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Wrist injury forces defenseman Salo to retire

Thursday, 08.13.2015 / 4:03 PM / News

Sami Salo, a defenseman who spent most of his 15-year NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks but hasn't played since the 2013-14 season, announced his retirement Thursday, the Finnish publication Ilta-Sanomat reported.

Salo, who turns 41 on Sept. 2, said a wrist injury that kept him from playing last season forced him to retire.

Devils GM says Clowe might have to retire: report

Thursday, 08.13.2015 / 2:52 PM / News

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe has not committed to making another comeback from head trauma and likely will retire at some point this year, general manager Ray Shero said.

"The last time he played was, what, Nov. 6? That's been a long time," Shero told on Thursday. "Training camp is next month, so at some point, in terms of how he is feeling, a determination has to be made by him and doctors as to what direction he can or cannot go."

Clowe has had four concussions in the past two seasons. The most recent was Nov. 6, when he was hit in the head by David Backes of the St. Louis Blues. The 32-year-old has three years and $14.55 million remaining on a contract he signed with the Devils on July 5, 2013.

Islanders top pick throws first pitch before no-hitter

Thursday, 08.13.2015 / 2:02 PM / News

Mathew Barzal, the New York Islanders' top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field on Wednesday prior to Seattle pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma's no-hitter.

Barzal, a center who was the 16th player taken in the first round, was part of a celebration of the five members of the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds who were drafted by NHL teams in June. Barzal, forward Ryan Gropp (No. 41, New York Rangers) and coach Steve Konowalchuk toured the stadium and the field before Barzal took the mound.

Lightning's Johnson recovering from broken wrist

Wednesday, 08.12.2015 / 4:59 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson no longer needs to wear a brace on his right wrist that was fractured in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in June.

"It's recovering, and I can't wait for camp," Johnson told the Lightning website Wednesday.

Johnson, 24, was injured when he landed on the wrist following a hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook but played the remainder of the series. He led the NHL in scoring with 13 goals and 23 points in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, but had one goal in the final 10 games and stopped taking faceoffs in Game 2.

Devils may play season without a captain: report

Wednesday, 08.12.2015 / 3:31 PM / News

The New Jersey Devils may play this season without a captain, general manager Ray Shero told on Wednesday.

"There is no rush for this. I'm not sure we'll have one," Shero said. "Maybe we will. I don't want to paint myself into a corner by saying we'll have one and we don't, or we won't have one and we do.

"If we choose a captain it will be a combination of the head coach [John Hynes] and myself. If we pick one out, it will be after due consideration. And hopefully it will be the right choice."

Pacioretty making progress in rehab from knee injury

Wednesday, 08.12.2015 / 1:29 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TERREBONNE, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty's rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained last month is on schedule, according to coach Michel Therrien and Pacioretty's agent, Pat Brisson.

"Everything's going well with his rehab, honestly, so we're happy," Therrien said Tuesday at his annual charity golf tournament. "It's unfortunate [he got injured], but he's still able to train even if he's limited in the exercises he can do."

The Canadiens announced July 10 that Pacioretty would need 12 weeks to recover from the injury he sustained while working out in Florida. The timeline would have Pacioretty returning a few days prior to the Canadiens' 2015-16 regular-season opener Oct. 7 at the Toronto Maple Leafs, but would have him missing most, if not all, of training camp.

Housley throws out first pitch at Twins game

Wednesday, 08.12.2015 / 11:50 AM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Nashville Predators assistant coach and retired NHL defenseman Phil Housley, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis.

"I threw fire right over the plate," Housley, a native of St. Paul, Minn., told "It was really pretty special. It was really nice of the Twins to do that for me and my family; it's a night I'll never forget."

Sabres to host Prospects Challenge in September

Wednesday, 08.12.2015 / 9:43 AM / News

The Buffalo Sabres will host a prospects tournament at First Niagara Center and Harborcenter Sept. 12-14.

The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils will compete with the Sabres in a round-robin format that will feature top prospects from each of the three teams. Each team will play two games.

The Prospects Challenge likely will feature center Jack Eichel, who was selected No. 2 by the Sabres at the 2015 NHL Draft. Devils forward Pavel Zacha, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils on Tuesday, could participate.

Engblom to join Lightning broadcast team

Tuesday, 08.11.2015 / 10:35 PM / News

FOX's Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, today announced Brian Engblom has joined its roster of Lightning on-air talent for the 2015-16 season. In his new role, Engblom will serve as color analyst for all Lightning television broadcasts.

Alongside play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham, Engblom will provide a seasoned voice to Lightning' television broadcasts. Prior to joining Sun Sports, Engblom served as "Inside the Glass" analyst on both NBC and NBC Sports Network broadcasts, as well as the network's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. During his time at NBC, Engblom has also served as an analyst on NHL Live, NBCSN's pre and post-game NHL studio show. During that time he also served as color analyst for Winnipeg Jets games on TSN in Canada.

To read more from the Lightning website, CLICK HERE.

Devils sign top pick Zacha to first pro contract

Tuesday, 08.11.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Pavel Zacha hopes he can help the New Jersey Devils score more, but his first goal is to crack their lineup out of training camp.

The 18-year-old center, who was the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, signed a three-year contract with an average annual value of $925,000 on Tuesday.

"It's my goal for this season to play in the NHL, and now I just have to show everyone I can make the team and I'll do everything for that [chance]," Zacha said. "Camp is coming up [in September] and I am going there and I am going to get ready now for it. I've never been in a full camp of the NHL before; I was just at Devils [development] camp [in July]."

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