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Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 27

Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 1:33 AM / News

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The Carolina Hurricanes honored goaltender Cam Ward in a pregame ceremony for playing in the 500th game of his NHL career, on Feb. 24 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ward’s family, NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Jim Gregory and Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis participated in the ceremony honoring Ward, who became the 64th goaltender in NHL history to play at least 500 games and just the fourth active netminder to appear in 500 with one team. Ward is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (500), wins (240), shutouts (22) and saves (13,156) among Carolina and Hartford goaltenders.


Brent Sopel announces retirement from hockey: report

Friday, 02.27.2015 / 12:15 PM / News

Defenseman Brent Sopel, who spent 12 seasons playing in the NHL and won the Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks, announced his retirement Friday, according to

"I have been so lucky to play the sport I love for the last 18 years," Sopel said in a statement. "I fulfilled a lifelong dream of winning a Stanley Cup championship with the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks.

"Today's decision is not made lightly. This is the right time for my next chapter. I look forward to staying involved with hockey while maintaining family roots in Chicago. I am excited to spend more time with my children in the city we call home."


Around the League notebook for Thursday, Feb. 26

Friday, 02.27.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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Four more trades were completed Thursday, bringing the total to nine over the past three days in advance of the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, which is Monday at 3 p.m. ET:

* The Florida Panthers acquired forward Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.

* The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Nathan Horton.

* The Maple Leafs acquired defenseman TJ Brennan from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Spencer Abbott.

* The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Adam Cracknell from the Blue Jackets for future considerations.


Kings place defenseman Martinez on injured reserve

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 10:48 PM / News

The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Alec Martinez on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 9, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 27-year-old Martinez (born on July 26, 1987) is a 6-1, 205-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan who has appeared in 248 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 72 points (28-44=72), a plus-34 rating and 60 penalty minutes.


Maple Leafs trade David Clarkson to Blue Jackets

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 7:31 PM / News

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs traded veteran forward David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets for injured forward Nathan Horton on Thursday.

Clarkson, a Toronto native, is in the second year of a seven-year, $36.75 million contract he signed in July 2013 after six-plus seasons with the New Jersey Devils. His time with the Maple Leafs started with a 10-game suspension to begin the 2013-14 season for leaving the bench in an altercation during a preseason game, and he has been a healthy scratch at times.

By trading Clarkson, the Maple Leafs opened up some space under the NHL salary cap. Clarkson's $5.25 million salary-cap charge comes off Toronto's books, and although the Maple Leafs will have to pay Horton, his salary does not count against the salary cap because he is on long-term injured reserve with a back injury.


Sharks forward Torres won't be back this season

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 5:32 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres had season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Torres, who hasn't played since April 30, 2014, is expected to make a complete recovery and be ready for training camp next season, general manager Doug Wilson said.

Torres played 12 games last season, including seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, after injuring his knee during a preseason game and having surgery to replace his ACL.

Torres, 33, was hampered by post-surgery infections that now have cost him the entire 2014-15 season and forced him to have the same surgery again.

"I was expecting it all along," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I don't think it's a surprise to a lot of us. That's from a general perspective."


Ducks goalie Bryzgalov to sit out rest of season

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 1:34 PM / News

The Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter.

Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments:

"At the beginning of the NHL season, I spent all of my time with my wife and my children," said Bryzgalov. "I drove my son and daughter to their practices and games and enjoyed life. I had no plans to return to the NHL this season until the Ducks reached out to my agent, Ritch Winter. I agreed to return because of my respect for the Ducks organization, the quality of the team they had assembled and my long relationship with Bob Murray and the team. Given the way things have worked out, I have decided to return home to be with my wife and children, who did not move with me to Anaheim. It’s not the way I had hoped things would work out. But when you can return to a family you love, could life be any better?"


Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Feb. 25

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 1:50 AM / News

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Ahead 3-2, Chris Kunitz scored the game-winning goal at 7:12 of the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to their third straight victory and snap a three-game slide against the Washington Capitals in their final game of the season (PIT: 1-3-0; WSH: 3-1-0).

* The Penguins (35-17-9, 79 points) increased their lead to three points over the Capitals (33-19-10, 76 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division, where the top four teams are separated by six points:

* Kunitz scored his first goal since Jan. 30 at the New Jersey Devils, ending an 11-game drought. It was his 39th career game-winning goal and fifth this season (tied for PIT lead w/ Blake Comeau).

* Sidney Crosby reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in 10 NHL seasons. Per Elias Sports Bureau, only Mario Lemieux (12), Jaromir Jagr (11), Rick Kehoe (9) and Jean Pronovost (9) have more 20-goal seasons with the Penguins. Crosby leads the Penguins and is tied with Alex Ovechkin for fifth in League scoring with 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 57 games.


Analysis: Blackhawks have options for replacing Kane

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 6:50 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Patrick Kane's injury creates one big hole in the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup and a host of possibilities, some riskier than others, for general manager Stan Bowman.

Kane will need up to 12 weeks to fully recover from surgery he had Wednesday to repair a left-clavicle injury he sustained at 7:49 of the first period Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. That means Kane will not be able to return until the Western Conference Final, at the earliest.

Kane was tied for the NHL scoring lead with 64 points and led the Blackhawks with 27 goals and 37 assists. He was having the best season of his career and was threatening to become the first American-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy.


Blackhawks forward Kane out 12 weeks after surgery

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 6:48 PM / News

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane will be out approximately 12 weeks after he had successful surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left clavicle sustained Tuesday against the Florida Panthers, the Blackhawks announced.

"The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks," Blackhawks head physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement.

Kane's recovery will keep him out likely until the Western Conference Final.

The injury occurred at 7:49 of the first period when Kane went hard into the boards following a cross-check by defenseman Alex Petrovic.

Chicago placed Kane on long-term injured reserve Wednesday. The Blackhawks recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford of the American Hockey League and sent defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the AHL.

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