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The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first-round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second-round pick.

It had been widely speculated that the 2013-14 season could be Vanek's last with the Sabres. He has one year left on his contract and rumors were heating up. Vanek led the Sabres with 20 goals and 41 points 38 games last season. In 13 games this season, he has scored four goals and added five assists. The Austrian is in the final year of a seven-year deal he signed with the Sabres prior to 2007-08 worth an average annual value of $7.142-million. Moulson has scored six goals and three assists with the Islanders in 11 games so far in 2013-14. He, too, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. He is in the final season of a three-year deal worth an average annual value of $3.13-million. The Sabres are last in the Eastern Conference with a 2-10-1 record and just five points through their first 11 games. Vanek was one of two high-profile Sabres playing out the final year of a contract alongside goaltender Ryan Miller.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:39:00 PM

Cedric Paquette lit the lamp three times for the Bolts on Thursday night as Tampa Bay hammered Detroit 5-1.

The 21-year-old rookie's first career hat trick was completed in dramatic fashion, as the forward tipped a puck at the blueline on the penalty kill to intercept a pass, took the puck to the net on an odd-man rush and fired home the shorthanded goal for his ninth of the season. Paquette has a hot stick with five points in his last three games and 15 through 40 games this season.
Jan 30 - 1:14 AM

Jason Spezza went pointless in his return to Ottawa on Thursday, but the Stars were able to beat the Senators 6-3.

The performance snapped a six-game points streak for the veteran center, but the longtime Senator probably had other things on his mind as he was given a warm welcome returning to the city that drafted him. The Canadian Tire Centre crowd applauded their former captain after a video tribute during a commercial break. Spezza has 35 points in 48 games with the Stars.
Jan 30 - 12:50 AM

Carey Price made 24 saves on Thursday night, and the Habs needed each and every one of them, as Montreal squeaked by New York 1-0.

Price has won four straight games and has not allowed more than two goals in his past five games for the Canadiens. Of course, we're not including his performance for Team Foligno in Sunday's All Star Game. Price improves to 26-10-2 this year with a .931 save percentage and 2.09 goals against average.
Jan 29 - 11:13 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov is probable to start for the Ducks Thursday against San Jose.

He was the first goalie off the ice and the Ducks play again Friday versus Chicago, so Frederik Andersen will probably play that contest. Bryzgalov made 14 saves in a 5-1 win over New Jersey on Jan. 16 in his last outing.
Jan 29 - 3:17 PM

Joffrey Lupul has been activated by the Maple Leafs and he'll be back in the lineup on Thursday.

He has sat out the last 11 games with a lower-body injury. It's still unclear where Lupul will play, but it wouldn't be surprising if he bumped Leo Komarov of the top line and skated alongside Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.
Jan 29 - 3:12 PM

Taylor Hall (leg) won't be in the lineup on Thursday against Buffalo.

"He's still day-to-day and going under treatment," coach Todd Nelson said. "I don't have any answer on when he'll be back. We just take it every day and see if he's getting better." Hall didn't take part in the morning skate and he didn't practice on Wednesday either after missing Tuesday's game with a bone bruise.
Jan 29 - 2:02 PM

Martin Brodeur officially called it a career on Thursday.

He announced his retirement in a press conference at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Brodeur was named a senior advisor to Blues GM Doug Armstrong for the rest of this season and he's excited about the change. "This is a great day for me," Brodeur said. "I'm excited to start a new chapter in my hockey career. It's something I've been thinking about." He won't have any trouble getting into the Hall of Fame after he set NHL goaltending records in games (1,266), wins (691), shutouts (125), consecutive 20-win seasons (12), consecutive 30-win seasons (12), and consecutive 40-win seasons (three).
Source: NHL.com
Jan 29 - 1:16 PM

Jason Spezza will make his return to Ottawa on Thursday night as a member of the Dallas Stars.

The Senators visited Dallas on Jan. 13, but this meeting will be different. Spezza spent 11 seasons in Ottawa before requesting a trade. He has fond memories of his former team, but he is happy to be with the Stars. "When you're in the same spot for a long time, sometimes it takes a hard decision," said Spezza. "Hopefully, they appreciate I gave everything when I was here and tried to do all I could to help us win." He is getting more comfortable with his new team and will take a five-game point streak (one goal, five assists) into Thursday's match.
Jan 29 - 12:20 PM

Craig Anderson has a hand injury that will probably keep him out of the lineup against Dallas on Thursday.

Andrew Hammond is up with Ottawa on an emergency recall and Robin Lehner will get the nod when the Senators host the Stars. Consider Anderson day-to-day for now.
Jan 29 - 10:58 AM

Patrick Kane scored and added a helper in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the LA Kings on Wednesday.

Kane picked up his 23rd goal of the season in the loss and his 53rd point in 48 games. He now has six points in his last four games. If he keeps up this pace he has a shot at eclipsing his career high 88 points he registered back in 2009. Patrick Sharp also added a goal and an assist in the loss. Andrew Shaw scored the other goal for Chicago.
Jan 29 - 2:08 AM

Jonathan Quick stopped 26-of-29 shots to help the Kings beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday.

It was just his second win in 2015 but was an impressive one as the Kings came from behind to beat rival Chicago. He hasn't been great this month but still holds a solid 17-10 record with a 2.48 GAA and .911 save percentage. Hopefully this galvanizing win jump starts his game as LA goes into the stretch drive and you try to win your fantasy pools.
Jan 29 - 1:57 AM




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