Taking a look at the NHL's 'unbreakable' records

Thumbnail image for kingsold.jpgNow that some of the biggest news is done with, it’s time for some fun stuff. NHL.com’s John Kreiser is one of the go-to sources for such amusement and today is no exception. He listed some of the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the article.

Most points, career: Wayne Gretzky, 2,857

” … of all his records, this is the one that will be the toughest to top. Gretzky’s assist total of 1,963 would make him No. 1 on the all-time scoring list (Mark Messier is No. 2 with 1,887 points) — but he also scored a record 894 goals. To put Gretzky’s margin in perspective: a baseball player would have to hit well over 1,000 home runs to exceed Barry Bonds’ career record by the same percentage that Gretzky’s career points total exceeds Messier’s.”

Wow, that’s just absurd. As a Pittsburgh Penguins fan I’ll always feel like Gretzky enjoyed some advantages (a few more years in the score-happy era, far superior teammates, health) but those numbers just make your brain fall out of your skull.

Most goals by a rookie: Teemu Selanne, 76 in 1992-93

Since then, the only rookie to score more than 45 goals was Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who had 52 (and 106 points) in 2005-06. Like Selanne, he won the Calder Trophy.

I agree with Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy on this one. If there’s one record in that group that isn’t of the fluky “X number of goals in X amount of time” variety that I could see falling, it might be the goals in a season for a rookie. Rules changes from increased penalty enforcement to smaller goalie pads or big nets could open the way for another goal scoring buffet. Besides, a single season feat is easier to top than a career full of brilliant play.

Most saves in a game: Sam LoPresti, 80

No one has come within 10 shots of facing as many shots as LoPresti — the next-highest total is 70 saves on 73 shots by Quebec’s Ron Tugnutt in a 3-3 tie at Boston on March 21, 1991. Since then, the most saves by a goaltender is the 58 made by the Islanders’ Dwayne Roloson in a 4-3 overtime win at Toronto last Nov. 23.

This is the other record that could be broken some day. It doesn’t seem to require the saves to be made in regulation, so does that mean a marathon playoff game could count? Heck, when you consider the fact that Alex Ovechkin occasionally sends 10 shots toward the net in a single game it seems (a bit) more approachable.

Still, I’m not saying it’s an easy record to break.

I’ll leave you with the one record (beyond Gretzky’s marks) from the story that I couldn’t fathom being broken, either.

Most consecutive complete games by a goaltender: Glenn Hall, 502

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.

NHL key dates for the 2015-16 season

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Nov. 10 —  NHL General Managers Meeting (Toronto)

At last year’s November meetings, the GMs decided to kill the dry scrape. But these meetings usually serve as a table-setter for the rest of the season. It’s the more in-depth meetings in March where the majority of things get decided.

Nov. 27 — NHL Thanksgiving Showdown: Rangers at Bruins

The first of 12 “NHL on NBC” games in 2015-16. Click here for the full list, including the games on NBCSN.

Dec. 7-8 — NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Pebble Beach)

This is where we could find out about expansion. Will both Las Vegas and Quebec City get the nod? Only one of them? Neither of them?

Jan. 1 — Winter Classic: Canadiens at Bruins

From Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Please don’t make any “deflated pucks” jokes. You’re better than that.

Jan. 28-Feb. 1 — All-Star Break

This year’s festivities are being held in Nashville, which is a pretty fun town we hear. Skills competition on Saturday the 30th, game on Sunday the 31st. Over/under has been set at 25 goals and 60 percent effort.

Feb. 29 — NHL trade deadline

Leap day! Click here for a list of pending unrestricted free agents, a.k.a. potential rentals.

Mar. 14-16 — NHL General Managers Meeting (Boca Raton)

As mentioned, these are the more in-depth meetings where any recommendations are typically made. Last season, the GMs recommended 3-on-3 overtime and a coach’s challenge.

Apr. 9 — Last day of the regular season

All 30 teams in action on this Saturday. Playoffs begin four days later on Wednesday. Also, the draft lottery’s date is still to be determined, but should be held sometime around here.

June 18 — Last possible day for the Stanley Cup Final

Click here for PHT’s Cup picks.

June 24-25 — NHL draft

In Buffalo this year. Click here for Central Scouting’s “players to watch” list, led by Auston Matthews.

July 1 — Free agency begins

And then it’s summer.