Ah the NHL trading deadline, when teams do highly stupid things by mortgaging their future for a chance to win it all this year. This year’s winner in stupidity is the Boston Bruins. The Bruins gave up a 1st round pick, a 7th round pick, Ryan Lindgren, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey for Rick Nash. Yikes sums that up. The Rangers made off like bandits. If I was them I would have done that trade too. Now let’s look at what the Bruins got and what they lost.

They got Nash a guy who A) is old B) is a free agent and the end of the year – so you are basically renting him C) a guy who doesn’t show up in the playoffs – which is really bad because that’s the whole reason you got him. From those three reasons alone, there was no point in getting him. Let’s see what they gave up. A) A first round pick – that’s bad you need those B) A seventh round pick – that doesn’t really matter C) Ryan Spooner – that’s bad he is a top six forward and getting better he’s also younger D) Ryan Lindgren – he’s a prospect you drafted in the second round so that’s kind of bad to lose him E) Matt Beleskey – Okay he’s a huge disappointment

I would never had gotten Nash in the first place. But if you really wanted him the Beleskey, the seventh round pick and either Spooner or Lindgren would have been sufficient. But a first rounder, Spooner and Lindgren for a guy who will play half a season and doesn’t do anything in the playoffs is ludicrous. Not to mention the Bruins have great chemistry right now and they didn’t need to ruin it. Also don’t forget it’s likely the Bruins will play either the Maple Leafs or the Lightning in the first round. That means they may not even win a playoff round. Such a dumb trade.

Things I like

1. Don’t look now but that’s the Philadelphia Flyers tearing it up in your rear view mirror. The Flyers have now moved into second place in the Metropolitan division. Of course that means nothing because those teams rotate on a daily basis. But the Flyers have won nine of ten and are playing their best at the right time. What makes it even more interesting is they lost their top two goalies to injury. Alex Lyon and Petr Mrazek have stepped in and played well. There’s a good chance those are goalies they start the playoffs with too. The stars of the Flyers are producing but they are getting some extra balance from guys like Travis Konecny. What should worry teams though is Nolan Patrick seems to be finding his game as of late. He currently has a five game scoring streak. If he can develop into a Tyler Seguin type of player in the next season or two, the Flyers will be really good. Assuming they can ever just keep one goalie as their main starter.

Things I don’t

1. Those goalie interference calls that decide games reared their ugly head again this week. In a tied Bruins vs Maple Leafs game, Ron Hainsey scored the game winner for the Maple Leafs after Zach Hyman shoved Charlie McAvoy into Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. Rask was unable to make the save because of the contact but for some reason they said it was a good goal. It clearly should not have been a good call. If a Maple Leaf shoves a Bruin into Rask in the crease and Rask can’t make the save properly that is goalie interference. One thing the NHL desperately needs are refs like Ed Hochuli who over explain everything. If they aren’t going to call that goalie interference, they need to explain why it was not.

The Oilers scored an empty net goal to put them up by two with about a minute left in their game against the Kings. Everyone thought the game was over but these are the Oilers so the Kings, of course, scored a goal to pull within one with about twenty seconds left. Then the Kings appeared to put in another goal with seven seconds left in the game. It wasn’t called a goal on the ice but they went to the video review to see if it crossed the line. They checked and ruled it did so everyone thought we were going to overtime. The problem was the Oilers challenged for goalie interference and they checked the video again and the Oilers won the challenge so there was no goal. Then of course fans were pissed and threw things on the ice. This exposes, again, the stupid way the NHL does video reviews. If you are going to check to see if a goal is good, if it crossed the goal line or not, you might as well take the time to check to see if everything else was good too. The ref should have said the puck did the cross the goal line but we also have goaltender interference so no goal. Instead of the stupid way they did things. As for the goalie interference call. There wasn’t any on the actual goal but Dustin Brown did push the goalie’s pad right before. If you want to call it fine but don’t do it the way that you did. The NFL reviews everything at once on a scoring play.

Fights of the Week

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Travis Hamonic vs Alex Tuch

Not a bad fight but kind of sloppy.

Goat of the Week

T.J. Brodie – Calgary Flames

Brodie tries to make an insanely stupid pass to a guy who isn’t open while not even looking. Brad Marchand says thank you very much and takes it the other way for the overtime game winner. If Brodie did that when it was 5 on 5 probably nothing would have happened. But you can’t make that “pass” when it’s 3 on 3.

Stat Line of the Week

2/24/18 Florida 6 vs Pittsburgh 5

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

Blk

E. Dadonov

20:16

3

0

2

3

1

Evgenii Dadonov had a hat trick on three shots in a big win over the Penguins. He scored two of his goals in the third period including the game winner with two minutes left. Dadonov now has seven goals in his last seven games. Although he was drafted way back in 2007, this will be his first, almost, full season in the NHL.

Numbers, Numbers

300 – Career NHL wins for Pekka Rinne
800 – Career NHL points for Anze Kopitar
10 – Points by Evgeni Malkin in his last four games
2 – 4-0 losses in a row by the Blues who have lost six in a row
21 – Games played in a row with a point for Taylor Hall
2 – Goals scored in the final twenty seconds of the third period by Rickard Rakell against, guess who, the Oilers to force overtime

This Week in Hockey History

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February 19, 1999 Theo Fleury had two goals and an assist (in a 6-3 win over the visiting Mighty Ducks) to become the Flames all-time leading point scorer. He passed Al MacInnis, who had 822 Flames points. Fleury’s record came on a shorthanded breakaway goal.

February 20, 1971 Phil Esposito scored his 50th goal of the season (on his 29th birthday), in a 5-4 Bruins’ loss in Los Angeles. Esposito became just the fourth player in NHL history (and the first Boston Bruin) to get 50 goals in a season.

February 21, 1970 Detroit’s Gordie Howe picked up an assist to become the first player in NHL history to score 50 or more points in a season 21 times during his career; the milestone came in a 7-5 win at Toronto.

February 22, 1993 Toronto’s Doug Gilmour set a new team record for assists in a season. His 73rd of the year broke Darryl Sittler’s old record of 72, in a Maple Leafs’ 8-1 win over the Canucks at Vancouver.

February 23, 1986 Doug Gilmour scored his first career NHL hat trick, and Mark Hunter collected his second career hat trick and an assist in the Blues’ 8-2 win over the Whalers, at Hartford.

February 24, 1993 Detroit’s Steve Yzerman had a goal and three assists to reach the 1,000 point plateau in his 10 year NHL career. The points came in a 10-7 Red Wings’ loss at Buffalo.

February 25, 1993 Cam Neely scored a goal in his first game back after a one-year (106 game) absence, to help the Bruins to a 3-3 tie against the Minnesota North Stars in Boston.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5

1. Philadelphia
2. Toronto
3. Vegas
4. Florida
5. Nashville

Bottom 5

30. NY Rangers
29. Carolina
28. St. Louis
27. Vancouver
26. NY islanders

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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Ah the NHL trading deadline, when teams do highly stupid things by mortgaging their future for a chance to win it all this year. This year's winner in stupidity is the Boston Bruins. The Bruins gave up a 1st round pick, a 7th round pick, Ryan Lindgren, Ryan Spooner...