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

Are there still potential landing spots for Martin Brodeur?

Martin Brodeur featured Blues

After goaltender Martin Brodeur registered his 125th shutout, there was thought it may be the last of his career. With the return of Brian Elliott to the Blues lineup and the play of Jake Allen, there seemed there was no more room for him in St. Louis.

It still seems that way, really, but with an injury to Jimmy Howard and the current state of the goaltending for the Minnesota Wild, are there still options for the 42-year-old in the NHL? Read more

Jimmy Howard injured, stretchered off after groin injury

Jared Clinton

Shortly after being named to the NHL All-Star Game roster, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has gone down with a groin injury, and it doesn’t look good for the Detroit netminder.

Less than two minutes into the first period, Howard ventured behind the net to stop a Capitals dump-in during their Saturday evening game in Washington, misplayed the puck, and appears to have injured his groin when making the stretch to stop what would be a Troy Brouwer goal. Howard remained down on the ice for several minutes before being stretchered off. Read more

Five AHL players to watch the rest of the season

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Every season, there are a few players who tear up the AHL and shock the big league when they finally make the jump. Last season, it was Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist. This season, Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman is making a name for himself.

So who are the players to watch from North America’s second best league? One of them, Teemu Pulkkinen, will likely make his debut tonight as a member of the same Red Wings Nyquist broke in with last season. Another, Teuvo Teravainen, worked his way in to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup following Kris Versteeg’s injury, but he was scratched on Thursday before drawing back in on Friday.

Another AHL notable, Pittsburgh’s Derrick Pouliot, is up with the big club, though he hasn’t seen game action since Jan. 2. Were he in the AHL at the moment, he, too, would make the list. But here are the five AHL players to watch in the latter half of 2014-15. Read more

Guess Who? It’s the Grand Rapids Griffins, and they’re ready for ‘80s night

Jared Clinton
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The AHL and ECHL pull things off that would never fly in the NHL, and that’s part of the fun of the minor leagues. Case in point, the Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting an ‘80s night, and they’ve gone to the trouble of making not one, but two videos to get fans excited.

The first video harkens back to a time when video editing was quite possibly at its absolute worst. Tacky sound fills (hipcheck!), weird overlays, a lot of in your face action, and way too much going on in one frame were all staples of the ‘80s. The Griffins’ hype video for their themed night will take you back to a time when Gretzky was still tearing up the NHL. Read more

Red Wings’ Riley Sheahan scores Datsyukian highlight reel goal

Jared Clinton
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One would imagine when you practice alongside one of the game’s most skillful puck handlers in Pavel Datsyuk, you might pick up a thing or two. It appears Detroit’s Riley Sheahan has done just that.

During the first period of the Red Wings Wednesday night meeting with the Calgary Flames, the 23-year-old Sheahan scored a goal that was shades of the Russian superstar. From the quick hands to the ridiculous ability to somehow tuck this puck in, it’ll be a goal on Sheahan’s personal reel for years. Read more

Nyquist, Trochek latest to be publicly rebuked & fined for diving, but they won’t be the last

Adam Proteau
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Red Wings right winger Gustav Nyquist and Panthers center Vincent Trocheck were named Wednesday to the NHL’s public diving list, with each player receiving $2,000 fines and their first official citation under the league’s crackdown on embellishment.

Both Trocheck and Nyquist had been issued embellishment warnings – in the former’s case, after a Dec. 12 game; in the latter’s, following a Nov. 28 game – and if they’re judged by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to have reoffended, each subsequent fine will increase by $1,000 until they reach the maximum $5,000 limit. However, after their third offense, the coach of each player would also begin to be fined ($2,000 for the player’s fourth offense, and rising on the same sliding scale to a maximum of $5,000). Read more

The Hot List: Pavel Zacha and other prospects from the world juniors

Pavel Zacha (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Another world junior tournament is in the books and it was a dandy, with Canada holding off the Russians 5-4 in the gold medal game. Next year, the holiday classic shifts over to Finland, where the host nation will hope to rebound from a sub-par outing in 2014. There was a ton of talent in Montreal and Toronto, so here’s a wrap of some players that caught my eye. As always, only prospects who have yet to play an NHL game were eligible.

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