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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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Hurricanes' Staal, Dwyer out Tuesday vs. Sabres

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 1:16 PM / News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal and forward Patrick Dwyer will not play Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), coach Bill Peters told the Hurricanes website Monday.

Staal (upper body) and Dwyer (lower body) are day-to-day. Staal has one goal and one assist in two games; in 10 prior seasons he's missed 17 games. Dwyer has one shot on goal in two games.

"It's a long, long year and we're getting hit with some injuries right now," Peters said according to the Raleigh News and Observer. "But you play through it. … The guys were good [Monday] and worked hard and the spirits are fine."

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Flyers' Lecavalier out because of lower-body injury

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier will miss two weeks and defenseman Braydon Coburn is day-to-day with lower-body injuries, the Flyers said Monday.

Lecavalier appeared to sustain an injury to his left foot when he blocked a shot taken by defenseman Mark Streit during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. He played a season-high 16:10 Saturday and was one of the Flyers' four shooters in the shootout, but he walked out of Wells Fargo Center with a boot on his left foot, according to Philly.com.

Lecavalier has one goal and two assists in three games. He's averaging 15:37 of ice time per game, including 4:32 on the power play to lead all Philadelphia forwards.

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Blackhawks forward Mashinter assigned to AHL

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 12:47 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have activated forward Brandon Mashinter from injured reserve and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Mashinter, 26, appeared in 47 regular-season games for Rockford last season, tallying 28 points. The Bradford, Ontario, native also played in six games for the New York Rangers and 11 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season, where he recorded seven points.

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Plekanec, Kuemper and Crosby named 'Three Stars'

Monday, 10.13.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKMontreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec, Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 12.

FIRST STAR – TOMAS PLEKANEC, C, MONTREAL CANADIENS

Plekanec tied for the League lead with four goals (4-1—5), helping the Canadiens pick up a trio of road wins to open the season with a 3-0-0 record for the first time since 2005-06. He began the season with two goals, including the game-winner with 42.9 seconds remaining in regulation, in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 8. Plekanec then scored Montreal's lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals Oct. 9. He closed the week with 1-1—2 in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 11, marking his first three-game goal streak since Oct. 25-29, 2010 (3-1—4). The 31-year-old Kladno, Czech Republic, native is playing in his 10th full NHL season and has compiled 180 264—444 over 682 regular-season games.

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