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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 1:10 PM

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

Two-time Cup champ Sykora signs in Switzerland

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Petr Sykora has signed with Swiss club Bern for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Sykora, 36, had 21 goals and 44 points in 82 games with the Devils last season, and five points in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A 1995 first-round pick of the Devils, Sykora has 323 goals and 721 points in 1,017 games with the Devils, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild. He won Stanley Cups with the Devils in 2000 and Penguins in 2009.

Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Which teams are over early season slumps?

A week isn't always enough time to tell you which of the preseason favorites has a real shot at winning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it can be enough time to tell you which preseason favorite might not. This season several top contenders have exploded out of the gate (Boston, Chicago, San Jose), but others that we thought would be there right to the end have struggled early on.

Which of these teams are over their issues? Which of them still have reasons to be worried? Here is my take on which struggling contenders have righted the ship and which have tough sailing ahead.

Philadelphia Flyers

This is a team that really looked like it was having some problems after it lost to New Jersey last week to give it three straight regulation losses to open the season, but I think they're on the way back now. Yes, Scott Hartnell is out for an extended period, and so is Andrej Meszaros. And yes, I know they lost to Tampa Bay on Sunday night, 5-1. But this team also just got Danny Briere back and if you look at Saturday night when the Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 7-1, you'll see that the guys they were counting on to score started putting the puck in the net. Guys like Matt Read, Sean Couturier -- the young players the Flyers got so much out of last year. They had to start scoring and we saw that on Saturday.

Now, I don't think this is a team that's going to get in a groove and rip off 10 in a row. Just look at Sunday. But I do think they'll go through a stretch where they win two games and then lose one, or win three and then lose two. I don't think they're a team that will take off because of their injuries, but they are clearly a good team and I think they're certainly a playoff team. Another big reason to be positive is that Briere's return gives Claude Giroux someone to play on a line with that can finish. With the work ethic and talent they have on their team I think the Flyers are through the worst part of their slump.

Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 12:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Gretzky Fantasy Camp site for Cisco NHL Live

Today, Cisco NHL Live will be at the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. We'll hit the airwaves an hour early, at 4 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, with all of this special coverage from the Bellagio.

E.J. Hradek will sit down with Wayne Gretzky to get his opinion on the state of the NHL and give us an inside look at what the lucky campers experience all week. The "Great One" will also lend a hand in E.J.'s signature segment, The EJ5, as they count down the senior analyst's Top 5 favorite Gretzky moments. We will also hear from hockey legends; Mike Keenan, Rick Tocchet, Grant Fuhr among others.

Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 12:16 PM

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

Senators recall 2011 top pick Zibanejad

The Ottawa Senators have called up forward Mika Zibanejad, the team's 2011 top pick, from their American Hockey League affiliate.

Zibanejad, the sixth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, has four goals and seven assists in 23 AHL games this season.

Zibanejad had one assist in nine NHL games at the start of last season.

He will be available for the Senators' next game, Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.

Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 10:57 AM

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

Galchenyuk sticking with Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk, the third pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will remain with the team for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Galchenyuk had his best game of the season Sunday with a pair of assists in the Canadiens' 4-3 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.

In four games, Galchenyuk has a goal and two assists, and is tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating.

The Canadiens had five games to decide if Galchenyuk would remain with the team or be returned to his junior team, the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. Once a junior-eligible player skates in his sixth game, it starts the clock on the first season of his three-year, entry-level deal.

Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 9:44 AM

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

Flyers send Laughton back to junior team

Prior to their game Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers sent Scott Laughton, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, back to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

Laughton had no points and 10 shots on goal in five games. He averaged 11:32 of ice time per game and won 44.2 percent of his faceoffs.

"It's a difficult one," Holmgren told the team's website of the decision. "He played very well, but at the end of the day it was something that we talked about and it was in the best interest of the Flyers and also Scott.

"He needs to play [and] he needs to play in all situations. He's going back to a good team and he will play a lot in all situations. He's a good young prospect and the little bit of time he had here with us was good for him and good for us."

The Flyers had to decide prior to Laughton playing in a sixth game, which would have started the first season of his entry-level contract.

Laughton, the 20th pick of the draft, was the youngest player to skate in a game this season.

Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 10:34 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MIN @ STL - 15:52 of the Third Period

At 15:52 of the third period in the Wild/Blues game, video review proved inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice that Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley deflected the puck into the net with his stick below the crossbar stands. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Minnesota.

Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 9:42 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

VAN @ SJ - 14:27 of the Second Period

At 14:27 of the second period in the Canucks/Sharks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Patrick Marleau's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good Goal San Jose.

Posted On Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 9:38 PM

NHL.com - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MIN @ STL - 14:40 of the 2nd Period

At 14:40 of the second period in the Wild/Blues game, video review determined that Mikko Koivu's shot crossed the goal line. Good Goal Minnesota.

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I think when you build a team, you look at pairs, and I think the pair of [Voracek and Giroux] is very good, certainly one of the top pairs in the League.

— Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek after giving Voracek a multiyear extension Thursday