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New Jersey Devils trade Blake Coleman to Lightning, Andy Greene to Islanders ahead of NHL trade deadline


The New Jersey Devils and interim general manager Tom Fitzgerald got a head start on the NHL trade deadline Sunday by offloading two players for a package of future assets.

In the first deal, completed Sunday afternoon, the Devils sent veteran defenseman and team captain Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for defensive prospect David Quenneville and the Islanders’ second-round pick in the 2021 draft. Later in the day, New Jersey sent Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward prospect Nolan Foote and a 2020 first-round pick that originally belonged to the Vancouver Canucks

Both deals signal the Devils waving a white flag on this season as they look to restructure their roster for a long-term vision. After coming into the season as playoff hopefuls following a promising offseason retool, it has been a trying season for New Jersey in which not much has gone right. The Devils currently sit last in the Metropolitan division with 52 points in the standings. 

By trading the 37-year-old Greene, who is in the final year of his current contract, the Devils are able to turn an expiring asset into a couple of future pieces. On the other side, the Isles get a veteran defenseman rental who they hope will help offset the loss of defenseman Adam Pelech, who was placed on injured reserve with an Achilles injury earlier this year. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has a strong prior relationship with Greene from Lamoriello’s days as boss of the Devils. 

After it was erroneously reported that Coleman had been traded to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon, the Devils struck a deal with the Lightning to send the forward to an already stacked and explosive Tampa squad that has been arguably the best team in hockey over the past few months. 

Coleman, 28, is a talented and versatile contributor up front and he comes at bargain price ($1.8 million AAV) and an additional year of control beyond this season. In 57 games for the lowly Devils this season, Coleman was tied for the team-lead with 21 goals and also has three short-handed goals on the year. He’ll join a Lightning team that already ranks second in the league in goals per game. 

It’s a strong pickup for Tampa Bay — especially if you consider that the Boston Bruins, the team the Bolts are trying to catch in the Atlantic, were also in on Coleman — but it comes at a substantial cost. Foote,19, was taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and is considered to be a top-flight prospect. Foote plus a first-round pick (which Tampa Bay acquired from Vancouver in the J.T. Miller deal last summer) is a nice haul for New Jersey. The Devils didn’t necessarily have to trade Coleman considering his contract, but the bargain contract and the extra year of control allowed them to command a steep price.

It was a busy and productive day for the Devils on Sunday and their early efforts could help set the NHL deadline craziness in motion as other buyers scramble to counter. New Jersey may not be done just yet either, as they still have several players that they could look to move ahead of the February 24th cutoff — including Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, Nikita Gusev, Miles Wood and more.





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Hurricanes will play in first outdoor hockey game in franchise history


The Carolina Hurricanes will play in the first outdoor hockey game in franchise history when the NHL Stadium Series comes to Raleigh on Feb. 20, 2021.

The game will be held at Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State’s football venue. The NHL had tested logistics at the venue last November, using traffic cones to map where the rink would be constructed on the field. A crowd of more than 50,000 could be in attendance.

No opponent has been named. There was heavy speculation that the Washington Capitals, a geographic and playoff rival, would get the call. But the Washington Post reported on Saturday that the Capitals are not the opponent, per a team spokesman.

With the Hurricanes getting a Stadium Series event, there are now five NHL teams that have yet to play in an outdoor game: The Arizona Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights.

The Stadium Series game held at the Air Force Academy on Saturday night between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings was the 30th for the NHL since Edmonton’s Heritage Classic in 2003.



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Jay Bouwmeester collapse update: Blues defenseman undergoes successful defibrillator implant procedure


Tuesday night’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks was postponed following a scary incident in the first period. After completing a long shift, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the St. Louis bench after reportedly suffering a “cardiac episode” during a TV timeout.

On Friday, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced that Bouwmeester underwent a successful Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedure in Anaheim, according to NHL.com. The device will bring Bouwmeester’s heart rhythm back to normal. Following his release from the hospital, Bouwmeester will fly back to St. Louis and continue to be monitored.

Earlier in the week, Armstrong revealed that Bouwmeeseter required a defibrillator to revive him after his collapse.

During the game on Tuesday, Blues teammates were seen frantically calling for help and eventually the bench area was evacuated as medical staff tended to Bouwmeester. The 36-year-old was eventually taken out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Reports in the arena said Bouwmeester was awake and alert before being transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

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Early Wednesday morning, the Blues offered an update on Bouwmeester’s status, saying he suffered a “cardiac episode” and was in stable condition.

“With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong. “Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.”

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo revealed Wednesday that he and several teammates visited Bouwmeester in the hospital on Tuesday night.

“It made everybody feel a lot better knowing he was in good hands,” Pietrangelo said, via UPI. “He was in good spirits [Tuesday] night with us, typical Jay, so I think it certainly made us all feel a lot better today knowing we had the opportunity to talk to him.”

The Blues placed Bouwmeester on injured reserve Wednesday.

As the incident unfolded, players and coaches were visibly shaken up while the atmosphere in the arena was extremely tense and still. Even after Bouwmeester was taken away from the rink, the emotions and unease lingered. Ultimately, the Blues and Ducks elected to postpone the game. A make-up date will be scheduled later. 

With the physical nature of the sport, we’ve seen plenty of scary medical situations around NHL arenas over the years, but witnessing a player collapse on the bench during a break in play is one of the more unsettling incidents in recent years. 

Former Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley was involved in a similar incident in 2014. He collapsed on the Stars’ bench in what was described as a “cardiac event.” It was revealed later that Peverley’s cardiac episode left him unconsciousness for approximately two minutes before defibrillator was used to regain consciousness. 

In attendance at Tuesday’s game in Anaheim was Bouwmeester’s father, as it was part of the team’s annual dad’s trip. 





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Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen to return after 4-game absence


Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will return Thursday against the Dallas Stars after missing Toronto’s past four games with a neck injury.

Andersen has not played since suffering the injury on Feb. 3 against the Florida Panthers. He initially was checked for a concussion before ultimately being diagnosed with the neck injury.

Andersen, 30, is 24-9-6 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 42 games this season.

The Maple Leafs also waived reserve goaltender Michael Hutchinson on Thursday.



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Jay Bouwmeester collapse update: Blues GM says defenseman needed defibrillator to be revived


Tuesday night’s Blues-Ducks game in Anaheim was postponed following a scary incident in the first period. After completing a long shift, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the St. Louis bench after reportedly suffering a “cardiac episode” during a TV timeout. New information from a team executive reveals that the incident was a bit worse than originally speculated. 

General manager Doug Armstrong told reporters on Wednesday that Bouwmeeseter required a defibrillator to revive him after his collapse. The good news is that the defenseman is feeling a lot better, according to Armstrong.

Blues teammates were seen frantically calling for help and eventually the bench area was evacuated as medical staff tended to Bouwmeester. The 36-year-old was eventually taken out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Reports in the arena said Bouwmeester was awake and alert before being transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

Warning: Video contains graphic content

Early Wednesday morning, the Blues offered an update on Bouwmeester’s status, saying he suffered a “cardiac episode” and was in stable condition.

“With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong. “Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.”

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo revealed Wednesday that he and several teammates visited Bouwmeester in the hospital on Tuesday night.

“It made everybody feel a lot better knowing he was in good hands,” Pietrangelo said, via UPI. “He was in good spirits [Tuesday] night with us, typical Jay, so I think it certainly made us all feel a lot better today knowing we had the opportunity to talk to him.”

The Blues placed Bouwmeester on injured reserve Wednesday.

As the incident unfolded, players and coaches were visibly shaken up while the atmosphere in the arena was extremely tense and still. Even after Bouwmeester was taken away from the rink, the emotions and unease lingered. Ultimately, the Blues and Ducks elected to postpone the game.

A make-up date will be scheduled later. 

With the physical nature of the sport, we’ve seen plenty of scary medical situations around NHL arenas over the years, but witnessing a player collapse on the bench during a break in play is one of the more unsettling incidents in recent years. 

Former Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley was involved in a similar incident in 2014. He collapsed on the Stars’ bench in what was described as a “cardiac event.” It was revealed later that Peverley’s cardiac episode left him unconsciousness for approximately two minutes before defibrillator was used to regain consciousness. 

In attendance at Tuesday’s game in Anaheim was Bouwmeester’s father, as it was part of the team’s annual dad’s trip. 





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Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester collapses on bench; game postponed


The St. Louis Blues game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center was postponed on Tuesday night after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench in the first period. The Ducks said the game will be made up at a later date.

Bouwmeester appeared to be awake and alert as he was being transported out of the arena to a hospital.

Bouwmeester had recently completed a long shift and did not appear to have absorbed any big hits or contact to his head.

Bouwmeester appeared to be grabbing a drink of water when he began to slowly fall during a stoppage in play with 7:50 left in the first period.

Teammate Vince Dunn began shouting and waving for trainers to come assist. Bouwmeester was taken off the bench as the game was delayed.

Both teams then went back to their locker rooms and the game was called off a few minutes later tied at 1.

Bouwmeester, 36, was skating in his 57th game this season. He skated 1:20 in his last shift before collapsing and logged 5:34 of ice time in the game.

Bouwmeester is in his 17th NHL season. Bouwmeester’s 1,241 career games played are second-most among active defensemen, trailing only Zdeno Chara (1,540) and fourth-most overall, behind Patrick Marleau (1,709) and Joe Thornton (1,622).

A native of Edmonton, Bouwmeester was a junior hockey star and the third overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers. He began his career in Florida, before spending four years in Calgary. He has been on the Blues roster since the 2012-13 season and was part of the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup-winning team last spring.

The Blues in April signed Bouwmeester to a $3.25 million, one-year deal for this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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Penguins finally land Jason Zucker in trade with Minnesota Wild


The Penguins have been linked to Jason Zucker since last summer, when they tried to trade for the Minnesota Wild winger. On Monday night, they finally landed their guy. 

The Minnesota Wild agreed to trade Zucker to Pittsburgh in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk, prospect Calen Addison and a first-round pick in 2020. No money was retained in the deal.

As a result of the trade, the Penguins beef up their forward group with the addition of Zucker, who has scored 90 goals in the last three-and-a-half seasons with Minnesota. The 28-year-old winger is expected to slot into the Penguins’ top-six, where he’ll have a great opportunity to produce while playing alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin. He should be a welcome addition (and valuable insurance) to a Pens’ offense that has been dinged up by significant injuries throughout the season.

It’s also worth noting that Zucker is signed through the 2023 season with an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, which likely made it a little easier for Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford to part ways with a top pick and Addison (a 2018 second-round pick) as he looked to improve the team at this year’s trade deadline.

The addition of Galchenyuk makes the money work — he’s making $4.9 million on the cap in the final year of his current contract this year — but isn’t a big loss for the Penguins. Galchenyuk has struggled to stay in the lineup for the Penguins and is now heading to his fourth team in the last three seasons.

Meanwhile, the Wild get some future assets (and a low risk add in Galchenyuk) while shedding Zucker’s salary as they look to retool in Minnesota. New Wild general manager Bill Guerin hasn’t been shy about wanting to shake things up since taking the job this offseason, and now he’s taken a step in that direction by swinging a big deal with his former club.

Pittsburgh was first linked to Zucker over the summer when they attempted to trade Phil Kessel to Minnesota in exchange for Zucker. That deal fell through when Kessel utilized his no-trade clause and rejected the trade. Ultimately, the Penguins ended up dealing Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a package that centered around… Galchenyuk. Ironically, the main piece of the Kessel trade now goes to Minnesota for Zucker. 

It’s a strong play for Pittsburgh as they sit second in the Metro division, four points behind the Washington Capitals. Minnesota is four points back of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.





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Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri exits with injury after fall


Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri left Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild with an injury after an awkward fall backward during an offensive zone faceoff in the second period.

Kadri, who appeared to twist his left leg as he back-passed the puck after the faceoff, returned to the ice for the third period and played one shift before returning to the locker room. The Avalanche did not disclose the nature of the injury.

Kadri, 29, had an assist in the win, taking 14 shifts with 10:06 on the ice. He has been a key cog in the Avalanche’s stellar season, with 19 goals and 35 points in his first season in Colorado.

Kadri played parts of 10 seasons with the Maple Leafs before signing with Colorado in the offseason.

The Avalanche are in second place in the Central Division and have won four in a row.



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NHL players may return to next Winter Olympics following progressive talks with IOC


The return of NHL players to the Winter Olympics may be closer than some have expected, according to a new report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation have apparently made solid progress in talks with the league to meet certain demands that would bring NHL players back to the quadrennial competition.

Among some of the needs that the NHL has asked for includes insurance costs, travel costs and ability to promote on own platforms, which address the previous concerns league executives had with Olympic participation. 

It’s important to note that the IOC and IIHF switching their position on this stuff is quite a departure from how things were perceived to be just 24 hours ago. Per Friedman, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly had said he wanted to make Olympic participation part of CBA talks. Daly did receive pushback from the NHLPA because the current CBA extends past 2022, the year of the next Winter Olympics.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea marked the first time in 20 years that NHL players were absent from the competition’s hockey slate. If all goes as planned, that absence will not extend to a second consecutive Olympic Games, and professional NHL hockey players will be representing their country at the 2022 Olympics held in Beijing.





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Former Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Glennie dies at 73


TORONTO — Brian Glennie, a hard-hitting defenseman who spent most of his 10-year NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died. He was 73.

Glennie, who was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, helped the national team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, under Father David Bauer.

The Maple Leafs confirmed his death on Friday.

There was no immediate word on the cause of death, although he had been in ill health. Funeral arrangements were pending.

“The Maple Leafs are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Glennie,” the team said on Twitter. “Glennie was named one of the 100 Greatest Maple Leafs of all time and played over 500 games on the blue line in Toronto. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Glennie was No. 94 on the 2016 list, part of the franchise’s centennial anniversary.

Glennie, born on Aug. 29, 1946, in Toronto, captained the AHL Toronto Marlies to a 1967 Memorial Cup win on a team that included Brad Park and Mike Pelyk. He spent time at Michigan State before splitting the 1968-69 season with the minor league Rochester American and Tulsa Oilers.

After nine seasons with the Maple Leafs, he finished his career in 1978-79 with the Los Angeles Kings.

Over 572 career NHL regular-season games, Glennie had 14 goals, 100 assists and 621 penalty minutes. He had one assist in 32 playoff games, all with the Maple Leafs. He played more games on the blue line than any other Toronto player in the ’70s.

Glennie’s hip checks stopped many opposing players in mid-stride. Former tough guy John Ferguson called him “an old-style standup hitter.”

Glennie was easy to spot with a mop of hair and, then later in his career, a helmet that looked like a bowling ball.

While Glennie gave out hits, he also absorbed them and was on the wrong end of an infamous incident in 1975 at Maple Leaf Gardens after he was blindsided by Detroit’s Dan Maloney. Irate at Glennie’s hit on a teammate, Maloney jumped the defenseman from behind, rode him down and then smashed him into the ice.

Knocked unconscious, Glennie was taken to hospital with a concussion. Maloney was charged with assault causing bodily harm the next day but was later acquitted.

Maloney died in 2018 at the age of 68.

Glennie took his tough-guy style to the advertising world, joining forces with fellow Leafs player Lanny McDonald for a Swanson’s Hungry-Man dinner ad that saw Glennie rip the freezer door off to get his meal.

Glennie was named to the Canadian roster for the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union, but he was an extra player and did not play in any of the eight games.

A back injury forced Glennie to retire from hockey. Later in life, he moved to Ottawa to be closer to his grandchildren.



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