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Former NHL assistant Hunter to coach Canada U-18's

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 12:13 PM / News

NHL.com

Hockey Canada on Friday named Tim Hunter coach for the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, which will be held April 16-26 in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland.

Hunter, who has been an assistant coach in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, and San Jose Sharks, is in his first season as coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.

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Predators recall Fiala under emergency conditions

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

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Nashville, TennesseeNashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has recalled 2014 first-round selection (11th overall) Kevin Fiala from Milwaukee (AHL) under emergency conditions.

Fiala, 18 (7/22/96), became the fourth 18-year-old in franchise history when he made his NHL debut in a 3-2 victory over Montreal on Thursday, logging 11:25 and putting three shots on goal. He has also amassed 17 points (9g-8a) in 26 American Hockey League games since making his North American professional debut with the Admirals on Jan. 21. The native of St. Gallen, Switzerland, started the 2014-15 season with HV-71 of the Swedish Hockey League, posting 14 points (5g-9a) in 20 games – tied for the fourth-most goals and assists, and sixth-most points among SHL junior players – before being assigned to Nashville's AHL affiliate on Jan. 15. Fiala also represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, being named one of the nation's three best players for the tournament while tying for fifth among all skaters in goals (4g-1a-5pts, 6gp).

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Capitals assign Orlov to AHL for conditioning

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 10:04 AM / News

NHL.com

The Washington Capitals on Friday assigned defenseman Dmitry Orlov to Hershey of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes.

Orlov, 23, has not played this season because of a wrist injury. He was on the ice with Hershey and expected to dress Friday for the Bears game against the Manchester Monarchs, according to Hershey public relations manager Scott Stuccio.

The second-round pick (No. 55) in the 2009 NHL Draft has six goals and 31 points in 119 games with the Capitals over parts of three seasons. He set career highs in his rookie season with 60 games and 19 points, which included three goals.

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Maple Leafs recall Brennan, assign two to AHL

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 9:52 AM / News

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that the club has recalled defenseman TJ Brennan on an emergency basis and reassigned defenseman Andrew MacWilliam and forward Greg McKegg to the Toronto Marlies.

Brennan, 25, has been held pointless in three regular season games with the Maple Leafs this season. The Willingboro, New Jersey native has also skated in 63 American Hockey League games this year (54 with Rockford and nine with Toronto), collecting 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) and 65 penalty minutes.

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Bruins reassign forward Ferlin to AHL

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 9:44 AM / News

BostonBruins.com

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday, March 27, that the club has assigned forward Brian Ferlin to Providence.

Ferlin competed in seven games for Boston, recording one assist. He made his NHL debut on February 20 against the Blues in St. Louis and notched his first career NHL point with an assist in his second game with Boston on February 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, March 26

Friday, 03.27.2015 / 9:18 AM / News

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The New York Rangers (47-19-7, 101 points) picked up a 5-1 win against the Ottawa Senators; coupled with the Boston Bruins' loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Rangers became the first team to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The defending Eastern Conference-champion Rangers are headed to the postseason for the fifth straight year and 57th time in franchise history. They also passed the Montreal Canadiens (46-21-8, 100 points), who lost in regulation, in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

* The Rangers reached the 100-point plateau for the eighth time in franchise history and for the first time since 2011-12 (51-24-7, 109 points). New York hit the century mark in their 73rd game of the season; Elias says that is tied for the second-fewest games to 100 points in franchise history (67 GP in 1971-72; finished 48-17-13, 109 points).

* Chris Kreider (2-1—3) matched a career high with three points, all in the first period, to help the Rangers improve to 9-2-1 in their past 12 games. He reached the 20-goal and 40-point plateaus for the first time in his career (20-20—40).

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Rangers' Lundqvist to serve as backup vs. Senators

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 5:22 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is the back up to Cam Talbot for their game at the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and expects to start one of two games this weekend.

Lundqvist, who has been out since Feb. 2 with a vascular injury, said Thursday he will have discussions with the coaching staff Friday to decide which game he will start, either at the Boston Bruins on Saturday or at home against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

"It's hard to say no to a game right now when you've been away for that long," Lundqvist said. "But at the same time you have to be smart about it. I feel pretty close to being ready. We'll have that discussion tomorrow and we'll decide which game we should play."

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Blues' Shattenkirk may return Saturday: report

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 4:44 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk could return Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets (8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-MW), according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Shattenkirk has missed the past 25 games after having abdominal surgery on Feb. 5. He will participate in practice on Friday and if things go well, could return to the lineup Saturday.

"He's going to get checked hard tomorrow, he's going to get forechecked hard, he's going to have to do some battle drills in team situations and if he gets to that next phase ... then he should be ready to go," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

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Blackhawks, Baun agree to terms on contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 2:36 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent forward Kyle Baun on a two-year contract. Baun will report to the Blackhawks.

Baun, 22, recorded a collegiate career-high 29 points (14G, 15A) in 38 games this season as a junior at Colgate University. He ranked second on the team in points, shared the lead in goals and ranked third with a +13 plus/minus rating. The Toronto native, who was named Third-Team All-League by the ECAC, tallied five multi-point outings, including a season-high three points on two occasions. Baun has registered 79 points (39G, 40A) in 113 contests with Colgate across three seasons.

Prior to his collegiate career, Baun earned 103 points (48G, 55A) in 98 career games with the Central Canadian Hockey League’s Cornwall Colts.

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Samuelsson, member of Triple Gold Club, retires

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 2:20 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Mikael Samuelsson, a member of the Triple Gold Club, announced his retirement Thursday.

Samuelsson, 38, played 699 games and for six teams in 13 NHL seasons. He won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings after earning a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Turin Olympics and the 2006 IIHF World Championship.

"It isn't really something you choose to do, it's just something you feel," Samuelsson said of retiring to the Swedish club Djurgården's website. "Towards the end, I couldn't practice properly, I could only do rehab training, and you can only do that so long. I wanted to retire when I still could do something on the ice."

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