Following a two-goal game by Hansen, a game in which the Sedins flashed greatness again, Henrik gave his best explanation yet as to why Hansen is so important to the Sedins at this stage of their career.
“He brings a lot of speed,” the captain said. “For us, we want to play the right way (and by that he means they don’t want to cheat).
“We’re two players were a lot of our game is on instinct. We try to read where the D is going with the puck and we try to stay a step ahead.
Jason Botchford: The time is here for the Canucks to trade Jannik Hansen
But Hansen is also 30 years old, remains one of the Canucks most marketable commodities, and on a team that should be looking three years down the line, not three months, he should be traded.
Good luck trying to convince the Canucks of that one.
“I think the moment of reckoning is going to arrive here soon for Joe Sakic in terms of – he’s got to figure out whether he blows this up or not,” indicated NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun during a Monday appearance on Vancouver’s TSN 1040. “I’m not saying he will, but they’ve seen enough now to know that the team that surprisingly won the division a few years back is really the aberration, as opposed to what’s happened since, right.”
Citing the Jets’ history of shaky goaltending. Matheson thinks their best bet is to pursue a reliable veteran with some term remaining on his contract before next June’s expansion draft. Hellebuyck could then go into a backup role. He suggests Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins as possible trade options.
He’s not being shopped but Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk and his contract is a valuable asset other teams would love to get their hands on.
“The name JVR has been out there the last little while,” said Nick Kypreos on the Headlines segment Saturday. “I can tell you there’s nothing going on in terms of hard offers but teams are asking about him and the Leafs are willing to listen. They know that he wants a long-term deal and that’s a deal that can start negotiations as early as July.
“You do have to look at some of the hot spots. Arizona might be one based on play. Colorado – 30th in the National Hockey League right now. Come on. There’s a lot that’s going to develop there from a speculative standpoint and there’s some big names that are going to be circled. No one is surprised that Matt Duchene’s name surfaces from time to time. I mean, that’s been the case for the past two-plus years. But this summer, believe it or not, I heard Gabriel Landeskog – the captain of the Colorado Avalanche – his name included in trade discussions as well.
“So I’ve got to believe that Joe Sakic is soon going to be willing to consider just about anything.”
OK, I’m starting to feel sorry for Nail Yakupov, as sorry as you can be for somebody getting paid $2.5 million not to play in St. Louis. He’s been a healthy scratch 12 times, and when he does dress, he’s averaging 10 minutes a game. He’ll be available to Vegas in the expansion draft, for sure. Would they take him? If not, will anybody else sign him to a bargain-basement, one-year $600,000 contract next season or will he be in the KHL?
With Ben Bishop nearly getting traded to the Flames last summer, you’d think there might be some reflection by the Lightning goaltender heading into tonight’s game at the Saddledome.
You’d also be wrong.
“Zero thoughts,” Bishop said. “It’s over and done with.”
But Bishop, 30, felt it was close to a done deal June 24 at the NHL draft. Trade talks between Tampa Bay and Calgary got advanced enough to where Bishop was working out a contract extension with the Flames. That was important as Calgary was on the list of teams that needed Bishop’s approval for a deal.
This in, Oilers announcer and insider Bob Stauffer speculating as he does on the radio about who the Oilers might trade and who they might acquire, with Stauffer’s speculative interest today focused on Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche.
Said Stauffer: “In spite of the loss of Darnell Nurse the perception that Edmonton needs a right shot (d-man) I would argue that, yeah, they need a right shot, but the more pressing need is upfront and not on defence.