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Canadiens GM Bergevin signs multiyear extension

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 7:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Marc Bergevin has guided the Montreal Canadiens from worst to first in the Eastern Conference since he was hired as the 17th general manager in their history prior to the 2012-13 season. He was rewarded Wednesday with a five-year contract extension.

Bergevin's extension carries him through the 2021-22 season. He has this season and the 2016-17 season remaining on his current contract, which he signed when he was hired by the Canadiens on May 2, 2012.

"It's all about timing, but [Canadiens owner] Geoff [Molson] has shown me on a few occasions in the past that he was willing to keep me in Montreal, and at the end of the day, the timing was right and we got the deal done," Bergevin said. "Today, I think we're both happy."

Stars' Lehtonen day-to-day with upper-body injury

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 4:40 PM / News

Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

Lehtonen didn't practice Wednesday after leaving the 7-4 loss after a collision with Stars defenseman John Klingberg at 1:05 of the third period.

"We'll know more in the next couple days," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I expect him to be back on the ice in a couple days."

Maple Leafs' Reimer expects to play Saturday: report

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 12:42 PM / News

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer wasn't on the ice Wednesday after leaving practice early Tuesday because of injury, but said he plans to practice Friday and start Saturday against the Washington Capitals, according to TSN in Toronto.

Reimer, who has started the past 11 games for the Maple Leafs and is fourth in the NHL with a .934 save percentage and seventh with a 2.07 goals-against average, told Sun Media his injury was to his lower body.

"It's not a guarantee because anything could happen or whatnot, but should be good to go for the weekend," Reimer told TSN.

Fantasy top 60 defensemen: Thankful for Burns, Faulk

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 12:05 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey contributor Brian Metzer provides in-depth defenseman analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer is your go-to guy for fantasy D-men advice all season long.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of being grateful for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. We in the United States will celebrate this holiday on Thursday, but today the NHL's defensemen join me as we come together for our third annual defensive fantasy feast.

You are all probably used to attending gatherings that feature things like turkey, potatoes and roasted vegetables, as well as plenty of scrumptious desserts. Sadly, you'll have to wait until tomorrow for all of that, but the defensemen and I have tons of goals, assists and shots on goal, as well as secondary delights such as blocked shots and hits, to fill whet your fantasy palette!

The main course in this feast always comes in the form of goals, and since even the most lethal offensive defensemen tend to top out around 20, they are very valuable. This year Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) and Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes) were nice enough to arrive at our feast with eight goals apiece. Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets) and Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) brought six each, and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) and Colton Parayko (St. Louis Blues) brought us five.

Howe family reflects on legacy as holidays near

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Rarely has there been a dull moment on Thanksgiving Day in the home of Gordie Howe.

With four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Howe certainly has a lot to be thankful for. His children, Marty, Mark, Murray and Cathy, are just grateful their father will be able to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day with the family.

Despite sustaining a series of strokes in 2014, Gordie Howe, 87, is in good spirits after two rounds of stem cell treatments in Tijuana, Mexico. He had his first treatment in December 2014, and a second round last June. He is now living with Murray and Murray's wife in Sylvania, Ohio.

The Howe family is considered hockey royalty, and they will be treated as such on Thursday during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when Marty and Mark ride atop a float, "Frozen Fall Fun," presented by Discover.

Wild's Koivu making early case for Selke Trophy

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

David Satriano - Fantasy Staff Writer

A quarter of the way through the season there have been many surprises, whether it has been players or teams. One of those surprises is center Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild, who is the pick to win the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.

When analyzing advanced stats, which play a big factor in determining the Selke Trophy finalists and winner, Koivu has excelled. He ranks eighth in shot attempts percentage at 5-on-5 (SAT%), and is tied for first in SAT Relative, a ratio of on-ice SAT% vs. off-ice SAT% (13.6). Koivu has won 54.6 percent of his faceoffs (253 of 463) and has been equally as impressive in defensive-zone faceoffs. He's taken 154 defensive-zone faceoffs and has won 50.7 percent.

His SAT percentage in close games (tied or one-goal difference) is 63.05 (third among forwards) and in tie games he ranks first (65.17).

Twelve surprises in first quarter of 2015-16 season

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

The most exciting part of any season is the unexpected twists and turns.

Some teams that were projected to have success inexplicably hit roadblocks. Others that were expected to struggle scratch and claw to remain competitive.

And then there are the individual struggles and success stories. Young players work their way into the spotlight, while some veterans can't seem to get going.

Here are the 12 biggest surprises in the season's first quarter, in no particular order:

Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Nov. 24

Wednesday, 11.25.2015 / 1:31 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The Anaheim Ducks rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to defeat the Calgary Flames in their first meeting since the Western Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a five-game series victory by Anaheim.

* The Ducks improved to 21-0-0 in their last 21 regular-season home games vs. Calgary dating to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-16-5).

* Per Elias, Anaheim’s 21-game regular-season home winning streak vs. Calgary is tied for the second-longest such streak versus a single opponent in NHL history:

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (23-0-0 from Feb. 17, 1980 – Jan. 29, 1987)

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers (21-0-0 from Feb. 6, 1954 – Jan. 19, 1957)

Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals (21-0-0 from Jan. 4, 1975 – Dec. 14, 1981)

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames (21-0-0 from April 4, 2004 – Nov. 24, 2015)

NHL announces departure of COO John Collins

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 6:20 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

New York – The National Hockey League today announced that Chief Operating Officer John Collins is departing the League to pursue a new business opportunity. Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.

"John leaves a lasting mark," said Commissioner Bettman. "His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors."

Analysis: Gallagher injury will severely test Canadiens

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:57 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens have already overcome what many considered would be their worst-case scenario this season.

The loss of goaltender Carey Price for three weeks would have been disastrous for the Canadiens a season ago, but they came out of it with a 5-2-2 record and a newfound confidence in how they play as a team in front of Price.

Now that Price is back the Canadiens face a new, entirely different challenge with top-line right wing Brendan Gallagher out a minimum of six weeks following surgery to repair two fractured fingers on his left hand.

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