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Oilers' Fasth goes on IR; Bachman recalled from AHL

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:40 PM / News

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday placed goaltender Viktor Fasth on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Fasth was injured in the first period of the Oilers' 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He stopped eight of 11 shots before being removed with 4:26 left in the first period.

The Oilers recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League to take his place. The 27-year-old went 0-2-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. In his only AHL game this season, Bachman allowed three goals on 30 shots in an overtime loss to San Antonio.

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Blue Jackets assign forward Gibbons to Springfield

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:09 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Brian Gibbons off Injured Reserve and assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Gibbons missed the first three games of the regular season with a lower body injury.

Gibbons, 26, joined the Blue Jackets in July after spending the past three seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. The center tallied five goals and seven assists for 12 points with six penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 41 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. He has also collected 30-60-90 in 168 appearances with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

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Jets re-assign Patrice Cormier to IceCaps

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 12:29 PM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have re-assigned forward Patrice Cormier to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Cormier, 24, played in nine games with the Jets in 2013-14 recording three assists and seven penalty minutes. He’s compiled five points (1G, 4A) in 49 career NHL games with Winnipeg and the Atlanta Thrashers. The Moncton, NB native has spent parts of the last three seasons with St. John’s accumulating 70 points (34 G, 36A) in 152 games as a member of the IceCaps. Cormier has collected 75 points (36G, 39A) and 256 penalty minutes in 163 AHL games with St. John’s and the Chicago Wolves. He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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Oilers goalie Fasth leaves game with groin injury

Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 11:41 PM / News

LOS ANGELES -- Edmonton Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth left the game against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period Tuesday with a groin injury and will not return.

Fasth allowed three goals on 11 shots to the Kings and came off the ice during a television timeout late in the period. He was replaced by former Kings goalie Ben Scrivens, who received cheers from the Staples Center crowd.

Edmonton was already shorthanded with forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle out with injuries. The Oilers dressed four players with a combined seven games of NHL experience.

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Wild name Park as player development coach

Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 7:00 PM / News

MinnesotaWild.com

Richard Park will join the Minnesota Wild as a Player Development Coach. Park’s primary responsibilities will include working with and assisting in the development of players with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). He will begin his new role with the Wild organization this week.

Park, 38 (5/27/76), recorded 241 points (102-139=241) and 266 penalty minutes (PIM) in 738 career NHL games during 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver and the New York Islanders. The forward skated in 40 career NHL playoff games, including 18 with the Wild in 2002-03 when the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The native of Seoul, South Korea, tallied 74 points (37-37=74) in 217 games during three seasons with Minnesota (2001-04).

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Gagne willing to do 'whatever it takes' to help Bruins

Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 4:06 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Simon Gagne knows all about comebacks.

Four years ago the forward earned his spot on the Boston Bruins short list of villains when he scored the goal that capped one of the greatest comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoffs history for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Now he's ready to take the next step in his comeback after a season out of the NHL, and the Bruins are hoping he can spark their comeback after a 1-3-0 start to the regular season.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli signed Gagne to a one-year contract worth a cap charge of $600,000 on Tuesday. Gagne is expected to make his Bruins debut Wednesday on the road against the Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Now Gagne just has to find his role.

"I don't know. Like my conversation with Peter was whatever it takes. I'll be whatever," Gagne said after the Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday. "If I have to be the extra guy, if I have to be on the fourth line or a guy that will replace some guys when things are not going well, or injuries, playing the PK, power play, whatever it takes. I'm here to help the team win and I'm really happy that I have a chance to get back into the League with a good team. So I'm open to everything."

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car partners with lead NHL Network Analyst Kevin Weekes, launches new season of the NHL Hat Trick Challenge

Official Rental Car of the NHL will reward Hat Trick scorers with prizes throughout the season; One fan will win a trip to a Stanley Cup Final Game

Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 9:52 AM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis – As the puck drops on the 2014-2015 NHL regular season, Enterprise Rent-A-Car – an official partner of the NHL – has partnered with lead NHL Network™ analyst and NHL.com contributor Kevin Weekes to launch a new season of its popular daily trivia game, NHL Hat Trick Challenge™.

Every game day throughout the regular season, hockey fans can visit hattrick.nhl.com, or download the NHL Hat Trick Challenge app available through the App Store or Google Play, and test their ability to predict various game outcomes including: which team will win; which player will score a goal; or which player will get an assist. Each game day, three questions will be posed and the individual who answers all three questions correctly will score a hat trick. Fans also will be competing against hockey expert Kevin Weekes, who will be sharing his predictions across his social channels. The fan who scores the most hat tricks throughout the regular season will win the NHL Hat Trick Challenge and receive two tickets plus a trip to a 2015 Stanley Cup® Final game, as well as a chance to shadow Kevin Weekes before the game.

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Stamkos ties franchise record with eighth hat trick

Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 12:09 AM / News

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos tied a franchise record with his eighth career hat trick in a 7-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Monday.

The goals were Stamkos' first three of the season. He now shares the record with Martin St. Louis, who played 13 seasons for the Lightning.

"It's nothing you really think about before a game," Stamkos said. "You just want to make the right plays and get quality shots. The shots went in tonight and things got rolling pretty quickly. From a confidence standpoint it's good to see the hard work pay off with a team victory. That is the most important part."

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Ducks forward Maroon leaves with lower-body injury

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Anaheim Ducks announced forward Patrick Maroon left the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday with a lower-body injury and will not return.

Maroon was injured after he took a hit from Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges at 11:10 of the second period. No penalty was called on the play.

Maroon started the game on the Ducks first line with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and assisted on Perry's power play goal at 15:30 of the first period.

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U.S. Olympian Anne Schleper practices with Lightning

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 2:16 PM / News

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Anne Schleper, a defenseman on the United States women's hockey team that won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was all smiles after finishing her practice with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

The native of St. Cloud, Minn., became the third Olympic women's hockey player to train with an NHL team since the Sochi Games. Schleper's teammate, Hilary Knight, practiced with the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 3 and Canada goalie Shannon Szabados practiced with the Edmonton Oilers in March.

Wearing No. 15, Schleper, 24, was paired with defensemen Eric Brewer and Mark Barberio but moved around to other pairings as practice continued.

"It passed my expectations," Schleper said. "I tried not to have expectations coming in here but it was so fun. The guys were great. It was awesome."

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