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AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs to honor Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 4:44 PM / News

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The Hamilton Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, will honor the late Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces on Military Appreciation night Dec. 5 in support of the Marcus Cirillo Trust prior to their game against the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bulldogs will wear a special commemorative jersey designed in conjunction with representatives of the Cirillo family and SP Apparel that will pay tribute to Cpl. Cirillo's ceremonial attire. The cap and badge of his regiment will be on the shoulder and pant shell, and above the Bulldogs logo will be a patch that reads, "In Memory of Cpl. Cirillo."

Cirillo was killed Oct. 22 in a shooting at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa while standing honor guard.

"We're looking to bring together the Hamilton community to help raise money for Cpl. Cirillo's son, Marcus," Hamilton Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz said in a statement. "This falls in line with our annual Military Appreciation Night where we honor those that serve in the Canadian Armed Forces."

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Ducks' Perry, Beauchemin out with viral infections

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

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Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin are out with viral gland infections, the team announced Tuesday.

Perry and Beauchemin are undergoing testing and results are pending.

Perry is tied for the NHL lead with 11 goals despite missing the past three games. Beauchemin played in the Ducks first 15 games before coming out of the lineup Sunday and has four assists.

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Penguins' Maatta on ice seven days after surgery

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 1:52 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Nobody around the Pittsburgh Penguins seemed shocked to see defenseman Olli Maatta in full practice gear going onto the ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, exactly seven days since he had surgery to remove a potentially cancerous tumor from his thyroid gland.

"I think this is what they expected, but obviously with Olli you feel it's going to be earlier with him," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "That's what we've gotten used to with the way he works and the way he heals."

Maatta skated on his own following the morning skate. At the time of his surgery it was expected he would miss four weeks. Penguins coach Mike Johnston did not deviate from that timeline when he spoke about Maatta Tuesday morning.

"We'll see what happens as far as a timeline goes for him participating with the whole team, but it really is amazing how he handles things," Johnston said. "I just think for a young kid it's more the mental side of things, how mature he is and how he's able to deal with issues like that."

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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Flyers' Voracek sustainable

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek was taken on average with the 94th pick in Yahoo fantasy hockey drafts.

The upside was clear: the 25-year-old was fresh off a career season in terms of goals, assists, shots on goal and power-play points. He was a lock to play with top-tier fantasy asset Claude Giroux again, so getting a taste of that pie was only logical for fantasy owners.

That said, Voracek didn't have the pedigree to suggest such elevated consistency and offensive balance through 14 games in 2014-15.

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Five Questions: Bylsma enjoying studying the game

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma:

With time on his hands this season, former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has gone back to being a student of the game. His classroom is his living room. His desk is his couch. His teachers are the coaches and players in the NHL.

"I have done a scout on 27 teams to this point," Bylsma said. "I haven't gotten every team yet, but I'm coaching my son's team and I've been other places where it's just not possible to sit down and watch all of the games that are going on for that two days or three days. So I haven't watched every game, but I usually record two games a night and watch a game so I can watch the other games the next morning at some point in time to see what's happening."

Bylsma is studying to stay up to date on what's happening in the NHL in case his phone rings with his next job offer. He's ready for that to happen. But he's also studying as a way to learn more about nuances of the game that he never had time to dissect when he was coaching.

"There are some analytic aspects of the game that I'm looking at and delving into what the numbers mean, what the analytics mean," Bylsma said. "There are certain aspects of how some teams play that I want to dissect and breakdown."

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Blake used motivation to pave way into Hall of Fame

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Rob Blake knew he was in trouble when he found himself sitting on the milk crate at the end of the bench at old St. Louis Arena. It was Nov. 20, 1993, the 21st game of the season after Blake helped the Los Angeles Kings reach the Stanley Cup Final.

Kings coach Barry Melrose wasn't giving him any free passes.

"They had a milk crate at the end of the bench because the bench wasn't long enough," Blake told NHL.com. "The first shift I had a giveaway up the middle and they scored. My next shift was coming up and I don't go. Barry calls another guy. Then he calls another guy. Eventually I'm sitting on the milk crate for two periods."

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Nov. 10

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 10:45 PM / News

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MONDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in CAPS

BOSTON 4, New Jersey 2

CAROLINA 4, Calgary 1

BERGERON LEADS BRUINS TO FIFTH STRAIGHT

Patrice Bergeron recorded a season-high three points (1-2-3) and rookie Seth Griffith's no-look, between-the-legs goal stood up as his first career game-winner in the Bruins' fifth consecutive victory, a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils. With the win, Boston earned a sweep of their four-game homestand (4-0-0) and have now won four straight at home for the first time since a five-game stretch from March 4-17, 2014.

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Wild's Parise, Spurgeon, Harding practice

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon each returned to practice Monday wearing red non-contact jerseys.

Harding was cleared to practice Sunday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He skated with the Wild for the first time since breaking his ankle before the start of training camp, but there remains no timetable for his return.

"It was great seeing all the guys again and getting that competition back," Harding told the Star Tribune. "Just challenging yourself to stop every shot, just going out there and doing your job. This was another step. Whatever I can do to help this team out, that's the next step."

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Rangers recall Fast, send Malone to AHL

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 6:19 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers recalled forward Jesper Fast from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Monday and assigned forward Ryan Malone and defenseman Conor Allen to the AHL.

Fast, 22, was scoreless in three games after breaking training camp with the Rangers, but had a goal and nine points in 11 games with Hartford, including a six-game point streak and points in seven of his past eight games.

Malone, who cleared waivers last week, was scoreless in six games and a healthy scratch in the Rangers' past three. He has six shots on goal and 14 hits.

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Canadiens assign forward Rene Bourque to AHL

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 4:28 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The criticism of Rene Bourque has always come with a caveat.

That toolbox.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound frame, the quickness, the shot, all of it says "NHL power forward," and because that is such a rare commodity Bourque's shortcomings have often been tolerated for longer than they would for most players.

On Monday, however, the Montreal Canadiens ran out of patience.

After clearing waivers at noon Monday, Bourque was sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League by the Canadiens after he got off to a tepid start to the 2014-15 season.

With no goals, two assists and a minus-9 differential in 13 games, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien made Bourque a healthy scratch the past two games, and Montreal won both of them with rookie Jiri Sekac taking Bourque’s spot alongside Lars Eller and Brandon Prust and energizing the third line.

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