Viacheslav Fetisov, a star defenseman during his days playing for the old Soviet Union teams and later in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings, will join NHL Live in studio Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Fetisov won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years with the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to close out a brilliant career.
The New York Rangers travel to face the Detroit Red Wings in this week's NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game. We'll talk to analyst Pierre McGuire by phone at 6 p.m. to get a preview of this matchup between Eastern Conference powers.
Forward Anthony Duclair was recently traded from the Rangers to the Arizona Coyotes as part of the package for defenseman Keith Yandle. We'll talk to Duclair in this week's Prospect Report at 6:15 p.m.
NHL Live, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, airs from 5-7 p.m. ET on NHL Network.
General manager Glen Sather was busy before the NHL Trade Deadline, acquiring Yandle and forward James Sheppard, and trading forward Lee Stempniak to the Winnipeg Jets. Yandle debuted Monday in the Rangers' 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators, finishing with three shots and a minus-1 rating in 19:41 of ice time.
Yandle's 22 power-play assists is tied for the League lead and his 26 power-play points are tied for fifth.
The 43-year-old forward, acquired from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for a second-round and third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was the last member of the Panthers to come out for the skate, wearing his customary No. 68.
The trade was announced around noon ET, and shortly after Hillen was seen in his suit with a bag packed, leaving the Capitals practice facility in Arlington, Va., for Long Island, according to the Washington Post.
Neither team held a morning skate Saturday after playing the night before.
The Calgary Flames plan to be "as aggressive as we can" heading into the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 2, general manager Brad Treliving told Sportsnet 690 Radio on Friday.
"I wouldn’t say I'm close. Things can change. We’re talking. There’s lots of conversations going on," Treliving said, according to Nichols on Hockey. "Are we imminent? We hope; we expect and anticipate to get some business done. But again, I don't know. You need somebody to say yes on the other line too.
"So we're going to be as aggressive as we can. We'll see where that gets us."
"We're getting pretty close [to a trade], but until it's done, it's not done," Bowman said. "I wouldn't want to characterize anything until you get the word that, 'yes, we have a deal,' and we'll make the trade call.
"I've seen enough things that you think are going to happen that don't quite work out. So we're not there yet, but we've had a lot of good discussions today. Hopefully we'll get there."
Two forwards debuted with new teams Thursday, and as expected were given some good opportunities.
Devante Smith-Pelly (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW/RW) played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose, Smith-Pelly played most of the final two periods with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy did his best to quell those rumors Thursday during his weekly interview with 104.3 The Fan in Denver. O'Reilly is signed through the end of next season with a $6 million NHL salary-cap charge, and Roy said he doesn't see him going anywhere.
Now, Boudreau has a new weapon to work with in rookie forward Jiri Sekac.
The Ducks acquired Sekac on Tuesday from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Sekac was present at morning skate Wednesday, taking line rushes with Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler, but his status for the game against the Ottawa Senators is up in the air with Sekac awaiting a visa.
"We know he has skill, he can skate, and he's got a good shot," Boudreau told the Ducks website. "We move people around in our top-nine [forwards] until we find the right spot for them. I assume that'll be the same case here."
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Well, for me this one's concerning, the way we performed. Because three games in, playing a desperate team on the road, I was expecting something else than this. Right now, I'm just disappointed. The other games, I thought we did some things that you can build off your game. There wasn't a lot accomplished in tonight's game.