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Perreault finding his niche with Ducks

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIMMathieu Perreault couldn't even find escape on a golf course.

Late September is usually a safe time for veteran NHL players. Rosters are all but set, meaning trades are unlikely. But Perreault had a feeling he was about to get squeezed out of the Washington Capitals' plans, and the news all but interrupted his backswing.

"[Washington general manager] George McPhee gave me the call," Perreault said. "I was golfing with a bunch of the guys there. It was funny. We literally talked about it five minutes before the call came. I told the guys I thought I was going to get traded. Five minutes later …."

Did Perreault finish the round?

"[We were] three holes up," he said. "I finished it. But it was terrible. I was all over the place. I couldn't get my mind right."

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In the Pipeline: Abbott playing bigger than his body

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- If the Toronto Maple Leafs are in need of a point-producing forward this season, they may not have to look any further than their American Hockey League affiliate for help.

Forward Spencer Abbott has stepped up to become one of the Toronto Marlies' top scorers this season. After his career at the University of Maine, his success is no surprise.

With one goal and 18 assists in 14 games, Abbott entered the week tied with defenseman TJ Brennan for the team lead in scoring with 19 points, a mark that also tied him for sixth in the AHL.

That ability to pile up points was what made the Maple Leafs take notice of him.

"The thing that attracted us to Spencer Abbott was his hockey sense,” Maple Leafs vice president and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle said. "He's got great skills, good hockey sense, sees the ice really well and he's got good speed. The only downside is his size. Right now the way he's been playing, the only thing he needs to do is work on the pace of the game. He's a terrific American league player."


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Hockey fraternity rallying around paralyzed player

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 7:00 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pittsburgh native Kevin Kenny may not be playing the game he loves for quite some time, but don't think for a second he isn't in the hearts and minds of everyone in the hockey community.

The career path for the 20-year-old forward took an unfortunate detour this month when he crashed into the boards during a game and sustained a spinal cord injury.

Since the accident Nov. 16 while playing in a North American Tier 3 Hockey League game for the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Vengeance against the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, Kenny has undergone two successful spinal surgeries.

John Kenny, Kevin's father, released a statement Monday to inform the public that "Kevin has sustained a spinal cord injury and his prognosis is guarded."

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Devils' Zajac: Stadium Series should bring playoff feel

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- When the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers face off at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, fans can expect a playoff-like atmosphere on a grand scale.

At least that's how Devils forward Travis Zajac would prefer to label the matchup scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC).

"These are playoff games every time we play against each other and no matter where the game might be," Zajac told NHL.com. "Especially now since we only play them five times a year. They're special games and we're both battling right now to make the playoffs and I assume it'll be that way in January as well."

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Stamkos shows progress but won't rush rehabilitation

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 2:24 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos walked into the media room in the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday, and he did it without crutches, without a cast or a walking boot and with only a barely perceptible limp.

It was the sort of progress from a broken right tibia sustained less than two weeks ago that few expected, even Stamkos.

"The thing that shocked me the most was, you think of a broken leg and most people are in a cast for 6-8 weeks," Stamkos said. "For this specific injury, because it did break almost in half, it allowed them to put a rod in there. With the rod there it's almost full strength. The bone just has to heal. It hasn't even been two weeks and I've been walking on it without any support for the last two days."

The recovery seems swift, even for someone in Stamkos' physical condition, but there were some difficult days.

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Carolina's Westgarth to have hearing Tuesday

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 2:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday morning for a hit on Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki on Sunday night at PNC Arena.

At 7:55 of the first period, Westgarth hit Borowiecki along the boards. Borowiecki was helped from the ice and did not return to the game.

Westgarth received a two-minute minor for boarding on the play.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

Carolina won the game, 4-1.

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Fantasy All-Access: Giving #HockeyThanks

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

This is the week where fantasy owners get to stuff their faces with turkey, stuffing and plenty of hockey action; more on that later in the roster trends. Here are some of the players we are giving #HockeyThanks for in the fantasy world so far.

A healthy Sidney Crosby is where he belongs near the top of Yahoo fantasy rankings and it sure looks like there is no slowing down No. 87 on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Even though he hasn't scored a goal in 10 games, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, is the top-ranked fantasy defenseman with his 10 power-play points and 78 shots.

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Daily Primer Nov. 25: Blues, Wild aim to gain ground

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The top four teams in the Central Division are in a heated race for first place. Two of those teams happen to be the hottest in the NHL and will go head-to-head Monday night.

The St. Louis Blues, who are one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the division lead, will host the fourth-place Minnesota Wild at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The Wild are currently tied for third in the Central, one point behind St. Louis and two back of Chicago.

St. Louis is 9-2-1 this month; the Wild are 9-1-1. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo knows his club will need to bring its best effort.

"I would say their defensive squad is about as good as you can find in the League; the way they skate, they're big, they're strong and the way they move the puck, they definitely help their forwards get to their game," Yeo told the Wild's website. "And their forwards obviously have an identity with the way they play."

Here's a look at all of Monday's action:

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Simpson sheds shadow at North Dakota

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

If University of North Dakota senior defenseman Dillon Simpson were born three years earlier, the family photo album would likely have him sitting in Lord Stanley's Cup.

Simpson's dad, Craig, also an NCAA standout at Michigan State, was etched into Cup lore when the Edmonton Oilers won the championship in 1988 and 1990.

Currently a broadcaster for Hockey Night in Canada, Craig Simpson's two college seasons from 1983-85 included 141 points in 88 games, which led to becoming the No. 2 pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 1985 NHL Draft.

His NHL career from 1985-95 would begin immediately in the Steel City for almost three seasons, but it ended prematurely with the Buffalo Sabres after a serious back injury.

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Canada roster projection: Challenging task at hand

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It's become a common sight to see an executive associated with the Canadian Olympic team scouting from press boxes across the National Hockey League. The architects of the team Canada will bring to the 2014 Sochi Olympics are taking and comparing notes on a regular basis.

Executive Director Steve Yzerman is tasked with putting it all together. He routinely dispatches himself and his chief lieutenants -- Doug Armstrong, Ken Holland, Peter Chiarelli and Kevin Lowe -- around the League to check in with the players that are under consideration.

The players know they're watching. They're trying to impress.

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1