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Canadiens Cup champion coach Ruel dies at 76

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 12:29 PM / News

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Claude Ruel, who was part of seven Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens, died Monday at age 76.

"It's with sadness that we learned the passing of Claude Ruel, a great builder in our franchise history," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson wrote on his verified Twitter account. "My condolences to the Ruel family."

Ruel was the Canadiens' director of scouting when he was elevated to coach for the 1968-69 season, replacing Toe Blake. He guided the Canadiens to the best record in the League with 103 points. They swept the New York Rangers in the quarterfinals and beat the Boston Bruins in six games in the semifinals. In the Cup Final the Canadiens swept the St. Louis Blues.

The Canadiens missed the playoffs the following season, and he resigned 23 games into the 1970-71 season.

In 1975 he returned to the Canadiens as director of player development and served in that role until 1995, with the exception of the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons, when he went back to coaching the team. He was part of Canadiens teams that won the Stanley Cup four straight times between 1976 and 1979, and again in 1986 and 1993.

Fantasy All-Access: Building your team in pairs

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver-wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

This weekend couples all over the world will be celebrating Valentine's Day with chocolates and flowers. The NHL is full of great duos that have been helping fantasy teams all year long, so in the spirit of Saint Valentine let’s hand out candy hearts to the top three pairs.

Dubnyk, Perry and Desharnais named week's stars

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKMinnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry and Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 8.

FIRST STAR – DEVAN DUBNYK, G, MINNESOTA WILD

Dubnyk went 2-0-0, stopping all 42 shots he faced to lead the Wild (25-20-6, 56 points) to a pair of shutout victories and their season-high fifth consecutive win overall. He recorded 24 saves in a 3-0 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 3. Dubnyk also denied all 18 shots against in a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 7, picking up his 13th career shutout and fifth of 2014-15. The 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native is 16-6-2 in 28 total appearances this season, including a 7-1-0 mark with a 1.31 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and four shutouts in nine games since joining the Wild Jan. 14. Per Elias, Dubnyk is the fastest player to earn four shutouts with one club among goaltenders who have debuted in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68).

Bruins recall Svedberg, reassign Subban to AHL

Monday, 02.09.2015 / 11:37 AM / News

BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, February 9, that the club has recalled Niklas Svedberg from his conditioning loan in Providence and assigned Malcolm Subban to Providence.

Svedberg went 3-1-0 during his conditioning stint in Providence, posting a 2.76 goals against average and .911 save percentage. Svedberg has appeared in 12 games for Boston this season, accruing a 5-5-0 record (two shutouts) with a 2.22 goals against average and .922 save percentage. In total, the 25-year-old has competed in 13 games for Boston, with a 6-5-0 record (two shutouts), .924 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average.

EPIX crew works around clock for quick turnaround

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The bagels from breakfast are still sitting out while lunch is being ordered, plenty of them untouched as the hours bleed away with no one really noticing, or caring.

Producers in one of the four edit rooms are sifting through hours upon hours of footage while wearing winter coats because for some reason that no one can figure out, the heat in that particular edit room is not working properly this morning.

So what, they say. It doesn't stop them. They grind. They always grind.

Around the League notebook for Sunday, Feb. 8

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 11:39 PM / News

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PREDATORS REACH TOP OF WESTERN CONFERENCE WITH WIN AGAINST PANTHERS …

Filip Forsberg (1-0-1) scored a goal in regulation and added the shootout-winner to propel the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers. The Predators, who have won four of their past five games, improved to a League-best 35-12-6 (76 points) this season and leapfrogged the Anaheim Ducks to take sole possession of first place in the Western Conference standings. Nashville has also earned points in nine of their past 11 games against Florida dating to the start of the 2007-08 season (8-2-1).

Beanpot Tournament postponed until Feb. 23

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 8:24 PM / News

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The championship and consolation rounds of the 63rd annual Beanpot Tournament, originally scheduled Monday, have been postponed because of inclement weather until Feb. 23 at TD Garden in Boston.

The championship game between Northeastern and Boston University now will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET and the consolation round will feature Harvard against Boston College at 4:30 p.m.

It will feature Boston University freshman Jack Eichel, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. The consolation round boasts Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking.

Rangers goalie Lundqvist has sprained blood vessel

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 5:31 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist would have been at risk for a life-threatening injury if he kept playing with what he called a sprained blood vessel in his throat that was detected Tuesday.

Lundqvist said Sunday he won't be re-evaluated by the doctors for at least 2-3 weeks to see how it's healing, and he can do only light cardio between now and then. He even once referenced a timetable of potentially 3-4 weeks before he is re-evaluated.

"If I would keep playing I'd run a big risk of having a stroke, and that's why you have to make sure you play this one safe because it's not a sore shoulder or elbow or something like that," Lundqvist said prior to the Rangers' game against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers said on Friday that Lundqvist is expected to miss at least three weeks.

Sharks defenseman Vlasic placed on injured reserve

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 4:54 PM / News

NHL.com

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was placed on injured reserve, they announced on Sunday.

Vlasic was a late scratch on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes because of an undisclosed illness. Vlasic met with the media on Sunday and said he had a cold, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"I'll see how I feel tomorrow," Vlasic said, according to the newspaper. "I'll get some rest tonight and we'll see tomorrow. Day-to-day."

Flyers' Mason leaves with injury against Capitals

Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 4:34 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason had to be helped to the locker room after sustaining a lower-body injury in the second period against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the team announced via Twitter.

Mason was replaced by Ray Emery. He had made eight saves prior to leaving the game.

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