Top 10 Calder Trophy candidates: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

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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.

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Rumor Roundup: Stewart still available, Blues and Jets may look for deals before trade freeze

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With the NHL holiday trade freeze slated for midnight on Dec. 19, there’s increasing focus on Buffalo Sabres right wing Chris Stewart in the rumor mill. SI.com’s Allan Muir reports Sabres GM Tim Murray is reportedly willing to move the 27-year-old winger for the right price but so far he hasn’t found any takers.

Muir claims the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators are said to have interest in Stewart. The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson adds the Pittsburgh Penguins to that list, while the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claims the Calgary Flames are also among the interested parties. Read more

Ovechkin makes 8-year-old’s wish come true with heartwarming goal

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Lauren Santora with her hero, Alex Ovechkin. (via MSE Foundation)

Like a lot of children, 8-year-old Lauren Santora loves Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Unfortunately, Santora has had to spend much of her life watching her favorite player from the hospital.

Santora has Type 1 diabetes, a debilitating disease that has seen her hospitalized on several occasions in her young life. As part of the Kids Wish Network, Ovechkin granted Santora’s wish of meeting her hero. As part of her practice experience on Friday, Ovechkin and Santora took a shot at a 2-on-1 on Braden Holtby. Read more

Bobby Ryan’s brilliant goal a bright spot in a bad stretch for Senators

Bobby Ryan (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have won just twice in their past 10 games, fired head coach Paul MacLean Monday, and lost 5-3 Thursday to the Los Angeles Kings in the debut of MacLean’s replacement, Dave Cameron. However, Sens star right winger Bobby Ryan played the silver lining in his team’s clouds with a stunning goal that ranks among the best he’s ever scored.

The Senators were trailing 2-0 with six minutes remaining in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre when Ryan picked up a pass on Ottawa’s side of the center ice line, broke into the Kings zone, deked L.A. defenseman Brayden McNabb into next week, and does the same to goalie Jonathan Quick: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Ottawa could see more than just a coaching change

Craig Anderson (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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

Fan bursts into Paul MacLean’s press conference to tell him he’s “the f—ing best!”

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Paul MacLean had some memorable moments during his time behind the Ottawa Senators bench, so it’s only fitting that there was yet another during the press conference following his Monday firing.

MacLean, in talking about how he will move forward from his dismissal, quoted Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off. Seconds later, a female Senators fan – or maybe just a big Paul MacLean fan – burst into the room to declare her love for the ex-Senators coach: Read more

Ottawa Senators fire coach Paul MacLean, Dave Cameron takes over

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The perception among the Senators was that winning coach of the year changed Paul MacLean's approach.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Well, that was oddly timed. Rallying from a 3-0 deficit to win on home ice isn’t quite the low note that typically precedes a firing.

Nevertheless, Paul MacLean is no longer head coach of the Ottawa Senators. The team broke the news today via its Twitter feed. The move comes 543 days after MacLean won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

Interestingly enough, according to sources close to the team, that Jack Adams Award was actually the first domino to set MacLean’s demise in motion. Senators beat writer and THN Ottawa correspondent Bruce Garrioch reported in our season preview Yearbook that MacLean entered this season on thin ice, that he “was almost handed his walking papers” after last season and that his players felt he changed after he won coach of the year. MacLean went from a go-to-bat defender of his players to a confrontational personality. General manager Bryan Murray said “the players liked the old Paul.”

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From Chara to Giroux, stars lend secret recipes to hockey moms

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Erin Phillips & Korey Kealey

Korey Kealey and Erin Phillips know a thing or two about healthy eating. As a culinary expert, Kealey is around food every day. So is Phillips, a registered nutritionist and the wife of Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips.

Both women have children in hockey and know all too well the challenges parents face getting their kids to eat healthy while schlepping them to and from practices, games and, especially, tournaments.

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