The big NHL news for today revolves around the trade deadline, which means it will almost certainly not involve the Islanders. But before we catch you up on the weekend's many trades, here are a few Isles bits to hold you over:
- Anders Lee was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for February. [LHH] [NHL]
- The Sound Tigers lost their ninth straight yesterday and yes, they're embarrassed. [CT Post | Soundin' Off]
- The many ways through tickets and marketing and transit that the Isles business side has prepared for Brooklyn. [Forbes]
- Will the fans be hip to it? [Eyes on Isles]
- A toast to the Coliseum with Bobby Nystrom, Pat LaFontaine and Steve Webb April 10. [teamup4community]
NHL Trades: Everybody going everywhere
And now, on to the insanity, with a couple of the Islanders' Metropolitan Division rivals involved in the weekend action. (Here's the NHL's updated trade tracker, which you'll find handy today.)
Yandle to the Rangers, Duclair, Moore, Stempniak out the Door
The Rangers went all in for the last year-plus of Keith Yandle's current contract, with the Coyotes agreeing to retain half the salary so the Smurfs could fit him under their bloated cap. The Coyotes get John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a conditional first-round draft pick in 2016 and a second-rounder this year. Blueshirt Banter analyzes.
Part of the shuffle for the Rangers included shipping Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg and bringing in James Sheppard from San Jose, and agreeing to terms with Mats Zuccarello on a four-year, $18 million deal after talking a big game.
The Rangers host the Predators tonight.
Even though Don Maloney is dumping his good players -- Yandle was signed through next year -- he says these moves "fast track" the team back to respectability. Over at Five for Howling, they kick the tires on the new guys.
Glencross to the Capitals
Cole to the Red Wings
Former Detroit executive Jim Nill dumped journeyman Dallas forward Erik Cole on the Wings in exchange for a couple of prospects he helped draft.
Earlier in the Weekend
Those were just the Sunday deals. Saturday saw the Blackhawks get UFA Antoine Vermette from the Coyotes for a prospect and a first round pick. [SCH], while Florida sent Tomas Fleischmann to Anaheim for a pick and the rotting husk of Dany Heatley. [LBC]
Other NHL Stuff
- The weekly Metro snapshot. [ILWT]
- The annual Sloan analytics conference gets more packed and more complex each year. [Globe and Mail] [NHL]
- Amid rumors, the Hawks say nothing is Hawked here, man. Everything's cool. [Deadspin]
- On Phil Kessel, #SimmonsgonnaSimmon. [PPP]
- A familiar tale that never gets old: The insanity import players have to deal with in the KHL. [Guardian]