Just A Thought
@ESPN_Burnside: While the Colorado Avalanche contemplate what to do with veteran center Paul Stastny, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, the Avs continue to make life interesting in the Central Division. The Avs nipped the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in Chicago on Tuesday night, with Stastny scoring the empty-net insurance goal. The win moved the Avs to within a point of Chicago for second place in the Central Division, and the Avs have a game in hand. Semyon Varlamov was once again excellent, continuing to prove there is no Olympic hangover for the Russian netminder, who stopped 36 of 38 shots and moved his record to an impressive 31-11-5.round
@CraigCustance: There's been plenty of intrigue surrounding Ales Hemsky as contenders look for value on the wing, but the price might be going up after last night's performance. Hemsky scored twice in Edmonton's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, showing once again how highly skilled he is. The belief among those looking to get him is that Edmonton wants to get a second- or third-round back in return. At this point, you could probably rule out a third-rounder landing him unless destination is more important than return for GM Craig MacTavish. Considering the high asking price on a guy like Thomas Vanek of the Buffalos Sabres, Hemsky may prove to be a nice value addition.
@KatieStrangESPN: It is going to be difficult for me to revert to my standard line that "goalies are the toughest commodity to move" given the action in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Six have already been dealt -- Ryan Miller, Jaroslav Halak, Ilya Bryzgalov, Viktor Fasth, Roberto Luongo and Jacob Markstrom -- and we still have hours until the 3 p.m. trade deadline. Must be at least a bit frustrating for a guy like Martin Brodeur to see so many possible destinations taken off the table since Friday. Will the 41-year-old all-time wins leader remain in New Jersey, or was Tuesday's 4-3 win over Detroit his last game as a Devil? It is believed that the future Hall of Famer would welcome a change of scenery, so we'll see soon if a seventh goalie trade is in the cards.
Quote Me On That
"It was a pretty boring game from my standpoint, but I think that's a good thing. We did a lot of good things, kind of snuffed them out of chances, kept them to the outside and, for the most part, didn't give up many Grade A scoring chances."
-- Coyotes G Mike Smith on a shutout over the Canucks
"(Pekka Rinne)'s a really good goalie, and he is very tough to beat. It was a really great effort by us. A lot of guys did well, and it was a good team effort."
-- Penguins D Matt Niskanen on a win over the Predators.
• Avalanche: 3-1-0 versus Blackhawks this season.
• Semyon Varlamov (COL): Won three straight starts (34+ saves in each)
• Penguins: Win ends three-game winless streak.
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