Game recaps, Martin Brodeur to announce his retirement, Blues trade Lapierre to Penguins for Goc, Radek Dvorak retires and much more. 

Craig Smith scores in overtime against the Avalanche.

Craig Smith scores in overtime against the Avalanche.

THE TENNESSEAN: Craig Smith’s overtime breakaway goal lifted the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.  The win tied a franchise best for consecutive home wins (eight) by the Predators, as well as giving them a league-best 19-2-1 home record.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders downed the New York Rangers 4-1, marking the third straight time this season the Isles have beaten their arch-rivals. Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 40 saves for the victory.

MLIVE.COM: Stephen Weiss collected a goal and two assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over his former team, the Florida Panthers. The win ties the Red Wings with the Islanders for most points in the Eastern Conference.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Cam Atkinson ended a 17-game scoreless drought by tallying the winning goal to give his Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals.

PHILLY.COM: Steve Mason made 22 saves and Wayne Simmonds scored the shootout winner as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Arizona Coyotes 4-3.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal and Justin Faulk each had a goal and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 upset of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”

NBC SPORTS: St. Louis Blues and former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will formally announce his retirement today and will move into the Blues front office as an assistant to GM Doug Armstrong for the rest of this season. The Devils have made an offer to Brodeur to join their front office in the offseason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And so ends one of the greatest playing careers in NHL history. Brodeur’s place in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee is assured. He’s the NHL’s all-time leader in wins (691) and shutouts (125), won four Vezina Trophies, backstopped the Devils to five Stanley Cup Finals and three championships, won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, and was part of two Olympic gold medal teams. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. 

NHLPA: Long-time NHL forward Radek Dvorak has announced his retirement after 18 seasons. He played 1,260 NHL games with the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes. The bulk of his career (a combination of nine seasons) was spent with the Panthers. Dvorak scored 227 goals and 363 assists for 590 points in his NHL career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Dvorak and his family in their future endeavours. 

TSN.CA: The St. Louis Blues traded center Maxim Lapierre to the Pittsburgh Penguins for center Marcel Goc.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins acquired Lapierre to add more grit to their lineup, while the Blues will use Goc to improve their penalty killing, which currently sits 17th overall.

ESPN.COM: Buying out Mike Richards contract could prove expensive for the LA Kings, costing perhaps $1.467 million per season against their cap over the next ten years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll still be cheaper in the short term than carrying his full $5.75 million per season cap hit. It’s unlikely they’ll find any takers via the trade market for the recently-demoted Richards. GM Dean Lombardi could’ve used a compliance buyout on Richards last summer which wouldn’t have counted against his cap. He gambled on Richards regaining his once-dominant two-way form and lost. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts examines how the Edmonton Oilers ownership is trying to put the squeeze on Sherry Bassin, owner of the OHL’s Erie Otters, regarding a lawsuit against Bassin over a loan he accepted from the Oilers.

USATODAY: Thanks to the decline in the Canadian dollar, the rate of escrow on players’ salaries will rise from 14 percent to 16 percent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could have an adverse effect upon the league’s hope the NHLPA will once again vote in favor of their five-percent salary escalator for next season. 

NATIONAL POST: Quebec City will soon open its’ NHL-ready venue, but the decline in the Canadian dollar, the increase in the value of NHL franchises and the small size of the market could hurt their efforts to land an NHL franchise.