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Stars trade Gonchar to Canadiens for Moen

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 6:54 PM / News

NHL.com

The Dallas Stars traded defenseman Sergei Gonchar to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday for forward Travis Moen, a transaction involving two veteran players whose roles had diminished with their previous team.

Gonchar, who turns 41 in April, appeared in three games for the Stars this season and averaged slightly more than 13 minutes of ice time per game. He is in the final year of a contract with an average annual value of $5 million.

The trade frees up a significant amount of NHL salary-cap space in 2014-15 for the Stars, who could look to ease the burden being placed on their top-four defensemen by acquiring outside help.

"We're open to [another move]," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "But my first thought process here, and [coach] Lindy [Ruff], sitting down with him and our management and coaching staff, is that we have to find out internally what we have first. That's what this trade allows us to do now. … We have some young defensemen coming up and they've earned the right for the opportunity. These are guys that have been playing the last two or three years, they won the Calder Cup. I needed to start opening up some doors and some opportunities for them."

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Kings sign defenseman McBain to one-year contract

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 5:45 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Jamie McBain to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 26-year-old McBain (born on Feb. 25, 1988) is a 6-1, 181-pound native of Edina, Minnesota who has appeared in 275 career NHL regular season games with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres over five seasons, totaling 92 points (25-67=92) and 62 penalty minutes. McBain was originally selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round (63rd overall) at the 2006 NHL Draft. He will wear number five for the Kings; he becomes the 19th player to wear the number (last King to wear number five was Keaton Ellerby; 2/13-11/14).

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AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs to honor Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 4:44 PM / News

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The Hamilton Bulldogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, will honor the late Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces on Military Appreciation night Dec. 5 in support of the Marcus Cirillo Trust prior to their game against the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bulldogs will wear a special commemorative jersey designed in conjunction with representatives of the Cirillo family and SP Apparel that will pay tribute to Cpl. Cirillo's ceremonial attire. The cap and badge of his regiment will be on the shoulder and pant shell, and above the Bulldogs logo will be a patch that reads, "In Memory of Cpl. Cirillo."

Cirillo was killed Oct. 22 in a shooting at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa while standing honor guard.

"We're looking to bring together the Hamilton community to help raise money for Cpl. Cirillo's son, Marcus," Hamilton Bulldogs president Stephen Ostaszewicz said in a statement. "This falls in line with our annual Military Appreciation Night where we honor those that serve in the Canadian Armed Forces."

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Ducks' Perry, Beauchemin out with viral infections

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

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Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin are out with viral gland infections, the team announced Tuesday.

Perry and Beauchemin are undergoing testing and results are pending.

Perry is tied for the NHL lead with 11 goals despite missing the past three games. Beauchemin played in the Ducks first 15 games before coming out of the lineup Sunday and has four assists.

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Penguins' Maatta on ice seven days after surgery

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 1:52 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Nobody around the Pittsburgh Penguins seemed shocked to see defenseman Olli Maatta in full practice gear going onto the ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, exactly seven days since he had surgery to remove a potentially cancerous tumor from his thyroid gland.

"I think this is what they expected, but obviously with Olli you feel it's going to be earlier with him," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "That's what we've gotten used to with the way he works and the way he heals."

Maatta skated on his own following the morning skate. At the time of his surgery it was expected he would miss four weeks. Penguins coach Mike Johnston did not deviate from that timeline when he spoke about Maatta Tuesday morning.

"We'll see what happens as far as a timeline goes for him participating with the whole team, but it really is amazing how he handles things," Johnston said. "I just think for a young kid it's more the mental side of things, how mature he is and how he's able to deal with issues like that."

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Nov. 10

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 10:45 PM / News

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MONDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in CAPS

BOSTON 4, New Jersey 2

CAROLINA 4, Calgary 1

BERGERON LEADS BRUINS TO FIFTH STRAIGHT

Patrice Bergeron recorded a season-high three points (1-2-3) and rookie Seth Griffith's no-look, between-the-legs goal stood up as his first career game-winner in the Bruins' fifth consecutive victory, a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils. With the win, Boston earned a sweep of their four-game homestand (4-0-0) and have now won four straight at home for the first time since a five-game stretch from March 4-17, 2014.

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Wild's Parise, Spurgeon, Harding practice

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, forward Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon each returned to practice Monday wearing red non-contact jerseys.

Harding was cleared to practice Sunday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He skated with the Wild for the first time since breaking his ankle before the start of training camp, but there remains no timetable for his return.

"It was great seeing all the guys again and getting that competition back," Harding told the Star Tribune. "Just challenging yourself to stop every shot, just going out there and doing your job. This was another step. Whatever I can do to help this team out, that's the next step."

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Rangers recall Fast, send Malone to AHL

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 6:19 PM / News

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The New York Rangers recalled forward Jesper Fast from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Monday and assigned forward Ryan Malone and defenseman Conor Allen to the AHL.

Fast, 22, was scoreless in three games after breaking training camp with the Rangers, but had a goal and nine points in 11 games with Hartford, including a six-game point streak and points in seven of his past eight games.

Malone, who cleared waivers last week, was scoreless in six games and a healthy scratch in the Rangers' past three. He has six shots on goal and 14 hits.

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Canadiens assign forward Rene Bourque to AHL

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 4:28 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The criticism of Rene Bourque has always come with a caveat.

That toolbox.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound frame, the quickness, the shot, all of it says "NHL power forward," and because that is such a rare commodity Bourque's shortcomings have often been tolerated for longer than they would for most players.

On Monday, however, the Montreal Canadiens ran out of patience.

After clearing waivers at noon Monday, Bourque was sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League by the Canadiens after he got off to a tepid start to the 2014-15 season.

With no goals, two assists and a minus-9 differential in 13 games, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien made Bourque a healthy scratch the past two games, and Montreal won both of them with rookie Jiri Sekac taking Bourque’s spot alongside Lars Eller and Brandon Prust and energizing the third line.

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Giordano, Anderson, Tarasenko named 'Three Stars'

Monday, 11.10.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKCalgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 9.

FIRST STAR – MARK GIORDANO, D, CALGARY FLAMES

Giordano led the NHL with seven points (2-5-7) to power the Flames (9-5-2, 20 points) to two wins in three contests. He opened the week with 1-1-2, including an assist on Sean Monahan's overtime winner, in a 4-3 triumph over the Washington Capitals Nov. 4. Giordano followed that up with a pair of assists in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Nov. 6. He then capped the week with 1-2-3, matching a career high for points in one game, in a 6-4 win over the Florida Panthers Nov. 8. The 31-year-old Toronto, Ont., native currently has 4-7-11 during a six-game point streak, including multi-point performances in each of his last four outings (one game shy of the club record for a defenseman). Giordano also leads all blueliners with 5-13-18 in 16 games this season; he is just the fifth defenseman since 2005-06 to record at least 18 points through his team's first 16 games of the season.

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