126 minutes | Feb 23rd 2018

THN S2 Ep26: Trade Deadline Update & Gold Medal Performances

THN Season 2, Episode 26 (Episode 71) Show Notes 2/15-2/23   Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.   Opening Tease: Playoff Races!!! Trade deadline news and rumors We’ll have all this and more.   Break: Where we are: We are now on The Hockey Writers Podcast Channel! thehockeywriters.com @TheHockeyWriter #THW Itunes Stitcher Soundcloud iHeartRadio TuneIn Google Play Music fm Spreaker? Android/Apple apps RSS: http://thehockeynuts.libsyn.com/rss Our Web Site: http://www.thehockeynuts.com   How to get in touch with us: Twitter: Wayne: @waynehallee9 Steve: @sball504man Email: feedback@thehockeynuts.com Voicemail: 919-960-1718 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Youtube Channel: http://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube (Don’t forget to like and subscribe!) Live streaming!!! We stream the recording of our show on Youtube, but you can also get occasional streams on Facebook.  Youtube: https://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Affiliate Links: Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/   My Experience at the 2018 Maine Pond Hockey Classic  http://www.mainepondhockey.org/   Bruins/Rangers/Canes updates Bos:   6-1 L @ Van on 2/17, 2-1 OTW @ CGY on 2/19, 3-2 W @ Edm on 2/20 Car:  5-2 L @ NJ on 2/15, 3-0 L vs NYI on 2/16, 3-2 OTL vs NJ on 2/18 NYR:  3-0 L @ NYI on 2/15, 6-3 L @ Ott on 2/17, 7-4 L vs Phi on 2/18, 3-1 L @ Mon on 2/22  Lost 5 straight…       Other Notable games: Thursday, 2/15: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180215  (11 games) Friday, 2/16: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180216  (4 games) Saturday, 2/17: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180217  (11 games) Sunday, 2/18: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180218  (7 games) Monday, 2/19: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180219  (6 games) Tuesday, 2/20: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180220  (9 Games) Wednesday, 2/21: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180221  (3 games) Thursday, 2/22: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180222  (11 games) Friday, 2/23: http://www.espn.com/nhl/scoreboard?date=20180223 (5 games)   NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings     NHL Transactions: Michael Grabnerwas traded to the New Jersey Devils by the New York Rangers on Thursday.  It is the first trade made between the Metropolitan Division rivals since New Jersey entered the NHL in 1982-83.  The 30-year-old forward is in the final season of a two-year contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  New York will receive defenseman prospect Yegor Rykov and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Grabner has 31 points (25 goals, six assists) in 59 games this season. He was scratched from a 3-1 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.  He has 244 points (156 goals, 88 assists) in 532 games during nine NHL seasons with the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks. He has scored at least 20 goals four times.   Rykov, 20, was a fifth-round pick (No. 132) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is playing in the Kontinental Hockey League this season.  Frank Vatranowas traded to the Florida Panthers by the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Boston received a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Vatrano, a 23-year-old forward, scored two goals in 25 games with the Bruins this season. He has not played in five of the past six games because of a lower-body injury and has been a healthy scratch most of the season.  Signed to an entry-level contract as a free agent by the Bruins on March 13, 2015, Vatrano has 31 points (20 goals, 11 assists) in 108 NHL games.  Forward Tobias Riederand goalie Scott Wedgewood were traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Arizona Coyotes for goalie Darcy Kuemper on Wednesday.  Rieder had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 58 games with the Coyotes this season after signing a two-year contract with Arizona on Oct. 4, 2016. He can become a restricted free agent July 1.  Rieder had 111 points (51 goals, 60 assists) in 292 games with the Coyotes.  The Coyotes signed Kuemper to a two-year contract Thursday. He could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Kuemper was 10-1-3 with a 2.10 GAA, a .932 save percentage and three shutouts in 19 games backing up Jonathan Quick for the Kings this season.  Jakub Jerabekwas traded to the Washington Capitals by the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Wednesday.  The 26-year-old rookie defenseman from the Czech Republic has four points (one goal, three assists) in 25 NHL games. He signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens on May 1, 2017, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.    Nick Holdenwas traded to the Boston Bruins by the New York Rangers on Tuesday.  The Bruins bolstered their depth by sending their third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and 24-year-old minor-league defenseman Rob O'Gara for Holden, a lefty defenseman who is 30 years old and had 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 55 games with the Rangers this season.  Holden had 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists) in 135 games with the Rangers after they acquired him in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on June 25, 2016. He has 107 points (35 goals, 72 assists) in 356 NHL games and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Erik Gudbransonsigned a three-year, $12 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.  The contract has an average annual value of $4 million. The 26-year-old defenseman could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Gudbranson has four points (two goals, two assists) in 41 games this season, and 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 380 NHL games with the Florida Panthers and Canucks.   Goalie Petr Mrazekwas traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.  Mrazek, 26, is 8-7-3 with a 2.89 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 22 games (18 starts) this season.  In the past week, the Flyers lost their top two goalies, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, to injury.  Alex Lyon, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League after Elliott was injured during a shootout at the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 10, relieved Neuvirth against the Rangers. He made 25 saves on 26 shots for his first NHL victory, but it was the fourth game in the League for the 25-year-old rookie.  "Our players have worked hard for a long time and I didn't think it was fair to not have a proven NHL goaltender for this team," Hextall said. "That's the reason we acted."  Defenseman Michal Kempnywas traded to the Washington Capitals on Monday by the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.  Kempny, an undrafted free agent who agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on May 24, 2016, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 81 NHL games. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) and is plus-13 in 31 games this season.  Chicago will receive the higher of Washington's own third-round draft choice or the third-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington acquired the Toronto draft pick from the New Jersey Devils as part of the Marcus Johansson trade on July 2, 2017.  Mikael Backlundsigned a six-year, $32.1 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Friday.  It has an average annual value of $5.35 million.  The 28-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Backlund has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 58 games this season, and 262 points (104 goals, 158 assists) in 519 games with Calgary, which selected him with the No. 24 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.  Nikita Soshnikovwas traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.  The 24-year-old forward had no points in three games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with Toronto of the American Hockey League.  The Blues said Soshnikov will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has attained a United States visa and will be added to the roster when he is cleared by doctors.  The Maple Leafs were at the maximum number of NHL contracts (50) before the trade.  Signed by the Maple Leafs to a three-year, entry-level contract March 20, 2015, Soshnikov has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 70 NHL games.  Josh Baileyagreed to terms with the New York Islanders on a six-year contract Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.com and TSN are reporting $5M per year. The 28-year-old forward is in the final season of a five-year contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.  Bailey has 62 points (15 goals, 47 assists) in 58 games this season; he's third on the Islanders in scoring, three points behind Mathew Barzal and two behind John Tavares. Bailey has set an NHL career high in points and assists and is one goal from his career high, set in 2009-10. He also played in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time this season.  Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698 Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades     Injuries: Goaltender Carey Priceof the Montreal Canadiens will be out indefinitely because of a concussion.  The 30-year-old goalie was injured Tuesday when he was struck in the mask on a shot by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the second period of a 3-2 overtime loss. Price remained in the game.  Price, who is 15-22-6 with a 2.98 go
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