The 10 strangest injuries of the 2014-15 season

Sidney Crosby had a visibly swollen face when he met with media on Friday. (via PensTV)

On Sunday night, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Steve Mason went down with an injury during a TV timeout. It could very well have been the reaggravation of an earlier ailment, but it simply looks like the Philadelphia goaltender just had awful luck.

And strange injuries have been one of the big stories this season. Even when it’s not a strange injury, in some cities players are heading to the injured list at such a rate that it makes one wonder what’s in the water. So, in what has been an odd season for injuries, here are the 10 strangest: Read more

Top five trade destinations for Jets star Evander Kane

Evander Kane (Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Jets Thursday placed Evander Kane on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 2, but after the revelations of discord in the dressing room between the winger and other members of the team, the winger may have played his final game in a Winnipeg uniform.

If that’s true and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulls the trigger on an off-season deal that sends Kane out of town, what teams would be the best fit for him? Here’s our best guess:

5. Boston Bruins. The veteran-laden Bruins are in win-now mode, and their struggles to score could be addressed in the summer with a deal for Kane. To work under the salary cap, the deal would almost certainly need to include someone (say, a Brad Marchand), but in a major city like Boston, Kane could disappear away from the rink and use that relative anonymity to get back to the 30-goal plateau he reached in 2011-12. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Rangers, Islanders looking to buy at deadline

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Johnny Boychuk (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With the NHL’s March 2 trade deadline less than a month away, the New York Rangers are popping up more frequently in the rumor mill. After reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season, there’s speculation Rangers GM Glen Sather will try to boost his club’s chances for another shot at the Cup.

NBC Sports’ Jason Brough believes Sather will be a buyer, citing his history of swinging deadline deals. His most recent was last season’s blockbuster swap of Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay for Martin St-Louis. The Rangers need depth at center. Brough suggests Arizona’s Antoine Vermette, Ottawa’s David Legwand or Toronto’s Mike Santorelli as possible trade targets. Read more

Shield your eyes: Islanders’ infamous ‘fishsticks’ jersey is back (sort of)

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Thomas Hickey (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just when you thought it was safe to watch Islanders games again, the franchise goes and brings back one of the great fashion crimes in NHL history: the infamous “fishsticks” jersey.

Prior to their game against the visiting Florida Panthers Tuesday, the Isles broke out the retro look – which the organization used from 1995-97, much to the chagrin of fans and players embarrassed by the cartoonish, “Captain Highliner” design – during warumps. Team captain and superstar John Tavares is rightfully envied by fans and opponents for his skills, but on a night like this, the envy toward him died down somewhat when he had to pull on this abomination: Read more

Legendary coach Al Arbour welcomes fan notes in battle with dementia

Al Arbour

The man who led the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cups is now looking for a little motivation from his fans.

Hall of Fame coach and player Al Arbour, 82, is reportedly being treated for dementia and Parkinson’s disease at a retirement home in Florida. Toronto journalist Howard Berger tweeted a photo of Arbour in Florida earlier this week (since deleted from Twitter).
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Tavares flips puck into Bruins zone, beats three defenders for incredible goal

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John Tavares (Getty Images)

John Tavares is on-pace for 82 points, which would set a new career high for the New York Islanders star, besting his previous mark by one point. But even if he doesn’t set his career high, he can point to his goal on Thursday night as an indication of how great he has been in 2014-15.

With the Islanders down by two midway through the second period, Tavares crossed the red line with three Bruins defending his solo rush. So, naturally, the shifty center flipped the puck over the heads of the three defenders, beat them all in a foot race to the rebound that bounced off the pads of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and chipped the puck to the back of the net. Read more

Tuukka Rask broke Michael Grabner’s heart last night

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Tuukka Rask robs Michael Grabner (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have been one of the great stories of the 2014-15 season. In the franchise’s final year on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn, the team is tops in the Metropolitan Division and has a deep squad with weapons at all positions.

But none of that mattered last night.

The Boston Bruins, who know a thing or two about winning in the East, thumped the Isles 5-2, with Reilly Smith and Milan Lucic leading the offensive charge. In net, Tuukka Rask made 43 saves, none more impressive than this robbery of Michael Grabner:

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Great Toskala’s Ghost: Leafs’ Jonathan Bernier allows abysmal goal vs. Coyotes

Jonathan Bernier (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the ghost of Vesa Toskala and the infamously abysmal goal he allowed in 2008 entered the Air Canada Centre Thursday and a new embarrassing Leafs netminding moment for the ages was born.

It took place at the beginning of the third period, with Toronto on the power play and leading Arizona 1-0. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson grabbed the puck at his own blueline after the faceoff, and fired a harmless shot towards the Toronto zone. The next part should have its own horror music: Read more