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Canadiens acquire Weaver from Panthers

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 1:08 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline


The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday acquired defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in a trade for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Weaver has no goals and six points in 55 games this season. He has averaged 18:47 of ice time per game, which is fourth on the Panthers.


The Front Line: Blues-Sabres swap may spark moves

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Last week I addressed the NHL Trade Deadline from a fantasy perspective with a three-part series, breaking down players that could be traded and how it affects their fantasy value, plus some buy-low and sell-high fantasy candidates.

Since that time, two relatively fantasy-relevant forwards have been traded: Chris Stewart and Steve Ott.

Prior to the trade, Stewart had been ranked 89th among my forwards. Now a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Stewart slips down to No. 96 in my top-100 forward rankings. Of course moving from one of the best teams in the NHL to the team that scores the fewest goals per game (1.93) is going to hurt his value.

Stewart had been struggling with the Blues and was even demoted to the fourth line, so the fact he's now a top-six forward in Buffalo is the main reason he still remains within the top-100. He's actually ranked 119th among all players in Yahoo leagues, thanks largely in part to his 112 penalty minutes, which is the eighth most in the NHL. But outside of his PIMs value, there hasn't been much reason to own him in fantasy leagues since the new year -- Stewart has just two goals and four points in his past 20 games.

Owned in 49 percent of leagues, stick with Stewart for now to see if he can put up some more points with the Sabres while continuing to provide plenty of penalty minutes. On Monday, he skated on one of the team's top lines with Cody Hodgson and Matt D'Agostini -- he finished with a minus-2 and one shot on goal in 17:25 of ice time. His rating is sure to take a hit and if the points don't start to come within his next four or five games, it may be time to cut ties.


'Hockey Day on the Hill' set for March 5

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 11:49 AM / Hockey is for Everyone


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL), USA Hockey, USA Warriors and the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club will join members of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 5 for Hockey Day on the Hill to discuss the state of hockey in the U.S., with a focus on how ice hockey can assist in the rehabilitation of injured veterans. The day will begin with a Congressional Hockey Caucus Briefing on Capitol Hill and conclude with a friendly, but competitive hockey game at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Monies raised from the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge will benefit a portion of the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Scholarship, which awards a four-year academic scholarship to a participant of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) official youth development program to attend any U.S. college or university. The NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarship was developed in 2012 under the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who serves on its board of directors.


Daily Primer March 4: Blues set to host Lightning

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


Ryan Miller has already played his last game with the Buffalo Sabres. Will Tuesday be the last time we see Martin St. Louis skate for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

With the NHL Trade Deadline set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, there's a chance St. Louis could be moved. That's why all eyes will be on the Lightning on Tuesday when they visit Miller and the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


Five Questions: Bruins' Julien talks Sochi, young 'D'

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien:

NEW YORK -- Claude Julien looks as energized as he says he feels since returning from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Boston Bruins coach is moving fast, talking fast, smiling and laughing. If there was a trampoline nearby you'd think Julien would get on it and jump for hours.


Capitals' pick Burakovsky developing rapidly in OHL

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

ERIE, Pa. -- When the Washington Capitals selected forward Andre Burakovsky at No. 23 in the 2013 NHL Draft out of Malmo, Sweden, they may have wound up picking their next great superstar forward.

Burakovsky was ranked as the sixth-best international skater by NHL Central Scouting and is playing in his first season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, his first campaign in North America. For some players that transition is difficult.

That hasn't been the case for Burakovsky, who has 32 goals and 68 points in 48 games with the Otters and is leaving a big impression on the Capitals.


Blue Jackets' Murray leaves game with injury

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:33 AM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray left the game Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower-body injury and will not return.

Murray, 20, played 4:51 of the first period. His final shift of the game came with 1:47 remaining.

In his rookie season with the Blue Jackets, Murray has played 60 games and has three goals and 17 assists.


Stars' Ruff has little time to celebrate milestone win

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:30 AM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- With the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night at American Airlines Center, Stars coach Lindy Ruff became the 12th coach in NHL history to reach 600 career victories.

However, Ruff had little time to savor his milestone win.

After hanging on to beat the Sabres, the Stars boarded a plane and will visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

"I had some real good teams … a Presidents' Trophy team [in 2006-07 with Buffalo]," Ruff said. "Those wins for the most part belong to the guys on the ice who go out and get them for you. To me, we needed that two points to help move up the standings. It was the most important thing."


Capitals' Orlov suspended two games for boarding

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 4:14 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn during NHL Game No. 912 in Washington on Sunday, March 2, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 9:33 of the third period. Orlov was assessed a major penalty for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Orlov will forfeit $7,076.92. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Blackhawks agree to terms with Bollig on extension

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:54 PM / News


The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday agreed to terms with forward Brandon Bollig on a three-year contract extension.

Terms were not released by the team, but according to reports it has an average annual value of $1.25 million.

"I was hoping it would happen," Bollig said. "Obviously we've been talking and my contract was up after this year, and I was hoping I would remain a Blackhawks and it worked out for me."

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I'm hoping Bob [Murray] didn't go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I'm sure he's excited and motivated.

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