The Seattle Kraken claimed Eeli Tolvanen off waivers from the Nashville Predators on Monday. The Preds were reasonably confident their former first round pick would clear, but the Kraken took him from their spot 21 teams down the waiver order. Tolvanen has settled into a bottom six forward role in the NHL, but struggled to find a real role on the Predators, playing on every line this season. He should find it much better on a Kraken team with a more fun system and a clear role.
The Kraken also placed Karson Kuhlman on waivers yesterday. While the Coyotes played Dysin Mayo on waivers as well. Mayo is an interesting player who got absolutely wrecked in top-four minutes last year, got a three-year extension, and now has been getting absolutely wrecked in third pair minutes and is now out of the lineup. Reminds me of the Philippe Myers situation in that it seemed like an unnecessary decision to give a player like this term beyond the next season.
Mayo (ARIZ) & Kuhlman (SEA) on waivers— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 12, 2022
Bo Horvat will likely be alongside Ryan O’Reilly as the big deadline targets going into this spring. If the Lightning were able to acquire him, I feel like it would give the rest of the forwards from the second line down a breath of relief as the pressure to perform to their position rather than ability goes away — namely Anthony Cirelli. He would be a perfect 2C on the Lightning and allow Cirelli to be the 3C he really is.
Hagel - Point - Kucherov
Paul - Horvat - Stamkos
Killorn - Cirelli - Namestnikov
Maroon - Colton - Perry
I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.
Dhaliwal saying Canucks have gone as far as they can go with their latest contract offer to Bo which he rejected.— Taj (@taj1944) December 12, 2022
Canucks will now take the best (trade) offer for Bo.@DonnieandDhali
Brayden Point is awesome.
the initial numbers for you following 75 minutes of Brayden Point:— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) December 13, 2022
358 visitors - this number does not include any of the children
15 boxes of toys filled for @MetroMinistries
PS: the event started at 5:30 and the first fan arrived at 2:45 I appreciate the dedication !! pic.twitter.com/snDdCqdNIG
Pointer can sign just *one* item per person?— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 13, 2022
No brainer. pic.twitter.com/7PlW8M0xIy
Steven Stamkos was the team’s star of the week, and we agree!
Here are the results from last night.
Random fun fact while perusing the NHL standings. Vegas, Montreal, and New York (Rangers) have the worst records at home among teams above .500. I wanted to mention this because I also noticed three of the underperforming teams this year, Florida, Calgary, and St. Louis, all have poor road records. Obviously, I’m just saying a team’s results in the standings are bad because they’ve lost games, but I do find the home/road splits a little insightful.
Montreal lost Cole Caufield to an injury after he got hit in open ice. Caufield is almost certainly in concussion protocol. His head looked like it hit the ice.
The Ottawa Senators honored an old franchise star, Wade Redden, as the first member added to their “Ring of Honor.” Redden was famously traded for Zdeno Chara when he went to NYI.
The NHL announced the three stars of the week. Tage Thompson for his five-goal, six-point game last week, Lindgren for going 4-0-0 during the week, and William Nylander for his five-point night on Saturday.
Charlie Lindgren (@Capitals), Tage Thompson (@BuffaloSabres) and William Nylander (@MapleLeafs) have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 11.#NHLStats: https://t.co/LaRVyQ312c pic.twitter.com/mvX2XnGaqA— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 12, 2022
Jaromir Jagr briefly came out of retirement to play for the team he owns in the Czech Republic after an illness plagued the team.
In his season debut, Jaromir Jagr -- The Legend -- had two assists over 15:10 of ice time in Kladno's 7-3 loss to Liberec today. Kladno has had an illness running through the team that already forced them to postpone a game, so the owner jumped into the lineup. He's 50 years old.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) December 11, 2022