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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 5:20 PM

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

Hurricanes recall Dalpe, Gragnani from AHL

The Carolina Hurricanes recalled forward Zac Dalpe and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL on Monday.

Forward Andreas Nodl and defenseman Michal Jordan have been reassigned to Charlotte.

This marks the second NHL stint of the season for Dalpe, 23, who made the team’s roster out of training camp. He had two assists in six games with the Hurricanes before being assigned to Charlotte on Feb. 3.

Gragnani hasn't played in the NHL this season.

The Hurricanes' next game is Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 3:17 PM

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

Projected lineup for Stars vs. Predators

Christopher Nilstorp is set to make his fifth start of the season when the Dallas Stars visit the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Goalie Kari Lehtonen took part in the morning skate, but won't dress. Lehtonen, who remains on injured reserve as he recovers from a groin injury, is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Stars will also get defenseman Trevor Daley back after he missed the past two games with a neck injury. Additionally, Matt Fraser will make his season debut.


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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 3:10 PM

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

Red Wings give Lashoff three-year extension

The Detroit Red Wings announced Monday they have signed rookie defenseman Brian Lashoff to a three-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

The 22-year-old Lashoff, signed as an undrafted free agent, made his NHL debut with the Red Wings this season. He has a goal and two assists in 15 games along with a minus-4 rating.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:35 PM

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

Coyotes sign Schlemko to two-year contract

The Phoenix Coyotes signed defensemen David Schlemko to a two-year contract Monday.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $1.1875 million per season.

“We are very pleased to sign David to a multi-year contract," said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney. "David is a skilled defenseman and has developed into a reliable player for us. In today's game where skating, mobility and puck movement are so important for defensemen, David's talent makes us a better team."

Schlemko has two assists in nine games with the Coyotes this season. He ranks second on the team with 26 blocked shots. The 25-year-old has six goals and 27 assists in 118 career games, all with Phoenix.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 2:05 PM

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

Statuses of Nash, McDonagh uncertain for Tuesday

In terms of injuries, it was mixed bag at New York Rangers practice Monday.

Rick Nash (undisclosed) remained absent and looks like a poor bet to be in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Nash hasn't played since Feb. 17 against the Washington Capitals, when he was a game-time decision with the same unrevealed ailment.

It appears Ryan McDonagh (head) could be absent Tuesday as well, as the defenseman did not practice after leaving Saturday's 3-0 loss after being driven into the board and glass from behind by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:52 PM

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

Penguins sign Eaton to one-year contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Mark Eaton, a member of their 2009 Stanley Cup championship team, to a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old Eaton had spent time this season with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and more recently was practicing with Pittsburgh in the hopes of earning an NHL contract.

Eaton has career totals of 24 goals, 85 points and 238 penalty minutes in 627 career games for the Flyers, Predators, Penguins and Islanders. He has four goals and 10 points in 60 Stanley Cup Playoff games. All four of those goals came during the Penguins' 2009 Cup run.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:14 PM

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

Report: Panthers send Markstrom back to AHL

The Florida Panthers have returned goaltender Jacob Markstrom to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, according to reports.

Markstrom was recalled last week and started consecutive games for the Panthers. He lost to both the Penguins and Bruins, but stopped 65 of 71 shots, a .915 save percentage.

A second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old Markstrom is 2-7-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 career appearances for Florida.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 11:32 AM

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

Injured center Spezza skates

Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza skated on his own before teammates took the ice at Scotiabank Place on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc earlier this month.

Spezza was projected to miss 6-8 weeks, which would put his earliest return around the end of March.

Spezza, who has two goals and five points in five games this season, has collected 228 goals and 621 points in 611 career games, all with the Senators. The Senators have won four straight and are sixth in the Eastern Conference with 24 points.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 10:02 AM

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

Report: X-rays on Girardi's foot come back negative

X-rays on Dan Girardi's right foot were negative, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie on Sunday morning, after the New York Rangers defenseman blocked a shot in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Girardi absorbed a one-timer blast from Canadiens defenseman PK Subban in the final minutes of a 3-0 loss Saturday night at Bell Centre and had to be helped off the ice. Earlier in the game, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh had to leave after a hit from behind by Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty that resulted in a boarding penalty.

The 28-year-old Girardi leads the Rangers in ice time at 25 minutes per game and was an All-Star in 2012. He is tied for 10th in the NHL in blocked shots with 45, but as played fewer games than everyone ahead of him.

The Rangers have yet to announce the health status of either player and likely won't do so until they practice Monday in Greenburgh, N.Y.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 12:29 PM

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

Islanders' DiPietro clears waivers, sent to AHL

The New York Islanders officially assigned goaltender Rick DiPietro to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

DiPietro, who was placed on waivers Friday, has eight years remaining on his contract at $4.5 million per season. Injuries and ineffective play have stalled the career of the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft.

Including three games this season, DiPietro has only appeared in 50 for the Islanders since the start of the 2008-09 campaign. He has wins in 14 of those appearances.

To replace DiPietro on the roster, the Islanders recalled Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport. Poulin, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, has appeared in a total of 16 games for the Islanders in the previous two seasons.

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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday