-Ottawa plays Buffalo (14-17-6) tonight; the Sabres are lead by Cody Hodgson (29 points; Vanek is injured) and backstopped by Jhonas Enroth (2-2-1 2.95 .908). Robin Lehner gets the start, while Jim O’Brien and Andre Benoit come out of the lineup, replaced by Peter Regin and Mike Lundin.
–Bryan Murray talked about the trade:
His [Cory Conacher] skill set is real high. He’s not a big player, but he’s quick, courageous, he handles the puck, he makes plays and gets points and if we need anything, we need a point-getter. Robin [Lehner] has done anything and everything that a young guy has to do to prove he’s NHL ready and (Tuesday) against Boston once more confirmed that. He was just superb (stopping 47 of 50 shots) and we lost but not because of him.
Pierre McGuire thought the deal was good for both sides.
–Robin Lehner talked about becoming a full-time NHL player:
Now [becoming an NHL player is] because of something I’ve worked on and the organization felt that I deserved. I really appreciate that. This organization took me in a few years ago when no one really knew about me. I’ve had some ups and downs and they really moulded me into a good prospect. Then they kept going and turned me into a professional. A lot of credit goes to them. I’m young, I’m 21 years old and it has always been my age against me. I really pushed the envelope and probably haven’t made it easy for the management up here. That’s fine, that’s who I am. They’ve taught me how to step back and relax a little bit.
–Dave Young reflects back on Bryan Murray’s wheeling and dealing days as compared to his long term approach these days.
–Sylvain St-Laurent reports that six journalists and four NHL.com commentators compiled their Jack Adams list and that only one included Paul MacLean, which is a good illustration of why fans shouldn’t get too excited about awards that are voted on.
-Binghamton faces Norfolk (33-30-5) tonight; the Admirals are lead by Patrick Maroon (43 points) and backstopped by Frederik Andersen (20-15-1 2.16 .929).
–Cam Charron takes a statistical winners and losers on the trade deadline, but sadly does not delve into the Sens move (likely because both players have very small statistical footprints).
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)