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Dallas and San Jose have traded Defensemen.


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A pair of defencemen switched places on Friday afternoon when the Dallas Stars shipped Brenden Dillon to the San Jose Sharks for Jason Demers. The Stars will also receive a third-round draft pick in 2016.

Dillon, 24, is in his third NHL campaign. He has an assist in 20 games played and is averaging close to 21 minutes a night in ice-time. Dillon is making $1.25 million this season and will be a restricted free agent at year's end. The New Westminster, BC native was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

A sixth-year NHLer, Demers has three assists this season also in 20 games played. Demers is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $6.8 million. Demers, a native of Dorval, Quebec, played his junior hockey with Moncton of the QMJHL before being taken in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks.



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I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

Dallas had to do something.  With all the moves they made they were expected to be one of the top teams in the NHL this season.   They have been mediocre at best and at times downright horrible.


I don't know that I would have made that trade were I in charge of the Stars  as I am a fan of Dillon's as well.   The recent trades of Gonchar and Dillon are likely a message that anyone could be traded if the ship isn't righted.

With the way teams such as Vancouver, Calgary and even Winnipeg have played the Stars need to turn it around fast as beyond a certain point in the season teams don't really alter their position that much.  5 points out of a playoff spot now could turn into double digits in the space of a week and then you'll see a bigger shakeup.



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Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

Dallas had to do something.  

Both teams needed to do something. I still think San Jose will soon either trade a major player or fire their Coach.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

Dallas had to do something.  

Both teams needed to do something. I still think San Jose will soon either trade a major player or fire their Coach.

The coach will be fired first.  There's talk of trading Tyler Kennedy, who isn't a major player even when healthy.  Once Stalock is healthy Niemi might be gone.   Of the two I want Dallas to get better.  San Jose can fuck off and die.   Never really liked them.



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Speaking of trades there is a rumour floating around that Boston and Winnipeg are close to completing a 4 player trade. Apparently Boston would send LW/RW Loui Eriksson and D Torey Krug to Winnipeg in exchange for LW Evander Kane and a D prospect or draft pick.  



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Speaking of trades there is a rumour floating around that Boston and Winnipeg are close to completing a 4 player trade. Apparently Boston would send LW/RW Loui Eriksson and D Torey Krug to Winnipeg in exchange for LW Evander Kane and a D prospect or draft pick.  
So many Evander Kane trade rumours I can't keep track any more.  He's not one of my favorite players by a long shot but he is talented.  He can't hit the net with his shot unless the goal were to suddenly be made 9 feet high and he's a bit of a combination of hot head/whiner/punk.  Outside of Josh Morrissey I don't know that any other D prospect stand out and Chevaldayoff would be shot dead if he traded Morrissey.  As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?



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from sportsnet.ca:

30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman

1. When Alexander Ovechkin decided to leave an established agency and be represented by his parents, I worked on a story for Hockey Night In Canada about whether or not the salary cap would make this a trend. The piece was never completed, but it became very clear during the process some teams were incredibly wary of it. One of the reasons was exactly what Jack Johnson went through. Who would manage the money? There’s no guarantee, but there are many agents in hockey with good reputations for financial advice.

2. The other reason clubs didn’t like it? There was no objective buffer to speak to when a player went through tough times. Kelly Hrudey said there were occasions he wasn’t playing well, his team would call his agent to see if something was up and the agent would call him to check. He liked that. Loved ones can complicate the process. Glenn Healy talked about Ovechkin’s situation earlier this season, with some controversy. Glenn delivers his messages with a little less subtlety than Kelly, though.

3. Would the Oilers part with Martin Marincin if he could bring them someone who eases their issues down the middle?

4. Obviously, Edmonton has nothing to say about that, but here’s what I suspect the team may be thinking: Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference and Nikita Nikitin are signed for at least another season. They have a lot invested in Justin Schultz. Oscar Klefbom is ready for an extended look and Darnell Nurse could be there next year. They desperately need a centre and what they’ve offered so far isn’t getting a sniff. If Marincin could bring back value, there might be a match.

5. I’m a Marincin fan. I like what he’s done in short bursts. There are execs/scouts who disagree. One who was not a fan in his draft year said last week, “He has come a lot farther than I thought.” So, we’ll see.

6. Another team dangling young defenders is Pittsburgh. The Penguins were already interested in a winger, and that increases with Pascal Dupuis’s absence. Asked a few other teams about their prospects, and the one who stood out is Derrick Pouliot. Would Pittsburgh really do that? He’s 20, first year as a pro, with 11 points in 12 AHL games. Can’t imagine it would be cheap.

7. Another exec on a second Pittsburgh prospect, Scott Harrington: “He’s different than their other young defencemen. He’s more of a solid, stay-at-home player. I could see there being interest in him. But, you wonder how important they consider him because he’s different than the other ones they have.”

8. Once asked a Penguin why Dupuis fits in so well with Sidney Crosby. He said, “Duper is not worried about what he needs. He’s worried about what Sid needs.” Think that says a lot about him. Get healthy and get back, Pascal.

9. In a league where useful defencemen are a hot commodity, surprising no one claimed Arizona’s David Schlemko on waivers. Could be a cap issue. Curious to see if Vancouver is interested after Dan Hamhuis’s Thursday night injury. Two years ago, Schlemko was asked who had the biggest influence on his hockey career. Answer: Willie Desjardins.

10. Teams that make waiver claims but don’t get them are to be kept anonymous. Would be surprised, however, if the Coyotes did not take a run at Andrej Nestrasil.

11. Arizona’s going through an in-season philosophical change, trying to breathe new energy into its roster with some of its youth. Brandon Gormley is back after a rough exhibition start. Lucas Lessio and Tobias Rieder are getting looks, too. (That’s why Nestrasil made sense.) Other managers were wondering if that meant Don Maloney was in total sell mode, but after the GM meetings, word is not yet. Apparently, he told compatriots he wants to see how this goes and doesn’t think it’s smart to have a team full of 22-year-olds out there.

12. During an intense film session the morning after their 9-2 loss to Nashville, Toronto’s coaches deconstructed everything about the team’s forecheck. The Maple Leafs are supposed to play an aggressive 1-2-2 pursuit, but it was anything but that. “They showed us gliding to the puck,” one player said. “It was bad.” “We were slow getting there,” another added. “And when (the Predators) came out at us, they didn’t like how the defence reacted, either.”

13. It was a cacophony of craziness in Canada’s largest city after ugly losses to Buffalo and Nashville, but the guess here is there will be no quick-fix moves in that organization. Everything is being done with long-term in mind. Aside from Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis, there aren’t too many people who really know the personnel from an inside perspective. That’s critical. When it’s a gong show — which happens often in Toronto — you need to know who you can count on. Who can handle it? Who crumbles? You need time to figure out the answer when you have little first-hand experience with the individuals. You also have to wonder if Brendan Shanahan wants to give whoever he is planning to bring in next summer an opportunity to shape the franchise.

14. Does it matter if Phil Kessel talks to the media? The only time I’ve ever seen it become a problem is when teammates start to say, “Why do I have to answer for this and he doesn’t?”

15. It seems like James Neal is shooting more than ever, but the numbers don’t back up that assertion. His 82-game pace is 289 shots for this year, better than 2012-13 (279), but lower than 2011-12 (337) and last season (331). What he does say is the mentality is different. “When you’re playing with Crosby or (Evgeni) Malkin, it’s hard not to be looking for them. Now, I’m not thinking that way.”

16. He had a good line about his new centre, Mike Ribeiro, who he knows from Dallas. “We’re pretty honest with each other,” he laughed. “If he makes a bad pass, I’ll tell him. If I don’t take advantage of a good pass, he’ll tell me.”

17. When the Penguins played the Predators in October, Neal told Pittsburgh reporters he did not demand a trade. He repeated it, without prompting, last weekend. He wants this to be common knowledge.

18. Matt Cullen, 1,161 games into a real good career, admits he is thinking about the end. He’s going to wait until the season concludes, but says he will consider retirement if he drops below what he expects from himself. “I don’t want to be frustrated with who I am on the ice,” he said this week. So far, though, he feels pretty good.

19. Adam Lowry had a terrific story about lining up for a faceoff against Eric Nystrom. “He turned to me and said, ‘Are you (Dave’s) son?’” Lowry said. “I told him I was, and he said, ‘(Bleep), I’m old.’” Dave Lowry coached Nystrom in Calgary.

20. The Jets shook off a slow start to work their way back up. It was interesting to hear some of their players describe the turnaround. Captain Andrew Ladd said the team did a better job forcing opponents outside through the neutral zone. Both Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler used to the term “selfish” to describe early season play. As in, Winnipeg rid itself of some bad habits. What changed things? Wheeler said it was five points out of six in New Jersey, Manhattan and Chicago despite just two non-shootout goals. “That’s when we learned you didn’t have to worry only about offence to win.”

21. A week ago, Jets coach Paul Maurice removed TJ Galiardi from the lineup in order to help Michael Frolik get going. The idea was to give the pending UFA some penalty kill time, since he’s got history in that role. (Galiardi also does that job.) His minutes haven’t gone up, and he’s still not a top option when Winnipeg is down a man. Despite that, Frolik, a pretty useful player, rallied with four points in his last three games. Heard the two sides tried to get a deal done last summer, but could not get there. Something to watch.

22. Asked a couple of teams about the Jori Lehtera-Jaden Schwartz-Vladimir Tarasenko line, which is on an absolute tear. Schwartz draws a lot of comparisons to Brendan Gallagher, “but more talented,” as one coach said. “Lots of energy there. Plays big.” When Lehtera came over in the summer, a few scouts who’d seen him overseas wondered about his skating. Don’t think there are too many questions now. “A perfect fit on that team,” one of them said. He’s also “a load” in the face-off dot.

23. Tarasenko, who plays on his off-wing, “Loves to gain the blueline, then stop and get the defence to back off,” one coach said. “If you don’t get back pressure on him, he will get across the middle. Then you’re in trouble, because he can make plays or shoot from the slot.” Another exec: “Every time he gets it, he’s a threat. They probably want him to shoot more. He can put it between a defender’s legs or through a screen. And when he shoots, it’s hard for a goalie to stop the puck cleanly. It is tough to control.”

24. Darren Pang had a good story about Lehtera. Ville Siren, then a St. Louis scout, wanted to take him in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. But he wanted to speak to Lehtera before making the choice, so as not to waste it if the player didn’t want to come. They couldn’t reach him and decided against the risk. One year later, the Blues took him in the third round. Siren and Jarmo Kekalainen, now in Columbus, undoubtedly love re-alignment, since their draftees can only torture them twice a year.

25. If the NHL debates three-on-three overtime at the March GM meetings, will the format be slightly different? The AHL uses a seven-minute extra period. The switch from four-on-four comes at the first whistle after three minutes of play. It’s possible the NHL stays at five minutes, meaning the switch comes at the first whistle after 2:30.

26. Video review for goaltender interference is going to be a tough one. At last week’s get-together, eight disputed situations from this season were shown. After several angles, 28 GMs voted on whether it should be a goal or not. (The two teams involved were excluded.) I don’t have the final tallies, but some of them were extremely close and none were unanimous. The league understands it cannot allow any system that creates more problems than it solves.

27. Here are three examples you can try with your friends: Ryan Reaves, Oct. 25 (voted by GMs as no-goal); Brayden Schenn, Oct. 28 (voted as a good goal); and Corey Perry, Nov. 2 (voted no-goal).

28. There were reports a couple of weeks ago that the NHL was considering the return of the glowing puck. As far as I can tell, that’s not correct. I do believe the league is considering a chip inside the puck for tracking purposes, just as it is considering tracking players. Maybe that’s the confusion.

29. There are parallels between Slava Voynov’s legal case and Adrian Peterson’s. The NFL kept Peterson on a paid suspension until his situation was settled, then added additional penalties. Voynov was charged on Thursday, but the NHL did not alter its current position — a paid suspension. Will it also wait until the judicial system runs its course?

30. During CBC’s coverage of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, I was heading into the crowd at Montreal’s Bell Centre to interview then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. I was so focused on that, I walked into a hilarious exchange. Someone saw a microphone-holding reporter and asked, “Who are you going to talk to?” “The Prime Minister,” I replied. “Are you a baseball fan?” he asked. (Absolutely.) “Well, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is here and you should interview him.” “I’d love to,” I said. “Where is he?” Of course, the guy talking to me was Russell Martin. Shouldn’t have too much trouble recognizing him the next five years.



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Angelic Assassin wrote: As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
I like Loui a lot and was happy when he came over in the Seguin trade but I think the 25 to 30 goal and 65 to 70 point Eriksson is gone and will never to come back. I'm not sure if it's the different style they play in Boston or the 2 concussions he got last year but he is definitely not the same player Boston traded for. I like the makeup of the 3rd line in Boston ( Eriksson - Soderberg - Kelly ) but if Boston can upgrade their 1st line then I say go for it. I'm not a big Kane fan either ( way too much focus on off-ice stuff ) but if Boston gets him and puts him with Krejci and Lucic that would be one hell of a 1st line.


Angelic Assassin wrote:I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
Krug would definitely help out Winnipeg's PP. I could see Boston trading away Krug only if they feel Joe Morrow is ready for full-time NHL duty. Morrow is also an offensive blueliner although he hasn't shown much so far in the NHL. Boston's management also might be thinking Krug is going to ask for too much money after his current 1 year deal runs out. 






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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
I like Loui a lot and was happy when he came over in the Seguin trade but I think the 25 to 30 goal and 65 to 70 point Eriksson is gone and will never to come back. I'm not sure if it's the different style they play in Boston or the 2 concussions he got last year but he is definitely not the same player Boston traded for. I like the makeup of the 3rd line in Boston ( Eriksson - Soderberg - Kelly ) but if Boston can upgrade their 1st line then I say go for it. I'm not a big Kane fan either ( way too much focus on off-ice stuff ) but if Boston gets him and puts him with Krejci and Lucic that would be one hell of a 1st line.


Angelic Assassin wrote:I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
Krug would definitely help out Winnipeg's PP. I could see Boston trading away Krug only if they feel Joe Morrow is ready for full-time NHL duty. Morrow is also an offensive blueliner although he hasn't shown much so far in the NHL. Boston's management also might be thinking Krug is going to ask for too much money after his current 1 year deal runs out. 




Pretty much agree with everything there.  With the Habs having 20M tied up in 4 D men next year and Beaulieu and Tinordi both RFA's I don't see a fir for Krug never mind being able to pay him the 5M a year he's going to want.   That doesn't even include whatever the hell the Habs are going to do with Magnus Nygren and I'm willing to bet one of Gonchar, Allen or Weaver will be brought back next season or someone similar brought in.  Galchenyuk  and Gallagher will get decent coin up front so the Habs might find themselves a little short of cap space to take on something like Krug.  Cap might only go up a couple million which the way salaries are going will be no more than for a 4th line plug.
Bringing in Gonchar and Allen though makes it apparent that the Habs aren't ready to hand major minutes to Beaulieu or Tinordi.  I don't mind Gilbert or Weaver for what they are but bringing in Allen to me just makes the D older and slower.   Subban for the money he's making needs to be better and stop making all the bonehead plays he makes by trying to be too aggressive with the puck.

BTW I like to rag you about the Bruins  because well, I'm an ahole.  Seriously I'm an Original 6 guy and after the Habs and the Hawks the Bruins are my favorite teams not counting the necessary allegiance to the hometown Jets.  I don't want Eriksson in a Jets uniform but they could use a little improvement up front.  I would like to see Thorburn out of the lineup, not that I hate him I just cringe that as soon as we have an injury he's playing on the second line.   The Jets will stcik around for awhile and then Pavelec will remember who he is and we'll be swirling the drain in no time.  



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
I like Loui a lot and was happy when he came over in the Seguin trade but I think the 25 to 30 goal and 65 to 70 point Eriksson is gone and will never to come back. I'm not sure if it's the different style they play in Boston or the 2 concussions he got last year but he is definitely not the same player Boston traded for. I like the makeup of the 3rd line in Boston ( Eriksson - Soderberg - Kelly ) but if Boston can upgrade their 1st line then I say go for it. I'm not a big Kane fan either ( way too much focus on off-ice stuff ) but if Boston gets him and puts him with Krejci and Lucic that would be one hell of a 1st line.


Angelic Assassin wrote:I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
Krug would definitely help out Winnipeg's PP. I could see Boston trading away Krug only if they feel Joe Morrow is ready for full-time NHL duty. Morrow is also an offensive blueliner although he hasn't shown much so far in the NHL. Boston's management also might be thinking Krug is going to ask for too much money after his current 1 year deal runs out. 




Pretty much agree with everything there.  With the Habs having 20M tied up in 4 D men next year and Beaulieu and Tinordi both RFA's I don't see a fir for Krug never mind being able to pay him the 5M a year he's going to want.   That doesn't even include whatever the hell the Habs are going to do with Magnus Nygren and I'm willing to bet one of Gonchar, Allen or Weaver will be brought back next season or someone similar brought in.  Galchenyuk  and Gallagher will get decent coin up front so the Habs might find themselves a little short of cap space to take on something like Krug.  Cap might only go up a couple million which the way salaries are going will be no more than for a 4th line plug.
Bringing in Gonchar and Allen though makes it apparent that the Habs aren't ready to hand major minutes to Beaulieu or Tinordi.  I don't mind Gilbert or Weaver for what they are but bringing in Allen to me just makes the D older and slower.   Subban for the money he's making needs to be better and stop making all the bonehead plays he makes by trying to be too aggressive with the puck.

BTW I like to rag you about the Bruins  because well, I'm an ahole.  Seriously I'm an Original 6 guy and after the Habs and the Hawks the Bruins are my favorite teams not counting the necessary allegiance to the hometown Jets.  I don't want Eriksson in a Jets uniform but they could use a little improvement up front.  I would like to see Thorburn out of the lineup, not that I hate him I just cringe that as soon as we have an injury he's playing on the second line.   The Jets will stcik around for awhile and then Pavelec will remember who he is and we'll be swirling the drain in no time.  



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Angelic Assassin wrote: BTW I like to rag you about the Bruins  because well, I'm an ahole.   
Nah - you're not an Ahole.....just a Habs fan. Bruin fans and Habs fans should rag on each other whenever possible. Part of the fun of being a sports fan is ragging on fans of your most hated rival. We're like cats and dogs - it might look like we're getting along OK but you know deep down that things could get ugly very quickly. 



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The NHL and the NHLPA have come to an agreement that will provide the Los Angeles Kings with immediate salary cap relief as it pertains to the contract of defenseman Slava Voynov.

Voynov has spent nearly the past month in legal limbo since his arrest on October 22 for suspicion of domestic violence. On Thursday the L.A. County District Attorney's office decided to charge Voynov with a felony count of spousal abuse.

Shortly after Voynov's arrest the NHL acted to suspend Voynov indefinitely with pay. Due to a reported disagreement between the NHL and NHLPA, Voynov has remained on the Kings books throughout this process, which has limited the club's flexibility and on multiple occasions over the past few weeks has resulted in the defending Stanley Cup champions playing a man short.

Apparently the two sides have reached a compromise, according to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press:

"NHL & NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s salary & bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception"

— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) November 21, 2014
Voynov is signed to a contract with a $4.166 million cap hit that runs through the 2018-19 season. For the time being the Kings will receive cap-relief of the same amount as the average annual value of Voynov's deal.

The 24-year-old is due to appear in court on Dec. 1.

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Denver, CO - Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy announced Friday that forward Alex Tanguay has a facial fracture and won't play in Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tanguay, who leads the team with seven goals, suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to Washington. There is no prognosis on how much time he will miss.

The Avalanche also placed forwards Dennis Everberg and Jamie McGinn and defenseman Brad Stuart on injured reserve.

Everberg, a 22-year-old rookie from Sweden, is out indefinitely after suffering a separated shoulder on a third-period hit by the Capitals' Tom Wilson.

McGinn missed Thursday's game with a back injury, while Stuart hasn't played since Nov. 4 because of a hamstring injury.

The Avalanche recalled forwards Andrew Agozzino, Ben Street and Tomas Vincour from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League to fill the roster spots.

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The NHL has announced the new date for tonight's postponed game in Buffalo.


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The postponed game between the NY Rangers and Buffalo Sabres originally scheduled to be played tonight, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center, the National Hockey League announced today.

The game between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, scheduled to be played that night in Buffalo, has been moved to Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m., ET.



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