The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 29 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I recap all of the transactions from the past week, including transactions involving our favorite teams.  Spoiler alert, all 3 teams were active this week.  Playoff races are in full swing, and the teams that still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs is starting to decline.  We’ll discuss where every team stands.  We also discuss the other headlines of the week in a busy week of action around the hockey world.  We’ll have all the details, plus some College Hockey playoff talk, the KHL playoff minute, and our picks of the week, coming up next!

THN Episode 29 Show Notes

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Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

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Opening Headlines

  • Trades, Trades, Trades! All 3 of our teams active.
  • Bruins White hot, Canes and Rangers luke warm
  • Standings still tight at this point in the season, but buyers and sellers are now clear. We’ll update our playoff predictions.
  • Montreal getting beefy! (Andreas Martinsen, Dwight King, Steve Ott, Brandon Davidson, Jordie Benn, all added in last couple days, and all 6-2 and up.





Upcoming games


Our teams performances since last recording:

BOS:  5-3 L @ ANA on 2/22, 4-1 W @ LA on 2/23, 6-3 W @ DAL on 2/26, 4-1 W vs ARI on 2/28

NYR:  2-1 SOW @ TOR on 2/23, 4-3 OTW @ NJD on 2/25, 5-2 L vs CBJ on 2/26, 4-1 L vs WSH on 2/28

CAR:  3-0 W vs OTT on 2/24, 3-1 L vs CGY on 2/26, 3-2 SOL @ FLA on 2/28


Notable Games (Other than Rangers, Bruins, and Canes)


  • Penguins 4 @ Flyers 2 (Stadium Series)
  • Skip this week for more trade coverage






  • Trades:
  • GoaltenderMichal Neuvirth and center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare agreed to multiyear contracts with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.  Financial details were not released but Sportsnet reported Neuvirth signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.5 million and Bellemare signed a two-year contract with a $1.45 million average annual value.  Neuvirth, 28, said earlier Wednesday that he was hoping to remain with the Flyers.  He is in the final season of a two-year, $3.25 million contract with an average annual value of $1.625 million according to  In 24 games this season he’s 10-9-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .887 save percentage.  In nine seasons with the Flyers, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals, Neuvirth is 94-80-22 with a 2.68 GAA, .911 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 224 games.  Bellemare, 31, has six points (three goals, thee assists) in 62 games, and leads the Flyers in average shorthanded ice time per game at 2:54.  He was signed by the Flyers June 11, 2014, and in three NHL seasons he has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 217 games.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday signed defensemanMichal Rozsival and forward Jordin Tootooto one-year contracts that run through the 2017-18 season.  Financial terms were not disclosed. Each could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
  • Winners? Pit (Streit, Hainsey), Was (Shattenkirk), LA (Iginla, Bishop), FLA (Vanek), Ott (Stalberg, Burrows), Min (Hanzal, White)
  • Losers? Montreal (Change of team identity?), All teams selling (Dal, TB, Van, Win, Ari, Col, Car)
  • Non movers – Duchene, Landeskog, Vrbada, Doan, Kulikov, Halak, Kane, Fleury, Pirri, Franson, Hudler, Del Zotto, Ryan Miller

Player Recall restrictions going forward:

Expansion Draft


  • Arizona Coyotes forwardAlexander Burmistrov left the ice on a stretcher after being hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller at TD Garden on Tuesday.  Burmistrov was skating out of his zone when Miller hit Burmistrov with 16:11 left in the second period of a 4-1 loss. Miller was given a five-minute charging penalty and a game misconduct.  Burmistrov, who gave a thumbs-up sign as he left the ice, was taken to a hospital. The Coyotes said he was treated and released. Arizona next plays at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.  Burmistrov, 25, has one goal and eight assists in 19 games with the Coyotes after being claimed off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 2. He had two assists in 23 games with Winnipeg.
  • ForwardJesper Fast of the New York Rangers will miss 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained during a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.  Fast played 14:08 against Washington but left the ice after a hit by Alex Ovechkin in the third period.
  • Minnesota Wild forwardsZach Parise and Jason Pominville were diagnosed with the mumps on Monday and are expected to miss at least five days.  Parise, 32, and Pominville, 34, missed the Wild’s 5-4 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has three games in the next four days, including at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, NHL.TV).  Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said assistant Scott Stevens is also showing symptoms.  Parise has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 50 games, and Pominville has 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 59 games this season. Pominville has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games.  The Vancouver Canucks announced last week that several players (Troy Stecher, Christ Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, Markus GranlundAnton Rodin and Ben Hutton) were showing signs of the virus. The Wild played at Vancouver on Feb. 4. It usually takes 16-18 days for symptoms to first appear after initial infection.  The Wild said that players who have symptoms are being tested and isolated for a five-day period. Team doctors also provided players with vaccinations.  Several Wild players were diagnosed in 2014, including current defensemen Ryan SuterMarco ScandellaJonas Brodin and Christian Folin. All players received vaccines at that time, including Parise and Pominville.  Mumps is highly contagious and is spread by mucus and saliva, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces.  (Shake Hands?)


  • Winnipeg Jets right wingPatrik Laine, who recorded 8-7-15 in 11 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February. Laine edged Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Auston Matthews (8-8-16 in 14 GP) and William Nylander (7-6-13 in 14 GP) as well as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (5-2-2, 1.97 GAA, .936 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.
  • Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 26. Forsberg led all skaters in goals and points (8-2-10 in 4 GP), including back-to-back hat tricks, as the Predators gained seven of a possible eight standings points to improve their record to 31-22-9 (71 points), third in the Central Division.  Toews recorded multi-point efforts in each of the Blackhawks three games (4-5-9) as Chicago won all three contests to improve their overall record to 39-18-5 (83 points), second in the Central Division.   Gaudreau recorded eight points (2-6-8) in four road victories to propel the Flames (33-26-4, 70 points) to the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference.
  • Claude Julien didn’t want to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game prior to his Montreal Canadiens facing the New York Islanders on Thursday at Bell Centre, the same building where he coached his first game 14 years earlier. Julien would have preferred to celebrate afterwards.  “To be honest with you, it’s more my personality,” said Julien, who asked the Canadiens not to have a pregame ceremony to commemorate the milestone as they had planned to do. “It’s great that I’ve had 1,000 games, but I didn’t want to be, I guess before a game, be the center of attention.  “I wanted to just win that game more than I wanted to celebrate it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”  The Canadiens didn’t allow it to happen by displaying many of the same traits that led general manager Marc Bergevin to fire Michel Therrien and replace him with Julien on Feb. 14.  Montreal lost 3-0 to New York, shut out for the fourth time in eight games, committing sloppy turnovers all game and spending very little time in the Islanders zone.  The Canadiens showed a video on the scoreboard during the first television timeout of the first period showing Bergevin and owner Geoff Molson handing Julien and his family a gift to mark the milestone prior to the game. The fans rose and gave Julien a standing ovation, and he gave them a quick wave of the hand before getting back to work, visibly uncomfortable with the situation.  It was a show of support for someone who got his first NHL coaching job with the Canadiens on Jan. 17, 2003, and lost his first game one night later at Bell Centre, 3-2 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  By the end of the night, however, those same fans were booing the performance put forth by Julien’s team, which ran its record to 2-7-1 in February.


  • Philadelphia Flyers defensemanBrandon Manning has been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel during NHL Game No. 908 in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday. The incident occurred at 3:26 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Manning will forfeit $10,833.34.
  • Statement from Anaheim Ducks forwardAntoine Vermette, whose 10-game suspension for violating rule Rule 40.3 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 840 in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 14 was upheld on Saturday by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Vermette had appealed the suspension.  “First and foremost, I have great respect for the officials and the integrity of the game. Also, I agree that I deserve a suspension. I should never make contact with an official. At the earliest possible opportunity, I apologized to Mr. Shandor Alphonso. I was trying to get his attention and was not trying to hurt him. However, using my stick was a mistake, and I accept full responsibility for my actions. I certainly hope my track record in the NHL will earn me the benefit of the doubt regarding this incident. I feel a 10-game suspension is excessive and will be reviewing my options. I look forward to returning to the lineup as soon as possible.”

NHL Debuts:


Other Interesting Stories:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights today completed the acquisition of their team and officially joined the National Hockey League. “On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to officially welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the NHL,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Congratulations to Bill Foley, the Foley family, the Maloof family, the city of Las Vegas and the Golden Knights’ fans as the team embarks on its exciting journey.”

The Power Rankings:

Team (last week)

  1. Washington (1)
  2. Minnesota (2)
  3. Pittsburgh (3)
  4. Columbus (4)
  5. Chicago (6)
  6. NY Rangers (5)
  7. San Jose (7)
  8. Montreal (10)
  9. Edmonton (9)
  10. Anaheim (9)
  11. Ottawa (11)
  12. Nashville (17)
  13. Boston (14)
  14. Calgary (19)
  15. Toronto (15)
  16. Los Angeles (20)
  17. NY Islanders (16)
  18. Florida (13)
  19. St Louis (12)
  20. Philadelphia (18)
  21. Tampa Bay (21)
  22. Buffalo (22)
  23. Winnipeg (25)
  24. New Jersey (23)
  25. Carolina (24)
  26. Dallas (28)
  27. Detroit (27)
  28. Vancouver (26)
  29. Arizona (29)
  30. Colorado (30)
  31. Las Vegas (31)



Upcoming Schedules:

BOS:  vs NYR on 3/2, vs NJD on 3/4, @ Ott on 3/6, vs Det on 3/8

NYR:  @ BOS on 3/2, vs MTL on 3/4, @ TBL on 3/6, @ FLA on 3/7

CAR:  @ TBL on 3/1, vs ARI on 3/3, @ ARI on 3/5, @ COL on 3/7

Highlights of upcoming week

  • Penguins @ Blackhawks on 3/1
  • Predators @ Canadiens on 3/2 (Subban)
  • Wild @ Blue Jackets on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs @ Kings on 3/2
  • Maple Leafs @ Ducks on 3/3
  • Blue Jackets @ Senators on 3/4
  • Sharks @ Wild on 3/4
  • Predators @ Ducks on 3/7

NCAA Minute:

Maine:  OTL 5-4 and 5-4 W vs Northeastern.  Finished Reg season 11-19-4, 5-15-2 in HE, 11th in HE.

Will face #14 Vermont 6v11 seeds FRI-SUN



7:00 CT(19) Wisconsin3@(4) Minnesota2
6:05 ET(13) Notre Dame3@(6) Boston University1


5:05 MTSacred Heart3@(17) Air Force
5:05 ETMichigan1@(12) Ohio State
7:05 ETMerrimack3@(15) Vermont2
7:07 CTNebraska-Omaha3@(16) North Dakota0

Upcoming Big Games/Series




7:00 ET(16) Wisconsin@(11) Penn State
7:05 ET(3) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) Western Michigan


8:00 ET(16) Wisconsin@(11) Penn State
7:05 ET(3) Minnesota-Duluth@(8) Western Michigan
AHA, ECAC, WCHA, and HE tournament starts this weekend, and all 4 conferences have top teams in standings idle/first round byes.





February 27, 2017

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Denver (43) 24- 6-4 990 1
2 Harvard ( 3) 22- 5-2 928 3
3 Minnesota-Duluth ( 4) 20- 5-7 924 2
4 Massachusetts-Lowell 22- 9-3 835 5
5 Minnesota 21- 9-2 788 4
6 Union 23- 8-3 707 7
7 Boston University 21-10-3 703 6
8 Western Michigan 19- 8-5 680 8
9 Cornell 18- 6-5 587 9
10 Providence 20- 9-5 532 10
11 Penn State 20- 8-2 506 11
12 Notre Dame 19-10-5 461 13
13 Ohio State 17- 9-6 393 12
14 Vermont 18-11-5 294 15
15 North Dakota 16-14-3 252 16
16 Wisconsin 18-11-1 238 19
17 Boston College 18-14-4 223 14
18 Air Force 22- 9-5 125 17
19 St. Cloud State 15-16-1 80 18
20 St. Lawrence 16-11-7 66 20
Others receiving votes: Omaha 57, Bemidji State 45, Canisius 36, Quinnipiac 32, Minnesota State 8, Michigan Tech 7, Northeastern 3.

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KHL Minute:

Wayne:  First Round already finished in West, East heading to game 5s in all rounds:


On the morning of the 28th of February, the hockey world heard the sad news that Vladimir Petrov, one of the greatest forwards in the history of the game, had passed away, a mere four months short of his seventieth birthday.  Vladimir Vladimirovich Petrov achieved sporting immortality as part of a legendary offensive line. He was a man who made history and helped shape an entire era.  It was no secret that Vladimir Petrov was ill, but even from his hospital bed he keenly followed the fortunes of his beloved CSKA. I made a call to him on the eve of the Army Men’s 70th anniversary. A faint, but nonetheless firm voice reminded me that he was born only a few months after the founding of his former club, and was looking forward to marking his own significant milestone.


Steve: Admiral Update


A look at the standings:


Picks of the week:


Rich Peverley helping others after health scare


Steve:  Mario Lemieux takes fan, cancer survivor, for skate


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