Crashing the Crease is SenShot’s daily look around the NHL, at some interesting off-ice news and notes.
- In the first of what could be a flurry of roster moves ahead of Monday’s roster deadline, the Hurricanes swapped a pair of assets that would have to pass through waivers to the Canucks for a pick and a low level prospect.
- Before that trade, the Canuck Way suggested the Canucks were looking for depth and might scour the busy waiver wire in the next couple of days.
- One Editor in Leaf writer’s love letter to Phil Kessel. If you don’t appreciate advanced statistics, don’t click the link.
- Paul Bissonnette had his 10 game suspension reduced to 3. Before you Leaf fans get all up in arms and demand a reduction of David Clarkson‘s suspension, it is under different circumstances. There was very sketchy video of the Bissonnette incident and there were conflicting reports about him actually being on a legitimate line change when his fight happened. Clarkson’s was cut and dried.
- Last year, it was the Islanders and Devils using the waiver wire to claim multiple players. This seems to be the year of the Panthers and the Professional Tryout. First Tim Thomas, and yesterday Brad Boyes and Tom Gilbert officially signed with the Panthers.
- The Maple Leafs cleared some much needed cap space by sending Joe Colborne to the Flames after last night’s game. Colborne was pedestrian at best in the pre-season and the Leafs couldn’t wait any longer for the prospect to reach potential. It is the second time Brian Burke has traded for Colborne, and not likely the last deal between the Flames and the Leafs, what with the past relationship between the Burke and Dave Nonis.
Check back tomorrow for more news in what is expected to be a busy day for some fringe player movement.