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

Roberto Luongo’s thanks-for-the-memories video a fitting tribute from Canucks

Adam Proteau
Roberto Luongo (Getty Images)

Roberto Luongo’s return to Vancouver Thursday included a brief but touching tribute video that underscored the star goalie’s impact in eight seasons with the Canucks before being traded to the Panthers late last season.

In Luongo’s first appearance in Vancouver since the March trade that sent him to Florida in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias, Luongo was showered with cheers and chants of “Lou” showing the appreciation of Canucks fans. And during a break in the first period, the organization tipped its hat to him with a thoughtful video package highlighting his time with the team: 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

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

Adam Proteau
Gustav Nyquist (Getty Images)

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

Five vastly underrated players from this season’s first half

Colin Wilson. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Not every team can be filled with Crosbys and Malkins or Getzlafs and Perrys. And for every Steven Stamkos, you have five middle of the lineup players that give a game-in and game-out effort that helps propel a team to success.

With the advent of advanced statistics, it becomes somewhat easier to pick these players out. For instance, you can find the players driving play and maintaining puck possession or you can see the player who may be underachieving in point categories but still creating opportunities for his linemates. The following five players are the best of the rest, and while they may not get headlines, they’re certainly getting noticed. Read more

Florida’s Vincent Trocheck dives, gets called out by Barry Trotz

Jared Clinton
Vincent Trocheck. (Jeff Sanzare/Getty Images)

The NHL has made it clear that this season, more than ever, they’re cracking down on diving. As such, Florida Panthers winger Vincent Trocheck may be well served to watch his embellishment.

During Sunday’s game between Trocheck’s Panthers and the Washington Capitals, with the Cats already on the man advantage, Trocheck crossed in front of the net and took a quick jab to the leg from Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik. It shouldn’t have been enough to drop Trocheck, yet he fell to the ice in dramatic fashion. Read more

Roberto Luongo steamrolled by Alex Ovechkin, but Panthers star says he’s fine

Adam Proteau
Roberto Luongo (Getty Images)

One of the reasons the Florida Panthers are in the battle for a playoff spot is star goalie Roberto Luongo. So it had to give Panthers fans heart palpitations to see Luongo get waylaid by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin when Washington hosted Florida Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Ovechkin barrelled in on Luongo in the first period Sunday, as both raced for a puck in the middle of the Panthers’ zone. The veteran goalie clearly got the worst of it: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Barroway approval could bring changes to Coyotes

Lyle Richardson
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On New Year’s Eve, the NHL finally approved hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway’s bid to become the majority owner of the Arizona Coyotes. The move could have a significant effect upon the Coyotes roster by the March trade deadline and in the off-season.

It’s assumed Coyotes GM Don Maloney was waiting for Barroway’s takeover before making any significant moves. Maloney could shed salary and overhaul his struggling roster, which is poised to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Read more