• Jake Allen’s post saves him from Bernier-level embarrassment

    Josh Elliott
    Jake Allen

    Jake Allen better give him goalposts an extra tap before his next game.

    The St. Louis Blues goaltender dodged embarrassment of epic proportions on Friday when a wobbly golf shot of a dump-in nearly skipped past him and into the net.

    Allen stood straight-legged while the puck came in and skipped through his feet before bouncing off the post.

    The lazy lob-in came off the stick of Carolina’s Brett Bellemore with under seven minutes remaining in a 2-2 game.

    The Blues won the game 3-2 in a shootout.

    So be gone, ghost of Vesa Toskala. You have no power here.

  • No. 12 Jarome Iginla pots career point No. 1,200

    Josh Elliott
    Jarome Iginla

    Move over, Dino Ciccarelli. You’ve got some company – for now, at least.

    Colorado Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla scored against the Nashville Predators on Friday night to earn his 1,200th career point, moving him into a tie for 46th on the all-time scoring list. Iginla tied Ciccarelli’s point total with the goal, and is on pace to jump ahead of the likes of Bobby Clarke, Bernie Nicholls and Jean Beliveau before the season’s end.
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  • Legendary coach Al Arbour welcomes fan notes in battle with dementia

    Al Arbour

    The man who led the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cups is now looking for a little motivation from his fans.

    Hall of Fame coach and player Al Arbour, 82, is reportedly being treated for dementia and Parkinson’s disease at a retirement home in Florida. Toronto journalist Howard Berger tweeted this photo of Arbour in Florida earlier this week.
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  • Buffalo’s losing streak is awful, and don’t expect it to get better

    Jared Clinton
    Buffalo Sabres v St. Louis Blues

    The Buffalo Sabres have lost 13 in a row, and that’s not 13 in a row with an overtime or shootout loss sprinkled in. No, it’s 13 regulation losses in a row. And aside from a shot at a generational talent, there’s no reason to be hopeful for the rest of Buffalo’s season.

    Earlier in this season, there were a number of teams that were vastly underperforming, almost by a head scratching amount. The Edmonton Oilers, for instance, were dreadful, but there was and still have been signs of positive growth. The Columbus Blue Jackets were derailed by injuries. At times other teams struggled, but advanced stats were there to say a turnaround was in the future.

    All the while the Buffalo Sabres were… actually all right?

    Yes, the Sabres were better than many had expected, which isn’t to say good, but simply that they weren’t absolutely miserable right out of the gate. Their current 13-game slide, however, has corrected that. The Sabres are the worst team in the league, and not even underlying numbers have much positive to say about the state of the team. Read more

  • West Coast relocation will change the AHL forever

    Jared Clinton
    Dave Andrews (Photo by Dan Hickling/AHL)

    On Thursday, the AHL made official the announcement of the brand new Pacific Division. The California-based division, which will begin play next season, is more than a move for improved player development – it’s a sign that the league is changing forever.

    Make no mistake, the new division makes sense for both NHL and AHL franchises. The ability to move players freely between the two teams and the opportunity to watch over player development benefits the NHL clubs greatly. For the AHL, it’s also a cost-cutting measure that lumps five teams in close proximity to each other to save swaths of money – and time – that would otherwise be spent on travel. Read more

  • Former NHLer Ludzik wants to help change hockey’s culture

    The Hockey News
    Steve Ludzik (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

    By Tucker Wilson

    An NHL dressing room harbors a lot of secrets—some with good reason. But the environment also encourages players to remain silent on the physical and mental tolls of the game, something that Steve Ludzik wants to change.

    The former Blackhawk player and Lightning coach was in Toronto Thursday for a speaking engagement, and he talked about some of the stigmas associated with hockey culture.

    “You sit in a dressing room and the guys, if you have a good team, you’re a brother,” Ludzik said. “It’s not good enough to say, ‘I’m hurt.’ You get hurt some nights and you just play. That’s the mentality that you grow up with throughout your career. You’re pressured. But it’s just part of the code.” Read more

  • ECHL will replace three relocated AHL teams in 2015-16

    Jared Clinton
    ECHL Logo Featured

    It may not be the same league, but a trio of cities that were announced to be losing their AHL teams in 2015-16 will see the clubs replaced with ECHL hockey.

    Manchester, N.H., Norfolk, Va., and Adirondack, which plays out of Glens Falls, N.Y., will each be recipients of relocated ECHL franchises for next season, each of which will replace a relocated AHL team. Read more

  • AHL’s Hershey Bears to wear hilarious Groundhog Day jerseys

    Jared Clinton
    (via Hershey Bears)

    By Monday, Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog of them all, will emerge to let North America know whether or not to expect six more weeks of hockey weather. The day before, however, Hershey Bears fans can get a glimpse of what an early spring or longer winter could look like.

    For the Bears’ Feb. 1 showdown with the Norfolk Admirals, the team will don special Groundhog Day jerseys, which will go up for auction following the game. The jerseys, which are good for a laugh, are split from front to back: the front has six more weeks of winter, while the back shows the groundhog living large during spring.

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