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Rangers forward St. Louis scores 1,000th point

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 5:26 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Martin St. Louis said that when he joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent in the summer of 2000, he was just hoping to get into a few games.

Fourteen years and more than 1,000 games later, St. Louis continued to put his imprint on the NHL record book. On Friday he became the 81st player in NHL history to score 1,000 points when he scored the second goal in the New York Rangers' 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"It's always great when you achieve something, but I don't think it crosses your mind when you try and play in this League," St. Louis said. "I think there are goals that become achievable as you go through. I got a chance to play a thousand games and that's pretty special to me. To get a thousand [points], it's a great accomplishment. I'm not going to hide my feelings, I'm proud of that. To do it on a win, do it on a goal, I think it makes it special."

Ducks acquire Brewer, put Stoner, Beauchemin on IR

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 4:35 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

The Anaheim Ducks on Friday acquired defenseman Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and placed defensemen Clayton Stoner and Francois Beauchemin on injured reserve.

Stoner initially came down with symptoms last week and is the third Ducks player to get mumps this month after right wing Corey Perry and Beauchemin.

Beauchemin will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken finger. Beauchemin appeared to block a shot with his hand Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.

Brewer, a veteran of 982 NHL games, has four assists in 17 games this season for the Lightning.


Brodeur skates with Blues, hopes to sign contract

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Martin Brodeur wants to go out on his terms.

The future Hall of Fame goalie, who spent the past 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, isn't ready to hang up the pads and paddle yet.

Brodeur, 42, stepped onto the ice Friday for the first time in his NHL career wearing something other than a Devils logo. He took part in the morning skate with the St. Louis Blues, who will face the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

Brodeur, who leads the NHL in wins (688), games played (1,259) and shutouts (124), joined the Blues on a tryout basis with the hopes of landing a contract within the next week or so.

"It was good. It was fun to get back out there for sure," Brodeur said. "It's been a while. It was a good tempo for me. I know it's only a morning skate … can't wait to see Monday.

"Everything's new. Everybody's kind of looking at me a little bit. That's going to phase out pretty quick."


Coyotes recall forward Shinnimin from AHL

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 1:30 PM / News

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Brendan Shinnimin from the Portland Pirates, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

The 23-year-old Shinnimin has registered 4-10-14 and a plus-3 rating in 19 games with the Pirates this season. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Winnipeg, Manitoba leads Portland in assists and ranks second on the team in points.


Fantasy top 30 goalies: Giving thanks to backups

Justin Goldman - Correspondent

Every week during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

Americans celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, so we felt Friday was a perfect time to give our own thanks to a legion of talented backup goaltenders that have provided strong fantasy value so far this season.

For quick reference, we've included a handy table of all the backups that have accumulated between 200 and 550 minutes of playing time.


Blackhawks pick Hartman honing game in Rockford

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 12:32 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

Ryan Hartman's name floated in the world of hockey long before he laced up for his first professional game eight months ago.

He was ranked 16th among North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his draft year, going on to fulfill expectations when the Chicago Blackhawks chose him No. 30 in the 2013 NHL Draft. Though the wing was born in South Carolina, he grew up in Chicago, making an already memorable day that much more surreal.

"It probably took until a couple weeks after [to sink in]," Hartman said. "After the draft, I went down to South Carolina for two weeks with my family to relax and get away from hockey and celebrate a little bit. When I got back to Chicago, it definitely sank in that I was drafted."

It's something every athlete dreams of: Spending their formative years idolizing the local team and molding their game after the greats, only to one day be able to have the chance to wear that same jersey. Hartman, 20, is hoping to join players like Chris Chelios and Ed Olczyk as Illinois natives given the chance to eventually skate for the Blackhawks rather than just cheering from the stands.

But before Hartman can officially introduce himself to the Madhouse on Madison, he is practicing the right steps that will lead him to the next level with Chicago's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.


Devils wish Brodeur well as he attempts NHL return

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 12:02 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- As the New Jersey Devils made preparations for their game against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center on Friday, former teammate Martin Brodeur was taking the initial steps in a possible return to the NHL in his tryout with the St. Louis Blues.

Receiving an opportunity to join a Stanley Cup-contending team and having a shot at obtaining 700 career regular-season wins is something the 42-year-old goalie has been waiting for since becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer said he was glad Brodeur may be given a chance to return to the game, particularly in the Western Conference.

"I'm real excited for him," DeBoer said. "What a great opportunity. I think if you're hand picking a spot that would be right at the top of the list, it would have to be St. Louis. I'm glad it's in the other conference, but I'm happy for him."


Maple Leafs loan Kozun to AHL for conditioning

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 12:01 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that forward Brandon Kozun has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes.

Kozun, 24, has skated in five regular season games with the Maple Leafs this season collecting one assist. The Los Angeles, California native suffered a high ankle sprain in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on October 17.


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Super 16: Holiday provides time to reflect, look ahead

Friday, 11.28.2014 / 11:30 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

It is fair to say the opening quarter of the 2014-15 NHL season has been relatively sanguine, compared to many campaigns.

All 30 coaches who began the season in charge remained so on American Thanksgiving. There have been a few trades, but beyond two the New York Islanders made just before opening night to shore up their defense there hasn't been a landscape-altering move.

There have been injuries and the Pittsburgh Penguins will miss Pascal Dupuis and the Vancouver Canucks will miss for Dan Hamhuis, but no star players are lost for the season and a few (Victor Hedman, Zdeno Chara and Ryan McDonagh come to mind) are about to return.

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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday