Backstrom has had his own journey, his own ups and downs, triumphs and despairs. No career is perfect, not even a Hall-of-Fame one. But as you think back on your own life since 2007, the changes, good and bad, the chances taken and missed, the goodbyes, temporary or permanent, Backstrom and the Capitals were always there in the background piling memories on top of each other like coral for those who cared enough to watch night after night the way sports fans do.
GM Julien BriseBrois cautioned reporters several times this season that his team would have a hard time achieving anything at the trade deadline, given they had no cap space to work with. Star winger Nikita Kucherov is on long-term injured reserve all season, and is expected to return for the playoffs.Pittsburgh Penguins
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Instead of chasing an older, possibly less reliable defenseman via a trade that might cost futures, Mete would merely gobble up a roster spot and minimal cap space. Seems like a decent bet for a team that could use a stable, young defenseman. (Scrolls through list) that would apply to … most teams? All of them?Buffalo Sabres
The Blues didn't do anything at the trade deadline. That means GM Doug Armstrong viewed a trio of pending free agents -- Tyler Bozak, Mike Hoffman and Jaden Schwartz -- as more valuable to the team's playoff hopes than draft picks would be for the future.Toronto Maple Leafs
Cooper said the team should know within the next 24 hours whether the latest injury is related to the core muscle issue that kept Stamkos out of all but one playoff game last season for the Stanley Cup champions.
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"She was just that kid in the rink that everybody knew because she just had this radiating positivity, bubbliness, whatever you want to call it, everywhere she went,'' said Lyndsey Fry, the Coyotes' director of external engagement and female hockey. "She was a memorable kid.''Vegas Golden Knights
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