NHL News: Rangers trade Brendan Lemieux to Kings, Brad Marchand lands on COVID list, and Frederik Andersen return “not imminent”

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Mar 19, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) exchanges words with New York Rangers left wing Brendan Lemieux (48) in the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired gritty winger Brendan Lemieux from the Rangers for a fourth round pick. This should help L.A. as they try and fight their way back into a playoff spot. As for the Blueshirts they need to make room for not only Vitali Kravtsov but also for returning players like Phil Di Giuseppe and Brett Howden off COVID protocol.

New York is also carrying three goalies again, and I have learned they plan on bringing up prized prospect Morgan Barron in the neat future.

Lemieux was signed this summer to a two year deal and was possibly going to have to be exposed to the Seattle Kraken in expansion. He has 7 points in 30 games on the season. The 25 year-old left wing has 59 penalty minutes and plays a rugged but sometimes undisciplined game.

NHL News: Brad Marchand missed win against Buffalo; on COVID list

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Mar 15, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins just beat the Sabres 3-2 today and certainly missed Brad Marchand. He is on the COVID protocol list and could miss several games. This was the first one he’s missed all year. Marchand is a key player for Boston with 34 points in 29 games.

NHL News: Maple Leafs may be without Frederik Andersen for a bit longer

Recently it was reported that Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen would be out a week, but according to head coach Sheldon Keefe his return is “not imminent.”

“No real update yet, one should be coming,” Keefe said. “He’s had some different examinations and different things he’s had looked at. He’s not been on the ice, so his return is not imminent here, but I expect we will have an update on that in the coming days.”

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Jack Campbell is currently acting as the team’s number one goalie.