The NHL trade chatter continues to increase but right now, just as it is for all facets of life, the focus of the hockey world is zeroed in on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
There is a general consensus across hockey that the IIHF needs to ban all Russian teams from IIHF sanctioned tournaments and games until further notice.
Should the Montreal Canadiens take advantage of Artturi Lehkonen’s current trade value and trade him sooner rather than later? Or do they trade him at all?
That and more in the latest MHN Canadiens Wrap:
MHN Habs beat writer Marco D’Amico examines what may be the Canadiens’ hockey ops’ most difficult decision before the NHL trade deadline: To trade or not to trade forward Artturi Lehkonen?
Who are some prospects the Montreal Canadiens should target on the NHL Trade market?
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BOS: Will the Boston Bruins be able to hold on to top prospect Fabian Lysell and still acquire a player like Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun?
NYI: This season just keeps getting worse for the New York Islanders. The Isles will have to play the Anaheim Ducks without defenseman and former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, and forward Mathew Barzal after both were injured in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The Islanders are already reportedly in sell mode on the NHL trade market and this should accelerate that.
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Kasperi Kapanen is falling out of favor with head coach Mike Sullivan. Could he or is he already on the NHL trade market?
Philly: More on the Jeff Petry to the Philadelphia Flyers and Rasmus Ristolainen NHL trade rumors from Sam Carchidi.
Washington: Are the Washington Capitals about to acquire a goalie on the NHL trade market? The Caps assigned goalie Vitek Vanecek (for conditioning) and goalie Pheonix Copley to Hershey (AHL) on Sunday. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Marc-Andre Fleury reportedly already nixed a trade to the Capitals. Has general manager Brian MacLellan found his man?
Florida: Don’t look now, but the Florida Panthers are suddenly in a slump.
Detroit: The Detroit Red Wings lost by a field goal, 10-7 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
San Jose: Big props to the San Jose Sharks and Bruins fans for waving the Ukraine flag and voicing support of the Ukrainian people!
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Vancouver: Great stuff from our man in VAN, Rob Simpson, on Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau recalling his Mike Milbury moment with New York Rangers fans.
As New York Post writer Larry Brooks writes, it’s about time the NHL give Chara the respect he’s earned, and again, what was Mike Milbury thinking trading the former Bruins captain and future hall of famer?
The lads on 32 Thoughts discuss the implications of the Ukraine Invasion by Russia on the hockey world and why the NHLPA is rightfully ticked off about the Arizona Coyotes playing their home games at Arizona State for the next three seasons.
As pointed out by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman pointed out in the link above, the Ukraine invasion is garnering tons of reactions in the NHL world and will likely have huge implications on Russian NHLers and Russian players anywhere and at any level. Hall of fame goalie Dominik Hasek thinks all Russian NHLers should be banned. Do you agree?
The NHL must immediately suspend contracts for all Russian players! Every athlete represents not only himself and his club, but also his country and its values and actions. That is a fact. If the NHL does not do so, it has indirect co-responsibility for the dead in Ukraine.
— Dominik Hasek (@hasek_dominik) February 26, 2022
And arguably the greatest hockey player ever, Wayne Gretzky, believes that the IIHF should ban Russia from the upcoming World Juniors this August in Alberta.
“I think International Hockey should say we’re not going to let them play in the World Junior Hockey tournament…”
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 27, 2022