The World Championships have begun:
Matt Murray gave up two goals, including one presumptive second overall pick (and future New York Ranger) Kaapo Kakko on a breakaway. Canada ended up losing 3-1 to Finland. [TSN.ca]
Evgeni Malkin took his “flat out refusal to play intelligent hockey” (according to some corners of the Pittsburgh media, anyways) and tallied two assists in Russia’s 5-2 win over Norway, both nice passes from behind the net. [TSN.ca]
Patric Hornqvist and his Swedish teammates fell 5-2 to the Czechs. Hornqvist scored a goal in the loss with a nice second effort on the backhand.
Host Slovakia pulled a 4-1 win over the United States.
Columbus has three of the top-four free agents, including Artemi Panarin who will be looking to break the $10 million a year salary mark this summer. [TSN.ca]
Finishing up with CBJ — now that its run is over, here’s a look at if the bold moves made at the deadline were worth it. [Jackets Cannon]
In Detroit, J.J. and Peter banter a bit about the legacy of Ken Holland and how things have ended there. [Winging it in Motown]
Is Shayne Gostisbehere going to be on the trade block this summer? [Broad Street Hockey]
And from St. Louis, “Joe Thornton deserves nothing.” Hooo baby, let’s get it going! [STL Gametime]
A large part of the STL/SJ bad blood stems from Thornton’s 2010 concussing hit on David Perron, which Perron says affected his life in a major way. [NHL.com]
Back in the east, trade deadline additions Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson are paying dividends for Boston. [NHL.com]
After scoring 60 points in 64 AHL games for Hershey, Pittsburgh native Riley Barber is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and seems to be looking to move on from the Capitals’ organization that only gave him three total NHL games in four seasons. [NBC]