Sidney Crosby and MVP chances; Jagr Watch; goals of the year (Puck Headlines) (PuckDa
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bull; A rather amusing April Fools Day joke by Pekka Rinne and almost-Flyer Shea Weber on Instagram.
bull; Jason Pomminville has been asked to waive his no-trade clause by the Buffalo Sabres. [Dave Davis]
bull; The Ryane Clowe Watch is on, as a trade could happen as early as Monday. [ESPN]
bull; Are the Flyers a good fit for Clowe? [Broad Street Hockey]
bull; Where will Jaromir Jagr end up at the trade deadline? [SB Nation]
bull; Ken Campbell of The Hockey News wonders if Sidney Crosby will still win the Hart after that broken jaw: “If Sidney Crosby, as expected, misses the rest of the regular season, it will at least make the Hart Trophy race interesting. Before Crosby broke his jaw over the weekend, he had the award basically wrapped up. But the question now is, has Crosby done enough to this point to be the league’s MVP if he misses a quarter of his team’s games? Barring a furious late season charge by another prominent player, absolutely. So far, Crosby has been both the league’s best player and the most valuable to his team by a significant margin.” [THN]
bull; The Chicago Blackhawks are holding out Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa so as to be super cautious about their injury rehab. [Between the Circles]
bull; No Mike Fisher for the Nashville Predators tonight. [Tennessean]
bull; LOL, Carlo Colaiacovo hasn’t played in Detroit yet? [Red Wings]
bull; BREAKING: The Ottawa Senators aren’t total idiots. [QMI]
bull; Alex Ovechkin shoots the puck pretty darn hard. [Alex Ovetjkin]
bull; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul, San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi and Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 31. [NHL]
bull; Sidney Crosby was named the first star for March for all the good things he did before his face was mangled. [NHL]
bull; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin was named the rookie of the month for March, which sucks for the majority of Calder voters who just were getting to know that other rookie defenseman in the Western Conference. The one on … what, the North Stars or something? [Kings]
bull; Wow: George Gwozdecky leaves the Denver University head coaching spot after 19 years. [DU]
bull; The New Jersey Devils get Dainius Zubrus back for their showdown with the New York Islanders tonight. [Devils]
bull; Lambert can’t get over the idea that the Columbus Blue Jackets may be buyers at the deadline: “There’s a middle ground between trading a first-round pick for a rental, and selling. That’s standing pat, which most teams would probably be wise to do over the next two days or so. The focus for Columbus should be trying to get the best return possible for their efforts to sell off their good players (Rick Nash, Jeff Cater, etc.) by getting as many high first-round picks as they can, and while the Rangers are doing their best to accommodate those needs by being tied with the Islanders, Los Angeles and the Blue Jackets themselves are doing Kekalainen no favors. Trading one of those — you’d think it’d be the Kings’, but then you also don’t know just how intent they are on securing said scoring forward — seems remarkably ill-advised.” [Two-Line Pass]
bull; In praise of the bloody good role playing work by Steve Oleksy of the Washington Capitals. [WashTimes]
bull; Let Cam Charron’s PDO numbers wash over you like the warm waters of a foreign sea. [NHL Numbers]
bull; The Vancouver Canucks purchase the Peoria Rivermen franchise that plays in Awesometown, a.k.a. Peoria, Illinois. [Canucks]
bull; Finally, the best Swedish Elite League goals of the year, because you know you’re curious.