Nov
05

Rangers beat Florida 5-4, win third in a row

November 5, 2017, by

Courtesy @nyrangers

The Rangers beat Florida last night in overtime, racking up their third win in a row and second straight in overtime. This week has been a breakout from the October doldrums, and a reason for hope in Rangerstown. These are the Rangers we have been waiting to see.

There were lots of spots of optimism in the game last night, including the power play and getting goals from different sources. The defense accounted for three of the five goals (Shattenkirk 2, Holden) and Rick Nash is finally shaking the monkey off his back, netting one goal and one heck of a performance.

Some key takeaways from last night’s game:

  • The team looked great, and has all week, while staying firmly planted in the ground. They don’t look perfect, and they aren’t: but that’s okay.
  • The Panthers’ first goal saw Marc Staal and Steven Kampfer paired together, and Paul Carey on the ice. Carey was in for Boo Nieves, who didn’t get a flu shot.
  • Carey only played 8:35, and didn’t see a shift after the Panthers scored their third goal at 8:45 in the third period. Kampfer, who played 14:32, also didn’t see a shift for the last 11+ minutes of the game.
  • This is good news to those worried about AV’s stubbornness. He seemed to adjust in this game, a new situation that could be useful for the Rangers in the future.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk, whose defensive gaffe led directly to the second goal, was given the chance to get right back on the ice, which paid off. Shattenkirk scored the Rangers’ second goal 4 and a half minutes later, and then the most important goal of the game: the game winner in overtime.
  • Speaking of goals, the Panthers’ fourth goal, scored by Vincent Trocheck, was a beauty. Maybe this is one that Henrik Lundqvist is supposed to get, but it certainly looked pretty to me:

 

  • The Rangers overall looked like a more competent, awake team. The eye test and advanced stats agree: this was an evenly played game, a good win for the team.

The Rangers edged out the Panthers in both score-adjusted 5v5 corsi and scoring chances, as shown below courtesy of hockeystats:

All in all, this was the cherry on top of a much needed week of wins for the Rangers. Who knows, maybe the Rangers read the cause for optimism earlier in the week.

Who’s been your favorite Rangers performer this week?

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63 comments

  1. Richter1994 says:

    Not for nothing but fans should know that getting a top offensive D man like Shatty is going to come with some warts at the other end. The point is the good will way outweigh the bad.

    Miller = Beast
    Nash = Beast
    Skjei = Beast
    Grabner is heating up again.
    Vesey plays a very good game that is under the radar. Pts will come but he and Fast are vital depth players if the Rangers are going to succeed.
    Kreider with 14 minutes? Why? Because of the face off penalty?
    The King made some spectacular saves again, but that 4th goal would have been stopped with better positioning IMO.

    It’s still early but I think the Rangers are finally rolling. A win against the CBJs tomorrow night would seal it.

    • Richter1994 says:

      My favorite Ranger this week was Brady Skjei. His confidence is soaring allowing him to do the things that he is capable of.

    • roadrider says:

      Skjei a beast last night? Carrying/moving the puck – yes. Defensively? Not so much. He and his partner left Hank out to dry on the 2nd goal and he got caught flat-footed on the 4th goal. Yes, Hank should have stopped it but then again the shot probably shouldn’t have happened.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Again, no player is perfect. We have these perceptions that other team’s players are better, but that’s because we don’t see them every game. I guarantee you that if you watched the other teams’ players you would think a lot differently than you think now about them.

        IMO, Skjei is becoming an untouchable player for trade. That’s how good I think he is.

        • roadrider says:

          I”m confused – where in my post did I make any comparisons between Skjei and a player on another team? I follow the Rangers, not the league (no time for that) so my knowledge of other team’s players is very limited. And I completely agree with your overall assessment of Skjei and his value. All I was saying is that he wasn’t a “beast” defensively last night.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          As you can probably tell, I am loathe to use that word “untouchable”. To me, it should only be used for certain special franchise-altering players like a McDavid, a Crosby, an Ovechkin, etc. On the Rangers, the only player who has ever earned untouchable status of the present group is obviously Hank.

          I’m probably still scarred from my youth when in the space of a week, Giacomin, Ratelle and Park were all sent packing—and those were three future HOFers. So in my young mind, that told me, if they can be dealt, anyone could.

          But taking the emotion out of it, just reflecting on GMs that I have known and spoken to over the years, they would consider few if any of their players to be untouchable. Their players are all assets that can be moved IF the right deal presented itself.

          Based on need, on contract, on future, here are my Ranger “untouchables” at the moment—

          Hank (contract makes him so)
          Shesterkin (he’s the future)
          Huska (the other talented goalie in the pipeline…need to be sure you hold on to him in case Shesterkin doesn;t want to leave the KHL)
          Chytil and Andersson—obviously
          Hayes and Mika—simply becuase we are too thin at center at the present time to move them
          Shatty—Well, he just got here, so he’s untouchable!

          Beyond that, if I’m a GM, I’m open for business. Come talk to me. If you show me you are desperate enough, I’ll consider just about anything.

          (That last paragraph is pretty much what my good friend, a HOF GM, once told me is the mindset for pretty much all of them).

          • Richter1994 says:

            Ok, let’s put it this way, if the guy coming back is Trouba, then I trade Skjei. If not, then it would have to be an unbelievable package coming back to trade Brady.

            If Shesty is definitely coming, then Huska has to be a trade chip at some point. But I think Huska is the “safety net” if Shesty stays in Russia.

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              Exactly. Huska loses his “untouchable” status once the ink is dry on Shesterkin’s contract.

              • Richter1994 says:

                And Huska, a 7th round pick (when have we heard that before?), is an excellent goalie prospect.

          • Playground 9 says:

            Who was the genius that didn’t protect Lindberg? Who was the genius that traded away our #1 Center and solid backup Goalie for two guys – not ready for prime time? Who was the genius that signed a guy for $24M that is becoming a regular healthy scratch.
            Management has totally failed this team.

        • Mintgecko says:

          Good thing the club saw him as a untouchable this past offseason so I think it’s safe to say that they won’t trade him.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Yeah it was touch and go for a while there no? I mean, if Brady was traded this offseason then I think that it would have been a mild surprise as a opposed to a big shock. I heard Brady’s name plenty this offseason, but that could have been teams that were asking for him.

            So, your point is well taken and valid, Mint.

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      Staal almost got caught 3 times last night on a long pass and I know the new game is get the D moving but with Kampfer as the pairing he really should be staying a little more conservative imo but AV wants to push push push

      • Richter1994 says:

        “but AV wants to push push push”

        100 correct, which is why having Staal, Holden, and Kampfer in his line up at the same time makes zero sense.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          It’s a problem….but as I asked yesterday, the alternatives are who? As the roster is constructed at the moment, AV’s hands are pretty much tied.

          But hey, I guess the organization missed their chance to bring Clendo back when he was placed on waivers the other day. Wasn’t he supposedly the answer last year? 🙂

          • Richter1994 says:

            Bro, DeAngelo has to play. He’s done less harm to be sent down then some of the other favored vets. He fits AV’s system to a “T” (lol).

            He should be playing instead of kampfer, and it’s not even close. Come on, even you have to admit that.

            • James1090 says:

              I also don’t see how Holden and Kampfer should be playing over Smith. Even with his struggles Smith is a better option than those two.

              • Richter1994 says:

                Agreed James, let Smith work out his issues on the ice, how much worse can he be?

                Plus, there are $4.35M reasons why too.

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              Well, I don’t follow the AHL closely enough to know how he’s doing, but since he was sent down he’s only played in four games. He’s 0-1-1 and a -1. That’s not exactly a stat line that screams “recall”.

              I think there’s a tendency for some fans to take a very small sample of a young player’s limited body of work, and say “see, he’s the answer…Play Him Coach (fill in the blank), you clueless idiot!” Then the player we overrate goes to the AHL, or gets released, goes to another organization, and his usage is pretty much the same.

              I was not very impressed with ADA in his short stint here. Just like Clendo last year, I think the more accurate thing to say about ADA is that, in THEORY, he fits AV’s system well. There’s a kid I watch in youth hockey where I live who fits AV’s system well. But that doesnt make him NHL ready. 🙂

              Since I am not smart enough to assess whether a player really is ready or not, I instead assess the track records of the coach and the GM on these matters. You can call many things about AV, Gorton and Sather into question, but one thing they have been pretty much spot on about is, when it comes to young players, when they move on from them, I can’t think of even one that has gone on to shine elsewhere. Can you?

              Indeed, using recent examples (Etem, McIlrath and Clendening) as an example, you can absolutely make the case that AV in fact is the better evaluator of young talent than the front office is. They were the ones that acquired those three. He was the one who concluded they were not good fits on the team. And then they all were let go and all three became minor leaguers in other organizations in short order.

              I say again, can you think of a situation where AV’s mis-evaluation of a young player backfired and that player went on to shine elsewhere? I can’t. But even if there has been one, in 4+ years, that’s a pretty impressive track record if you ask me.

              As for ADA, the jury is still out. But what we do know right now should give one pause. He was a former 1st round pick and already two organizations moved on from him. He has had well documented attitude and work ethic issues. And so far, he’s hardly shined on the NHL or even the AHL level this season in limited action.

              Maybe he will figure it out down in Hartford, be recalled, and help the team in the second half. Maybe he will never get it and be on the Adam Clendening Tour of NHL organizations in short order. That’s unknown. But based on AV’s track record, I think when it comes to young players and whether they are truly NHL ready, our coach deserves the benefit of the doubt.

              • Spozo says:

                Hasn’t the NHL validated enough of the Rangers recent roster decisions when it comes to defensemen?

                Mcilrath can’t make it out of the AHl with two other organizations. Clendening gets waived 3 weeks in to the season. Girardi gets paid 3 million to play for Tampa.

              • Richter1994 says:

                Bottom line is that this coach has proven time and time again that he doesn’t play the best players he has at his disposal.

                ADA is not good? Maybe, but neither is half the D corps that started last night. BUT, ADA has a skill that the other 3 do not have: Skating ability, which is first and foremost the single most important skill needed in today’s game.

                You can argue all you want, but what I just stated about ADA vs the others skating is fact, not opinion.

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                But again, the same thing was said about Clendo and no NHL team sees him as an asset. Just because a guy has a “skill set” doesnt make him a better option necessarily.

                And again, the facts I presented above are, to me at least, every more irrefutable evidence that AV has gotten it right time and time again. What incorrect decisions with personnel has AV made, beyond simply the opinion of fans? It doesnt appear anyone in the NHL community agrees with the assessment that AV doesn’t play the best players at his disposal. The options he rejected are minor leaguers. That’s been well established. So until I see otherwise, I’ll trust the one guy who seems to consistently get it right…not the fans, not the writers, not even Rangers upper management. The guy with the best track record here has clearly been the coach.

              • Richter1994 says:

                How do you say that AV has gotten right and then admit that Henrik faces one of the most high danger chances of any goalie in the league?

                Come on bro, you can’t have it both ways.

                There is no “logic” to putting those 3 D men in the line up at the same time.

                Staal? He’s going to play, he has to at his contract. We have to accept it.

                Holden? He shouldn’t be playing. He should be traded if anyone will take him, for anything. Period.

                Kampfer? Is an AHLer and should never wear a Ranger jersey ever again. I love his desire but he’s terrible at this level.

                I would much rather have Smith, DeAngelo, Graves, and Pionk in the mix over any one of those 3.

              • Peter says:

                I too much rather have the young people playing. Kampfur gives effort but lacks the talent. With DeAngelo the Rangers, in my opinion, made a huge mistake, not so much in sending him down but in the way the used him. Anyone who saw him play in Arizona knows that he is phenomenal at carrying the puck out of the zone, he skates very well. That is something the team could use instead of Staal/Kampfur getting pinned in their own end.

                If you saw what the Rangers had him trying to after the Toronto game, he was hanging back and trying to pass out of the zone so much it looked like Lindy had put an invisible fence collar on him. He looked tentative and nervous and completely lost. So sending down probably was correct if they were going to force him to do what he was not used to doing. But make no mistake, the guy has far more skills than someone like Kampfur and should be coached intensively to learn the system and brought back when he does.

              • Richter1994 says:

                100% Peter, once again you and I agree and for the same reasons.

                Ok, you have players with skills bt you also have to put them in the right situations to succeed.

                Putting Buch on the 4th line is not putting him in the best situation to succeed. Same with DeAngelo as you mentioned. DeAngelo should be with either McD or Staal, to allow him to move the puck freely without restriction. That’s making max use of his skillset.

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                Why? To me those are two separate things. You are assuming that if a different choice was made with personnel, the HDSP would improve. Based on what happened with the past “better” options, there is nothing to suggest that is true and that AV made the wrong choices.

                AV is not the GM. His job is to take a flawed roster and make the most of it. We have debated for a few years now who exactly those “better options” were. All fair. But at a certain point, you have to accept reality as it is, not as your “fan eyes” want you to believe.

                Back in the early 80s, I was very critical of Bill Parcells not playing Butch Woolfolk more, and trusting a guy I thought was pretty limited skill wise in Joe Morris. I was wrong (and Parcells never failed to tweak me about it BTW…hilarious guy!).

                We are fans. We have limited info. Even sports reporters like I was…same deal. We have opinions. We do our best with them. But most of us are not experts.

                So when you say AV should have played this guys or that guy, fine. Opinions are opinions. Just like my opinion was that Woolfolk was better. But at a certain point, reality sets in and you realize that judgment was incorrect. Etem, McIlrath, Clendening. Even Sheppard a few years ago. All supposedly better options. But then they went elsewhere and proved they were not better options, while the guys they were supposedly better than continued on.

                Doesn’t that give you pause and make you say, hmmmm, even though I’m a knowledgeable and passionate fan, maybe, just maybe, I dont have the ability to judge who is the better option better than the coach does? I ask again, name one situation mentioned above with past players where AV has been proven wrong?

                Smith is being sent a message at the moment. The fact is, when Kampfer has played, the Rangers have been better defensively. That’s fact so far in a small sample. Eventually, Smith will be back and take the place of Kampfer or Holden. But right now, sitting Smith is the correct move.

                As for DeAngelo, Graves and Pionk, these are AHL players. They have proven nothing on the NHL level, especially the latter two. We have no idea whatsoever that they would be better options. The fact is Gorton and Drury surely do not believe any of those three are better options at the moment, because if they did, they’d be on the NHL roster, not the AHL roster. And if they thought AV was mismanaging things, then they would have never given him the extension or would have canned him by now given the rough start—especially if they felt he was mismanaging assets they believed in.

                The obvious conclusion is that no one in the Rangers braintrust believes that the guys you mentioned would be better options—today. Next month or beyond? Quite possibly. So again, I’m still waiting for even one example where AV chose to move on from a Rangers player and then was proven wrong.

                When I see a player leave an organization and shine elsewhere, that’s when I take management to task. Upper management hasn’t done a good job of bringing the better options in. AV, IMO, has made the right call pretty much every time as to who to dress and who to sit.

                Deployment, line matchups, defensive pairings, ok I grant you, all fair game. Who sits and who doesnt, who’s in the A and who’s in the Show, who stays in the organization and who doesn’t, AV’s batting average has been remarkable. But his detractors won’t give him credit for that because it ruins their narrative.

              • Richter1994 says:

                The Rangers being better defensively has zero to do with Kampfer or Holden, for that matter. There are 2 reasons:

                1) The forwards have woken up. They are playing much better, on both sides of the ice and in the neutral zone. Gap control is there and they’re not allowing opponents to skate freely and have open lanes to the Rangers’ net. They have been effectively pushed opponents to the outside. Notice the slot area coverage has been much better? Not perfect, but much better? That’s on the forwards. Also, while the turnovers have still been an issue, they are way down from almost 17 per game to around 10 lately, that’s a huge difference.

                2) The King is back to making the saves that mask the flaws of his team.

                So, it has nothing to with Kampfer and Holden. So if you add the better players on defense then the Rangers as a team will be that much better.

                They still need another top 9 center though.

              • Richter1994 says:

                And BTW, both Holden and Kampfer made totally egregious turnovers in the TB that were both stopped by Henrik.

                Shatty makes them too but he makes up for it at the other end, these 2 don’t.

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                Fair point. We know that Smith is a legit NHL player and should eventually prove to be a better option once he gets his head out of his rear end.

                ADA, Pionk, Graves? Sorry, there is no indication whatsoever that anyone belives they are a better option—today.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I agree that the younger guys are unproven, but given what you do know about Holden and Kampfer, isn’t it worth it to find out about the younger players? And I don’t mean just for 2 games.

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                IF they are ready. They obviously feel they need more development time. Very reasonable and appropriate approach.

                So on the one hand, AV needs to win in order to keep his job. But on the other hand, he should go with guys who have hardly distinguished themselves even on the AHL level, let alone in the NHL, in order to keep his job? It’s perfectly reasonable for coach and management to go with the “devil you know” in that situation.

              • Richter1994 says:

                I would say the Rangers saved the coach’s job for the rest of the season this week. Unless it goes ridiculously wrong at some point.

  2. avsucks says:

    score one more than the other team, its a win.

  3. RangerFan says:

    It’s a stretch to think we are a cup contender at this time. We got by a pretty poor team last night, but still a win.
    Our ‘D’ was supposed to be a big improvement this year but we give up a lot of quality chances every game. So, what is it? The system of hockey we play (coach), the defense which does not play smart ‘D’ or can’t, the forwards that don’t backcheck, a goalie in slight decline? Gorton needs to figure it out. Maybe we should go through a big rebuild? A build on the fly mentality gives us a team where we will win some but may miss the playoffs or first round loss. We all want to see wins, but maybe it’s time to think about unloading/rebuilding while talent still there (Nash, Grabner, etc.). Also, we need a backup goalie in NY now to be the next starting goalie. Tough position to be in and costs to trade for a center would be a starting winger, with no one NHL upside ready from Hartford due mainly to handing away #1 and #2 draft picks like no other organization.
    Lundquist was an incredible goalie to build championships around and a low draft pick (similar to Brady of Pats) but Sather couldn’t figure out the other pieces in all those years. Sad

    • Eugene says:

      It’s not D by itself, system didn’t work, Rangers were to often trapped during transition, with no solution from the coaching staff, last 3 games won because of the system change

  4. pas44 says:

    Why can’t we win at home?

    Book this team a hotel for home games – something has to change on Garden Ice!

    I’ll take the 2 points, but Florida scoring 4 on us is not a recipe that we need

    • Mintgecko says:

      MSG crowd has been lame ever since 16. No real chants and sometimes if a hit happens then they would still be quiet but remember it’s the same place that boo’ed at Nash and Hank. I swear it’s taken a year and a half to hear a honest Hank chant.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        I believe the team needs to lift the crowd more than the reverse. The Rangers have hardly given the fans much to cheer about at home the last few years. So it’s on the players to change that more so than on the fan.

        I was at MSG for the MSL OT game vs Montreal in 2014. The Garden was as electric as it ever was. Great hockey still can blow the roof off the place.

        They said the same thing about the Yankees the last few years. The fans don’t care anymore at the new Stadium. Then this playoff season happens and the place has never been louder—old or new building.

        The players set the tone…the fans feed off of it. That’s when the magic happens.

      • Al Dugan says:

        Mint,

        Do you go to the games? I have been at 5 already, and the place has been loud when the team is doing well. Plenty of Hank chants.

        The opposite is also true. The boos havent been nearly as loud as I would like.

        Al

        • Richter1994 says:

          I’ve gone to every game except for 2, and I would say the lack of “excitment” is due to the Rangers’ lousy play at MSG. I mean, save for a few games, what could we get excited about? So far?

          • pas44 says:

            I was at the Family Saturday game against Nashville, crowd was a little mid day game dull and we won..

            hey Mint, how can that be?

            • Richter1994 says:

              you can’t go by Saturday afternoon games, there are a lot of kids at the games and they don’t make a lot of noise, cheering wise.

              It’s great that the sports teams have these day games for families, it’s just that’s you’re not going to get the same electricity in the crowd that yo would normally have.

      • pas44 says:

        that’s just thoughtless….

        so when we cheer louder are teams are better. when you woke up was the bong already full? cuz you definitely had a little wake and bake my man….

        if I start cheering for money on my couch right now watching mad money can i get richer too?

        Go Money Go… MO-NEY ! ! MO-NEY ! !

        Let’s Go Mo-Ney

      • Reenavipul says:

        The changes in the upper bowl has meant that sections like 401 where it was a natural amplifier went away.

    • upstate tom says:

      why not try practicing @ home. betcha it’d make a big difference !!!!

      • pas44 says:

        Maybe, maybe the team needs to build more team building… we haven’t had this many home games in the start of a season, maybe things will come together soon…

        i hope so

  5. Tom says:

    I saw two softies last night. Unless HL is able to be more consistent, it will be a tough year.

  6. Reenavipul says:

    Two games of high pressure forechecking, 60 minute effort, simple assignments and zero turtle-ing while on the road. What took them so long to play to their strengths?

    No hints.

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Well, the logical answer is that it takes time when you lose key guys like Stepan, Girardi and Lindberg, flaws and all, and replace them with new guys who had no chemistry with the current group. And, veteran guys we were counting on struggling to find their game in the first six games or so.

      Or we can go with the illogical answer that you and others prefer….

      Rangers players 6-0-0
      AV 0-7-2

      Rangers 5-2-2 in their last 9. Yep, sure looks like they’ve tuned out their coach!

      • Reenavipul says:

        5-2-2 looks great from 30,000ft up, but get closer and it’s not as rosy as the glasses you wear.

        You show me two other games(not in Florida) where they attempted to play like that and you’ll be king of all the world.

        Wins: struggling Nashville, struggling Montreal(that made us look bad), worst team in the league in AZ, an expansion team on the back end of a back to back(that dominated the 1st 40), struggling Florida(whom they kept letting back into the game.) And a good Tampa team where the team decided to show up for once.

        The D changed considerably over last season, Thursday was the 1st time where it looked like they simplified schemes. 13 games to figure it out.

        Trust AV to do the smart thing after all other avenues have been explored. Stunod straordinario.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          620 wins. That what I trust and what apparently Rangers management trusts.

        • Reenavipul says:

          From Leslie Treff:
          “AV says Sather has been asking him for 5 yrs to hold a practice right after the plane touched down, so he did today. Also that 75% liked it?”

          Fire him into the sun.

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            Yeah, that sounds like one of the most agregious things any coach has ever done! LOL!

            My goodness…..

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          Just for clarification, I do agree with you on the fact that I’m not sold that this streak suggests that all is well, any more than the bad streak represented all was beyond hope. There are ups and downs to any season, and you cant get worked up one way or another.

          You mentioned the D changed. On top of that, half of the centers changed too. That’s pretty significant change. Did any other NHL team lose two guys that wear a letter, half their centers, two guys who, despite their faults, provided veteran leadership and trust on defense? Sorry, but that’s a lot, especially for a team lacking in star power like this one. A slow start was hardly a surprise.

          This team is right about where many expected it would be. They are a solid but not great team that will likely regress their regular season 100+ point standard of the past three years, and will scramble all season long to make the playoffs.

          Where this team has upside is with the guys we have always been waiting on…Kreider, Miller and Hayes. Maybe Buch as well. There are signs, certainly with the first two, that they may finally put together some special seasons. If that happens, and add to that McDongah returns to being McDonagh and Hank rounds into form, then the Rangers could surprise and make a big run.

          Coaching changes are the last resort. But it won’t change the fact that if it does become necessary, it will be because this team is poorly constructed by the GM and ultimately not a true SC contender at the moment.

  7. Ryne says:

    Hmpf. No love for Buchnevich.

  8. InvalidBeard says:

    Damn if Skjei just doesn’t turn is blade flat he probably gets enough of Trochek’s shot. Side note, watched a bunch of games around the NHL last night. The ice is just unacceptable. I realize both teams are dealing with the same conditions, but it really hurts the creative, high passing types, and makes for sloppy play and takes control of the game out of the players hands. Every guy has to take an extra moment or two to settle the puck, and then often makes the safer play because he lacks the confidence that it will settle in time or not hop over the stick. In FLA the puck was kicking around like a football at times.

  9. Chris F says:

    Duchene to Ottawa.

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Three way deal apparently involving Colorado, Nashville and Ottawa. Reporting suggests Duchene to Ottawa, Turris to Nashville, not sure what Colorado gets or any other pieces involved.

      • Chris F says:

        Colorado is getting:

        (From Ottawa) Shane Bowers (F), Andrew Hammond (G), 1st Round Pick, 3rd Round Pick

        (From Nashville) Samuel Girard (D), Vladislav Kamenev (F), 2nd Round Pick.

        Ottawa gets Duchene, Nashville gets Turris.

        Colorado just restocked on picks and prospects at every position. I feel like they win this deal, though Nashville adding Turris for a couple prospects and a 2nd rounder is pretty solid, as well. Ottawa, I think, overpaid.

        • Chris F says:

          Strange deal. Reportedly this deal was killed in the last couple days, but then suddenly it was rekindled, and actually Colorado pulled Duchene from the bench, mid-game tonight during the game against the Isles after the agreement was in place.