Rumor Roundup: Deal brewing between Lightning and Blues for Drouin

Jonathan Drouin (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s been a month since the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Jonathan Drouin revealed his client’s trade request. While the 20-year-old remains suspended indefinitely by the Bolts for refusing to play for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse, GM Steve Yzerman continues fielding trade offers.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes a deal could be “percolating” between the Lightning and the St. Louis Blues. Friedman originally speculated Blues rookie Robby Fabbri could be part of it but has since changed his mind. He also notes the Blues want to see how sidelined left wing Jaden Schwartz performs when he returns later this month.

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Watch Blackhawks’ Crawford surprise young fan with help from Shaw, Teravainen

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Corey Crawford and Ben (via Chicago Blackhawks/NHL)

Chicago’s ‘One Goal’ slogan has turned into one of the more successful campaigns in the league, but it doesn’t have to do solely with the Blackhawks’ on-ice success. While it certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s the commitment of the Blackhawks players that makes the campaign — and its offshoot, ‘What’s Your Goal?’ — really work.

Last season, players such as Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp took part in two videos for the campaign that saw them make dreams come true for their biggest fans. And in the newest instalment, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford does the same for one of his most passionate supporters, Ben.

First, though, Crawford has to figure out if Ben and his babysitter, Emilie, are even at home: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Oilers still in need of help on defense, eye Hamonic, Vatanen

Travis Hamonic (Al Bello/Getty Images)

How the Edmonton Oilers address their longstanding need for a top-two defenseman remains an ongoing topic of interest among NHL pundits. The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples cites 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer claiming the Oilers could try to upgrade at right defense by replacing Justin Schultz, listing the New York Islanders’ Travis Hamonic and the Anaheim Ducks’ Sami Vatanen as possible targets.

Stauffer’s guest, Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman, didn’t doubt the Oilers could pursue the 25-year-old Hamonic, who requested a trade to be closer to his Manitoba home last summer for family reasons. Friedman believes the Oilers could soon reach the point where they shop one of their good young forwards, like right wing Jordan Eberle or center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, for a blueliner.

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Youngsters dazzle at the AHL’s All-Star skills competition

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While John Scott was being carried on the shoulders of his all-star teammates in Nashville (I can see the reports now: Joe Pavelski, day-to-day, hernia. Brent Burns, day-to-day, hernia…), the American League’s finest were having their skills competition at their all-star festivities in Syracuse. And there were some pretty nice performances for fans of a couple NHL franchises.

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Ovechkin, Toews take one-game ban for skipping All-Star Game, Kuznetsov, Neal named replacements

Jonathan Toews (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin won’t be the only player skipping the All-Star Game, nor will he be the only one facing a one-game suspension for doing so. The Blackhawks announced Thursday that Jonathan Toews is out of the All-Star Game with an illness and will be forced to miss Chicago’s Feb. 2 game against the Colorado Avalanche.

It flew under the radar in Carolina’s 5-0 drubbing of Chicago Tuesday, but Toews, the Blackhawks’ captain, didn’t step foot on the ice after finishing the second period. In fact, he didn’t even return to the bench when the third period began. And now Toews won’t be heading to Nashville to take part in the all-star weekend.

Post-game Tuesday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville mentioned that Toews had been battling an illness heading into Tuesday’s game and said it was the reason he missed the third period of the contest against Carolina, and that was confirmed by Blackhawks team physician Michael Terry.

“Jonathan will not participate in the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville,” Terry said in a statement. “He was pulled from Tuesday night’s third period because of an illness and remains symptomatic today. At this time, rest over the break is most important for him to properly recover and be fully healthy heading into the rest of the regular season.” Read more

In honor of Thornton and Luongo’s major achievements, five other milestones to watch for post-break

Jaromir Jagr (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Joe Thornton and Roberto Luongo will both say the most important thing about Tuesday’s games were that their respective clubs picked up victories, but both veteran stars added to their Hall of Fame resumes.

In the Sharks’ victory over the Avalanche, Thornton extended his point streak to 10 games and racked up two assists in the 6-1 win. Thornton’s helpers were the 1,299th and 1,300th points of his career, as he moved became just the 33rd player in league history to reach the 1,300-point mark for their career.

As for Luongo, his milestone wasn’t as round as Thornton’s but it continued the Panthers netminder’s climb up the all-time ranks. The Panthers’ convincing 5-1 victory over the Maple Leafs gave Luongo 423 wins in his career, putting him into a tie for seventh-place all-time with longtime Chicago Blackhawks netminder Tony Esposito. He’s now 14 wins back of Jacques Plante and 24 wins away from reaching a tie for the top-five alongside Terry Sawchuk.

With the all-star break upon us, there’s not much time left in the season for others chasing down major career milestones: Read more

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Craig Adams retires at 38

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Craig Adams has officially retired after 14 seasons, two Stanley Cups and more than 950 games in the NHL.

Adams, 38, announced his retirement Tuesday through the NHLPA. Previously an unrestricted free agent, Adams had played in 70 games in 2014-15 for the Pittsburgh Penguins and contributed one goal and seven points, but averaged less than 10 minutes of ice time per outing. Adams completed the second season of a two-year, $1.4-million deal.

In a statement, Adams said he was thankful that he was able to achieve his dream of playing in the NHL, adding it was an honor that he “never took for granted.” Read more