Friday on the Forehand (2/17/12)
Player Tweet(s) of the Week
“Holy moley what a goalie
HLundqvist30!!" -- RMcDonagh27 Ryan McDonagh
“On the plane sitting next to
HLundqvist30. I don't know why he's in such a good mood. #42saveshutout #standingonhishead" --MartyBiron43
Players, Trades, General Management
Trading, deadlines, 10 days remain—and so it begins.
Gill swapped for Geoffrion,Slaney
The Canadiens and Predators made a swap this afternoon. Veteran defenseman Hal Gill (Halbert Priestly Gill III) went to Nashville in exchange for forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney. Nashville will also receive a conditional 2013 draft pick and Montreal a 2012 second-round pick.
Grossman to Philadelphia
The Flyers acquired Nicklas Grossman yesterday from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 third-round pick. Grossman has played in 333 career games, all with the Stars.
Moore for the Sharks
After sitting out Pavel Kubina early in the day in order to discuss trade possibilities for the TB D-Man, the Lightning traded Dominic Moore to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Moore joins the Sharks in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick and will likely add experience to the Sharks’ reach for a successful playoff run.
Bruins bargain Boychuk
Boston signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year $10.1 million extension on Tuesday. He is ranked second in Boston’s defensive line with a plus-23 rating.
Repercussions for Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo of the Philidelphia Flyers was suspended two games Monday for a charge on Detroit Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. There was a minor penalty assessed during the Wing’s 4-3 victory over the Flyers.
Pick of the Week
Checking in on Ryan Kesler and the Vancouver Canucks
If last season had gone differently for the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Kesler could very well have been a Stanley Cup MVP. He has the makings of a valuable line mate and offensive stronghold. In eight seasons with the Canucks, the Minnesota native has 149 goals in 536 games. So far this season he has 18 goals and 22 assists.
In Tuesday night’s match up between the Canucks and Coyotes, Vancouver had a 1-0 lead with 2 minutes and 6 seconds left in the third. The gap was closed by Keith Yandle, leading into an overtime period and eventually a 12 shooter shoot out.
It was Ryan Kesler who scored the 7th goal of the shootout, which ended up being the game winner. The Canucks go for their third home win in a row Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What to Watch this Weekend
This weekend marks the fifth-annual Hockey Weekend Across America. Here is NBC’s Sunday line up for the self abbreviated HWAA festivities:
Penguins at Sabres, 12:30 p.m.
San Jose at Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Boston at Minnesota 3:30 p.m.