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SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations.
Originally drafted by San Jose in the ninth round (219th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft, the 39-year old Nabokov holds nearly every San Jose Sharks franchise goaltending record, including: games played (563), wins (154) and shutouts (50).
Nabokov will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career on Wednesday, February 11 at SAP Center at Noon. More information to follow.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
St. Louis Blues: After a scorching stretch during which they won 12 of 13 games, the Blues are looking a little more human as of late -- and tired. That’s what coach Ken Hitchcock suggested to reporters after his team dropped Sunday’s game 4-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis has lost two straight, though the Blues trail the conference-leading Predators by only four points.
Avalanche power play: Colorado’s scoring woes continue, as the Avs were shut out for the second time in three games, and their power play remains a major culprit in their anemic offense. With a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the Avs came up short on all three opportunities on the man-advantage, extending their drought to 0-for-27 over the past nine games. Ouch.
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What to watch for
Open for business: With the Senators struggling mightily and the franchise intent on pinching pennies, we might see quite a bit of action in Ottawa in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. According to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, gritty forward Chris Neil is drawing a fair amount of interest, though he may not be the only Senator on the move. Names like David Legwand, Marc Methot and Chris Phillips will be bandied about in trade talks as well, no doubt.
Rangers' plans: Four years ago, Rangers backup goaltender Martin Biron broke his collarbone right before the trade deadline, forcing general manager Glen Sather to scrap his original plans and scour the market for a suitable replacement. Sather balked at the prices and called up Talbot instead. This year, however, he won’t be under that same tight time constraint if in fact the Rangers decide to seek out goaltending help with Lundqvist’ status up in the air.
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NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2015) – Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry and Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 8.
from Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated,
To: Division I Hockey Prospect
From: Unauthorized Arizona State Recruiting Coordinator
I hope you are enjoying another lovely winter in Saskatchewan. I see the temperature has risen to –20º Celsius and the latest blizzard only dropped a foot of snow. Congratulations. It sounds like you may get to see the sun by Easter.
I understand you are receiving loads of letters like this from all the major college hockey programs in the U.S. You have probably visited their enchanting campuses in Grand Forks, N.D.; Mankato, Minn.; and Lowell, Mass. I’ve been meaning to take the family to Lowell for vacation.
Recruiters from the established powers will try to sell you on their rich traditions. All we have to offer, they claim, are these tiresome 75º February days and tedious spring-break-style pool parties. But before you sign up for four years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, let me kick off my flip-flops and tell you a little about Arizona State hockey. I’ll keep this short. I know you’re going ice fishing today—catch that walleye!—and I have a tee time beckoning at TPC Scottsdale.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
With the Washington Capitals unlikely to trade potential unrestricted free agent Mike Green, the Toronto Maple Leafs' Franson is the most desirable rental player for contenders seeking a defenseman with offensive know-how.
With 31 points in 52 games, Franson is having his best season. He is 6-5 and a right-hand shot, which adds to his attractiveness.
The Maple Leafs have tried to re-sign Franson, but he likely will test free agency. Franson undoubtedly is looking at Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen's seven-year, $40.25 million contract and thinking he will do as well or better.
The Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning are among the teams looking to upgrade their defense or plug a hole caused by injury.
Other players who could be dealt before the deadline:
2. Center Antoine Vermette (Arizona Coyotes): With a limited number of proven centers available, 6-1 Vermette might be the most desirable forward. He's a two-way center and a top faceoff man, a perfect fit for a team looking to bolster its forward group for the postseason.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Huge sigh of relief in Winnipeg as the Jets finally put an end to a six-game winless streak, and ending that happened to coincide with the tempestuous departure of Evander Kane, first from the team in Vancouver after an altercation with teammates and then the team in general as a shoulder injury that will require surgery has cost him the remainder of the season.
The Jets managed to take a step beyond the controversy by beating the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, winning 5-3 after blowing open a close game with a four-goal second period. The two points helps the Jets strengthen their grip on the first wild card spot in the Western Conference and should help the team regain some equilibrium.
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff still has to figure out what to do with Kane, or rather when is the most opportune time to dispose of Kane for good. In the meantime, the Jets have something called 'the playoffs' to consider.
read on for more topics from the ESPN hockey writers, including LeBrun on Boston/Montreal
FORSBERG LIFTS PREDATORS BACK INTO FIRST PLACE
Filip Forsberg scored the tying goal with 4:43 remaining in regulation and then potted the decisive marker in the fourth round of the shootout to power the Predators to their fourth win in their past five contests.
* At 35-12-6 (76 points), the Predators leapfrogged the Ducks (34-13-7, 75 points) – who lost on Sunday – to reclaim first place in the NHL standings. They also widened their lead in the Central Division, moving four points ahead of the Blues (34-15-4, 72 points) – who also lost on Sunday.
* Forsberg posted his 18th tally of the season to tie Alexander Radulov’s franchise record for goals by a rookie (18-19—37 in 2006-07). Forsberg paces all rookies in goals, assists (30) and points (48) this season, including points in five straight outings (1-5—6).
* Forsberg improved to 2-for-6 (33.3%) all-time in shootouts. Both of his goals have been decisive markers, with the other also coming in the fourth round of a 3-2 win vs. FLA (on Nov. 22 at NSH).
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