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Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 12:11 PM

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

Penguins claim Boychuk off waivers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 23-year-old Boychuk was the 14th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, but was never able to find a regular place in the Carolina lineup. He played in the Hurricanes' season opener and hadn't seen action again since.

In 73 games over parts of five seasons, Boychuk posted seven goals, 18 points and a minus-4 rating. He was a 20-goal scorer each of the past two seasons for Carolina's American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he expects to give Boychuk a chance to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

"He's a guy who's a first-round pick," Bylsma said. "He's got speed to his game. He's got limited NHL experience, but he's going to add some competition in our lineup. He could see time on Malkin's line on that wing and see him in that position and adding speed and a little bit of grit to that line."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 10:52 AM

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

Spezza to undergo surgical procedure on back

Jason Spezza, the Ottawa Senators top center, will undergo a surgical procedure on his back.

The Senators have tweeted the following statement from general manager Bryan Murray: "Jason Spezza is out indefinitely. Will have back surgery in Toronto on Friday."

According to reports, the surgery is not considered to be major. Murray is currently holding an 11 a.m. press conference.

Spezza has missed the past two games with what the team is terming an upper-body injury that occurred sometime during Ottawa's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Spezza, a four-time 30-goal scorer, has been a point-per-game player this season, with two goals and three assists in five games.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 7:59 PM

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

Coyotes hope to have Smith back by weekend

The Phoenix Coyotes have spent a week without starting goaltender Mike Smith, who left last Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury, but they're hopeful he'll be back in a couple of days.

Coach Dave Tippett had high hopes for an early return after watching Smith practice on Wednesday.

"I'd be surprised if he's not ready by the weekend," Tippett said.

Smith is eligible to be activated from injured reserve on Friday. Phoenix has a home-and-home series with Dallas on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 6:45 PM

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

Rangers' Callahan expected to miss 10-14 days

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will miss 10 to 14 days after injuring his shoulder in Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden.

Callahan, who scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory, was injured early in the third period during a scuffle with Philadelphia forward Max Talbot.

After undergoing an MRI on Wednesday, the Rangers said Callahan was diagnosed with a subluxation of his left shoulder. Callahan was dragged down by the arm by Talbot and immediately skated off the ice. His left arm dangled as Callahan went down the tunnel to the locker room.

Callahan's second-period goal gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead and was the 200th point of his NHL career.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 6:45 PM

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

Kaleta out of hospital, but not ready to play

Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta was released from the hospital Wednesday after an overnight stay following a hard hit late in the first period of Buffalo's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Kaleta was sent home and will not travel to Boston for the Sabres' game against the Bruins on Thursday.

Kaleta, who has a history of head and neck problems, was driven into the boards by Toronto's Mike Brown, who was assessed a minor penalty. Kaleta skated off awkwardly with 2:26 left in the period and did not return.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 4:19 PM

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

Report: Landeskog to miss second straight game

The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will miss his second straight game when he sits out Wednesday's game at the Vancouver Canucks due to head and leg injuries.

Landeskog was hurt during the first period of a game Jan. 26 against the San Jose Sharks on a hard hit by defenseman Brad Stuart. Landeskog returned to the game, but has not played since.

The newspaper reported that while Landeskog is traveling with the team and was at the arena during the morning skate, it only was to receive medical treatment and he did not get on the ice.

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said there is no timetable for Landeskog to return.

In four games, the 20-year-old forward has one goal and a plus-3 rating.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:53 PM

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

Devils place Janssen on waivers

The New Jersey Devils on Wednesday placed forward Cam Janssen on waivers.

Janssen, 25, had no points and a minus-1 rating in three games this season. He was a healthy scratch Thursday, and has played less than four minutes per game when he has been in the lineup.

A 2002 fourth-round pick, Janssen has played four of his eight NHL seasons with the Devils. He's also played with the St. Louis Blues, and in 311 NHL games, he has 11 points and 750 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:32 PM

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

Oilers send Danis to AHL, open spot for Khabibulin

The Edmonton Oilers announced goaltender Yann Danis has cleared waivers and been re-assigned to the club's American Hockey League team, the Oklahoma City Barons.

That move could mean veteran Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Khabibulin has not played this season while continuing to work his way back from hip surgery in April.

Khabibulin, who turned 40 earlier this month, went 12-20-7 in 40 games last season, with 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

If Khabibulin is activiated, it's likely he'll be the backup to Devan Dubnyk on Wednesday when the Oilers play at the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 12:25 PM

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

Callahan to have MRI on injured shoulder

The New York Rangers announced team captain Ryan Callahan will have an MRI on his shoulder Wednesday afternoon.

Callahan appeared to injure his left arm during a third-period fight with the Philadelphia Flyers' Maxime Talbot during Tuesday's game. During the scuffle the players were yanking on each other and fell to the ice. When they got up, Callahan held his left arm close to his body and immediately skated off the ice.

"We were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something," Talbot told NHL.com. "It was unfortunate. I let him go. I kind of felt it, but then I saw his face as well."

Callahan scored his second goal of the season in the second period, and it held up as the game-winner in the Rangers' 2-1 victory.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 4:51 PM

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

Canucks' Lack out six months after hip surgery

The Vancouver Canucks announced Tuesday that goaltending prospect Eddie Lack will be out at least six months following hip surgery.

"After consultation with our team physicians, it was deemed that Eddie Lack would require a procedure on his hip," Mike Gillis said in a statement. "We expect Eddie to make a complete recovery and continue his professional career after a successful rehabilitation program."

Lack went 7-4-1 in 13 games this season with the Canucks' American Hockey League team, the Chicago Wolves, but hasn't played since Nov. 24.

Lack, 25, signed a new two-year contract with the organization during the offseason, and was expected to slide into the backup role behind Cory Schneider if a long-rumored trade involving Roberto Luongo ever happened.

Should the Canucks still deal Luongo, the only other goaltender currently under contract to the Canucks is Joe Cannata, a sixth-round pick in 2009 who began this season in the ECHL before joining the Wolves when Lack was hurt. The current starter for the Wolves is Matt Climie, who has split time with Lack in the AHL in 2011-12 and at the start of this campaign, but who is not currently signed to an NHL contract.

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