When told he was being selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Hart Trophy, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had nothing to say, and not because he was left speechless by an honor that comes with words and hype rather than hardware and bonus money.
Getting chosen as a preseason favorite for anything means about as much to Stamkos as the watermelons, Legos, wedding cake and plates he destroyed with his powerful slap shot during his most recent commercial shoot for Bauer.
That's to say it's altogether meaningless to him, with one exception:
"I hope I can," Stamkos said of winning the Hart Trophy.
But Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli did that Saturday when he traded Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders for the Philadelphia Flyers' second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired by the Islanders), the Islanders' 2016 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2015 that Boston will receive if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team this season.
Chiarelli conceded that by making this trade four days before the regular-season opener against the Flyers, he didn't make the Bruins better.
"How does it impact our team? He's very well-liked and I'm sure the guys are bummed and they're probably a little bit bummed at me for doing it," Chiarelli said at TD Garden prior to the Bruins' preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings.
The New York Islanders retooled their defense Saturday, acquiring veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and up-and-coming defenseman Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks in separate trades.
Boychuk, who helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, was obtained for two second-round picks, one in the 2015 NHL Draft and another in 2016. There is a conditional third-round pick in 2015 involved in the trade, which comes into play if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team before the end of this season. The 2015 second-round pick going to Boston was acquired by the Islanders from the Philadelphia Flyers in a March trade for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
"They've both won a Stanley Cup, so in the leadership department, that helps our group," Islanders general manager Garth Snow told the team website. "Leddy's ability to move the puck and skate the puck up ice, add offense; Boychuk’s ability to be physical, clear the front of the net and a howitzer for a shot; for us, [those are] two solid additions to our club."
The Islanders selected Ho-Sang, 18, with the 28th-overall pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft. The Toronto, ON native led the Windsor Spitfires.
Forward Daniel Carcillo has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team said Saturday. No other terms were disclosed, but Sportsnet reports it's a one-way contract worth $550,000.
Carcillo, 29, joined the Blackhawks on Friday, one day after being released by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was attending training camp with the Penguins on a professional tryout.
In each of the past two Winter Olympics, Doughty has been a near consensus choice as one of the best defensemen in the tournament.
Doughty has evolved into one of the best players in the world at his position. What is missing from his dossier is a Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL as judged by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
He is NHL.com's preseason choice for the award in the 2014-15 season.
Ryan Malone tied the game with 4:29 left in regulation then scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 preseason win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Hilary Knight, a two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist, practiced with the Ducks as part of World Girls Ice Hockey Week. The 25-year-old is in town to support USA Hockey's Girls Try Hockey for Free Day on Oct. 12, an event that caps a week-long campaign to help introduce young female athletes to the sport.
Knight met with Boudreau and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf prior to practice. When she got on the ice she was seen chatting with center Nate Thompson and assistant coach Trent Yawney before participating in keep-away and shooting drills.