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Lightning Acquire Defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Flyers

Lightning Acquire Defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Flyers

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the Tampa Bay Lightning enter the stretch run of the NHL season, the team went out and made their team stronger before the trade deadline as they acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

In order to acquire Coburn's services, the Lightning had to give up their 2015 first- and third-round draft picks along with defenseman Radko Gudas.

 

The Lightning also shipped Brett Connolly to the Boston Bruins for a second-round pick in 2015 and another in 2016.

Coburn led the Flyers this season in average shifts per game at 27.9 and is still a solid defenseman. He had been with the Flyers since the 2006-2007 season. He was also third among Flyers' defensemen in average ice time at 20:14. Coburn has one goal and eight assists in 39 games this season.

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Jaromir Jagr Ties Phil Esposito on NHL Scoring List

Jaromir Jagr Ties Phil Esposito on NHL Scoring List

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fl.) -- Jaromir Jagr tied Phil Esposito for fifth on the all-time scoring list in NHL history on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there," Jagr said of Esposito. "After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him."

At 10:24 into the first period, Jagr beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop over his stick-side shoulder to score his 717th career goal.

Jagr was traded to the Panthers on Feb. 26 from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks.

He now trails Marcel Dionne (731 goals) for fourth all-time.

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NY Rangers Complete Mega Deal for Yandle

NY Rangers Complete Mega Deal for Yandle

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(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers have completed a deal to acquire one of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL.

The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle, as well as defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick.

Yandle has had two 50+ point seasons in his career and recorded at least 30 points over the last seven seasons, including 41 so far this season.

The Coyotes will assume 50% of the salary remaining on Yandle’s contract. He has one year remaining on his deal; he's scheduled to make $5.75 million next season.

The Rangers are 38-17-6, 82 pts, sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

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Del Zotto Leads Flyers Past N.Y. Rangers, 4-2

Del Zotto Leads Flyers Past N.Y. Rangers, 4-2

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored the goal-ahead goal, 1:19 into the third period as Philadelphia (27-25-11; 65pts) doubled up the New York Rangers (38-17-6; 82pts) on Saturday night, 4-2.

Del Zotto with an assist from center Sean Couturier bypassed Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot for the short-handed goal, his 8th of the season. Talbot saved 30-of 33 shots while Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was 34-of-36 in save attempts.

The Rangers had a 2-1 lead after defenseman John Moore scored, 11:55 into the second period, but the Flyers came back to tie it 2:42 later with a goal from forward Michael Raffl.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds notched his 25th goal of the year with one second remaining in the game.

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Blackhawks Acquire Timonen from Flyers

Blackhawks Acquire Timonen from Flyers

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Blackhawks traded a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2016 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Kimmo Timonen."We've been working on this one for a while," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. "He was a defenseman we really wanted. Setting aside the fact he hasn't played, once we get him up to speed, he's a great player. He's been an elite defenseman for a lot of years."We looked around at the other guys. When we get him back on his game, he's a great defenseman, low risk, high reward."The 39-year-old Timonen has not played this season due to blood clots in his lower right leg and both of his lungs, but on Thursday Timonen skated with the Flyers and said he's ready to play.Timonen ranks third among active defenseman with 571 career points over 15 NHL seasons.Timonen has declared he will retire at the end of the season.

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Panthers Acquire Jagr from Devils

Panthers Acquire Jagr from Devils

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fla.) -- The Florida Panthers have acquired winger Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.The Panthers are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and Jagr's presence should make that goal more obtainable.The 43-year-old, five-time scoring champion has 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games this season.The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Jagr won back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. Following the 1998-99 season, Jagr received the Hart Memorial Trophy which is given to the player deemed most valuable to his team.Jagr currently ranks first among active NHL leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), power play goals (202), and plus/minus (+284).

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Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15

Scoreboard Roundup 2/25/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Boston Celtics 115 (22-33) - New York Knicks 94 (10-46) Miami Heat 93 (25-31) - Orlando Magic 90 (19-40) (F/OT) Charlotte Hornets 98 (23-32) - Chicago Bulls 86 (36-22) Atlanta Hawks 104 (45-12) - Dallas M...

Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Could Miss the Next 6-10 Weeks

Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Could Miss the Next 6-10 Weeks

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- It has been a rough 24 hours for Chicago sports fans. Not only will Bulls point guard Derrick Rose be on the shelf indefinitely due to another knee injury, but Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will miss the next 6-10 weeks with an upper-body injury.

Kane was cross checked in the lower back by Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in the first period of their game on Tuesday.

This is a tough blow for the Blackhawks as Kane is tied with Jakub Voracek of the Flyers and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals for the most points in the NHL at 64.

"I don't think you can replace the things that he does with the puck, without the puck, the attention that he draws, but one of the strengths of the organization is depth," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "You hear it all the time: When a player goes down, you need to step up and collectively fill those shoes. But you guys know as well as I do what kind of player Kaner is."

Kane was attempting to be the first American-born player to win the Art Ross trophy, which goes to the player who leads the NHL in points.

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Bruins Krejci Out At Least One Month

Bruins Krejci Out At Least One Month

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Bruins will be without their top-line center for at least one month as they make a playoff push.

David Krejci will be out for four to six weeks, according to general manager, with a partially torn MCL after a collision with Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 20.

Krejci has missed 20 games this season with a groin injury.

The team was 8-9-3 in his absence.

Currently, the Bruins (29-21-9, 67pts) are in eighth place in the eastern conference, just three points ahead of the Florida Panthers (26-21-12, 64pts) for the final playoff spot. 

The Bruins signed Krejci to a six-year extension last September worth 43.5 million dollars.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 95 (18-39) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (27-27)

Indiana Pacers 106 (22-33) - Philadelphia 76ers 95 (12-42)

Toronto Raptors 105 (37-17) - Atlanta Hawks 80 (43-12)

Detroit Pistons 100 (22-33) - Chicago Bulls 91 (34-21)

Miami Heat 111 (23-30) - New York Knicks 87 (10-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (34-22) - Washington Wizards 89 (33-22)

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 (12-42) - Phoenix Suns 109 (29-26)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (23-26-9, 55pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (33-22-3, 69pts)

New York Rangers 3 (35-16-6, 76pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (17-38-4, 38pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (21-29-7, 49pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-31-5, 51pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (38-16-4, 80pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (28-21-9, 65pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) - Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20) Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 86 (27-1) - Pacific 74 (10-17) (7) Arizona 87 (23-3) - USC 57 (10-16) (9) Utah 47 (21-4) - Oregon State 3...

Predators Acquire Defenseman Cody Franson from the Maple Leafs

Predators Acquire Defenseman Cody Franson from the Maple Leafs

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The top team in the NHL has added even more reinforcements as they've acquired defenseman Cody Franson and center Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In exchange, the Predators will send the Maple Leafs forward Olli Jokinen, prospect Brendan Leipsic, and a 2015 first-round pick.

"In preparation for the 2015 playoff run, our goal was to add a veteran defenseman who could play in all situations and a proven forward who could move up and down lineup based on the situation," Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement. "We were fortunate to do this in the same transaction with players who are in the prime of their careers more than two weeks before the trade deadline in order to give them more time to contribute and gel with their teammates."

Both Franson and Santorelli began their careers with the Predators, and are also both set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

In 55 games this season, Franson has 32 points, while Santorelli has 29 points in 57 games.

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Stars Place Seguin on IR

Stars Place Seguin on IR

Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(DENVER) -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Star's general manager Jim Nill announced Seguin will miss three to six weeks.The 23-year-old Seguin was injured during the team's win over the Florida Panthers Friday night after getting hit low by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov was ejected from the game, and Seguin had to be helped off the ice."It's a play that I don't like," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday. "It's a dirty, low play that I don't like. The league doesn't like it, and I want to see the league deal with it."Seguin began Saturday third in the NHL in points (58).The Stars also lost forwards Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves to injury Friday night. Like Seguin, Eaves was also placed on the injured reserve.Dallas recalled forwards Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the AHL.

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Evgeni Nabokov Announces Retirement

Evgeni Nabokov Announces Retirement

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(SAN JOSE, Ca.) -- Two days after being traded to the San Jose Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov has announced he will retire from professional hockey.

The 15-year veteran was traded Monday to the San Jose Sharks, the team that drafted the goalie in 1994, from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

"It means a lot that this circle is coming to an end and I'm happy I will retire as a Shark," Nabokov said.

Nabokov, 39, played ten seasons for the Sharks. He was taken in the ninth round with the 219th pick. He eventually won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2001. 

He was a major part of the Sharks first conference finals appearance in 2004, where they would lose to the Calgary Flames.  The team would again reach the finals in 2010 before being swept by the Chicago Blackhawks. Both losses still both bother him to this day.

"I'm really disappointed that we were never able to win the Stanley Cup and deliver that extra save that we needed in the conference finals," Nabokov said.

After the 2009-2010 season he moved on to play three years with the New York Islanders. He played this season with the Lightning until his recent trade.

Nabokov is the Sharks all-time leader in several categories with 293 wins, 50 shutouts and 563 games played.  He is also one of 11 goalies in NHL history to score a goal.

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New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

New Jersey Devils Hot Streak Cools Off

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- The New Jersey Devils entered Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. It was the Oilers (15-30-9, 39 pts) who turned up the heat however, as they extinguished the Devils 2-1.

The Devils (21-24-9, 51 pts) began the night honoring Patrik Elias for scoring his 1,000th career point -- achieved last month against Buffalo. 

Elias promptly put the Devils ahead when he crushed the puck over the glove side shoulder of Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens 5:47 into the first period.

The team would hold the lead until the Oilers' Oscar Klefborn beat Cory Schneider with under a minute to go in the first. Nail Yakupov would seize the lead for Edmonton in the second on a power play goal.

"We all have to look ourselves in the mirror and I need to find a way to be one better," Schneider said. "That's our recipe for success -- keep it at one or two -- tonight I couldn't come up with that one save we needed and we weren't able to pull this one out of the fire."

General manager Lou Lamoriello wouldn't put any of the blame on Schneider's shoulders, instead blaming the energy of the team on the ice and the inconsistency shooting on scoring chances.

"Cory has been that way consistently, each and every night," Lamoriello said. "Goaltending is not the issue."

With two tough games coming up for the Devils in Chicago and Nashville, it's now or never for their season.

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Evander Kane Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Evander Kane Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Friday.Kane has reportedly been playing with this injury for an extended period of time.Before the announcement, Kane hadn't been in the best of graces with the team. The 23-year-old was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against Vancouver, and it was later found out that he had violated team dress code by wearing a track suit rather than a dress suit when showing up for a team meeting earlier that day.According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane's clothes into a cold tub to teach him a lesson. That reportedly upset Kane, who could not be reached by the team before Tuesday's game.Kane has played in 37 games this season, scoring 10 goals and dishing out 12 assists.

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Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist Out at least 3 Weeks with Vascular Injury

Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist Out at least 3 Weeks with Vascular Injury

Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the NHL's best goaltenders will have to sit out at least a few weeks as Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will be on the shelf after suffering a vascular injury.

Lundqvist was struck in the neck by a puck last weekend, and he'll need some time to get back to full strength.

"We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care," the team said in a statement. "Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is re-evaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts."

At 30-15-4, the Rangers are in a tight race over in the Eastern Conference. They find themselves sixth in the Eastern Conference heading into Friday night.

The 32-year-old Lundqvist is having another stellar season for the Rangers this year. He's 25-11-3 with a 2.25 GAA with a save percentage of .922%.

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Canadiens’ P.K. Subban Fined for Diving

Canadiens’ P.K. Subban Fined for Diving

Mark Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment.The infraction happened in the Canadiens' game against the New York Rangers on Jan. 29. Subban was arguing with Rangers forward Chris Kreider when Kreider gave him a slight bump with the shaft of his stick, after which Subban immediately dropped to the ice. The play led to Subban receiving a two-minute minor for embellishment.The diving rule is new this season and was made to seriously penalize players who dive/embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.The 25-year-old Subban previously received a warning by the NHL after a play that occurred in the Canadiens' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 6.Subban becomes the fifth player this season to be fined under the new rule.

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Blues Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Undergo Abdominal Surgery

Blues Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Undergo Abdominal Surgery

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of having a career-season, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be out indefinitely after needing to undergo abdominal surgery.

Shattenkirk suffered the injury when he collided with Washington Capital Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Sunday’s game.

The Blues announced that Shattenkirk will have the procedure in the next seven to 10 days. It is unknown just how long he'll be out of action.

Now in his fifth NHL season, Shattenkirk has been one of the best scoring defenseman in the NHL this season. In 49 games, he has 40 points, second-most by an NHL defenseman this season. He also leads defenseman in assists with 32.

With 68 points, the Blues are third in the Western Conference. They trail the Nashville Preadators and Anaheim Ducks by two points for the top spot.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 103 (10-37) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (8-38)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (39-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 99 (32-15)

Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (28-20) - Sacramento Kings 90 (16-29)

Houston Rockets 93 (33-14) - Boston Celtics 87 (16-29)

Toronto Raptors 127 (32-15) - Brooklyn Nets 122 (18-28)

Dallas Mavericks 93 (31-17) - Miami Heat 72 (20-26) 

New Orleans Pelicans 108 (25-22) - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (31-15)

Utah Jazz 110 (17-30) - Golden State Warriors 100 (36-8)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3  (31-13-4, 66pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2  (17-25-6, 40pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (28-13-8, 64pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (18-22-9, 45pts) - Overtime

Colorado Avalanche 3 (21-18-11, 53pts) - Nashville Predators 0 (31-11-6, 68pts)

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