P-A Parenteau is winning Toronto’s trade deadline derby

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P-A Parenteau (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

When the Toronto Maple Leafs put together their first-ever roster under new GM Lou Lamoriello, the tea leaves were pretty easy to read: hot young prospects such as William Nylander and Mitch Marner would not be rushed up to the majors, but a cohort of veteran free agents would get a chance to make a mark.

Enter P-A Parenteau, Michael Grabner, Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes. Those vets all came on short-term deals that would easily be flippable at the trade deadline and bring more futures in return, hypothetically.

So here we are, with less than a month to go before the deadline and very little movement in the market (blame Winnipeg). But rest assured, the logjam will be broken and for Toronto, that will mean dispersing some of the aforementioned vets to playoff contenders. The top name to focus on is Parenteau.

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Ovechkin, Toews take one-game ban for skipping All-Star Game, Kuznetsov, Neal named replacements

Jonathan Toews (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin won’t be the only player skipping the All-Star Game, nor will he be the only one facing a one-game suspension for doing so. The Blackhawks announced Thursday that Jonathan Toews is out of the All-Star Game with an illness and will be forced to miss Chicago’s Feb. 2 game against the Colorado Avalanche.

It flew under the radar in Carolina’s 5-0 drubbing of Chicago Tuesday, but Toews, the Blackhawks’ captain, didn’t step foot on the ice after finishing the second period. In fact, he didn’t even return to the bench when the third period began. And now Toews won’t be heading to Nashville to take part in the all-star weekend.

Post-game Tuesday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville mentioned that Toews had been battling an illness heading into Tuesday’s game and said it was the reason he missed the third period of the contest against Carolina, and that was confirmed by Blackhawks team physician Michael Terry.

“Jonathan will not participate in the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville,” Terry said in a statement. “He was pulled from Tuesday night’s third period because of an illness and remains symptomatic today. At this time, rest over the break is most important for him to properly recover and be fully healthy heading into the rest of the regular season.” Read more

Who says No. 1 netminders can’t play all 82 games in a season? (Hint: not goalies)

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File this under the Captain Obvious department: Martin Brodeur owns just about every major record for goaltenders: wins  (691), shutouts (125), games played (1, 266), 30-win seasons (14), 40-win seasons (eight), minutes played (74,439)…you get the point.

But one record eluded him his entire career. In fact, no goalie has ever done it, though a few, including Brodeur, have come close. He tried for it every season, and it wasn’t like he couldn’t have done it. The problem was trying to convince the killjoys who called the shots in New Jersey to let him try.

“I always begged my goalie coach, ‘Come on! One year. Let’s do it. This could be a record. I’ll play all 82 games. You can pull me after seven minutes if you want. Just let me start 82 games,’” Brodeur said, laughing. “He never bit on it.”

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Oral History: The rise and quick fall of Vezina winner Jim Carey

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Jim Carey. (Getty Images)

Two decades ago Jim Carey took the NHL by storm. After an impressive showing the season prior, Carey had a Vezina Trophy-season in 1996 as a 21-year-old.

His pro career was short, but it was prosperous. He signed a four-year, $11-million contract, but injuries quickly took their toll. And after stops in Boston and St. Louis, along with a couple stints in the minors, Carey retired from hockey. There was no Hollywood ending to the brief career of the goalie nicknamed ‘Net Detective.’ For a season and a half, however, Carey was brilliant. He was 18-6-3 with a 2.13 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and four shutouts in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. He went 35-24-9 with nine shutouts, a 2.26 GAA and .906 SP in 1995-96 to win the Vezina.

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Sabres snap Caps’ streak, chase Holtby

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Evander Kane had a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the league-leading Capitals 4-1. With the win, Buffalo avoided a third consecutive loss to Washington this season.

Philip Varone, Tim Schaller and Kane scored giving Buffalo a 3-0 lead by the 7:14 mark of the second period.

Braden Holtby, who hadn’t lost in regulation in 22 consecutive games, was replaced after allowing three goals on the Sabres’ first 16 shots.

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If Crosby’s seeking for inspiration, he should look no further than Ovechkin

Sidney Crosby (right) and Max Pacioretty (Photo by Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

There were a lot of people who were happy to see Alex Ovechkin score his 500th NHL goal on Sunday afternoon. His parents were two of them. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis seemed quite delighted. Ovechkin’s teammates and the 18,003 people in attendance at the Verizon Center seemed to be having a good time, too.

But one guy who probably cheering from a distance was Ovechkin’s once and former rival, Sidney Crosby. For no other reason than the fact that a lot of the same questions that are being asked about Crosby these days are the same ones that were being posed about Ovechkin three years ago. There is little doubt Crosby is at the nadir of his career, being passed over for the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. Crosby’s play has inspired more questions than answers, as in, “What’s wrong with Sidney Crosby?” or “Are we seeing the beginning of the demise of Sidney Crosby?”

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The 10 best goals from the 501 times Alex Ovechkin has lit the lamp

Jared Clinton
Alex Ovechkin (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal plateau when he buried a wicked wrist shot past Ottawa Senators netminder Andrew Hammond Sunday night, but you won’t find that goal among the 10 best of his career.

Because he possesses such a unique combination of speed, size and skill, Ovechkin has been able to score some near unfathomable goals throughout his career. There are a few you may recall that don’t find there way onto this list — his solo effort against the New York Rangers in the 2009 post-season comes to mind — but playoff tallies don’t count towards his 501 career goal total.

These are the 10 markers from Ovechkin’s 501 that stand out the most: Read more