Columbus Blue Jax
Blue Jackets have done an impressive job this season when they were dealing with the uncertain future of the future Artemis Panarin and goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovski, each of whom can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. But Columbus can finally bend under the burdens of speculation when the end of trade is approaching. Blue Jackets lost their fifth consecutive game on Saturday, 4: 2 for St. Louis. Louis Blues.
The agent of Panarin said on Monday that his client would not enter into contract negotiations until the season is over, and will add even worse to Columbus. Coach John Tortorela admitted that all the uncertainty about two of the most important Blue Jackets players might affect him.
"We talked about it, we were very honest about it, we knew these things would be around and I think they did very well," Tortorela said. "Now it's about this deadline – I think it happens with all teams when it's normal, maybe a team changes a few players here and there But we get a lot of attention talking to this team It's not our game, it's Bread and Bob.
27-year-old Panarin did not succumb to the pressure. He had two assists on Saturday, 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last nine matches and led Blue Jackets with 59 points (20 goals, 39 assists).
Bobrovski, 30, is 19-16-1 with an average of 3.01 goals and a 0.901 rescue rate.
Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen continues to assess his abilities with Panarin and Bobrovski, saying several times that he will make tough decisions if required. Meanwhile, Tortorela said Blue Jeckets will meet when they arrive in Colorado on Sunday.
"We have to become old people," Tortorela said. "We have to deal with it like men. Let's ask the difficult questions to each other and see if we can figure out some answers here and try to correct it when we get on the ice.
Blue Jackets (28-20-3, 59 points) hold the second card in the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoffs. They play in Colorado Lavans at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday (9 pm ET, ALT, FS-0, NHL.TV).
Brent Syrobuk has spent his 14-year NHL career with Blackhawks. And according to a report, he does not want to leave Chicago.
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said on Saturday that Blackhawks had asked Seabrook to abandon his free movement clause, and Seabrook said he would not. The 33-year-old defender is right-handed, which will be attractive to other teams, but his contract also passes through the season 2023-24.
Seabrook has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 52 games. He has 452 points (100 goals, 352 assists) in 1,056 Blackhawks matches to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
It seems Blackhawks weigh all the options with his longest defenders. Pierre LeBrun reported to TSN's Insider Trading on Thursday that they would get closer Duncan Keith before the trading deadline and ask if he wants to go to a rival or stay in Chicago. Keith, who spoke to reporters in Buffalo on Friday, said he had not yet been asked to give up his clause of inaction.
"I like it here in Chicago, and nobody tells me anything," said Keith, who has 565 points (94 goals, 471 assists) in 1,047 NHL matches. "I really did not think too much about anything. You have reports there. I do not know where these things come from. I took it only one day.
Blackhook (20-24-9, 49 points) have won four consecutive matches and are five points behind Vancouver Cancús (24-22-6, 54 points) for the second wild card in the Stanley Cup playoff at the Western Conference. They play at the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday (9 am ET, SNW, WGN, NHL.TV).
New York Rangers
Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarellowho have gained many commercial speculation, are thriving as the deadline is approaching, possibly increasing their value, as the rangers want to move one or both.
Hayes has 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 42 games including 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in their last 14 games. The 26-year-old center has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games after dropping nine matches with upper body injury.
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Zuccarello, the 31-year-old right wing, has seven points (five goals, eight assists) and has 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 37 games this season.
Although both players have publicly stated that they do not want to be traded, everyone can be a valuable pickup for the competing team. Winnipeg Jets is said to be interested in Hayes.
New York Post reported Sunday that Rangers can trade with Hayes and Zukaarello, each of whom becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, for draft elections and prospects before the deadline before signing one or both.
Rangers (22-22-7, 51 points) are eight points behind Columbus Blue Jackets (28-20-3, 59 points) for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoffs. They host Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden on Monday (7am ET, NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNW, MSG, FS-W, NHL.TV).
New York Islanders
The Islanders (30-15-6, 66 points) are among the most surprising teams of the season. They are the first in the Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of Washington Capital (28-17-6, 62 points). But if they feel the need to improve their membership before the deadline, the Islanders coach Barry Trotz is convinced that the general manager, Lou Lamoirelo, will find a way to do it.
"Lou is as keen as anyone you'll ever meet to call, seeing what's in there," Trotsh said before the Islanders defeated Los Angeles Kings 4: 2 at Nassau Colosseum on Saturday. "If he wants to do something, it will be in the best interest of New York Islanders." He wants to improve us continuously, internally or externally.
The Islanders can be on the top-six market, someone who can help improve power play, which is 26th in NHL (16.0%).
The depth of New York can be strengthened soon after the return of two veterans. forward Andrew Ladd, who was injured with bodily harm since November 13 and a defender Thomas Hickey, from December 17 with upper body injuries, both joined the islands for optional skates on Friday and Saturday and returned to hockey after long cuts, according to Lamorello.
Islanders play in Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 pm ET, NESN, MSG + 2, NHL.TV).
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