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Nathan MacKinnon has proved to the hockey world this season that he does have the makeup to be the next big NHL superstar. By all accounts, the Colorado Avalanche are getting full - value for the first overall pick they spent on MacKinnon that last summer's NHL Entry Draft.
On Friday night, against the Detroit Red Wings, MacKinnon was able to do something no other 18-year-old in NHL history has ever done before. MacKinnon tallied an assist with just 32 seconds remaining in overtime to help give the Avalanche to a win, making history in the process.
The rookie extended his point streak to 13 games. It is the longest such streak by a player of his age, breaking the record previously held by Wayne Gretzky, who had points in 12 straight games in 1979-80. During the streak, the native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, has five goals and 13 assists.
Move over Sidney Crosby, you are no longer the only famous hockey player from Cole Harbour. Nathan MacKinnon has impressed all season. His 51 points, (22 goals and 29 assists), places him amongst the top 30 scorers in the NHL. Without a doubt, MacKinnon will win the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's rookie of the year.
“MacKinnon, in stereotypical hockey fashion, downplayed his record-breaking performance.
"It's pretty cool. I want to be as consistent as possible. He [Gretzky] probably doubled my point total in those games," MacKinnon said after the game.”
The Colorado Avalanche are extremely excited about the future with Nathan MacKinnon and for good reason, last season The Avalanche finished in 15th place in the Western Conference with 39 points. So far, on this campaign the team has collected 87 points good for fourth place in the West. If I were the owner of another NHL hockey club I would be scared if I was placed in a playoff matchup with the Colorado Avalanche and their confident youth.
Congratulations, Nathan MacKinnon for setting a new NHL record!
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Source: Eye on Hockey
It came down to the wire but the New York Islanders found a new home for Thomas Vanek. The high-scoring winger is now a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
The Islanders have been working on dealing Vanek for a while but the market was reportedly only going down as the deadline approached. How low did it go? The Canadiens only gave up prospect Sebastien Collberg. There are some draft picks in play here too; if the Habs make the playoffs (very likely), they send a second-round pick to the Isles. If they miss the playoffs, New York sends a fifth-round pick to Montreal.
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10. Jonathan Toews end-to-end goal on Colorado (2007) (Video)
This goal from Jonathan Toews' rookie season was one of the first big highlights of his NHL career. Since then, he has become accustomed to being in the spotlight: he is the Chicago Blackhawks' captain, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, as well as a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner. Only 25 years old but what a spectacular career he's had already.
9. Steven Stamkos falling goal against the Ducks (2009) (Video)
You're going to have to watch this one carefully. Falling to the ice, somehow, Steven Stamkos managed to knock the puck into the net from the seat of his pants. One of the best off-balance goals I've ever seen.
8. Jordan Eberle toe-drag goal versus Flames (2010) (Video)
What a way to start off your career. What you see above is Jordan Eberle's first ever National Hockey League goal. Yes, a coast-to-coast toe drag move with a backhand finish and then a head-first slam into the boards.
7. Bobby Ryan spin-o-rama goal against Kings (2009) (Video)
Another beautiful goal in a rookie season, the trend continues. Bobby Ryan's renowned spin-o-rama goal has been in many different top goal countdowns. But it's still not his greatest goal ever (see number three).
6. Alexander Ovechkin dangle against Rangers (2009) (Video)
It was only a matter of time until Alexander Ovechkin - one of the game's most electrifying snipers - would make it onto this list. Watch him go coast-to-coast, sidestep a New York player at the blue-line, dangle by another, and then kick the puck to his stick and put it past top-goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
5. Jason Spezza OT winner versus Montreal (2005) (Video)
The oldest goal (hence the bad quality) on this list features a great game winning overtime dangle by Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza. It's the most prominent goal from his career.
4. Daniel Sedin through-the-legs hat-trick goal (2010) (Video)
We've seen a lot of through-the-legs goals the past few years, but this one remains my favourite. A Daniel Sedin between-the-legs hat-trick goal off a no-look feed from his twin Henrik.
3. Bobby Ryan dangles David Legwand twice (2011) (Video)
After taking away the puck at the blue-line, Bobby Ryan undressed David Legwand not once, but twice, and then finished the goal past Pekka Rinne on a very pretty play.
2. Rick Nash shorthanded goal versus Phoenix (2008) (Video)
Shorthanded, one against two, Rick Nash completely dekes out two Coyotes, and then undressed the goaltender for an incredible goal.
1. Alexander Ovechkin incredible falling goal (2006) (Video)
Not only the best goal scored in the last ten years, but hands down the greatest goal scored in NHL history. On his back, one hand on his stick...
John Tavares' bat-in goal at the World Juniors: A non-NHL goal that showcases John Tavares' incredible hand-eye co-ordination. (GIF)
Mike Smith empty net goalie goal with .1 seconds remaining: He was the only goaltender within the last ten years to physically shoot the puck into the opposing team's net and get credited with a goal. (Video)
Victoria Salmon Kings amazing passing play: Some call this the greatest hockey goal ever scored. From the ECHL. (Video)
Linus Omark chip shootout goal: My favourite shootout goal of all-time. Also not from the NHL. (GIF)
Sidney Crosby diving one-timer goal versus Tampa Bay: Possibily the best goal of Crosby's career? (Video)
Mikael Granlund's amazing lacrosse-style goal. (GIF)
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#NYR trade Ryan Callahan, 1st, 2nd rd. draft picks to #TBL for Martin St. Louis. This is perhaps as big as it's going to get for this season's trade deadline.
Early reports indicated Ryan Callahan was close to signing a deal with New York. But, previously this month, there were also rumours that Marty St. Louis wanted to go to New York.
The deal is the first captain for captain trade in NHL history.
In the immediate future, Martin St. Louis will help the New York Rangers and has a good friend on the team in the form of Brad Richards. Richards and St. Louis were teammates during their 2004 Stanley Cup championship in Tampa Bay.
Ryan Callahan is a good player in his own right, with the capability of scoring 20 goals. However he remains on signed. Will the Tampa Bay Lightning pay him the money he wants?
If they do, Callahan has solid leadership qualities and is younger than the 38-year-old St. Louis.
I'm also hearing, The draft picks go up in value to to first- rounders if the Rangers are able to advance in the playoffs...
All in all, it's a solid move for both sides, if the players are committed to the teams and do what is expected...
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Tim Thomas has been traded by the Florida Panthers to the Dallas Stars for Dan Ellis. Immediately after the trade was tweeted by NHL on TSN's Bob McKenzie, goaltender Roberto Luongo tweeted, "NOOOO!!!!!!!!".
Roberto Luongo may not be a top-notch goaltender in the NHL anymore, but he has still obviously retained his sense of humour.
Luongo and Thomas faced each other in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Many fans were excited to see Luongo suit up with Tim Thomas as teammates after Luongo was traded yesterday.
I guess it won't be happening.
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Quality, not quantity. That's what this year's NHL deadline has been. There haven't been a lot of trades, but several big name players have been dealt including, Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Martin St. Louis, and the latest: Marian Gaborik.
Gaborik has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who will recieve forward Matt Frattin, a second round, and third round draft pick in return.
The deal will put Gaborik on his fourth team in the last five years: Minnesota, New York, Columbus, and now Los Angeles.
Gaborik has 688 points in 791 games over his NHL career.
According, to CapGeek the Columbus Blue Jackets will retain 50% of Gaborik's salary.
Great short-term move for the Los Angeles Kings, Gabby is known to be a streaky goal-scorer who can put the puck in the net with one shot. This is the type of player you want in the playoffs. A long-term fit concerns me though, because of health concerns...
I have followed Matt Frattin for this career, he is an Edmonton, Alberta native which I have enjoyed watching since his days in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He's a reliable player that will fit well with Columbus.
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Roberto Luongo is finally back where he begun. The 34 year old goaltender has been traded to the Florida Panthers, who originally drafted the goaltender in 1997.
In exchange, the Canucks will recieve goaltender Jacob Markstrom, as well as forward Shawn Matthias.
Many hockey fans could sense this deal happening when Luongo was not given the starting nod during the Heritage Classic.
"Luongo incredibly still has another eight years remaining on (his contract), a 12-year, $64-million deal he signed in 2009 at the peak of his game." - HockeyFanLand.
Luongo will now be teammates with Tim Thomas in Florida, who he ironically faced and lost to in Game Seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
I feel like this deal comes a year late. Luongo has shown interest in Florida for quite a while. If this deal was made last year, Luongo's market value may have been slightly higher.
Who's in rebuild mode now?
The Florida Panthers have acquired a 34 year old goaltender well past his prime on the hopes of rekindling the magic that he once had. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, could this move kick start a massive rebuild for the franchise, who are currently sitting at the cusp of a Western Conference Wild Card playoff berth. What's the future for veteran forwards Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Kesler?
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This puck just robbed the Toronto Maple Leafs of at least a point tonight. The Columbus Blue Jackets win by a score of 2-1. Video Here.