Canadiens Getting Standout Seasons From Tatar & Petry
Why did Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin not trade Tomas Tatar or Jeff Petry at the deadline? Simply put, they are the two best performing players on the roster. I shudder to think where the Canadiens would be this season without Tatar and Petry, and it would be virtually impossible to replace them in […]
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NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Sharks, Oilers, Canadiens, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as their top defenseman is back, the San Jose Sharks are going to have to figure out how to play three games in the month of March that will be affected by a Coronavirus ban and the Edmonton Oilers are in […]
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Canadiens’ Suzuki Earns Accolades
On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens announced that Nick Suzuki is the Molson Cup winner for February, another feather in the cap for the 20-year-old who is having a noteworthy rookie season. The Molson Cup is awarded monthly by the Canadiens to the player who receives the most three-star selections at the end of each game […]
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Oilers, Offside Rule, Coronavirus, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is buzz the Montreal Canadiens may look at moving Jonathan Drouin before next season, the Edmonton Oilers are getting James Neal back in the lineup but who comes out, and there is some news that the Coronavirus has the NHL working on contingency plans. Finally, what did the GM’s […]
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NHL Power Rankings for March 2020
There’s been a major shake-up in this post-trade-deadline edition of THW’s Power Rankings. The Boston Bruins climb into Spot No. 1, with two brand-new entries in the top three. The New York Rangers also make some noise as the league’s biggest riser, but is it enough to salvage their playoff hopes? Taking into account recent […]
Golden Knights Trade Deadline Review
Las Vegas is a town of magic and flair, so one would expect their professional sports franchise to follow suit. Well, in their third season, the Vegas Golden Knights continue to make trades at the annual trade deadline. In their inaugural season, the team acquired Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for multiple picks, […]
Flyers: Getting to Know Nate Thompson
The Philadelphia Flyers made three trades on what was a rather busy deadline day. The first of those deals involved the Flyers sending a 2021 fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Nate Thompson. Thompson has played for a few various teams during his professional hockey career, and I want to introduce […]
Flyers Hit a Home Run with Nate Thompson Trade
Just yesterday, I wrote that the Philadelphia Flyers would benefit from adding an experienced, hard-checking fourth-line center. Today, the Flyers did just that when they acquired Nate Thompson from the Montreal Canadiens. Related: Pennsylvania Hockey – A Long, Proud History Thompson should immediately slot in as the fourth-line center, replacing rookie Connor Bunnaman. This is […]
Flyers Add Depth With Thompson
The Philadelphia Flyers have been on quite the roll of late and they have added some depth on trade deadline day. With wins in seven of their last 10 games, the Flyers are up to third place in the Metropolitan Division and now just five points behind the Washington Capitals for the top spot. Flyers […]
Hurricanes’ Injury Fiasco Creating Deadline Urgency
Two days ago, I wrote why the Carolina Hurricanes should avoid trading for a goaltender at the upcoming deadline. How quickly things can change. In a Saturday nightmare scenario, reliable Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce, and Carolina’s one-two goalie punch of Petr Mrazek and James Reimer all left the game with injuries, leaving the Hurricanes to […]
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Canadiens Deal Kovalchuk to Capitals
One day after Alexander Ovechkin scored his 700th NHL goal, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan moved to add another top-five Russian scorer in NHL history to his roster. The Capitals traded their 2020 third-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Ilya Kovalchuk. The Canadiens will retain half of his salary. Kovalchuk, who […]
Canadiens Don’t Need to Risk Shea Weber’s Health
Last week, the Montreal Canadiens had a pretty rough time. They put defenseman Shea Weber on injured reserve for an injury he sustained to his ankle, and the loss proved costly, as the club then lost four straight games. The Shea Weber Saga What makes this story more interesting is the fact the Canadiens’ medical […]
Blues Acquire Scandella to Fill Bouwmeester Void
St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was understandably caught between a rock and a hard place. Just under two weeks before the NHL’s trade deadline, Jay Bouwmeester, a beloved team veteran, and top-four defenseman went down on the bench after suffering a cardiac event. With longterm implications still uncertain a week later, Armstrong had […]
Blues Acquire Scandella from Canadiens for Picks
The St. Louis Blues have made a move, acquiring left-handed defenseman Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a pair of draft picks. The Blues will surrender a 2020 second-round draft pick, as well as a conditional 2021 fourth-round draft pick. The Canadiens will reportedly retain half of Scandella’s $4 million total salary […]
Max Domi, the Canadiens’ Next Big Decision
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching on Feb. 24, the expectation now that the Montreal Canadiens are sitting 10 points out of a playoff position is for general manager Marc Bergevin to become a seller. Bergevin has been clear from the start of his reset, he will not mortgage the future to make the […]
Predators’ Concern Over Shea Weber’s Health
Shea Weber brought so much joy to Nashville Predators fans over many seasons, but now he might bring so much pain. The long-time captain was one of Nashville’s first legit superstars and he will always have a special place in the hearts of the Smashville faithful, which is why the recent news of his injury […]
Bruins Have Interest in Thornton and Kovalchuk
As the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline draws closer each day, more and more names are being talked about in trades to teams that are buyers in the trade market. Two of the bigger names being floated around are Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings. While […]
NHL Rumors: Oilers, Wild, Ducks, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on the Edmonton Oilers and their willingness to spend on trade rentals, clarification from Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin on his “quitter” comments, and buzz that the Anaheim Ducks are only willing to move certain pieces. How serious is Shea Weber’s injury and have the Maple Leafs […]
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Devils Were Better Off Without Kovalchuk
It might not feel like it for most New Jersey Devils fans, but Feb. 4, 2020, marked the 10-year anniversary for the team acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk in a blockbuster trade with the then-Atlanta Thrashers. While most Devils fans are still upset about Kovalchuk’s early departure from New Jersey and the NHL during the 2013 offseason, […]
Should the Montreal Canadiens Trade Jeff Petry?
After 57 games, the Montreal Canadiens sit five points back of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division and six back in the wild card race. That may not seem like it is too much of an uphill climb, especially as the Canadiens have been surging, having won 9 of their last 12 games as […]
Two Weeks to Trade Deadline: Top NHL Rumors and Storylines
With only two weeks left the to close of the NHL Trade Deadline on February 24, we’re going to take two looks at every major storyline working its way around the league — one today and one a week from today. This is the time of year where there is a lot to process all […]
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Canadiens Roster Projection If They Don’t Sell At Deadline
The Montreal Canadiens currently sit outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Going 7-3-0 in their last 10 games has seen the Canadiens climb the standings a bit, where they now sit only four points out of a playoff spot. While their playoff chances have improved considerably in the past 10 games, the reality is […]
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Oilers Should Pursue Kovalchuk at Trade Deadline
The NHL Trade Deadline has lost a lot of its lustre among the Edmonton Oiler fanbase this past decade. Due to a significant lack of success, most who follow the Oilers are used to seeing one of two strategies being implemented this time of the year. They either do absolutely nothing or they trade away […]
Kovalchuk Scores OT Winner as Canadiens Rally to Beat Maple Leafs 2-1
MONTREAL — Ilya Kovalchuk scored in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Marco Scandella scored late in the third period for the Canadiens (27-23-7), who have won three games in a row and seven of their last nine. Carey Price made 22 saves […]
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Kovalchuk Trade Talks: Every Rumor Worth Knowing
There has been a lot of talk surrounding Ilya Kovalchuk and the Montreal Canadiens since the day he signed with the team just over one month ago. At first it was about the Canadiens being the only team to give him a chance after he fell out of favor with the Los Angeles Kings. Today, […]
Petry Scored in Overtime to Lead Canadiens to 3-2 Win Over Ducks
MONTREAL — Defenceman Jeff Petry scored 25 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher scored in regulation for the Canadiens (26-23-7), who have won six of their last eight games. Carey Price made 35 saves and improved to 4-7-1 […]
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Kovalchuk Helps Habs Burn Devils
During his short time with the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk was always polarizing. Perhaps that’s why the team’s fans care so much about his departure and how it happened. In his second game in Prudential Center since returning to the NHL after his retirement/leaving to play in the KHL, Kovalchuk netted the game-winning goal […]
Oilers News and Rumors: Benson, Nygard, Neal, Tatar, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, rookie Tyler Benson will finally see his first action in the NHL on Thursday and he spoke to the media before the game. And, with Benson in, it means Sam Gagner will move up. In other news, Joakim Nygard’s injury is pretty serious but James Neal looks […]
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Kovalchuk Scores in Shootout, Canadiens Rally Past Devils 5-4
NEWARK, N.J. — Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only shootout goal and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Tuesday night. Montreal's Charlie Lindgren had 20 saves filling for an ill Carey Price, and easily handled muffed chances by Nikita Gusev, Kyle Palmieri and Jack Hughes in […]
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Montreal Canadiens Face an Ilya Kovalchuk Dilemma
When Montreal Canadiens general manager (GM) Marc Bergevin signed Ilya Kovalchuk on Jan. 3, many saw it as a desperation or even public relations move. Since that day, however, the 36-year-old winger has wowed fans with those flashes of greatness he was known for early in his career. The gamble on Kovalchuk is paying off; […]
Price Stops 29 Shots for Shutout to Lead Canadiens Over Panthers
MONTREAL — Carey Price made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season as Montreal beat the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in the first of back-to-back matinee games for the Canadiens. Nick Suzuki, Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens (24-22-7), who have won six of their last eight. Defenceman […]
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Canadiens Assign Kotkaniemi to AHL Rocket
MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens assigned 2018 first-round draft pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi to the American Hockey League’s Laval Rocket on Saturday. Kotkaniemi has six goals and two assists through 36 games this season for Montreal. He has 17 goals and 42 points in 115 career NHL games. The 19-year-old centre from Finland was the Canadiens’ third […]
NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Jets, Oilers, Senators, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Montreal Canadiens have sent a high-end prospect to the minors and there’s speculation as to how long, Will the Winnipeg Jets go for a big-time rental for the third straight year? What happened to Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal? He was supposed to play on Friday night and was […]
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Should the Montreal Canadiens Trade Tomas Tatar?
After 51 games, the Montreal Canadiens are 10 points back of the final wild card spot and need to leapfrog four teams to get to that last spot. With 31 games left to play, the odds are stacked against them. As the Feb. 24 NHL Trade Deadline approaches, general manager Marc Bergevin must decide if […]
Sabres, Canadiens Should Swap Montour For Drouin
To say a shake-up for the Buffalo Sabres is long overdue could be in the running for the biggest understatement of the decade so far. As the offence outside of Jack Eichel continues to stagnate, the defencemen continue to pile up the healthy scratches. While the defence has looked stronger at times this season, the […]
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