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Ducks goalie Bryzgalov to sit out rest of season

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 1:34 PM / News

AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks announced today that goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov will return to his family home in Philadelphia and not play for the remainder of the regular season. Bryzgalov was assigned to Norfolk on Feb. 24 and made the decision after discussing the situation with his family and agent Ritch Winter.

Bryzgalov and Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray made the following comments:

"At the beginning of the NHL season, I spent all of my time with my wife and my children," said Bryzgalov. "I drove my son and daughter to their practices and games and enjoyed life. I had no plans to return to the NHL this season until the Ducks reached out to my agent, Ritch Winter. I agreed to return because of my respect for the Ducks organization, the quality of the team they had assembled and my long relationship with Bob Murray and the team. Given the way things have worked out, I have decided to return home to be with my wife and children, who did not move with me to Anaheim. It’s not the way I had hoped things would work out. But when you can return to a family you love, could life be any better?"

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Feb. 25

Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 1:50 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

PENGUINS SOLVE CAPITALS, PAD LEAD IN METROPOLITAN

Ahead 3-2, Chris Kunitz scored the game-winning goal at 7:12 of the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to their third straight victory and snap a three-game slide against the Washington Capitals in their final game of the season (PIT: 1-3-0; WSH: 3-1-0).

* The Penguins (35-17-9, 79 points) increased their lead to three points over the Capitals (33-19-10, 76 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division, where the top four teams are separated by six points:

* Kunitz scored his first goal since Jan. 30 at the New Jersey Devils, ending an 11-game drought. It was his 39th career game-winning goal and fifth this season (tied for PIT lead w/ Blake Comeau).

* Sidney Crosby reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in 10 NHL seasons. Per Elias Sports Bureau, only Mario Lemieux (12), Jaromir Jagr (11), Rick Kehoe (9) and Jean Pronovost (9) have more 20-goal seasons with the Penguins. Crosby leads the Penguins and is tied with Alex Ovechkin for fifth in League scoring with 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 57 games.

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Analysis: Blackhawks have options for replacing Kane

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 6:50 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Patrick Kane's injury creates one big hole in the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup and a host of possibilities, some riskier than others, for general manager Stan Bowman.

Kane will need up to 12 weeks to fully recover from surgery he had Wednesday to repair a left-clavicle injury he sustained at 7:49 of the first period Tuesday against the Florida Panthers. That means Kane will not be able to return until the Western Conference Final, at the earliest.

Kane was tied for the NHL scoring lead with 64 points and led the Blackhawks with 27 goals and 37 assists. He was having the best season of his career and was threatening to become the first American-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy.

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Blackhawks forward Kane out 12 weeks after surgery

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 6:48 PM / News

NHL.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane will be out approximately 12 weeks after he had successful surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left clavicle sustained Tuesday against the Florida Panthers, the Blackhawks announced.

"The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks," Blackhawks head physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement.

Kane's recovery will keep him out likely until the Western Conference Final.

The injury occurred at 7:49 of the first period when Kane went hard into the boards following a cross-check by defenseman Alex Petrovic.

Chicago placed Kane on long-term injured reserve Wednesday. The Blackhawks recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford of the American Hockey League and sent defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the AHL.

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Sabres' Neuvirth fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKBuffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.

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Maple Leafs' Phaneuf expects to play Thursday

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 2:51 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will be ready to play Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Maple Leafs said Wednesday.

"I feel good. I'm as ready as I'm going to be," Phaneuf said in a video posted on the Maple Leafs website. "I feel that I'm at a point where I'm comfortable and strong enough to come back, and I'm just looking forward to getting back out and playing games."

He last played Jan. 21 because of a hand injury. The injury was believed to have occurred during a game that day against the Ottawa Senators. The Maple Leafs went 2-8-2 in the 12 games he's missed.

"It's been a little bit of a longer process than I originally thought," Phaneuf said. "With being off for the amount of time that I was, I have that excitement to get back into real game action."

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Kings' Clifford signs five-year contract extension

Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 2:41 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Kyle Clifford to a five-year contract extension, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 24-year-old Clifford (born on Jan. 13, 1991) is a 6-2, 208-pound native of Ayr, Ontario, has appeared in 333 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 58 points (25-33=58) and 462 penalty minutes.

This season, Clifford has tallied 10 points (3-7=10) a plus-1 rating and a team-leading 66 penalty minutes. Clifford appeared in his 300th NHL game, Dec. 2 vs. BOS.

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Ducks recall Karlsson, reassign Bryzgalov to AHL

Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:47 PM / News

AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks have recalled center William Karlsson from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to Norfolk.

Karlsson, 22, has collected three points with a plus-2 rating and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Ducks this season. The 6-0, 185-pound center made his NHL debut on Oct. 11 at Detroit and scored his first two NHL goals, including his first career game-winner, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo. Selected by Anaheim in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Karlsson earned 21 points with two PIMs in 35 games for the Admirals this season.

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Islanders' Leddy signs seven-year contract

Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:20 PM / News

NHL.com

Nick Leddy signed a seven-year contract with the New York Islanders, the team announced Tuesday.

Leddy, a 23-year-old defenseman, could have become a restricted free agent in July. The Islanders did not reveal terms of the contract; Leddy's agent, Neil Sheehy, said the contract is worth $38.5 million, so it will cost $5.5 million per season against the salary cap and run through 2021-22.

"Nick has proven to be an elite defenseman in this League at a young age," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "He's the type of player on the ice, in the locker room and in the community that we're thrilled to add as a cornerstone of our defensive core."

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Kings sign forward Nolan to three-year contract

Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 1:02 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Jordan Nolan to a three-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 25-year-old Nolan (born on June 23, 1989) is a 6-3, 226-pound native of Garden River, First Nation, Ontario, who has appeared in 170 career NHL regular season games, all with the Kings, totaling 24 points (14-10=24) and 155 penalty minutes.

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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri after loss to Blackhawks on Wednesday set up Game 7 on Saturday