Rumor Roundup: Sabres’ Myers finally on the move?

Tyler Myers

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers frequently pops up in this season’s rumor mill, with the Anaheim Ducks among the clubs reportedly interested in the 6-foot-8, 219-pound blueliner. The Ducks lack depth in right-handed rearguards and there’s a perception the 25-year-old could blossom into a Zdeno Chara clone on a better team.

Recently there’s been a notable increase in speculation linking Myers and the Ducks. It began over a week ago when the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch claimed Ducks GM Bob Murray had regular talks with the Sabres. On Friday, TVASports’ Renaud Lavoie claimed those talks were intensifying, telling WGR 550 the Sabres wanted a defenseman (like Cam Fowler) as part of the return for Myers. Read more

Flyers goalie Steve Mason injures himself – during a TV timeout

Adam Proteau
Steve Mason (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Steve Mason has had his share of injuries to deal with this season, but when the Flyers goalie was hurt Sunday against Washington, he was hurt in the oddest of fashions: during a TV timeout.

The 26-year-old Mason, who has been stellar between the pipes for Philadelphia this season (2.27 goals-against average, .925 save percentage), skated to the Flyers bench during a break in the second period before he abruptly left the ice and had to be carried to the dressing room as backup Ray Emery went in: (video via somehockeyvideos) 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

Capitals rally around six-year-old fan injured in sledding crash

Jared Clinton
Capitals salute fans

There’s no good reason to be anything but a fan of the Washington Capitals. First, it was Alex Ovechkin’s wonderful and thoughtful gift to the Washington Ice Dogs, and now the team is rallying around a young boy who was critically injured in a sledding accident.

From Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks comes the story of Bensten, a six-year-old Capitals fan. Bensten was sledding at his home in McLean, Va., when his sled ended up in the street and a passing car struck him. Following the accident, he was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he remained in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Read more

Ovechkin ties Nash in Rocket race with insane hand-eye coordination

Jared Clinton
(Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

During the All-Star Game’s Skills Competition, Alex Ovechkin tried three times to bat a puck out of midair after it had been lobbed to him by St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko. He whiffed on all three attempts.

With that in mind, it’s possible to chalk up Ovechkin’s tally on Thursday night as lucky. But the puck he batted out of mid-air into the Ottawa net was only coming at him faster and while he was under duress. So, no, it’s more likely that the greatest goal scorer of the NHL’s current era probably isn’t so much lucky as he is good. Read more

Like goals? Watch the Capitals net two beauties in 59 seconds

Jared Clinton
Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Generally speaking, when a team scores a pair of goals in under a minute there’s usually some shoddy goaltending or a crazy bounce to thank. That was not the case for the Washington Capitals during Tuesday night’s tilt with the Los Angeles Kings, as the Capitals scored a pair of gorgeous goals in 59 seconds.

The two-goal outburst began with a broken play behind the Kings net when a puck came spitting out from the boards during a mix-up between Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick and defenseman Robyn Regehr. The puck landed right on the stick of Alex Ovechkin, who quickly slid it cross-ice to Marcus Johansson, who threw it back the other way to Nicklas Backstrom. The 27-year-old center made no mistake. Read more

St. Louis star Kevin Shattenkirk to have abdominal surgery, but Blues have enough depth to soften the blow

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Kevin Shattenkirk (Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues are one of the NHL’s best and deepest teams, and have won 10 of their past 11 games, including the current five-game win streak they’re enjoying. So if any team is equipped to deal with an injury to a star player, it’s the Blues – and they now have to deal with one after announcing top blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk is injured and requires abdominal surgery that will knock him out of the lineup for weeks.

The team revealed Monday the 26-year-old Shattenkirk, who was injured in a win over Washington Sunday, will undergo the surgery in the net week-to-10-days – and his timetable for returning after that will be “week-to-week”. The New Rochelle, N.Y., native was leading all NHL defensemen in assists this season (32) and with 40 points in 49 games, he was second only to Calgary’s Mark Giordano in points by a blueliner; in addition, he was well on his way to demolishing his career bests of 10 goals, 35 assists and 43 points when he was hurt. Read more

Suspend him or not: Backes crunches Alzner from behind

Jared Clinton
David Backes (Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues captain David Backes is one of the most physical leaders in the entire NHL, but he has always stayed on the side of laying clean, hard hits.

As such, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Backes, 30, has never been suspended in his nine-year career. That may change after Sunday night, however, as Backes labeled Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner from behind. The hit was enough to earn Backes a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Read more