NHL rumors: Latest buzz, news after the trade deadline
By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
There was plenty of hype and speculation leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline, but it came and went with surprisingly little notable action. The biggest move was made by the Colorado Avalanche, who acquired forward Mikkel Boedker from the Arizona Coyotes. The other big names that were thought to be available—Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin and Boston’s Loui Eriksson—ultimately stayed with their respective teams.
Check out all the latest NHL news and rumors below.
• The Tampa Bay Lightning decided not to trade disgruntled forward Jonathan Drouin before the deadline, but he “will not be returning” to the team, reports TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
• Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning was “frustrated” that the team was unable to make any trades before the deadline, reports Pro Hockey Talk’s Jason Brough.
• The Avalanche announced they acquired defenseman Eric Gelinas from the New Jersey Devils at the deadline.
• The Bruins acquired forward Lee Stempniak from the New Jersey Devils and defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Carolina Hurricanes right before the deadline, the team announced.
• Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the team’s website that they are “hopeful” to have forward Marian Gaborik back for the playoffs. He suffered a lower-body injury on Feb. 12 against the New York Rangers.
• Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they have signed forward Boone Jenner to a two-year contract extension.
• Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil will miss the rest of the season with an undisclosed injury, reports the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander.