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Nathan Horton's career could be in jeopardy: report

Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton has been diagnosed with degeneration of the entire lumbar region of his spine and his career could be in jeopardy, The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Horton has yet to play a game this season and was limited to 35 games in 2013-14. Horton did not play for the Blue Jackets in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Reporter Aaron Portzline cited sources who said surgery has not been scheduled or ruled out but is viewed as a last resort.

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McDavid named to OHL roster for Super Series

Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 11:29 AM / News

NHL.com

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, one of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, was named to the Ontario Hockey League team for the 2014 Subway Super Series, the Canadian Hockey League announced Tuesday.

McDavid leads the OHL with 25 points in nine games; he has at least a point in all nine games, and has eight straight multipoint games. He'll play for the OHL in Game 3 of the series, Nov. 13 in Peterborough, Ontario.

Four other top forward prospects for the 2015 draft will skate for the OHL in the two games, Nov. 13 in Peterborough and Nov. 17 in Kingston, Ontario. Ottawa 67s forward Travis Konecny, an A-rated player on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list, will play alongside McDavid in Peterborough. McDavid's Erie teammate, Dylan Strome, will play in the Kingston game. Strome, also an A-rated skater, is second in scoring in the OHL with 23 points in nine games. The Kingston Frontenacs' Lawson Crouse and Mitchell Marner of the London Knights, both A-rated skaters, also will play in the Kingston game.

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Maple Leafs name Hunter director of player personnel

Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 11:08 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Mark Hunter, a veteran forward of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, has been named the club's Director of Player Personnel. The Petrolia, Ontario native played in 628 career NHL regular season games and 79 more in the postseason from 1981 to 1993.

"I am very excited about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization," said Hunter. "I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by Brendan Shanahan, David Nonis and the entire management team. I would like to thank the London Knights organization for 12 great years. I am looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Toronto."

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Penguins' Pouliot assigned to AHL

Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 9:36 AM / News

PittsburghPenguins.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pouliot has been rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery.

The WBS Penguins play tonight at 7 p.m. at Albany.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Oct. 20

Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 12:54 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

HALL, NUGENT-HOPKINS LEAD OILERS TO FIRST WIN

Taylor Hall scored on a penalty shot (WATCH ) and had an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ first goal of the season with 3:25 remaining in the third period (WATCH ) held up as the game-winner as the Edmonton Oilers earned their first win of the season.

* The Oilers improved their all-time home record against the Lightning to 11-4-0, including four straight wins in Edmonton.

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Kings defenseman Voynov suspended indefinitely

Monday, 10.20.2014 / 5:19 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKLos Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely from all club activities pending a formal investigation by the National Hockey League of the player's arrest Monday morning on charges of domestic violence.

The suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, "The League may suspend the Player pending the League's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."

According to a statement from the Redondo Beach Police Department on Monday afternoon, Voynov was arrested on a charge of 273.5(a) P.C.

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Sabres to retire Hasek's number before Jan. 13 game

Monday, 10.20.2014 / 3:59 PM / News

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, in a ceremony scheduled to take place January 13, 2015, prior to the team’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center. Hasek, who was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

Hasek will join six other Sabres legends who have had their jerseys officially retired from use by the team. Other retired jerseys include: Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990); Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995); Rene Robert (No. 14, retired in 1995); Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996); Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005); and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16, retired in 2006).

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Capitals reassign forward Wilson to Hershey

Monday, 10.20.2014 / 3:26 PM / News

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The Washington Capitals reassigned forward Tom Wilson to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, the team announced Monday.

Wilson, who has missed the first five games of the season with a lower-body injury, is expected to debut with the Bears this weekend, according to the Capitals.

The No. 16 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Wilson, 20, had three goals and 10 points with the Capitals last season and was one of three rookies (Nathan MacKinnon, Tyler Johnson) to appear in all 82 games.

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Stars' Nemeth out for season with arm laceration

Monday, 10.20.2014 / 3:13 PM / News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season because of an arm laceration sustained Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Nemeth was injured in the first period of the Stars' 6-5 overtime loss when he was cut by Flyers forward R.J. Umberger's skate and had surgery Sunday.

"It was a real severe laceration," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "When I say severe, it's probably an understatement. I don't want to go into detail because I don't know exactly … first and foremost I hope for his sake it's a full recovery."

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Ducks recall Gibson from AHL, reassign LaBarbera

Monday, 10.20.2014 / 3:10 PM / News

AnaheimDucks.com

The Anaheim Ducks have recalled goaltender John Gibson from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk.

Gibson, 21 (7/14/93), posted a 1-1-0 record with a 3.05 goals-against average (GAA) and .902 save percentage (SV%) in two games with Norfolk. Reassigned to Norfolk on Oct. 15, Gibson stopped 32-of-34 shots en route to a 3-2 win in his AHL season debut on Oct. 17 vs. Manchester. The 6-3, 216-pound goaltender has appeared in 48 career AHL games with Norfolk, going 22-18-4 with five shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and .917 SV%.

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