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Sharks' Marleau comments on trade rumors: report

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 6:01 PM / News

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau on Wednesday addressed trade rumors involving him.

"I'm not going to get into specifics or anything like that," Marleau told CSN Bay Area. "There's always been rumors in my career. I don't really want to feed into it anymore or comment on it. I don't want it to become a distraction or anything."

Sportsnet reported Marleau was possibly being offered in a trade, followed by a CSN report that said he would waive his no-trade clause to play for the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings or New York Rangers.

Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Nov. 10

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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Henrik Lundqvist and Jake Allen each posted shutouts to help their teams match their best 15-game starts to a season in franchise history:

* Lundqvist made 33 saves to record his 56th career shutout and lead the New York Rangers to a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. It gives the Rangers an 8-0-2 record in their past 10 games and a 7-1-1 record at Madison Square Garden this season. At 11-2-2 (24 points), the Rangers have equaled their best 15-game start to a season, in terms of both wins and points, in the franchise's 89-year history. In 1990-91, the club started 11-4-0 and in 1971-72 they earned 24 points in their first 15 games (10-1-4).

* The Rangers are 18-2-0 in their past 20 games against the Hurricanes dating to Jan. 5, 2011, including 10 consecutive victories on home ice. Lundqvist improved to 8-0-0 in his last eight home games vs. CAR (0.85 goals-against average, .972 save percentage, one shutout).

* Allen made 24 saves to earn his eighth career shutout, and second straight, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0 for their sixth win in seven games. At 11-3-1 (23 points), the Blues have matched their best start to a season in terms of wins in franchise history. They accomplished the feat four times before, most recently in 2013-14 (11-2-2). The Blues extended their team shutout streak to 166:02 dating to the first period at CHI on Nov. 4, when they allowed five goals in the first of an eventual 6-5 overtime win.

NHL may revisit compensation for hiring coach

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 5:29 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- NHL general managers are aligned with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in being unhappy with the ramifications of the League's executive and coach compensation policy.

The policy enables a team to receive draft-pick compensation when a coach or executive under contract, even one who has been fired, is hired by another team.

The GMs are hopeful the policy will be further discussed by the Board of Governors when it meets in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Dec 7 and 8. The GMs would like the policy to be amended or eliminated.

NHL to examine ways to increase scoring

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 5:18 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- NHL general managers spent part of their fall meeting Tuesday discussing potential ways to increase scoring and plan to readdress the topic in March.

"We are all going to wrap our heads around that, i.e., if it is goaltender equipment or if it is bigger nets or if it is style of play and those type of things," Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "We are all going to think about it for a couple of months before we get together in March. Basically, for me, it's scoring chances. Is the game better off with more scoring or is it fine as it is? Those are the things we have to discuss and figure out."

There were an average of 5.32 goals scored through 215 games this season entering play Tuesday, down from 5.46 in 1,230 games last season. It's the fewest goals scored per game since 5.14 in 2003-04, according to

Blackhawks' Keith cleared, could play this weekend

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 2:32 PM / News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks could get defenseman Duncan Keith back in the lineup as soon as this weekend, coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

Keith, who has been cleared for contact in practice, skated on his own Tuesday at United Center and will be a full participant in practice Wednesday.

"He's skating well, moving well, feels good," Quenneville said. "We'll see how he is [Wednesday], with some guys on the ice. He feels good so we'll see what happens at the end of the week."

After playing the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, the Blackhawks play Saturday at the St. Louis Blues and Sunday at home against the Calgary Flames. Keith is eligible to be activated off long-term injured reserve Saturday.

Injury to keep Canadiens' Price out remainder of week

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won't return from his lower-body injury this week, coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday.

"Carey was not responding all that well to treatment so he was a bit worried," Therrien said. "It happens often; there aren't two athletes who respond the same way to treatment. So he asked to get a second opinion on his injury. He went to see the doctor yesterday in New York, and the good news is he got the same diagnosis. We see that as very good news.

"He won't play this week but we expect him to respond better to treatment and to be able to get back on his skates and back in net for us pretty soon."

Around the League notebook: Monday, Nov. 9

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 1:39 AM / News

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The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players and two builders – and also honored two media members (Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson) – as part of its class of 2015 on Monday night.


Down 2-0, rookies Max Domi (2-0—2) and Anthony Duclair (1-0—1) combined for three goals in the second period and Mikkel Boedker (1-1—2) scored on a breakaway at 1:18 of overtime as the Arizona Coyotes ended the Anaheim Ducks' four-game winning streak.

* Domi posted his first career multi-goal game and is tied with Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers) for the League-lead among rookies with seven goals. Duclair scored on a man advantage and leads all rookies with three power-play goals.

Penguins' Dupuis practices, could play Wednesday

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 7:07 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis practiced Monday after missing two games as a precaution when he experienced symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history.

Coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website that Dupuis had tests Monday morning and was cleared to practice. Dupuis is confident he'll be able to play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens at Consol Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, RDS).

"There is one more (test) tomorrow," Dupuis told the Penguins website. "But I should be all good to go. Everything went well this morning. We got everything done before practice. I got a chance to get out there and skate."

Red Wings' Howard practices one day after collision

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 5:53 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard practiced Monday at Joe Louis Arena and said he was fine one day after taking an accidental knee to the head from Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza during a goal-mouth scramble.

Howard said in addition to the usual concern when a player is hit in the head, he also had an issue with his contact lens as a result of the blow. Following the hit, he was unable to get his contacts to come into focus.

"I think it was a little bit of both," Howard said. "They wanted to take ... everything now is so cautious when you take hits to the head. I just came in here and they asked me some questions and I passed everything. Then I switched my contacts out and then I wanted to go back in and they said no."

Review of rule changes on docket for GM meetings

Monday, 11.09.2015 / 4:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- The effects of the new 3-on-3 overtime format and the impact of the newly instituted coach's challenge will be reviewed Tuesday when the NHL general managers convene for their annual November meeting.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the reviews of the new policies are procedural.

"In the normal course [when] you make significant rule changes like the 3-on-3 in overtime and the coach's challenge, you're going to review their operation to date," Daly said. "I don't think it's anything other than that. Somebody asked me whether it's possible that there could be some modifications to either of those rules coming out of this meeting? I would say categorically not. These rules are the way they're going to be at least for the balance of the season. I don't think there's been any unintended consequences for the rules. And I think they've operated as we've expected they'd operate."

Daly, however, said there could be a change in the League's coach and executive compensation policy, which was put in place Jan. 1 for teams to receive compensation in the form of draft picks when executives and coaches under contract leave to go to a different organization.

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