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Kings' Richards clears waivers, assigned to AHL

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 5:42 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Kings assigned center Mike Richards to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

The move was expected after Richards cleared waivers but the repercussions were felt in the Kings dressing room.

"We've got a pretty close team here, so anytime anybody leaves, it's always tough," said Jeff Carter, a close friend of Richards who played with him for the Philadelphia Flyers.

"We understand that those things happen. He brought a lot to this room that, unless you're in this room, you don't see. It was tough. It was tough on him too. But it's an opportunity for someone else to step up and some of the younger guys to play a little more and become leaders in the room."

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Martin Brodeur to retire, join Blues front office

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 3:58 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Goaltender Martin Brodeur, whose 691 wins and 125 shutouts are most in NHL history, will announce his retirement and join the front office of the St. Louis Blues, the team announced Tuesday.

The Blues will hold a press conference at Scottrade Center on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET with Brodeur, who signed a one-year incentive-laden contract with the Blues on Dec. 2 after a knee injury to starting goalie Brian Elliott left them short at the position but had been on a leave of absence.

Brodeur will be joined by Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Blues Hall of Fame members Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis.

Brodeur, 42, holds multiple NHL records that may never be broken, including wins (691) and shutouts (125). His final shutout came Dec. 29 for the Blues in a 3-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche, coached by Patrick Roy, whose wins record Brodeur broke.

Brodeur finishes his 22-year NHL career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 1,266 appearances, all but seven coming with the New Jersey Devils. He holds regular-season NHL goaltending records for wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played (74,438), and in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs he ranks first in starts (204) and shutouts (24) and second in wins (113).

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Analysis: Brodeur defined era with staggering totals

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 3:34 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

There is one name at the top of every compiled statistical category for goaltenders in the NHL record book, and that name is Martin Brodeur.

There are others who have a stake to the claim as greatest goaltender in NHL history, but no one is close to Brodeur in the categories that involve longevity, and it is possible no one ever will be.

The raw numbers are incredible. He retired Tuesday with 691 wins, 140 more than any other goaltender. There are 19 goaltenders enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame who did not win half as many games as Brodeur, a feat that rivals Cy Young in baseball.

Brodeur stopped 3,121 more shots than any other goaltender. He has the most minutes played, the most losses, and the most shots faced, all by significant margins.

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Sharks recall Hertl, Goodrow, Mueller from AHL

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 2:10 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSESan Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled forwards Tomas Hertl and Barclay Goodrow as well as defenseman Mirco Mueller from the Worcester Sharks.

Hertl, 21, has posted 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 48 games with San Jose this season, and recorded two assists in two games with Worcester.

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Ovechkin's generosity leaves impact on Schaab family

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 1:54 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The generosity exhibited by Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Honda at the end of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game is still a shock to the Schaab family.

Honda surprised Alex Ovechkin on Sunday with the gift of a 2015 Honda Accord. Ovechkin then revealed he was going to give the car to the Washington Ice Dogs hockey program in honor of a girl he met last year, Ann Schaab, who has Down syndrome and skates for the Ice Dogs, a member program of the American Special Hockey Association.

"It just surprised me that in the midst of all that activity going on, for Ovi to stop and give a shout-out to Ann and to special hockey was just amazing to me," Melissa Schaab, the 10-year-old's mother, told ABC7News on Monday.

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Penguins' Crosby skates, could return Wednesday

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby will not be out long.

Crosby, who will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday after missing the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game with a lower-body injury, participated in Pittsburgh's morning skate Tuesday and could return against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. He said he will wait until Wednesday to determine if he feels well enough to perform.

"It's just one of those things where it's day-to-day and I'll see how I feel tomorrow," Crosby said.

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Buying low before trades

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 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.

The All-Star break has come and gone, so let's officially drop the puck on the stretch run of the fantasy season with some trade talk.

Unless you take initiative on the trade front, your team won't change much the rest of the way as a result of waiver-wire pickups. For the most part breakout stars and hidden gems have been determined, as have the disappointments from whom you expected much more.

Fortunately there's still hope that pieces will fall into place leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2. With the proper strategy you could land players from around the League at discounted prices who could bring elevated value if/when they are dealt.

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Senators sign Mills to one-year, two-way contract

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 10:39 AM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has signed forward Brad Mills to one-year, two-way contract for the duration of the current season.

Mills, 31, was invited to Ottawa's training camp in September and has been playing for the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, on a professional tryout (PTO) agreement throughout this season.

A native of Terrace, B.C., Mills has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 11 penalty minutes over nine games with the B-Sens during the 2014-15 campaign.

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Capitals recall Cameron Schilling from Hershey

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 9:40 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Cameron Schilling from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Schilling, 26, has appeared in two NHL games with the Capitals. The Carmel, Ind., made his NHL debut on March 12, 2013, against Carolina and skated in one game with Washington last season. Schilling recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 33 penalty minutes in 40 games with Hershey (AHL) this season and has earned 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) and 197 penalty minutes in 187 career AHL games. Schilling signed with Washington as a free agent on March 27, 2012.

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Five Questions: Laviolette on Predators' start, Ribeiro

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette:

COLUMBUS -- Peter Laviolette got to know the Eastern Conference during his 12 years working in the conference with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He's now getting a taste of what life is like in the Western Conference as the coach of the Nashville Predators. He summed up his experience so far in two words:

"It's different," Laviolette told NHL.com.

He stressed that he doesn't mean different in that the hockey being played in the West is so much different than in the East, but what he got to know well simply isn't the same.

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