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Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 12:37 PM

By Neil Acharya -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Maple Leafs could get Frattin back vs. Devils

TORONTO -- Whether forward Matt Frattin returns to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup will be a game-time decision according to senior vice-president and general manager Dave Nonis. Frattin has not played since Feb. 11 because of a knee injury, but was on the ice at the morning skate.

If he does play, he is expected to skate on a line with Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur. Kadri, coming off his first career hat trick, is excited at the prospect of reuniting with Frattin.

"I can't wait, I've been waiting for him to come back since he went down," Kadri said. "He is a good player and obviously we have some chemistry together and hopefully we pick up where we left off."

In the event Frattin is unable to play, it is likely that Jay McClement will be inserted on the wing and David Steckel will center the fourth line between Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren.


Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 12:18 PM

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

Predators claim Butler off waivers from Devils

The Nashville Predators on Monday claimed right wing Bobby Butler off waivers from the New Jersey Devils.

Butler was the extra forward on the ice with the Devils during the team's morning skate on Monday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. New Jersey is scheduled to play the Maple Leafs on Monday. He was placed on waivers by the Devils on Sunday.

Butler, who spent three seasons with the Ottawa Senators before being signed to a two-way contract by the Devils on Aug. 9, has one goal, two points and a minus-6 rating in 14 games in New Jersey this season.

Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 11:52 AM

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

Report: Read practicing with contact for Flyers

The Courier-Post is reporting that Philadelphia Flyers right wing Matt Read, who has been sidelined since late last month with an upper body injury, is on the ice Monday practicing in a white, contact-allowed jersey, at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

Read suffered torn rib cage muscles on Feb. 20 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and was expected to miss six weeks.

At the time of his injury, Read had seven goals and 13 points in 18 games for the Flyers.

Posted On Monday, 03.04.2013 / 10:50 AM

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

Maple Leafs trade Brown to Oilers for draft pick

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Mike Brown to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

If the Oilers qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, they will give the Maple Leafs their third-round pick in 2014, according to reports.

Brown is known for his toughness and willingness to fight, and has amassed 70 penalty minutes along with one assist in 12 games this season.

The trade is conditional on Brown passing a physical by noon Tuesday.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 8:04 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MTL @ BOS - 11:03 of the First Period

At 11:03 of the first period in the Canadiens/Bruins game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Montreal forward David Desharnais' centering pass deflected off Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk's stick and into the Boston net. Good Goal Montreal.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 8:00 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Snowstorm in Alberta delayed Canucks

CALGARY -- A snowstorm in southern Alberta grounded the Vancouver Canucks.

Expecting to depart for Calgary after their 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the Canucks were stuck in Vancouver as they waited for weather conditions to improve prior to their game against the Calgary Flames 8 p.m. ET Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

On the Canucks' official Twitter account, the club announced its flight was scheduled to depart at 3:45 p.m. ET.

The game began on time.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 6:43 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Panthers goalie coach relieved as backup

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goalie coach Robb Tallas served as his team's backup goalie for the first 16:16 of Sunday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes before his place was taken by Jacob Markstrom.

Tallas, 39, was signed to a one-day tryout after Markstrom's equipment was left off his flight from San Antonio to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. Markstrom had been called up from San Antonio, the Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate, to replace Jose Theodore, who sustained a leg injury in Saturday's 6-2 loss against Carolina.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 5:33 PM

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

Sabres' Vanek out vs. Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Buffalo Sabres will be without leading scorer Thomas Vanek for a second straight game, coach Ron Rolston announced Sunday prior to his team's game against the New York Rangers.

Vanek was absent from the Sabres' 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and the team hoped he'd able to face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Rolston said Vanek is close but just not ready.

"We're hoping [for Tuesday at the Carolina Hurricanes]," Rolston said. "For his best interest and the best interest of the team, we decided to hold him out [Sunday]. He won't be able to go, but we're very hopeful he'll be able to go on Tuesday."

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 5:21 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

STL @ DAL - 8:59 of the Third Period

At 8:59 of the third period in the Blues/Stars game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that St Louis forward Adam Cracknell kicked the puck with his left skate into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal St Louis.

Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 5:04 PM

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

Devils' Brodeur ruled out of Tuesday's game

It's likely New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will miss at least two more games with the back problems that have sidelined him since Feb. 21.

The (Bergen) Record reported late last week that Brodeur would not join the team for Monday's game at the Toronto Maple Leafs, and general manager Lou Lamoriello told the newspaper Sunday that Brodeur was out for Tuesday's home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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