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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 3:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Capitals sign Hillen to two-year extension

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday re-signed defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension.

Hillen, 26, has registered one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Capitals this season. Hillen ranks eighth on Washington in average ice time per game (18:21) after missing 25 games with an injury.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:57 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders can take eighth with point(s) against Jets

The New York Islanders will find themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference at the end of Tuesday night with either a victory or a post-regulation loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders begin play Tuesday in ninth, but have 37 points, tied with the eighth-place New York Rangers, who aren't in action again until Wednesday.

The Jets hold down the third seed by virtue of leading the Southeast Division, but they've lost three straight and are four points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, who face each other Tuesday.

Here's how the lineups could look for the Islanders and Jets:

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Vanek to miss fourth straight game

Thomas Vanek told reporters he will miss his fourth straight game when his Buffalo Sabres play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Vanek skated with the team Tuesday morning, but said he has not recovered fully from the upper-body injury that has sidelined him since March 26.

Vanek leads the Sabres with 16 goals and 33 points this season.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:06 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Report: Kings' Mitchell won't return this season

ESPN.com is reporting that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell will not play this season due to a knee injury.

Mitchell had surgery on his knee in the offseason and reinjured it during the lockout. He had been trying to rehabilitate his leg during the season, but ESPN's report states that Mitchell had arthroscopic surgery on the injured knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

The veteran blueliner had career-bests of five goals and 24 points in 76 games last season, and was a plus-7 in helping the Kings win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 10:30 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Maple Leafs speaking with Kiprusoff

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis spoke with the agent for Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on Monday and likely will speak directly to Kiprusoff on Tuesday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

This comes on the heels of multiple outlets reporting Monday that the Maple Leafs were granted permission by the Flames to speak to Kiprusoff, who is likely to be dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline passes Wednesday.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 5:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Trade Deadline: Best of the Rest

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 4:57 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sharks activate Greiss, assign Stalock to AHL

The San Jose Sharks on Monday activated goaltender Thomas Greiss from injured reserve and reassigned goaltender Alex Stalock to the Worcester Sharks, the team's American Hockey League affiliate.

In four games this season, Greiss is 1-3-0 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

In two games with San Jose this season, Stalock has posted an 0-0-1 record with a 2.86 GAA and a .846 save percentage. In 31 games with Worcester, he has posted a 15-12-3 record with a 2.48 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 3:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Tennyson to make NHL debut for Sharks

Defenseman Matt Tennyson is set to make his National Hockey League debut on Monday night as the San Jose Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion.

Tennyson, a 22-year-old undrafted free agent and California native, will be paired on defense with veteran Brad Stuart.

Here's how the lineups project for the Sharks and Canucks:


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 3:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Sharks' Clowe addresses trade speculation

San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe addressed the trade rumors swirling around him following the morning skate at HP Pavilion on Monday.

Clowe, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season and multiple media outlets have reported Monday that a trade is imminent.

"I'm aware of what's going on and anything happening with me has to go through me, so we'll see," Clowe said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Clowe did not say if he thought a trade would happen Monday or at least before the deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Jackets would deal first-rounder for scorer

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is willing to part with one of his three first-round picks before the trade deadline Wednesday in an effort to get more scoring into the lineup, according to a tweet from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets own their first-round pick plus first-round picks that originally belonged to the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. They picked up the Kings' pick in the trade for Jeff Carter last season, and they got the Rangers' pick in the trade for Rick Nash in the offseason.

Columbus is eighth in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Blue Jackets have won two in a row and are 10-2-5 since Feb. 26.

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