Jaromir Jagr scores first goal as Panther, ties legend Phil Esposito for fifth-most career goals in NHL history

Jaromir Jagr (Eliot J. Schechter/NHL)

As one of the few guaranteed first-ballot Hockey Hall of Famers playing in hockey’s top league, Jaromir Jagr is used to setting new milestones on the regular. And on Sunday, in his second game as a member of Panthers team that just acquired him, he added another two achievements to the list: his first goal for Florida, and his 717th career regular-season goal, tying him with legend Phil Esposito for fifth on the list of all-time NHL scorers.

The 43-year-old Jagr, dealt from New Jersey to the Panthers Thursday for a pair of draft picks, scored his first in a Florida uniform after picking up an attempted pass that took a bad bounce, and rifled it past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop: Read more

THN Trade Deadline Preview: Atlantic Division

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If there’s going to be trade action in any division, the Atlantic is the one to watch. With Montreal, Tampa Bay and Detroit fighting for top spot, Boston and Florida trading punches in the Wild Card and Toronto set for a full rebuild, there’s potential for the entire division to be shaken up on March 2. Even if the star players, such as Maple Leafs Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, aren’t moved at the deadline, there are going to be changes coming to the Atlantic as the teams either push for a shot in the wide open Eastern Conference or shuffle the deck and build for the future. Read more

Check out Ben Bishop’s new, luminescent Tron Lightning mask

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At 6-foot-7, 214 lbs., Ben Bishop is a hard guy to miss. Thanks to his new mask design, it’s even easy to spot him in the dark.

Bishop, Tampa Bay’s number one netminder, teamed up with DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson for an incredible new lid that makes use of Gunnarsson’s GLOW Tech FX that he’s been using quite a bit lately. The GLOW Tech FX paint allows the mask to glow in the dark, and Bishop’s mask makes such great use of the technology that you could see him from a mile away. Read more

Oshie makes brilliant through the legs, no look pass for goal

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T.J. Oshie (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

If there’s one thing we learned at the Sochi Olympics, it’s that T.J. Oshie is one of the more creative players in the world today. His shootout magic earned him big praise, and his through the legs, no look pass Thursday night should do the same.

With Oshie’s Blues already up 3-1 on the Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis worked a set play to perfection. Oshie was streaking up the ice, collected a three-zone pass off the boards, and shielded the puck around Andrej Suster and Victor Hedman. Oshie then stopped as he was looking like he was about to curl behind the net and made a pass between his own legs with his back to the play, right onto the tape of Blues captain David Backes. Read more

Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy – mostly, his toe – robs Nashville’s Mike Ribeiro of a goal

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Taylor Beck and Andrei Vasilevskiy (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rookie Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has just seven games of NHL experience under his belt, and he’s playing behind star Ben Bishop, who at age 28 is in his prime and has many productive seasons ahead. So the 20-year-old Vasilevskiy has to make the most of his opportunities. And although he didn’t ultimately come away from Tuesday’s game between Tampa Bay and Nashville, the Russian made a spectacular toe save on veteran Mike Ribeiro fans on both teams are likely to remember for quite some time.

The play took place during a scoreless tie with less than six minutes left in the first period: Ribeiro picks up a rebound directly in front of Tampa’s net, but Vasilevskiy juts out his left leg just enough to get his toe on the puck and prevent the game’s first goal: Read more

The 10 worst free agent signings of 2014-15

Dave Bolland's five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Florida Panthers is one of the worst UFA deals handed out. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues’ signing of Martin Brodeur didn’t turn out the way many fans would have hoped, with the legendary netminder playing some of the worst hockey of his career and then retiring once there was no longer a spot for him in the lineup.

But the signing was a calculated risk. Brodeur came cheap, was a capable backup and a teacher and mentor for young goaltender Jake Allen. Because Brodeur retired before Feb. 1, it saved the Blues from paying a roster bonus to the veteran netminder. Those are all reasons you won’t find Brodeur on this list of the worst signings of this season.

What you will find is a few players who are overpaid, contracts that are far too long, and a few gambles that simply didn’t pay off. Read more