There’s been no shortage of great stories this season, but one of the most surprising things is the cast of rookies who have quickly made names for themselves in the league.
The thing with rookies is they’re one of the most difficult groups of players to accurately forecast. With little known about how well adjusted they’ll be to the NHL, they can either boom or bust, and in some cases an injury or unfavorable situation can send the early Calder Trophy favorite to the bottom of the ballot.
Take Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin, for instance, who some people thought would run away with the award but doesn’t even appear on our list. Or John Gibson, the THN consensus pick for the Calder, who had a shot at leading the Ducks this season before injury derailed his season.
These are the top 10 Calder Candidates at this point in the season: Read more
Jaromir Jagr was a Dallas Star for all of 34 games, but when Jagr and the New Jersey Devils visited the Lone Star State, the Stars made sure remind fans of Jagr’s time in Dallas.
With yet another list, the Stars scoreboard operators ran down some of Jagr’s greatest achievements while a member of the team, and again, just like when pointing to things to do in Winnipeg, the list got a bit thin near the bottom. We kind of want to know about this missing key, though: Read more
The NHL announced on Thursday that they have suspended Dallas Stars’ winger Ryan Garbutt for three games after a slew-footing incident on Tuesday night.
On the play he was suspended for, Garbutt, who has been under some scrutiny from coach Lindy Ruff for his lack of discipline, took down Winnipeg Jets winger Dustin Byfuglien, using both his legs and upper body to throw the bulky forward to the ice. In the suspension video from the Department of Player Safety, Director of Player Safety Patrick Burke outlines the reasons for the suspension: Read more
By Namish Modi
P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson and Ryan Suter all have something in common. Several things, actually. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, they are all Norris Trophy finalists or winners and very rich star defensemen in the NHL.
But none of them had the start to their career John Klingberg has had. After being recalled from the Texas Stars Nov.10, the Dallas rookie blueliner has been nothing short of brilliant with nine points in his first 14 games including eight in his first eight. Read more
The Ottawa Senators made headlines earlier this week by firing head coach Paul MacLean and replacing him with Dave Cameron. That might not be the only change in store for the Senators, who’ve won only three of their last 10 games entering Thursday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has had defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and forwards Colin Greening and Erik Condra on the trade block for some time. Murray’s also reportedly entertaining offers for center Zack Smith. Garrioch also speculates the Senators GM could draw upon his goaltending depth by peddling Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner to land an impact player. Both are under long-term contracts which could enhance their market value. Read more
Even before they returned as an NHL town, Winnipeg was the punch line to many jokes. On Tuesday night, as the Jets visited Dallas, the Stars game operations joined in, throwing a playful jab at the city.
The joke, a top 10 list that stopped well short of reaching 10 points, was well-received by some, while others, in what some would call typical Winnipeg fashion, got rather defensive about the joke. If there’s really anything to get up in arms about though it’s the misuse of “then” and “than.” Read more
There’s been a lot of talk about legacy lately with Daniel Alfredsson signing a one-day deal to retire as an Ottawa Senator, and Martin Brodeur joining the St. Louis Blues after serving as the face of the New Jersey Devils for two decades.
It’s odd to see Brodeur with the Bluenote on his jersey and mask, and it was strange to see Daniel Alfredsson skating for the Detroit Red Wings last season.
But as hurt as some fans were by the Brodeur and Alfredsson defections, the history books will still remember them for what they accomplished with the franchises they came to represent.
We saw that already in Alfredsson’s retirement ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday, and we’ll see it again with Brodeur when he hangs up his pads.
Status: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing.
Ht: 6-foot-0 Wt: 205 pounds
DOB: January 16, 1979 In: Carlyle, Sask.
First Hockey Memory: “I think probably losing. I think we lost the game. Someone that’s a competitive guy, it probably drove me to get better and play better. I think we lost that first game. And it’s probably something I won’t ever forget.” Read more