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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
  • WATCH: New Hab Vanek steals spotlight from Roy’s return with hat trick

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    By Nick Stoico

    Surely Thomas Vanek appreciates Patrick Roy’s legacy in Montreal, but that didn’t stop him from stealing the Hall-of-Famer’s thunder on Tuesday. On the night that Roy made his first appearance the city as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Vanek scored his first goal as a Hab en route to a hat trick in their 6-3 win.
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  • Published On Mar 19, 2014
  • Sabres salute Thomas Vanek with video tribute during Canadiens’ Buffalo visit

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    By Mike McMahon 

    Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek returned to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Sunday for the first time since the Sabres traded him to the New York Islanders back in October. The Sabres honored their former scoring leader with a video tribute during the first period.

    The crowd showed its gratitude with a standing ovation while Vanek stood near the Habs’ bench and saluted the fans.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 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
  • Thomas Vanek trade bungle is Garth Snow’s latest epic gaffe

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    New York Islanders GM Garth Snow

    GM Garth Snow’s trade market miscalculation will put the Isles in a sticky situation in June. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Wednesday was another bad day in a long line of them for Garth Snow, a man who probably thought he might salvage a lost season on Long Island with a bravura performance at the trade deadline but instead cemented his reputation as the Charlie Brown of NHL general managers, the one whose clothes fly off in all directions when each pitch he throws is hit for a screaming comebacker.

    While the deadline efforts of his peers will require the benefit of time and distance to adequately judge their success, the work of the Islanders GM needs no such perspective.

    It was a disaster.

    CAZENEUVE: Teams to watch in the post-deadline stretch

    While Buffalo’s dynamic duo of Darcy Regier (since fired) and his replacement, Tim Murray, were ultimately able to turn impending free agent Thomas Vanek into a first-round pick, three second-rounders, and forward Torrey Mitchell for the Sabres, all Snow could muster was a conditional second rounder (it’s gone if Montreal fails to make the playoffs) and prospect forward Sebastien Collberg.

    Get that? Buffalo walks away with four picks and an affordable depth forward for Vanek. Snow gets the football yanked away just as he leans into it and the endless rebuild on Long Island takes another step backwards.

    Of all the Garth Snows in the world, he’s the Garth Snowiest.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 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
  • NHL 2014 trade deadline matchmaker

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    Thomas Vanek of the New York Islanders is a hot NHL trade commodity.

    Fit for the KIngs: Islanders sniper Thomas Vanek could help cure L.A.’s offensive woes. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Let’s all offer a word of thanks to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. Without his bold move last Friday night to acquire Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from the Sabres, the build-up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline in this cap-strangled world could have been a lot less interesting.

    That’s not to say we’re anticipating a series of blockbuster deals, each more spectacular than the last. But when Armstrong went all in he dared the rest of the league to ante up. And given how many teams see themselves as Cup contenders, you can expect that his challenge will be met.

    MUIR: Miller a major upgrade for Blues

    So, what lies ahead? We thought we’d have a little fun by matching up sellers with prospective buyers to see where there might be some common ground. And just to be sure that we’re not veering wildly into fantasyland, we asked an NHL pro scout to give these proposals a once-over. Most, repeat most, passed the smell test, but there are a couple that he thought were “worse than what those message board guys come up with.”

    But then he added, “I can’t figure out what’s going on with a lot of [real] trades. Remember [Martin] Erat for [Filip] Forsberg? Nothing surprises me anymore.”

    With that thought in mind, here are 10 deals we’d like to see:

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  • Published On Mar 03, 2014
  • Top Line: Thomas Vanek spurns Isles; Ryan Miller trade near?; more links

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    Thomas Vanek of the New York Islanders

    Thomas Vanek is keen to see how much he can fetch on the open market. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • “It’s just me being a little selfish, I guess, and wanting to get to July 1 and seeing what’s out there,” said the Islanders’ Thomas Vanek, explaining his decision to turn down New York’s massive offer. “It has nothing to do with this team and where we are in the standings. I think this team has a tremendous upside. Is it the right move? I don’t know. But it’s something me and my family want to explore one time and see how it goes.”

    • A major trade to bring in an offensive firestarter like Vanek is the only way to salvage the Canucks’ season, writes Tony Gallagher. Can’t argue with his premise, but Vanek seems like the wrong direction for Vancouver. A player who might be convinced to stick around, Matt Moulson for example, makes more sense.

    • Fighting through intense pain to stick with his teammates during the Canucks’ miserable stretch of play, Henrik Sedin is proving to be everything a captain should be.

    • The next step for Steven Stamkos — the 12-week X-ray — happens today.

    • Keith Allen, the first coach of the Flyers, passed away at age 90 on Tuesday. He was also famous for doing this.

    • Will tonight’s start against the Penguins be Ryan Miller’s last for the Sabres? The buzz is building that he could be moved before Friday’s roster freeze deadline to one of these two teams.

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  • Published On Feb 05, 2014
  • Top Line: Fleury’s miraculous save; Stamkos sets return date; more links

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    By Allan Muir

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

    • “Unfortunately, I’m going to be on the highlights for quite a time with that one,” said Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Monday night after being victimized by the highlight-reel save above. Save of the year? Maybe. What do you think of Marc-Andre Fleury’s larcenous glove grab?

    • Sidelined by an unidentified illness, Kris Letang sat out his third consecutive game for the Penguins. Team doctors are running tests on the All-Star defender, but haven’t come up with any answers for what might be ailing him, or how long he’ll be out of the lineup.

    • Steven Stamkos is aiming for a return to action on Saturday night, but skating against the Red Wings doesn’t guarantee that he’ll be ready to join Team Canada.

    • The TSN panel talks NHL trade rumors, including the latest on Ryan Callahan (he wants how much?), David Legwand and Thomas Vanek, who reportedly is willing to leave money on the table to sign with the team he wants. Wonder who that could be …?

    • Whenever the Islanders get around to moving Vanek, they’d better address this area of immediate need with the return.

    • This won’t make Sabres fans crazy at all: Tyler Seguin almost came to Buffalo last summer. Watching what he’s done to accelerate the Stars’ rebuild, that thought is gonna hurt for a long time …

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  • Published On Feb 04, 2014


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