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Posted On Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 4:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Oilers defenseman Petry drawing interest: report

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry is drawing interest as the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline approaches, general manager Craig MacTavish said Friday.

MacTavish, speaking on 630 CHED Radio, said Petry's recent play has increased his value. The 27-year-old can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Jeff Petry
Defense - EDM
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 11
SOG: 95 | +/-: -23
"The last 20 games he’s really settled into what I think is his best hockey as an Oiler," MacTavish said according to Nicholsonhockey.com. "He's aggressive. He's assertive making decisions. He's decisive on the ice. He's jumping up on the play at a level he never … he did from time-to-time, but he never really felt comfortable doing it because he's a conservative guy by nature. But he's playing the game. He's playing the game to win and everybody around the League is seeing that. He'd be a valuable piece for anybody to add.

"And pending his UFA status, there's motivation on our part to move him or get him signed. So it'll be one of those things."

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Posted On Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 2:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Rangers' Stepan out vs. Predators because of illness

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will not play Saturday against the Nashville Predators because of an undisclosed illness, according to the Rangers' verified Twitter account.

Stepan missed the beginning of this season recovering from a leg injury; he has 34 points in 36 games since returning.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 6:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Flames' Hartley 'having fun' during surprising season

Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley joined NHL Live to discuss the surprising success the Flames have enjoyed this season.

The Flames are 29-20-3 and began Thursday in second place in the Pacific Division. To Hartley, the hard work, effort and results start in the dressing room.

"It starts with our great captain Mark Giordano and all our great leaders to all our young players," Hartley said. "I rarely saw in my coaching career a group of individuals so committed to playing the right way, working out the right way, practicing the right way, and obviously having fun winning games. This is a great group of guys and it's lots of fun."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 5:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Senators forward Neil not asking for trade: report

Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil said he has not asked for a trade with the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline approaching, the Ottawa Citizen reported Thursday.

"I haven't indicated that I want out of here or anything," Neil told the Citizen. "I've taken less money (than was offered elsewhere) to stay here in previous contracts. It shows the loyalty I have to this organization. I've bled a lot and went a lot of miles with this team and I've got a lot left."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 4:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

London's Marner could miss two weeks: report

Forward Mitchell Marner of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, the leading scorer in the OHL, is expected to miss up to two weeks because of an upper-body injury, the London Free Press reported Wednesday.

Marner, No. 7 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, was hurt Sunday during a game against the Oshawa Generals.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound center has 93 points in 45 games, more than any other player in the Canadian Hockey League. His 35 goals are tied for the lead in the OHL.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 4:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Canucks, Rangers pursuing Leafs' Santorelli: report

The Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers are two of the teams that have talked to the Toronto Maple Leafs about acquiring forward Mike Santorelli, according to ESPN.com.

Santorelli, in his first season with the Maple Leafs, has 10 goals and 28 points in 52 games, the same totals he had in 48 games last season with the Canucks. The 29-year-old has played mostly on the wing this season but can play center. He's won 47 percent of his faceoffs but last season in Vancouver he won 51.3 percent while taking 419 draws, fourth-most on the Canucks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 12:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Oilers forwards Hall, Pouliot out against Penguins

The Edmonton Oilers will be without forwards Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, interim coach Todd Nelson said, according to the team's verified Twitter account.

Hall and Pouliot will travel with the team on a six-game road trip that begins Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hall missed three games coming out of the All-Star break with a bone bruise before returning Monday against the San Jose Sharks. He didn't play in the third period or overtime and wasn't used in the 13-round shootout as the Oilers won 5-4.

"As the game went on it started to get worse," Nelson said of the injury, which Hall re-aggravated. "It was up to Taylor and the pain."

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 10:48 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Flames recall Potter, send Wotherspoon to AHL

The Calgary Flames on Wednesday recalled defenseman Corey Potter from Adirondack of the American Hockey League. To make room on the roster, defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon was sent to the AHL.

Potter, 31, has spent all season in the AHL; he has 10 points and 18 penalty minutes in 25 games. Last season he had five points in 19 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins. He also played in one Stanley Cup Playoff game with the Bruins.

In parts of six NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Oilers and Bruins, Potter has eight goals and 32 points in 123 games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 10:28 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Eichel, Boston University reach Beanpot title game

Boston University freshman Jack Eichel will have a chance to be part of history when his team plays for the Beanpot Tournament championship Feb. 9 at TD Garden in Boston.

Eichel, NHL Central Scouting's No. 2-rated prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft in its midterm rankings, had a game-high 10 shots on goal and was on the ice when linemate Daniel O'Regan (San Jose Sharks) scored the winning goal as the Terriers beat Harvard 4-3 in double overtime in a Beanpot semifinal on Tuesday.

A 6-foot-2, 196-pound center, Eichel has 40 points in 24 games, second among all NCAA players; his 1.67 points-per-game average also is second.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 7:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Nolan hopeful Sabres don't trade Myers: report

Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Tuesday he hopes defenseman Tyler Myers isn't traded prior to the NHL Trade Deadline next month.

"He's one of the bright spots on this team," Nolan told the Buffalo News. "When you go through a rebuilding and restocking of the organization, some of the pieces you keep and you surround them. Tyler Myers is one of those guys you build your team around."

Myers has two goals and 10 assists, is a minus-12, and averages a Sabres-high 25:13 of ice time in 42 games prior to Tuesday.

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