Evander Kane Dealt to Buffalo in Blockbuster Trade

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The few days of the Evander Kane saga with the Winnipeg Jets are finally over. After that controversial run-in with team mates when he showed up to practice in a track suit and being a healthy scratch in a game against his hometown team, the Vancouver Canucks, the Buffalo Sabres and Jets have finally worked out a deal today that involves the forward Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian being shipped to the Sabres for D-man Tyler Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects, and a first-rounder for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Evander Kane is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to shoulder surgery. He had 14 goals and 25 points in 38 games this season. He has 109 goals and 222 points over the past six seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.

Zach Bogosian has 3 goals and 13 points in 41 games this season for the Jets. Myers has 4 goals and 13 points in 47 games. Both have contracts through the 2018-19 season.

Drew Stafford has 9 goals and 24 points in 50 games. He is set to be a UFA at the end of the season.

Brendan Lemieux, who was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft, has 35 goals, 50 points, and 120 PIMs this season with the Barrie Colts of the OHL. The Jets have not signed him to an entry level contract and will need to do so before the 2016 NHL Draft.

Jason Kasdorf, a college goalie in his junior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is 9-14-0 with a .900 save percentage this season. The Sabres hold his rights while he remains in college and for 30 days after he leaves the school.

Joel Armia, selected by the Sabres in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 10 goals and 25 points in 32 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL this season. He has only played one game for Buffalo this season.

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In August of 2014, a new era of European hockey began, as the first pan-European competition got underway. The Champions Hockey League promised to be a quality tournament to decide the best hockey team in Europe. And it did not disappoint.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Trade Evgeni Nabokov to San Jose Sharks for Future Considerations

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The Sharks acquired former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, affectionately known to Sharks fans as “Nabby”, from Tampa Bay today in exchange for future considerations. Nabokov was placed on waivers by the Lightning on Feb. 1st after going 3-6-2 with a 3.15 GAA and .882 save percentage in 11 games.

Nabby was a ninth-round draft pick by San Jose in the 1994 NHL Draft and played his first 10 seasons with the Sharks. He holds the franchise records for games played by a goalie (563), wins (293), and shutouts (50).

After being let go, he spent one season playing in the KHL and three seasons with the New York Islanders before ending up in Tampa Bay. His career record is 353-227-71 with 29 ties, a 2.44 GAA, .911 save percentage and 59 shutouts.

Nabby will make an announcement on the future of his hockey career this Wednesday.

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Edmonton, Toronto, & Buffalo: Who Has It the Worst?

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As the playoff race has already begun and the points in the standings have become all the more valuable, non-playoff contenders – especially the Oilers, Leafs, and Sabres – have all found themselves in a very familiar position. It’s just another season of hockey Hell, literally, for their fans watching their beloved teams lose game after game.

For those fan bases, it’s no question that they’re long tired of losing but at the same time they’re used to it. All three of those teams have tried almost everything. All three have replaced head coach after head coach. The Buffalo Sabres have already cleaned out their old front office and put in place new staffers, especially the GM. Neither Edmonton nor Toronto have done that.

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The Greatest Game: A Fan’s-Eye View of Martin Brodeur

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As a Devils fan who lived in New Jersey throughout much of Martin Brodeur’s career I was lucky enough to see him play in person dozens of times. We Devils fans knew he was a special player before the rest of the hockey world figured it out – so much so that we would seek out seats closer to the goal he defended twice rather than the one our team shot on twice in any given game.

Still, I didn’t fully understand the extent of Brodeur’s value to the team I loved until after I watched him lose the greatest game I ever attended in person.

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