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Babcock Leaves Detroit for Toronto

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is reportedly worth an astounding $50 million over eight years.

Babcock’s future was in limbo since Detroit was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs, and had been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.

According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Red Wings offered Babcock a four-year, $13 million contract, which would have made Babcock the NHL’s highest paid coach.

Sabres Could Move Additional 2015 1st Round Pick

Louis Jean of TVA Sports reports that Sabres’ GM Tim Murray has told other GMs that the Sabres might trade their remaining 1st round pick that isn’t their own.

The Sabres originally had three 2015 first round picks — their own, the Islanders’ (acquired in the Thomas Vanek trade), and the Blues’ (acquired in the Ryan Miller trade). The lowest of those picks was moved in the Evander Kane trade earlier this season.

Canadiens Acquire Mitchell from Sabres

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Torrey Mitchell from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a prospect and draft pick.

The Montreal native Mitchell will provide the team with the forward depth that is needed for a deep run in the playoffs.

Chris Stewart Traded to Minnesota

Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

Chris Stewart has been traded to Minnesota in exchange for a 2017 2nd round pick.

Stewart has been bandied around in trade rumors since he’s gone to Buffalo in the Ryan Miller trade. In 61 games this season, Stewart has 11 goals and 14 assists.

Michael Russo reports that the Sabres are retaining half of Stewart’s contract.

Islanders Acquire Neuvirth

The New York Islanders have acquired goaltender Michal Neuvirth from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for goaltender Chad Johnson and a third round pick in 2016.

The acquisition of Neuvirth, 26, will allow the Islanders to rest Jaroslav Halak more down the stretch of the regular season and provide the team with depth should Halak struggle during the playoffs.

Insider Trading: Vermette, Blackhawks, Capitals, Leafs, Bruins, Petry

From February 26th’s TSN Insider Trading:

Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks definitely want to use the money available from placing Patrick Kane on LTIR on a player with to term on his contract beyond this season. He says, at this point, the Hawks are the most interested team in making a deal before the deadline, and that Antoine Vermette is the player most in demand throughout the league. The Blackhawks are seriously interested in Vermette, but also Curtis Glencross and Cam Atkinson.

Pierre Lebrun reports that Capitals are interested in Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross and Joffrey Lupul.

Darren Dreger says there’s no guarantee that any of Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf or Tyler Bozak are traded before the deadline, there is “a lot of interest and activity” surrounding the trio.

Pierre Lebrun says the Boston Bruins have been looking for a winger for over a month. They’ve been in on Chris Stewart for a while now. They are also interested in Erik Cole, Cam Atkinson and Curtis Glencross.

Darren Dreger says a Jeff Petry trade talks haven’t produced a satisfactory offer as of yet, and re-signing is unlikely at this point, so GM Craig MacTavish continues to wait.

Bruins Likely Interested in Erik Cole

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Pierre Lebrun reports that Erik Cole is a name on the Bruins’ shopping list should the Dallas Stars decide to sell.

Cole, 36, has 18 goals and 14 assists in 56 games with the Stars in 2013-14.

Lebrun says the Bruins are also interested in Chris Stewart and Cam Atkinson, but the prices remain high for their liking.

Stars Acquire Jhonas Enroth

The Stars have acquired Jhonas Enroth from the Sabres for Anders Lindback and a conditional third round pick.

Pierre Lebrun reports the conditional 3rd is for the 2016 draft, and that the pick will become a 2nd if Enroth wins 4 playoff games for the Stars.


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