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Hasek proud number will hang with Sabres legends

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 1:29 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Hockey Hall of Fame member Dominik Hasek will have his number retired by the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, prior to their game against the Detroit Red Wings. The ceremony serves to be a homecoming for him.

Hasek was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame last season, but with his No. 39 destined for the rafters at First Niagara Center, the memories of his time here have flooded back.

"It's an accomplishment of what I was able to do for this organization and for this community and for this city, for the people of Buffalo," Hasek said. "I'm honored to be one of seven players whose jersey was retired and be next to the greatest, Gilbert Perreault and his linemates and Tim Horton and Danny Gare and my great teammate Pat LaFontaine.

"It's going to be a great honor to have my No. 39 retired. I cannot be more thankful for what this city and this organization has done for me. I was trying to do the best on the ice and now they feel like my jersey's retired and I appreciate it. It's a great honor.”


Flyers' Coburn out four weeks with lower-body injury

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 1:19 PM / News

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out four weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury in a victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall.

Coburn was injured in the first period after taking 10 shifts and playing 6:49. He has one goal and six points and has averaged more than 20 minutes in 31 games this season.


Penguins' Maatta could miss rest of season: report

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 11:34 AM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will likely miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury, reported Monday.

Maatta, 20, has not played since re-injuring his surgically repaired shoulder against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 6. Maatta's doctors are deciding whether or not he should have a second surgery; he had a torn labrum repaired last May.

"Olli is going through further tests. Nothing is definitive yet," coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday.


Devils' Jagr, Ruutu have flu, won't play against Kings

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 11:04 AM / News

New Jersey Devils forwards Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu, who each have the flu, did not practice for the third consecutive day and will not travel or be in the lineup against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, according to the team.

Jagr leads the Devils with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 43 games. Ruutu has five goals and eight points in 43 games.

The Devils recalled forward Joe Whitney from Albany of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman Seth Helgeson to the AHL.


Capitals recall Steve Oleksy from Hershey

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 9:14 AM / News

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Steve Oleksy from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Oleksy, 28, registered 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 61 career games with the Capitals. The 5'11", 183-pound defenseman recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 33 games with Washington last season. Oleksy made his NHL debut and tallied his first NHL point with an assist on March 5, 2013, against Boston. He signed with Washington as a free agent on March 4, 2013.


Around the League notebook for Monday, Jan. 12

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


Seven different skaters scored for the Philadelphia Flyers en route to a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers improved to 17-19-7 (41 points) this season and passed the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for sole possession of fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings. The victory is Philadelphia's first win against Tampa Bay since it defeated the Lightning at home by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 5, 2013. With the win, the Flyers also improved to 11-6-3 on home ice.

* Philadelphia's seven-goal performance matched a season-high set in a 7-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 20, 2014. The performance was also the most the club has scored at home since Feb. 16, 2012 when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had seven or more goals by seven or more different skaters was on Nov. 5, 2011 when they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-2; Sean Couturier scored twice while Matt Carle, Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Simmonds, Maxime Talbot, James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek each scored once.


Sabres retire Hall of Fame goalie Hasek's No. 39

Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 12:09 AM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres retired Dominik Hasek's number Tuesday, raising his No. 39 to the rafters at First Niagara Center before the game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Hasek received a lengthy standing ovation when he was introduced by legendary play-by-play broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

"I don't think I'll ever get tired of hearing the cheers of Sabres fans," Hasek said. "It's very humbling to be standing here tonight and look up in the rafters and seeing the names of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Tim Horton, Danny Gare, and Pat LaFontaine. It reminds me that Buffalo is a special place in the game of hockey."

In nine seasons with the Sabres, Hasek won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP twice (1996-97, 1997-98) and the Vezina Trophy six times, and he led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999.


Lightning's Hedman, Johnson injured vs. Flyers

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 11:20 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning lost defenseman Victor Hedman and center Tyler Johnsonbecause of lower-body injuries during a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Coach Jon Cooper said he was unsure if either player would be available for the Lightning's game Tuesday at the Boston Bruins.

"[Johnson] is our leading scorer and [Hedman] is our leading scoring defenseman," Cooper said. "You pull any of those guys out of your lineup it's going to hurt. We'll see how we adapt. This happens to teams; it's happened to us before. We've been through it. You don't like to go through it but we have. And we'll respond."


Gagne won't return because of personal reasons

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 5:06 PM / News

BOSTONBoston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Simon Gagne has decided not to return to the team this season due to personal reasons. Given his decision, the Bruins have changed Gagne's status to "suspended player".

"At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision," said Chiarelli. "Given Simon's decision not to return to the team, we have to change his status to maintain a full roster. I spoke to Simon about this, and he assured me that we have his full support with this status change."


Kings place Pearson on IR, recall Shore

Monday, 01.12.2015 / 12:11 PM / News

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Nick Shore from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and placed forward Tanner Pearson on injured reserve, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 6-1, 194-pound native of Denver, Colo., has appeared in 105 career AHL games. In his second season with Manchester (AHL) he has posted 79 points (34-45=79) with a plus-40 rating and 50 penalty minutes. He has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Selected in the third-round (82nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings, Shore has appeared in 37 games this season with Manchester (AHL), collecting a career-best 41 points (20-21=41), a plus-22 rating and 14 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, among league-leaders, he was tied for first in goals, tied for third in PPG (7), first in SHG (3), second in points and tied for ninth in assists. Shore was recently named to his first AHL All-Star game.

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