The Bruins acquired Czech winger Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for David Backes, Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick. The Bruins will retain 25 percent of Backes’ $6 million cap hit during the next season. Kase has one season left on his contract.
Ondrej Kase is a right winger with pretty solid possession numbers, who could be very effective at both sides of the rink as the following chart from Evolving-hockey.com illustrates. The Czech forward suffered several injuries during his career and hasn’t played a full season in the NHL yet. He recorded his career high in the 2017-18 season when he had 38 (20+18) points in 66 games. This season Kase has 23 (7+16) points in 49 games.
Per reports, the Boston Bruins tried to acquire Blake Coleman, but after missing on him, managed to land another winger. Also, according to Eric Engels, the Bruins haven’t abandoned the idea of bringing Ilya Kovalchuk before the Trade deadline.
I’m told that the even with the move for Kase, the Bruins are not out of the runnings to acquire Ilya Kovalchuk.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) February 21, 2020
In another trade of Friday, the Winnipeg Jets have acquired Cody Eakin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft which will be upgraded to a third-round pick if the Jets make the playoffs or re-sign Cody Eakin
#NHLJets have acquired forward Cody Eakin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 21, 2020
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The Colorado Avalanche re-signed goaltender Pavel Francouz to a two-year deal worth $2 million AAV on Friday. The Czech goalie celebrated a new deal with a first career shutout in the game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Pavel Francouz recorded the first shutout of his NHL career to help the @Avalanche (35-18-7, 77 points) move past Dallas for second place in the Western Conference standings. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/2sDT2vuo8e— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 22, 2020
Per @SFedotoF Ilya Sorokin's rights are gonna be traded to the Blackhawks soon. I'm hearing the opposite. Lou met Sorokin's agent. There're some requirements from Ilya's side, A and B bonuses and Euro clause. 99% chance Sorokin coming to the NHL next year #Isles #Blackhawks https://t.co/IZerE3JrLW— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) February 21, 2020
Sorokin has not been traded to Chicago. Despite the fact his teammates and others in Moscow believed to this be the case. Chicago sources have confirmed no trade. My mistake.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 21, 2020
Lightning Org News
In his latest article Alan analyzes the recent Lightning struggled on the power play [Raw Charge]
The Lightning have consistently been one of the best shooting teams in the NHL in recent seasons. Having Stamkos, Kucherov, and Brayden Point on the roster will lead to outperforming expected goals models because they are three of the best finishers in the NHL. But that hasn’t been the case lately as the team’s goal rate has dropped closer and closer to their expected goal rate. Thus the biggest contributor to this recent slump has been a cold shooting streak.
Per assistant coach Derek Lalonde Cedric Paquette is questionable for tonight’s game. Good news is that Brayden Point appeared on Friday’s practice
#Bolts assistant coach Derek Lalonde said Paquette is questionable for tomorrow’s game at Arizona. Was hopeful Point would be able to return tomorrow.— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) February 21, 2020
The Syracuse game won against the worst team in North Division. Alex Barre-Boulet recorded two goals and three assists.
The Solar Bears have been defeated by the Atlanta Gladiators.