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2014 NHL playoffs preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

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Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens faces Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Ligntning

The showdown between Carey Price (left) and Steven Stamkos (right) will be a key to the series. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Regular season recaps

Nov. 12: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)

Dec. 28: Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (SO)

Feb. 1: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

April 1: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1

Notable injuries

Lightning: G Ben Bishop (wrist, day-to-day), F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day), F Valtteri Filppula (lower body, day-to-day), F Ryan Malone (personal/legal, day-to-day)

Canadiens: F Travis Moen (concussion, out indefinitely), F Alex Galchenyuk (lower body, out indefinitely), F Brandon Prust (upper body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • NHL 2014 playoff stretch drive trade pickups that are paying off … or not

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    Thomas Vanek of the Montreal Canadiens

    After escaping from Long Island, Thomas Vanek has ignited the Canadiens’ offense. (Terry Renna/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Most hockey trades can’t, and shouldn’t, be judged for years. They deserve time to play out, to tip the scales as the players make their marks during their tenure with their new teams.

    NHL deadline trades, though, are different. They’re unique because the expectations of the partners in the deal vary so widely.

    One team takes the long view, hoping that a pile of magic beans eventually yields a top-six scorer, a sturdy defender or, at the very least, a low-dough roster-filler who can help it stay under the cap. For the other side, the payoff must be microwaved — delivered hot and fast with an eye set on playoff success. It doesn’t matter how the other side of the equation — next season and beyond — plays out. Executed properly, these deals pay off quickly and then it’s on to the next thing.

    Here are six players who switched sweaters at this year’s deadline and are on the verge of paying those immediate dividends … and three more who could be downgraded to junk status.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Top Line: James Neal gets away with mayhem; longest NHL game; more

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal’s unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh’s leadership and the league’s justice system.

    • The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you’ll see.

    • It’s not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It’s how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won’t be back behind Vancouver’s bench next season.

    Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.

    • “Life is a series of adjustments,” says David Poile. Nashville’s GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Miller, Luongo among players making immediate impact with new teams

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    David Legwand's start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    David Legwand’s start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The dust has settled from the NHL trade deadline and now it’s time for teams to get down to business as the playoffs approach. But first, let’s take a look at some of the more notable traded players in their fresh starts with their new teams.
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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Top Line: Deadline trade grades; Garth Snow on thin ice?; more links

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    Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin

    Why is this man smiling? Montreal GM Marc Bergevin had a very good deadline day. (Ryan Remiorz/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jim Matheson offers grades for each team that took part in trade deadline activity and says it was a better day for buyers than for sellers. Hard to argue with that assessment considering how little money prime scorers with expiring contracts fetched on the market.

    • Eric Duhatschek agrees with Matheson’s assessment, saying that there won’t be any cases of buyer’s remorse when the league’s general managers wake up this morning.

    • Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin went from being burned in effigy to being elected mayor of Fickleville after his deadline-beating deal that brought Thomas Vanek to Montreal.

    • It’s pretty clear that  Garth Snow is no Rumpelsiltskin after he failed in his efforts to spin Vanek into gold, but the Islanders GM is well situated for success a few months down the road when the draft rolls around. That, however, begs the question: Should Snow be the one who is allowed to call the shots in June?

    • Rory Boylen lists the Canadiens, the Kings, the Rangers, the Capitals and the Senators as his five winners of deadline day.

    • Adam Proteau takes issue with Boylen’s acclaim for Washington, saying that its acquisitions don’t make the team a sure thing for the playoffs, let alone a contender.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Steve Yzerman pays price, trades Martin St. Louis to New York Rangers

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    Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning was traded to the New York Rangers

    Pouting his way out of Tampa Bay after his Sochi snub has stained Martin St. Louis’s reputation. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Steve Yzerman demonstrated his character and integrity when he decided not to overrule the management group decision to exclude Martin St. Louis on Team Canada’s original Sochi Olympic roster. And it cost him.

    The Lightning GM’s relationship with Tampa Bay’s captain turned toxic in the wake of that perceived snub, so much so that even the eventual inclusion of St. Louis as an injury replacement couldn’t soothe the raw feelings.

    And so Yzerman was forced on Wednesday to do the unthinkable. Faced with a star who no longer wanted to play for him, he traded the NHL’s fifth-leading scorer to the Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and a pair of draft picks.

    DEADLINE DAY BLOG: Trade rumors and analysis | TRADE TRACKER

    It’s easy to argue that Yzerman made the best deal he could under the circumstances. St. Louis wasn’t just in full pout. He only wanted to go to one team and, having a no trade clause in his back pocket, he had the power to ensure that New York was exactly where he went.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Top Line: Roberto Luongo trade fallout; Ryan Callahan deadline drama; more

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    Roberto Luongo at the Heritage Classic

    Being benched for the Heritage Classic led to Roberto Luongo’s stunning exit from Vancouver. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie hopped on the NHL Network to share some late-night trade gossip, including insight into what prompted the Roberto Luongo deal.

    • The Luongo trade marks the end of one of the most grievously mishandled talent surpluses hockey has ever seen. Does it mean the end of Vancouver’s playoff chances as well?

    • David Hyde says that the deal for Luongo feels more like a desperate cry for attention than a bold move toward respectability for the Panthers.

    • The Luongo trade forced the Canucks to dress a backup who hasn’t played in nine years.

    • Contract talks continue between the Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan, but the time to come to a new agreement is rapidly running out. Fans of both don’t care which side blinks first, as long as one of them does.

    • The upstart Avalanche knocked off the Blackhawks last night to pull to within one point of the defending Stanley Cup champs in the Central Division. Nathan MacKinnon also etched his name alongside Wayne Gretzky’s in the NHL record book. Pretty good night for Colorado, all things considered.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Top Line: Pat LaFontaine shocker, Ryan Miller’s new era, more links

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    Craig Patrick, Pat LaFontaine and Tim Murray of the Buffalo Sabres

    Pat LaFontaine (center) seems to have lost a power struggle in Buffalo’s front office. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By John Rolfe

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Bucky Gleason examines the abrupt resignation of Sabres hockey ops president Pat LaFontaine, a stunning development that suggests the dual boogeymen of discord and dysfunction have barged into Buffalo’s seemingly sunny front office. Apparently, the Ryan Miller trade was the product of a power struggle that was lost by the Hall of Famer, who loved working with the Sabres but now returns to the NHL and his former gig in the department of player safety. What this bodes for the rebuilding team should be interesting.

    • Meanwhile, Ryan Miller is more than happy to be making a fresh start in St. Louis.

    • Playing outdoors is nice and all, but its appeal is clearly limited, as Vancouver has learned. Seats are still available for today’s Heritage Classic, which has been hurt by the lack of rivalry between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators as well as the teams’ underwhelming play this season. A rematch of the 1915 Stanley Cup Final hasn’t exactly made fans stampede to the box office, but the game should have its charms.

    • With Eddie Lack getting the start for the Canucks in today’s marquee event, what does it mean for Roberto Luongo?

    • Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says he’s not giving much thought to the trade deadline despite his team’s struggles of late–Saturday night’s outdoor demolition of the Penguins notwithstanding.

    • The Penguins, who have some issues to address, may be very interested in Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler.

    • In his Sunday collection of thoughts and observations, Larry Brooks of the New York Post says the Rangers have done all they can to keep Ryan Callahan, an impending UFA, but the Blueshirts’ captain has every right to wonder why he’s being asked to take less than he thinks he’s worth when GM Glen Sather has had a habit of lavishing riches on some pretty questionable imports.

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  • Published On Mar 02, 2014
  • New York Rangers sign Dan Girardi to 6-year, $33 million extension

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    Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers

    A gamble: Defenseman Dan Girardi has been durable, but for how much longer? (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Rangers steamed toward next week’s NHL trade deadline with two pending free agents, but only one that they couldn’t afford not to sign.

    Today they got that deal done, inking defenseman Dan Girardi to a long-term extension. Sources are reporting the terms as six years with an average annual value of $5.5 million and a full no-movement clause for the first three seasons, plus a modified no-trade clause for the final three.

    That’s a raise of more than $2 million per year over his expiring deal, but Giradi still took a hometown discount. Expectations were that he’d have received offers topping $6 million per year in free agency, despite playing a primarily defensive game.

    In return though, the Rangers are assuming some risk. Girardi has been surprisingly resilient, missing just four games during his eight NHL seasons, but the physical sacrifice practiced by the 29-year-old will be harder to maintain as he racks up the miles.

    The signing takes the best defenseman off the market just ahead of the trade deadline, leaving Cup contenders to fight over the likes of Andrew MacDonald, Henrik Tallinder, Alex Edler and possibly Chris Phillips.

    The deal also seems to put an end to any chance that the Rangers will be able to re-sign captain Ryan Callahan. The contract demands of the pending UFA–rumored to be six years and $42 million–price him out of the team’s reach.

    More to come.


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Phil Esposito goes bananas over Martin St. Louis trade rumor (NSFW)

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    Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito

    Talklng a blue streak: Phil Esposito’s rant is the Hall of Famer at his unvarnished best … or worst. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Anyone who has heard Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito on Sirius/XM’s NHL Network Radio knows that he’s willing to work a little blue on occasion to make a point. It’s all part of his rough-hewed charm.

    But earlier this week, Espo found an online outlet that offered him the leeway to express himself in a less guarded fashion. And the results are certainly soiled, if not solid, gold.

    Asked for his take on the reports that Martin St. Louis will be traded to the Rangers, the former Lightning GM, who’s now an on-air Tampa Bay analyst, let loose with an expletive-filled rant, ripping the source of the rumor — New York Post writer Larry Brooks — before admitting that there might be some basis to the story. St. Louis had reportedly requested the trade after being snubbed for the Olympic by Team Canada and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. What Esposito’s screed lacks in adherence to the Socratic Method, it makes up for with frothing vitriol.

    WARNING: Esposito’s oratory is wildly not safe for work or small children or nursing mothers. But it is pretty amusing. Listen here if you dare.


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014


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