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On Thursday, Anaheim activated Viktor Fasth from his AHL conditioning stint. At the same time, the Ducks assigned Frederik Andersen to Norfolk. During his brief NHL audition, Andersen proved his AHL apprenticeship doesn’t have to be much longer. The 24-year-old went 6-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA and .943 save percentage while sharing the net with Jonas Hiller.
The Sharks will be buying out lukewarm winger Martin Havlat after this season. They likely would have done so this summer, but he had hip surgery and you can’t buy out injured players. Havlat was a healthy scratch Friday against the Oilers.
The Nashville Predators might be forced into trading for a goalie as a tourniquet move to stop the bleeding while Pekka Rinne recovers from hip surgery and a related infection.
If the Predators don’t make a deal, they face the possibility that their season is lost in November.
Just one Eastern NHL team scouting the Avs-Panthers game tonight…
And that team is the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs have really been scouting the Avs heavily this season, despite only having one more game with them this season. Do they want those two points that bad? Or are they scouting Avs players for a possible trade pitch? I think it’s the latter. Names they are looking at? Probably Paul Stastny at No. 1, followed by John Mitchell at No. 2.
The Leafs were offered a few major-league centres in their dealings before settling on Anaheim’s Peter Holland. The reason they didn’t trade for a veteran third- or fourth-line guy was because they felt there was no upside in doing so. With Holland, a first-round pick in both the OHL and NHL drafts, there is a belief he could become something. He has size and a good shot. Now it’s up to him …
When Edmonton Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish says he’d love “a stud defenceman”, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know who he means. Gimme a W, gimme an E, gimme a B, gimme an E, gimme an R.
That would be Shea Weber. One of the three or four best defencemen in the game, even if he’s having a pedestrian season (minus 8, eight points, 26 1/2 minutes a game) by his standards in Nashville.
Pat LaFontaine has only been in his new role as president of hockey operations for the Buffalo Sabres a few days, but he’s already thinking of how he’ll improve the club. The biggest item on his to-do list is hiring a new general manager, but there’s work to be done in the interim.
Among the biggest decisions on the player personnel side is what to do with Ryan Miller. The star goaltender is due to become a free agent at the end of the season and is unlikely to want to be part of a rebuild in Buffalo, which could take some time.
Versteeg went on WGN radio in Chicago this morning and not only said he hoped former Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell would eventually follow him to the Second City, but that other teammates sounded a little jealous in their text messages to him.
Campbell said he never mentioned to Versteeg that he wanted to be in Chicago.
#rangers Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch Saturday in MTL. Don't know if his future is in NY. Hearing trade is a possibility.
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) November 15, 2013
Forwards Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks.
Holland, a centre, will report to the Maple Leafs and Staubitz has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Marlies.
On Thursday night, Panthers GM Dale Tallon made waves by sending Kris Versteeg back to Chicago in exchange for prospects Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.
Apparently, there are more waves to come.
The Tampa game, a shootout loss for the Habs, illustrated why Subban is a unique commodity: no other defenceman brings quite the same combination of rise-out-of-your-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive intelligence.
With seven goals in 10 games this year, Cammalleri is off to a fantastic start after missing seven contests with a hand injury. A pending unrestricted free agent this summer, Cammalleri, at 31, doesn’t figure to stick around for the Flames’ rebuild, but will be a major bargaining chip if Calgary puts him in play. That means he won’t come cheap.
The Jets are said to be fielding calls for Evander Kane. Earlier this week in Montreal, a radio station floated this: Kane to the Canadiens for Max Pacioretty. And in Vancouver a TV type floated a rumour that the Canucks might want to package some of their prospects to land Kane.
Oilers offered three 2nd round picks for Braydon Coburn at the Draft and couldn't close the deal. Trades in season are much harder to make.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 14, 2013
The Blackhawks acquired Kris Versteeg from the Florida Panthers, general manager Stan Bowman announced following Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes.