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Canucks goalie Miller eager to face Sabres

Friday, 01.30.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVERVancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller will be extra cautious facing the Buffalo Sabres for the first time on Friday.

Buffalo picked Miller in the fifth round (No. 138) in the 1999 NHL Draft, and Miller played his first 12 seasons in the Sabres organization before he was traded to the St. Louis Blues late last season. The 34-year-old goaltender expects to feel a little awkward playing against his former team for the first time.

"It's going to be a little bit strange," said Miller, who signed a three-year free agent contract in Vancouver last summer. "I will pay special attention not to pass the puck towards the Buffalo symbol."

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Super 16: Class of 2003 further solidifying its status

Friday, 01.30.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend doubled as a class reunion.

Eleven members of the NHL Draft Class of 2003 were in Columbus, and a 12th was originally selected but could not participate because of injury. That's more than double any other draft class, and another example of the exemplary talent that extraordinary draft cycle produced.

"We actually talked about that on the bus," Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said on All-Star media day. "Guys were asking what draft other guys were in and who was in that draft, and we've got a lot of good players from that draft. It is pretty cool."

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Canucks acquire Adam Clendening

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 11:02 PM / News

VancouverCanucks.com

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Adam Clendening from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Gustav Forsling.

Clendening, 22, has split the 2014.15 season with the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs. He collected two points (1-1-2) in four games with Chicago and 13 points (1-12-13) in 38 games with Rockford. In 2013.14 he was named an AHL First Team All-Star and, in 2012.13, was named a second team AHL All-Star and Rockford’s Rookie of the Year.

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Former Devils remember Brodeur 'as a winner'

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 4:53 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Retired New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko, affectionately called "Mr. Devil" by many fans, watched with interest the retirement announcement by good friend and former teammate Martin Brodeur at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.

One thing immediately struck him.

"I didn't see the New Jersey Devils logo in the background," Daneyko said with a grin. "It was a little awkward, I'm not going to lie. I guess I'm a little selfish. I would have liked to have seen the big Devils logo back there.

"Maybe down the road we will see Marty in front of the Devils logo because this was a subdued press conference [in St. Louis]. We're going to have, more sooner than later, the retirement night and jersey raising to the rafters. Maybe then we'll be able to soak in a little more about what Marty meant to the New Jersey Devils and the career he had."

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AHL to feature five California teams for 2015-16

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

There will be five American Hockey League franchises in California for the start of the 2015-16 season to form a new Pacific Division, league president David Andrews announced Thursday.

The announcement was made in San Jose, where the Worchester Sharks will move to and play at SAP Center along with their parent club, the San Jose Sharks.

"We are thrilled to bring the AHL to California, and continue the growth of the game on the West Coast," Andrews said.

Affiliates for the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings will join the Sharks in California. Anaheim's affiliate will be in San Diego. Calgary's affiliate will move to Stockton. Edmonton's affiliate will play in Bakersfield. Los Angeles' AHL and ECHL affiliates will effectively switch leagues, with Ontario joining the AHL and Manchester moving into the ECHL.

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President Obama to honor Kings at White House

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 3:21 PM / News

NHL.com

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings will be honored by President Barack Obama on Monday during a visit to the White House. The visit will continue the tradition started by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

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Brodeur retires, named senior adviser to Blues GM

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 2:22 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Goalie Martin Brodeur ended his playing career the same way he started it: with a big smile on his face.

Brodeur, who established some of the greatest goaltending records in NHL history, including 691 wins and 125 shutouts, announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday after a 22-year career, which included a brief stint with the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur will immediately join their front office as senior adviser to general manager Doug Armstrong.

When Brodeur, who spent the first 21 years of his career with the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup three times, signed a one-year, $700,000 contract in December that included incentives, he said he wasn't ready to let go of the game that meant so much to him.

As he stood at the podium with a suit and tie inside the Bud Light Zone at Scottrade Center, it was evident he finally had closure, even though there was the sense Brodeur feels like he can still play if needed.

"This is a great day for me," Brodeur said. "… This is something I've been thinking about for a long time. This is a great opportunity that the St. Louis Blues organization, (owner) Tom Stillman and Doug Armstrong are giving me and trusting me in doing. … This is going to be a great challenge for me."

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Finding the next Brodeur

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

It wasn't just the individual records. It wasn't just the Stanley Cups. It wasn't just the international accolades, the sprawling saves in the crease or his ability to handle the puck outside of the blue paint.

Part of what made Martin Brodeur so great was that he was great consistently. From his rookie season, which he capped by winning the Calder Trophy in 1994, to around 2010, you knew what you were going to get from Brodeur: consistent excellence.

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Brodeur's career timeline full of milestones, memories

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 11:50 AM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

There are plenty of superlatives to describe the career of Martin Brodeur, but one word that seems to stick out is longevity.

Brodeur was around professional hockey for parts of three decades and two centuries, leaving his footprint on the game again and again. His tour of the professional hockey world lasted 24 years in total, and here are some of the most important dates and moments from that journey.

June 16, 1990: The New Jersey Devils select Brodeur with the 20th pick in the NHL Draft, held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

March 26, 1992: Brodeur makes his NHL debut and picks up his first victory in a 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins. Brodeur saved 24 of the 26 shots he faced.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Jan. 28

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 9:40 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

HOLTBY BACKSTOPS WASHINGTON TO SHUTOUT OF PITTSBURGH

Braden Holtby saved all 27 shots he faced to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals improved to 25-14-9 (59 points) and passed the idle New York Rangers to take sole possession of third in the Metropolitan Division standings. The Capitals also improved to 11-3-4 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season and 19-7-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. With the victory, Washington has earned a point in 19 of its past 22 games against opponents from the Eastern Conference (14-3-5).

* The Capitals have earned a point in 20 of their past 24 games (15-4-5) and a point in 10 consecutive home games (8-0-2) dating to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 11, 2014. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Washington earned a point in 10 or more home games was from Oct. 23-Nov. 28, 2010 where it posted a record of 9-0-1 through 10 games on home ice.

* Holtby's career-high fifth shutout of the season improved his record to 23-10-8 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage, with his 23 victories tying a career-high. Two of Holtby's five shutouts this season have been earned against Pittsburgh; he led the Capitals to a 3-0 win against the Penguins on Dec. 27, 2014. Among NHL goaltenders this season, Holtby is tied for second in shutouts and sixth in wins and ranks seventh in save percentage and eighth in GAA.

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Quote of the Day

This is a great day for me. This is something I've been thinking about for a long time. This is a great opportunity that the St. Louis Blues organization, (owner) Tom Stillman and Doug Armstrong are giving me and trusting me in doing...This is going to be a great challenge for me.

— Martin Brodeur, after announcing his retirement as an NHL player and becoming a senior adviser with the Blues on Thursday