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Posted On Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 11:14 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Hurricanes activate Ruutu from injured reserve

The Carolina Hurricanes activated forward Tuomo Ruutu from injured reserve, president and general manager Jim Rutherford announced Sunday.

Ruutu was placed on IR on Sept. 29, retroactive to Sept. 21, with a lower-body injury and has missed the Hurricanes' first five games of the regular season. He will play Sunday at PNC Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes on the fourth line in place of Kevin Westgarth.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 3:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Oilers' Eakins has Toronto homecoming against Leafs

Dallas Eakins is only four games into his tenure as coach of the Edmonton Oilers. That short time in Edmonton will make his return to Toronto Saturday even more special, as his Oilers face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Saturday night.

A former Maple Leafs player and assistant, Eakins spent four seasons coaching the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, before being hired by Edmonton. That familiarity with the Maple Leafs organization is what will make Saturday night a special affair for Eakins.

"I think I know everybody that works in this building, from the ushers to the Zamboni guy to the staff," Eakins said following the morning skate. "I have a history with a lot of the players. It's always good when it's something familiar. I'm grateful for the time that I spent here."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 12:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stars recall goalie Campbell

The Dallas Stars have recalled goaltender Jack Campbell under emergency conditions from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

The Stars were forced to call up their top goaltending prospect after starter Kari Lehtonen sustained a lower-body injury in a 4-1 win Friday against the Jets in Winnipeg. He is listed as day-to-day.

Dallas plays against the Wild in Minnesota Saturday in the second of back-to-back games and the second contest in a stretch that will see them play three games in four nights. Campbell was Dallas' first-round pick (No. 11) in the 2010 draft and posted a 19-13-3 record last season with Texas. Campbell made his only start of the 2013-14 AHL season on Oct. 5, making 18 saves in Texas' 4-1 win against the Chicago Wolves.

Veteran backup Dan Ellis made his first appearance of the season Friday night in relief of the injured Lehtonen. He stopped 22 of 23 shots in the appearance and is expected to be Dallas' starter moving forward.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 11:02 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blackhawks call up Pirri, send down Hayes

The Chicago Blackhawks announced late Friday that they have recalled forward Brandon Pirri from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. The team also assigned forward Jimmy Hayes to their AHL affiliate.

A second-round pick (No. 59) in 2009, Pirri led the IceHogs in scoring last season, recording 75 points in 78 games. In seven career games with the Blackhawks, he has recorded no goals and two assists. He was expected to compete in training camp for the team's second-line center job, but was sent down by Chicago just days before the start of the season.

The 6-foot-6, 221-pound Hayes played in two games to start the 2013-14 season, recording no points and one shot. In 43 career games with Chicago, he has six goals and 13 points.

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Posted On Friday, 10.11.2013 / 12:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Clutterbuck to make debut for Islanders

The New York Islanders announced Friday that offseason acquisition Cal Clutterbuck will be in the lineup Friday night when they face the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

Clutterbuck suffered a lacerated leg during a preseason game against the Calgary Flames on Sept. 17 and was originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks.

Clutterbuck was acquired from the Minnesota Wild, along with a third-round pick, at the 2013 NHL Draft in exchange for right wing Nino Niederreiter. The 25-year-old saw his offensive production dip last season with four goals and six assists in 42 games, but he did finish in the top 10 in the NHL with 155 hits.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 2:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Coyotes shake up lineup after consecutive losses

After losing the first two games of a season-long five-game road trip by a combined score of 10-2, the Phoenix Coyotes are shaking up their lineup just three games into the 2013-14 season.

That will happen when you start a road trip with losses of 4-1 to the San Jose Sharks and 6-1 to the New York Islanders.

The shakeup started Wednesday, when the team announced prior to their practice that rookie forwards Chris Brown and Lucas Lessio had been assigned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Portland. To take their places on the roster, Phoenix called up the veteran pair of Tim Kennedy and Brandon Yip.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 12:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Report: Markstrom to start for Panthers

Jacob Markstrom will be in net for the Florida Panthers when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, according to a report by Miami Herald reporter George Richards.

Richards also reports that Tim Thomas worked out on the ice Thursday, but coach Kevin Dineen said the veteran goalie is unlikely to be ready for the team's home opener Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Thomas started the Panthers' first three games but left in the first period Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers with a groin injury. Markstrom relieved and stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 2-1 loss.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 12:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Tootoo, Gustavsson close to returning to Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock isn't making too many changes to a lineup that suffered a humbling road loss Saturday against the Boston Bruins.

Detroit was tied with Boston 1-1 after 20 minutes despite being outshot 14-5 in the opening period. But the Bruins scored three unanswered goals to close out a 4-1 win and hand the Red Wings their first loss of the 2013-14 season.

In response, Babcock is only making one marginal lineup change, sitting 22-year-old Tomas Tatar in favor of veteran forward Mikael Samuelsson on the team's fourth line. Tatar made his season debut Saturday in Boston and his 9:08 of ice time ranked last among Red Wings players.


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Posted On Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 12:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bernier in net as Maple Leafs face Avalanche

It may be just one week into the 2013-14 NHL season, but there is palpable buzz in Toronto as the Colorado Avalanche come to town to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Both teams come into the game undefeated and Toronto will be looking to build on a hot start that has seen the team win its first three games.

While Toronto's three wins have all come in close games, Colorado has won its two games by a combined score of 9-2 and has yet to trail this season.


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Posted On Monday, 10.07.2013 / 4:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings sign Sabourin to entry-level contract

The Los Angeles Kings on Monday signed forward Scott Sabourin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The undrafted 21-year-old had 30 goals and 20 assists with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season. He then had one assist in five regular-season games with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' American Hockey League team and got into three games in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Sabourin had a minus-1 rating and two penalty minutes in one AHL game with Manchester this season.

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It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players