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Wild's Scandella suspended two games

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 8:04 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during NHL Game No. 415 in St. Paul on Tuesday, December 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:32 of the third period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.


Bruins' Gagne leaving team to be with sick father

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

Boston Bruins forward Simon Gagne has taken a leave of absence from the team, the Bruins announced Wednesday.

"I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer," Gagne said in a statement released by the Bruins. "The doctors, who have been great throughout this whole process, unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable. I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I's privacy during this difficult time."


Wild's Ballard released from hospital, out indefinitely

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard was released from a hospital Wednesday after sustaining multiple facial fractures and a concussion on a hit by New York Islanders forward Matt Martin during a game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild announced. Ballard is out indefinitely.

Ballard was playing a puck in the Wild end in the second period when he was hit by Martin and fell awkwardly into the boards. Ballard remained down on the ice for several moments and a stretcher was brought onto the ice, but Ballard was able to skate off the ice with assistance.


Ducks to honor Selanne, retire jersey Jan. 11

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

The Ducks announced the schedule for the "FOR8VER TEEMU" events leading up to "Teemu Tribute Night" on Jan. 11, 2015 vs. Winnipeg at Honda Center. The Ducks will honor Selanne on his legendary career in a pregame ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. that will include the raising of Selanne's #8 jersey to the rafters at Honda Center. Fans attending "Teemu Tribute Night" are encouraged to be in their seats by 4:15 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a replica Selanne jersey retirement banner.

Fans who visit the Ducks Mobile App between 12:00 p.m. today (Dec. 10) and 11 p.m. on Dec. 18 will have the opportunity to be entered into a sweepstakes to receive a purchasing code for up to 2 tickets for "Teemu Tribute Night." Fans can enter the sweepstakes using the official Ducks Mobile App for iPhone, iPad and Android by tapping "Teemu Tribute Night" in the app menu and filling out the form. For more information on the Ducks Mobile App, visit


Canucks reassign Jensen, Corrado to AHL

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:56 PM / News

Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have reassigned forward Nicklas Jensen and defenceman Frank Corrado to the AHL Utica Comets.

Jensen, 21, has appeared in 5 games with the Canucks this season. In 15 games with the Comets this season, the Herning, Denmark native has collected 11 points (6-5-11). He currently ranks sixth on Utica in scoring. The 6'3", 202 pound forward was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 29th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Dec. 9

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:30 PM / News

NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

Chicago 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)

COLUMBUS 3, Philadelphia 2 (OT)

BUFFALO 1, Los Angeles 0

TORONTO 4, Calgary 1

MONTREAL 3, Vancouver 1

Washington 5, TAMPA BAY 3

MINNESOTA 5, NY Islanders 4

Winnipeg 5, DALLAS 2


Fantasy top 60 'D': Panthers' Ekblad proving his value

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once sang, "The waiting is the hardest part."

There are many interpretations as to what they might have been talking about in that song, but for today's purposes we’ll assume that it was NHL draft picks and the time it takes them to make an impact in the League.

Most players don't make the leap from the junior or college ranks right away. In fact, a team might have to invest years of coaching and development before they see the fruits of their labor; it takes even longer if that player is a defenseman.

Aaron Ekblad
Defense - FLA
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 18
SOG: 53 | +/-: 6
Though the "wait" typically is long when it comes to defensemen, sometimes a special player arrives and makes an immediate impact. The Florida Panthers are experiencing that right now with the player they selected with the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, Aaron Ekblad.

Ekblad is no stranger to making an immediate impact. He was granted exceptional player status as a 15-year-old to play in the Ontario Hockey League and went on to have 40 goals and 116 points in 175 games for the Barrie Colts between 2011 and 2014.


Lightning's Stamkos evolving into all-around star

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 11:11 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

As difficult as Steven Stamkos has been to defend, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain used to be easy to find on the ice.

Youngest to 250 NHL goals
1. Wayne Gretzky - 22 years, 28 days
2. Mario Lemieux - 23 years, 77 days
3. Dale Hawerchuk - 23 years, 289 days
4. Alex Ovechkin - 24 years, 126 days
5. Pierre Turgeon - 24 years, 199 days
6. Steve Yzerman- 24 years, 222 days
7. Jimmy Carson - 24 years, 241 days
8. Mike Bossy - 24 years, 275 days
9. Michel Goulet - 24 years, 302 days
10. Steven Stamkos - 24 years, 305 days

"He used to post up at that left-wing dot and every goalie in the League knew it was coming and they couldn't stop it," NHL Network and TSN analyst Craig Button said. "It was like a fastball. The fastball is coming and you can't hit it."

It worked well for him. Stamkos scored 51 goals in his second season, including 24 off one-timers, of which 16 came from the left side, 14 from inside the circle.

"His one-timer from that side of the ice made him very famous very quick," former Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis told

It also made him somewhat predictable; so much so that defenses started to adjust to him by swinging coverage toward that side of the ice to ensure he wouldn't get the puck with time and space to bury a shot. It was the only way they could help their goaltender.

So Stamkos did the only thing he could do, the only thing smart players like him would do. He started to adjust to the defenses he was seeing. It has turned him into a complete player.


Stars' Garbutt faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:54 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing Thursday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a slew-footing incident with the Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien during a game Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.

Garbutt and Byfuglien were pursuing a puck in the Winnipeg end when Garbutt knocked down Byfuglien at 13:22 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping. Byfuglien remained in the game.

The Jets won the game 5-2.


Wild's Scandella faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:45 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella will have a hearing Wednesday night with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during a game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Nelson was pursuing a puck in the Minnesota zone when Scandella hit Nelson at 17:32 of the third period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Nelson remained in the game.

The Wild won the game 5-4.

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Quote of the Day

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