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Dano heads experienced Slovakia WJC camp list

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 2:11 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Versatile forward Marko Dano, a first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in June, heads the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation's preliminary 38-man roster of players competing for spots on the team that will participate in the IIHF 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

Slovakia head coach Ernest Bokros will have seven returnees in the mix, including goalie Richard Sabol of Slovakia Under-20, defensemen Richard Buri of the Minnesota Wilderness in the North American Hockey League, Patrik Luza and Tomas Rusina of HC Slovan Bratislava and forwards Dano of HC Slovan Bratislava, Milan Kolena of Slovakia U-20 and Martin Reway of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Slovakia finished eighth in the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia.

The team has four players selected by NHL teams at the 2013 NHL Draft: forwards Dano (Columbus, No. 27), Peter Cehlarik (Boston Bruins, No. 90), Reway (Montreal Canadiens, No. 116) and Matej Paulovic (Dallas Stars, No. 149).


Veteran forward Mayers announces retirement

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:43 PM / News


Veteran NHL forward Jamal Mayers announced his retirement on Friday after 15 seasons in the League.

Mayers, who has been doing broadcast work for NHL Network this season, last played for the Chicago Blackhawks during their championship 2012-13 season.

"It really has been an amazing experience to have had the chance to play 14 seasons in the NHL, and finish it all off last season as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup," Mayers said in a statement released through the NHL Players' Association.


Santorelli making name with play for Canucks

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:15 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- To say Vancouver Canucks forward Mike Santorelli has surpassed even the wildest expectations of new coach John Tortorella coming into the season would be an understatement.

That's because Tortorella didn't have any.

"I didn't even know who Mike Santorelli was," he said Thursday.

Tortorella reiterated the preseason expectations that Santorelli was signed to a two-way free-agent contract not to play for his hometown team, but to provide depth in the American Hockey League.


Blue Jackets' McElhinney won't start Saturday

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:10 PM / News


The lower-body injury sustained by Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney against the New York Rangers on Thursday isn't long-term or serious, coach Todd Richards said Friday, but Mike McKenna will start Saturday against the St. Louis Blues and goalie Jeremy Smith has been recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League.


Red Wings' Howard out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 12:31 PM / News


Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has a Grade 1 MCL sprain and will miss 2-4 weeks, general manager Ken Holland said.


Ovechkin can reach modern version of storied 50 in 50

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 12:09 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin was the greatest goal scorer in the NHL for the first five seasons of his career, then the Washington Capitals wing wasn't for a two-season stretch when his game was dissected, his coach changed twice, and Steven Stamkos entered the early stages of the prime of his career.

If it weren't for an injury to Stamkos, it could be quite a battle between him and Ovechkin for sniping supremacy in 2013-14. Ovechkin is not only back to his supreme scoring ways, he's racking up goals at a clip even better than his previous heights.

Ovechkin has 26 goals in 29 games this season. He has 48 in his past 50 games, and 49 in his past 52 dating to the start of a season-ending flurry of 23 in 23 to finish 2012-13.


Flyers forward Schenn fined for cross-checking

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 11:29 AM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK - Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been fined $2,230.77. the maximum permitted under the CBA, for cross-checking Chicago forward Kris Versteeg in NHL Game No. 471 in Chicago on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:25 of the second period. No penalty was assessed to Schenn on the play.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Daily Primer Dec. 13: 50 in 50 for Ovi?

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

What do you do for an encore after scoring four goals your previous game? If you're Alex Ovechkin, you try to get 50 goals in a stretch of 50 games played.

Ovechkin enters the Washington Capitals' road game against the Florida Panthers on Friday night with 48 goals in his previous 50 appearances dating to March 17, when he scored against the Buffalo Sabres. That includes a four-goal performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday in Washington's 6-5 shootout victory. Ovi would need a hat trick against Florida to get 50 in 50 games played -- but the Panthers have always been one of his favorite victims. Ovechkin has 30 goals and 61 points in 47 career games against Florida; he was out with an injury when the Capitals won 3-2 in a shootout at home Nov. 2.


Super 16: Blackhawks can join select company

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks both played game No. 34 of the season Wednesday night, and both teams continue to help set the pace near the top of the Western Conference and NHL standings.

By doing so, they were the first teams to reach 82 regular-season games played since the start of the 2012-13 campaign. Much of what was written last season came with the caveats about a shortened season and small sample sizes.

The 82-game benchmark is a good place to stop and admire the dominance of the Blackhawks, while trying to decipher if the 2013-14 Ducks are more like the team from the first half of last season or the one from the second half.


Decision day nears for selection of U.S. Olympic team

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 2:06 AM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is getting closer to decision time for United States general manager David Poile and his staff as they choose a roster that will travel to the 2014 Sochi Olympics with gold-medal expectations.

Poile spoke Thursday about the selection procedure, which is nearing its final stages. The team will be announced Jan. 1 at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

"The whole process of putting this team together has been fascinating and a fabulous experience for all of us," Poile said. "When you work in a committee situation with my associate GM Ray Shero and Brian Burke, who was the GM in 2010, and five other general managers, you can't believe the diversity of opinions on players and the formation of a team. It is a unique experience that is almost indescribable."

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery