NHL News: Carter Hart out for the season, Ryan Miller retires, and Adam Fox Norris Trophy leader

Apr 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart (79) stretches in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL injury claims another victim as the Philadelphia Flyers announced that goalie Carter Hart is done for the season with an MCL sprain. This has been a very difficult year for the 22 year-old goalie who had posted a 9-11-5 record with a poor .877 SV% and 3.67 GAA. An absolute far cry from the 24-13-3 mark he set last season to go with a sparking .914 SV% and 2.42 GAA.

Ryan Miller announces he will retire at the end of the season

Anaheim Ducks goaltender has announced today that this will be his last season. The 40 year-old Ryan Miller will call it a career and it has been quite a remarkable one. When he’s finally played his last game he will retire with the most wins by a U.S. born goalie with 390 victories.

“It was a dream come true when I played my first NHL game and it has been a privilege to spend 18 years as a professional,” said Ryan Miller. “I have decided that I am going to retire after the season having been given more time doing what I love than I could ever have hoped for. Thank you to you my teammates and staff, past and present. I’m thankful to so many who made my career possible and helped me on my journey from youth hockey to the NHL. Thank you to my family for supporting me with so much love and enthusiasm.”

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Adam Fox the favorite for the Norris Trophy

Adam Fox Norris
Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Adam Fox #23 of the New York Rangers scores a third period shorthanded goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Wegman went into his fancy stats bag to pull out his top five candidates for the Norris Trophy. Oddly enough, Victor Hedman and John Carlson are not on the list. Here’s who he has:

5. Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes
4. Dougie Hamilton, Hurricanes
3. Charlie McAvoy, Bruins
2. Cale Makar, Avalanche
1. Adam Fox, Rangers

Fox is beginning to run away with the award – at least he should be, anyway. Not only does he lead all defensemen in points, but his underlying numbers further demonstrate just how valuable he’s been this season. With Fox on the ice, the Rangers’ GF% and xGF% sit at 61.3 and 56.2, respectively. Without him, they each fall by over 10 percent. Those aren’t inflated by his usage, either, as he draws tough assignments, and his offensive zone start percentage is just 46. He’s also carried his partner Ryan Lindgren – who has struggled mightily without Fox.

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