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Lightning's Bishop out after taking puck to midsection

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 7:53 PM / News

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a late scratch against the Buffalo Sabres after sustaining an injury in practice on Tuesday. Andrei Vasilevskiy started in his place.

Bishop was hit in the midsection with a puck about 10 minutes into practice and stayed down for a few moments before leaving the ice to see a trainer. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Bishop took a shot to a sensitive area and his status would be decided in warm-ups.

During warm-ups, Vasilevskiy took all the shots while Bishop stretched with a trainer.

Vasilevskiy, the 19th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, is 4-3-1 with a .912 save percentage and 2.46 goals-against average in 10 appearances.


Flyers sign Goulbourne to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 4:04 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-0, 200 lb. LW Tyrell Goulbourne to a three-year entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Goulbourne, 21 (1/26/1994), was a third-round selection of the Flyers (72nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently in his fifth season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, where he has recorded 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points in 55 games this season.


Maple Leafs' Kessel says Phaneuf unfairly blamed

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Toronto Maple Leafs center Phil Kessel came to the defense of captain Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday, saying Phaneuf has been unfairly criticized by the media.

In a scrum after the morning skate, Kessel was asked whether the uncertainty surrounding the NHL Trading Deadline, which passed Monday afternoon, had gotten to him. Big changes were predicted for the Maple Leafs, but the team did not touch the core players, which include Kessel and Phaneuf. Forward David Clarkson was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday for injured forward Nathan Horton.

"No, but I'm disappointed today," Kessel said. "The way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in [Toronto] is embarrassing. I think a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. I'm embarrassed for them. I don't think anyone deserves to be treated like that."


Red Wings reassign forward Pulkkinen to AHL

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 11:31 AM / News

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen has skated in 12 games with the Red Wings this season, scoring two goals and tallying 27 shots on goal. When he was recalled by Detroit on Feb. 17, he was leading the AHL in both goals (30) and points (57) and still sits first and second in those categories, respectively. The 23-year-old winger also leads the Griffins with 10 power-play goals and six game-winning goals. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Pulkkinen has totaled 117 points (61-56-117) and 64 penalty minutes in 117 career AHL games since 2012-13. Prior to coming to North America, the former fourth-round pick (111th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) registered 128 points (48-79-128) in 185 professional games with Jokerit of Finland's SM-Liiga from 2009-13 and was honored as the league's rookie of the year in 2010-11.


Around the League notebook for Monday, March 2

Tuesday, 03.03.2015 / 1:42 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The New York Rangers defeated the League-leading Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1 and have earned points in nine straight home games (7-0-2) and in 11 of their past 12 games overall (9-1-2). The Rangers are 39-17-6 (84 points) this season and tied the idle New York Islanders for first in Metropolitan Division standings points. However, the Rangers hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 36, NYI: 34).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most-recent time the Rangers earned points in nine or more consecutive home games was from Feb. 16-April 4, 2008 when they earned points in 11 straight games on home ice (8-0-3). The Rangers have also earned points in seven straight games against Western Conference opponents (5-0-2). Elias says that the most-recent time they earned points in seven or more consecutive games versus Western Conference teams was from Nov. 26, 1996-Jan. 21, 1997 when the Rangers earned points in 10 straight games against Western Conference opponents (8-0-2).


Blue Jackets sign Atkinson to three-year contract

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 6:59 PM / News

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Cam Atkinson to a three-year contract Monday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Columbus Dispatch reported it's worth $10.5 million.

Atkinson, 25, has 13 goals and 25 points in 58 games this season. He would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"It’s the same process with everybody who is coming close to unrestricted free agency," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "It’s about protecting the franchise and its future and we can’t just let players walk into the unrestricted free agency without getting anything for them at the stage were in with our club."


Rangers, Zuccarello agree on new contract

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 6:15 PM / News

Forward Mats Zuccarello has agreed to terms on a contract to stay with the New York Rangers.

It is for four years, $18 million, according to Zuccarello would have been an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The contract reportedly includes partial trade protection.


Flames' Giordano out for season with torn tendon

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 5:19 PM / News

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano needs surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon and will not play again this season.

"He looked at every avenue to not go through with that procedure and see if he can keep playing and see if there's a time where it settles down over time. But we're not going to risk anything with him. There is no opportunity for him to play. This is the only measure that's left," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Monday on Sportsnet. "Obviously that's not the news we wanted to hear, but that's what will happen."

Recovery time is expected to be four to five months.


Flyers sign forward Bellemare to multiyear contract

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:17 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-0, 198 lb LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Bellemare, who turns 30 on Friday (3/6/1985), has collected four goals and four assists for eight points in 62 games this season. He came to the Flyers from Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (formerly Swedish Elite League), where he spent the past five seasons and posted a total of 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points in 238 games.


Coyotes claim McGinn, Cunningham off waivers

Monday, 03.02.2015 / 1:02 PM / News

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have claimed forwards Tye McGinn and Craig Cunningham off waivers.

The 24-year-old McGinn has registered 1-4-5 and 11 penalty minutes (PIM) in 33 games with the San Jose Sharks this season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Fergus, Ontario has totaled 8-7-15 with 34 PIM in 69 career NHL games. McGinn was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round (119th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

The 24-year-old Cunningham has recorded 2-1-3 and two PIM in 32 games with the Boston Bruins this season. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound native of Trail, British Columbia has also collected 5-10-15 and eight PIM in 21 games with Providence (AHL) in 2014-15. Cunningham was originally drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

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