Steve Kournianos Contributor @TheDraftAnalyst Updated at 1:59 p.m. ET Updated at 1:59 p.m. ET A flurry of last-minute deals, highlighted by the trade that sent Ottawa’s Mark Stone to Vegas for bluechip prospect Erik Brannstrom, made Monday’s NHL trade deadline one of the busiest days for player swaps in several years. By the time the final trade was announced a little after the official deadline of 3 p.m. ET, a total of 23 moves involving 35 players and 17 future draft picks had been completed. Aside from the NHL Draft weekend in late June, the last week in February has become the busiest period on the schedule for player movement. Before the day even began, there were several high-profile players who were already moved. The biggest deal took place Friday when the Senators shipped center Matt Duchene to Columbus for a pair of prospects and high draft picks. Additional … [Read more...] about How every NHL prospect traded at 2019 deadline fits with new organization
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The Bruins are still in the playoff picture, and there is light at the end of the tunnel for Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara returning to the lineup. Everything should be happiness, sunshine and light in the world of the Black and Gold, right? Well, it never seems to be the case in the Hagg Bag mailbag. So here once again are the real tweets from people to my twitter account, real messages to my NBCS Facebook fan page and real emails to my [email protected] email account. Without further ado, let’s get on to the bag: More than just a contract swap because I think each team would benefit. Lucic for Backes? Or, do you believe Edmonton and Boston just won't make a trade? --Donald Cronk (@bignursedon) JH: I still believe that Edmonton and Boston won’t make a trade based on past histories, and based on the no-movement clause for David Backes. Not many players with NMC’s are going to agree to uproot their young family and move to Edmonton in the middle of winter. … [Read more...] about Hagg Bag: More ideas for Bruins roster improvements
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Dec. 14, 2018 In a post-William-Nylander contract-is-signed world, the big question around the Maple Leafs these days is grit. Do they have enough? The question tends to be asked in a way that suggests a trade needs to be made, a body added. I’m not sure it’s the right question. I’m all in on a fast, skilled lineup where all four lines can go. That’s what Kyle Dubas wants. It’s the way the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups. I understand this raises questions about sandpaper, and fighting. The question has to be whether these young, skilled players are willing to sacrifice themselves. Block shots, for example. Put in the work. Put in tireless efforts. Never give up on a play. That’s grit in a skilled way. It doesn’t mean finishing your check (that saps too much energy) or going in elbows high to “send a message.” Now, I do think Mike Babcock might like a … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Do the Leafs have enough grit?
Evaluating NHL coaches is a tricky thing that nobody seems to have mastered. Look no further than the recent “coach of the year” winners and how quickly many of them have been fired. Sometimes it is comically fast. A lot of times what we think is a great coach with a great system can just be a team with a great goalie. Sometimes a bad coach can be an otherwise good team that is getting crushed by an underperforming goalie. It is not just fans or media that get caught in this trap. Sometimes the teams themselves — the people that get paid significant amounts of money to make these decisions — get caught up in it as well. Sometimes they make a change too quickly and discard a good coach because the goalie isn’t stopping shots they should be stopping, or because pucks simply aren’t going in the net for too long of a stretch. Or, perhaps even worse, they can hang on too long because a superstar goalie is masking all of the team’s deficiencies. … [Read more...] about PHT Power Rankings: Best in-season NHL coaching changes