Rumor Roundup: Kessel, Phaneuf could be traded in off-season

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In the week since the Toronto Maple Leafs replaced coach Randy Carlyle on an interim basis with Peter Horachek, trade rumors continue to dog the club. Much of it centers upon Leafs star Phil Kessel, whose critics were out in full force last week.

During the Kessel-bashing fest, Sportsnet’s Luke Fox noted Nashville Predators GM David Poile appeared on TSN radio to defend the 27-year-old winger. Poile was the architect of the 2014 Men’s Olympic hockey team and Kessel was part of the lineup. Fox claims Poile’s comments “raised eyebrows”, pointing out the Predators GM expressed interest in trading for Kessel in 2009 before the winger was dealt by the Boston Bruins to the Leafs. Read more

Watch Dominik Hasek’s banner raising, a fitting tribute to ‘The Dominator’

Jared Clinton

There’s no debating that Dominik Hasek was one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, and it’s no question he was the greatest Buffalo Sabres netminder of all time.

With six Vezina Trophoies, two Hart Trophies, and two Lester B. Pearson Awards (now known as the Ted Lindsay Award) to his name during his nine years with the Sabres, there was also no doubt that one day his legendary No. 39 would hang from the rafters of Buffalo’s home arena. On Tuesday, the Sabres did just that, retiring his jersey. You can check out the banner raising below: Read more

The 10 best Hasek saves, on the day the Sabres retire his jersey

Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres

Dominik Hasek was an innovator, a hero, and one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres will retire his jersey in honor of his incredible career.

With the most unique goaltending style in the history of the game, Hasek dazzled fans well into his 40s. From the snow angel saves to rolling pad-stacking stops that left your jaw on the floor, Hasek could do it all. One of the most exciting players of the past two decades, these are the top 10 stops of Hasek’s career. Read more

10 milestones and records to watch in the second half of the season

Roberto Luongo (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

On Thursday night, with his win over the Vancouver Canucks, Roberto Luongo officially registered a win over every single team in the NHL and it was the 389th victory of his career.

The second number is the big one, as the win puts him into a tie with Dominik Hasek for the 11th most wins by a goaltender in NHL history. With 40 games remaining and the Panthers a serious threat to contend for a playoff spot, there’s a chance Luongo could find himself in the top 10 by season’s end. It’s not just Luongo, however. Here are several other milestones for both teams and players to watch in the back half of 2014-15. Read more

Not mad, just disappointed: 10 players we expected more from this season

Alex Semin

There are two sides to the surprise coin. On one side, you have the players who outperform even your wildest expectations. This season, they’ve taken the form of Colin Wilson, Mathieu Perreault, and several others. On the other, you have players who haven’t come close to expectations.

At the midpoint of the 2014-15 season, there are more than a few candidates for disappointing player of the campaign, but only one can take the cake. While fans of every team have the players they wish they would get more from, the following 10 are the ones that are playing well below the expectations this season. Read more

A Latvian rap song about Zemgus Girgensons? A Latvian rap song about Zemgus Girgensons

Adam Proteau
Zemgus Girgensons (Getty Images)

This really is turning out to be the year of Zemgus Girgensons. First, the Latvian’s entire country votes online to make him the highest vote-getter for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game – and now, a rap band from his homeland honors him with a song about the talented Sabres center.

The rap group’s name is Olas, and they really like Zemgus Girgensons. I mean, they really like him. Since I don’t speak Latvian and haven’t found a translation of the lyrics, you’ll have to figure them out on your own for now. But the chorus alone is catchy as hell: Read more

Devils icon Patrik Elias reaches pair of milestones in the same game

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New Jersey Devils cornerstone winger Patrik Elias is nearing the end of his legendary NHL career, but when you do all he’s done and stick around as long as the 38-year-old has, the games at the end of your career bring regular reminders of your impact all along the way. Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres was one of those games for Elias, who scored once and added two assists – while reaching two major individual offensive milestones – in his team’s 4-1 win.

The first milestone of Elias’ evening came when he registered the 600th assist of his career (becoming the 80th player in league history to do so) on a first-period shorthanded goal by Travis Zajac: Read more

Canadian gold: a little swagger didn’t hurt this squad

Max Domi celebrates (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The stereotypical Canadian hockey player is humble, sometimes to a fault. But this year’s edition of the world junior team wanted to be different, going way back to the summer: They wanted to bring some swagger back to a program that had not won gold since 2009 and now, they have done it.

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