The hockey world stood still late Tuesday night as St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the St. Louis bench during the first period of their game in Anaheim. Below is the most recent update as of 7 a.m. Eastern time. Also in the NHL trade rumors, the Ottawa Senators are trying to bluff their way to a higher price by selling the narrative they may hold onto unrestricted free agents, and Detroit could be moving towards moving Andreas Athanasiou.
First, the latest from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Bouwmeester (StLtoday.com)
PHN joins the hockey community in wishing the best for Bouwmeester.
The Jason Zucker era began in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Zucker was hard on himself after the game, but his teammates weren’t (Pittsburgh Hockey Now
It was tempting to use Zucker’s self-deprecating quote as a headline, but we decided it just wasn’t correct. With all things considered, he played pretty well.
Here is the breakdown of the Penguins OT loss to Tampa Bay, including the adjustments and player report cards (PHN+)
To the NHL trade rumors and reports…
Let’s be honest. If Ottawa keeps a UFA, GM Pierre Dorion should be fired. But in the spirit of maximizing the ask, that’s what Dorion is publicly saying he may do. Craig Anderson, Mark Boroweicki and Ron Hainsey could stay put (Ottawa Sun)
Anderson may not be tradeable with an .899 save percentage and a $4.75 million salary, but everyone else should bring an asset to the struggling franchise unless they’re going to re-sign.
Andreas Athanasiou could be on the move. The rumblings are beginning in Detroit (MLive)
No, I can’t imagine the Penguins are in on him. Of course, I wrote on Monday morning that Calen Addison wouldn’t be traded (though I did predict Minnesota would soon have the Penguins first-round pick. Does the partial prediction earn or lose points?)
The injury bugs got lost on Tuesday night and went to the wrong locker room. Not only did Nikita Kucherov leave the game with a lower body injury, so too did Anthony Cirelli (Sportsnet)
The lowlight of the night, Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba slashed Ryan Reaves…ummm…below the belt (Sportsnet video)