Today is the NHL Trade Deadline, which means many hockey fans will have an even harder time than usual staying focused at work on a Monday. While there have been plenty of trades already these past few weeks, there’s no doubt plenty more to come.
So where do the Dallas Stars fit in in all of this? Earlier this month, Taylor made the case for why Dallas would stand pat at the deadline. Last week, Wes leaned towards the same conclusion, though he shot down many of the standard “excuses” for Dallas to not pull the trigger.
In the end, no one really knows what the Stars might do except for General Manager Jim Nill himself. So while it’s unlikely Dallas makes a huge blockbuster deal today, no one will blame you if you check Twitter more often than usual today.
Except maybe your boss — I advise not doing it around them.
It was a close one, but the Stars pulled out a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night. Here’s what Rick Bowness had to say about the win:
Rick Bowness on Anton Khudobin:— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 23, 2020
"You know what you're going to get when he gets in the net. He's going to compete and he's going to battle every shot and every minute out there."#CHIvsDAL | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/S42gF9Z1XU
Sean Shapiro and Owen Newkirk talk about the game and traffic in their latest Carcast:
Is this a good thing? I’m not sure this is a good thing:
Oh boy, here we go again:
Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov had the two lowest TOI with 11:03 and 8:00, respectively.— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) February 24, 2020
Obviously, the limited time in the 2nd period had to do with all of the penalties. I asked Rick Bowness if the impact of that carried into the 3rd period as well and here's what he said pic.twitter.com/2bAhITPw19
Three other Central teams squared off yesterday in addition to Dallas and Chicago:
- The Winnipeg Jets fell out of a Wild Card spot (at least temporarily) thanks to a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. [Die By the Blade]
- Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues continue their quest to lock down the No. 1 seed in the West, beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1. [St. Louis Gametime]
On that note, the Blues have been announced as the Wild’s opponent for the 2021 Winter Classic, giving us yet another Central Division matchup for New Year’s Day:
Old news by this point, but former Star Cody Eakin was traded last Friday by the Vegas Golden Knights to the Winnipeg Jets:
OFFICIAL RELEASE | Capitals have acquired forward Ilya Kovalchuk from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 third round pickhttps://t.co/O3tIR0WV4N— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 24, 2020
Honestly this is kind of incredible:
Not kidding when I say this, the Habs retained 50 percent on Kovalchuk’s league minimum salary and cap hit. So about 76k. Every dime counts for the cap-challenged Captials.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
TRADE— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 24, 2020
The #Oilers have acquired defenceman Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Kyle Brodziak & a conditional draft pick in either 2020 or 2021. #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/4qkN3TYAZA
Not a trade acquisition, but Zach Bogosian has signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning following his contract termination by the Buffalo Sabres:
We have signed free agent defenseman Zach Bogosian to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.https://t.co/F78Ws3at07— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 24, 2020
Okay, enough about trades and other types of player movement. By far the biggest story of the weekend was David Ayres, the emergency backup goaltender who won a game with the Carolina Hurricanes:
A memory we'll all have forever pic.twitter.com/LUxqs8o3Wr— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 23, 2020
Keep in mind that Ayres isn’t an emergency backup for Carolina — he was the backup for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ home games, and is actually the Toronto Marlie’s Zamboni driver:
Finally, Alex Ovechkin recently scored his 700th goal. Is the next person to do so even playing currently?