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Stars' Garbutt suspended five games for charging

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 6:07 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for five games, without pay, for charging Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner during NHL Game No. 125 in Anaheim on Sunday, October 20, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Garbutt will forfeit $14,743.60. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Analysis: Flames made right call in keeping Monahan

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 4:02 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Calgary Flames made the right decision Wednesday in opting to keep 19-year-old center Sean Monahan.

And it goes beyond the team-high six goals in nine games he has so far -- although that's a big part of the decision.

One of the words most often associated with Monahan when speaking with scouts and media members who met him in the run-up to the 2013 NHL Draft was maturity. While his birth certificate might read 19, Monahan doesn't act -- or play -- like a typical teenager.

Flames general manager Jay Feaster certainly has noticed, saying Wednesday that Monahan is a "19-year-old going on 29 years old."


Senators focused on two points, not Alfredsson

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:01 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Ottawa Senators are going with the "just another game" approach, even though no one really believes them.

Sure, they've already seen their former captain of 14 seasons on television wearing the uniform of the Detroit Red Wings, but they haven't seen Daniel Alfredsson wearing the winged wheel in person yet. That will change Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN) in the much-anticipated first game for Alfredsson facing the team he helped lead for 17 seasons.

"It’s weird for us to see him in a Red Wings sweater and I’m sure it’s still a little weird for him too," Jason Spezza, who replaced Alfredsson as Ottawa captain, said after the team's morning skate. "It’ll be different. It will probably be harder for him than it will be for us. We’re kind of used to playing against guys we’ve played with for a long time, so once the game starts it won’t be any different."


U.S. to hold World Junior camp in Minneapolis

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 12:42 PM / Prospects


USA Hockey announced Wednesday that the coaching staff for the U.S. National Junior Team will hold a four-day training camp from Dec. 15-18 in Minneapolis to help determine the roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The United States, the defending WJC gold medalist, will join seven other countries at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014. The final 23-player roster for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team will be announced Dec. 23.

Five practices are scheduled at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena and a pre-tournament game at Minnesota State University is slated for Dec. 17. After training camp in Minneapolis is complete, the remaining players and coaches will travel to Angelholm, Sweden, from Dec. 19-23 to continue the evaluation process.


On the 'D'-fence: Garrison thriving in Vancouver

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man insider all season long.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison was never a huge scorer, picking up just 26 points (seven goals) over his first 113 NHL games. That changed during the 2011-12 season with the Panthers when he put up 33 points in 77 games, including 16 goals, which was second to only Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber.

Garrison hit the free agent market following that breakout season and signed a monster deal with the Canucks that paid him $26.7 million dollars over six years. That kind of contract carries a certain amount of pressure.

The White Rock, British Columbia native saw his goals per game drop from .21 during that final season in Florida to .17 in his first season in Vancouver. He saw his points per game drop from .43 to .34. That kind of drop off in production had many fans and hockey pundits around North America scrutinizing the deal and calling it a bad one for the Canucks.


Daily Primer Oct. 23: Alfredsson faces old team

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Daniel Alfredsson figures to be a lot more familiar with the guys in the white jerseys than those in the red ones when he steps onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Alfredsson will be wearing red, but for the first time in his career, he'll be facing the Ottawa Senators -- the team he played for from his debut in the NHL in 1995 until this past summer. Alfredsson, the Senators' captain since 2001-02, opted to sign with the Red Wings, with whom he has a goal and nine points in 10 games.

Both teams are coming off losses: Detroit dropped a 1-0 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks on Monday and Ottawa was beaten 3-1 at home by the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Here's a look at all of the action on Wednesday:


Bruins, Sabres meet on Wednesday Night Rivalry

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

From the moment the Buffalo Sabres entered the NHL in 1970, they've been paired with the Boston Bruins. The teams, now in their 44th year in the same division, get together for the first time in 2013-14 and the 269th time in the regular season when they face off in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2).


Alfredsson adjusting as Senators come to town

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- It's not the "big one" that will happen Dec. 1, when Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa for the first time as a Detroit Red Wing, but Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena still will be emotional for the former Ottawa Senators captain.

Alfredsson will face his former team for the first time since joining the Red Wings in the summer as an unrestricted free agent, leaving behind a franchise he captained for 14 of his 17 seasons there.

Emotional might be putting it too lightly.

"It was a very tough decision, especially when it happened fairly quickly. But the way I looked at it at the time and still do today, it's a huge challenge for myself personally, both on and off the ice," Alfredsson said after practice here Tuesday. "It's a big challenge for our family, and I think I will look back at this down the road as something that was a stepping stone for me in my life, in a lot of different areas."


Over the Boards: Richards leaving struggles in past

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

At what point do questions about Brad Richards' struggles last season become old, dated and out of touch?

"If it's because things are going good then I'll keep answering them," Richards told NHL.com.

Things haven't been going well for the New York Rangers this season, but for the first time in a long time Richards isn't shouldering the blame. He's off to a strong start with seven points and 30 shots on goal in seven games. Considering the Rangers have scored 11 goals in their seven games (2-5-0), Richards obviously has been their most productive and consistent offensive player.

"I can't comment on what happened last season, but I can comment on the years before, where he was an elite player with an elite skill level and he really competed hard," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "What we've seen so far this year is exactly that."


Rivalry Night Faceoff: Ott vs. Marchand as top agitator

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game each Wednesday night. This week, we are trying to determine if Steve Ott of the Buffalo Sabres or Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins is the more effective agitator.

Talk to players who regularly face Steve Ott and Brad Marchand and one thing you'll hear is their skill sets are as impressive as their mouths are loud.

"The most important thing is they can play," Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher told NHL.com. "If they weren't able to play the game, no one would pay attention to them. They're important players for their team, and they play an important role. You add in the fact they can play that agitator role, they can get under the skin of their opponent, and that is a skill as well. They both have that ability, and I guess they're both pretty good at it."

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday