There’s nothing quite like watching the first game after a trade deadline and feeling real, genuine confidence in your GM and team. Especially when the team across the bench made all the wrong moves.
We’re still in the acclimation period, so it may be a few games before we see what these post-trade deadline teams are really going to look like down the stretch. There’s kinks to be worked out, line combinations to try, and of course, putting away a few post-trade goals.
Our friend Tommy Wingels did just that, having himself a two point night (one goal, one assist) with the Boston Bruins in their 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina. A Pacific Division pick up, Ryan Reaves, made an impact in his first game with the Golden Knights last night, but for all the wrong reasons. A nasty hit on Derek Forbort in Vegas’ 4-1 loss to L.A. makes the prospect of facing off against the Golden Knights again seem rather grim.
The Sharks have the night off, so we’ll see how other teams adjust to their new rosters.
Here’s today’s Sharks news and notes:
Kane makes immediate impression as Sharks win his debut | NBCS Bay Area
Evander Kane picked up a pair of points in his first game in teal, and the Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Decade after straightforward deal, Sharks make more complex splash | NBCS Bay Area
With Monday’s acquisition of Evander Kane, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson seemed to have learned from a deal that preceded it 10 years ago.
NHL: Evander Kane eager to make his San Jose Sharks debut
Evander Kane will make his Sharks debut Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers and will begin the game on a line with Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi
NHL: Evander Kane helps San Jose Sharks top Edmonton Oilers
Through 40 minutes, Kane also had two shots, three hits and two penalty minutes.
And here’s what you missed from around the league:
NHL trade deadline - Grading all 31 teams on moves, non-moves
Which teams made the wise moves to bolster their playoff chances (Jets) or jump-start a rebuild (Rangers)? Which teams missed big opportunities (ahem, Stars)? Here are the additions and subtractions for every club, along with a grade for their work.
Trade deadline over, NHL teams begin planning for their off-season moves | National Post
This should be a busier summer than usual as teams decide what to do with several legacy players like Karlsson, the Sedins and Toews
Vegas Golden Knights 'have something special going here'
Vegas might be an expansion team with a bevy of stray parts and expiring contracts, but it showed at the trade deadline that it's going all-in to win now -- much to the delight of star Jonathan Marchessault, who says: "I couldn't be happier playing here."
Pop-up hockey: How the NHL creates outdoor ice rinks for just one game - The Washington Post
What goes into laying down a sheet of ice on a grass field?
Rick Nash Trade: Analyzing the Rangers’ Acquisitions From Boston - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers acquired four pieces from the Bruins in return for Nash. Here is an in-depth look at what each brings the Rangers.
The Capitals Should Fire Barry Trotz - Japers' Rink
The cost-benefit analysis says it’s about time for the Caps to move on from their current bench boss.
This Is An Actual NHL Lineup - The Copper & Blue
Featuring Actual NHL Players
Six Points in Five Games: It’s been weeks since the Leafs had that pace - Pension Plan Puppets
How long does all this winning go on before it stops being a streak and becomes who the team is?
Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller Trade: Analyzing What the Rangers Got Back - Blueshirt Banter
Now that some time has passed, let’s break down each asset the Rangers acquired and how it relates to a rebuild that has now been made official.