By Chip Alexander The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Mon., May 6, 2019 If you’re Rod Brind’Amour, what do you do? The Carolina Hurricanes coach could have an interesting decision to make as the Canes plan ahead for the Eastern Conference finals. Goalies Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney both have been very good and one has to be the starter, although the Canes’ opponent — either the Boston Bruins or Columbus Blue Jackets — and a starting date have not been set. Mrazek started the first nine games of the playoffs and was vital in knocking off the Washington Capitals in the first round. But he abruptly left Game 2 of the second-round series against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury, causing McElhinney, as he put it, to “Just grab your helmet and go.” McElhinney stopped all 17 shots he faced and was the winner as the Canes took a 2-1 victory at the Barclays Center in New York. With Mrazek out, he was back in net … [Read more...] about Mrazek or McElhinney? Hurricanes have time to mull it over
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By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press Sun., April 28, 2019 BOSTON—Matt Duchene scored on a power play at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins early Sunday morning, tying their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series at a game apiece. Artemi Panarin scored twice and assisted on the winner, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots. The Blue Jackets twice gave up a lead and twice came back to tie it. Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored, and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for Boston. The Bruins won the opener — also in overtime. The series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Panarin’s second goal made it 2-2 with 12 minutes left in the second period, and it stayed that way through a scoreless third and a first overtime in which the Bruins killed off one penalty. But when Patrice Bergeron was sent off for tripping in the second OT, the Blue Jackets made them pay. Less … [Read more...] about Blue Jackets work double overtime for Game 2 win over Bruins