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Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 8

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 12:50 AM / News

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JAGR CLIMBS RECORD BOOK, LEADS DEVILS TO VICTORY IN MILESTONE GAME

Jaromir Jagr (1-1-2) recorded a goal and an assist to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. With his fifth multipoint game of the season, Jagr passed Marcel Dionne for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time NHL points list with 1,772 (710-1,062-1,772). Jagr also skated in his 1,500th career NHL game, passing Mike Modano for sole possession of 15th place on the all-time games played list. Jagr’s 1,062 career assists are one shy of tying Steve Yzerman for seventh place on the all-time NHL assists list.

* Cory Schneider made a season-high 39 saves to improve to 11-12-3 this season with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Schneider has appeared in 27 of the Devils’ 28 games this season, more than any goaltender in the NHL, and has been in net for all 11 Devils wins.

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MacLean not consistent enough with young Senators

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 10:48 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Paul MacLean lost faith in the Ottawa Senators.

Not the organization, but the players wearing the uniform.

He admitted as much, even if he was joking, when he said that he was scared to death of who he was putting in his own lineup during a session with reporters in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

But even before MacLean uttered those ultimately fateful words, his lack of faith was clear.

No Senators player this season, with the exceptions of captain Erik Karlsson and top forwards Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur, had a clearly defined role. As was suggested by general manager Bryan Murray in explaining his decision to fire MacLean on Monday, this lack of consistency in usage was most striking among the Senators' young players.

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Devils' Jagr passes Dionne on all-time points list

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 8:51 PM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr moved ahead of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL's all-time points list Monday with a goal and an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jagr, 42, who played in his 1,500th NHL game Monday, has 1,772 career points. He needs 26 more to catch Ron Francis for fourth place on the all-time points list.

The goal, which tied the game 1-1, was Jagr's fifth of the season, the 710th of his career. He is seven goals behind Phil Esposito for fifth all-time.

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Governors discuss Las Vegas ticket drive, salary cap

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 8:09 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NHL has no objection to a request made by potential expansion franchise owner Bill Foley to conduct a season-ticket drive to gauge interest in the Las Vegas market, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday at the Board of Governors meeting.

Bettman stressed that the governors' lack of objection in Foley conducting a season-ticket drive did not start the expansion clock on a franchise in Las Vegas. He also stressed that there was no formal vote on any matters related to expansion, including the season-ticket drive.

"What I'm about to tell you requires a deep breath and a level of precision that I am requesting because I don't want it misunderstood," Bettman said. "We gave the Board an update on expressions of interest from cities and people interested in expansion teams.

"There is no formal expansion process. There is no vote that was taken today. There is no vote that was contemplated. We don't have an agreement to sell anybody an expansion franchise. However, the interest that we are getting from Las Vegas has raised lots of questions about the market itself and the interest level in supporting a professional team in Las Vegas."

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Bettman: Salary-cap projection for '15-16 around $73M

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 7:36 PM / News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told representatives from the 30 teams Monday an initial projection for the salary cap during the 2015-16 season is about $73 million.

Speaking at the annual December meeting for the Board of Governors, Commissioner Bettman provided the League's early look at what the 2015-16 salary cap should be, contingent on a couple of key factors.

"I went over a series of projections, preliminary, preliminary projections," Bettman said. “Estimates that are not carved in stone, but our best guess based on the information available making lots of lots of assumptions on things like revenue growth in the year and perhaps, as significantly, what may happen with the Canadian dollar. Our best guess, and it's got some variation in it, that if the Canadian dollar stays where it is now for the rest of the season, which is about 88 cents, the cap for next season would be approximately $73 million.

"It's just a guess and it is subject to variation."

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Somber Lafleur pays respects to Beliveau

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 7:06 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Jean Beliveau's stature was such that he could render even Guy Lafleur speechless.

A heartbroken and teary-eyed Lafleur paid his respects to the late Hall of Fame center's family Monday while Beliveau lay in state at Bell Centre for the second day in a row.

"They're special people and they have a lot of respect for the fans of Jean Beliveau," Lafleur said. "They're supporting and trying to thank everybody for their support. As an athlete, and I'm sure that the family understands that, they received a lot from the fans, and that's why Jean, he gave a lot back."

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Canadiens' Therrien splits up Pacioretty, Desharnais

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 6:48 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens are going through their worst stretch of the season, with one win in their past seven games, and coach Michel Therrien is attempting something drastic to help get them out of it.

Since taking over as Canadiens coach prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Therrien has relied on Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais to form two-thirds of his top forward line.

Over the past three seasons Pacioretty has been one of the best goal-scorers in the NHL, and there was a belief that his chemistry with Desharnais dating to their time together in the American Hockey League was one of the reasons why he has had so much success.

Under Therrien, Pacioretty has played 84 percent of his even-strength minutes with Desharnais, according to HockeyAnalysis.com.

That, however, is about to change, with Therrien intending to split up his go-to offensive pairing when the Canadiens host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

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Canadiens recall defenseman Nathan Beaulieu

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 6:23 PM / News

MontrealCanadiens.com

The Canadiens called up defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday afternoon. The 22-year-old rearguard will join the team at practice on Tuesday morning in Brossard.

Assigned to the Habs’ AHL affiliate on November 24, Beaulieu scored one goal and registered a pair of assists over six games with the Bulldogs. In 14 games this season with the Canadiens, the Strathroy, ON native has totaled two assists and 15 penalty minutes while going a minus-3 on the ice.

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Senators fire MacLean, name Cameron coach

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 5:22 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Breakdowns, on the ice and off it, led to the firing of Paul MacLean as the coach of the Ottawa Senators on Monday, replaced by Dave Cameron.

Senators president of hockey operations and general manager Bryan Murray said consistent turnovers on the ice and a lack of communication between MacLean and the players led to the coach's dismissal.

MacLean, hired in the summer of 2011, was the winner of the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year after leading the Senators to a 25-17-6 record. He leaves the Senators with a 114-90-35 record.

Cameron has been promoted from assistant coach. Murray said it is not on an interim basis. Cameron has two years remaining on his contract.

Murray said he and his staff, the coaches included, judged this season's Senators as a potential Stanley Cup Playoff team. They are 11-11-5 and sit four points out of the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference.

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Jets' Kane suspended two games for boarding

Monday, 12.08.2014 / 5:20 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner during NHL Game No. 402 in Winnipeg on Sunday, December 7, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:49 of the second period. Kane was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

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