Around the NHL: Feb. 19
Big trades? Outdoor hockey? This week had all of that and more.
Carolina Takes the Stadium Series from Washington
In a game that had the atmosphere of the Super Bowl, the Carolina Hurricanes took the Stadium Series game from the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Feb. 18.
The game was played at Carter-Finley Stadium, where North Carolina State University plays football, but the field was turned into a winter wonderland for the spectacle.
The outdoor game had a great atmosphere, including a Carolina Storm Surge and performance by musical guest Jake Owen, but it was the performance on the ice that gave Hurricanes fans a thrill.
Teuvo Teravainen set up Jesperi Kotkaniemi two minutes in for an early Carolina lead, and Paul Stastny scored in the second period for a 2-0 Hurricanes lead.
Then, Marty Necas and Teravainen scored again to open up the Carolina lead to 4-0. Washington didn’t go unanswered though with a Tom Wilson goal in the third period to make the score 4-1.
The Hurricanes remain in first place in the Metro at 37-10-8, while the Capitals remain in sixth at 28-24-6.
Ryan O’Reilly Traded to Toronto in a Three-Team Deal
In their second trade in under two weeks, the St. Louis Blues sent Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Mikhail Abramov, Adam Gaudette, Toronto’s first and second-round picks and the Ottawa Senator’s third-round pick.
Additionally, the Minnesota Wild sent Josh Pillar to Toronto for the 2025 fourth-round draft pick.
St. Louis will retain 50% of O’Reilly’s pay while Minnesota will retain an additional 25%.
This deal can give Toronto the veteran edge they need to fight for their place in the Atlantic Division behind the first-place Boston Bruins.
Tyler Motte Traded to New York
On Feb. 19, the New York Rangers announced they traded Julien Gauthier to the Ottawa Senators for Tyler Motte.
Motte had a brief stint in New York after he was traded from Vancouver in March but ended up in Ottawa last-minute at the start of this season.
Motte will likely play on the last line in New York and will be a huge help on the penalty kill.
Rasmus Andersson Update
Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson said he was “lucky to be alive” after a freak accident on Feb. 8.
On his way to dinner, Andersson was riding a scooter when he was struck by a vehicle. He was taken to a Detroit hospital before being released.
He returned to the ice for Calgary’s loss to Detroit on Feb. 17 with an assist.
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