And Simmonds is going to Buffalo.
Simmonds to the Sabres for a 5th in 2020.About the only other players worth anything in a trade would be Wade Simmonds and Sami Vatanen. Simmonds is more likely since he's on an expiring contract. Vatanen is on injured reserve at the moment, I think he's worth keeping.
[Sarcasm] No, I have not heard anything about it... [/sarcasm]Not sure if anyone's paying attention anymore, but an emergency goalie registered a win for the first time in NHL history Saturday night when David Ayers registered a win for the Carolina Hurricanes. Both of the Canes' goalies were injured during the game, so they signed the Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies (Leafs farm club) to a one game amateur contract. Sporting a Toronto Marlies mask and pads, he allowed 2 goals three shots in the second period, then shut out the high powered Leafs in the third to earn the win.
Freaking love this trade. We gave up basically nothing of value (short term anyway) for a pretty solid d-man. He's currently on IR, but I see upside there. We traded for Brady Skjei too, which means at Pesce is probably out for a while. Vatanen has to be close to coming back though, otherwise what's the point in grabbing him?And Vatanen is going to the Canes.
He was actually the Checkers emergency backup just weeks before this whole thing.I also learned that he also practiced with the Charlotte Checkers a few years ago, so he knew a bunch of the Canes that were playing as well.
Vatanen is a solid D man. The injury didn't sound too serious.Freaking love this trade. We gave up basically nothing of value (short term anyway) for a pretty solid d-man. He's currently on IR, but I see upside there. We traded for Brady Skjei too, which means at Pesce is probably out for a while. Vatanen has to be close to coming back though, otherwise what's the point in grabbing him?
FWIW, salary cap does not matter in the playoffs, so we could get Dougie and Pesce back and it wouldn't affect us any and we'd basically be completely stacked at defense. That's how the Blackhawks won a cup or two (Kane out on IR, came back during the playoffs).
He was actually the Checkers emergency backup just weeks before this whole thing.
The Russian Five were amazing.Watching the documentary on the Russian Five, I realized my biggest frustration with the way they played this year. They play the dump and run Canadian model, were in the late 90s they played with the keep away pass and pass Russian model as they enter the zone.
it was just a great game to watch.
This really surprises me that they did that, especially given the amount of time it takes to shape the culture of the AHL team to match the NHL team. I can only fathom that there was serious disagreements between the Tom Dundon and the folks who own the Checkers for this to go down like this.Breaking news is that the Hurricanes will be severing ties with their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, in the coming days.
Frankly, I'm shocked. So many teams are moving towards having their AHL affiliate in state. Apparently we'll be moving to the Chicago Wolves, who are notorious for pretty lame duck prospects. Horrible move on both ownership teams. Some things are absolutely worth paying a premium for, and having the AHL team in state is one of those things.
The first cut had the Sabres in the playoffs; originally it was the top 6 teams from each division (Sabres 6th in the Northeast). Then they switched to top 12 in each conference, which pulled in big-market New York Rangers and cut out small-market Buffalo.Teams are based on where they are in the standings when play was suspended.