On Monday afternoon, the Blackhawks announced that the team has agreed on a three-year, entry-level contract with defenseman Dillon Fournier.
Fournier, a second round pick in the 2012 Draft, had 32 points in 36 games in the QMJHL before an injury cut his season short. He was the first overall selection in the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored in the same game for the 51st time in their careers, and those two goals were enough as the Hawks edged the Sabres in Kane’s home town.
With questions about their offensive consistency creeping up after a quiet trade deadline, the Blackhawks answered the bell with a dominant win over the visiting Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
The 2014 NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and the Western Conference was incredibly busy. In total, nine different picks in the 2014 NHL Draft were traded away by the top ten teams in the Western Conference, while the Blackhawks, Kings, Ducks and Coyotes added picks in this summer’s draft.
Here’s how teams in the playoff chase helped – or hurt – their chances before the deadline.
Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline saw a lot of crazy action. Tomas Vanek and Matt Moulson were traded again, and David Legwand is (finally) leaving Nashville. Also, Jaroslav Halak didn’t spend much time in Buffalo and Marian Gaborik is headed to Los Angeles.
Let’s take a look at all of the action from a busy Wednesday in the NHL.
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The first trade of Deadline Day breaks the ice in the big way! The Tampa Bay Lightning have reportedly traded captain Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for their captain, Ryan Callahan, with a first and second round picks.
Re: the picks involved – the first round pick going to Tampa is in 2015. The 2nd round pick in 2014 going to Tampa becomes a 1st if the Rangers get to the Eastern Conference Final. If Callahan re-signs in Tampa, the Rangers receive Tampa’s 2nd round pick in 2015 in exchange for the Rangers’ 7th in 2015.
With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Blackhawks dropped an important divisional game against the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 at the United Center on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks have reportedly acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisbois from the Coyotes in exchange for a second round pick in the 2014 Draft. .
Here are the trades that have happened so far on Tuesday:
- Vancouver trades goaltender Roberto Luongo and forward Steve Anthony to Florida for goaltender Jakob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. Vancouver will retain 15 percent of Luongo’s salary.
- Minnesota traded a fourth round pick to Edmonton for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Montreal traded a fifth-round pick in 2015 to Florida for veteran defenseman Mike Weaver.
- Philadelphia sent a third round pick in 2014 and a second round pick in 2015 to the New York Islanders for defenseman Andy MacDonald.
- Anaheim traded veteran forward Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth round pick. The Ducks received their own fourth round pick, which they traded to Washington in September for center Mathieu Perreault, back in the deal.
- The Ducks then traded said fourth round pick to Dallas for defenseman Stephane Robidas.
- Anaheim also traded goaltender Viktor Fasth to Edmonton for a fifth round pick in 2014 and a third round pick in 2015.
- The Coyotes sent Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a 4th round pick to Washington for veteran Martin Erat and prospect John Mitchell
- Ottawa acquired defenseman Patrick Mullen from the Canucks for Jeff Costello.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville indicated on Monday that forward Marian Hossa will miss 2-3 weeks because of an upper-body injury suffered during the Stadium Series game at Soldier Field.
Quenneville said Peter Regin, who was a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh, would return to the lineup and Brandon Saad would move up into Hossa’s place with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.