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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Value in recent deals

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

UPDATED TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

Moves on the blue line stole the show over the 24 hours leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline, but fantasy owners shouldn't lose sight of deals involving forwards in recent days, even if they're not garnering much attention.

Trades involving Keith Yandle and James Wisniewski will have sizable impacts on depth charts for the New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks, mostly in regards to the power-play equation. But when you consider each defenseman is owned in the vast majority of Yahoo Fantasy leagues, the implications only concern those who own them.

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Red Wings reassign forward Pulkkinen to AHL

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 11:31 AM / News

DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen has skated in 12 games with the Red Wings this season, scoring two goals and tallying 27 shots on goal. When he was recalled by Detroit on Feb. 17, he was leading the AHL in both goals (30) and points (57) and still sits first and second in those categories, respectively. The 23-year-old winger also leads the Griffins with 10 power-play goals and six game-winning goals. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Pulkkinen has totaled 117 points (61-56-117) and 64 penalty minutes in 117 career AHL games since 2012-13. Prior to coming to North America, the former fourth-round pick (111th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) registered 128 points (48-79-128) in 185 professional games with Jokerit of Finland's SM-Liiga from 2009-13 and was honored as the league's rookie of the year in 2010-11.

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Avalanche's McLeod, Landeskog fined for actions at end of Feb. 28 game vs. Wild

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 10:00 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- Colorado Avalanche forwards Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each have been fined the maximum amounts allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for their respective actions during the final seconds of NHL Game No. 930 in Denver on Saturday, February 28, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

McLeod has been fined $3,091.40 for entering the game on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Directly off a face-off at center ice, McLeod launched into a bodycheck against Minnesota center Mikael Granlund and then engaged in a fight with Wild forward Charlie Coyle. McLeod was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major penalty for fighting and a misconduct penalty.

Landeskog has been fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu while both players were on their respective benches with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Landeskog was assessed a misconduct penalty.

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Zuccarello, Rangers excited forward is staying put

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is happy he'll have the chance to remain "home."

The 27-year-old right wing had been on pins and needles all weekend after reports surfaced of a possible trade in the works as general manager Glen Sather looked to upgrade his team for the stretch run of the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Discussions with Zuccarello's agent, Don Meehan, on a new contract had slowed and Sather at the time began exploring his options with the NHL Trade Deadline slated for Monday at 3 p.m. ET. The Norwegian forward was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and Sather had no intentions of losing his top-line player for nothing.

The trade never happened, however, and Zuccarello on Monday agreed to terms with the Rangers on a reported four-year contract worth $18 million for an annual average salary cap charge of $4.5 million. The deal also included a full no-trade clause in the first season (2015-16), according to Northjersey.com.

"I am glad that it worked out, he is a young player that is only in his first couple years in the NHL," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's a very competitive player and highly skilled and is only going to get better. I'm very happy we have him locked up for the next four years."

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Five Questions: Blues' Armstrong on deadline moves

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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

The latest edition features St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong:

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was on his way home from a long day -- more accurately a long couple of weeks -- when he was reached by phone Monday afternoon.

Armstrong seemed relaxed and satisfied, calm and measured. He also was very willing to put his feet up and let other people dissect what he and his fellow general managers did before the NHL Trade Deadline.

"Now you guys have got to make sense of it all," Armstrong said to NHL.com. "This is the fun time of the year now. My experience shows that when the players have their first practice after the deadline there is more heightened awareness. This is their team. This is what it is. Let's get our game in order now. You're past the dog days and you're into really why we played the game as kids and why we follow the game. You're into the most enjoyable time."

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Vezina favorite Price elevating game for Canadiens

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With three-quarters of the 2014-15 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders.

The Montreal Canadiens won their fourth straight game Saturday and are building on their lead atop the Atlantic Division. One could make a strong case their goaltender is the biggest reason why.

Carey Price has been sensational all season long and was named the NHL's Second Star for the month of February after going 9-1-1 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in 11 games. He closed out the month by shutting out the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-0 win at Bell Centre on Saturday when he made 30 saves.

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Laviolette, leading Predators, still Adams favorite

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

With three-quarters of the 2014-15 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders.

Not even an injury to a Hart and Vezina Trophy contender could derail Peter Laviolette and the Nashville Predators.

Goalie Pekka Rinne was leading the NHL with 29 wins when he sustained a sprained knee Jan. 13, but the Predators held steady to maintain their place at the top of the Central Division. When Rinne was injured, the Predators led the Chicago Blackhawks by two points and the St. Louis Blues by five points. When he returned Feb. 5, they were two points ahead of the Blues and eight in front of the Blackhawks.

At the quarter pole of the season, Nashville leads the race for the Presidents' Trophy and Laviolette remains the favorite to win the Jack Adams Award given to the NHL's top coach.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, March 2

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 1:42 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

RANGERS DEFEAT LEAGUE'S TOP TEAM, TAKE FIRST IN METROPOLITAN

The New York Rangers defeated the League-leading Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1 and have earned points in nine straight home games (7-0-2) and in 11 of their past 12 games overall (9-1-2). The Rangers are 39-17-6 (84 points) this season and tied the idle New York Islanders for first in Metropolitan Division standings points. However, the Rangers hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 36, NYI: 34).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most-recent time the Rangers earned points in nine or more consecutive home games was from Feb. 16-April 4, 2008 when they earned points in 11 straight games on home ice (8-0-3). The Rangers have also earned points in seven straight games against Western Conference opponents (5-0-2). Elias says that the most-recent time they earned points in seven or more consecutive games versus Western Conference teams was from Nov. 26, 1996-Jan. 21, 1997 when the Rangers earned points in 10 straight games against Western Conference opponents (8-0-2).


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Coyotes looking to future after busy week of trades

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:03 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the Arizona Coyotes traded center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Zbynek Michalek leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline, there was little surprise. Each can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Coyotes needed to get what they could before losing them.

But in between, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney pulled the trigger on a trade that sent shockwaves through the dressing room and signaled that a retool had become a total rebuild.

Coyotes leading scorer Keith Yandle, who spent his entire eight-season career in Arizona, most of it in the locker next to captain Shane Doan, was traded to the New York Rangers, with Maloney content that the promise of young center Anthony Duclair and a first- and second-round draft pick would be a big part of a future that needed to begin as soon as possible.

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Canadiens add five quality players at low cost

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 10:05 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin likes to say that championship teams are built at the NHL Draft, not at the NHL Trade Deadline.

For a second year in a row, the success of the Canadiens forced Bergevin to act against that principle on deadline day.

Bergevin traded four draft picks and a prospect to acquire Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry and Buffalo Sabres forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn in three trades Monday, filling a major need on the blue line and shoring up the Canadiens' depth up front.

Last year, Bergevin traded a second-round pick and a prospect to acquire forward Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders, nabbing the most coveted rental forward on the market minutes before the deadline.

This time, Bergevin traded a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a conditional fifth-round pick that reportedly could become a third- or fourth-round pick depending on the Canadiens' success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to acquire Petry, who was one of the most sought after rental defensemen available.

For someone who doesn't believe in the value of moving at the deadline, Bergevin is proving to be quite good at it.

"I'm really happy with our group, what we've done so far this year the first 60-some games, the way we compete, the way we played, where we are in the standings," Bergevin said. "I think it's great for our players first of all and our coaching staff, the way they've done. So I'm proud of them, and [Monday] we brought help."

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