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Stanley Cup Playoff participants set

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 12:29 AM / News

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The pairings haven't been determined, but the 16 participants in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs are set.

The Dallas Stars grabbed the final available position, the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, when they beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center.

The Stars' victory brought an end to the Phoenix Coyotes' playoff hopes.

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BC stars Gaudreau and Arnold sign with Flames

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 11:19 PM / News

Boston College teammates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold signed entry-level contracts with the Calgary Flames on Friday following the conclusion of their NCAA careers. The signings were announced after Gaudreau was named the winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given each year to the top player in Division I.

Gaudreau, a fourth-round pick (No. 104) in the 2011 NHL Draft, led the NCAA with 36 goals, 44 assists and 80 points. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior forward had a goal and two assists Thursday, when the Eagles lost 5-4 to Union College in the semifinals at the Frozen Four.

Arnold, a senior, was a fourth-round pick (No. 8) by the Flames in 2010. He had 14 goals and 53 points for BC this season, much of which was spent on a line centering for Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes, the Chicago Blackhawks' first pick (No. 24) in 2010.

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Carolina's Andrej Sekera has abdominal surgery

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 9:17 PM / News

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera had abdominal surgery Friday in Philadelphia.

The Hurricanes said his expected recovery time is about six weeks.

Sekera, 27, leads Carolina defensemen with 44 points (11 goals), third on the team, although he hasn't played since April 1.

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Chico Resch announces he'll retire as Devils analyst

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 8:48 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Glenn "Chico" Resch announced Friday he is retiring as New Jersey Devils television analyst on MSG Networks after 18 seasons.

Resch, 65, acknowledged during the first intermission of the game against the New York Islanders that his sister-in-law being ill in Minnesota prompted his decision to be with his wife, Diane. His final telecast will be Sunday afternoon when the Devils host the Boston Bruins.

"I never thought of this as a profession because at the end of the day I'm talking about hockey, a sport that I love and have a tremendous amount of respect for," Resch said. "That's why I've always had a special relationship with the people watching on TV and cheering in the arena; I'm an extension of them. I've been lucky to do this for 18 years and I've enjoyed every handshake and conversation I've ever had with Devils fans."

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BC's Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker, signs with Flames

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 7:02 PM / News

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

PHILADELPHIA -- Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau didn't have to go far from home to pick up the 2014 Hobey Baker Award, and he won't be back to try for another one.

The native of nearby Carneys Point, N.J., on Friday became the first BC player since defenseman Mike Mottau in 2000 to receive the award, given to the top player in NCAA hockey. It's named in honor of Baker, a former Princeton star who was killed in a flight-training accident in World War I after a stellar college career.

Gaudreau was a fourth-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft and signed with the team moments after picking up the trophy.

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Oilers' Smyth, 'Captain Canada,' to retire

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Ryan Smyth will play one final game with the Edmonton Oilers before calling it a career.

Smyth announced during a press conference Friday afternoon that the Oilers' game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night will be his last.

Smyth is in his 19th NHL season, 15 of which were spent with the Oilers. He was selected by Edmonton with the sixth choice in the 1994 NHL Draft and played 11 seasons with the Oilers before being traded to the New York Islanders in 2007. After two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and another two with the Los Angeles Kings, Smyth requested a trade back to Edmonton prior to the 2011-12 season.

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Rupp suspended four games for illegal check to head

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:30 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp has been suspended for four games, without pay, for a late illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie during NHL Game No. 1201 in Minnesota on Thursday, April 10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The suspension includes the Wild's final regular-season game and first three Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The incident occurred at 10:30 of the second period. Rupp was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Rupp will forfeit $7,692.31. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Union, Minnesota set to play for NCAA title

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 2:52 PM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- After one of the more dramatic nights in NCAA hockey history, the Union College and University of Minnesota hockey teams were back at work Friday, trying to put the celebrations and memories behind them.

"I think when you wake up this morning, you realize that you're playing for a national title and you better get your mind ready to go," said Minnesota center Kyle Rau, a Florida Panthers prospect who assisted on both Gophers goals in their 2-1 win against the University of North Dakota on Thursday. "Because if you're not, you're going to lay an egg."

Union started Thursday with a 5-4 win against Boston College in the first national semifinal, and Minnesota closed the night by scoring the winning goal with 0.6 seconds left against UND.

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Commissioner Bettman statement on Shanahan

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 1:08 PM / News

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement Friday regarding the departure of Brendan Shanahan, who was named president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs:

"Whether it was behind the scenes or under the glare of hockey's harshest spotlight, Brendan was as much of an 'impact player' at the League as he was on the ice. Brendan brought commitment, clarity and impeccable credibility to his difficult and thankless duties here, and while we are sad to see him go, we knew his unique skill-set and body of work in the sport would make him a valued leader for any Club. Brendan has helped to change the culture of the game, has made it safer on a variety of levels, and his influence will be felt for years. We send him to his new role with our best wishes and our deep appreciation for his many contributions to the game."

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Maple Leafs name Shanahan as new team president

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 1:04 PM / News

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Brendan Shanahan is the new president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Friday morning. He will assume his new duties immediately and will be formally introduced during a press conference Monday in Toronto.

He joins the Maple Leafs to oversee all team operations, according to a release from the club.

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