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Stamkos back for Lightning in wake of St. Louis trade

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:50 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos admitted Wednesday was a roller-coaster day.

It started with Stamkos being declared healthy enough to return to the lineup after missing 45 games with a broken tibia sustained Nov. 11 against the Boston Bruins. It continued with the announcement hours later that Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay's captain and leading scorer as well as Stamkos' linemate, had been traded to the New York Rangers.

The morning after, Stamkos was looking forward to his anticipated return to the Lightning lineup against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

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In the Cage: Trade deadline winners and losers

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

The NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday saw an unprecedented 11 members of the goalie union trade places before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Surprisingly, not a single goalie prospect (American Hockey League or otherwise) was involved in any of the transactions that took place, so a lot of fantasy rosters saw some significant changes.

To reflect on the trade fallout, we selected the top three fantasy goalie "winners" and "losers" and took a look at their potential usage for the remainder of the season.

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Lidstrom honored to be immortalized by Red Wings

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 10:39 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- It was a ritual Nicklas Lidstrom did before nearly every practice at Joe Louis Arena.

While stretching at center ice, the former Red Wings captain would look up to the rafters. First he'd spot the long string of Stanley Cup championship banners, which grew from seven to 11 during his 20-year NHL career.

Next he'd see the six red banners of players whose numbers were retired: Gordie Howe (9), Sid Abel (12), Ted Lindsay (7), Alex Delvecchio (10), Terry Sawchuk (1) and former teammate Steve Yzerman (19).

Thursday night, prior to the Red Wings facing the Colorado Avalanche (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US), Lidstrom's No. 5 will join them. A pre-game ceremony will officially remove his number from circulation for one of the League's storied franchises and he's still a little bit in awe of the whole thing.

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Daily Primer March 6: Stamkos returns for Lightning

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Martin St. Louis may be gone, but Steven Stamkos is back.

One day after the Tampa Bay Lightning traded their captain to the New York Rangers, their superstar center returns against the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday. Stamkos will be in the lineup for the first time since breaking his leg in a game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11. He has 14 goals in 17 games this season.

"I'm excited, a little anxious, a little nervous, everything all in one," Stamkos told the Lightning website Wednesday. "It's been a long road. It's been tough, but I think time heading in [to see the doctor] I was the most confident going in there knowing how I felt on the ice, off the ice, what I needed to do in order to get cleared to play, the tests I needed to go through, and everything felt great."

Here's a closer look at the action Thursday:

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Prospector Files: OHL draft-eligible All-Star team

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

A record 22 players representing the Canadian Hockey League were selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Of the 22 players, eight were from the Ontario Hockey League, including Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's by the Calgary Flames with the sixth pick. It wouldn't be too surprising to see a dramatic increase in first-round picks from the OHL this year when the draft takes place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27.

Over the next five weeks, Prospector Files will offer a First Team draft-eligible pick six at each position from the four major junior hockey leagues and one All European Team, beginning this week with the talent-laden OHL.

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Red Wings prepare to retire Lidstrom's No. 5

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The only thing that would make the Detroit Red Wings happier than seeing Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 go up to the rafters in Joe Louis Arena on Thursday is if the former captain came out of retirement to play against the Colorado Avalanche after the ceremony.

Jonathan Ericsson thinks he could do it too.

"He could probably come in and play today without even practicing, that's how good he is," Ericsson told NHL.com. "Well, to be realistic, maybe he'll need a few practices. But if he practiced for a week you wouldn't even know he was gone for a year and a half."

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Barbashev finding his way in North American game

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Ivan Barbashev never felt out of place or intimidated as the youngest member of the Russian National Junior Team at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden.

"I looked at it as my dream come true to play for my country, and wanted to use the experience to learn more and help my team win a medal," Barbashev told NHL.com.

Barbashev would help Russia win the bronze medal playing a third-line role, producing one goal, two points, a plus-1 rating and 12 shots on a line with Edmonton Oilers 2013 third-round draft pick Bogdan Yakimov. He didn't play much on the power play but did get plenty of opportunities on the penalty kill.

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St. Louis eager to begin new chapter with Rangers

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 11:40 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Although Martin St. Louis would call it only one of the reasons he eventually asked for a trade, the right wing strongly said Wednesday night that he first came to the realization he no longer wanted to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 7, the day he was left off Canada's initial Olympic roster.

St. Louis was with the Lightning for a game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre when his general manager and Canada executive director Steve Yzerman revealed the 25-man roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics at a press conference in Toronto. Even though St. Louis would eventually replace injured Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's gold-medal winning team, the feeling he had when Yzerman passed him over that day never went away.

"That day in Winnipeg was a tough day for me," St. Louis said. "I'm an emotional guy. But once the dust settled, I still felt strongly in what I wanted and what was best for me, the organization and my family."

Nearly two months later, Yzerman granted St. Louis' wish to be traded to the New York Rangers.

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'NHL Revealed' follows Crosby, Toews as foes

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 11:30 PM / NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Not even a week had passed since Canada celebrated a gold-medal victory against Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Six days, to be exact, were all that separated Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews from a shared championship and what turned out to be a very special night under the lights in Chicago.

Saturday at Soldier Field marked the first time Crosby and Toews faced each other in an NHL regular-season game, which Toews' Blackhawks won 5-1 against Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins in the final installment of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

When the puck dropped in Chicago, the Olympics seemed like a distant memory.

"Stay on your feet there, Sid," Toews chirps at Crosby.

"He can-opened me!" Crosby yells back.

"Wasn't he just your teammate the last two weeks?" someone asks Toews on the Blackhawks bench.

It's one of the memorable scenes from the sixth episode of "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other," which can be seen on NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

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Wild acquire forward Moulson from Sabres

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:50 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild acquired forward Matt Moulson in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Minnesota also received forward Cody McCormick for forward Torrey Mitchell, a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (previously acquired from the Winnipeg Jets), and a second-round pick in 2016.

Moulson was one of the top players expected to be available on NHL Trade Deadline day. He has 17 goals and 38 points in 55 games this season, which began with the New York Islanders before he was traded to the Sabres as part of a deal for Thomas Vanek in late October.


'I think the rumors out there had me traded about 300 times before the time I even got to Buffalo," Moulson told the Wild website Wednesday. "It's tough not to look at, but I'm extremely happy I ended up in Minnesota and thankful [for] everything the Sabres did for me this year, but it's great to be a part of the Wild."

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