Phil Kessel Breaks NHL Record for Consecutive Games Played
The NHL regular season is in the books. The Pittsburgh Penguins won their first Stanley Cup in their 42nd year of existence and the New York Rangers ended the Ottawa Senators’ Stanley Cup winning streak with their first championship in 41 years.
After the season was over, it was a great one for many players. The New York Islanders added some key players after trading away Thomas Vanek. The Islanders traded for their second captain in three seasons as they also grabbed a potential franchise goaltender in Jonathan Huberdeau. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed up a top prospect in Evgeni Malkin and added another in Patric Hornqvist. The Chicago Blackhawks decided to add Kris Versteeg instead of going for a trade, and instead signed Bryan Bickell. The St Louis Blues signed Alex Pietrangelo on a one year deal and finally re-signed Mike Ribeiro on a two-year deal. Ryan Reaves, who was on a bad run of injuries, finally got his long overdue break as the Flyers decided to move him for a seventh round pick and a prospect named Michael Van Bliomenberghe. A couple other players, Kris Letang and Mark Streit, who were on the bubble, turned it into a great season. Letang finished second on the team in goals, while Streit had the best season of his career. This was just the beginning of a great season for Mark Streit.
The end of the year also found the Edmonton Oilers looking for a new starter in their net. They chose a goaltender in the draft, and he came in the form of Ladislav Nagy. He went on to post a 16-7-3 record as the Oilers were the first team in the NHL to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since the 1970’s. They had two more regular season wins at 41 and 44 to finish out the year before finishing in a