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Kings defenseman Regehr reaches 1,000th game

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 6:41 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The dream of making it to the NHL never wavered in Robyn Regehr's mind, even at its most dramatic point.

Like many teenage boys in Saskatchewan, Regehr began to visualize being one of the few who gets to play at the highest level of hockey. But that took a near-tragic turn when Regehr was involved in a car accident at 19 that left him with two broken legs.

"I never had a doubt [about playing] hockey again," Regehr said. "When I talked to doctors, they said it was close. I almost sliced my patella tendon. If I would have severed the patella, I probably never would have played any sport, let alone hockey again.

"I didn't really think about how long I was going to play. I just wanted a chance to play. After that, as a lot of guys say, it goes by fairly quickly."

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Stamkos takes contact in practice, not game-ready yet

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 4:38 PM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Steven Stamkos absorbed the most contact he's taken during his recovery from a broken right tibia at Tampa Bay Lightning practice on Friday.

The Canadian Olympic team member said after the hour-long skate that he's not quite ready to proclaim his return to NHL game action, but he's getting closer.

"I feel good. It was a good practice [Friday]," Stamkos said after the Lightning skated at Bell Centre. "I got to participate in all the drills, do a little light contact. It's still not where I want it to feel but it's definitely getting better and it's progressing. I don't feel I'm where I need to be in order to play in a game yet but it's getting there."

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Bylsma deliberate figuring out U.S. Olympic goalie

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 3:14 PM / 2014 Olympics

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was having a great January after returning from a groin injury before an inopportune hiccup Thursday.

He was pulled from a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins after yielding three goals on seven shots in the first period. This performance stung even more than it otherwise would because Quick's future Olympic coach, Dan Bylsma, was in charge of his opponent.

"We got him [Thursday], which wasn't the best game for Jonathan," said Bylsma, the coach for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "When I talked to him after the game he was hoping I wouldn't remember that game too closely."

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Sabres' Moulson likely out through Olympic break

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 2:51 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson likely will be out through the Olympic break due to an upper-body injury.

Moulson left the Sabres' game Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes with 6:05 left in the third period after he was hit by the Coyotes' Shane Doan.

Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said he wasn't sure if Moulson's injury came from a slash on the wrist or a cross-check.

Moulson has nine goals and 15 assists in 40 games with the Sabres, who acquired him from the New York Islanders on Oct. 27 as part of a trade for Thomas Vanek.

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Parise named captain of U.S. Olympic team

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 2:40 PM / 2014 Olympics

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise on Friday was named captain of the United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Parise helped the U.S. win the silver medal four years ago in Vancouver, tying for the team lead with four goals and eight points. His goal in the final minute of the third period against Canada in the gold-medal game forced overtime.

"It's a special thing to be named captain of any team," Parise said during a conference call. "When it's a national team, when it's an Olympic team, it's extra special."

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Return to AHL not keeping Blues' Allen down

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 2:11 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

Veteran goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak have helped raise the St. Louis Blues back to a place among the elite teams in the NHL.

However, it was around this time last year that Jake Allen made the League take notice that the Blues' goaltending depth didn't stop there.

Recalled from the American Hockey League to replace an injured Halak in February and again in early March, Allen posted a 9-4-0 record in his 15 appearances with St. Louis, including one shutout. The significance of his performance, which earned him a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team at season's end, was recognized by Blues assistant general manager Kevin McDonald, who also oversees the team's prospects in the AHL.

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Stars focused on strong finish entering Olympic break

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 12:41 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- With just four games remaining prior to the Olympic break, the Dallas Stars are well aware of how important it is to enter it on a positive note.

Dallas begins a three-game road trip Saturday at the Anaheim Ducks, then faces the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday and the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday before returning home for another game against the Coyotes next Saturday, their final game before the League breaks for the 2014 Sochi Olympics beginning Feb. 9.

No one better realizes how crucial this four-game stretch is than Dallas coach Lindy Ruff.

"When we tried to set some goals, we talked about trying to win three out of four," Ruff said. "If we can have a good finish before the break here it sets us up. And it's really a must because otherwise you're chasing it too much."

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Oilers acquire Fraser from Maple Leafs

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 11:21 AM / News

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers added a veteran presence to their defense Friday, acquiring defenseman Mark Fraser from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Fraser, 27, has one assist, a minus-8 rating and 33 penalty minutes in 15:12 of ice time in 19 games. He last played Jan. 9 and has been a healthy scratch in 19 of the Leafs' past 20 games.

He sustained a knee injury in the Leafs' second game of the season, Oct. 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers, and missed a month, and in November missed two games with a knee injury.

"I'm happy to get to play for another organization with extremely passionate fans," Fraser told the Oilers' website. "I'm very excited. I'm confident I can provide something the Oilers may be missing. ... Most of my success comes from my size and aggression."

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