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Blue Jackets' Comeau banned two games for boarding

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 2:58 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith during NHL Game No. 979 in Columbus on Tuesday, March 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:47 of the first period. Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Comeau will forfeit $10,256.42. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


GM meetings could lead to tweaks; no major changes

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 2:48 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- After three days of meetings at the Boca Beach Club, the NHL general managers came away with a consensus that the game is in good shape and needs no radical makeover.

"There are no major announcements or major changes," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "There will be some recommendations, some things people will look at, there will be some more homework done, but you should continue to enjoy the game principally the way it's being played."

Among the recommendations the managers are considering to propose to the Competition Committee are modifications to the overtime format and faceoff protocol.


Rangers sign RPI forward Haggerty

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 2:41 PM / News


The New York Rangers on Wednesday signed free-agent forward Ryan Haggerty. Terms of the contract were not released. According to The Record, Haggerty will join the Rangers when they return this weekend from a road trip.

Haggerty, 21, had 28 goals and 15 assists in 35 games with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He set career highs in goals, assists and points this season, his third with RPI.

"We have watched Ryan closely the past few years, and the two things that stick out the most are he can score and he has gotten better every year," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton said. "We really like Ryan's work ethic and his drive to get better every day."


Vancouver GM discusses Tortorella, team's struggles

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 1:59 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis emerged from the three-day meetings of the NHL's GMs at the Boca Beach Club with the understanding that his team faces a rocky road in the future, but also a fuller understanding of the hardships already endured.

While Gillis was here for the meetings, the Canucks allowed the New York Islanders to score seven third-period goals in a demoralizing 7-4 loss Monday at Rogers Arena.

It was, perhaps, the nadir of what has been a trying season for the usually competitive Canucks.

"It's been tough, but it's been a tough month-and-a-half for us," Gillis said. "When you're not performing up to a standard that you think is acceptable, it's never easy."


NHL Revealed season finale debuts tonight on NBCSN in the U.S. and tomorrow on CBC in Canada

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other


NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The season finale of the seven-part series NHL Revealed™: A Season Like No Other™ debuts tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN (immediately following the NBCSN broadcast of Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.), and tomorrow, March 13, at 9:00 p.m. / 9:30 p.m. NT on CBC. The episode will re-air on Sportsnet on Sunday, March 16, at 9:00 p.m. local and on NHL Network™-U.S. on Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

With the spectacle and excitement of competing in front of huge crowds in iconic stadiums behind them, nine NHL teams begin their stretch run towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But before they can do that, they must face the Trade Deadline and the uncertainty it can bring to players and teams alike. In the season finale of NHL Revealed™: A Season Like No Other™, Roberto Luongo learns he will be returning to the Florida Panthers, the club he called home before becoming a member off the Canucks. Longtime Devils star Martin Brodeur shares his thoughts as the deadline nears, while Martin St. Louis is reunited with his former Lightning teammate Brad Richards in New York as the newest member of the Rangers. In his place, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan heads to Tampa Bay to complete the first captain-for-captain transaction at the Trade Deadline.


On the 'D'-fence: Timonen producing at typical pace

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has long been a staple on fantasy hockey blue lines, but that started to change a bit this season. While he led all Flyers defensemen in scoring last season with 29 points in 45 games, prompting fantasy owners to draft him on average in the 11th round of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues, he and the Flyers limped out of the gates to a 4-10-1 record in their first 15 games.

Timonen managed to put up just one assist and a minus-2 rating over that span, causing fantasy owners to cut and run. He found himself on the most-dropped lists in many different platforms and formats, but while owners weren't paying attention he and the Flyers were heating up.

The Flyers have gone 29-15-6 over their next 50 games, effectively turning their season around. Timonen appeared in 47 of those games, collecting 25 points in the process. His .53 points per game over that span might not compare to the .64 he put up last season, but it is on par with some of his best career numbers to date.

The 38-year-old native of Kuopio, Finland has only broken .60 points per game in a season on three occasions. He achieved the feat in both of his final two seasons with the Nashville Predators back in 2005-06 and '06-07, and then again last year.


Islanders' Grabner out indefinitely with concussion

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 11:24 AM / News


New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner is out with a concussion and the team announced Wednesday there was no timetable for him to return.

Grabner was injured in the second period of the Islanders' 7-4 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday when he collided with Canucks defenseman Christopher Tanev.


Bruins at loss to explain Canadiens' success in rivalry

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:48 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins appears to exist in a vacuum.

Every metric imaginable would suggest the Bruins should dominate the Canadiens, much like they do the great majority of the NHL's 28 other teams.

Except, for some reason, they don't.

When the Canadiens play the Bruins in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS) they will do so riding a five-game winning streak against their Atlantic Division rivals.


Henrik Sedin not in mood to celebrate 1,000th game

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 9:47 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVERVancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin isn't in the mood to celebrate his upcoming milestone.

Reaching 1,000 NHL games Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets amid the worst slump since he joined the Canucks in 2000 has put a damper on the occasion. But as Sedin looked back on some tough early years in Vancouver, it was easy to find perspective on the Canucks' current woes.

Sleep didn't come easy then, and it isn't coming easy now.

"A lot of nights you lay in bed and wonder what has happened," Sedin said of a 2-11-1 slide that has dropped Vancouver into 11th place in the Western Conference, six points out of the final wild-card position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Blue Jackets' Comeau faces disciplinary hearing

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 9:47 AM / NHL Department of Player Safety


Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing Wednesday for his hit on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith during the first period Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.

Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding and one for diving at 12:47 of the first period. Smith was given a penalty for cross-checking.

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