Cornwall ON – Good night for hockey if you’re a fan of Canadian Teams. Three games of note to report on and the Sens traded away popular centre Chris Kelly to the Bruins for a 2nd round pick. Great pick up for Boston. I’m not so sure I can say the same for Ottawa as Kelly is a good young player drafted by Ottawa who wasn’t too expensive, or about to be.
The fire sale is well under way in Ottawa with the hot rumor being that the Penguins are going to pick up Alex “Big Dawg” Kovalev.
Brian Burke showed that you can make good things happen via Free Agency and trades if you play your cards right as he turned Versteeg into another 1st Round Draft pick.
The Habs lost a game they shouldn’t have last night albeit in the shoot out so they still get one point. They let this one slip away after letting Buffalo come back from 2-0. David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty notched goals for the Habs who still are missing a few pieces between injuries and needs.
PK Subban played nearly 30 minutes and for some reason Alex Picard picked up over 22 minutes. I know Hal Gill was out for this game, but Picard? Habs signed 6’3 200+ pounder Brendon Nash from Cornell. An offensive minded BC native, Nash was plunked into emergency duty with the Gill injury and it should be interesting to see how the 23 year old holds up. He logged over 11 minutes for the Habs recording two shots and not much else.
Carey Price took the loss. In other NHL scores the Leafs beat the Bruins 4-3 with Phil Kessel a smiling as he popped two against his old team. Joffrey Lupal picked up two assists, but it was Mikhail Grabovski who scored twice that really is making an impression as he’s quietly having a very good season for Toronto.
James Reimer picked up the win for the Leafs who seem to be getting better even while shedding some of their top players. The Kaberle rumors keep persisting as well and a trade is expected soon.
The Senators lost 4-3 to the Islanders in the Shoot out. Erik Karlsson’s 9th goal late in the 3rd got the Sens to OT, but the shoot out did them in despite Alex Kovalev scoring on their first shot.
In other NHL scores the Flyers beat Tampa Bay 4-3; SJ nipped Nashville 2-1; Vancouver beat Minnesota 4-1; and Edmonton greased the Stars 4-1.
Speaking of depleted D corps, Vancouver is making due with call ups as well with rookies rounding out their core, but the Canucks keep rolling and winning as they take their shot at the Cup this year. So far no major Vancouver moves reported.
Whatcha think Vancouver Hockey Fans? Are the Canucks going to get some help for the stretch run? You can post your comments below.