St. Louis Blues
The winning seven-game series and trust-building have Center Ryan O'Reilly, who hopes the blue will not get involved with his chemistry before the trading deadline.
"I do not really expect anything big to happen here and that's good," said O'Reilly to NHL.com correspondent Louis Corach on Wednesday. – I think we have the group that can do it.
The blues (28-22-5) have reason to feel good about themselves. They were 15-22-4 and last at the Western Conference with 34 points on January 1, but they have since passed 13-4-1. The first wild card in the Stanley Cup playoff of the West with 61 points, two behind Dallas Stars for third in the Central Division.
"It was a tough start for the season but we stayed and stayed in the fight," said O'Reilly. – But we're not done. There is still much to fight for.
Reilly, who led the blue with 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) in 55 games, said he would not be against Armstrong, adding before the deadline, but he knows it can be difficult with the cap NHL Salary.
"That's the thing," he said. "You never know, but." [being in in position to add is] the better side to be on, for sure.
The Blues began a three-game trip to Arizona Coyotes at the Gila River Arena on Thursday (9 am ET, FS-A, FS-MW, NHL.TV).
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Los Angeles Kings
Carl Hagelin knows his time with Los Angeles may end, but the 30-year-old striker tries to block him while he's waiting for the next one. The Kings (23-28-5) remain eight points behind the Minnesota Wilds in the race for the second wildlife card at the Stanley Cup playoff at the Western Conference and likely to be sellers before the deadline.
This would mean that Hagelin, who may become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, may move again after being sold to the kings of the Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Tanner Pearson on November 14th.
"Everyone understands the situation we are in," Hagelin said on Monday. – Just keep playing hockey. You never know what will happen.
Kings have already exchanged two players for the past two weeks. On first place, they sent a defender Jake Mussin for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carl Grundstrom, defender Shawn Dursey's rights and first round NHL for 2019 on January 28th.
Then,they are dealing with a center Nate Thompson and a fifth round selection in 2019 to Montreal Canadens to select the fourth round of the 2019 draft on Monday.
Hagelin, who won the Stanley Cup with the penguins in 2016 and 2017, would be a valuable contribution to a speed contender and a strong assassin. He has 230 points (90 goals, 140 assists) in 523 NHL matches with kings, penguins, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers.
"I do not think of anything at the moment, but the media keep talking about it," Hagelin said. "You always know it can happen, but now I'm focused on everything that's going on here.
Hagelin missed 20 matches with knee injury from November 25 to January. 3, but now he is healthy and he feels comfortable with the kings, playing with Adrian Kemp and Ilya KovalchukHe has five points (one goal, four assists) in 19 games after trade.
The kings return from the six-game road trip (3-2-1) to play Vancouver Cancus at the Staples Center on Thursday (10:30 ET, FS-W, SNP, NHL.TV).
"I'm starting to meet this team right now and my line is doing pretty well," Hagelin said. "The team is playing better, even the games we lost now played and we had good chances to win, so that's a better feeling."
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The Return of a Defender Justin Schultz is forthcoming, but he will not be in the squad when the penguins host the Edmonton Oilers at the PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday (8am ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS).
Schultz's return will be met after the penguins learned this protector Tuesday Olli Maata will be removed indefinitely with an upper body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
Schulz (a broken left leg) who has not played since Oct. 13 was expected to be matched with Maatta when he returned but would have to find another partner while Mata was healthy. The penguins believe Schulz's return would give them a surge of defenders who contributed to their decision to trade Jamie Olexias of Dallas Stars for the fourth round in the NHL mast for 2019 on January 28.
With some uncertainty around the length of Maatta's absence, it's possible that the penguins look to add a defender to the depth to help the straight.
Pittsburgh (29-20-7) holds the second card in the Stanley Cup playoff at the Eastern Conference with 65 points but is one point to Carolina Hurricanes (29-22-6) and two to Buffalo Saber. (28-21-7).
24-year-old Maatta is a key factor for penguins this season. He is fourth in Pittsburgh's midfielders at 18:32 on ice and has 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 55 games. His experience as a double winner in the Stanley Cup will be difficult to replace.
Columbus Blue Jax
Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen calls teams who are interested in advanced Artemis Panarin and goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovski but has not yet decided whether to trade before the deadline.
Extensive Questions and Answers with NHL.com columnist Nicholas Kostonika on Wednesday, Kekalainen said there was a simple approach with opposing GMs in all trade discussions.
"Make an offer if you are interested," said Kekalinen.
Bobrovski, Vezina Trophy's two-time winner as NHL goalkeeper and Artemis Panarin, top scorer of Columbus with 64 points (22 goals, 42 assists), could become unlimited free agents on July 1. During the negotiations to extend the deadline and bring the trading time closer, Kekalainen knows that he will soon have to decide whether to hold them in the hope of making a long-term match in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Kekalainen said the choice would be based more on what other teams offer than the ranking. Columbus (32-20-3) is ranked third in the Metropolitan Division with 67 points, two behind second place in Washington Capital and five behind the first place in the New York Islanders who come to the Nationwide Arena on Thursday (19:00 ET; FS ) -O, MSG +, NHL.TV). However, Blue Jackets are also just two points ahead of Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the second card in the Eastern Conference play-offs, and three in front of Carolina Hurricanes, the non-playoff team to the east with the best record. ,
"We believe in our team," Kekalainen said. "That's why we would like to make our team stronger and now to compete in the spring but we also have to keep the future in mind because we have a lot of young players who will only continue to improve We have some players, who come next year who think we can have good chances to make the team and make our team stronger in the near future. "
Striker Kam Atkinson said he is confident that Blue Jackets will be able to fight for the Stanley Cup this season, no matter where Panarin and goalkeeper Bobrovski play after the deadline.
Atkinson told Kitonica that he has faith Kekalainen will do what is best.
"Whatever happens happens," Atkinson said. – I do not make these decisions. They are above my salary. But we have a group of boys here to run, and Jarmomo has always been good when, if he is trading with stars or what, he always gets some pretty good players in return. "
The batch will be determined in the last 27 regular seasons of the Blue Jackets.
"I think we are so close," Atkinson said. "We have all the right pieces, a young team that is still obviously studying and maturing."
3-0 loss from Dallas Stars on Tuesday left panthers at 0-2-0 during the seven matches they saw as key to their hopes to return to the Eastern Conference. Florida (23-24-8) made a mini tide by making 6-2-0 in its eight home games but Pittsburgh scored 11 points for the second card in the Stanley Cup playoff at the Eastern Conference with 27 points. remaining games, increasing the chances of being a seller before the deadline.
Speculations continue to turn around the panthers' interest forward Artemis Panarin and goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovski if Columbus Blue Jax decides to trade with one or both instead of risking losing them as unlimited free agents. 1. Panthers are likely to be among the most interested if Panarin and Bobrovski reach the UFA market.
TSN added the panthers forward Jonathan Huberdo to his "Bait Trade Council"on Monday with the theory that it could be part of a package to acquire Panarin and Bobrovski from Blue Jacket. In an interview with Athletic on TuesdayHubberto dismissed the conversation as a rumor.
"We do not know if it's true," said Huberdo, who has 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) in 55 games this season. "I'm just going to play here for now We're trying to push the playoffs and do everything I can to see what happens, you can not do anything, you just play hockey, just play the game."
With 25-year-old Huberdo, who has a contract for four more seasons, he appears to be part of Panthers' long-term core, but they have six potential unlimited free agents that could be considered for future assets before the deadline: ahead Derrick Brassard, Riley Shehhan, Jamie McGuin, Troy Broover and Michael Haley and a defender Bogdan Kiselevich,
Brassard and Shehhan were acquired by the penguins in the forward trade Nick Begstadt and Jared McCann on February 1st. Florida took the second and fourth rounds of Pittsburgh at NHL Project 2019 and the fourth round in 2019, acquired by Minnesota Wilde in the deal.
On the day of trade, General Manager Dale Tallon said the presentation would dictate if Brassard and Shehhan would stay in Florida or be moved again before the deadline.
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