VIDEO: McQuaid’s wipeout leads to Lightning 2-on-0, goal

Adam McQuaid had a long skate back to the Boston Bruins' bench Sunday after an embarrassing fall led to a Tampa Bay Lightning goal.

The veteran defenseman lost his balance with nobody near him as he received a pass at the point. His slip opened the door for a two-on-zero between Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn, which they executed to perfection for Callahan's ninth goal of the season.

While McQuaid reminded all hockey fans that ice is, indeed, slippery, one Twitter user discovered another possible cause for the blown tire.

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NHL Evening Rumor Mill – February 28, 2016

Check out the latest rumors heading into Monday’s NHL trade deadline.  TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO COULD MOVE BY THE DEADLINE. USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists Boston Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and right wing Radim Vrbata, Tampa Bay left wing Jonathan Drouin, right wing Mikkel Boedker, Calgary Flames blueliner Kris […]

3 reasons Eric Staal makes sense for the Rangers

After months of trade speculation, the New York Rangers won the Eric Staal sweepstakes Sunday, acquiring the star forward from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for two second-round picks and prospect Aleksi Saarela.

As the 31-year-old leaves brother Jordan in Raleigh to join brother Marc on Broadway, here are three reasons that Eric makes sense for the Blueshirts:

Offensive depth

With the addition of the eldest Staal, the Rangers' top-nine forwards look a whole lot scarier to any potential playoff opponents. Head coach Alain Vigneault will have a lot of options to consider once Rick Nash returns from injury, given Staal's ability to play center or wing.

Although he's on pace for his lowest-scoring season since his rookie year, if the trade "rejuvenates" Staal the way general manager Jeff Gorton hopes, it could spell danger for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Potential lines

LW C RW
Staal Stepan Nash
Miller Brassard Zuccarello
Hayes Lindberg Kreider
Fast Moore Stalberg

A Staal-Stepan-Nash line would be a potential terror for opposing defenses and could also allow Chris Kreider to thrive in a third-line role while keeping the current Miller-Brassard-Zuccarello unit intact.

The final quarter of the regular season should see the Rangers use a number of different line configurations, which will give Vigneault more than enough time to sort out his deep, balanced attack.

Flexibility

As mentioned, Staal's ability to play the wing can allow the Rangers to keep Stepan and Brassard, both locked up through 2019, in their current top-six roles at center.

But another asset Staal brings to New York is a 53.7 faceoff percentage, which trails only Dominic Moore on the roster this season.

Player FO%
Moore 55.8
Staal 53.7
Brassard 51.1
Lindberg 49.3
Stepan 46.6
Miller 41.5
Hayes 35.3

While he may spend the majority of his time on the wing, bringing in a man who has won the majority of his draws for five consecutive seasons is an important add for the Rangers: They rank 24th in the league at the faceoff dot, and dead last among teams in playoff position.

If Stepan's struggles in the circle continue, Staal could make a massive difference in late-game situations.

Win-now mode

As general manager Jeff Gorton alluded to Sunday, this trade is about today and not the future.

While it's uncertain whether their newest forward will stay at Madison Square Garden after this season, the Rangers already have four key forwards, three defensemen, and star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist locked up through at least 2018.

But after giving up a pair of first-rounders in 2014 for Martin St. Louis, the Rangers are without a selection in the opening round of the draft for the fourth consecutive year this June, casting doubt on how long their championship window can remain open.

Without a bevy of prospects to look forward to in the near future, the Rangers must remain competitive while Lundqvist continues to play a high level. Adding a productive veteran with a Cup ring to the dressing room has put them in a great position to make their second finals run in three years.

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Report: Leafs, Islanders discussing Parenteau deal

The New York Islanders might be getting some help from an old friend for their potential playoff run.

"There's some back and forth" between the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs regarding forward P.A. Parenteau, TSN's Gary Lawless tweeted Sunday.

He added that the Islanders aren't willing to pay the Maple Leafs' current asking price - a second-round draft pick.

After seven years of toiling in the AHL, Parenteau's first two full NHL seasons were his most productive, playing alongside center John Tavares. He scored 53 points in 2010-11 and posted a career-best 67 points in 2011-12, then signed as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche the following offseason.

The winger has recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in 60 games with the Maple Leafs this season, and has already expressed his desire to re-sign in Toronto if he's moved prior to the deadline.

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Bruins willing to keep Eriksson past deadline without extension

The largest question surrounding the Boston Bruins heading into the trade deadline has been whether they'll trade forward Loui Eriksson or sign him to an extension.

But now it appears they may go a different, and riskier, direction.

General manager Don Sweeney told reporters Sunday that the Bruins would have no issue with holding onto Eriksson through the trade deadline without having him signed to a contract extension, according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty. Sweeney hopes he could hang on to the Swede for a playoff run.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that contract negotiations were in "slow motion," though the forward has brought his price down since his original ask.

The 30-year-old is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are tied with the Bruins for second in the Atlantic Division with one game in hand.

Eriksson has 48 points in 62 games this season, his most productive campaign since 2012.

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