To my eye, this team looks like it hit a wall. After treading water without their second line center and a top defenseman for most of the year, the injuries to Brendan Sutter and Alex Edler did them in. If they were barely competing before, they're now completely unable to muster a push. Jonas Hiller has been dreadful lately, yet the Canucks could managed only two goals against him. If the team was fragile earlier this year, they are now broken.
At least there's this:
Talked to a pro scout who thinks, despite depressed market, Hamhuis+Vrbata still have significant value. If they agree on trades.— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) February 19, 2016
After the Anaheim loss, much of he sports radio chatter was about whether the Canucks should consider trading Jannik Hansen. He's having a career year. I'm not sure it's a great idea. Canucks need a few solid, talented veterans to play on the team over the next few years. It seems Ray Ferraro feels the same way.
Around the League
Congratulations to Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets for allowing one of the worst goals of the year.
Buy some Ed Belfour memorabilia, help him open a distillery.
The New York Islanders move to Brooklyn has been a disaster. They may already be looking toward an out clause included in the 4th year of the 25 year agreement. The team might look to move to Queens, or to a renovated Nassau County Coliseum
Craig Custance of ESPN has a list of the teams most likely to trade a first round pick.
Eric Duhatschek wrote a really interesting article discussing the 50th anniversary of NHL expansion.
I will update this post later this evening, after the Saturday Headlines comes out.
SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE
Larry Brooks' weekly column addresses a PK Subban/Michel Therrien rift in Montreal, the Dennis Wideman appeal, and the potential match between the New Jersey Devils and P.A. Parenteau.
Bruce Garrioch says the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes are open for business. Jiri Hudler, Kris Russell and Eric Staal are all available. Russell is looking for $5 million a year on the open market.
HNIC's Saturday Headlines addressed PK Subban, who won't be traded, and Eric Staal, who has not been shopped, asked to waive his NTC or had any negotiations about an extension. They also sketched out which teams are looking for players at which position at the deadline.