The Winnipeg Jets picked up a player off the waiver wire, but that’s all they did on trade deadline day. Tonight the Jets will face the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre at 6 p.m. on TSN Jets TV. The Dauphin Kings will face the Steinbach Pistons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Turnbull Cup final. The Kings edged the OCN Blizzard 3-2 last night at Credit Union Place in Dauphin. Tonight, the Winnipeg Wild face the Kenora Thistles in the Telus Cup Western Regionals in Kenora. And Joceylne Larocque had a pair of assists as Team Canada beat Switzerland 13-0 at the World Women’s Hockey Championship in Ottawa.
Let’s start with the Jets at Montreal tonight along with the five games in the National Hockey League last night…
The 18-18-2 Winnipeg Jets have now lost four straight games and yet they still lead Washington by two points and Carolina by four in the race for first in the Southeast Division. But here’s the kicker: Washington has two games in hand and Carolina has three. Yesterday, on Trade Deadline Day, the Jets did not make a trade, but they did acquire centre Mike Santorelli off waivers from the Florida Panthers. He’ll fit in well in Winnipeg. He has two goals and an assist and is minus-seven in 24 games with Florida this season. He’ll replace Nik Antropov for the nxet two weeks. Antropov has some kind of upper-lower body injury.
In the meantime, the Jets sent Patrice Cormier back to St. John’s in the American League and called up Aaron Gagnon.
No rest for the Jets on this brief road trip. The Jets will face the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night at 6 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were five games in the NHL last night…
Philadelphia 5 Montreal 3
The Flyers scored three unassisted in the third in the third: Wayne Simmonds at 14:54, Erik Gustafson at 16:24 and Jakub Voracek at 19:21.
Edmonton 8 Calgary 2
Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov had two goals and Taylor Hall had a goal and four assists.
NY Rangers 6 Pittsburgh 1
Great trades for the Rangers. They got Ryane Clowe from San Jose and he had two goals — his first two goals of the year — and an assist. They got Derrick Brassard from Columbus and he had a goal and three assists.
Anaheim 5 Dallas 2
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists to lead the Ducks. Teenu Selanne scored his 10th of the year for Anaheim.
San Jose 4 Minnesota 2
Joe Thornton scored the eventual winner as the Sharks won theit sixth straight game.
Besides the Jets and Habs tonight there are nine other games in the NHL: the big ones for the Jets include the Islanders at Washington and Tampa at Carolina.
Yesterday at the NHL trade deadline, there were 18 trades and only one semi-blockbuster. That was the deal that sent Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round draft pick.
We’ll have all the trades listed today at ncifm.com…
In other semi-major deals:
1. Ottawa sent 6-foot-7 goaltender Ben Bishop to the Tampa Bay Lightning for 23-year-old centre Cory Conacher who has nine goals and 15 assists and with 24 points immediately becomes the Sens leading scorer.
2. Near the end of the day, after the TV cameras were turned off, the Washington Capitals acquired Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville in exchange for 18-year-old centre Filip Forsberg, the Caps first overall pick in 2012.
3. The Phoenix Coyotes dumped three veterans: Steve Sullivan was sent to New Jersey in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick; forward Matthew Lombardi was dealt to Anaheim in exchange for young Brandon McMillan; and forward Raffi Torres was sent to San Jose in exchange for a third round pick in 2013.
4. The Boston Bruins acquired veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014.
5. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Ryan O’Byrne from Colorado in exchange for a fourth round draft in 2014.
6. The Minnesota Wild acquired centre and captain Jason Pominville along with a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goalie Matt Hackett, forward Johan Larsson, a first-round pick in 2013 and a second-round pick in 2014. That’s the type of deal that can make a team like the Wild a Cup contender.
7. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2013.
8. The Edmonton Oilers acquired forward Jerred Smithson from Nashville in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2013.
It will be the Steinbach Pistons against the Dauphin Kings in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Turnbull Cup championship series. Last night in Dauphin, Jon Gaudet scored the eventual winning goal as the Kings beat the OCN Blizzard 3-2 in Game 7 of the Sher-Wood Division championship series.
Yesterday, Myles Nykoluk of the Steinbach Pistons was named the RBC Player of the Month for March. Nykoluk had six goals and 11 assists in 20 games. The runners up were forward Guillaume Naud of the Dauphin Kings and forward Richard Olson of the Steinbach Pistons. Steinbach’s Kyle Rous was defensemen of the month. Corey Koop of the Pistons was goaltender of the month. And Taylor Lomsnes of the Dauphin Kings was rookie of the month.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals last night: The Raiders, now trailing 3-2, will meet the Pembina Valley Twisters in Morris tomorrow night in Game 6. The winner of that series will face the Charleswood Hawks in the final.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
The Manitoba champion Winnipeg Wild will represent this province at the Telus Cup Triple A Midget Western Regionals this coming weekend in Kenora. The Wild will open the tournament tonight against the Kenora Thistles. The Wild will play the Thunder Bay Kings on Friday and the Saskatoon Contacts on Saturday. No. 1 will play No. 2 after the round robin for the championship on Sunday. The winner goes to the Telus Cup national championship in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., April 22-28.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League championship series; Peguis leads Selkirk 2-0 in the series and Game 3 goes tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the Fisher River Sports Complex. Peguis has won nine consecutive playoff games.
The 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships, hosted by the 2013 Keystone Cup Host Committee and the St. Malo Junior B Warriors, goes April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena. The tournament will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Check out keystonecup.ca. for ticket information.
And Canada’s national women’s hockey team ripped Switzerland 13-0 last night in Game 2 of the round robin portion of the World Womens Hockey Championship in Ottawa last night. Jocelyne Larocque had two assists and Bailey Bram had one assist. Both players are from tiny Ste. Anne, Man. Canada has tonight off and they play Finland tomorrow at 6:30 on TSN.