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Sekera looking forward to new challenges with Kings

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:55 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Andrej Sekera already knows new Los Angeles Kings teammates Robyn Regehr and Marian Gaborik, having played with them on other NHL teams and in international competition, respectively. So he was able to get a good idea of what it's like coming to the two-time Stanley Cup champions by talking with them.

The message?

"Losing isn't an option here," Sekera said when he met the media Thursday at Staples Center. "It's great to be in an environment like that. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be fun, and it's going to be a challenge."

Sekera arrived Thursday morning and passed his physical but was held out of the game against the Ottawa Senators. The veteran defenseman will make his Kings debut Friday at the Anaheim Ducks in an important Pacific Division rivalry game.

The Kings acquired Sekera, 28, from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday for defenseman prospect Ronald McKeown and a first-round pick in the either the 2015 or 2016 NHL Draft. To make room on the roster, defenseman Alec Martinez was placed on injured reserve with concussion symptoms, retroactive to Feb. 9.


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Panthers add veteran Jagr to power playoff push

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:21 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Dale Tallon has preached long-term thinking since taking over as general manager of the Florida Panthers, but on Thursday he acquired 43-year-old forward Jaromir Jagr to speed up the building process.

With the Panthers two points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, Tallon added Jagr in a trade with the New Jersey Devils.

“We're right in the mix. I think they're kind of telling us, 'Let’s make a push,'" Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad said. "We're not banking on these next few years. We want to make a push and make the playoffs and prove to people that we can a good team."

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Kings place defenseman Martinez on injured reserve

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 10:48 PM / News

LAKings.com

The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Alec Martinez on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 9, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 27-year-old Martinez (born on July 26, 1987) is a 6-1, 205-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan who has appeared in 248 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 72 points (28-44=72), a plus-34 rating and 60 penalty minutes.

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Clarkson 'over the moon' to join Blue Jackets

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 9:04 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets traded injured forward Nathan Horton to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday for David Clarkson, a power forward they hope can bounce back from a disappointing season-plus in Toronto.

Clarkson had 15 goals in 115 games with the Maple Leafs after signing a seven-year, $36.75 million contract in July 2013. He scored 30 goals in 2011-12 and 15 in 48 games during the shortened 2012-13 season with the New Jersey Devils.

"If you look at his years in Toronto, he wasn't at his best. That's no secret," Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "Things didn't work out for him in Toronto. We think he can get back to his game.

"Now we're going to get him in a different situation with a different group of guys with him. We hope and believe he'll get his game back to where it was before."

Clarkson is eager to attempt to rejuvenate his career, but said he does not question his decision to sign with his hometown team.

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Maple Leafs trade David Clarkson to Blue Jackets

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 7:31 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs traded veteran forward David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets for injured forward Nathan Horton on Thursday.

Clarkson, a Toronto native, is in the second year of a seven-year, $36.75 million contract he signed in July 2013 after six-plus seasons with the New Jersey Devils. His time with the Maple Leafs started with a 10-game suspension to begin the 2013-14 season for leaving the bench in an altercation during a preseason game, and he has been a healthy scratch at times.

By trading Clarkson, the Maple Leafs opened up some space under the NHL salary cap. Clarkson's $5.25 million salary-cap charge comes off Toronto's books, and although the Maple Leafs will have to pay Horton, his salary does not count against the salary cap because he is on long-term injured reserve with a back injury.

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Jaromir Jagr traded to Panthers by Devils

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 7:31 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

Jaromir Jagr was acquired by the Florida Panthers on Thursday in a trade from the New Jersey Devils.

The 43-year-old forward had 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games for the Devils this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

New Jersey will receive Florida's second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2016.

The Panthers are two points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Florida, which has made the playoffs once since 2000 (in 2012), hosts the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday; Jagr will not play.

"Hopefully [he'll bring] some offense, stability and leadership," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "It's a good opportunity for him to mentor some of our young guys and show them how hard they have to work to get to his level. It brings stability to our young team and gives us an opportunity in the next 20 games to make a good run to make the playoffs."

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Sharks forward Torres won't be back this season

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 5:32 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres had season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Torres, who hasn't played since April 30, 2014, is expected to make a complete recovery and be ready for training camp next season, general manager Doug Wilson said.

Torres played 12 games last season, including seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, after injuring his knee during a preseason game and having surgery to replace his ACL.

Torres, 33, was hampered by post-surgery infections that now have cost him the entire 2014-15 season and forced him to have the same surgery again.

"I was expecting it all along," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I don't think it's a surprise to a lot of us. That's from a general perspective."

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Blackhawks acquire forward Abbott from Maple Leafs

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 4:43 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Spencer Abbott from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan. Abbott will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Abbott, 26, has recorded 127 points (37G, 90A) in 168 career AHL games over portions of four seasons with the Toronto Marlies. The Hamilton, Ont., native was tied for third on the Marlies with 24 points (7G, 17A) this season. Abbott made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 5, 2013.

Previously, Abbott tallied 146 points (54G, 92A) in 151 games over four seasons at the University of Maine. Abbott was named Hockey East Player of the Year and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award after contributing 62 points (21G, 41a) during his senior campaign in 2011-12.

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Blues acquire forward Cracknell from Blue Jackets

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 4:00 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Adam Cracknell from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday for future considerations.

The Blues assigned Cracknell to Peoria of the American Hockey League.

Cracknell had one assist and a minus-8 rating in 17 games with the Blue Jackets this season; he has three goals and seven points in 18 games with Springfield of the AHL.

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Ducks goalie Bryzgalov to sit out rest of season

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 1:34 PM / News

AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter.

Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments:

"At the beginning of the NHL season, I spent all of my time with my wife and my children," said Bryzgalov. "I drove my son and daughter to their practices and games and enjoyed life. I had no plans to return to the NHL this season until the Ducks reached out to my agent, Ritch Winter. I agreed to return because of my respect for the Ducks organization, the quality of the team they had assembled and my long relationship with Bob Murray and the team. Given the way things have worked out, I have decided to return home to be with my wife and children, who did not move with me to Anaheim. It’s not the way I had hoped things would work out. But when you can return to a family you love, could life be any better?"

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