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2014 NHL Awards: Patrick Marleau among Lady Byng Trophy finalists

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Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

Rangers mighty mite Martin St. Louis (26) is an eight-time Lady Byng nominee. (Kathy Willens/AP)

By Allan Muir

The NHL announced this morning that forwards Patrick Marleau, of the Sharks, Ryan O’Reilly, of the Avalanche, and Martin St. Louis, of the Rangers, are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

The award is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.

Here’s what the league had to say about the candidacy of each finalist:

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Marleau tallied his seventh 30-goal season in the past nine years, helping the Sharks reach the 100-point mark for the seventh time in that span. He ranked second on the Sharks in goals (33), was third in assists (37) and points (70), and led his club with 285 shots on goal, fifth-most in the NHL. He played in all 82 games and skated an average of 20:31 per contest but received only 18 penalty minutes. The 34-year-old Aneroid, Sask., native is a Lady Byng finalist for the second time, having finished third behind Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards in 2006.

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  • Published On Apr 22, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Flyers show resilience in 4-2 win over Rangers

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    2014 NHL Playoffs: Philadelphia Flyers bounce back in Game 2 win over New York Rangers

    Wayne Simmonds (left) iced the win for the Flyers with a great effort that led to an empty net goal. (Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    NEW YORK — Bouncing back has been a theme all season in Philadelphia, where the Flyers have embraced adversity and turned it into a strength. Their atrocious 1-7-0 start and the dismissal of coach Peter Laviolette were just minor detours on the way to a 94-point season. Captain Claude Giroux went goalless for the first month of the season, but turned his season around and became the NHL’s most productive player of the second half. Philly had the third-best record in the Eastern Conference when trailing after two periods and they scored the second-most third-period goals in the league. Really, bad starts don’t seem to bother the Flyers all that much. Game 2 of their series against the Rangers proved that on Sunday afternoon.

    Philadelphia rookie Jason Akeson redeemed himself after a catastrophic playoff debut in a 4-1 loss in Game 1, and goalie Ray Emery also improved his play markedly — on Thursday, his surgically-repaired hips had been exploited time and time again. Despite falling behind by two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game on Sunday, the Flyers didn’t panic. They fought back, and though they were outshot 33-25 by New York, three second-period goals carried them to a 4-2 win. As the series heads two hours south down I-95, Philly and Rangers are now tied one game apiece.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • NHL 2014 playoff stretch drive trade pickups that are paying off … or not

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    Thomas Vanek of the Montreal Canadiens

    After escaping from Long Island, Thomas Vanek has ignited the Canadiens’ offense. (Terry Renna/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Most hockey trades can’t, and shouldn’t, be judged for years. They deserve time to play out, to tip the scales as the players make their marks during their tenure with their new teams.

    NHL deadline trades, though, are different. They’re unique because the expectations of the partners in the deal vary so widely.

    One team takes the long view, hoping that a pile of magic beans eventually yields a top-six scorer, a sturdy defender or, at the very least, a low-dough roster-filler who can help it stay under the cap. For the other side, the payoff must be microwaved — delivered hot and fast with an eye set on playoff success. It doesn’t matter how the other side of the equation — next season and beyond — plays out. Executed properly, these deals pay off quickly and then it’s on to the next thing.

    Here are six players who switched sweaters at this year’s deadline and are on the verge of paying those immediate dividends … and three more who could be downgraded to junk status.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Jamming The Crease: NHL rookies impress; Toronto turmoil; more notes

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    Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Who misses Martin? Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat are sparking the Lightning’s offense. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    News and notes from around the NHL…
    The biggest beneficiary of the Martin St. Louis trade? Try Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Ondrej Palat. With just three assists to show for his first eight games in New York, St. Louis hasn’t exactly taken the Rangers’ offense into brave, new directions as expected. He’s looked disengaged at times, frustrated at others and has just two shots on net over his past three games. He’ll snap out of this slump eventually (he survived a nine-game drought earlier this season), but it won’t matter much if the Blueshirts don’t start piling up some wins. Given the importance of Friday night’s game against Columbus, this would be a good time for him to show up. Meanwhile, Palat has put up 11 points since St. Louis pouted his way out of Tampa, and he’s done it while meshing seamlessly with new linemates. Funny how that works when you don’t need an excuse. Then again, the kid isn’t looking for one. Watch Palat and you can see his work ethic and focus every shift. That’s where the results are coming from, and that’s the difference right now between him and his old linemate.

    Martin St. Louis joins Rangers’ long line of aging marquee names

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  • Published On Mar 21, 2014
  • Top Line: Martin St. Louis flopping on Broadway, Blues take a hit, more links

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    Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

    The Rangers had 41 shots n a 1-0 loss to San Jose, but Martin St. Louis (26) didn’t take any of them. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Wasn’t Martin St. Louis supposed to spark the Rangers’ offense? The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner hasn’t scored in seven games since joining the team, but then again he’s not the only Blueshirt who is struggling to light the lamp.

    • You can’t blame New York for feeling like the NHL war room bungled this goal review.

    • The Flyers got more than four points out of a home-and-home sweep of the struggling Penguins.

    • Pittsburgh will get two key players back for practice today, but does it mean that either is close to returning to game action?

    • Three games in three days would be a nightmare for most players, but for Nathan Lieuwen it was a dream come true.

    • The Blues will have to go deep into the playoffs if they hope to see Vladimir Tarasenko again this season. The 21-goal scorer needs surgery on his right hand and will miss at least six weeks.

    • Jim Matheson talks about a potential front-office retirement, a potential buy-out candidate and a first-line talent on Long Island in his this ‘n’ that column.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Top Line: Roberto Luongo trolls Canucks; Lidstrom honored; more links

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    John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks

    John Tortorella’s former goalie took delight in the Canucks getting waxed in Dallas. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Roberto Luongo let everyone back in Vancouver know that he hadn’t forgotten them by trolling his old team during their 6-1 loss to the Stars. Is there a word for something that’s funny and depressing at the same time?

    • Was Thursday night the beginning of the end for John Tortorella? The Canucks played like a team that was trying to get its coach fired.

    • This might not be the exact moment that Vancouver’s season ended up in a ditch, but it’s probably pretty close. Zack Kassian’s looking at a two-to-three game ban for this one.

    • Tim Thomas wasn’t between the pipes for the Stars, but Dallas believes that the 2011 Vezina Tophy winner can be a difference maker down the stretch. Look for him to get his first start next week.

    • If Nick Lidstrom had gotten his way, a different number would have been honored by the Red Wings last night.

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2014
  • Top Line: Deadline trade grades; Garth Snow on thin ice?; more links

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    Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin

    Why is this man smiling? Montreal GM Marc Bergevin had a very good deadline day. (Ryan Remiorz/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jim Matheson offers grades for each team that took part in trade deadline activity and says it was a better day for buyers than for sellers. Hard to argue with that assessment considering how little money prime scorers with expiring contracts fetched on the market.

    • Eric Duhatschek agrees with Matheson’s assessment, saying that there won’t be any cases of buyer’s remorse when the league’s general managers wake up this morning.

    • Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin went from being burned in effigy to being elected mayor of Fickleville after his deadline-beating deal that brought Thomas Vanek to Montreal.

    • It’s pretty clear that  Garth Snow is no Rumpelsiltskin after he failed in his efforts to spin Vanek into gold, but the Islanders GM is well situated for success a few months down the road when the draft rolls around. That, however, begs the question: Should Snow be the one who is allowed to call the shots in June?

    • Rory Boylen lists the Canadiens, the Kings, the Rangers, the Capitals and the Senators as his five winners of deadline day.

    • Adam Proteau takes issue with Boylen’s acclaim for Washington, saying that its acquisitions don’t make the team a sure thing for the playoffs, let alone a contender.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Steve Yzerman pays price, trades Martin St. Louis to New York Rangers

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    Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning was traded to the New York Rangers

    Pouting his way out of Tampa Bay after his Sochi snub has stained Martin St. Louis’s reputation. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Steve Yzerman demonstrated his character and integrity when he decided not to overrule the management group decision to exclude Martin St. Louis on Team Canada’s original Sochi Olympic roster. And it cost him.

    The Lightning GM’s relationship with Tampa Bay’s captain turned toxic in the wake of that perceived snub, so much so that even the eventual inclusion of St. Louis as an injury replacement couldn’t soothe the raw feelings.

    And so Yzerman was forced on Wednesday to do the unthinkable. Faced with a star who no longer wanted to play for him, he traded the NHL’s fifth-leading scorer to the Rangers for winger Ryan Callahan and a pair of draft picks.

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    It’s easy to argue that Yzerman made the best deal he could under the circumstances. St. Louis wasn’t just in full pout. He only wanted to go to one team and, having a no trade clause in his back pocket, he had the power to ensure that New York was exactly where he went.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Top Line: Roberto Luongo trade fallout; Ryan Callahan deadline drama; more

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    Roberto Luongo at the Heritage Classic

    Being benched for the Heritage Classic led to Roberto Luongo’s stunning exit from Vancouver. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie hopped on the NHL Network to share some late-night trade gossip, including insight into what prompted the Roberto Luongo deal.

    • The Luongo trade marks the end of one of the most grievously mishandled talent surpluses hockey has ever seen. Does it mean the end of Vancouver’s playoff chances as well?

    • David Hyde says that the deal for Luongo feels more like a desperate cry for attention than a bold move toward respectability for the Panthers.

    • The Luongo trade forced the Canucks to dress a backup who hasn’t played in nine years.

    • Contract talks continue between the Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan, but the time to come to a new agreement is rapidly running out. Fans of both don’t care which side blinks first, as long as one of them does.

    • The upstart Avalanche knocked off the Blackhawks last night to pull to within one point of the defending Stanley Cup champs in the Central Division. Nathan MacKinnon also etched his name alongside Wayne Gretzky’s in the NHL record book. Pretty good night for Colorado, all things considered.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Blogging NHL trade deadline day 2014

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    Thomas Vanek of the New York Islanders

    Another season gone wrong has made dealing Thomas Vanek a necessity for the Islanders. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Welcome to our coverage of deadline day. Here’s a running log of the trade action with my thoughts on each deal and rumor:

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014


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