Does Montreal rethink the trade deadline?
Jared Clinton of The Hockey Information: An unexpected run positioned Montreal in this spot and now Marc Bergevin ought to ponder. Do the Canadiens scour the market place for an further piece or two? Or, does Montreal continue to be the course and go with what they have?
Montreal clearly possesses requires. For 1, their electric power perform is abysmal at 12.9% (10.7% considering the fact that November 27th). Their penalty kill fares just about as badly at ninth worst in the league about the previous two months. No 1 expects Bergevin to swing large but Montreal has a few selections. They array from Thomas Vanek all the way to Marcus Johansson. Even Richard Panik or Alex Chiasson could be much less high-priced selections. Whatever it will be, Montreal expects to tinker err tread flippantly.
Without the need of Koivu, what does Minnesota do now?
James O’Brien of NBC Sporting activities: Will Minnesota turn into sellers with the devastating injury to Mikko Koivu? Their to start with recreation devoid of him was a disastrous residence loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Even with Koivu, Minnesota clung to wildcard hopes.
They are also devoid of a fourth and fifth-spherical pick this year. Incorporate in the truth that Devan Dubnyk has been very little like his to start with year in city doesn’t enable.
So what is upcoming? The trade for Victor Rask screams offer to this working day and was not best. That is getting kind.
Has LA experienced more than enough of Phaneuf?
Adam Gretz of NBC Sporting activities: With the Jake Muzzin trade, the upcoming issue could be what to do with Dion Phaneuf. Consider that Phaneuf’s ice time is down to 14 minutes a night and he has been healthier scratched.
A buyout eats far too substantially cap area to be worthwhile (he helps make $7 million AAV). That income is for two extra years. The other solution is a trade. This necessitates an asset to tag along with Phaneuf to make it extra palatable. Either way, Los Angeles weary of Phaneuf and wants out.