Look out, here comes the New York Islanders. With a Stanley Cup-winning GM and a Stanley Cup-winning coach, the little engine with no home leads the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points in the Metro Division. New York has catapulted itself into a buyer position. The Toronto Maple Leafs are shaking their tin can for a right-handed defenseman and the Ottawa Senators offered a hefty contract to Matt Duchene.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post took a look at the Islanders who will be buyers at the deadline. They beat the Washington Capitals on Friday night and are first place in the Metro Division. GM Lou Lamoriello is thought to be active on the trade market. Who is John Tavares? (New York Post)
The Toronto Maple Leafs needs help on defense. Not just because fans have decided to run Jake Gardiner out of the building by booing him, but because they’re still short on the blue line and especially short on righties. However, the cost could be big-time. Perhaps that’s a cautionary tale for those of us who wonder if the Penguins need a third right-handed defenseman.
The San Jose Sharks have taken a liking to Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. And what’s not to like? Perhaps the price tag. The Sharks are stepping to the table. And the Ottawa Senators have reportedly made a pretty sweet offer to Matt Duchene — it’s all from the Headlines Segment (Sportsnet)
Brian Burke believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will deal William Nylander this summer (Kukla’s Korner)
Radek Faksa scored his first goal of 2019 and the Dallas Stars were winners but the drama is still following them (Dallas Morning News via Spector’s Hockey)
The Buffalo Sabres who are lurking behind the Penguins in the Eastern Conference are working to sign Jeff Skinner (Nichols on Hockey)
Who’s the starter in Columbus? It may not be Bob (Union and Blue)
Check out the free preview of our new PHN Extra Video series. It’s another added feature of PHN Extra, but…video. Derick Brassard Suitors and one addition to the list (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)