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Jimmy Buffett might skip Pittsburgh for first time in 25 years

Written by Scott Mervis on .

jimmy-buffet-2012Not only has Pittsburgh frozen over, but it could be that hell has frozen over too.

This would be the first sign:

JIMMY BUFFETT IS NOT COMING TO PITTSBURGH THIS SUMMER.

Yes, NOT.

Mr. Margaritaville has been as regular here as potholes and pierogies, but the 2015 itinerary is out and Pittsburgh didn't make the list.

It's a shocking turn of events, as he has played to Parrotheads in Burgettstown every year since the place opened in 1990. Except for 2005, when his boat sailed into PNC Park.

Buffett goes from Virginia (June 20) to Cincinnati (June 23), then it looks like he takes July and half of August off and is in Camden, NJ, on Aug. 18. Looking at the Pavilion schedule, there does not appear to be a conflict around those dates.

Live Nation confirms there is no Pittsburgh date on this tour, but will not tell us why. We can guess that it's not for lack of ticket sales.

Maybe there's a woman to blame. Maybe it's nobody's fault.

Whatever the reason, it's a sad day for Parrothead Pittsburgh.

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Lovejoy returns to Penguins with more confidence - 03-03-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

"I may have gone soft," Ben Lovejoy admitted.

No, he's not referring to his level of play. He's talking about the weather.

Having spent parts of three seasons in Southern California, Lovejoy saw more rock stars than rock salt.

Yesterday, just over two year after being traded by the Penguins to the Ducks, Lovejoy was dealt back to the Penguins just prior to the trade deadline. 

Primarily used as a bottom-pairing defenseman with the Penguins, Lovejoy was oftentimes used on the Ducks' top pairing with Cam Fowler and saw plenty of assignments against the opposition's top lines.

While he might not have the same tolerance for frozen roads (or rivers) as he used to, he returns to Pittsburgh with increased confidences and expectations.

Last night, he talked about his return to Pittsburgh.

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What's your reaction to being a Pittsburgh Penguin again?

“Shocked. … A couple of days ago, I was told I wasn't being traded. I was going to be with Anaheim. I actually haven't really been thinking about it. I wasn't nervous. I wasn't checking my phone the whole time the last couple of days. We played the [Sunday] night in Dallas then we flew to Phoenix. I went to the practice rink in Phoenix this morning and went through a complete practice from about 12:30 [p.m.] to 1:30 in this time zone. The trade deadline was at about 1. [Defenseman] Eric Brewer got off the ice mid-practice because he had been traded [to the Maple Leafs]. When we saw that, I think everybody thought, 'Okay, we're safe.'"

"I got off the ice after completing the whole practice. I was in the locker room. I took some of my gear off and started to get dressed. Checked my phone and I had about 15 messages, most of them from friends in Pittsburgh, both old teammates and people who I had grown fond of and become friends with who live in Pittsburgh. I was very confused and didn't understand what was going on but I'm reasonably sharp and picked it up pretty quickly that I had been traded Pittsburgh. I … I was shocked. I wasn't anticipating getting traded. I wasn't anticipating going back to Pittsburgh."

“But I'm very excited. I have a lot of very good friends who live in the city from my three years there. Pittsburgh truly became home in my three years there. Pittsburgh truly became home my three years there. My wife and I went out of our way to embrace the community and make friends who didn't play hockey and did play hockey. I got a ton of text messages from guys I used to play with in Pittsburgh, both currently there and have moved on. I'm thrilled to be back."

What's different about you as a player now compared to when you left in 2012?

“I think I have a ton more confidence. My first stint in Pittsburgh, I had a role and I tried to do that to best of my abilities. I was there to be called upon. I played a lot against third and fourth lines. I didn't see a whole lot of ice time. I always thought and hoped I could do more but I didn't know. When I was traded to Anaheim, I was given a far larger role. I was trusted with a lot of ice time, with a lot of responsibility. I would often times match up against the other team's top line exclusively. I feel I became very good at it. I'm more comfortable playing against top lines than maybe I am against third- and fourth-line grinders now. I didn't have that when I was in Pittsburgh before. I hoped I could do it. Now, I know."

Was there anything with the Ducks' systems which benefited you more?

“I don't think so. I think that both teams play with a ton of speed and have the ability to make plays. When I was in Pittsburgh, we had a couple of stud defensemen who were going to play a ton of minutes. I had a job and I tried to do it as well as I could. I was given more of an opportunity in Anaheim and I will be forever grateful to [general manager] Bob Murray and [head coach] Bruce Boudreau for giving me that opportunity and I look forward to coming back as a greatly improved player to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This team has a new coaching staff, a new structure and a new general manager from the last time you played here. What do you know about how the Penguins play now?

“Not a whole lot other than the 6-3 butt-kicking we got from them in the first game [of the season, Oct. 9]. But it's clear things have changed. There's new management, there's new coaches. I went through the roster, there's a lot of new players I didn't play with. But the high-end superstars are still there. The core of talent is still the same, still ever dangerous. There's a reason that the Penguins are able to be successful year in and year out and that's because they have two of the best players in the world and a world-class defenseman and an amazing goalie. Every year, they have a chance to win the Stanley Cup."

General manager Jim Rutherford said many of his staff members who worked with you previously here in Pittsburgh pushed to bring you back.

"First of all, I think it speaks volumes for not shooting your mouth on your way out town. (Laughs.) I gave Pittsburgh five years of my life that I worked my [butt] off for them. I did everything I could to be a good player, a good teammate. Came up through the system through Wilkes-Barre. I feel like I grew up there. I treated both [Wilkes-Barre/Scranton] and Pittsburgh as somewhere that I graduated from. Like my high school or my college, they were my alma mater. I grew up from a young hockey player into a man with the Penguins. I think that I was able to earn their respect with both my game and how I handled myself being a good person and did enough that they wanted me back some day. I think that's an honor and pretty cool."

Any reaction on being traded for a former teammate in Simon Despres?

“That's a tough question. I don't know Simon's game these days. I haven't seen him play in a couple of years because we would play against the [Eastern Conference] teams so infrequently. Just from what I know of Simon, he's a good guy and a good player. He was a first-round pick and pretty talented. Sometimes, a change of scenery is a good thing."

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Free tickets to Duquesne Light Home and Garden to see Doug plus free rare tomato seeds

Written by Doug Oster on .

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I've got 20 pairs of tickets for every day of the Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center. The catch is you need to use them to see me when I appear.
Take a look at the schedule below, figure out what day you can come and then send me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll take care of the tickets. My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I'm also giving away free seeds from my friends at Good Mind Seeds. I've got two rare tomatoes, 'White Pumpkin' and 'Lost Marbles' cherry.

'White Pumpkin' is unique in both shape and color, the flavor of this fluted slicer is mellow and mild with a fruity undertone. It does not mind the cold and will continue to perform well into the fall. Indeterminate, regular leaved, mid season, and all purpose.


'Lost Marbles' is a sweet purple cherry tomato that's late blight resistant and is prolific too. "They have a sugar content unlike anything I have tasted before, sweeter than 'Sungold,' owner Phil Seneca says, and with a flavor that differs from other tomatoes." They are a mixture of multiple wild species of tomatoes and have incredible fungal disease resistance, it seems that septoria, early blight, late blight, and fusarium wilt have a really hard time holding this tomato back. The purple cherries are born in long trusses and are the perfect size for popping in your mouth whole or halving into salads. The plants are not super sprawling but reach to a considerable length prior to frost, up to 6-7 feet, with regular leaf foliage.

Doug's Home and Garden Show schedule-


Friday 3/6 3-5pm "Grow Your Best Garden Ever"
Saturday 3/7 11am-1pm "Jump Starting a Spring Garden"
Sunday 3/8 4-6 "Travel Shots from Paris"
Monday 3/9 6-8pm "Grow Your Best Garden Ever"
Tuesday 3/10 6-8pm "Travel Shots from Paris"
Wed 3/11 6-8pm "Jump Starting a Spring Garden"
Thursday 3/12 6-8pm "Grow Your Best Garden Ever"
Friday 3/13 3-5pm "Jump Starting a Spring Garden"
Saturday 3/14 4-6pm "Travel Shots from Paris"
Sunday 3/15 4-6pm "Grow Your Best Garden Ever"

Hope to see you at the show!

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Sestak to make it official

Former Congressman Joe Sestak is looking for a rematch in 2016; he'll announce on Wednesday that he's seeking the Democratic nomination to try to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey....

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping the trade deadline - 03-03-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy (right) are in. Robert Bortuzzo and Simon Despres are out.

-"The Penguins have as good of a chance as any team in the Eastern Conference." - Jim Rutherford.

-"I talked to Ian on a couple of occasions this year and his goal was to be a top-four player here and get those type of minutes. The feeling was if we couldn't find the proper fit, he said he would accept a move to a different organization for a fresh start. Ian was a great pro here. He was a healthy scratch at times and he might not have got the ice time, but he showed up every day at work. It was a good opportunity to give Ian a fresh start and also bring in a player that we really fit the dimension that we don't have on our backend." - Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on Cole.

-The Penguins assigned Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a paper transaction in order to keep him eligible for the AHL postseason.

-Rutherford speaks:

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Daniel Winnik speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Richard Zemlak. Acquired early in the 1988-89 offseason in a deal that sent the rights of Rob Gaudreau to the North Stars, Zemlak spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1988-89, Zemlak played in 31 games and failed to record a point but racked up 135 penalty minutes. He appeared in one postseason game that spring and once again failed to get on the score sheet. Zemlak followed that up in 1989-90 by playing in 19 games and scoring six points and recording 43 penalty minutes. He left the Penguins when he joined the Flames as a free agent early in 1990-91. In 50 regular season games with the Penguins, Zemlak scored six points and netted 173 penalty minutes.

-After the Jump: Recapping the trade deadline.

 

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Cam Talbot made 25 saves for the Rangers in a 4-1 defeat of the Predators. Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello each recorded two assists for New York.

-Check out this feed by Zuccarello to set up forward Chris Kreider for a goal:

-Pass of the Night: Predators forward Taylor Beck was able to make a backhanded pass from his knees to set up forward Matt Cullen for a goal:

-If you're wondering what defenseman Keith Yandle looks like in a Rangers jersey, here you go:

-Rangers forward Carl Hagelin had some issues:

-The Islanders acquired former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy from the Sharks in exchange for a conditional third-round pick in 2015 or 2016. Kennedy, 28, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $2.35 million. In 25 games this season, he has nine points (four goals, five assists).

-EN Says: Kennedy's time with the Sharks has been marred by injuries and inconsistency. He's not a much different player than he was with the Penguins. He's a bottom-six style player who will hustle up and down the ice and fire a ton of shots. He has a ton of postseason experience from his time with the Penguins and he joins a young Islanders team which doesn't have a ton of experience.

-The Islanders acquired goaltender Michael Neuvirth from the Sabres in exchange for former Penguins goaltending prospect Chad Johnson (right) and a third-round pick in 2013. Neuvirth, 25, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.5 million. In 27 games this season, Neuvirth has a 6-17-3 record along with a 2.99 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Johnson, 28, has one year remaining on a contract with a cap hit of $1.3 million. In 19 games this season, Johnson has an 8-8-1 record along with a 2.08 goals against average and .889 save percentage.

-EN Says: This is a shrewd move by the Islanders. Johnson has not lived up to expectations as the team's backup goaltender. Neuvirth is a significant upgrade. A former starter with the Capitals, Neuvirth is a nice insurance police if Halak - who has a history with health issues - should falter. For the Sabres, they're in a re-build. The draft pick is a great return.

-The Islanders acquired former Penguins forward Dustin Jeffrey from the Canucks in exchange for forward Cory Conacher. Jeffrey, 27, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $600,000. In 47 AHL games this season, Jeffrey has 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists). Conacher, 25, is on a one-year contract worth $600,000. In 15 NHL games this season, Conacher has three points (one goal, two assists).

-EN Says: We're not sure what exactly the motivation was for this deal for either team, but it's an exchange of minor leaguers. Jeffrey hasn't been the same player since he severely injured his knee in 2011 with the Penguins.

-The Blue Jackets signed forward Cam Atkinson (right) to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $10.5 million. In the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.15 million, Atkinson's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.5 million. Atkinson, 25, has played in 58 games this season and has scored 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: Atkinson, who was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason, was seen as trade bait. Somewhere along the line, the Blue Jackets decided to keep him in the fold. Despite being a small (5-foot-8, 174 pounds) player, Atkinson is a net-front player who makes his living around the net. A 21-goal scorer last season, his style of play fits in well with how Columbus operates.

-The Blue Jackets signed defenseman Dillon Heatherington, a second-round pick in 2013, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

-The Flyers signed forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $1.425 million. Currently on a one-year contract worth $600,000, Bellemare's new deal will have a cap hit of $712,500. In 62 games this season, Bellemare has eight points (four goals, for assists).

-EN Says: Bellemare has been a pleasant surprise for the Flyers this season. A fairly durable forward who can skate pretty well, he's been able to be a persistent forechecker and has contributed a few points.

-The Capitals assigned forward Andre Burakovsky to Hershey of the AHL.

-The Hurricanes recalled defenseman Rasmus Rissanen from Charlotte of the AHL.

Atlantic Division

-The Bruins acquired former Penguins forwards Maxime Talbot (right) and forward Paul Carey from the Avalanche in exchange for forward Jordan Caron and a sixth-round pick in 2016. Talbot, 31, has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.75 million. In 63 games this season, Talbot has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists). Carey, 26, is on a one-year contract with a cap hit of $715,000. In 10 games, Carey has one assist. Caron, 24, has one year remaining on a contract with a cap hit of $600,000. In 11 games, Caron has no points.

-EN Says: While Talbot isn't nearly as effective as he was with the Penguins or Flyers, he's still a fairly responsible bottom-six forward who can improve the depth on Boston's bottom two lines. For the Avalanche, shedding salary was the biggest "addition" in this trade. A first-round pick in 2009, Caron is a failed prospect who never quite found a way to nail down a full-time role. A change in scenery may benefit him.

-The Red Wings acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Devils in exchange for a conditional third-round pick in 2016. Zidlicky, 38, is on a one-year contract worth $3 million. In 63 games this season, he has 23 points (four goals, 19 assists).

-EN Says: The Red Wings have been looking for a top-four defenseman ever since Nicklas Lidstrom retired. While no one would ever suggest Zidlicky is a replacement for a future hall-of-famer like Lidstrom, Zidlicky can eat up some second-pairing minutes and make life easier for the likes of Niklas Kronwall. Zidlicky is a skilled puck mover who will fit in well with the Red Wings' style of puck possession. Additionally, he has a pretty good point shot.

-The Canadiens acquired defenseman Jeff Petry (right) from the Oilers in exchange for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick, each in 2015. Petry, 27, is on a one-year contract worth $3.075 million. In 60 games this season, Petry has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists).

-EN Says: Petry had turned into the most coveted player on this market. A reliable puck handler, Petry seems like he usually makes the smart, safe play. He improves a very deep defensive group in Montreal. For the Oilers, they are clearly in a rebuild and this is a great return.

-The Canadiens acquired forward Torrey Mitchell from the Sabres in exchange for forward prospect Jack Nevins and a seventh-round pick in 2016. Mitchell, 30, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.9 million. In 51 games this season, Mitchell has 13 points (six goals, seven assists). Nevins, 21, has one year remaining on an entry-level contract. In 32 AHL games this season, he has no points and 88 penalty minutes.

-EN Says: The Sabres got something out this trade but not much. Mitchell is a fourth-liner who bring energy and can kill penalties. But there wasn't much of a market for him. The draft pick would appear to be  far more valuable than Nevins.

-The Canadiens acquired forward Brian Flynn from the Sabres in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2016. Flynn, 26, is in the last year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $637,500. In 54 games this season, Flynn has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists).

-EN Says: Flynn is a bottom-six winger who has speed and can forecheck. He won't make or break the Canadiens but adds depth. For the Sabres, this is part of their re-build.

-The Canadiens assigned forward Michael Bournival and defenseman Greg Pateryn to Hamilton of the AHL.

-"We're moving a little closer to Disney World." - Lightning defneseman Braydon Coburn (right) on how he told his daughter he was traded from the Flyers.

-The Lightning assigned defenseman Luke Witkowski to Syracuse of the AHL.

Central Division

-Captain Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist for the Blackhawks who beat the Hurricanes, 5-2. Former Penguin Michal Rozsival recorded two assists for Chicago while teammate Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the victory. Fire Craig Patrick.

-Check out this feed by Rozsival to spring Toews loose for a goal:

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Check out this feed by Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith to set up Toews for a short-handed goal:

-Excited times for Blackhawks forward and Gibsonia native Brandon Saad:

-New Blackhawks forward Antoine Vermette and defnesmen Kimmo Timonen made their debuts with the team. Timonen (blood clots) was activated from injured reserve.

-If you're wondering what Vermette looks like in a Blackhawks jersey, here you go:

-And Timonen:

-The Blackhawks acquired forward Andrew Desjardins from the Sharks in exchange for forward Ben Smith and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017. Desjardins, 28, is in the last year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $750,000. In 56 games this season, Desjardins has eight points (five goals, three assists). Smith, 26, has one year remaining on a deal with a cap hit of $1.5 million. In 62 games this season, Smith has 11 points (six goals, five assists).

-EN Says: This is an exchange of two different types of bottom-six forwards. Desjardins is an energy guy who will hit and fight. Smith is a defensive penalty killer. The Blackhawks save a significant amount of salary in this deal.

-The Wild acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in 2015. In 25 games this season, Leopold has three points (one goal, two assists).

-Minnesota swung the deal after Leopold's daughter wrote an adorable letter asking if he could come home to Minnesota:

-EN Says: Kudos to the Blue Jackets for doing right thing from a human perspective. Leopold was a regular healthy scratch and moving to Minnesota - a state where he won the Hobey Baker Award - could give him the opportnity to be a NHL regular again. With defenseman Keith Ballard sidelined due head injuries, Leopold could replace him. The real return for the Blue Jackets is the draft pick. Falk is a borderline NHLer who will hit and fight.

-The Wild acquired forward Chris Stewart from the Sabres in exchange for a second-round pick in 2017. Stewart, 27, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $4.1 million. Leopold, 34, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.25 million. In 61 games this season, Stewart has 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists). Falk, 26, is on a one-year contract with a salary cap hit of $700,000. In 13 games this season, Falk has no points.

-EN Says: We don't understand this trade from the Wild's perspective. Stewart (right) has plenty of talent but he's very inconsistent. He's been a 20-goal scorer in his career and could hit 30 if he's with the right center. Additionally, he's a pretty physical player who has an edge. But it's hard to guarantee he'll be there on a game-to-game basis. Additionally, the Wild has plenty of top-six forwards. A defenseman is a much larger pressing need. For the Sabres, this is is a great return.

-“It is crazy (to think) in this day and age that this happening right now. The fact that someone thinks they can come into a country and take over the land, that’s crazy." - Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko on his native country of Ukraine. Fedotenko is currently with the Iowa Wild, the Minnesota Wild's AHL affiliate.

-The Blues acquired former Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek and a conditional third-round pick in 2015 from the Coyotes in exchange for forward prospect Maxim Letunov. Michalek, 32, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million. In 53 games this season, he has eight points (two goals, six assists). A second-round pick in 2014, Letunov is unsigned. In 47 games with Youngstown of the USHL, Letunov has 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists).

-EN Says: Michalek just seems like a great fit for what head coach Ken Hitchcock wants from a bottom-pairing defenseman. He's positionally sound and blocks a ton of shots. That said, at 32, he has a lot of miles on his tires and is injury prone. Getting a third-rounder out of this is a slight steal. For the Coyotes, moving Michalek is part of a rebuild. Letunov is a skilled playmaker who projects as a top-six center in the NHL.

-The Blues acquired forward Olli Jokinen (right) from the Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2016. Jokinen, 36, is on a one-year contract worth $2.5 million. In 54 games this season, Jokinen, who was recently traded by the Predators, has seven points (three goals, four assists). Lindstrom, 31, is on a one-year contract worth $700,000. In 34 games this season, he had six points (three goals, three assists).

-EN Says: We're not sure why the Blues would make this move. At one time, Jokinen was a legit top six center but those days are long gone. He's a good citizen and will bring some experience to the dressing room. Additionally, he's still chasing a Stanley Cup title late in his career. One would assume he would be very motivated in joning a contender like the Blues. But his abilities on the ice are very limited these days. For the Maple Leafs, shedding Jokinen's contract was the main objective here.

-The Avalanche recalled defenseman Joey Hishon from Lake Erie of the AHL.

-The Stars recalled defenseman Patrick Nemeth from Texas of the AHL.

Pacific Division

-Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the Sharks in a 4-0 shutout of the Canadiens. Joe Pavelski and Ben Smith each had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

-Defensive Play of the Night: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns prevented a goal here:

-Despite falling backwards, Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller was able to knock a puck off the stick of Canadiens forward Dale Weise with a pokecheck:

-Canadiens forward Devante Smith-Pelly got a faceful of glass courtesy of Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon:

-The Sharks recalled forward Chris Tierney from Worcester of the AHL.

-The Ducks acquired defenseman James Wisniewski and a third-round pick in 2015 from the Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards William Karlsson, Rene Bourque and a second-round pick in 2015. Wisniewski, 31, has two years remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.5 million. In 56 games this season, Wisniewski has 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists). Bourque, 33, has has one year remaining on a contract with a salary cap hit of $3,333,333. In 43 games this season, Bourque has 10 points (two goals, eight assists). Karlsson, 22, has one year remaining on an entry-level contract. In 18 games this season, Karlsson has three points (two goals, one assists).

-EN Says: The Ducks are going in a different direction on defense and Wisnewski represents that. He is an offensive defenseman with a cannon of a shot who can boost a power play. He has been inconsistent and was a healthy scratch a few weeks ago. A change of scenery could benefit him. The Blue Jackets have some younger, cheaper options on defense. The true return in this deal for the Blue Jackets is Karlsson. A second-round pick in 2011, Karlsson is a two-way center who can play multiple forward positions. Taking on Bourque was likely a condition of the deal. The Ducks put him on waivers last week and he went unclaimed. Shedding his salary was a must for the Ducks.

-The Ducks acquired defenseman Korbinian Holzer (right) from the Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer and a fifth round pick in 2016. Holzer, 27, is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $787,500. In 34 games this season, Holzer has six assists. Brewer is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $3.875 million. In 26 games this season, Brewer has six points (one goal, five assists).

-EN Says: The Ducks were trying to re-tool their defense and in order to do that, they had to clear out Brewer's contract. For the Maple Leafs, they wanted a fairly high draft pick as they are in a complete re-build.

-The Ducks placed forward Tim Jackman ("lower body") on injured reserve.

-“I feel like we’re a better team today than we were. It’s just a matter of coming together now. You can have all the parts, but if you don’t make them work together, you’re not going to be better.” - Ducks captain/forward Ryan Getzlaf.

-Flames captain/defenseman Mark Giordano will miss the remainder of the season following surgery on a torn bicep. He is expected to be sidelined four to five months.

-EN Says: This is a death blow to the Flames' postseason hopes. Giordano was arguably the most valuable player in the NHL.

-The Canucks acquired forward Sven Baertschi (right) from the Flames in exchange for a second-round pick in 2017. Baertschi, 22, is in the final year of an entry-level contract. In 15 games this season, Baertschi has four assists.

-Baertschi had requested a trade.

-EN Says: A first-round pick in 2011 (No. 13 overall), Baertschi never quite worked out with the Flames. Maybe a move to Vancouver will save his career. For the Flames, this is a great return.

-The Coyotes claimed forward Craig Cunningham off waivers from the Bruins, claimed forward Tye McGinn off waivers from the Sharks and assigned forward Lucas Lessio to Portland of the AHL.

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