Roundtable: Which young star will reach the 500-goal mark?

Vladimir Tarasenko and Tyler Seguin. (Getty Images)

On Sunday night, Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 goals. At just 30 years old and with 800 games under his belt, Ovechkin has a lot more goals in him.

There are couple more veteran active players expected to join him in the 500 club. Marian Hossa sits at 493 and could also hit the mark this year. Patrick Marleau sits at 470 and could conceivably get there next year.

But what about the younger generation of players? The NHL is flush with young snipers, many of whom are far off now, but could one day reach 500 goals.

Here are our picks for players currently under 25 years old who will reach the 500-goal plateau:

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Calgary mayor should be applauded for staring down Gary Bettman

Ken Campbell
Scotiabank Saddledome (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

It’s easy to see why mayor Naheed Nenshi enjoys rock-star status in Calgary. It might have something to do with the fact that he’s all kinds of awesome. And after his reaction to the NHL’s scare tactics over providing funding for a new home for the Calgary Flames, the taxpayers of Calgary should be beating a path to his office and offering to take him out for lunch.

Nenshi stared down the one of the most powerful men in hockey Monday and did not blink. It wasn’t just that the man in question was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, that was just a bonus. But for the leader of a major North American metropolis to tell any professional sports league to shut its pie hole takes an enormous amount of guts.

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Robyn Regehr to officially retire Monday as a Calgary Flame

Jared Clinton
Robyn Regehr (Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Former NHL defenseman Robyn Regehr played his final NHL game April 11 of last season, but hasn’t officially retired from the league. Monday, however, he will formally hang up his skates and he’ll do so as a member of the Calgary Flames.

The Flames have announced that Regehr, 35, will host a press conference Monday to “welcome Regehr back to the Calgary community and officially retire him from the NHL as a member of the Calgary Flames.” Regehr played 11 of his 15 seasons with the Flames before one full season with the Buffalo Sabres and a three-year stay with the Los Angeles Kings.

Regehr was a first-round pick, 19th overall, of the Avalanche in 1998, but didn’t play a single game with Colorado. He was dealt to the Flames prior to the 1999 season and made his NHL debut in during the 1999-00 season after recovering from two broken legs. Following his rookie season, he was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey and, at 19, was the youngest nominee in the award’s history. Read more

Still crazy after all these years – Iginla and Doan were cream of the ’95 draft

Shane Doan (left) and Jarome Iginla (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

With Jarome Iginla scoring his 600th goal last night and Shane Doan on something of an offensive tear of late, we thought it would be interesting to reconfigure the 1995 draft, the one in which Iginla was taken 11th overall and Doan seventh.

Here’s how we’d do it all over again knowing what we know today. Hint: The top two picks would have been teammates with the Kamloops Blazers.

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Year in review: Top 10 trades of 2015

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Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.

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Flames’ T.J. Brodie used incredible hand-eye coordination to make awesome goal line save

Jared Clinton
T.J. Brodie bats the puck away from an empty net (via NHL/YouTube)

The Calgary Flames have gotten shaky goaltending all season long. Be it Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller or Joni Ortio, the play of the masked men between the pipes has been one of the biggest letdowns of the Flames’ season. If they’re looking to find a new netminder, though, they might want to see if T.J. Brodie has ever considered a positional switch.

In the third period of Tuesday’s game, with the Flames leading the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, Brodie made one of the best hand-eye, goal line stops of the season — one so good it’ll probably stand up as a top save at the end of the campaign and we’re not yet through the holiday break. Ramo was down and out after a slick pass from Blake Wheeler to Drew Stafford when Stafford flipped the puck towards an almost wide-open net with his backhand.

The puck sailed over Ramo’s glove and came perilously close to getting to the back of the net before Brodie, who was flat on his stomach after attempting to block Wheeler’s pass, popped up and swatted the puck out of harm’s way: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Flames could be a fit for Leafs goalie Bernier

Jonathan Bernier (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Jonathan Bernier’s recent four-game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL team failed to significantly boost his performance at the NHL level. The 27-year-old Bernier gave up five goals on 22 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in his first game back with the Leafs on Tuesday.

Bernier had a better effort in the Leafs overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, giving up three goals on 29 shots. However, he remains winless this season (0-8-3), with a horrid 3.46 goals-against average and .883 save percentage. There’s talk Bernier’s days with the Leafs could be numbered.

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox cites analyst Gord Stellick suggesting Bernier might benefit from a change of scenery, like Devan Dubnyk did last season. Stellick claims there are some teams interested in the netminder.

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