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Rangers' Nash among best pure goal-scorers

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Game after game, New York Rangers radio broadcaster Dave Maloney talks about Rick Nash's ability to check the puck back, to play on the inside, in front or behind the net, to dart around the slot, and to find a way to make a play with the puck in tight despite his size that results in a goal.

Rarely does Maloney have to look around for people helping Nash do what he does, even though they are there. Rarely does Maloney have to give credit to someone else for creating the opportunity for Nash, even though every player needs a little bit of assistance.

"A lot of what Nash gets is the result of what he does," Maloney told NHL.com. "[Derick] Brassard and [Derek] Stepan are smart, really good puck movers, but you could have an all-time puck mover play with Nash and he'd be the same as he is right now."

That makes Nash the most unique goal-scorer in the League and his ability to connect this season has put him in the conversation with Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos as the best pure goal-scorers in the League.

Price carrying Canadiens, leads race for Hart Trophy

Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With three-quarters of the 2014-15 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders.

A goalie has won the Hart Trophy seven times in the 90-year history of the award. It hasn't happened since the 2001-02 season, when Jose Theodore took home hardware for being the main reason a subpar Montreal Canadiens team made the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Though it's obviously rare, if the NHL handed out the trophy today for the most valuable player, it would go to, or at least it should go to another Canadiens goalie.

Predators' Fisher enjoying new role as father

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 11:50 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher admits there's nothing better than being a father for the first time.

Fisher and his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood, announced on Tuesday the birth of their first child on Feb. 27, Isaiah Michael Fisher.

After discussing what went wrong in Nashville's 3-1 loss against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday, the 34-year-old veteran was all smiles when asked about the birth of his son.

Kucherov settles in, surges during second season

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 4:25 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA – Before Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov could enjoy the success he has had during his second season in the NHL, he had to go through the growing pains of being a rookie.

After scoring his first career NHL goal on his first shot, Kucherov's rookie season featured everything someone might expect a 20-year-old from Russia to go through. He had scoring droughts, he was the target of physical play and he dealt with the natural culture shock of being in a new place.

On the surface Kucherov's rookie season was a slight disappointment. He had nine goals and nine assists in 52 games. His struggles were magnified when he became a healthy scratch for two games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But Lightning coach Jon Cooper said it was a valuable learning experience that he needed.

"He dealt with a lot of adversity as a rookie," Cooper said. "He took a lot of lumps and he learned some important lessons. He came out strong and I think he felt like he was going to score all the time, and that's the mentality of most scorers. But it didn't happen and he had to learn how to create opportunities for himself and a big part of that was improving his play without the puck."

Flames' Gaudreau relishes homecoming, facing Flyers

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 3:50 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The stands were crowded with fans and media, watching every shot, every pass, every lap on the ice turned by Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau on Tuesday.

And that was just for the morning skate.

Gaudreau has been the center of attention since Saturday when the Flames arrived in Philadelphia. The 21-year-old grew up just across the Delaware River in Carneys Point, N.J., and the rookie's return to the Delaware Valley has seen him treated like a hero.

"It's been exciting getting the chance to come home," Gaudreau said after the Flames morning skate Tuesday. "I think this is one of the biggest breaks we've had in our season throughout the whole season [and] I'm fortunate it's here in Philly where I get to go home and get home-cooked meals and sleep in my own bed. See my little sister who I haven't seen, see my older sister who is due in a couple days for her first kid. Just a great time to be home right now."

Red Wings address needs in acquiring Zidlicky, Cole

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 2:56 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have been seeking a veteran, right-handed shooting defenseman who can provide some offense since the end of last season.

They were unable to pick one up in free agency last summer and could not work out a trade for such a player prior to the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

But despite having an entire defensive corps of left-handed shooters for most of the season -- Alexey Marchenko, a right-hand shot, was called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and played a few games recently -- Detroit has a 35-15-11 record, good for 81 points and third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Red Wings' play and development over the season and their 4-1-1 record on a just-completed six-game western road trip, convinced general manager Ken Holland his team had earned the opportunity to get a little help from the outside.

Leopold joins Wild, discusses daughter's letter

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- New Minnesota Wild defenseman Jordan Leopold has had an emotional 24 hours. It will be capped off Tuesday when Leopold makes his debut with his hometown Wild against the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center.

"This is up there. This is home to me and this is pretty special," Leopold said. "I got the phone call [Monday] from [Columbus Blue Jackets general manager] Jarmo [Kekalainen] and didn't know what to make of it. I've always dreamed of it and knew it was possible, but the fact that it becomes reality tonight is something special."

Leopold met his family at the airport Monday night, where he said he had an emotional reunion with his wife Jamie and four children.

His oldest daughter Jordyn, who turns 11 next month, has become a national sensation for the letter she wrote to Minnesota Wild coaches in January, asking them to trade for her father so he could come home.

Rutherford's series of trades puts stamp on Penguins

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- These are Jim Rutherford's Pittsburgh Penguins.

Through nine months with Rutherford as their general manager, the Penguins are nearly unrecognizable beyond their core, which remains the same as it has been during any season in recent memory. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin remain the top two centers, Kris Letang continues his role as the standout defenseman and Marc-Andre Fleury calls the crease at Consol Energy Center home.

Not much else is the same. Under Rutherford, the Penguins have added forwards David Perron, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau Steve Downie, Daniel Winnik and Maxim Lapierre, defensemen Christian Ehrhoff, Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy, and goalie Thomas Greiss.

"We feel we've strengthened our defense after going through the process of our forwards, getting more balance and depth up front," Rutherford said. "So this is our team."

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Value in recent deals

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

UPDATED TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

Moves on the blue line stole the show over the 24 hours leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline, but fantasy owners shouldn't lose sight of deals involving forwards in recent days, even if they're not garnering much attention.

Trades involving Keith Yandle and James Wisniewski will have sizable impacts on depth charts for the New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks, mostly in regards to the power-play equation. But when you consider each defenseman is owned in the vast majority of Yahoo Fantasy leagues, the implications only concern those who own them.

Avalanche's McLeod, Landeskog fined for actions at end of Feb. 28 game vs. Wild

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 10:00 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- Colorado Avalanche forwards Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each have been fined the maximum amounts allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for their respective actions during the final seconds of NHL Game No. 930 in Denver on Saturday, February 28, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

McLeod has been fined $3,091.40 for entering the game on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Directly off a face-off at center ice, McLeod launched into a bodycheck against Minnesota center Mikael Granlund and then engaged in a fight with Wild forward Charlie Coyle. McLeod was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major penalty for fighting and a misconduct penalty.

Landeskog has been fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu while both players were on their respective benches with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Landeskog was assessed a misconduct penalty.

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I think when you build a team, you look at pairs, and I think the pair of [Voracek and Giroux] is very good, certainly one of the top pairs in the League.

— Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek after giving Voracek a multiyear extension Thursday