One of the biggest names on the NHL trade market will be out of action beyond the upcoming Trade Deadline.
The Arizona Coyotes announced that defenceman Jakub Chychrun will be sidelined for approximately 2-4 weeks due to an undisclosed lower body injury.
Chychrun sustained the injury when he collided into defenceman Derek Forbort during the team’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on March 12.
The 23-year old has posted seven goals, 14 assists and averages 22:59 of ice time in 47 games this season.
He is also a season removed from leading the league with 18 goals, and is in the third season of a team friendly six-year, six-year, $27.6 million contract with an average annual value of $4.6 million.
And for the reasons above, a lot of teams have reportedly kicked tires on his availability via trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, and Carolina Hurricanes were among the interested teams. But for Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to move such a valuable player off the roster.
“Well, if you think about it, he’s a No. 1 [defenceman] that’s 23 years old with a team-friendly contract and someone that generated 18 goals the year before, so he has a lot of impact on your team,” said Armstrong.
“You’d be crazy to move him unless it moved your team forward.”
Should Cale Makar’s goal have counted? A closer look at the controversial rule that allowed it to happen
In case you missed it, the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers exploded for 14 goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final last night.
Colorado ended up winning the game 8-6 and taking a 1-0 series lead, but it didn’t happen without controversy.
One of the goals still being talked about was Cale Makar’s late first period goal that appeared to be an easy offside goal but was surprisingly not overturned after being reviewed by the head office in New York.
A lot of fans were left wondering why it was a good goal when another attacking player CLEARLY crossed the blue line before the puck. In most scenarios this would be the case, but according to rule 83.3, this was one of the exceptions. The video below explains it:
Do you agree with the call? If you do, do you think the league should make changes to this controversial rule? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Canadiens officially name Martin St. Louis the 32nd head coach in franchise history, sign him to three-year extension
The Montreal Canadiens believe in Martin St. Louis’ ability behind the bench, and are keeping him there for the foreseeable future.
The team has officially removed the interim tag from his role, and named him the 32nd head coach in franchise history. The two sides have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2024/25 campaign
“We are happy to officially appoint Martin as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Montreal general manager Kent Hughes.
“Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey. His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future.”
The 45-year old, who played in 1134 NHL games as a player from 1998-2015, took over as Habs’ bench boss after replacing Dominique Ducharme on February 9.
During his tenure last season, he led the last place Canadiens to a combined 14-19-4 record to finish off the 2021/22 campaign. Prior to that, the Canadiens were an abysmal 8-30-7.
WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.
Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.
They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!
After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.
The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.