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Jets' Bogosian out 4-6 weeks with lower-body injury

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Paul Maurice said Thursday.

Defenseman Grant Clitsome will miss two weeks with an undisclosed injury. The news was announced via the Jets official Twitter account.

Bogosian was placed on injured reserve and defenseman Julien Brouillette was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League. Brouillette has two goals and four points in 11 AHL games this season. He had a goal and an assist in 10 games last season for the Washington Capitals.

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Alfredsson announces retirement after 18 seasons

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 1:38 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson's remarkable NHL career will come full circle when he takes his final laps on the ice at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Alfredsson, who was Senators captain for 13 of his 17 seasons in Ottawa, signed a ceremonial agreement Thursday morning and announced he will retire as a Senator.

He will wear the jersey he wore for his last home game as a Senator in 2013 and participate in the warm-up before the Senators play the New York Islanders.

Alfredsson left the Senators to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for the 2013-14 season, but recurring back problems led to his decision to retire.

"It's going to be really cool. I'm looking forward to it and it's going to be a great experience," Alfredsson said of skating as a Senator one last time. "Being out there with the boys again is going to be a special feeling. I'm going to try to not fall down."

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Wild's Suter has mumps, questionable for Friday

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 1:33 PM / News

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The Minnesota Wild announced Thursday that defenseman Ryan Suter has the mumps, but he might not be out of the lineup very long.

Suter sat out the Wild's game Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens. It was the first game Suter had missed since signing with the Wild in July 2012.

The Wild play Friday at home against the Anaheim Ducks but coach Mike Yeo said Suter was feeling better and could play Friday.

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Best ones able to bounce back

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 12:23 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

No matter where you go, goalie coaches around the NHL are of similar opinion. The best goaltenders in the world rarely have two bad games in a row.

Considering how often we have documented the rise of talent over the past three years, now more than ever, goalies simply can't expect to remain fantasy-relevant amidst a losing streak.

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Numbers show Alfredsson's status among peers

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 10:15 AM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Longtime Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson, who retired Thursday, compiled numbers that rank him at or near the top of players of his generation.

Here are a few that particularly stand out:

1 -- Alfredsson is the only player selected in the 1994 NHL Draft to reach 1,000 points; Patrik Elias (993 for the New Jersey Devils) could become the second.

2 -- Alfredsson finished with the second-most points from a Swedish born skater in NHL history, trailing Mats Sundin (1,349-1,157).

4 -- From when Alfredsson made his NHL debut to today, he ranks fourth in assists with 713. The players ahead of him are Joe Thornton, Jaromir Jagr and fellow countryman Nicklas Lidstrom.

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Alfredsson's timeline traveled from Sweden to Ottawa

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 10:15 AM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Daniel Alfredsson was the face of the Ottawa Senators for almost two decades. The Gothenburg, Sweden native holds countless Senators records set during his 17 seasons playing for Ottawa and has a decorated international career.

Alfredsson on Thursday announced his retirement from professional hockey.

Here are some key dates as we look back at No. 11:

June 29, 1994 -- Selected in the sixth round (No. 133) of the NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Oct. 7, 1995 -- Made his NHL debut, getting his first point (an assist) in a 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

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Alfredsson embodied Senators' rise, beloved by city

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 10:15 AM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- In his time with the Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson was as much a part of the landscape here as snow in winter, the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, and a chant about the archrival Toronto Maple Leafs that rhymes with make believe luck.

That Alfredsson, a central figure when the Battle of Ontario was at its peak, was so reviled by Maple Leafs fans only served to endear him even more to Senators supporters.

Through the ebbs and flows of Ottawa's return to the NHL, Alfredsson was the Senators' constant, rising to become their leader in just about every offensive category and its longest-serving captain.

He became active in the community, opening up about his family and mental health issues faced by his sister, Cecilia, and becoming the spokesman for the Royal Ottawa Hospital's campaign to remove the stigma from mental illness.

He was always there with a consistent effort on the ice and to answer for his and the Senators performances off it.

Alfredsson returned to Ottawa one more time Thursday, to announce his retirement after 18 NHL seasons, 17 of which were spent with the Senators.

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Ducks acquire Robak from Panthers for Blacker, pick

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 10:08 AM / News

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The Anaheim Ducks on Thursday acquired defenseman Colby Robak from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Jesse Blacker and a future conditional draft pick.

Robak will join the Ducks in Minnesota, where they face the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The trade comes one day after the Ducks announced defenseman Eric Brewer, acquired last week from the Tampa Bay Lightning, will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.

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Unmasked: Brodeur's methods must mesh with Blues

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Much has been made about how odd it is to see Martin Brodeur in St. Louis Blues colors after more than two decades as the goalie and franchise icon for the New Jersey Devils.

It may be even more odd to watch Brodeur's at-times-unconventional, old-school goaltending mesh with the style of play the Blues employ.

Brodeur dismissed the popular butterfly save-selection style early in a pro career which has gone pretty well without it. He has the most wins (688) and shutouts (124) in NHL history without defaulting to both knees to make every save, which is the preference for the vast majority of professional goalies, including St. Louis starter Brian Elliott and backup Jake Allen.



Elliott is out with a lower-body injury for the next couple of weeks at least, so the Blues signed Brodeur to an incentive-laden contract Tuesday. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Brodeur will start in goal Thursday against the Nashville Predators.

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Shift to goalie paying off for USNTDP's Opilka

Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Luke Opilka came very close to quitting hockey before realizing his true calling as a goaltender during an open skate at a friend's birthday party.

"I was never too good a player; the only goal I ever scored was on my own net," Opilka said. "I really thought I actually scored a goal so I began celebrating. I was probably a mite [8 years old] then and I probably should have known better, but I didn't."

What he did learn was that playing defense was not a good idea for him.

"I tried goaltender at my friend's birthday party and just loved it, so I stuck with it from there," he said.

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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