Six days, that is all that separates us from the 2019 NHL trading deadline. Between now and then we will see tons of rumors and a fair amount of trading done by the 31 member clubs of the NHL. Regardless of who goes where, the next days are going to be a lot of fun if you are a hockey fan.
It isn’t just the deadline that is fun around this time of year, however. Last night’s NHL slate was an electrifying one that saw a 1980’s style throwback game between Ottawa and Chicago to go with a terrific tilt in San Jose between the Bruins and Sharks.
We’ll recap all that and more in today’s edition of Puck Wire!
- The highest scoring game of the NHL season took place in Chicago on Monday night as the Hawks and Senators pumped 15 goals into the cage in an 8-7 Chicago victory. The first period featured nine goals scored, the highest amount in the first period all season, and a frantic finish that saw Ottawa on a six-on-four advantage. Two bad teams? Maybe, but this one was a whole lot of fun.
- Joe Thornton, one of the best players in NHL history, is more known for his passing ability than his scoring. That didn’t stop him from scoring a hat-trick on Monday against his former team. It still wasn’t enough for the Sharks, however, as they fell to Boston in overtime in the night’s other thriller.
- Don Cherry’s rant about the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night has led to the creation of, quite frankly, the best T-shirt in hockey right now.
- The deadline is upon us, and with it will come trades. Although most trades are quite close at this time of year and give both teams what they are looking for, there is always the potential for a lopsided deal. ESPN takes a look at the top-ten most lopsided NHL trade deadline deals ever.
- Look out Pierre! The NBC hockey analyst had a close call with a wild puck last night in Columbus.
- An interesting NHL tie-in to the new AAF football league. It appears as though Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has stepped up to help the league with money.
- Keith Gretzky continues to undo everything Peter Chiarelli did in Edmonton. On Monday, the Oilers placed veteran D Brandon Manning on waivers in hopes that someone will take his contract off their books.