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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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Unmasked: Old-school style helped Brodeur stand out

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Martin Brodeur's place among the top NHL goaltenders of all-time may be up for debate, but most in the goal-preventing world agree there will probably never be another like Brodeur, who retired Thursday after 21 NHL seasons.

It's not just the staggering numbers and accolades Brodeur amassed during a career spent almost entirely with the New Jersey Devils, a list that includes the most wins (691) and shutouts (125) in NHL history, as well winning the Stanley Cup three times and four Vezina Trophies.

Records are made to be broken, after all. It isn't likely, however, that these will fall to another goalie using the old-style technique employed by Brodeur during his two-decade stay with the Devils and a short stint this season with the St. Louis Blues.

Brodeur rejected the butterfly revolution at a time when his peers were starting to embrace it. He remained on his skates when everyone else was learning to play from their knees. Brodeur did add some butterfly elements late in his career but never fully adopted them.

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Canadiens need to bring their best for stretch run

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens came back from the All-Star break dealing with the same questions they faced when they left.

After their final game before the break on Jan. 20, a 2-1 overtime win against the Nashville Predators in which they were outshot by a healthy 37-27 margin, Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suggested the possibility that his teammates may suffer from overconfidence playing in front of All-Star goaltender Carey Price.

When the Predators took a 1-0 lead in the second period of that game last week, they led 26-6 in shots, and Price was the only reason that game remained scoreless as long as it did.

In their first game back following the break Tuesday, the Canadiens defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2 while being outshot by a 42-26 margin. The difference, again, was Price.

This time, it is Canadiens forward Lars Eller wondering if maybe Price's brilliance has an impact on how his team plays in front of him.

Eller was asked after practice Wednesday if he is concerned with how Montreal has been playing lately. Eller said he wasn't because he's seen how good the Canadiens can be, particularly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season when they reached the Eastern Conference Final before bowing out against their opponents Thursday, the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, SNE, MSG).

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Finland's Rantanen put on show at World Juniors

Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Finland didn't do much celebrating at the conclusion of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

After winning a gold medal at the 2014 WJC, Finland struggled to find any level of consistency at this year's tournament and finished seventh.

However, forward Mikko Rantanen made quite the impression as one of the youngest players on the team.

In the eyes of some scouts, the 18-year-old left-shot right wing was Finland's best player. He had four of Finland's eight goals at the WJC, and proved to be fast, energetic and reliable player at each end of the ice for Finland.

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Stars center Spezza glad to finally return to Ottawa

Wednesday, 01.28.2015 / 6:09 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- For the second time in less than two months, the Ottawa Senators will welcome back a former captain Thursday.

Jason Spezza, who asked to be traded last summer after one season as Senators captain, returns to Canadian Tire Centre with the Dallas Stars.

"It's a date that's been circled on my calendar, so it's kind of nice to have it here and get it over with (Thursday)," Spezza said. "This is a little bit of the closing of the book on the move. That's kind of how I'm looking at it."

Spezza will play Thursday after sustaining a broken nose and a cut that required stitches when he was checked into the boards by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin on Tuesday.


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Islanders' Clutterbuck fined for diving/embellishment

Wednesday, 01.28.2015 / 1:30 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

Citation# Player Fine(s) * Head Coach Fine(s)
1 $2,000 N/A
2 $3,000 N/A
3 $4,000 N/A
4 $5,000 N/A
5 $5,000 $2,000
6 $5,000 $3,000
7 $5,000 $4,000
8 $5,000 $5,000
* For Head Coach, each FINE issued to a player on his Club counts toward total.

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

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Blue Jackets' Morin placed on injured reserve

Wednesday, 01.28.2015 / 1:22 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jeremy Morin on Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Morin will be sidelined indefinitely due to an upper body injury.

Morin, 23, has recorded a goal and two assists for three points and nine penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets this season. Acquired in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on December 14, the Auburn, New York native has registered 1-2-3 with 24 penalty minutes in 32 games in 2014-15 and posted 9-10-19 and 65 penalty minutes in 71 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets. He has also collected 81-77-158, 301 penalty minutes and a +21 plus/minus rating in 208 career American Hockey League games with the Rockford IceHogs.

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