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February 05 2016 05:30AM
Roberto Luongo fuels Stamkos to Leafs, Canucks looking to sell, Jets have a Byfuglien conundrum, Wideman suspended 20 games, Flames roster impact now and at trade deadline, Connor McDavid is back if you didn't hear, All-star weekend madness, trade deadline wish lists and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 05 2016 12:28AM
Photo cropped from original, credit: Flickr / Manitoba Moose
The Toronto Marlies are taking an extended break from Ricoh Coliseum for the last time this season, touring Winnipeg and St. John's for two weeks before beginning a two-month stretch where the team doesn't go more than a weekend without a home game. Tonight, they kicked things off against the Manitoba Moose and walked away with a relatively stress-free 6-2 victory.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 04 2016 10:18PM
It was a night of celebration for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A few people had some endurance milestones; Dion Phaneuf was playing in his 800th game and Mike Babcock was coaching his 1000th, but what really mattered was the pre-game tribute to Darryl Sittler, whose famous 10-point game was 40 years ago this week.
Oddly enough, the Leafs and New Jersey Devils decided that a fitting tribute would be to put the sticks away and avoid scoring at all costs. Even with the shootout considered, the teams only put five pucks in the back of the net in a 3-2 Leafs shootout victory.
February 04 2016 10:03PM
On this episode, the guys talk about how screwed the Habs are, how screwed Islanders fans are, and the Dennis Wideman suspension.
February 04 2016 01:51PM
Shawn Matthias is a guy who's just kind of on a pro roster - he's never really stood out. As an NHL regular since the 09-10 season, Matthias peaked last season with an 18-goal, 27-point season in Vancouver. Mostly a bottom-six forward with the Leafs, his 1.50 points/60 ranks 5th at 5-on-5 among Leafs players.
On a one-year, $2.3 million deal, Matthias makes sense to move out for some sort of asset, but it's likely there will be some kind of dump coming back the other way with a pick or a prospect.
While a player like Matthias won't make a major impact on any team, his marginal improvements over certain players might provide that extra push in the playoff hunt and he's got some usefulness as a rental player.
In no particular order, here are five teams who might want to take a gander on picking up Matthias...