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The NHL might have made an offer to the union on Thursday.

The offer in question was reported by a player and hasn't been confirmed yet by the NHL. However, the NHL reportedly moved on the key issue of contract term limits, among other things. If that's true, it could be big news.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 09:24:00 AM

Matt Murray turned aside 27 of 28 shots in Friday's 6-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Murray has now rattled off five consecutive wins. He also has just one loss in his last 10 games and it came in a shootout. The Hurricanes managed to cut the Pens' lead to 2-1 early in the second period, but Pittsburgh exploded for four goals the rest of the way. Murray has a 23-12-2 record with a 2.81 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season. He'll continue to be a strong number one netminder in all fantasy formats.
Feb 23 - 10:44 PM

Phil Kessel scored a pair of goals and an assist in Friday's 6-1 in over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kessel picked up the only assist on Jake Guentzel's first-period goal before adding two tallies of his own in the second frame to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 3-1 and 4-1. He finished the night with a plus-3 rating and five shots on goal in 17:26 of ice time. The 30-year-old has accumulated 15 points in his last 13 games. Kessel is up to 26 goals and 69 points in 62 games this season. He's on pace to score over 90 points for the first time in his NHL career. Olli Maatta, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby also found the back of the net for the Penguins.
Feb 23 - 10:35 PM

Eric Staal scored two goals and two assists in Friday's 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Teammate Mikael Granlund also had two goals and two assists in the victory. Staal helped set up both of Granlund's goals and he added two of his own to give Minnesota 2-0 and 3-1 leads. The veteran finished the night with a plus-3 rating, seven shots on goal and one blocked shot in 15:52 of ice time. The 33-year-old is up to 29 goals and 29 assists in 61 games this season. He's picked up at least one point in 13 of his last 16 outings. He's a must-start in all standard fantasy formats right now.
Feb 23 - 10:14 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially acquired Derick Brassard.

Buckle up because this might just be the most complicated trade in hockey history. The Senators apparently shipped Brassard to the Vegas Golden Knights so that they could retain 40 percent of his salary before shipping him off to Pittsburgh. On top of getting Brassard, Pittsburgh also acquired Ottawa's third-rounder in 2018 and prospect Vincent Dunn. To get Vegas to eat some of Brassard's salary, they had to send Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-rounder to the Golden Knights. Pens GM Jim Rutherford has done a terrific job of getting another solid center even though he was up against the salary cap. Brassard has 18 goals and 38 points in 58 games this season.
Feb 23 - 9:32 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired Ryan Reaves from the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the trade involving Derick Brassard.

The Golden Knights, Penguins and Senators are all involved in the deal. Vegas is believed to be involved so that they can retain some of Brassard's salary, so that the deal can work financially for the Pens. The Golden Knights are also receiving Vancouver's fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Penguins. Reaves has four goals, four assists and 84 penalty minutes in 58 games this season. Vegas will retain 40 percent of Brassard's salary.
Feb 23 - 9:11 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights have placed James Neal (illness) on injured reserve.

This means that Neal will be out for tonight's clash against the Vancouver Canucks. This will be the third consecutive game that he misses. The 30-year-old has 24 goals and 39 points in 58 games this season. The move also allows Vegas to add another player to their roster via trade if they feel the need to do so.
Feb 23 - 7:39 PM

Patric Hornqvist (lower body) will play in Friday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The injury forced Hornqvist to miss each of Pittsburgh's last eight games. He'll skate on a line with Carl Hagelin and Evgeni Malkin. Hornqvist has 16 goals and 31 points in 49 games this season.
Feb 23 - 7:10 PM

Jordan Staal (personal) won't play in Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Hurricanes said that he's going to miss the game for family reasons. The 29-year-old has 14 goals and 34 points in 60 games this season. It's unclear if he'll be available for Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Feb 23 - 6:52 PM

Nashville Predators GM David Poile says the team will not trade top prospect Eeli Tolvanen.

Even though he hasn't played in an NHL game yet, it appears as though Tolvanen was a steal at 30th overall in the 2017 Entry Draft. The 18-year-old was terrific at the Olympics for Finland and he's put up 17 goals and 17 assists in 47 KHL games, which is pretty impressive for a teenager. There's a chance Tolvanen could sign a contract with Nashville before the end of the regular season. He's one of the best prospects in the game right now.
Feb 23 - 6:50 PM

The Derick Brassard trade is reportedly still likely to happen.

The NHL reportedly rejected what would have been a three-way trade sending Brassard to Pittsburgh after Ottawa first moved him to Vegas. Having Brassard hop around like that would have provided the Penguins will additional cap relief as both the Senators and Golden Knights could retain part of his salary. After the NHL vetoed the trade, the three teams have reportedly begun reworking the deal and we could see a resolution to this whole weird roller coaster in the not too distant future.
Feb 23 - 6:27 PM

The NHL has reportedly rejected the Pittsburgh Penguins attempt to acquire Derick Brassard from the Ottawa Senators.

The trade was originally reported as being Brassard in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, Filip Gustavsson, and Ian Cole. However, Brassard comes with a $5 million annual cap hit through 2018-19, which is a lot for the Penguins to cope with, so the idea apparently was that Brassard would first get sent to Vegas so that both Ottawa and Vegas could retain part of his cap hit. Vegas might have also gotten Cole out of the arrangement given that Ottawa likely was interested in flipping the defenseman anyways and perhaps the Golden Knights would have sent something Ottawa's way as additional compensation. Perhaps the NHL saw this as an attempt to circumvent the salary cap the salary cap by having more of Brassard's salary retained than was otherwise possible in a standard trade. If this report is true then the Penguins and Senators will have to restructure the deal if it is to survive. Whatever happens, this is one of the craziest trade sagas in recent memory.
Feb 23 - 6:07 PM




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