The Challenge Cup may well have been named the Panthers Cup, given that the Nottingham Panthers have won it seven times, and for the last five years. In a change to the format of previous seasons, the Final was to be one game, rather than the aggregate home and away matches of old.
The Final was set for the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 8th.
Tim Murray shook up the franchise during the 2013-2014 trade deadline. Trading out fan favorites like Ott and Miller had fans crazy over his gutting of the team. This year there isn’t much of a team to gut, but GMTM still riled up Sabres loyalists with his deals.
The following is a complete list of all trades made by NHL teams in the two weeks leading up to the 2015 Trade Deadline.
by Karl Seed
This has been one of the busiest months for trades in the NHL for quite some time, and some of the trades that have taken place have come out of the blue, but others were less surprising. We have seen 33 players moved in the month of February, some more familiar to the NHL faithful than others.
The most recognisable and telling trade took place on the 11th February when Evander Kane was involved in an 8 part trade when the Sabres acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets, along with defenceman Zach Bogosian and 22 year old goaltender Jason Kasdorf in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a 1st Round pick in the 2015 Entry Draft.
After reading Pascal Dupuis’s piece in The Players’ Tribune I am very grateful not to know him.
Despite knowing he was putting his life in real jeopardy, Dupuis nonetheless played hockey, and traveled, and hid a painful and dangerous blood clot from all those who he knew would have stopped him for the sake of his own safety.
That apparently strikes many people as tough or brave or inspirational, but I can’t see it as anything but selfish.
My eyes are glazing over and lids drooping with fatigue. Outside, the world is dark – well, as dark as a city night can be with the flickering illumination of street lamps – and the odd fox scampers stealthily across the estate.
Neighbours sleep soundly on either side of the silent house, its other occupants lost in dreams and unmoved by a casual obsession.
Obsession used with a touch of irony of course, because we all need an excuse when faced with accusatory stares into bloodshot eyes the following morning. Each of their glances agonising “Was it really worth it?”
by Gareth Davies
A first round pick in any hockey market in the NHL faces intense scrutiny from fans and the media. However, insert Montreal as the hockey market and the scrutiny increases tenfold. Expectation is increasingly high, even within the organisation, which often is substantially empowering on players who wear the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge jerseys.
This was shown with the 18th overall pick in 2009, Louis Leblanc, who was moved to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional 5th round pick in 2015, showing the major decrease in trade value for a former 1st rounder. Montreal’s roster is littered with successful first rounders – Max Pacioretty [22nd 2007] and Carey Price [5th 2005] are the most notable first round picks which have proved to be diamonds for the Canadiens’ organization.
This considerable weight of expectation also falls upon the shoulders of Nathan Beaulieu.