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Kings' Muzzin signs five-year contract extension

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 4:39 PM / News

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension Wednesday.

Muzzin, 25, was in the final season of a two-year contract and could have been a restricted free agent after the season. The new contract starts next season and keeps him with the team through the 2019-2020 season.

"It's exciting," Muzzin told the Kings website. "This is a place I want to stay and I want to play here for a long time. I'm very happy that we got a deal done and this is home for me for the next five years."


Red Wings still waiting on Alfredsson: report

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 3:22 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings still are waiting on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play this season, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Alfredsson, 41, has stopped skating at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and the Free Press reported he told Red Wings general manager Ken Holland last week that he wasn't sure when he would start again.

"He was feeling pretty good but was getting frustrated because he wasn't getting over the hump," Holland told the Free Press on Wednesday. "He would feel good, push it and have a setback. He was frustrated because he was not able to get to the point where he wants to be at to tell me he wants to practice with us."


Hurricanes' Skinner hoping for Thursday return

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:58 PM / News

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner skated in a regular jersey Wednesday and hopes to return to the lineup Thursday against the New York Rangers.

Skinner shed the no-contact jersey he had been wearing since he returned to the ice following a concussion he sustained during a preseason game Oct. 5. Skinner has missed the Hurricanes' first three games.

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Skinner will travel to New York and a determination on his availability for Thursday would be determined after the morning skate.


Ducks reassign goalie Gibson to Norfolk of AHL

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:46 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks reassigned goaltender John Gibson to Norfolk of the American Hockey League, the team announced Monday. Gibson will play two games with the Admirals this weekend before returning to Anaheim, according to the Ducks.

After being called up from Norfolk late last season, Gibson, 21, went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .954 save percentage while becoming the youngest NHL goalie since Darren Puppa of the Buffalo Sabres to earn a shutout in his debut. He made four appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round.

In Gibson's only start this season, he faced 39 shots and allowed six goals in a season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 9. Frederik Andersen has since assumed the starting role in Anaheim with a 3-0-0 record, 1.95 GAA and .928 save percentage.


Oilers' Fasth goes on IR; Bachman recalled from AHL

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:40 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday placed goaltender Viktor Fasth on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Fasth was injured in the first period of the Oilers' 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He stopped eight of 11 shots before being removed with 4:26 left in the first period.

The Oilers recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League to take his place. The 27-year-old went 0-2-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. In his only AHL game this season, Bachman allowed three goals on 30 shots in an overtime loss to San Antonio.


Blue Jackets assign forward Gibbons to Springfield

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:09 PM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Brian Gibbons off Injured Reserve and assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Gibbons missed the first three games of the regular season with a lower body injury.

Gibbons, 26, joined the Blue Jackets in July after spending the past three seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. The center tallied five goals and seven assists for 12 points with six penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 41 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He has also collected 30-60-90 in 168 appearances with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.


Jets re-assign Patrice Cormier to IceCaps

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 12:29 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have re-assigned forward Patrice Cormier to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Cormier, 24, played in nine games with the Jets in 2013-14 recording three assists and seven penalty minutes. He’s compiled five points (1G, 4A) in 49 career NHL games with Winnipeg and the Atlanta Thrashers. The Moncton, NB native has spent parts of the last three seasons with St. John’s accumulating 70 points (34 G, 36A) in 152 games as a member of the IceCaps. Cormier has collected 75 points (36G, 39A) and 256 penalty minutes in 163 AHL games with St. John’s and the Chicago Wolves. He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.


Fantasy top 60 'D': Lightning's Hedman among elite

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.


Fantasy owners have been waiting a long time for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman to show he should be mentioned in the same sentence as players like P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson, and Duncan Keith. That patience was finally rewarded with a breakout performance last season and things look to be getting even better.

Hedman rolled up career highs in goals (13), assists (42), points (55), plus-minus (plus-5), shots (170), power-play goals (three) and game-winning goals (two) in 75 games. Those numbers were good enough to place him fourth in the defensive scoring race.

Hedman, who stands 6-foot-6, 229 pounds, picked up just five points through 12 October games. One can only wonder what his totals would have looked like had he clicked at the rate that saw him produce 50 points over his next 63 games.


Five things to watch as Red Wings face Bruins

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Frustrated and optimistic are two words that aptly describe how the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings are feeling as they head into their NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m. ET).

The Bruins felt they played well enough Monday against the Colorado Avalanche to win, or at least salvage a point. They did neither as Daniel Briere took it away with a buzzer-beating game-winning goal, handing the Bruins their third straight regulation loss since a season-opening win.

The Red Wings felt they played well enough to win, or at least earn a point, this past Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. It didn't happen as Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scored the winning goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.

"We outchanced them," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said during a phone interview after practice Tuesday. "We gave up 12 chances in the game. I thought we did lots of good things in the game. So to me that's positive; let's just keep building on it."


Nyquist showing scoring touch again for Red Wings

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist seems to be back where he was during a two-and-a-half month stretch last season.

The 25-year-old right wing from Halmstad, Sweden, has goals in each of the Red Wings' first two games this season, which Detroit split. That comes following a season in which he led the Red Wings with 28 goals; he also had 20 assists in 57 games.

Nyquist and the Red Wings host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, TVA, SN1).

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