades.  The Carolina Hurricanes are one team that will be looking to add, in their case a defenseman.  Per NHL.com, regarding Carolina's GM, Jim Rutherford:
Rutherford is one of them on the prowl. He said he's been looking for a defenseman to bolster his depth for most of the season and his calls to other GMs have increased because he's still trying to acquire one.
 Nashville Predator's GM David Poile also indicated his team was looking to acquire.  On the flip side, teams such as Buffalo and Philadelphia will not be acquiring, and in fact, may look to jettison veterans for picks or prospects.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mike Komisarek Waived by Toronto Maple Leafs

Mike Komisarek was waived by the Toronto Maple Leafs today, according to an article at SI.com, at his "own behest".  He just wasn't seeing any playing time with the Leafs, so the thought is that he waived his no-trade clause, which was required for him to be sent down to the AHL, and the Leafs waived him so that he could get some playing time with the Marlies.   

The big defenseman, and former first round draft pick on the Montreal Canadiens, still have some quality play left in him.  Expect that he will find his way back onto an NHL roster in the not-too-distant future.  

2013 NHL Free Agents - Mark Streit

Mark Streit is a $4.1 million cap hit for the New York Islanders in 2012-13 according to capgeek.com.  He's at the end of five year deal worth just over $20 million.

The 35-year-old defenseman has split his NHL time between the Montreal Canadiens and the Islanders.
Since coming to New York, Streit has proven to be a strong offensive presence on the blueline.  In a full slate of games last season, Streit set his teammates up to score 40 times, while putting the puck in the net himself on seven other tallies.

The Swiss native has really made a name for himself as one of the best offensive defenseman in the league.  Although he may not be the ideal size for a d-man, he plays the puck well in the offensive zone.  His success may have come as a surprise to some, in light of his position in the ninth round of the 2004 NHL entry draft.

Outlook
The Islanders need some stability on their team.  Streit has proven himself to be an offensive force and nothing to sneeze at in the defensive zone.  New York should sign Streit for at least a few more years.  Can they?  Most definitely.  The Isles have the most room under the cap currently, having to trade for Tim Thomas just to remain above the salary floor.  Will they sign him?  That is the big question for Islander fans.

As far as a trade is concerned, unless the Islanders suddenly conclude that they are in rebuilding mode (which they won't, at least this season), and while they remain in the playoff hunt, expect Streit to wear orange and blue through the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign.  

NHL Trade Snapshots: Ducks, Steckel, Devils, DeBoer

According to a link posted at nbcsports.com, David Steckel is happy with his trade to the Anaheim Ducks, based on their success this season.  While the Ducks have deep talent at the center position, the Wisconsin native will have a chance to contribute and make a run at the Cup based on the way his new team has been performing.

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer believes that they have enough talent to perform better than they have been, and get back into the top eight teams within the Eastern Conference, according to a post at Fire and Ice on northjersey.com.  The Devils were dropped out of the top eight with a loss to the New York Rangers on March 19.  As far as any moves to be made before the trade deadline, DeBoer understands that is for "Lou to decide", meaning GM Lou Lamoriello.   

Michael Del Zotto Should Stay with New York Rangers at Trade Deadline

According to Larry Brooks at nypost.com, the New York Rangers are looking to add a right-shooting defenseman and some depth at wing.  Brooks indicates that Michael Del Zotto is the Rangers most marketable commodity.  He also thinks that it's hard to see New York coming out ahead on any transaction involving Del Zotto, as he has been one of their best blueliners, particularly on the offensive side of the puck.

Del Zotto is signed through the 2013-14 season, with an annual cap hit of $2.55 million according to capgeek.com.  The 22-year-old defenseman put ten pucks in the net last season while assisting on 31 more scores.  He's on a similar pace this season with three goals and nine assists through 27 contests.

With the Rangers in contention for a playoff spot, and the standings so close in this lockout-shortened season, it is doubtful that New York would let go of such a young significant asset as Del Zotto.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Red Wings, Smid, Sharks, Clowe, Murray

Are the Detroit Red Wings interested in Ladislav Smid as the trade deadline approaches?  That's the word posted recently at cbssports.com.  The ninth overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft is not an offensive force, but he is described as a "shutdown" defenseman.

Do the San Jose Sharks need a reset?  A fresh coat of paint?  Yes, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.  But you will not see a full rebuild of the team.  According to LeBrun:
You’re not going to see a full rebuild in San Jose. It’s a market that despite years and years of sellouts probably wouldn’t support a full bottoming-out and redressing of the roster. In fact, the last time the Sharks missed the playoffs, in 2002-03, it’s believed the club lost around 3,000 season-ticket holders the following offseason.
Two unrestricted free agents who will need to be addressed by the Sharks prior to the trade deadline are Ryan Clowe and Doug Murray.  With the Sharks in position to make the playoffs this season, they would likely not trade either of these players for draft picks.  If they feel a player could be acquired that would put them in a better position to make a run at the Cup, that's a different story.


Ron Hainsey and Nik Antropov Too Good for Winnipeg to Trade?

Are Ron Hainsey and Nik Antropov too good to trade?  That's the thrust of a recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press by Gary Lawless.  The two are set to become unrestricted free agents after this season, but their play of late is putting them in the category of "keepers".

Both of these players may not put the puck in the net themselves, on a regular basis, but they sure know how to set their teammates up to score as evidenced by their tallies in the assist column.

With the Jets in contention for the Southeast Division title this season, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would likely not move either player, as they have been key contributors to the success in Winnipeg so far.  

Corey Perry Re-signed by Anaheim Ducks for 8 Years

Corey Perry has been inked to an eight-year extension by the Anaheim Ducks, in a deal very similar to the one his teammate Ryan Getzlaf just agreed to, according to SI.com.  It's reported that Perry's deal is for $69 million in total.  

This now takes Perry's name off the most interesting players list for the April 3 trade deadline.  With both the  2010-11 NHL MVP and Getzlaf re-signed and happy, the Ducks can continue their push towards the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

This move may have come as a surprise to some as rumors were that Perry wasn't so sure he wanted to remain in Anaheim.  To most hockey fans though, it is a positive, as we get to continue to watch Perry and Getzlaf work together in one of the best NHL tandems today.  

2013 NHL Free Agents - Simon Gagne

Simon Gagne will become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2012-13 NHL season.  His cap hit stands at $3.5 million according to capgeek.com.  The 33-year old winger was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Edmonton Oilers this season.

Gagne hasn't been producing at his usual offensive clip this season, but his change of scenery back to Philly has seemed to kick start his scoring.
Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
1999-00 19 PHI 80 20 28 48 19 11 22 11 8 1 4 159 12.6 14:59
2000-01 20 PHI 69 27 32 59 24 24 18 21 6 0 7 191 14.1 18:05
2001-02 21 PHI 79 33 33 66 27 31 32 28 4 1 7 199 16.6 18:09
2002-03 22 PHI 46 9 18 27 10 20 16 7 1 1 3 115 7.8 17:24
2003-04 23 PHI 80 24 21 45 18 12 29 18 6 0 6 211 11.4 16:27
2005-06 25 PHI 72 47 32 79 34 31 38 33 12 2 7 334 14.1 20:46
2006-07 26 PHI 76 41 27 68 29 2 30 26 13 2 4 291 14.1 21:02
2007-08 27 PHI 25 7 11 18 7 -8 4 2 5 0 2 76 9.2 18:09
2008-09 28 PHI 79 34 40 74 30 21 42 18 12 4 3 221 15.4 19:01
2009-10 29 PHI 58 17 23 40 15 -1 47 12 5 0 4 183 9.3 18:37
2010-11 30 TBL 63 17 23 40 15 -12 20 10 7 0 3 154 11.0 16:53
2011-12 31 LAK 34 7 10 17 6 -1 18 6 0 1 2 75 9.3 17:59
2012-13 32 TOT 19 2 6 8 3 -1 4 0 2 0 0 36 5.6 13:59
2012-13 32 LAK 11 0 5 5 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 20 0.0 13:46
2012-13 32 PHI 8 2 1 3 1 -3 2 0 2 0 0 16 12.5 14:17
Career 780 285 304 589 238 129 320 192 81 12 52 2245 12.7 18:02
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/19/2013.

Outlook
The Flyers are expected to be tight under next season's reduced cap.  If they can't entice Gagne to stay with a steep discount to his current salary, expect the unrestricted free agent to wind up on a team with a need for veteran experience and a team with more room under the cap.  

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