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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.


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."


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.


Flames' Hudler, Wideman leave game with injuries

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 12:10 AM / News

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler and defenseman Dennis Wideman each left a game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night with upper-body injuries.

Hudler, who leads the Flames with 30 assists and 43 points, sustained the injury 19 seconds into the third period after taking a hit from Senators forward Clarke MacArthur and sliding hard into the boards.


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.


'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.


Wild acquire forward Moulson from Sabres

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


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."


Canadiens make bold move trading for Vanek

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:40 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has often stated his approach to the NHL Trade Deadline is one rooted in prudence because it's a day when a franchise can sink itself long-term in an effort to improve short-term.

With the Eastern Conference looking wide open this season, Bergevin decided to throw caution to the wind.

He landed perhaps the best scorer available on the market Wednesday, forward Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders, in a trade for forward prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Islanders announced they get the second-round pick only if the Canadiens make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, in which case New York's fifth-round pick in 2014 will go to Montreal.


Red Wings add longtime Predators forward Legwand

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:34 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline


The Detroit Red Wings acquired center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators in a trade Wednesday for forward Patrick Eaves, prospect Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round draft choice.

Legwand, who has played his entire 15-season NHL career with the Predators, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Legwand, who grew up in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods, waived his no-trade clause to join the Red Wings.

"We’ve acquired a local boy, so we’re thinking if we want to keep the player beyond this year we think it's a very reasonable to happen," Detroit general manager Ken Holland told the team website. "He had to trade a no-move to come here, so obviously he wanted to come home.”


Predators shed piece of history with Legwand deal

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:30 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Ever since defenseman Ryan Suter elected to depart via free agency for the Minnesota Wild in July 2012, the Nashville Predators have undergone a patient rebuild.

If that process were ever questioned, the trade of center David Legwand, who had been part of Nashville's organization from its first season until the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, puts an exclamation point on it.

Legwand played 956 games for the Predators, the most in their history. As general manager David Poile said in a statement, Legwand, in his 15 seasons, had been part of some of the Predators' greatest moments and also their trials.

With Legwand, a native of suburban Michigan, traded to the Detroit Red Wings, Poile said he wants to give an opportunity to younger players including Colin Wilson, and perhaps some to prospects who are with the Predators' top minor-league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

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Quote of the Day

I just think about how much it hurts. The feelings aren't going to go away, probably never. It's just something that sticks with you for a long time.

— San Jose forward Logan Couture to The Canadian Press on the Sharks' first-round loss to the Kings after taking a 3-0 series lead