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Kings' Doughty worthy of Norris crown thus far

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

With the first half of the 2014-15 season complete, looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been the NHL's leading minute man in each of the past two seasons.

He's still leading the League in average time on ice per game, but he missed two games because of the mumps, and Drew Doughty has taken the mantle as the most-used skater in the NHL to this point in the 2014-15 season.

To be clear, just leading the NHL in time on ice is not reason to be the leading contender for the Norris Trophy. There are many examples of defensemen whose performances have suffered because they arguably played too much (Suter before this season could be placed in that group).

That said, Doughty has been the best defenseman in the NHL through the midway point of the season. His ability to perform at an elite level despite playing more than 29 minutes per game enhances his resume and gives him a slight edge in comparison to a few others with a legitimate claim for the award at this point.


Anaheim Ducks retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 11:27 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Teemu Selanne said he was going to be a "tough guy" and wouldn't cry at his jersey retirement ceremony, but it was not difficult to notice him getting choked up at times.

"I didn't cry, but it was close," Selanne said afterward. "The toughest part to keep the emotions was when I was walking down the stairs (for his entrance onto the stage). I think the whole thing just hit so hard. Plus, I have to concentrate that I don't fall down. But what a night. I never stop wondering the impact with the people. It's all around me. It's very special."

Selanne became the first player in Anaheim Ducks history to have his jersey retired Sunday night during a touching presentation at Honda Center.

The ceremony showcased the genuineness of "The Finnish Flash," whose No. 8 was raised to the rafters in front of a crowd of 17,356.


Red Wings goalie Howard placed on injured reserve

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 11:03 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was placed on injured reserve Sunday, the Red Wings announced. Goalie Tom McCollum was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Howard left the game Saturday against the Washington Capitals on a stretcher after sustaining a groin injury. After leaving a puck behind his own net, Howard attempted to stretch across the crease to stop a stuff-in move by Troy Brouwer, and remained on the ice after the goal was scored.

"We are doing an ultrasound [Monday] to confirm we have the right info," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Sunday.

"I would say tonight he's out 2-4 weeks but we don't really know," Holland added.


Kings' Pearson, Toffoli out indefinitely: report

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 5:31 PM / News

Los Angeles Kings rookie Tanner Pearson is out indefinitely with a fractured fibula, according to

Pearson was injured after crashing feetfirst into the end boards midway through the second period of the Kings' 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. His legs bent back awkwardly and he left without putting any weight on his left leg.

Pearson's 12 goals are tied with Justin Williams and Tyler Toffoli for second on the Kings. He was one of six rookies selected to perform in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 in Columbus.

Toffoli, Pearson's linemate, is out with mononucleosis, and there is no timetable for his return.


Gordie Howe's health continues to improve: report

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 5:02 PM / News

Gordie Howe has gone from a wheelchair to pushing a shopping cart as part of his ongoing recovery from stroke-related health issues, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday.

Son Mark Howe told the Free Press that his father "is doing very well, overall."

Gordie Howe's condition has continued to improve since he received stem cell treatment in December. He has had a series of strokes since the summer, including a serious one in October. Howe was rushed to the hospital with what was believed to be another serious stroke Dec. 1, but he was diagnosed with dehydration.


Flyers goalie Mason to miss up to two weeks

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 4:23 PM / News

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason will miss up to two weeks with a lower-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall said Sunday.

Mason exited the game Saturday against the Boston Bruins with the injury. With 12:56 remaining in the first period, Mason stopped a shot from the Bruins' Craig Cunningham going down to the ice and was unable to get up. He skated off and left under his own power.

Ray Emery entered the game in relief of Mason and made 10 saves on 13 shots.


Sabres' McCormick out indefinitely with blood clot

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 1:02 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres center Cody McCormick is being treated for a blood clot in his leg and will be out indefinitely, coach Ted Nolan said Sunday following practice.

"McCormick had a situation where he felt something, the medical staff looked at him and he went to the hospital yesterday," Nolan told the Buffalo News. "He has a blood clot in his calf muscle, so he's at the hospital now.

"We're just kind of glad we caught it, and he’s getting medical care right now. ... I'm quite sure it's somewhat serious if he's still in the hospital."


Around the League notebook for Sat., Jan. 10

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 10:33 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The NHL announced the full roster of players named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 23-25 in Columbus. A total of 36 All-Stars and six Rookies were selected by the NHL, joining the first six players elected by fans in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM: Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres and Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 42 All-Stars will play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Nationwide Arena (5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The six Rookies, along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 24, also at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Click here to see the full roster.


Selanne set to be first jersey retired by Ducks

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The ceremony is supposed to start Sunday at 4:15 p.m. PT, but that might as well be written in pencil given how long it takes Teemu Selanne to get from place to place.

Selanne gladly stops to sign autographs or chat with fans, no matter the time or place, and he's had trouble making appearances on time this week leading up to his jersey retirement ceremony. About 100 fans showed up Thursday when word got out that Selanne was at Honda Center, and of course he didn't leave until every fan got their moment with him.

"That's why I'm always late," Selanne said.

Selanne's accessibility is as much a part of his legacy as his playing career, and his popularity makes him the overwhelming choice to be the first player in Anaheim Ducks history to have his jersey retired, a scant eight months after he retired at 43.

"It's very special," Selanne said. "Obviously, it's a good start for the culture and history of this franchise. There's going to be many others after that. Being first, it's going to be great."


Penguins' Malkin earns Hart vote at halfway point

Sunday, 01.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

With the first half of the 2014-15 season complete, looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored a goal Wednesday against the Boston Bruins that offered a window into how he feels about himself and his game this season.

He had awareness. Malkin quickly broke out from below the dots in the defensive zone as soon as he instinctively felt Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had the puck and could get it to him.

He generated speed. Malkin blew past Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton in the neutral zone to create room for himself in the attacking zone, above the left circle.

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It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6