Cross Checks: Calgary Flames

Pacific Division wrap

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video Trending up
  • San Jose Sharks: The San Jose Sharks were on everyone’s radar considering the type of drama that threatened to submarine the team this past summer. But to many folks’ surprise, the Sharks have banded together in spite of all the scrutiny and doubt that has engulfed the team. A resounding shutout victory against the Los Angeles Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, was a firm start to the season. The Sharks followed that up with another blanking of the Winnipeg Jets. Both Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock have looked terrific in their season debuts, setting the stage for an intriguing goaltending battle this season.
  • Sedin twins: After a rough year under coach John Tortorella last season, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin already “have their magic going,” according to Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins, who spoke of the twins’ production after his squad’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks this past weekend. Henrik chipped in with one goal and one assist, and brother Daniel finished with three helpers.
  • Corey Perry: Though the hat trick by the Anaheim Ducks winger couldn’t secure a victory in the team’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, Perry is off to a productive start with four points in two games.
Trending down
  • Edmonton Oilers: Plenty of people were wondering whether this might be the year the Edmonton Oilers take the next step. It still might be, but they sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings with an 0-1-1 record to start the season.
  • Mike Smith: We said before the season began that the Arizona Coyotes' fate is directly tied to the play of goaltender Mike Smith, and things are not beginning well for the veteran netminder. Smith was lit up for six goals in his first start of the season against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. The Yotes already turned to journeyman Devan Dubnyk in Game 2.
Injury report
  • Bennett out long term: The Flames are expected to be without Sam Bennett for a good chunk of the season; the team announced that the rookie center will undergo shoulder surgery that will sideline him four-to-six months.
  • Muzzin, Lewis on the mend: Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Trevor Lewis sat out Saturday’s game against the Coyotes, though neither player is believed to be battling anything too serious.
What to watch for
  • Hitting the road: After a pair of wins to start the season, the Sharks hit the road for a five-game road trip out East that features stops in New York, Washington, Boston and New Jersey. Let the team bonding continue.
  • Central foes: Though the Kings are off to a slow start, they’ll have a chance to test their mettle vs. a couple of stiff opponents from the Central Division when the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild come to town this week. The Kings have five games remaining on a six-game homestand that should help them shake any lingering effects of a Stanley Cup hangover.


Offseason player movement of all 30 teams

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Ryan Kesler and Paul Stastny USA TODAY SportsRyan Kesler and Paul Stastny will be wearing different colors this season.
ANAHEIM DUCKS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 14: Acquired C Louis Leblanc from Montreal for a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
June 27: Acquired C Ryan Kesler and a 3rd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from Vancouver for C Nick Bonino, D Luca Sbisa, and Anaheim’s 1st- and 3rd-round picks in 2014.
June 30: Acquired C Nate Thompson from Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay’s 4th- and 7th-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed D Clayton Stoner (Minnesota) and G Jason LaBarbera (Chicago).
July 9: Signed LW Dany Heatley (Minnesota).
Offseason Departures
RW Teemu Selanne (retired); C Saku Koivu (retired); C Nick Bonino (traded to Vancouver); D Luca Sbisa (traded to Vancouver); D Stephane Robidas (unrestricted free agent, signed by Toronto); G Jonas Hiller (unrestricted free agent, signed by Calgary); C Mathieu Perreault (unrestricted free agent, signed by Winnipeg); C Daniel Winnik (unrestricted free agent, signed by Toronto); C David Steckel (unrestricted free agent); D Nolan Yonkman (unrestricted free agent).

ARIZONA COYOTES
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 29: Acquired C Sam Gagner and RW B.J. Crombeen from Tampa Bay for a 6th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed C Joe Vitale (Pittsburgh), G Devan Dubnyk (Montreal), G Mike McKenna (Columbus) and D Andrew Campbell (Los Angeles).
Offseason Departures
C Mike Ribeiro (unrestricted free agent, signed by Nashville); RW Radim Vrbata (unrestricted free agent, signed by Vancouver); G Thomas Greiss (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Andy Miele (unrestricted free agent, signed by Detroit); LW Tim Kennedy (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); LW Paul Bissonnette (unrestricted free agent); C Jeff Halpern (unrestricted free agent); D Derek Morris (unrestricted free agent); RW Brandon Yip (unrestricted free agent).

BOSTON BRUINS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed D Christopher Breen (Calgary).
Offseason Departures
RW Jarome Iginla (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); D Andrej Meszaros (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); LW Shawn Thornton (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); G Chad Johnson (unrestricted free agent, signed NY Islanders); D Corey Potter (unrestricted free agent, signed by Calgary); RW Nick Johnson (unrestricted free agent).

BUFFALO SABRES
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed RW Brian Gionta (Montreal), LW Matt Moulson (Minnesota), D Andrej Meszaros (Boston) and C Cody McCormick (Minnesota).
July 1: Acquired D Josh Gorges from Montreal for a 2nd-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
July 3: Signed D Tyson Strachan (Washington).
July 13: Signed C Zac Dalpe (Vancouver).
July 23: Signed D Andre Benoit (Colorado).
Offseason Departures
D Christian Ehrhoff (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Kevin Porter (unrestricted free agent, signed by Detroit); C Cory Conacher (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); LW John Scott (unrestricted free agent, signed by San Jose); RW Matt D’Agostini (unrestricted free agent); C Zenon Konopka (unrestricted free agent); LW Ville Leino (unrestricted free agent); D Jamie McBain (unrestricted free agent); D Alexander Sulzer (unrestricted free agent); D Henrik Tallinder (unrestricted free agent).

CALGARY FLAMES
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
April 28: Named Brad Treliving general manager.
June 28: Acquired LW Brandon Bollig from Chicago for a 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed LW Mason Raymond (Toronto), D Deryk Engelland (Pittsburgh) and G Jonas Hiller (Anaheim).
Aug. 23: Signed RW Devin Setoguchi (Winnipeg).
Sept. 5: Signed D Corey Potter (Boston).
Offseason Departures
LW Mike Cammalleri (unrestricted free agent, signed by New Jersey); C Ben Street (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); G Joey MacDonald (unrestricted free agent, signed by Montreal); D Chris Butler (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); D Christopher Breen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Boston); LW T.J. Galiardi (unrestricted free agent, signed by Winnipeg); C Blair Jones (unrestricted free agent, signed by Philadelphia); D Shane O’Brien (unrestricted free agent); D Derek Smith (unrestricted free agent); RW Kevin Westgarth (unrestricted free agent).

CAROLINA HURRICANES
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
April 28: Named Ron Francis general manager.
June 19: Named Bill Peters head coach.
July 1: Signed C Brad Malone (Colorado) and G Drew MacIntyre (Toronto).
July 2: Signed C Jay McClement.
July 3: Signed D Tim Gleason.
Offseason Departures
G Justin Peters (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); C Manny Malhotra (unrestricted free agent, signed by Montreal); LW Brett Sutter (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); LW Drayson Bowman (unrestricted free agent); RW Radek Dvorak (unrestricted free agent); D Mike Komisarek (unrestricted free agent); C Andrei Loktionov (unrestricted free agent); RW Aaron Palushaj (unrestricted free agent).

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed C Brad Richards (NY Rangers), C Cody Bass (Columbus) and LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie (Tampa Bay).
July 2: Signed D Kyle Cumiskey (Modo, Sweden).
Aug. 18: Signed G Michael Leighton (HC Donbass, KHL).
Offseason Departures
LW Brandon Bollig (traded to Calgary); G Jason LaBarbera (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); G Nikolai Khabibulin (unrestricted free agent); D Sheldon Brookbank (unrestricted free agent); C Michal Handzus (unrestricted free agent); C Brad Mills (unrestricted free agent).

COLORADO AVALANCHE
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 30: Acquired C Daniel Briere from Montreal for RW PA Parenteau and a 5th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
July 1: Acquired D Brad Stuart from San Jose for a 2nd-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a 6th-round pick in 2017.
July 1: Signed RW Jarome Iginla (Boston), D Zach Redmond (Winnipeg), D Bruno Gervais (Philadelphia), C Jesse Winchester (Florida) and C Ben Street (Calgary).
Offseason Departures
RW PA Parenteau (traded to Montreal); C Paul Stastny (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); D Andre Benoit (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); C Brad Malone (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); LW David Van der Gulik (unrestricted free agent, signed by Los Angeles); D Matt Hunwick (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); G Jean-Sebastien Giguere (retired); D Cory Sarich (unrestricted free agent).

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 23: Acquired LW Scott Hartnell from Philadelphia for LW R.J. Umberger and a 4th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
July 1: Acquired RW Jerry D’Amigo and a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from Toronto for RW Matt Frattin.
July 4: Signed C Brian Gibbons (Pittsburgh).
Offseason Departures
LW R.J. Umberger (traded to Philadelphia); D Nikita Nikitin (traded to Edmonton); RW Matt Frattin (traded to Toronto); C Derek MacKenzie (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); RW Jack Skille (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); D Nick Schultz (unrestricted free agent, signed by Philadelphia); LW Blake Comeau (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Cody Bass (unrestricted free agent, signed by Chicago); G Mike McKenna (unrestricted free agent, signed by Arizona).

DALLAS STARS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Acquired C Jason Spezza and RW Ludwig Karlsson from Ottawa for RW Alex Chiasson, LW Nick Paul, LW Alex Guptill and a 2nd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed G Anders Lindback (Tampa Bay), RW Ales Hemsky (Ottawa) and RW Patrick Eaves (Nashville).
Offseason Departures
RW Alex Chiasson (traded to Ottawa); C Chris Mueller (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); C Dustin Jeffrey (unrestricted free agent, signed by Vancouver); D Maxime Fortunus (unrestricted free agent); LW Ray Whitney (unrestricted free agent); D Aaron Rome (unrestricted free agent); G Tim Thomas (unrestricted free agent); G Cristopher Nilstorp (unrestricted free agent).

DETROIT RED WINGS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed C Kevin Porter (Buffalo).
July 2: Signed C Andy Miele (Arizona).
Offseason Departures
C David Legwand (unrestricted free agent, signed by Ottawa); RW Daniel Alfredsson (unrestricted free agent); RW Todd Bertuzzi (unrestricted free agent); C Cory Emmerton (unrestricted free agent); RW Mikael Samuelsson (unrestricted free agent); RW Jordin Tootoo (unrestricted free agent).

EDMONTON OILERS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 25: Acquired D Nikita Nikitin from Columbus for a 5th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
June 29: Acquired RW Teddy Purcell from Tampa Bay for C Sam Gagner.
July 1: Signed D Mark Fayne (New Jersey), LW Benoit Pouliot (NY Rangers) and D Keith Aulie (Tampa Bay).
Offseason Departures
LW Ryan Smyth (retired); C Sam Gagner (traded to Tampa Bay); D Taylor Fedun (unrestricted free agent, signed by San Jose); D Anton Belov (unrestricted free agent); LW Ben Eager (unrestricted free agent); D Mark Fraser (unrestricted free agent); D Denis Grebeshkov (unrestricted free agent); LW Ryan Jones (unrestricted free agent).

FLORIDA PANTHERS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 21: Named Gerard Gallant head coach.
July 1: Signed C Dave Bolland (Toronto), LW Jussi Jokinen (Pittsburgh), LW Shawn Thornton (Boston), C Derek MacKenzie (Columbus), D Willie Mitchell (Los Angeles) and G Al Montoya (Winnipeg).
Offseason Departures
D Tom Gilbert (unrestricted free agent, signed by Montreal); C Jesse Winchester (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); G Scott Clemmensen (unrestricted free agent, signed by New Jersey); RW Krys Barch (unrestricted free agent); D Matt Gilroy (unrestricted free agent); C Scott Gomez (unrestricted free agent); D Ed Jovanovski (unrestricted free agent); D Ryan Whitney (unrestricted free agent); D Mike Mottau (retired).

LOS ANGELES KINGS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed RW Adam Cracknell (St. Louis) and LW David Van der Gulik (Colorado).
Offseason Departures
RW Linden Vey (traded to Vancouver); D Willie Mitchell (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); D Andrew Campbell (unrestricted free agent, signed by Arizona); C Colin Fraser (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis).

MINNESOTA WILD
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed LW Thomas Vanek (Montreal), D Stu Bickel (NY Rangers) and LW Brett Sutter (Carolina).
July 11: Signed C Jordan Schroeder (Vancouver).
Aug. 1: Signed D Justin Falk (NY Rangers).
Offseason Departures
LW Matt Moulson (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); D Clayton Stoner (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); LW Dany Heatley (unrestricted free agent, signed by Anaheim); D Nate Prosser (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); C Cody McCormick (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); G Ilya Bryzgalov (unrestricted free agent); C Jake Dowell (unrestricted free agent); RW Carson McMillan (unrestricted free agent); LW Mike Rupp (unrestricted free agent).

MONTREAL CANADIENS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 30: Acquired RW PA Parenteau and a 5th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from Colorado for C Daniel Briere.
July 1: Signed C Manny Malhotra (Carolina), D Tom Gilbert (Florida) and G Joey MacDonald (Calgary).
Offseason Departures
C Daniel Briere (traded to Colorado); D Josh Gorges (traded to Buffalo); C Louis Leblanc (traded to Anaheim); LW Thomas Vanek (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); RW Brian Gionta (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); G Devan Dubnyk (unrestricted free agent, signed by Arizona); RW Mike Blunden (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); C Ryan White (unrestricted free agent, signed by Philadelphia); D Francis Bouillon (unrestricted free agent); D Douglas Murray (unrestricted free agent); RW George Parros (unrestricted free agent); C Martin St. Pierre (unrestricted free agent).

NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
May 6: Named Peter Laviolette head coach.
June 27: Acquired LW James Neal from Pittsburgh for RW Patric Hornqvist and C Nick Spaling.
July 2: Signed C Olli Jokinen (Winnipeg).
July 7: Signed D Anton Volchenkov (New Jersey).
July 15: Signed C Mike Ribeiro (Arizona) and C Derek Roy (St. Louis).
Offseason Departures
RW Patric Hornqvist (traded to Pittsburgh); C Nick Spaling (traded to Pittsburgh); RW Patrick Eaves (unrestricted free agent, signed by Dallas); D Michael Del Zotto (unrestricted free agent, signed by Philadelphia).

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed LW Mike Cammalleri (Calgary), RW Martin Havlat (San Jose) and G Scott Clemmensen (Florida).
Offseason Departures
D Mark Fayne (unrestricted free agent, signed by Edmonton); D Anton Volchenkov (unrestricted free agent, signed by Nashville); G Martin Brodeur (unrestricted free agent); LW Ryan Carter (unrestricted free agent); LW Rostislav Olesz (unrestricted free agent).

NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
May 1: Acquired G Jaroslav Halak from Washington for a 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed G Chad Johnson (Boston), C Cory Conacher (Buffalo), RW Jack Skille (Columbus) and LW Harry Zolnierczyk (Pittsburgh).
July 2: Signed C Mikhail Grabovski (Washington) and LW Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto).
Offseason Departures
G Evgeni Nabokov (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); D Radek Martinek (unrestricted free agent).

NEW YORK RANGERS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed D Dan Boyle (NY Islanders), D Mike Kostka (Tampa Bay), D Matt Hunwick (Colorado), C Chris Mueller (Dallas), LW Tanner Glass (Pittsburgh) and G Cedrick Desjardins (Tampa Bay).
July 16: Signed C Matthew Lombardi (HC Geneve-Servette, Switzerland).
July 19: Signed RW Lee Stempniak (Pittsburgh).
Sept. 11: Signed LW Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay).
Offseason Departures
RW Derek Dorsett (traded to Vancouver); C Brad Richards (unrestricted free agent, signed by Chicago); C Brian Boyle (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); D Anton Stralman (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); LW Benoit Pouliot (unrestricted free agent, signed by Edmonton); D Justin Falk (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); RW Arron Asham (unrestricted free agent); LW Daniel Carcillo (unrestricted free agent); D Raphael Diaz (unrestricted free agent); C Darroll Powe (unrestricted free agent).

OTTAWA SENATORS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Acquired RW Alex Chiasson, LW Nick Paul, LW Alex Guptill and a 2nd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from Dallas for C Jason Spezza and RW Ludwig Karlsson.
July 4: Signed C David Legwand (Detroit).
Offseason Departures
C Jason Spezza (traded to Dallas); RW Ales Hemsky (unrestricted free agent, signed by Dallas); D Joe Corvo (unrestricted free agent); LW Matt Kassian (unrestricted free agent).

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
May 7: Named Ron Hextall general manager.
June 23: Acquired LW R.J. Umberger and a 4th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from Columbus for LW Scott Hartnell.
July 1: Signed C Blair Jones (Calgary).
July 2: Signed D Nick Schultz (Columbus).
Aug. 5: Signed D Michael Del Zotto (Nashville).
Aug. 7: Signed C Ryan White (Montreal)
Offseason Departures
LW Scott Hartnell (traded to Columbus); LW Tye McGinn (traded to San Jose); RW Steve Downie (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Kris Newbury (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); D Hal Gill (unrestricted free agent); RW Adam Hall (unrestricted free agent).

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 6: Named Jim Rutherford general manager.
June 25: Named Mike Johnston head coach.
June 27: Acquired RW Patric Hornqvist and C Nick Spaling from Nashville for LW James Neal.
July 1: Signed D Christian Ehrhoff (Buffalo), G Thomas Greiss (Arizona) and LW Blake Comeau (Columbus).
July 2: Signed RW Steve Downie (Philadelphia).
Offseason Departures
LW James Neal (traded to Nashville); D Matt Niskanen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); D Brooks Orpik (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); C Joe Vitale (unrestricted free agent, signed by Arizona); D Deryk Engelland (unrestricted free agent, signed by Pittsburgh); C Brian Gibbons (unrestricted free agent, signed by Columbus); LW Jussi Jokinen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); LW Harry Zolnierczyk (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); LW Tanner Glass (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); RW Lee Stempniak (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); RW Chris Conner (unrestricted free agent, signed by Washington); G Tomas Vokoun (unrestricted free agent); RW Chuck Kobasew (unrestricted free agent); LW Taylor Pyatt (unrestricted free agent).

SAN JOSE SHARKS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed LW John Scott (Buffalo) and D Taylor Fedun (Edmonton).
July 2: Acquired LW Tye McGinn from Philadelphia for a 3rd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Offseason Departures
D Brad Stuart (traded to Colorado); D Dan Boyle (traded to NY Islanders); RW Martin Havlat (unrestricted free agent, signed by New Jersey); LW John McCarthy (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); LW Bracken Kearns (unrestricted free agent); RW Matt Pelech (unrestricted free agent).

ST. LOUIS BLUES
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 28: Acquired D Carl Gunnarsson and a 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft from Toronto for D Roman Polak.
July 1: Signed C Paul Stastny (Colorado) and C Jori Lehtera (Sibir Novosibirsk, KHL).
July 4: Signed LW John McCarthy (San Jose).
July 16: Signed D Chris Butler (Calgary) and RW Benn Ferriero (Vancouver).
July 21: Signed C Jeremy Welsh (Vancouver).
July 22: Signed D Nate Prosser (Minnesota).
July 29: Signed C Peter Mueller (Kloten, Switzerland).
Sept. 5: Signed C Colin Fraser (Los Angeles).
Offseason Departures
D Roman Polak (traded to Toronto); C Derek Roy (unrestricted free agent, signed by Nashville); LW Brenden Morrow (unrestricted free agent, signed by Tampa Bay); RW Adam Cracknell (unrestricted free agent, signed by Los Angeles); G Ryan Miller (unrestricted free agent, signed by Vancouver); LW Vladimir Sobotka (restricted free agent, signed by KHL Avangard Omsk); C Keith Aucoin (unrestricted free agent); D Carlo Colaiacovo (unrestricted free agent).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 27: Acquired D Jason Garrison, LW Jeff Costello and a 7th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from Vancouver for a 2nd-round pick in 2014.
July 1: Signed D Anton Stralman (NY Rangers), C Brian Boyle (NY Rangers), G Evgeni Nabokov (NY Islanders) and RW Mike Blunden (Montreal).
July 11: Signed LW Brenden Morrow (St. Louis).
Offseason Departures
C Nate Thompson (traded to Anaheim); RW B.J. Crombeen (traded to Arizona); RW Teddy Purcell (traded to Edmonton); G Anders Lindback (unrestricted free agent, signed by Dallas); D Keith Aulie (unrestricted free agent, signed by Edmonton); D Mike Kostka (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); G Cedrick Desjardins (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); LW Ryan Malone (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Rangers); LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie (unrestricted free agent, signed by Chicago); C Tom Pyatt (unrestricted free agent); D Sami Salo (unrestricted free agent).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
June 28: Acquired D Roman Polak from St. Louis for D Carl Gunnarsson and a 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
July 1: Acquired RW Matt Frattin from Columbus for RW Jerry D’Amigo and a conditional pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed D Stephane Robidas (Anaheim) and C Leo Komarov (Dynamo Moscow, KHL).
July 3: Signed C Mike Santorelli (Vancouver) and C Petri Kontiola (Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL).
July 22: Signed LW David Booth (Vancouver).
July 28: Signed C Daniel Winnik (Anaheim).
Offseason Departures
D Carl Gunnarsson (traded to St. Louis); RW Jerry D’Amigo (traded to Columbus); LW Mason Raymond (unrestricted free agent, signed by Calgary); G Drew MacIntyre (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); C Jay McClement (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); D Tim Gleason (unrestricted free agent, signed by Carolina); C Dave Bolland (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); LW Nikolai Kulemin (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); D Paul Ranger (unrestricted free agent); C Jarred Smithson (unrestricted free agent).

VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
May 21: Named Jim Benning general manager.
June 23: Named Willie Desjardins head coach.
June 27: Acquired C Nick Bonino, D Luca Sbisa and Anaheim’s 1st- and 3rd-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft from Anaheim for C Ryan Kesler and a 3rd-round pick in 2015.
June 27: Acquired RW Derek Dorsett from NY Rangers for a 3rd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
June 28: Acquired RW Linden Vey from Los Angeles for a 2nd-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
July 1: Signed G Ryan Miller (St. Louis).
July 2: Signed C Dustin Jeffrey (Dallas).
July 3: Signed RW Radim Vrbata (Arizona).
Offseason Departures
C Ryan Kesler (traded to Anaheim); D Jason Garrison (traded to Tampa Bay); LW David Booth (unrestricted free agent, signed by Toronto); C Mike Santorelli (unrestricted free agent, signed by Toronto); C Zac Dalpe (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); C Jordan Schroeder (unrestricted free agent, signed by Minnesota); RW Benn Ferriero (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); C Jeremy Welsh (unrestricted free agent, signed by St. Louis); D Andrew Alberts (unrestricted free agent); LW Pascal Pelletier (unrestricted free agent); D Yann Sauve (unrestricted free agent).

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
May 26: Named Brian MacLellan general manager and Barry Trotz head coach.
July 1: Signed G Justin Peters (Carolina), D Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh), D Matt Niskanen (Pittsburgh) and RW Chris Conner (Pittsburgh).
July 3: Signed LW Tim Kennedy (Arizona).
July 4: Signed C Kris Newbury (Philadelphia).
Offseason Departures
G Jaroslav Halak (traded to NY Islanders); C Mikhail Grabovski (unrestricted free agent, signed by NY Islanders); D Tyson Strachan (unrestricted free agent, signed by Buffalo); D Julien Brouillette (unrestricted free agent, signed by Winnipeg); RW Dustin Penner (unrestricted free agent); C Nicolas Deschamps (unrestricted free agent); C Peter LeBlanc (unrestricted free agent); C Ryan Stoa (unrestricted free agent).

WINNIPEG JETS
Offseason Acquisitions (w/ previous rights)
July 1: Signed C Mathieu Perreault (Anaheim).
Aug. 1: Signed LW T.J. Galiardi (Calgary).
Aug. 8: Signed D Julien Brouillette (Washington).
Offseason Departures
D Zach Redmond (unrestricted free agent, signed by Colorado); G Al Montoya (unrestricted free agent, signed by Florida); C Olli Jokinen (unrestricted free agent, signed by Nashville); RW Devin Setoguchi (unrestricted free agent, signed by Calgary); C James Wright (unrestricted free agent).

Flames building optimism, says McLennan

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The Calgary Flames are not perceived as a team on the verge. They are not expected to set the NHL on fire. They are not expected to make the playoffs. They are not expected to be one of the top teams in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

That’s just fine, according to former Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan, who played for the club from 2002-04 and then again briefly during the 2006-07 season. As long as management keeps a steady approach to revamping the roster, and fans realize it won’t be an immediate about-face, then there is optimism for this season as a building block for years to come.

“I think the one word that still comes with Calgary has to be patience,” McLennan told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. “They sold to fans a complete rebuild.”

What happened last season, in Brian Burke’s first year as team president and Bob Hartley’s first full season as coach in Calgary? The Flames were in a league-high 49 one-goal games. The Flames still finished sixth in the Pacific Division, but they competed every night.

“They were in every game, which was exciting for the fans,” McLennan said. “Bob Hartley did a great job, but the message still has to be, don’t expect too much. Allowing guys like Sean Monahan another year to see what he’s like, another year of experience for Sven Baertschi and Mikael Backlund. They have some young pieces.“

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI/Getty ImagesJonas Hiller's goaltending style should make him a good fit in Calgary, says former Flames goalie Jamie McLennan.
As for the team’s stable of young players, McLennan is excited to see more of T.J. Brodie, who flourished last season while paired with captain Mark Giordano. Johnny Gaudreau also enters this season with plenty of hype and potential. Add in the free-agent acquisition of Swiss netminder Jonas Hiller and the Flames have an interesting mix.

Having the veteran goaltender between the pipes should add an extra level of stability for a young team still working things out, McLennan thinks.

“I think they did it the right way -- add a veteran goalie like Hiller who can weather the storm when the kids aren’t there,” said McLennan, who will work as a color broadcaster for TSN’s regional package during Ottawa Senators games this season. “[General Manager Brad Treviling] did a good job and Burkie -- who has a history with Hiller [from Anaheim] -- did a good job of stabilizing that position.”

McLennan said he thinks Hiller has “plenty” left in the tank. He finds Hiller’s game particularly conducive to a heavy workload because of his unique style, working primarily from his knees.

“He can face a 50-shot night and steal two points or keep you in it,” McLennan said. “I think it was a real smart move to get him and it didn't cost you a real steep price point. They didn't overspend for someone that can give you stability.”

With Hiller the clear-cut starter and Karri Ramo his backup, this also allows the Flames to provide 23-year-old Joni Ortio, who played nine NHL games last season, more time for seasoning in the AHL. Again, a good sign for things to come.

McLennan even liked the signing of tough guy Deryk Engelland, though the move was widely criticized and chalked up to Burke’s signature desire for a team with “truculence.”

With young assets to protect, having a player such as Engelland, or Brandon Bollig (acquired via trade from Chicago at the draft) will ensure that no one gets exposed physically.

The Flames are not rushing the team along. There is a vision and a long-term plan, it seems.

“I think from the standpoint of their overall moves they've all been strategically placed to try to shape that team,” McLennan said.

That might differentiate the Flames from their Alberta brethren, the Edmonton Oilers, whose “rebuild” has not taken shape to the desired effect, no matter how many young stars the team stockpiles through the draft.

Because the Flames just recently tore the whole thing down, the level of pressure to compete for a playoff spot isn’t quite the same.

“You literally started the rebuild last year, so there is patience involved. That’s where you’ve got the benefit of the doubt,” McLennan said. “You lose in the last minute, someone makes a rookie mistake, and it’s hey, they're a couple of years away from that level of expectation.”

McLennan is most intrigued to see where the chips fall in terms of who will eat up minutes for Hartley. Will Monahan continue to improve after an impressive rookie season, or will he take a stutter step? Will the ultra-skilled but smallish (5-foot-9, 150 pounds) Gaudreau be able to handle the physical rigors of an 82-game season? What about Brodie and Baertschi?

“That's the question surrounding the team: Who will be the key contributors on a nightly basis for Hartley?” McLennan asked. “T.J. Brodie, is he ready to step up as a potential elite defenseman? I think he has a lot of tools to do that. Another one is Baertschi. You kind of waited for him to establish himself as an NHL player and he hasn’t done that yet. He’s one to keep an eye on.”

Should make for an interesting season in Calgary, just as long as hopes are not unrealistic.

“They're not going to be surprising a lot of teams,” McLennan said. “You have to temper expectations.”
Joe NieuwendykAP Photo/Bill JanschaFormer Stars player and GM Joe Nieuwendyk is back in the NHL after a year away from the league.
Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk took a full season away from the NHL, although he never stopped watching hockey.

But Nieuwendyk needed a year away to recalibrate after being fired as general manager of the Dallas Stars following the 2012-13 season, spending some time with his family, before taking on his next challenge.

His next gig will allow him to stay in Dallas with his family while at the same time reconnecting with the NHL.

"I enjoyed my year with helping my son’s hockey team, and now I can continue to do that,” Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com this week after being named pro scout/adviser to Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis.

"I had breakfast with Ronnie in the spring and we continued to talk during the summer. I have a lot of respect for Ron,’’ Nieuwendyk said. "I played with him on the Leafs in ’04, and we have mutual friends who work for him in Carolina. It just feels like something I wanted to do and hopefully I can help him any which way I can.’’

When Jay Feaster was fired as GM in Calgary last season, rumors -- well-founded ones -- spread that Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke had great interest in bringing former Flames star Nieuwendyk in as Feaser's replacement.

While Nieuwendyk has never talked publicly about that specific possibility, it is clear he’s not ready yet to jump back into that demanding lifestyle of running an NHL team.

His new job with the Hurricanes will provide the best of both worlds: a link to NHL management and the chance to continue to help coach his 12-year-old’s hockey team and spend time with his three kids in Dallas.

"This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in the game, being part of upper management conversations with Ronnie,’’ Nieuwendyk said. "I think that’s a good role for me at this point. I love helping my son’s team out; that’s been a lot of fun.

"I’ll be based in Dallas, I’ll see games here and keep an eye on the Western Conference a little bit for Ronnie,’’ Nieuwendyk added. ``A big part of this, though, will be just to have to some real good conversations with Ron. I know he doesn’t have a deep staff. So any time I can be a sounding board for him, he’s probably going to go through a lot of the same things I went through as a (rookie) GM. We just have a good relationship. He’s a sharp guy and a classy guy, I think he’s going to be fine.’’

The Bruins' cap challenges
The Bruins remain cap-challenged on the eve of training camp and it’s likely they’ll move a body or two over the next month or so to give themselves some breathing room.

That’s a must when you consider that restricted free agents Reilly Smith and Torey Krug remain unsigned. Plus there’s the fact Boston's getting dinged $4.7 million in cap carryover bonus overages from last season.

It's a good bet a trade happens here at some point sooner rather than later. From chatting to sources around the league this week, the names we keep hearing that the Bruins are listening on are defensemen Johnny Boychuk ($3.36 million cap hit), Adam McQuaid ($1.56 million) and Matt Bartkowski ($1.25 million). All three are unrestricted free agents a year from now.

The Bruins likely have a pretty good idea from chatting to teams all summer long what deals they can make for either of those players. The question now is which one or two they can live without, leaving them with the best possible group intact.

The end for Whitney?
Is the Wizard nearing retirement? Tough to tell at this point but it’s possible Ray Whitney has played his last NHL game.

"I’m not sure yet, and I’m not really tipping my hand one way or the other,’’ Whitney told ESPN.com on Thursday. "I’m in shape, I’m skating, but I’m not too worried. There’s obviously limitations to where I would go, but I’m not out there searching for anything, either.’’

The sense at this point is that if a team calls, he’ll listen, but he’s not ordering his agent J.P. Barry to drop everything, either.

"I won’t continue to skate for much longer,” Whitney said quite candidly. "My interest in playing drops with each week that I don’t get something, so I won’t be pressing too much.’’

The 42-year-old had 32 points (9-23) in 69 games with the Dallas Stars last season, although it was clear he wasn’t a fit there anymore. He did put up nearly a point a game in the lockout season just the year before and had 77 points (24-53) in 82 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2011-12. He can surely help somebody’s power play.

Just a guess here, but given that Whitney and his wife and kids live in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Coyotes are probably one of the teams he’d be open to signing with. However, a source told ESPN.com that Arizona does not have any interest.

Hopefully Whitney catches on with another club, but if this is the end, what a career it's been. He won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and totaled 1,064 points (385-679) in 1,330 career regular-season games with San Jose, Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit, Carolina, Arizona and Dallas.

Bertuzzi's focus back on ice
Now that Todd Bertuzzi’s settlement with Steve Moore is signed, sealed and delivered, his camp can focus on hockey matters.
With the possibility of a trial this fall keeping Bertuzzi occupied in recent months, there really wasn’t any point in trying to talk to NHL teams about the UFA winger this summer.

But now that a trial has been avoided, Bertuzzi’s agent, Pat Morris of Newport Sports, told ESPN.com Friday that his client hopes to catch on with an NHL team.

"Todd wants to continue playing,” Morris said. "He’s skating and is in great shape. A lawsuit is no longer an issue. We’ll see what transpires in the coming weeks.”

Easier said than done, of course. The 39-year-old was limited to 16 points (9-7) in 59 games last season in Detroit and that comes after the lockout year in which he played only seven games because of injury.

But Morris says Bertuzzi is skating and is ready to go. It won’t be back in Detroit, though, where the Wings have a plethora of forwards and are still waiting to hear on whether Daniel Alfredsson.

Hair bands and hockey hair: a marriage made in heaven. So, we're dropping the needle on 30 songs that say something about each of the 30 teams -- using nothing but cheesy videos from the 1980s. The Western Conference list is below, so feel free to mullet over. (Eastern Conference is here.)



ANAHEIM DUCKS: "Maniac," Michael Sembello

Those crazy kids on the left coast will try pretty much anything. Which means it's all or nothing for the Ducks, who, if it weren't for their downtown neighbors, might be living the high life instead of never seeing the third round. But real life is hard, so that's why the Ducks went out and got Ryan Kesler and are sticking with young hotshots John Gibson and Fredrik Andersen in net, no matter what. And they mean it this time. Carpe diem, ducklings!

On the ice-blue line of insanity, it's a place most never see
It's a hard-won place of mystery, touch it but can't hold it
You work for your life for that moment in time, it could come or pass you by
It's a push of the world, but there's always a chance




ARIZONA COYOTES: "Livin' On A Prayer," Bon Jovi

Arizona Coyotes, Phoenix Coyotes ... does it really matter? With the team's arena deal hitting an unexpected bump in the road recently, this team's off-ice fortunes continue to cloud the future. Not to mention that said arena is still so far out in the boonies that no one goes to the games.

We've got to hold on to what we've got
'Cause it doesn't make a difference
If we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot



CALGARY FLAMES: "Holding Back The Years," Simply Red

What's the deal with these perennially lousy teams in Alberta? Not all the Brian Burkes in the world seem to able to fix this broken franchise. Jarome Iginla must be so happy he's not there anymore.

Holding back the years
Chance for me to escape from all I've known
Holding back the tears
'Cause nothing here has grown
I've wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could yeah



CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: "U Can't Touch This," MC Hammer

"The Blackhawks are so good." "Break it down, ESPN.com!" "They are so good, no one in the West will be able to touch them. Er, until the playoffs." "You had me and then you lost me, ESPN.com!"

Cold on a mission so fall them back
Let 'em know that you're too much
And this is a beat, uh, you can't touch



COLORADO AVALANCHE: "Beat It," Michael Jackson

Time to see what you're made of, Avs. You had an overachieving season followed by a disappointingly early departure from the playoffs. How you respond after all the Patrick Roy glass-pushing and novelty wears thin will reveal your true character. Show us how funky strong is your fight. And, by the way, let's see you do it without Paul Stastny.

Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
Showin' how funky strong is your fight
It doesn't matter who's wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it



DALLAS STARS: "Hip To Be Square," Huey Lewis And The News

We're watching you, Tyler Seguin. The fate of the Stars rests on your considerable shoulders. Show us what you've got.

I used to be a renegade, I used to fool around
But I couldn't take the punishment and had to settle down
Now I'm playing it real straight, and yes, I cut my hair
You might think I'm crazy, but I don't even care
Because I can tell what's going on



EDMONTON OILERS: "We're Not Going to Take It," Twisted Sister

All those high draft picks, all those low places in the standings, all that disappointment for a passionate fan base, all those seasons of missing the playoffs. Will the fans bail on the Oil?

If that's your best
Your best won't do



LOS ANGELES KINGS: "We Are The Champions," Queen

C'mon, you knew this one was coming: Kings, Queen, defending champions. But, seriously, can anyone dethrone the Kings?

We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions



MINNESOTA WILD: "Abracadabra," Steve Miller Band

Who's playing net here? Is it a revolving door again? That never works.

I heat up, I can't cool down
You got me spinnin'
'Round and 'round
'Round and 'round and 'round it goes
Where it stops nobody knows



NASHVILLE PREDATORS: "Notorious," Duran Duran

The Predators never seem to learn. A couple of years ago, they brought in bad boys Andrei Kostisyn and Alexander Radulov late in the season, and their late-night carousing -- in the playoffs, no less -- helped bring the previously rolling Preds machine to a grinding halt. Now, they sign Mike Ribeiro and his ambiguous "behavior issues." Ribeiro -- whose camp sought out the Predators -- says he's changed his ways. Whatever. GM David Poile must be the king of second chances, or he likes living life on the edge.

That's why I've done it again
No-no-Notorious



ST. LOUIS BLUES: "Don't You Want Me," Human League

"Sorry, Ryan Miller, but we've decided to go in another direction. It just wasn't a good fit. No, no, it was us, not you. Yes, we can certainly be friends."

Don't, don't you want me?
You know I can't believe it when I hear that you won't see me
Don't, don't you want me?
You know I don't believe you when you say that you don't need me



SAN JOSE SHARKS: "The Breakup Song," The Greg Kihn Band

Some feel the underperforming Sharks would be best to start from scratch. Will fans forgive them if they don't?

Now I wind up staring at an empty glass
Uh uh uh, uh uh uh uh uh
Cause it's so easy to say that you'll forget your past
Uh uh uh, uh uh uh uh uh



VANCOUVER CANUCKS: "Separate Ways," Journey

Poor Canucks fans. Too many good goalies, not enough good goalies, fired coach goes to the Cup finals with another team ... so confused by the unrequited love they have for their mixed-up team. Everyone who comes to this team and isn't a twin seems to eventually go his separate way.

Troubled times
Caught between confusions and pain, pain, pain
Distant eyes
Promises we made were in vain
In vain, vain



WINNIPEG JETS: "The Way It Is," Bruce Hornsby and the Range

You know the Jets aren't really that far away from being the Thrashers, right? And you remember how crappy the Thrashers were, right? This team seems to spin its wheels no matter where it is or who is coaching it. Shame, really.

That's just the way it is
Some things will never change
That's just the way it is

#ESPNplayerNHL: Best of Canada's teams?

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Ice hockey is Canada's game. So we expect passionate responses when we ask about the seven NHL teams north of the border.

The question is very simple: Who is the all-time franchise player for each team in Canada?

In Montreal, Maurice "Rocket" Richard's accomplishments are well-known. And there is a reason the trophy for the leading goal scorer is named after him.

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AP PhotoIs Maurice "Rocket" Richard the most important player in Canadiens history?
Toronto has had plenty of stars wear the Maple Leaf -- Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Dave Keon, Mats Sundin, just to name a few.

Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson have since moved on, but their legacies were created with the Flames and Senators, respectively.

Trevor Linden is back with the Canucks as team president, but his playing days might have made the biggest impact in Vancouver.

The Jets are a two-part question because a large part of their history now belongs to the Coyotes and the rest comes from the Thrashers.

Lastly, Wayne Gretzky is the obvious choice for the Oilers, but can anyone top The Great One?

Now it's time for you to vote. Who is the most important player for each Canadian team?

You can cast your ballot in three ways: in the comments section below, through our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter @ESPN_NHL using the hashtag #ESPNplayerNHL.
The New Jersey Devils ranked 27th in the NHL in goals per game (2.4) last season, a key reason they missed the playoffs for the second straight year after a surprise run to the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

And for years the Devils have had to steel themselves against a parade of top players fleeing the franchise, players like former captain Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk (who walked right into a completely different league in Russia), Paul Martin and Brian Gionta, all of whom exited New Jersey without the Devils getting any return for those assets.

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Gerry Thomas/NHLI/Getty ImagesBig names usually leave New Jersey, but Mike Cammaleri is coming aboard.
Tuesday, though, the Devils managed to land a good-sized fish in veteran goal-scorer Mike Cammalleri.

Now, the Devils had to overpay Cammalleri both in terms of money and contract length, giving the 32-year-old a five-year deal that will cost the them $5 million annually against the salary cap.

Still, it's a slight decrease from what Cammalleri was making in Calgary, and it’s a fact of life that until the Devils return to contender status it will cost them more to bring in outside free agents.

Cammalleri is an interesting guy and he’ll bring a little more pizzazz to a Devils’ room that also is home to another top character in Jaromir Jagr, who led the Devils with 24 goals and 67 points last season and is back for one more year.

The Devils also added Martin Havlat on Tuesday, signing the winger to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

Cammalleri had 26 goals in just 63 games last season for a rebuilding Flames, and there's nothing to suggest he can't replicate that production or even see those numbers jump with a Devils team that had the ninth-ranked power play in the NHL.

The Eastern Conference looks pretty fluid (read: mediocre) at this point, and if goalie Cory Schneider remains healthy there's no real reason New Jersey can't get back into the top eight and make the playoffs. If the Devils make the postseason, Cammalleri may truly earn his keep.

Although he hasn’t played in the postseason since 2011, in his last 26 playoff games with Montreal in 2010 and ’11, he collected an impressive 16 goals and 13 assists.

Welcome to Newark, Mr. Cammalleri.
Oilers are in flux
The focus, as it should be with three weeks to go in the regular season, is on those teams still with a shot at making the playoffs and, thereby, a shot at a championship. But there will be no shortage of drama in the 14 cities where the playoffs end up being unattainable.

That's been the case for a long time in Edmonton, but it doesn't mean the questions surrounding the puzzling Oilers have gone away. Chief among them is whether Dallas Eakins is the answer behind the bench.

Unfortunately for the Oilers, that question is moot. When rookie GM Craig MacTavish, a man who coached the Oilers for eight seasons, went with his gut and canned Ralph Krueger after just one season in favor of hot coaching prospect Eakins last offseason, MacTavish made his bed for the foreseeable future. There are certainly enough questions about how Eakins has handled this team to warrant a change if MacTavish hadn't already played the coaching card last season.

There's also the lack of development of young talent such as Nail Yakupov and the team's miserable defense that ranks 28th in goals allowed per game, has a conference-worst goal differential of minus-61 (only Buffalo is worse in the league) and is 25th in shots allowed per game. But MacTavish is more or less stuck with Eakins for at least another season.

Now it's up to the GM to prove Eakins wasn't a horrific impulse hire by giving him better defensive tools, which might mean moving a top draft pick (the Oilers have the second-worst record in the league as of Wednesday morning) or a top young asset such as Yakupov or Jordan Eberle, and even then precious few game-changing defenders are available for a top return. There is also the issue of whether adding Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth has solved the team's ongoing goaltending woes.

Ah, so many Oilers questions, so few answers, so far away from anything resembling respectability.

Flames' strong foundation
Adding to the sting of the perpetual woes in Edmonton has been the impressive show down the road in Calgary. The common wisdom the past few years has been that whatever problems Edmonton had, the Oilers were still miles ahead of the misguided Flames and had an infinitely brighter future.

But watching the Flames, destined to their fifth straight nonplayoff year, it's hard not to like the team's work ethic, and the foundation in place, even as they struggle to rejoin the playoff fray in the West. While team president and acting GM Brian Burke waits until the dust clears this offseason to find a new GM to replace Jay Feaster, the Flames have continued to stay competitive under coach Bob Hartley.

The feeling is Hartley has earned another shot next season, regardless of who ends up as GM, and it would be a shock if Mike Cammalleri, on a tear lately and the team's only 20-goal scorer, doesn't return despite being able to hit the free-agent market in July. The defense is not where it needs to be, but captain Mark Giordano is a defensive leader around whom this team can build.

Like the Oilers, the goaltending situation is in a state of flux, but Karri Ramo has shown flashes of becoming the man in net. Sean Monahan is the real deal, and Mikael Backlund, who leads the team in faceoff wins, has become a pleasant surprise to give the Flames emerging depth down the middle. They might not possess the raw talent the Oilers have, but the Flames are much more of a team than their provincial rival.

Trotz heading out?
Speaking of change, early hints and rumors suggest seminal changes for a couple of franchises, beginning in Nashville.

General manager David Poile and coach Barry Trotz have been the steadying hands at the Predators' tiller through waters both rough and calm since the team joined the NHL in 1998. It would seem those days might be coming to an end, and it won't be any surprise if Trotz moves this offseason after having coached every single Predators game.

With two playoff misses in a row, it might be time. It is the nature of the game, and perhaps a change would do both the team and the coach a world of good.

One thing is for certain: Trotz would instantly become the most attractive coaching option on the market. What happens in Winnipeg, for instance, if Paul Maurice isn't offered a new contract or, more likely, decides to move on from the Jets? Trotz is from the prairie city and would be an ideal fit. And what about Vancouver, where the ax is almost certainly going to be swung vigorously by ownership after a disastrous season for the Canucks?

If Trotz does go, what does Poile do? Peter Laviolette is going to get another head-coaching job and would be a good fit in Nashville, with Poile knowing Laviolette's work via USA Hockey.

Winds of change for Canes?
And then there are the Carolina Hurricanes, with rumors abound that longtime GM Jim Rutherford is set to step aside or step up into a different position with the team for which he has handled the reins since its days as the Hartford Whalers. Rutherford told us in an email that a decision will be made in the offseason and suggested to local reporters recently that the offseason will be the time for discussing the directions he and the team are headed.

It's assumed that Hall of Famer Ron Francis, currently the team's vice president of hockey operations, would take over the post Rutherford has held since June 1994. Rutherford remains one of the most respected men in the game and has always been a thoughtful, reasoned voice when it has come to discussing changes within the game. He has worked tirelessly to integrate the Hurricanes into the Raleigh, N.C., community. His teams have advanced to two Stanley Cup finals, in 2002 and 2006, winning a Stanley Cup in ’06. The Canes advanced to the Eastern Conference finals in 2009, but that was the last time the squad qualified for the playoffs and they will miss again this spring.

Like with Trotz, perhaps it is simply time for a good man to move on.

Blockbuster review
Just for fun, let's take a look at the Martin St. Louis-Ryan Callahan deal.

In 11 games with the Rangers, two-time NHL scoring champ St. Louis has zero goals and three assists and has recently been battling the flu. His slow start hasn't hurt the Blueshirts, however, who have won four in a row, have gone 7-3-1 since the March 5 trade deadline and are in second place in the Metropolitan Division. That would be good enough for home-ice advantage in the first round if the playoffs began today. And let's be honest here: Assuming the Rangers are playoff-bound, they acquired St. Louis not for Game 71 of the regular season but Game 7 of a playoff series.

The Bolts, meanwhile, have seen Callahan adjust much more quickly. The former Rangers captain has chipped in two goals and four assists, and the Lightning have lost only once in regulation (5-1-4) in 10 games since the deadline, good for 14 points.

It's all about defense
Finally, if you need a refresher course in the building blocks to a playoff spot, take a look at the bottom 10 teams in goals allowed per game. How many are going to the playoffs? If you said zero, you might be right.

The Washington Capitals (22nd in goals allowed) have a shot. They are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs (26th) at 80 points, but the Leafs are in free fall and both teams sit behind the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, both of whom also have 80 points but hold the wild-card tiebreakers as of Wednesday.

Spread the net wider to include the bottom 12 teams and the Hurricanes and Dallas Stars are also looking at a spring without playoff dates. Simple stuff, no?

How about the top 10 teams when it comes to keeping the puck out of their own net? All are locks to still be on the ice when the playoffs start April 16. Again, simple stuff, no?

Don't worry, Bruins, you're still on top

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Canadiens 2, Bruins 1 (SO)
* Bruins: Loss snaps 12-game win streak; had been their longest win streak since 1970-71.
* Bruins: Despite loss, the one point earned moves them ahead of St. Louis for most in the NHL.
* Canadiens: Won three straight on road; 5-1-0 over last six games overall

Rangers 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)
* Ryan McDonagh (NYR): Second career OT goal, third GW goal this season; two assists, including on game-tying goal in regulation.
* Dan Girardi (NYR): Game-tying goal (5) with 3:28 left in regulation.
* Rangers: Fourth straight win; move into second place in Metropolitan Division).

From Elias: The Rangers trailed, 3-2, with time running out in their game against the Phoenix Coyotes but they rallied to win, 4-3, thanks to a tying goal by defenseman Dan Girardi with 3:28 remaining in the third period and an overtime goal by fellow defenseman Ryan McDonagh. It was the first time in Rangers history that they won a game in overtime after tying the score in the final five minutes of the third period and both the tying and winning goals were scored by defensemen.

Flames 2, Sharks 1 (SO)
* Sharks: Clinch playoff berth with one point Monday.
* Sharks: Loss ends four-game road win streak.
* Karri Ramo (CGY): Fifth straight win; saved 33 of 34 shots.

Stars 2, Jets 1
* Tyler Seguin (DAL): Goal (32); ninth straight game with a point (7 G, 9 A)
* Stars: Second straight win (0-3-1 in previous four games).

Senators 4, Lightning 3 (SO)
From Elias:

Most Goals Through 400 Career Games (active players)

Alex Ovechkin 273
Teemu Selanne 258
Steven Stamkos 229<<
>>Includes Monday

Most Games With 3+ Pts, defensemen this season
Erik Karlsson 4
Victor Hedman 3
Andrei Markov 3
P.K. Subban 3
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper says former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has fit in just perfectly with his new team.

"He's been seamless," Cooper said of the gritty Callahan's entry into the Lightning lineup. "With our team, it's probably a little bit of an element we were missing. Unfortunately we had to give up our leading scorer [Martin St. Louis] to get him. But he's just brought a different dynamic to our team."

Callahan has been playing on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat.

"That line has been dynamic at both ends of the ice for us," Cooper said. "That kid [Callahan] knows how to play the game below the dots. We haven't had a ton of those guys wheel through our organization. It's a great fit for us. He's probably a little tired because I'm playing him a bit more here than he was in New York."

What has Callahan's leadership impact been on his new teammates?

"Just watch our bench when he hits somebody, or takes the puck from somebody, or battles in front of the net, guys are just pumped for him," Cooper said. "He doesn't have to come back to the bench and say anything. You just know right then what he's delivering to our team. It's great to see. He doesn't hear that because he's in the corner battling with [Zdeno] Chara, so he doesn't hear what's going on [on the bench], but you love that from your team and teammates when you hear that stuff."

Hartley should get a shot
Bob Hartley has won over many admirers with his work behind the Calgary Flames' bench this season, molding the rebuilding club into a hard-working, never-say-die outfit while working on the development of many youngsters.

I suspect he's earned himself a shot at coaching at least next season with the Flames.

Of course, they have yet to fill their general manager vacancy, so there's that to consider, given that every GM likes to pick his own coach. But I think once the GM interview process gets more serious in Calgary, president of hockey operations Brian Burke is going to strongly hint that Hartley should be given the opportunity to at least coach next season. It likely would be very similar to the GM interview process in Buffalo, where it was strongly suggested that Ted Nolan stay on as coach.

Hartley, by the way, has one more year on his current deal.

Double-ouchy for Ottawa
As the sobering reality of likely missing the playoffs sinks in for the Ottawa Senators, so does this: Their first-round pick belongs to the Anaheim Ducks.

That now will be a draft lottery pick unless the Senators mount a sensational, late-season comeback to get into the playoff race (Ottawa began Thursday seven points out).

That first-round pick is courtesy of the Bobby Ryan deal struck July 5, with the Senators also sending Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen to Anaheim in the trade.

I don't think it's fair to be playing armchair quarterback here -- I still would have made this deal if I were the Senators, having lost longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson to free agency earlier in the day and having the chance to add a proven commodity in Ryan to a team many believed was on the rise and had just made the playoffs two years in a row. You figure the team was at least playoff-bound again this season, right?

Heck, I'm on record saying I believed the Senators would challenge Boston for the Atlantic Division lead. Oops. Boy, was I wrong.

Now the Senators are staring at the possibility of a lottery pick landing in the Ducks' lap unless they can pull off the mini-miracle the next three-plus weeks.

But it also once again underlines the work of Ducks GM Bob Murray, who increasingly in the past few years has yielded unsolicited praise to me in conversations with his GM colleagues, all of whom continually point to his work in reshaping that franchise in the past half-decade into a team that not only is contending now, but has a bright future.

All without having to sit at the bottom of the standings -- and get the resulting high draft picks -- for a prolonged period of time along the way.

Jensen a bright light for Canucks
Travis Green stayed up late Wednesday night to watch his season-long project score again, Nicklas Jensen getting his third goal in his seventh NHL game since being called up earlier this month by the Vancouver Canucks.

"He's doing pretty good, I'm pretty proud of him. I'm really happy to see how he's playing," Green, Vancouver's AHL coach in Utica, said to ESPN.com Thursday.

In a season from hell for the Canucks, Jensen has been a much-needed bright light of late, putting up five points and playing on the top line, no less.

Much of the credit goes to Green, who has worked hard with Jensen in Utica to groom Vancouver's first pick (29th overall) from the 2011 draft.

"We challenged him. That's what makes it even better seeing him having success now," said Green, a hint of pride in his voice.

Anyone who saw Jensen play in September in rookie camp in Penticton, British Columbia, probably would not have believed that what's happening could be possible.

"He was a long ways away then," said Green, a longtime former NHL center. "Then he got hurt at the start of the year, which set him back for a while."

Jensen had a real tough start to the AHL season. Nothing was going right. But the Denmark native stuck with it, and Green stuck with Jensen.

"Jens loves the game of hockey, he wants to be a pro real bad," Green said. "Those guys are sponges, they take everything in, and they're not afraid to work. I've seen a lot of improvement in his game from when I first saw him at the beginning of the year."

It meant a lot of work on and off the ice.

"A lot of video, yes," Green said. "We cut his shifts a lot. There's so many little details in a young man's game, to try to get to the next level."

One focus early in the season was for Jensen to get stronger and faster.

"We put him on a fairly hard workout program here, which was harder than the other guys'," Green said.

The coach knew there would be days when Jensen might be real tired because of it, but it was worth it long term.

"We thought it would pay off after Christmas, and it did," Green said.

In the meantime, more video, almost every day, breaking down every game.

"His pace started to get higher and he started to go to the harder areas," Green said. "It's a grind to find scoring chances; you have to be willing to get your nose dirty. He's a natural goal scorer. It started to click for him, he got stronger on the walls, especially in his own end, he started to gain our trust and we played him more late in games."

Jensen had a stretch last month when he had eight goals in 13 AHL games, which led to his eventual call-up.

Neat story.

Isles make historic misery for Canucks

March, 11, 2014
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Islanders 7, Canucks 4
* Islanders: All seven goals came in thirrd period, each from a different player.
* FROM ELIAS: Islanders' seven goals in thir ties franchise record for goals in a period, originally set on Dec. 23, 1978 vs Rangers in second period.
* FROM ELIAS: Islanders are the first team to score seven goals in a period all by different players since the Red Wings in 1998-99. The Red Wings opponent that day? The Vancouver Canucks.

FROM ELIAS: The Islanders trailed 3–0 through two periods in their game at Vancouver, but they outscored the Canucks 7–1 in the third and skated off with a stunning 7–4 win. The Islanders tied the NHL record for most goals in one game by a team that was goalless through the first two periods. It was done three previous times: twice by the Maple Leafs (Jan. 16, 1934 at Ottawa, 7–4 in overtime; and Feb. 13, 1960 vs. Detroit, 7–1), and once by the Red Wings (Nov. 27, 1998 vs. Vancouver, 7–1).

Maple Leafs 3, Ducks 1
* Phil Kessel (TOR): Goal (34), two assists; four goals in two games against Ducks this season.
* Maple Leafs: Third straight win overall (0-1-2 in previous three games).
* Ducks: Thirrd straight loss (0-1-2); 3-4-2 in last nine games overall.
* Corey Perry (ANA): Goal (34); five goals in last four games

Kings 3, Flames 2
* Kings: Eighth straight win, one shy of tying franchise record (won nine straight in 2009-10).
* Kings: Eight-game win streak is longest active in NHL.
* Anze Kopitar (LA): Goal (20); at least 20 goals in seven of eight NHL seasons.

FROM ELIAS: Anze Kopitar, who’s played his entire eight-year NHL career with the Kings, reached the 20-goal mark in a season for the seventh time when he scored L.A.’s final goal in its 3–2 win at Calgary. Kopitar’s seven 20-goal seasons for the Kings rank him sixth in franchise history, behind co-leaders Marcel Dionne, Luc Robitaille and Dave Taylor (12 each), and also Butch Goring (9) and Bernie Nicholls (8).

Penguins 3, Capitals 2
* Penguins: Sidney Crosby scores 30th goal and has two assists; first 30-goal season since 2010-11 (sixth career 30-goal season).
* Penguins: Chris Kunitz scored two goals, his sixth multi-goal game this season.
* Penguins: Won three of the last four games after a 3 game winless streak.
* Capitals: Alex Ovechkin held without a point for third straight game, his second-longest pointless streak of the season.

FROM ELIAS: Chris Kunitz reached the 30-goal plateau in a season for the first time in his NHL career in the first minute of the Penguins’ game at Washington on Monday, and just over three minutes later Sidney Crosby did so for the sixth time. (Kunitz scored a second goal, which was the game-winner in a 3–2 Pittsburgh victory.) It was the fourth time in franchise history that two Penguins players scored their 30th goals of a season in the same game. The other Pittsburgh duos to do that were Syl Apps, Jr. and Lowell MacDonald in 1975–76 (March 29 at Toronto), Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux in 1995–96 (Dec. 26 vs. Buffalo), and Jagr and Alex Kovalev in 2000–01 (Feb. 7 vs. Philadelphia).

FROM ELIAS: Sidney Crosby vs Alex Ovechkin - Career Head-to-Head

Crosby Ovechkin
W-L-OTL 19-7-2 9-15-4
Goals 16 18
Assists 33 15
Points 49 33
Ryan Kesler was going to have an impact on the NHL’s trade deadline regardless of whether he moved or not, and did he ever.

The U.S. Olympian did not find a new NHL home Wednesday despite a serious push in particular by the Anaheim Ducks, and you can certainly underline the efforts of the Pittsburgh Penguins, also.

Now, the Vancouver Canucks were up front from the beginning of Kesler’s trade-market entry that they were not committed 100 percent to moving him; that cannot be forgotten here. They told teams they would listen but ultimately would reserve the right to wait until the offseason to move him if they felt a better package would await them in June.

And it might just be that by involving more teams closer to the draft, they will get a longer list of quality offers.

Perhaps.

Or maybe lessons were not learned from the Roberto Luongo saga over the past two years in terms of striking when there’s a good enough offer on the table.

What I do know is that the Ducks were aggressively trying to get a Kesler deal done, and few teams were in a better position to deliver the goods given their deep, deep pool of high-end prospect talent.

What they didn’t have was the 20- to 25-year-old center the Canucks had hoped to gain in this deal. That can’t be overlooked.

But Anaheim has a bevy of youthful talent to pick from.

Regardless, it was certainly Vancouver’s right not to pull the trigger. It’s believed the Ducks didn’t find out the Kesler option was gone until the last 15 to 20 minutes before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. That pretty much left the Ducks without a chance to recover.

There was a Plan B for Anaheim, a source said, in the name of Matt Moulson, but by then he was well on his way to Minnesota. You can’t ask the Buffalo Sabres to wait forever.

The Penguins, like the Ducks, probably didn’t have the type of day they had hoped because of their pursuit of Kesler. The Pens acquired Lee Stempniak and Marcel Goc, but it certainly wasn’t the sizzle they were looking for.

In the meantime, the long wait on Kesler, as well as the late-moving parts in Thomas Vanek and Moulson impacted the Calgary Flames' effort to move Mike Cammalleri -- something Flames boss Brian Burke confirmed in his post-deadline news conference. The market place was waiting on Vanek, Kesler and Moulson and had Cammalleri on the back-burner, which left the Flames holding back on him.

Calgary probably could have made a very meager, last-minute deal, but as Burke said afterward, he’d rather hang on to Cammalleri -- maybe keep talking contract with him -- rather than make a bad deal. Don’t disagree with him there.

Elsewhere, another deal that didn’t materialize but certainly would have been awfully interesting was San Jose’s attempt to lure Ryan Callahan from the Rangers. Sources tell ESPN.com that the Sharks were fairly down the road on a deal for him and likely would have gotten him had Steve Yzerman in Tampa Bay decided to hold on to Martin St. Louis. The Sharks deal appeared to be the Rangers’ Plan B on a Callahan trade. Columbus also chatted with the Rangers on a Callahan deal.

Which also tells you the amount of groundwork the Blueshirts got done on a Callahan trade, which means no doubt that they went to bed Tuesday night deciding they weren’t signing their captain despite last-minute movement from the Callahan camp. The winger’s camp moved down to within $200,000 or so from the Rangers’ $6 million-per-year offer, but the real stumbling block was the desire from the Callahan camp for a no-trade clause, something Rangers general manager Glen Sather confirmed to New York media was indeed the case.

At the end of a day in which split-second decisions make all the difference in the world, lots of what-if’s for many teams.

I would have loved to have seen Kesler in a Ducks uniform. Imagine that one-two punch at center with Ryan Getzlaf? Ooof.

Instead, we’ll all pick up the Kesler trade speculation in June. Until then.

It was quite a feeding frenzy in Philly

February, 28, 2014
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Sharks 7, Flyers 3
* Joe Pavelski (SJ): Hat trick (32); second career hat trick (both this season); 32 goals this season are a career high.
* Raffi Torres and Logan Couture: two goals each.
* FROM ELIAS: The last time the Sharks had three players score multiple goals in the same game was March 30, 2002 (Vincent Damphousse, Patrick Marleau, Teemu Selanne).
* Sharks: Won three straight; 4-1-0 in last five overall.
* Flyers: Loss snaps four-game win streak.

Kings 2, Flames 0
* Kings: Have won three straight.
* Dustin Brown (LA): Goal, assist; three points in four games this month after three in all of January.
* Jonathan Quick (LA): Fourth shutout of season.
* From Elias: Of Quick's last 17 NHL regular-season shutouts, 13 have been 1–0 or 2–0 wins, including all four of his shutouts this season.

Capitals 5, Panthers 4
* Capitals: 9-0-1 in last 10 games vs Panthers.
* Capitals: 16 of their wins this seasons have been by one goal.
* Panthers: lost three straight games (1-for-13 on PP in those games).

Red Wings 6, Senators 1
* Red Wings: 2-0-0 in Ottawa this season (7-1-0 in Canada this season)
* Red Wings: Six goals (tied for most this season; also scored six on Nov. 27, 2013).
* Senators: outscored 27-14 in last six games (2-3-1 record in those games).

Canadiens 6, Penguins 5
* Max Pacioretty (MTL): Three goals against Penguins this season.
* Andrei Markov (MTL) Four assists in his past three games.
* Canadiens: Won three straight road games, including at Pittsburgh and Boston.
* Penguins: Have lost two straight games for the first time since Nov. 25 of this season.

Rangers 2, Blackhawks 1
* Derick Brassard (NYR): Goal (12); seven-game point streak (4 G, 5 A during stretch).
* Rick Nash (NYR): Goal (19); First goal in six games after seven in the previous five.
* Rangers: Won six of last seven games (two in a row).
* Blackhawks: Lost two straight after starting seven-game road trip 3-0-2

Devils 5, Blue Jackets 2
* Jaromir Jagr (NJ): 699th career goal, one shy of being seventh NHL player to reach 700 goals.
* Devils: First regulation win since January 24.

Most Goals in NHL History

Wayne Gretzky 894
Gordie Howe 801
Brett Hull 741
Marcel Dionne 731
Phil Esposito 717
Mike Gartner 708
Jaromir Jagr 699
From the official NHL release:

PARISE, KESSEL AND BACKLUND NAMED NHL 'THREE STARS' OF THE WEEK


NEW YORK (February 3, 2014) – Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel and Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending Feb.
2.

FIRST STAR— ZACH PARISE, LW, MINNESOTA WILD

Parise led the NHL with eight points (3-5--8) last week as the Wild
(29-21-7) went 1-1-1 in three road contests. Parise began the week by tallying the game-winning goal plus two assists in a 4-2 win at Anaheim Jan. 28, handing the Ducks their second regulation loss in 25 home starts.
He recorded a season-high four points (2-2--4) and nine shots in a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 30 and notched an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Feb. 1. Parise also was named captain of the
2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team on Jan. 31. The 29-year-old Minneapolis native, who served as an alternate captain for the silver medal-winning U.S. team at Vancouver in 2010, has recorded 35 points
(18-17--35) in 42 games with the Wild this season.

SECOND STAR –- PHIL KESSEL, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Kessel recorded seven points (3-4--7) last week, helping the Maple Leafs (30-21-6) climb to third place in the Atlantic Division with three consecutive victories. He earned an assist on the game-winning goal in a
3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 28, recorded two assists in a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers Jan. 30 and tallied his fifth career hat trick and one assist in a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators Feb. 1. The 26-year-old Madison, Wisc. native, who will represent the United States at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games later this month, leads the Maple Leafs in scoring and is fourth in the League overall with 61 points (30-31--61) in
57 games. His 30 goals rank second in the League to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (39).

THIRD STAR – MIKAEL BACKLUND, C, CALGARY FLAMES

Backlund recorded six points (4-2--6) last week, highlighted by multiple points in each of his three appearances, as the Flames (21-27-7) closed out their first 5-0-0 homestand since Feb. 7-15, 1997. Backlund began the week by notching two goals, one shorthanded, in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 28. He tallied two assists in a
4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 30 and he closed the week by recording a shorthanded tally as well as the overtime winner in a 4-3 decision over the Minnesota Wild Feb. 1. The 24-year-old Vasteras, Sweden native increased his season scoring total to 13-14--27 in 54 games.
Penguins 4, Kings 1
* Penguins: Improve to 6-1-0 vs Kings in shootout era.
* Jussi Jokinen (PIT): Goal, two Assists; ties season-high with three points.
* Kings: Lost seven of last eight games.
* Kings: One goal or fewer in five straight games.

Canadiens 4, Bruidns 1
* Daniel Briere (MTL): Goal (8), assist (third multi-point game of season).
* Peter Budaj (MTL): 34 saves (first win since December 4).
* Canadiens: Won last two games following a four-game losing streak.
* Bruins: Four-game winning streak ends; First regulation loss in last seven games (5-1-1).

Ducks 5, Flyers 3
* Ducks: Won both meetings with Flyers this season.
* Corey Perry (ANA): Goal (29); second in NHL behind Alex Ovechkin (38).

Flames 4, Sharks 1
* Flames: 4-0 on current five-game homestand.
* Eriah Hayes (SJ): First career NHL goal (13th career game).
* Sharks: Lost three straight games (outscored 8-1).

Devils 3, Stars 2 (F/OT)
* Patrik Elias (NJ): Game-winning power play goal (10); two PP goal in last three games after one in first 37 games.
* Travis Zajac (NJ): Goal, assist; first game with at least one goal and one assist since Feb. 15, 2013.
* Jamie Benn (DAL): Goal (21); Four goals, five assists during five-game point streak.
* Tyler Seguin (DAL): Goal (24); Three goals in last two games after none in previous 12 games.

Blue Jackets 5, Capitals 2
* Ryan Johansen (CBJ): Two goals (21); first career 20-goal season (had 14 goals in 117 games in first two NHL seasons).
* Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ): Goal (12), assist; ninth multi-point game of season (fourth during January).
* Blue Jackets: Snap three-game losing streak.
* Capitals: Two-game winning streak ends; 2-6-2 in last 10 games.

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