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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Setting Hockey Aside for An Important Day – #BellLetsTalk

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So, today I wanted to use this time set hockey aside. We all love our teams. We all love our rivalries, but there are times in life that remind us why life precedes the greatest sport in the world. This is one of them.

Today was the start of the annual #BellLetsTalk campaign, an initiative by the Canadian telephone company Bell that strives to end the stigma against mental illnesses. Now, getting a little personal I’m not going to write every thing I feel about the initiative and mental health altogether because I’d already written it last year in my personal blog, although I will say that I along with others do have friends who deal with the hardships of certain mental diseases like depression and anxiety. Last year, I wrote about the #BellLetsTalk campaign to raise awareness and inform others who were totally clueless about the campaign.

I’m sure we’ve all been affected one way or another, whether we’re dealing with these things ourselves or helping others cope and overcome such hardships. Sometimes we try and succeed. Sometimes, we fail. However, it is important that no matter what, at the very least, we have at least done something to raise awareness for an issue that really isn’t brought into the limelight nearly as much as it should. Every time I hear about someone who committed suicide, it hurts. Every time I know someone I love dearly who’s hurting, that hurts even more. It’s obviously something that should be taken very seriously, and I hope the awareness is only going to spread. I also hope the money goes to where they belong so that there can be a much better and more timely diagnosis for these mental illnesses.

The most important thing to remember, and I emphasize this a lot in that article, is that if you know anyone who suffers from depression, anxiety, or anything else, talk to them and try to help them as much as possible and reassure them that you’re always going to be there for them. Have an open mind and heart. Also, if you personally have been or are affected by one or more mental illnesses, talk to someone. Don’t be afraid. There’s always someone out there who really does care. Share your story and I’m sure you’ll have an impact on someone else’s life.

There’s a time when the score matters between two hockey teams, but today the only score that matters is the one between our hockey community and mental illnesses.

 

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Martin Brodeur Retires as a Blue, Joins St. Louis’ Front Office

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Former Devils’ and Blues’ goaltender, Martin Brodeur, has finally decided to call it a career. He will announce his retirement on Thursday.

The legendary goaltender set multiple records in his 22 seasons as a goalie. His 691 wins and 125 shutouts are the most in NHL history. His final shutout came on Dec. 29th for the Blues as they won 3-0 against the Colorado Avalanche; he had broken Avs’ head coach Patrick Roy’s wins record. Martin Brodeur finished his career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 GAA and .912 save percentage in 1,266 games. All but seven of those games came with the New Jersey Devils, the team he’d known all his life before parting ways with the organization. Along with the most wins and shutouts by an NHL goaltender in the regular season, he also holds the record for games played and minutes played (74,438), ranks first in starting games in Stanley Cup Playoff history and second in playoff wins (113).

Brodeur signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Dec. 2nd after starting net minder Brian Elliot had a knee injury. After Elliot returned, it was clear his options were running out. He decided to take a leave-of-absence as a result to think about what he wanted to do for his future. He will be joined by Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Blues Hall of Fame members Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis.

Whether or not he’ll return to the Devils after this season remains to be seen, but Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t count out the possibility.

He could have come here if he wanted. I don’t think this is a case of him choosing (between the two organizations). He’s been there with the players. The (Blues) players and administration asked him to stay. He had an impact in the dressing room.

– Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to NJ Advance Media on Martin Brodeur retiring and joining the St. Louis Blues’ Front Office

One thing we do know is that although Brodeur’s goal tending abilities may have been in question in recent years, he will still be remembered as the best goalie in NHL and New Jersey Devil history. Good luck, Marty.

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