Chat with Katie Strang
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, hockey writer Katie Strang stops by to chat about the latest news from around ice.
In addition to covering the NHL as a whole, Strang, who previously covered the Islanders for Newsday, also covers the Rangers, Isles and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Send your questions now and join Strang Thursday at 3 p.m. ET!
Katie Strang (3:00 PM)
Greetings puckheads! For those of you who braved the frigid temps at Yankee Stadium this week, I hope you have had time to defrost.In the meantime, let's tackle some of those questions. Fire away!
What was your play of the game at Yankee Stadium last night?
Katie Strang (3:03 PM)
Only because I enjoyed the description so much afterwards from Derick Brassard, who admitted he tried to bank a puck in off Evgeni Nabokov's butt, I'd say Pouliot's goal. It was really interesting to hear Brassard say that the Rangers game-planned for Nabokov's distinct style of play. He said that the veteran netminder always comes really far out of his crease, which actually makes it tough to get much from him off of perimeter shots and screens in front of the net
Chris (Long Island)
Going into last nite I figured the Isles needed to record a minimal of 6 points of the 10 available before the Olympic break, If they do they should still be in striking distance! If this occurs do the Islanders finally pull the trigger on a goalie or quality d-man?
Katie Strang (3:06 PM)
Yeah, at this point I think the Islanders need to pretty much win out before the break to keep their playoff hopes alive. The recent four-game skid really hurt them. Have to imagine that Snow could be in sell mode, though don't be surprised to see him try to make an actual hockey trade to address the team's problems in goal and on defense, just not a rental player, obviously. I don't see Ryan Miller coming to LI if that is what you're going to ask next. More and more I hear, the more I think he'll be St. Louis-bound
Matt (Buried in Michigan)
Assuming a healthy lineup after the Olympic break, A) do you think the wings will continue their playoff streak? B) Could they make a cup run?
Katie Strang (3:09 PM)
Well, the problem here is in assuming that there will be a healthy lineup after the break. You'd like to think that the Wings will be able to use some of that time to rest up and recover -- Johan Franzen just announced he will forego the olympics because of his injury -- but who knows with the the crazy bad luck they have had this season. If they can get healthy, I absolutely still thing Detroit can keep the playoff streak alive. But, not a Cup run. Sorry for that and sorry for the weather lately. As a Michigan native, I can empathize. My fiance has had three straight snow days off from school
if you had to pick the 3rd best team in the eastern conference, who would you pick? lightning with stamkos coming back (although i think they're prone for a letdown)? rangers with the king playing at an elite form after a slow start? i don't fully trust toronto or montreal even though the points are there.
Katie Strang (3:10 PM)
I definitely would pick Toronto out of those teams you named, especially with Steven Stamkos back in the lineup. Have so much respect with the work Jon Cooper has done, particularly without his biggest star. Very impressed with the Bolts in general
Scott CapsFan (Los Angeles, CA)
Do the Caps make the playoffs with the current roster, depth, and level of play? Me thinks not...
Katie Strang (3:11 PM)
Methinks you're right
Richard (Brentwood, TN)
Katie, with the Preds playoff chances dropping with each passing day, do you think that they will trade Legwand and/or Cullen? What do you think the market will be for them and what kind of return would you expect?
Katie Strang (3:13 PM)
I can see teams very interested in Legwand, though the original franchise draftee may be a tough choice for David Poile. Think Poile would discuss this with Legwand first, but I imagine any team wanting to add some veteran experience and depth down the middle would find him appealing.
Erik Bruckner (Pittsburgh)
Would the Rangers deal Callahan to the Pens?
Katie Strang (3:16 PM)
I had this very discussion with someone last night. Sounds absurd to consider the possibility, particularly because it would be within the division, but I'm told that Glen Sather would not be reluctant to trade Callahan within the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh would have to send someone back though, as they are too tight against the cap to accommodate Callahan's salary, even with it pro-rated, right now.
Shaun (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Hi Katie. Your opinion: Montreal Canadiens, buyers or sellers at the deadline?
Katie Strang (3:18 PM)
I think they'd like to add some size and scoring up front, but I could see them shedding a player or two as well. Maybe a team desperate on defense has interest in Raphael Diaz, who has been a healthy scratch lately, or Alexe Emelin, who has been struggling. The latter's contract is obviously prohibitive, though
So Katie, tell me it wasn't a mistake to buy a Callahan Jersey this past year
Katie Strang (3:19 PM)
Gut feeling, I still think the Rangers re-sign him. Asked on Western Conference GM his prediction and he suggested the same. Seems to be at least a healthy dose of skepticism that Rangers would truly deal him. At least some people wondering whether this could be a negotiating tactic as well.
Erik Bruckner (Pittsburgh)
Katie, do you see the Pens making a splash at the deadline for a rental winger or someone with term?
Katie Strang (3:22 PM)
Penguins GM Ray Shero is never shy about pulling the trigger and making a bold move. Despite some cap constraints, I expect him to land a winger (with term) that can fill the hole with Pascal Dupuis injured
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
When will be the Next Stadium Series in New York for the NHL?
Katie Strang (3:26 PM)
Having some trouble posting questions. Bear with me...
Where do you think Moulson is headed? Could he go to LA? Vancouver? STL? OTT? I feel like there is a better market for him than Miller
Katie Strang (3:29 PM)
I think Moulson would be a fabulous fit in Vancouver. The last time I spoke to Tortorella earlier this season, he said he'd like to have a little more grind on his team. Moulson is the type of player Torts loves. Not sure I see LA as a fit. Kings are the ones that gave up on Moulson early in his career. Not sure Dean Lombardi will go back to him as a rental
Katie Strang (3:30 PM)
Question I meant to get to earlier from Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY): When will be the Next Stadium Series in New York for the NHL?
Katie Strang (3:31 PM)
Glad you asked this Chris, because the pair of games in the Bronx got me wondering about Citi Field as a possibility down the road. Here's a story I just posted:http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/rangers/post/_/id/1221/nhl-heading-to-citi-field Doubt the NHL will come back to NY anytime soon, but it's at least a possibility down the road
Ben Scrivens (Edmonton, AB)
Katie, who was busier last night? Me or the guy taking cover song requests for Cee Lo Green?
Katie Strang (3:32 PM)
Who doesn't know the words to Journey's greatest hits?I did love his coat, though
Mr. UGG (Australia)
Katie, how did those boots work out for you last night?
Katie Strang (3:32 PM)
Amazing. Stadium Series MVPs and it wasn't even close
Hi Katie, What do you make of the latest Callahan rumors? Is this a negotiating ploy by Sather to indicate the Rangers aren't afraid to move on, is it Sather simply doing due diligence with all options, or is there a legitimate desire to trade him if he can't be resigned by the deadline? Thanks!
Katie Strang (3:34 PM)
To be honest? Probably all of the above.Would be stupid for Sather to not even explore the market, one he may have to test if he truly believes that he can't re-sign Callahan.I think he will, though.Remember how acrimonious things seemed with both the Lundqvist and Stepan deals? Both players signed shortly after negotiations seemed to turn contentious. Funny how that works
Girardi is also a potentail trade asset for the Rangers. Who could he be traded to? Obiously they need some kind of d-man back for him.
Katie Strang (3:37 PM)
Girardi could probably fetch more in return too, since a player like him is usually so hard to find: solid, steady defenseman with a right-handed shots who can gobble up minutes on a team's top pair. But you are correct. The Rangers need someone to help fill that void on the right. Those are minutes that would be difficult to replace
What is going on NJ. Elias call his teamates out and Brodeur says he willing to be traded.
Katie Strang (3:39 PM)
Veteran guys who are sick of losing, it sounds like. Keep an eye on Brodeur. Source confirmed to me yesterday that he'd be open to a trade, given the right situation. Have to imagine that at age 41, he'd want to go to a team that has a chance to win. Believe TSN reported that St. Louis is interested.
Why do you think the Hawks are going into overtime so often? What do they need to change?
Katie Strang (3:40 PM)
Asked someone in CHI what the deal was lately. Was told that the effects of playing a lot of hockey over the past calendar year is finally starting to take its toll. WIth ten guys prepping to head to Sochi next month, have to wonder if that is a bit of a distraction as well.
Katie,Will you marry me?
Katie Strang (3:40 PM)
Sorry, I already told someone else I would.
Judeman5000, CPA (Thornton, CO)
Have you heard PA Parenteau's name come up lately? I've heard Montreal, possibly for PK Subban (We'd add picks or prospects of course).
Katie Strang (3:41 PM)
And apparently he will be a healthy scratch again tonight, per the Denver Post. That won't fan the flames or anything. Not sure I see Montreal as a fit, since they'd want to add some size and physicality as well.
Hi Katie,Who will win gold at Socchi? Methinks you like Sweden too much :7
Katie Strang (3:43 PM)
Certainly doesn't hurt that Sasha Barkov is on track to return in time to play, now does it? Sticking to my guns on Sweden, despite some of their injury questions up front. Lundqvist has been stellar as of late and their back end is impressive
Who do you think is going to be the biggest name changing jerseys at the deadline
Katie Strang (3:43 PM)
Moulson, Miller, Vanek
Who is the captain of team USA in Sochi? And when are they going to announce the choice?
Katie Strang (3:44 PM)
Believe they are announcing the captain tomorrow. My vote is for either Backes or Parise, both fine choices
James (Queens, NY)
Has there been any change in contract discussions with Anton Stralman? Last heard, there was nothing going on. Any preliminary discussions? I would figure a team would pay a bit for him at the deadline with his play if he cannot be resigned and the recent acquisition of Kevin Klien.
Katie Strang (3:46 PM)
There have been some casual, preliminary discussions but nothing substantive as of early this week. I get the sense that this deal won't be one that's difficult to make, but probably just taking a back-seat priority-wise with both Callahan/Girardi situations yet to be resolved.
Doug (Long Island)
Isn't Barkov on Finland?
Katie Strang (3:47 PM)
Yes, but the person who asked that question was from Finland. So I assumed that was his rooting interest, which is why I mentioned Barkov.
Jesse S. (Carmel, NY)
Katie, what type of outfit did you go with for the arctic tundra of Yankee statium last night? For a game like that you want to show off that cool jersey and hat or other merch you bought. I ended up going for looks with my Team USA hoodie and Vancouver 2010 mittens. However, in reality I should have gone with a U.S. Goast Guard approved cold water survival suit and the type of gloves and boots Sandra Bullock wore in Gravity...regardless of whether I looked like the sta-puft marshmallow man.
Katie Strang (3:49 PM)
Live and learn, Jesse. I think next time some Scotch-spiked hot chocolate could make a big difference, too. Kept it pretty simple with my fur-trimmed boots, Michelin-man puffy coat and under armour headband. It wasn't too bad. But I'm a Midwestern gal, and we're made pretty tough ;)
Katie Strang (3:50 PM)
Ok all, we're going to end there today. Thanks so much for all of your great questions. Hope to see you again next week!