UPDATE - Florida has dealt defenseman Michael Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour to Pittsburgh for winger Patric Hornqvist.
On Stamkos Return:
What an incredible hockey memory last night. We know he played under 3 minutes and may have re-injured it enough to keep him out the rest of the way, but seriously, the emotional lift that the captain gave his team during those two minutes and forty seconds was the stuff of legends. This is a player these guys obviously love and respect. A captain who a few years back stayed in Tampa and turned away bigger money in more prestigious markets.
As an aside, and this is purely a theory, but does anyone else wonder if Stamkos was re-injured when he was mobbed by his own teammates after his amazing goal? In the highlight below, watch around the 14-second point when he skates away excited after being congratulated, his leg looks like it buckles a bit, his stride is broken, and the expression on his face changes quickly.
Bruins interested in Canucks Virtanen (e4)....
Per a source, then Bruins and Canucks are working on a deal to send Jake Virtanen to Boston...No word on return as of yet...
Byfuglien and Montreal?
Told by a source that the Canadiens have been working Dustin Byfuglien to see if he could return for some time now. They aren't the only team (as reported by Andy Strickland) but of the teams I've spoken to, Montreal feels they may be closer than anyone else to getting it done. Sabres, Panthers, and Penguins are also possibilities....I will be adding Byfuglien to the rumor chart when I do my full update this afternoon...(It just feels empty without him on the chart....)