Welcome to Crazy Town, NHL. We’ve got all the trades and all the rumors. With the deteriorated relationship between Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators, it’s looking ever more likely that the generational defenseman will be traded. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild general manager, Chuck Fletcher, is as enigmatic as ever about the trade deadline.
Do you want, or expect, the Wild to make a move before today’s 3 p.m. ET deadline?
“A case could be made to keep the Wild’s lineup intact, one that has succeeded enough to be in the hunt at the end of February.”
By all accounts, Chris Stewart is a standout person, just not a very good NHL player. That said, it’s finally happening guys. Narnia was finally waived.
It certainly seems like the Wild could be able to make the playoffs.
“After earning three straight wins on a weeklong East Coast road trip, the Wild returned home with a chance to build some momentum with 20 games left in the regular season.”
The Trade Dealing
There was a lot of moving pieces with this trade, and, reportedly, the league initially rejected it.
Another trade with a lot of moving parts, albeit less complicated.
The Oilers try to get a little faster while Columbus brings home an old player.
“This deal is one of what is expected to be many coming from the Canadiens this season as the team looks to rebuild for the future after a very disappointing 2017-18.”
Truly the man of the day, generational defenseman Erik Karlsson is most likely on the move, whether it’s good for the Senators or not.
Five Ring Circus
Kirill Kaprizov scored the game winning goal for Not Russia as they ended Germany’s great story.
I wasn’t a fan of Gionta in what I saw of him in the Olympics, but the Bruins clearly saw more.
Another Olympian signs an NHL contract, this one from Canada’s Bronze Medal winning team.
Off the Trail
“The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School varsity hockey team can now call themselves state champions, 11 days after a gunman killed 17 and injured 14 others on the Parkland, Florida campus.”
EvolvingWild takes a look at relative shot metrics in order to gain a more concrete understanding of them.
Part 2, the sequel to Part 1.
“Things in Ottawa are going to hell in a hurray as one of the most tense trade deadlines in the franchise’s history looms.”
“Ilya Kovalchuk made a bit of news after he won the Olympic gold medal with the Olympic Athletes from Russia.”
A list of all the brothers in the NHL.
The Wild will face the St. Louis Blues in the middle of one of Mike Yeo’s infamous slumps.