Tag: Ryan Spooner

NHL Trades: Edmonton Oilers send Cam Talbot To Philadelphia, Oilers re-acquire Sam Gagner

Nothing major in the hockey world but as the trade deadline nears there two somewhat minor deals. Edmonton made two of these deals, one of them involved re-acquiring Sam Gagner and the other was receiving back up goalie Anthony Stolarz.

Flyers swap back up goalies

The Flyers sent Anthony Stolarz to Edmonton for goalie Cam Talbot. Stolarz was the Flyers 2nd round 45th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He played 19 games with the Flyers going 6-4-4 with a 2.86 GAA and .911 save percentage. The Flyers pick up veteran goaltender Cam Talbot who spent his first two seasons in New York and then was sent to Edmonton in 2015 where he has been since.

This move was more of a move for Carter Hart I think, they know that Hart is going to be their number one and they know Stolarz could possibly be a number one too. Therefore instead of causing any controversy, they add a goalie who is at the end of his prime time, can be a 25-30 game goalie therefore when Hart is 22-23-years-old he will be in a perfect situation to be a true #1 and Talbot can mentor and guide him for these next two years. The only issue with this now is that the Flyers are paying 10+ million dollars in goaltending. With still Brian Elliott and Michael Neuvirth on pay roll their 5.2 million is useless basically. Plus Talbot is a UFA in the off-season so the Flyers will need to decide what to do with Talbot come the end of this season. Overall I believe Edmonton wins this deal due to the young age and potential of Stolarz.

Spooner on the move again…

Ryan Spooner was sent to the Rangers at the middle of last trade deadline. Stayed with the Rangers for a bit then was sent to Edmonton earlier this season and now to Vancouver. He’s been bounced around to three teams within less than a year . Spooner played 25 games on Edmonton scoring  2 goals and 1 assist. This season he has 3 goals and 2 assists in 41 games. The Oilers do re-acquire their 2007 1st round selection in Sam Gagner. Gagner played 481 games with Edmonton scoring 101 goals collecting 194 assists. Gagner knows the Edmonton area very well and they know him therefore the transition should be easy for the veteran forward. As far as Vancouver they really risk nothing getting Ryan Spooner, he will be a third to fourth line guy that mixes well into their younger style of play.

 

 

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New York Rangers News: Ryan Strome heads to Broadway in exchange for Ryan Spooner

Yeah, not breaking news here we all know by now, but felt the need to cover it. The coverage will RAMP up once I get NHL.TV but anyways the Rangers welcome the “best” Strome to emerge in the league for Ryan Spooner.

Ryan Strome spent his first 4 years with the New York Islanders was traded for Jordan Eberele in 2017-18 off season.  Strome spent 82 games with the Oilers collecting 34 points (13G, 21A) last season. Strome scored 7 goals in the first half of the season and 6 in the second half. He went 22-games without scoring, then scored in his next four games. This is brought to light because this is Strome’s career in a nutshell, he is either ice cold or on fire. A former 2011 1st round fifth overall pick by the Islanders emerged in the league in 2013-14, he played 258 games with the Islanders collecting 126 points. Strome came in the limelight after his 2014-15 50 point season, since then he has not been the caliber player the Islander nor hockey reporters expected him to be. Strome spent 100 games with Edmonton tallying 36 points (14G, 22A). 

His counter part he was traded for Ryan Spooner has been the down the same path as Strome, spending time with three different clubs now in a matter of three years. Spooner came into the league in 2013-14 playing 23 games assisting on 11 goals, without scoring that season. The following year he played again 29 games for 8 goals and 10 assists this time around. Much like Strome, Spooner broke out in his second full season. Spooner played in 80 games in 2015-16 collecting 49 points (13G, 36A) spending another two years with Boston until he was shipped to New York mid-season in 2018. Spooner was involved in the Rick Nash deal many are aware of but Spooner  quickly made his presence known in New York, playing in 20 games tallying 16 points (4G, 12A) for the remainder of the 2018 season. Again, much like Strome, Spooner has just 1 goal and 1 assist on the year. Spooner has the chance to crack a struggling top-six in a hockey crazed market and possibly play alongside the games best Connor McDavid. 

Who won the trade?

Calling it a push. Spooner has 289 games played (46G, 114A) for 160 points in his career vs Strome’s 358 career games (59G, 103A) for 162 points. Both get young forwards with potential that maybe need a change and kick in the a**. This trade is a head scratchier to some because over the summer the Rangers signed Spooner for 2-years 3.1 million a year plus this was a complete shock to many because there were no rumblings, no releases to the public before this, it just happened and some were caught off guard. Strome still also has 2-years of a 3.1 million dollar deal left to him, therefore this really is a push of a trade, nearly the same production, same price tag and sort of similar type of game. Spooner now plays alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ty Rattie now as Strome plays alongside Lias Andersson and Vinnie Letttier on the fourth line. The Rangers centers are now Strome, Zibanejad, Howden, Hayes as the Oilers left wingers improve to Caggiula, Spooner, Lucic and Khaira

Rangers look to play spoiler hockey vs Pittsburgh

It is clear as day that the Rangers are in fact out of the playoff hunt. Yes many of us knew that when it was the trade deadline and they traded nearly half their team. Some do not want to come to grips with the fact the Rangers may be a borderline playoff team for the next three years but that is ok. The Rangers since facing the reality that they will not be in the playoffs for the first time in 12-years have certainly been playing better. They are 4-4-2 in their last ten games and since their skid, they have won 5 of their last 7 games.

Rangers top guys, Hayes, Spooner clicking.

As a whole the Rangers are playing much better, possibly due to no pressure anymore, guys playing to make a statement next year or just wanting to be a spoiler hockey team the Rangers have been on the right road to close things out for the regular season. The production of Kevin Hayes has been amazing, Hayes has really surged into a top goal scorer for this team and cracked 20-goals on the year, the first time in his four-year career thus far. Also to mention, Ryan Spooner and Vladislav Namestnikov have been great additions to this Rangers team, in the last two weeks of play these have combined for 13 points, Spooner tallying 10 and Nanmestnikov tallying 3 points.

The future of the Rangers backend. It’s pretty bright. 

The Rangers also are showing some bright spots out of young defenseman like Neal Pionk and John Gilmour who since coming to the team have played a major role, as well stepping into top four defenseman minutes. Gilmour has slotted around 19 minutes per game, and has added 2 goals, 2 assists. While Pionk has been the brightest spot on the blue line aside from Brady Skjei, Pionk has slotted upwards of almost 20 minutes since coming to the team as well has tallied, 6 assists on the year. Cannot forget about the future of the Rangers crease, Alexander Georgiev who since coming to the team has started in five games and in those five games he has allowed 3 or fewer goals four out of the five. On the season he is posting 2 wins, 2.73 goals against and .930 save percentage. The future seems to be looking bright here for the Big Apple.

Little about the Penguins top guns. They’re good. 

Onto, the juggernaut and Stanley Cup favorites yet again, the Penguins. The Penguins have done the opposite of what the Rangers have done since the All-Star break they have been on fire and have shot all the way up in the rankings to now second in the Metro by one point. The Penguins play of Evgeni Malkin has certainly been the reason why they are this good lately, Malkin has won player of the month, player of the week twice and has tallied 9 goals and 15 assists in the last month of play. Now, throw in the best player in hockey Sidney Crosby, who has 14 points in the last month of play, on top of one of the best shooters in hockey, Phil Kessel with 4 goals, 9 assists in the last month of play. Yeah, it is pretty impossible to beat this team.

No Murray, No Problem.

The Penguins come into this game with Matt Murray still sidelined, although that won’t matter due to Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith holding down the fort quite well, plus having guys like I mentioned above in front of you, whoever is in this crease gets some solid support. The Penguins are 6-4-0 in their last ten games, coming off a win Sunday night vs Dallas, the Penguins are well rested and will be ready to come out flying tonight. They are 14-18-3 this season and in the last month of play, they’ve played five home games winning three of them. Even during a stretch of only four games in a month out of the 17 games they have played they have won 12 of those games. The Penguins have certainly pushed themselves into the conversation of possibly being three-peat Stanley Cup winners.

Penguins vs Rangers…

The Penguins and Rangers have faced off three times already this year and this will mark their final meeting. The Penguins currently hold the season series 2-1, winning in overtime once at the beginning of the year, dropping their second meeting at home and then beating the Rangers 5-2 two months ago. The history is rich between these two teams but with the Rangers being non-contenders this game is not so interesting to many. The Penguins are certainly the favorites here tonight but who knows with how the Rangers have been playing as of late, maybe they come out flying from the start, wanting to play some spoiler hockey vs the Penguins.

Rangers Spooner, Hayes look to continue point streaks vs Edmonton

Wow, that is now back to back wins for the Rangers, first time in over a month they have done that, and the last time the Rangers won back to back the first win started with Calgary, expect this time the Rangers won their second game vs Calgary.

What a game it was, not a fantastic win by any means, when you allow 50 plus shots in the last two games, then yeah that is definitely an area of concern. But I mean, holy hell where did this performance come from out of Henrik Lundqvist, making 50 saves of the 51 shots Friday night, becoming the first goalie in NHL history(since shots were tracked in 1955) to make 50 plus saves and pick up wins in both games.

Rangers hot commodities

Another story coming out of New York is the Rangers F Kevin Hayes, the 25-year-old forward is really stepping into a scoring role here, as the Rangers have struggled and a few key forward pieces have departed. Hayes has 7 goals and 5 assists in the last month of play and has scored four times in the last five games. Also not to toot the Rangers Hayes here but, he did set a career high in goals(18) scoring the first goal of the game Friday night. Hayes has seemed to like playing alongside the newly acquired forward, Ryan Spooner. Who if we may add has been in full stride since coming to New York, adding 1 goal and 7 assists over his last three games.

The Rangers win Friday night was by no means a nice win, nor a win they can walk away with confidence, but it is a step in the right direction. They have defensive issues to handle, without a doubt. The d-core is young now and they have 5/7 defenseman playing minutes they have never seen. Neal Pionk, started in Hartford this season playing AHL minutes and has been with the Rangers for 11 games and now leads the team with 21:18 ice time. Not easy for a 22-year-old rookie defenseman.

Oilers McDavid and company…

The only concern here is they now head to Edmonton for a back to back, with Lundqvist probably sitting due to facing 106 shots over three days, the Rangers will look to Alexander Georgiev to hold down the fort. Coming into this game the Oilers have three players that have been producing at efficient rates, Connor McDavid(of course) has totaled, 14 goals in his last 15 games, Leon Drastali, with 9 goals and 9 assists in the last month of play, Ryan Strome with 5 goals and 6 assists in the last month of play and 3 goals and 3 assists in the last week.

The Oilers are a team, where themselves have struggled all season, got off to an extremely slow start, saw some major goaltending issues with Cam Talbot playing poorly and they could not seem to keep a healthy top four on the back end. The Oilers are another team similar to the Rangers who have failed to meet expectations but are just playing spoiler hockey up to this point.

More on Edmonton’s playoff hopes…

The Oilers are well of ways out of a playoff spot, and coming into this game they are 4-6-0 in their last ten coming in on a two-game losing streak, dropping a tough one to Nashville Thursday night. The advantage for Edmonton here is that they have fresh legs, coming into this game on a day of rest, where the Rangers are going back to back in their Western Canada road trip. The only downside of Edmonton missing the playoffs this season is that Cam Talbot looks pretty dumb, after coming out to the media after the All-Star break and saying they will make the playoffs, yikes.

The Oilers on the season are 27-33-4 with 58 points, currently for anyone who cares and or is wondering, yes they are 18 points out of a playoff spot with 18 games to be played, nearly impossible for them to make a run.

The Rangers on the season are 29-30-6 with 64 points, and as scary as it sounds, and or as unbelievable as it sounds, that is the more appropriate term the Rangers are still only, 5 points out of a playoff spot with 17 games to be played(16 after tonight). A little less difficult than the Oilers, but still a tough task. The Rangers though in their last ten are 3-6-1 on a two-game winning streak. They last played Edmonton at the Garden, in which they won 4-2, back on November 11, 2017.