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Not old news: Artemi Panarin wins 2016 Calder Trophy

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Jacob Tremblay announced that Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin won the 2016 Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year for 2015-16.

The other finalists were Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) and Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers).

Panarin scored 30 goals and his 77 points topped all rookies by a healthy margin. His strong season generated bonuses that are putting quite the squeeze on the Blackhawks.

“Ghost” didn’t win, although he did get a boost at the bank:

As expected, it was a pretty close race. Panarin is the first Blackhawks player to win the Calder since Patrick Kane:

2015-2016 Calder Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Artemi Panarin, CHI 1258 (88-41-16-3-2)
2. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI 955 (33-53-42-12-8)
3. Connor McDavid, EDM 858 (25-45-48-15-8)
4. Jack Eichel, BUF 449 (2-9-25-72-25)
5. Dylan Larkin, DET 170 (1-0-8-23-51)
6. Max Domi, ARI 92 (0-2-2-12-32)
7. John Gibson, ANA 62 (0-0-5-9-10)
8. Colton Parayko, STL 52 (1-0-4-4-10)
9. Sam Reinhart, BUF 2 (0-0-0-0-2)
10. Anthony Duclair, ARI 1 (0-0-0-0-1)
Jaccob Slavin, CAR 1 (0-0-0-0-1)

Calder Trophy Winners Since 1990

Year Winner Runner-up
2016 Artemi Panarin, Chi. S. Gostisbehere, Phi.
2015 Aaron Ekblad, Fla. Mark Stone, Ott.
2014 Nathan MacKinnon, Col. Ondrej Palat, T.B.
2013 Jonathan Huberdeau, Fla. B. Gallagher, Mtl.
2012 Gabriel Landeskog, Col. R. Nugent-Hopkins, Edm.
2011 Jeff Skinner, Car. Logan Couture, S.J.
2010 Tyler Myers, Buf. Jimmy Howard, Det.
2009 Steve Mason, CBJ Bobby Ryan, Ana
2008 Patrick Kane, Chi. N. Backstrom, Wsh
2007 Evgeni Malkin, Pit. Paul Stastny, Col.
2006 Alex Ovechkin, Wsh. Sidney Crosby, Pit.
2004 Andrew Raycroft, Bos. Michael Ryder, Mtl.
2003 Barret Jackman, St.L Henrik Zetterberg, Det.
2002 Dany Heatley, Atl. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atl.
2001 Evgeni Nabokov, S.J. Brad Richards, T.B.
2000 Scott Gomez, N.J. Brad Stuart, S.J.
1999 Chris Drury, Col. Marian Hossa, Ott.
1998 Sergei Samsonov, Bos. Mattias Ohlund, Van.
1997 Bryan Berard, NYI Jarome Iginla, Cgy.
1996 Daniel Alfredsson, Ott. Eric Daze, Chi.
1995 Peter Forsberg, Que. Jim Carey, Wsh.
1994 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Jason Arnott, Edm.
1993 Teemu Selanne, Wpg. Joe Juneau, Bos.
1992 Pavel Bure, Van. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det.
1991 Ed Belfour, Chi. Sergei Fedorov, Det.
1990 Sergei Makarov, Cgy. Mike Modano, Min.

Blues set to part ways with Gomez, place him on unconditional waivers

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Scott Gomez‘s time with the St. Louis Blues appears to be coming to an end.

The veteran center, who went unclaimed on waivers yesterday, has now been placed on unconditional waivers — “a vehicle to grant Gomez his unconditional release from the team,” the club announced on Wednesday.

Gomez, 36, appeared in 21 games for the Blues, posting eight points (one goal, seven assists) and four penalty minutes. He converted a training camp PTO into a one-year, two-way deal in early October but, with a number of St. Louis’ injured forwards having returned or nearing a return, Gomez became the odd man out.

He’s only played in five games this month, the last coming in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Dallas.

It remains to be seen what the future has in store for Gomez. He could try to catch on with another club, possibly go the AHL route or try his hand overseas.

Space for Streit? Flyers place Sam Gagner on waivers

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The Philadelphia Flyers are doing what they can to get Mark Streit back into the mix without needing to demote Shayne Gostisbehere.

With the deadline to clear room being Wednesday’s game, the Flyers put Sam Gagner on waivers on Tuesday, and it’s possible that this alignment will work for Philly.

The Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac did some of the math:

That’s not to say that it would be the absolute ideal situation. Isaac also notes that the Flyers would carry eight defensemen in this alignment.

Gagner isn’t the only noteworthy player placed on waivers, as the St. Louis Blues did the same thing with Scott Gomez.

In other waiver news, David Rundblad ranked among the players who cleared waivers.

Former Bruins first-rounder Caron to make Blues debut tonight — in Boston

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Jordan Caron was taken by Boston with the 25th overall pick in 2009, and went on to play 134 games for the team over a five-year span.

Since getting traded in March, Caron has spent time with the Colorado Avalanche, the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and now, the St. Louis Blues — and tonight, Caron will make his St. Louis debut in a familiar place:

TD Garden.

“We really liked him (in training camp),” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of Caron, per the Post-Dispatch. “We really liked his strength on the puck. He had a slow start but he’s played great down there lately.

“He deserves a chance to play.”

Caron, 25, was the subject of heavy criticism during his time in Boston, failing to secure a regular place in the lineup despite several chances to do so. After an equally troubling stint with the Avs — Caron went pointless in 19 games last year — there were serious questions about his ability to stick at the NHL level.

But a strong showing with the Wolves has turned things around.

Caron has a team-high nine goals and 14 points through 25 games this year. Tonight, he’ll take Scott Gomez‘s spot in the lineup as the Blues look to rebound from Monday’s loss 4-3 loss in Philly, a game St. Louis led 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Yes, in 2015: Scott Gomez sets up Martin Havlat goal

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Hey, did you know that Martin Havlat is debuting for the St. Louis Blues tonight?

The New Jersey Devils are quite aware, and not just because he once wore a Devils sweater.

In a trip down memory lane, Scott Gomez – also a former Devil, obviously – set up Havlat for a goal in his first game back.

Cool, right? Both are a bit long in the tooth, yet maybe they can provide the occasional offensive boost for the Blues?

If nothing else, it made for a neat moment tonight.