There were many reasons to be skeptical when the
Lecavalier hadn't played much for Philadelphia and hadn't played at all since Nov. 12. How much could he help a team that wanted to rebuild its strength up the middle after losing veteran centers
Quite a bit, as it turns out. Lecavalier's tying goal Sunday in the Kings' 3-2 overtime victory at San Jose was his fourth goal and fifth point in nine games, and he has been effective while averaging 12 minutes 57 seconds' ice time per game.
Schenn has averaged 17:51 while boosting the third defense pair, which had been a concern for Coach Darryl Sutter. The price the Kings paid — forward Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in June — makes this deal perhaps the best among the few trades completed this season.
"The guys make you feel welcome," Lecavalier said of why he has made an immediate impact. "I think they're a great bunch of guys and they've been playing together for so long and they have that great system. I'm still learning it and trying to get better at it."
Player movement through trades or waiver claims has been sluggish, though it will pick up as the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaches and teams begin to slide out of playoff contention.
Some trades to date have been change-of-scenery deals, such as the Chicago Blackhawks sending defenseman
In another high-profile deal, the defense-rich
"I think it's a really good fit," said Stoll, a two-time
Coach Mike Yeo said he knew Stoll was hard to play against. "What I didn't quite realize is what a great pro he is as far as on the bench, the things he's able to relay and the messages he has for the guys," Yeo said. "He's just been in so many of these games. Up a goal, down a goal, at the biggest moments he just has the right things to say."
Still at an impasse
After playing seven games for
Understandably, Yzerman doesn't want to give Drouin away, but he doesn't seem to fit Tampa Bay's style or plans. The longer Drouin sits, the more his trade value diminishes. The market should become active soon, as teams decide if they're buyers or sellers, and it's best for Drouin to be traded so both sides can move on.
• Congrats to Boston College Coach Jerry York on his 1,000th career victory. York, who coached at Clarkson and Bowling Green before taking over at his alma mater in 1994, has won five NCAA Division I titles and has the most coaching wins in NCAA hockey history.
He has sent 65 players to the
• Dave Keon, 75, ended a decades-long feud with the
• Hockey players dish out assists off the ice too. A Washington TV reporter, interviewing people at a gas station about their preparations for last weekend's snowstorm, found Capitals winger