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Canucks' Daniel Sedin sustains injury vs. Senators

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks didn't have an update on the status of forward Daniel Sedin after he left the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday with an apparent leg injury.

Sedin will be re-evaluated Monday after being hit into the boards by Ottawa Senators' defenseman Marc Methot at 14:20 of the second period. Sedin's legs splayed apart awkwardly as he went down behind the Ottawa net, and he clutched his left leg as he lay on the ice. He skated to the bench slowly under his own power, but went to the locker room moments later with assistance from team officials.

"He was done," coach John Tortorella said after the Canucks lost to the Senators 4-2.


Canucks announce Quinn will go in Ring of Honour

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- For Pat Quinn, the announcement that he'll be inducted into the Vancouver Canucks' Ring of Honour coming the same day the team he coached to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final was celebrated at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic was a perfect combination.

Quinn, who was hired as coach, president and general manager of the Canucks in 1987, was part of pregame ceremonies at BC Place to honor the 1993-1994 Vancouver team's run to Game 7 of the Cup Final against the New York Rangers. His Ring of Honor induction, which will take place next month at Rogers Arena, was announced in the second period and drew a standing ovation from 54,194 fans.

"These guys are the epitome of the best team I had," said Quinn, who played nine NHL seasons before starting his coaching career as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977.


Sabres president: LaFontaine leaves lasting legacy

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Pat LaFontaine had a short, but lasting, impact on the Buffalo Sabres, team president Ted Black said Sunday, addressing LaFontaine's unexpected resignation.

LaFontaine's resignation of his president of hockey operations position was announced via club release Saturday evening. LaFontaine is returning to the NHL to assume his previous position as vice president of development and community affairs.

"[Buffalo owner] Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition," LaFontaine said in a release Saturday night. "I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive."

Black and general manager Tim Murray spoke about the LaFontaine move on Sunday night at First Niagara Center.


Blues, Panthers make minor swap

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 6:15 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline


The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Eric Selleck from the Florida Panthers on Sunday in exchange for forward Mark Mancari.

Selleck will join the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League.

Selleck, 26, has seven points (three goals, four assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 42 games for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) this season. The Brockville, Ontario native has spent parts of the past four seasons in the AHL, scoring 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists) and 692 penalty minutes in 240 career games.


Blues 'all-in' with arrivals of Miller, Ott

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 4:28 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The blue-and-gold color scheme is the same. Everything else couldn't be more different for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott.

Traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Miller and Ott join a team built to win now. The trade moves the Blues to "all-in" mode with a top-shelf goalie and a big-time agitator added to the mix in hopes of getting the oldest existing NHL team never to win a Stanley Cup over that Gateway Arch-sized hump.

"I've been through times when we were sellers at the deadline," said St. Louis captain David Backes, in his eighth year with the Blues. "You've lost a lot of pieces and those [future] draft picks are tough to play with when they haven't been selected yet. Now it seems like we're on the other side of that coin."


Canada women's team honored at Heritage Classic

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER — For Hayley Wickenheiser, the chance to celebrate her gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a packed house at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver felt like coming home.

Wickenheiser was one of nine members of the gold-medal winning Canadian women's team saluted before the game here between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

After winning a gold medal across the street at Rogers Arena at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Wickenheiser said she was looking forward to the sharing another win with the huge crowd.

"I really wanted to come here because we had so much support four years ago and to come back with another gold and share it with this many people, it's kind of a full-circle moment," Wickenheiser said.


McLachlan excited to perform at Heritage Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver resident for the past 26 years, Grammy Award-winning singer Sarah McLachlan has seen and done it all in her adopted hometown.

Since moving west from Nova Scotia to begin her music career, McLachlan has toured the world and sold millions of records. But she'll add a new distinction to her resume Sunday when she sings the Canadian national anthem at BC Place to kick off the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators (4 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I don't usually play in places this big. [I'm] usually in theaters. This will be fun. It will be exciting," McLachlan said. "It looks epic. It looks amazing out there. One thing I noticed is the rink looks small because it's such a massive space. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."


BC Place roof to remain closed for Heritage Classic


VANCOUVER — The roof at BC Place will remain closed Sunday during the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS) between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.

The decision was made based on the accumulation of precipitation already on the retractable roof and the forecast of more rain.


Lack to start for Canucks in Heritage Classic

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Loungo circled the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place on his calendar as soon as the schedule was released.

"I've always wanted to play in an outdoor game," Luongo said after practicing in the retractable roof stadium Saturday. "So I was excited when I saw we got one this year and I was looking forward to it."

Luongo's outdoor experience will be limited to the bench.

The Canucks announced Sunday morning that rookie backup Eddie Lack will make a third straight start ahead of Luongo when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

"Lack has played really well the last two games and deserves the start [Sunday]," Canucks coach John Tortorella told the team's website.

Another start for Lack puts the Canucks right back where they were before surprising everyone by keeping Luongo and trading Cory Schneider at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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