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Rangers' Lundqvist to serve as backup vs. Senators

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 5:22 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is the back up to Cam Talbot for their game at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and expects to start one of two games this weekend.

Lundqvist, who has been out since Feb. 2 with a vascular injury, said Thursday he will have discussions with the coaching staff Friday to decide which game he will start, either at the Boston Bruins on Saturday or at home against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

"It's hard to say no to a game right now when you've been away for that long," Lundqvist said. "But at the same time you have to be smart about it. I feel pretty close to being ready. We'll have that discussion tomorrow and we'll decide which game we should play."

Blues' Shattenkirk may return Saturday: report

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 4:44 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk could return Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets (8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-MW), according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Shattenkirk has missed the past 25 games after having abdominal surgery on Feb. 5. He will participate in practice on Friday and if things go well, could return to the lineup Saturday.

"He's going to get checked hard tomorrow, he's going to get forechecked hard, he's going to have to do some battle drills in team situations and if he gets to that next phase ... then he should be ready to go," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Blackhawks, Baun agree to terms on contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 2:36 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent forward Kyle Baun on a two-year contract. Baun will report to the Blackhawks.

Baun, 22, recorded a collegiate career-high 29 points (14G, 15A) in 38 games this season as a junior at Colgate University. He ranked second on the team in points, shared the lead in goals and ranked third with a +13 plus/minus rating. The Toronto native, who was named Third-Team All-League by the ECAC, tallied five multi-point outings, including a season-high three points on two occasions. Baun has registered 79 points (39G, 40A) in 113 contests with Colgate across three seasons.

Prior to his collegiate career, Baun earned 103 points (48G, 55A) in 98 career games with the Central Canadian Hockey League’s Cornwall Colts.

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Samuelsson, member of Triple Gold Club, retires

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 2:20 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Mikael Samuelsson, a member of the Triple Gold Club, announced his retirement Thursday.

Samuelsson, 38, played 699 games and for six teams in 13 NHL seasons. He won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings after earning a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Turin Olympics and the 2006 IIHF World Championship.

"It isn't really something you choose to do, it's just something you feel," Samuelsson said of retiring to the Swedish club Djurgården's website. "Towards the end, I couldn't practice properly, I could only do rehab training, and you can only do that so long. I wanted to retire when I still could do something on the ice."

Flames sign forward Carroll to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Austin Carroll from the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.

Carroll, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, played four seasons with the Royals in the WHL and was drafted by the Flames in the seventh round (184th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In 69 games during the 2014-15 season the 6'4", 224 lb. winger led Victoria in points (77), goals (38), penalty minutes (124), and plus/minus (+23). Over his 268 game WHL career he recorded 196 points (95G, 101A) and 470 PIMs. The 20-year-old added another 12 points (8G, 4A) in 17 career WHL playoff games and he will have a chance to add to those totals in the 2014-15 WHL playoffs.

Eichel, Hanifin among those to watch in NCAA tourney

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:40 PM / Prospects

Corey Masisak and Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writers

There hasn't been an NCAA player selected in the top five of the NHL Draft since 2006, but this June there could be two and both are in action this weekend in the 2015 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament.

Jonathan Toews from North Dakota and Phil Kessel from the University of Minnesota were top-five picks in 2006. Nine years later, Boston University forward Jack Eichel and Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin could be among the first five names called at the 2015 draft in Sunrise, Fla.

Eichel and Hanifin are two of the key players to watch in the NCAA tournament, which starts with four games Friday. There are also 107 NHL draft picks on the 16 rosters, according to College Hockey Inc., along with some undrafted players who should receive attention as free agents once their seasons are over.

Sharks sign goalie Rumpel to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:23 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed goaltender Joel Rumpel to a one-year standard entry-level contract. He will report to the Worcester Sharks (AHL).

Rumpel recently completed his senior season at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA), where he posted a 53-50-11 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage over four seasons. He helped guide the team to a pair of NCAA tournament appearance (2013, 2014), a WCHA Final Five Tournament championship in 2013, and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2014.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: No place like home for Mason

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:20 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

There's no place like home, especially if you're Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

Mason is quietly putting together one of the better seasons out of any goalie in the NHL. Perhaps he doesn't get more recognition because the Flyers are all but mathematically eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs chase, but there's something else working against Mason.

On 'another level,' Price leads Canadiens to top of NHL

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:00 PM / Top Performer

NHL.com

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price continues to show why he's a top contender for the Hart and Vezina trophies.

Price is 2-0-1 with two shutouts in his past three starts to help the NHL-leading Canadiens reach 100 points for the 18th time, and in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1987-88 and 1988-89. He made 29 saves in a win against the San Jose Sharks on March 21 to become the third Canadiens goalie to win 40 games (Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and Bill Durnan). He is two from the single-season record accomplished twice by Plante and once by Dryden.

Price's finest moment against the Sharks came with 1:34 remaining in the game. Forward Joe Pavelski's cross-ice pass found forward Logan Couture, whose one-timer hit the knob of Price's stick while Price slid from one end of the crease to the other.

"Once again, Carey was Carey; it's as simple as that," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "He made key saves, particularly at the end, as everyone saw. Carey was Carey."

Blue Jackets forward Boll suspended three games

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 11:55 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon during NHL Game No. 1093 in Columbus on Tuesday, March 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:02 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Boll will forfeit $27,419.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link.

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