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Versteeg returns to Blackhawks in trade from Panthers

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 12:17 AM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Kris Versteeg, a member of their 2010 Stanley Cup-winning team, from the Florida Panthers on Thursday in a trade for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.

"We are excited to bring Kris back to Chicago and are pleased to add a player with his experience and versatility to our lineup" Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "Kris is well-respected within our organization and will be able to make a seamless transition to our team because of his familiarity with many of our players and with coach [Joel] Quenneville. This move strengthens our team depth, and Kris' skill is a great complement to our current roster."

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Ducks recall Fasth, send Andersen to AHL

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 6:04 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks on Thursday reassigned goalie Frederik Andersen to Norfolk of the American Hockey League and recalled goaltender Viktor Fasth from his long-term injury conditioning assignment.

Andersen became the first NHL goalie in 20 years to win his first six starts, and is 6-1-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. He is fourth in the League in GAA and fifth in save percentage while leading all rookies in most statistical categories.

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Maple Leafs' Kadri suspended three games

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 5:31 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended for three games, without pay, for interference with Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during NHL Game No. 274 in Minnesota on Wednesday, Nov. 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 7:07 of the first period. Kadri received a minor penalty for goaltender interference.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Kadri will forfeit $44,615.37 The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Babcock to receive honorary doctorate from McGill

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 2:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Mike Babcock has had hundreds of players call him coach in over two decades behind the bench, but as of Nov. 25 they can call him something new.

Doctor Babcock.

The Detroit Red Wings coach will receive an honorary doctorate as part of the fall convocation ceremonies at his alma mater, McGill University in Montreal. Babcock will be made a Doctor of Laws.

"No question about it that an honorary degree from McGill was more improbable to me than winning a Stanley Cup," Babcock told the McGill Reporter, which revealed the news Thursday. "When I went to McGill I had no idea of the quality of people I would meet and the quality of institute that I would be attending. And I didn't know it until after I arrived and maybe even until after I left what a great school it was and how it was going to impact my life. So to be honored in this fashion is so humbling and unbelievable."

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Capitals' Ovechkin packs punch with more than shot

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 1:34 PM / Ford Tough Performance of the Week

NHL.com Staff

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin packs a punch with his shot; just ask any of the goaltenders who have been victimized by one of the Russian sniper's 385 career goals. Ovechkin has 14 already this season to tie for the NHL lead, including the overtime winner in the Capitals' most recent game, Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ovechkin is a superstar because he can impose his will on a game through more than just his shot, however. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda learned that in a game against the Capitals on Sunday.

Four minutes into the opening period Hejda went back to collect the puck in his end after a Washington dump-in. As Hejda skated into the right corner, he had a 6-foot-3, 230-pound express train heading straight for him. Hejda reversed the puck across to defense partner Erik Johnson just before Ovechkin leveled him with a thunderous shoulder check, momentarily knocking Hejda off his skates and down to the ice.

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In the Cage: Miller, Bryzgalov solid buy-low options

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 12:30 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

The theme of our NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Google Hangout on Thursday is focused on identifying solid buy-low and sell-high candidates. With so many options, the panel will surely dish out some solid strategies to help you locate viable forwards and defensemen in both categories.

When it comes to finding good buy-low goalies, with fewer assets to work with, you’re basically looking for one of two things: a backup that has the potential to become a starter, or a good goalie on a bad team that would benefit from a turnaround. Workload will always be the driving force behind a goalie’s fantasy value, but you can’t buy them low or sell them high if they’re not going to play.

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Elias, Gionta back at practice for Devils

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 11:08 AM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils forwards Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta returned to practice Thursday with the intention of playing against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on Friday.

Tom Gulitti of The (Bergen) Record reported the news via his Twitter account.

Elias has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury and Gionta has missed the past two games with a sore foot. With Elias and Gionta back, The Record reported that Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson were the extra forwards at practice.

Defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who pulled a leg muscle in the first period in a win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, did not practice on Thursday.

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Prospector Files: Top scouts talk talent evaluation

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 10:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

What do the top evaluators at NHL Central Scouting look for in players eligible for the upcoming NHL draft?

With the release of Central Scouting's November Players to Watch list Thursday, NHL.com figured now was as good a time as any to learn what goes into a scout rating a skater or goalie a "can't-miss" performer. It's a process Central Scouting has taken great pride in as the premier scouting service for NHL teams since the 1975-76 season.

The first area scrutinized is a player's ability to skate and do it well in all situations.

"If he can't skate, he can't play," Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen told NHL.com.

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Halifax's Ehlers earns promotion by Central Scouting

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 10:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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It was five months ago that three players from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were making waves at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Nathan MacKinnon was the center of attention as the No. 1 pick by the Colorado Avalanche. Dynamic Jonathan Drouin was chosen two picks later by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Zachary Fucale was the first goalie selected when he was taken in the second round (No. 36) by the Montreal Canadiens.

According to NHL Central Scouting, another prominent forward is making news for the Mooseheads this season: left wing Nikolaj Ehlers. Born in Aalborg, Denmark, the 5-foot-11.5, 162-pound left-handed shot perfected his game in Switzerland for Biel the past six seasons before joining Halifax this season.

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Maple Leafs' Kadri to have hearing Thursday

Thursday, 11.14.2013 / 7:50 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Thursday afternoon for a hit on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

while theAt 7:07 of the first period, Kadri hit Backstrom while driving to the net. Backstrom initially remained in the game after being attended to on the ice, but was replaced by Josh Harding at 10:31 of the first period and did not return.

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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