Friday, March 31, 2017

Hobey Baker Award Finalists Revealed

The Hobey Hat Trick has been announced.
The three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in NCAA Division I men’s college hockey are Northeastern University senior forward Zach Aston-Reese, University of Denver senior defenseman Will Butcher, and Union College senior forward Mike Vecchione.

Aston-Reese, who recently signed a professional contract and has been playing with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), finished the 2016-17 NCAA campaign with 31 goals and 32 assists for a career-high 63 points in 38 games. The Staten Island, N.Y. native is tied with Vecchione as the leading scorer in the nation.
Butcher, the only Hobey Baker finalist still skating in college this season, and the only NHL draft choice of the trio, is pacing all Pioneers' blueliners with 7-29—36 points through 41 outings. The Sun Prairie, Wis. native will complete his collegiate career at the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago on April 6-8, with Denver slated to face Notre Dame in the second semifinal game, following Harvard against Minnesota-Duluth. Butcher was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Vecchione, the all-time leading scorer in Union's Division I hockey history, was a contributing member of the Dutchmen’s 2014 NCAA championship squad. The Saugus, Mass. product led all Union skaters this season with individual career scoring highs of 29-34—63 points in 38 appearances, and led all ECAC players with 20-24—44 points in 25 league games. Undrafted, he recently signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 2017 Hobey Baker winner will be announced on April 7 in Chicago.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

North Dakota Dropping Women's Hockey

Just after USA Hockey came to an agreement with members of its Women's National Team in time for them to play in this year's World Championship in Plymouth, Mich., the University of North Dakota announced that it will be eliminating women's ice hockey as a varsity sport, due to budget cuts.

In a state where hockey is revered, and less than a year removed from UND's latest men's hockey national championship, it's a shocking move. UND becomes the first NCAA Division I school to drop women’s hockey since Wayne State did likewise in 2011.

The Fighting Hawks began play on the women's side in 2002 as an independent, before joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2004. Their best outing was in 2012-13 when they finished 26-12-1 overall and earned the second of two consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, the only two such bids in program history.

The former Fighting Sioux also posted seven consecutive winning seasons, including the 2016-17 campaign. In addition, a total of eight players with UND ties participated in women’s hockey during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, player scholarships will be honored if they choose to remain enrolled at UND. Transfers should be allowed to play immediately at other Division I schools, per NCAA rules, as the program is ceasing to exist.

This past season, the last one for UND as it turns out, saw the Fighting Hawks finish 16-16-6 overall, and fourth in the WCHA with an 11-12-5-3 mark before they fell to Wisconsin in a WCHA semifinal game.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Notre Dame and Denver Round Out Frozen Four

Notre Dame and Denver have filled the final two slots for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Frozen Four.
The Fighting Irish, who yesterday upset No. 1 seed Minnesota in a Northeast Regional semifinal in Manchester, N.H., did the same Sunday to Hockey East champion and No. 2 seed UMass Lowell. Andrew Oglevie’s goal just 2:44 into overtime sent to send UND to its third Frozen Four overall and first since 2011 in this, its final season in Hockey East before moving to the Big Ten next season. The Irish led, 1-0, early on, and then fought back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game on a goal by Cam Morrison with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

At the Midwest Regional final in Cincinnati, top overall seed Denver outlasted upstart Penn State, 6-3, to punch its ticket to the Frozen Four for the second straight season. Troy Terry scored three goals and set up two others for the Pioneers, who are seeking their seventh national championship in program history, and first since 2005. Big Ten champion Penn State managed to forge 2-2 and 3-3 ties on the evening, but couldn't keep its Cinderella season, its fifth campaign in NCAA Division I, going.
ECAC and East Regional champion Harvard will face off against NCHC and West Regional champion Minnesota-Duluth in the first Frozen Four semifinal at 6 p.m. ET on April 6 at the United Center in Chicago. The other semifinal, at 9 p.m. ET that night, will feature Notre Dame against Denver. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.The two semifinal winners will face off for the national championship on April 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Minnesota-Duluth, Harvard Headed to Frozen Four

Half the NCAA Men’s Division I Hockey Frozen Four picture is set following six games on Saturday, with the other two spots to be determined on Sunday.
Minnesota-Duluth became the first team to punch its ticket to Chicago in two weeks’ time with a 3-2 overtime victory over Boston University in the West Regional final at in Fargo, N.D. Adam Johnson scored on the power play just 1:57 into the extra session for the top-seeded Bulldogs, who also got 22 stops from Hunter Miska and will proceed to their first Frozen Four since 2011.  
UMD’s opponent in Illinois will be Harvard, which advanced to its first Frozen Four since 1994 by outlasting Air Force, 3-2, in the East Regional final in Providence. Tyler Moy’s second-period power-play goal gave Harvard a 3-0 lead and stood up as the game-winner, as the Falcons responded shortly afterwards with two goals in 15 seconds. Merrick Madsen finished with 27 saves for the Crimson, including a point-blank save on a rebound shot by Matt Serratore with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to preserve the win.

Top overall seed Denver raced out to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes and never looked back in besting Michigan Tech, 5-2, in a Midwest Regional semifinal in Cincinnati. Colin Staub scored twice for the Pioneers, who connected twice on the power play and also got 16 stops from Tanner Jaillet.
In the late game in Cincinnati, Penn State and Union traded field goals until the Nittany Lions got the touchdown, scoring seven straight times over the last two periods of play en route to a 10-3 victory in their first-ever NCAA Tournament contest. Nate Sucese led Penn State with two goals and two assists, while Andrew Sturtz, Chase Berger and Kris Myllari posted three points apiece. It was the most goals scored by one team in an NCAA Tournament game in 27 years, since Lake Superior State beat Alaska Anchorage by the same score in 1990.

Ryan Lohnin scored two goals and Ryan Collins had two assists as UMass Lowell blanked Cornell, 5-0, in the early Northeast Regional semifinal in Manchester, N.H. Tyler Wall had 19 saves for the River Hawks, who advanced to the regional final on Sunday to take on fellow Hockey East school Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish scored three unanswered goals, the last two by Anders Bjork, to oust top seed Minnesota, 3-2, marking the 12th year in a row that that an NCAA Division I men's hockey No. 1 regional seed was eliminated in the regional round.
UMass Lowell and Notre Dame will face off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at the SNHU Arena, while Denver will face Penn State in the Midwest Regional final at 6 p.m. ET at U.S. Bank Arena. Both games will be televised live on ESPNU. The winners of those two regionals will meet in Chicago on April 6.

Friday, March 24, 2017

BU, Harvard, Air Force, UMD Advance in NCAA Hockey Regionals

The first day of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship is in the books—and will be tough to top the rest of the tournament.
At the West Regional in Fargo, Boston University edged de facto host and defending national champion North Dakota, 4-3, in double overtime after an apparent UND goal in the first extra session was disallowed, due to an offside play on Ludvig Hoff. The Fighting Hawks had fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period with goals just three minutes apart by Hoff and Christian Wolanin to force sudden death, and outshot BU by a 59-29 margin on the afternoon. Charlie McAvoy connected for the game-winner 11:48 into the second OT off a cross-ice feed from Clayton Keller for BU, while goaltender Jake Oettinger finished with 56 saves for the Terriers.
In the nightcap in North Dakota, top-seeded Minnesota-Duluth took a 2-0 lead on Ohio State, which had a supposed goal of its own called back in the opening 20 minutes. The Buckeyes responded with two third-period goals by defensemen Matt Joyaux and Gordi Myer to tie matters, but it was NCHC champion UMD winning in sudden death on a slapshot by blueliner Willie Raskob at 11:58 of the additional session. Hunter Miksa made 40 saves for the Bulldogs, who will now face BU at 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU) on Saturday at Scheels Arena in the West Regional final.
At the East Regional in Providence, ECAC champion and top-seeded Harvard won its first NCAA Tournament game in 23 years, getting two goals from Tyler Moy and 41 saves from Merrick Madsen in topping Providence, 3-0. The Crimson also won its 15th straight game dating back to January.
In the second game, Atlantic Hockey champion Air Force outlasted Western Michigan, 5-4, with Kyle Haak scoring twice and Shane Starrett stopping 22 shots for the Falcons, who led by a 4-1 score early in the third period. Griffen Molino and Sheldon Dries scored 23 seconds apart to pull the Broncos within one, but Tyler Ledford’s goal just over a minute-and-a-half later stood up as the game-winner for AFA. The Falcons will now meet the Crimson on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the East Regional final.
The Northeast Regional at SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H. gets underway with Cornell encountering UMass Lowell at noon ET ( on Saturday, capped by Minnesota skating against Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU). The Midwest Regional at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati faces off with Denver meeting Michigan Tech at 1 p.m. ET (ESPNews), followed by Union (NY) taking on Penn State at 4:30 p.m. ET (
The Northeast and Midwest regional finals will be contested on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, respectively, both showing on ESPNU. The four regional winners will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four on April 6 at the United Center in Chicago.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anastos Steps Down at Michigan State

After six seasons at the Spartan helm, Tom Anastos resigned from his position as head coach at Michigan State University on Tuesday.

Anastos was hired at his alma mater in 2011 after Rick Comley retired. The commissioner of the now-defunct Central Collegiate Hockey Association for 13 years, Anastos was also the former head coach at Michigan-Dearborn.

A Dearborn native, Anastos played four seasons as a forward at MSU for the late Ron Mason. He tallied 70 goals and 151 points in 153 career games in Green and White, and helped the Spartans to four NCAA Tournament appearances, four CCHA Tournament crowns, and three Great Lakes Invitational titles from 1982 to 1985.

After a brief professional career with Sherbrooke (AHL) in Montreal's organization, Anastos entered the coaching ranks and went 68-37-7 in three seasons with UM-Dearborn. He then returned to MSU as an assistant coach under Mason for two years, helping the Spartans to the 1992 NCAA Frozen Four, before later helming first the North American Hockey League and later the CCHA.

MSU went 78-122-24 in all with Anastos as head coach, including the final two years of the CCHA and the first four seasons of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. The Spartans went 19-16-4 overall in his first campaign, and finished 7-24-4 in 2016-17. During his tenure, MSU also made the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but fell to Union in the opening round.

Anastos' youngest daughter, Andie, just completed her own four-year hockey career at Boston College. She tallied 144 points in 156 games, and helped the Eagles to three consecutive Frozen Fours.

MSU is expected to conduct a national search for Anastos' successor. Long-time assistant coach Tom Newton will serve as the Spartans' head coach in the interim.

Clarkson Wins 2017 NCAA Women's Division I Crown

Three years ago, Clarkson University became the first eastern school to win an NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. On Sunday, the Golden Knights did it again.
The No. 2 Golden Knights blanked No. 1 Wisconsin, 3-0, in St. Charles, Missouri to win their second-ever national title, powered by two late goals by Division I player of the Year Cayley Mercer in the final four minutes of regulation. Savannah Harmon’s power-play goal 27 seconds into the contest stood up as the game-winner, while Shea Tiley made 41 saves.
Clarkson finished the season at 32-4-5 overall, and finished first in the ECAC with a 19-1-12 mark before winning the ECAC Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Cornell on March 5. After topping the Big Red, 3-1, in the NCAA quarterfinals, the Golden Knights then edged Minnesota, 4-3, a week later in the NCAA semifinals, before besting the Badgers (33-3-4 overall) on Sunday at Family Arena.

Wisconsin was ranked No. 1 the entire 2016-17 season, and also recorded 18 shutouts on the year. The Badgers advanced to their first NCAA final in five years with a late 1-0 win in the semifinals over Hockey East champion Boston College on St. Patrick’s Day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 NCAA Hockey Tournament Field Set

The 2017 NCAA Tournament field is set for Men's Division I Ice Hockey. The full bracket, announced on Sunday, can be found here.

The regional seeds are as follows:

Midwest (Cincinnati)
1. Denver
2. Union
3. Penn State *
4. Michigan Tech

Northeast (Manchester, NH)
1. Minnesota
2. UMass Lowell *
3. Cornell
4. Notre Dame

East (Providence)
1. Harvard *
2. Western Michigan
3. Air Force *
4. Providence

West (Fargo, ND)
1. Minnesota-Duluth *
2. Boston University
3. North Dakota
4. Ohio State

* denotes conference champions, who earned automatic NCAA Tournament bids

Schools not qualifying this year that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament include Boston College, Ferris State, Michigan, Northeastern, Quinnipiac, RIT, St. Cloud State and Yale.

Denver is the top seed overall in this year's tournament, while Penn State is appearing in its first-ever NCAA Tournament. North Dakota is the defending national champion, having won its eighth NCAA title overall last year.

The East and West regionals will be held on Friday and Saturday, with the Midwest and Northeast regionals to be contested on Saturday and Sunday. The four regional champions will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago on April 6.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SLU's Bayreuther Signs with Stars

St. Lawrence senior blueliner Gavin Bayreuther has signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Texas Stars, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, according to the AHL club’s website. The New Hampshire native, who was never drafted by an NHL squad, concluded his college career last weekend with the Saints’ three-game ECAC quarterfinal defeat against Quinnipiac.
Bayreuther tallied eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points in 30 games this year with SLU, and led the Saints in scoring for the second straight season despite missing seven contests due to injury. He recorded a career-high 27 assists and 36 points as a freshman in 2013-14, when he earned ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year recognition. He later notched a career-high 12 goals as a junior in 2015-16 when he was tabbed as both a First Team All-ECAC selection and an ECAC All-Tournament choice, and also earned Second Team All-America accolades.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound blueliner finished his four-year NCAA career with 35-76—111 points in 142 contests, including 13 power-play goals and seven game-winners, while also collecting 96 penalty minutes, according to
Bayreuther prepped at The Holderness School prior to enrolling at SLU and was also a USHL All-Rookie Team selection in junior hockey with the Fargo Force in 2012-13, per his Saints online biography. His 35 career goals set a new school record for Saints defensemen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blais Steps Down at Omaha

The hockey coaching carousel continues in the NCAA Division college hockey ranks, three weeks before the season-ending Frozen Four in Chicago.

On March 6, Seth Appert was relieved of his duties after 11 years at Rensselaer. Shortly after, Walt Kyle was dismissed after 15 seasons at his alma mater, Northern Michigan, where he recorded 265 career victories and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010 with the Wildcats. On Monday, Niagara parted ways with Dave Burkholder after 16 years, 247 wins, and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Tuesday, in perhaps the biggest shock, Dean Blais stated that he is stepping down from the helm after eight years at Nebraska-Omaha. He had one year remaining on his contract at UNO.

Blais, a Minnesota graduate who took North Dakota to two NCAA titles (1997, 2000), went 146-133-30 in his tenure with UNO. His record included two of the Mavericks' three all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Frozen Four berth in 2015. A two-time winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as Division I hockey’s top coach, he also led the U.S. to gold at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada.

Omaha concluded its 2016-17 campaign with a 2-1 OT loss to Western Michigan on Sunday to fall, two games to one, in the best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series.

Successors to the four aforementioned coaches have yet to be named. Bids to the 16-team 2017 NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday.

ADDENDUM: announced on Wednesday that longtime New Hampshire men’s hockey coach Dick Umile will retire after the 2017-18 season, and will be succeeded by associate head coach Mike Souza.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

BC to Face BU on Friday in Hockey East Semifinals

Boston College is headed back to TD Garden to face Boston University again, with the entire season likely on the line this time.

The Eagles (20-14-4) recorded 7-0 and 7-4 wins over Vermont in the Hockey East quarterfinals on Friday and Saturday at Conte Forum to advance to the conference semifinals for the second time in three years, and second straight after a quarterfinal win over UVM. It was also BC’s first win since a 6-4 triumph at New Hampshire on Feb. 3, which was followed by an 0-5-2 skein that resulted in the Eagles sharing the Hockey East regular-season crown with BU and UMass-Lowell.

Luke McInnis tallied a goal and three assists in the opener against UVM, as the Eagles took the lead just eight seconds into regulation on a goal by Austin Cangelosi and never looked back. BC then outlasted the Catamounts in the rematch as Cangelosi and JD Dudek each scored twice. Joe Woll stopped 54 of 58 shots in all for the Eagles on the weekend.

BC is 0-3 against BU (23-10-3) so far this season, including a 3-1 setback on Feb. 6 in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden. The Eagles are currently 16th in the Pairwise Rankings, which mimics the selection process for the 16-team NCAA Tournament, while BU is sixth. The two Green Line rivals will square off at 8 p.m. Friday in Boston, following the game between Notre Dame (21-10-5) and UML (24-10-3). The winners will meet on Saturday for the Hockey East championship.

Playing around with the NCAA Tournament Pairwise Comparison Ratings and the customized results features at college, BC would probably be slotted 12th in the Pairwise and just about assured of a spot in the NCAAs if it had won one more game this season—such as reversing a February loss against Merrimack, or an October defeat against Air Force. 

A win against the Terriers on Friday could certainly enhance BC’s chances of making the nationals for the eighth straight season. The 15th and 16th spots in the NCAAs will likely go to the Atlantic Hockey and WCHA tournament champions, assuming there are no upset champions in other leagues that could also take away potential NCAA berths.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Appert Out at Rensselaer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is looking for a new men's hockey mentor for the first time since 2006. RPI relieved head coach Seth Appert of his duties on Monday after he went 152-221-48 over 11 seasons at the helm of the Engineers.

Appert's best season came in 2010-11 when RPI finished 20-13-5 overall and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. His tenure in Troy, N.Y. was the third-longest in program history, behind Dan Fridgen and the legendary Ned Harkness. The Engineers went 8-28-1 this just-completed campaign, and were swept in the first round of the ECAC Tournament by Clarkson.

Appert, a Cottage Grove, Minn. native, lettered in goal at Ferris State in the mid-1990s when I was the Hockey SID at Michigan State, before he served nine years as an assistant coach at Denver. He was always gracious and giving of his time when I covered RPI as a reporter over the past decade, and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Princeton Outlasts Colgate to Advance

For the first time in seven years, Princeton University has advanced in the ECAC Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament.
Derek Topatigh (power play) and Ryan Kauffman each scored goals, and Colton Phinney finished with 35 saves as the Tigers edged Colgate University, 2-1, in the deciding game Sunday night at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton won the best-of-three first-round series, two games to one, after losing the first game in overtime, 3-2, on Friday. The Tigers rebounded last night with a 4-3 overtime victory of their own, after tying the game in the final second of regulation.
Princeton (15-14-3 overall), the seventh seed in this year’s tournament, will now visit second-seeded Union College next weekend in a best-of-three series in Schenectady, N.Y. Princeton’s last series win in ECAC Tournament play came in 2009 when the Tigers defeated Union, two games to one, and advanced to the ECAC semifinals and later the NCAA Tournament.
Colgate, which got its lone goal Sunday from senior captain Jake Kulevich to open the scoring, finished the 2016-17 campaign at 9-22-6 overall.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Princeton Survives in OT, Forces Game Three

Princeton and Colgate will play a third and deciding game on Sunday night to see who advances in the 2017 ECAC Hockey Tournament.

The host Tigers tied Game Two with one second remaining in regulation on Saturday at Hobey Baker Rink, then won it 16:17 into overtime, 4-3, on an unassisted shot from the right wing by Max Veronneau to force a tiebreaking contest in the best-of-three first-round series.

Derek Freeman scored twice for Colgate (9-21-6 overall), including the game-opening goal in the first period and the go-ahead goal in the second session. Jared Cockrell staked the Raiders to a 2-0 lead late in the opening stanza, before Princeton (14-14-3) forged a second-period tie on goals just over eight minutes apart by Jackson Cressey and Ryan Kuffner.

After Freeman’s second goal, the contest remained scoreless until the final minute of regulation, when Eric Robinson dove to poke home a loose puck with one second left, almost a minute after Princeton had pulled goaltender Colton Phinney (31 saves) for a sixth attacker. The Tigers outshot the Raiders, 55-34, on the night, including 36-15 over the final two periods of regulation, although Colgate had nine of the 17 shots on goal in overtime.

Colgate had taken a one game-to-none series lead with a 3-2 victory in overtime on Friday, on a goal by team captain Jake Kulevich. It was the 1,000th win in Colgate’s hockey history dating back to the men’s program’s very beginning in 1915. Saturday’s loss was the first suffered by Colgate senior netminder Charlie Finn (8-1-1) in 10 career games against the Tigers, and also snapped an equivalent unbeaten streak by the Raiders over Princeton that began in 2013.

Game Three will start at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday night. The other three first-round ECAC series have all been decided, with Quinnipiac, Yale and Clarkson advancing with two-step sweeps of Brown, Dartmouth and Rensselaer, respectively. A  Colgate win on Sunday will send the Raiders to top-seeded Harvard next weekend, while a Princeton victory will dispatch the Tigers to second-seeded Union.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Former NCAA Players Dealt at NHL Deadline

The 2017 NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and once again a number of former NCAA players changed professional addresses over the past week.

The biggest coup was probably defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (Boston University) going from the St. Louis Blues to the league-leading Washington Capitals, along with Brad Malone (North Dakota).  Also regarding blueliners, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (Wisconsin) was dealt to the New York Rangers, while the Rangers’ Mathew Bodie (Union) was sent to the Buffalo Sabres. Greg Pateryn (Michigan) was dispatched from the Montreal Canadiens to the Dallas Stars, while Ron Hainsey (UMass Lowell) joined the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes. The rights to Philip Samuelsson (Boston College) are headed to Carolina from Montreal, while those of Steven Oleksy (Lake Superior State) went from Pittsburgh to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michael Kostka (Massachusetts) is headed from the Ottawa Senators to the Calgary Flames.

Among forwards updating their zip codes, Thomas Vanek (Minnesota) went to the Florida Panthers from the Detroit Red Wings. Brian Boyle (Boston College) left the Tampa Bay Lightning for Toronto, while Viktor Stalberg (Vermont) left Carolina for Ottawa.  Going to St. Louis as part of the Shattenkirk deal was Washington forward Zach Sanford (Boston College), while Patrick Eaves (Boston College) was shipped to the Anaheim Ducks by Dallas. Minnesota Wild forward Grayson Downing (New Hampshire) is now property of the Arizona Coyotes, and Danny Kristo (North Dakota) went from to Carolina to Pittsburgh in the Hainsey trade. Drew Stafford (North Dakota), formerly a member of the Winnipeg Jets, will now suit up for the Boston Bruins, and Spencer Abbott (Maine) of the Chicago Blackhawks saw himself dealt to Anaheim. Justin Fontaine (Minnesota-Duluth) is off to the Edmonton Oilers from the Rangers. Joe Whitney (Boston College) was sent from the Colorado Avalanche to Arizona.

Concerning goaltenders, Ben Bishop (Maine) went from Tampa Bay to the Los Angeles Kings, while Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) went from St. Louis to Washington in the Shattenkirk transaction. Adam Wilcox (Minnesota) was shipped from Tampa Bay to the Florida Panthers, in exchange for fellow netminder Mike McKenna (St. Lawrence), while Joe Cannata (Merrimack) joined Colorado from Washington.

A full list of trades can be found here. The 2016-17 NHL regular season will conclude on Sunday, April 9.