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Avalanche forward MacKinnon out with broken foot

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:58 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has a broken foot and will be out 6-8 weeks, the team announced Friday, effectively ending his season unless the Avalanche make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

MacKinnon, 19, originally injured his foot when he blocked a shot Feb. 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Patrick Roy said. X-rays were taken and came back negative. MacKinnon had his first NHL hat trick in that game.

MacKinnon took another shot off his foot Wednesday in a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins; he scored the winning goal.

Roy said MacKinnon complained that his foot was bothering him before practicing Thursday. An MRI after practice revealed the fracture.

"It's never good news when you're losing a player like Nate, especially in a key moment in our season," Roy said. "It's been a year like this and we're going to have to win games without him."

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Blue Jackets sign Moutrey to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Nick Moutrey, the club’s sixth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry level contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Moutrey, 19, was the 105th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft held at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Goaltending coach Reese departs Flyers staff

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 12:26 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that goaltending coach Jeff Reese is no longer with the team, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

"It was a mutual agreement between both parties," Hextall said. "Jeff was an integral part of our coaching staff for the past six seasons and we wish him well."

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Bruins sign defenseman Krug, forward Smith

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 9:45 AM / News

BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 6, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug to a one-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $3,400,000 and forward Reilly Smith to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season worth an annual cap figure of $3,425,000.

In 58 games this season with the Bruins, the 23-year-old Krug has potted 11 goals (sixth on the team) and 20 assists (second among team defensemen) for 31 points (second among team defensemen) with a plus-six rating.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, March 5

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 9:40 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

CLOSE GAMES HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY ACTION

All eight games contested Thursday either were tied or within one goal entering the third period. Each game also featured either a tying goal or game-winning goal scored in the third period. Of the eight games:

* Five featured a tying goal in the final 10 minutes of the third period, including two in the final minute of regulation (Radim Vrbata at 19:06 for VAN and Marian Gaborik at 19:15 for LAK).

* Four required overtime, with each decided in a shootout. The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings were the only teams to win after scoring to force overtime.

* Four games saw a team overcome a third-period deficit to pick up a victory (PHI, MIN, DAL, LAK).

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Former Ottawa captain Alfredsson gets key to city

Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 7:59 PM / News

NHL.com

Daniel Alfredsson already could go just about anywhere he wanted in Ottawa. Now he has a key to help him gain admittance.

Deputy Mayor Bob Monette presented the longtime Ottawa Senators captain with a key to the city Thursday evening.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray, captain Erik Karlsson, defenseman Chris Phillips and forward Chris Neil were among those to attend the ceremony at City Hall, according to the Ottawa Sun.

Alfredsson, 42, received Ottawa’s highest honor not only for his on-ice accomplishments but for his off-ice contributions, including with the Ottawa Senators Foundation, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

“It’s rewarding when you see you make a difference in other people’s lives,” Alfredsson said, according to the Sun.

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Panthers' Jagr, Mitchell, Gudbranson out with flu

Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 7:51 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Two days after goalies Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya each sustained an injury, the Florida Panthers are now dealing with a flu problem.

Defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Willie Mitchell and forward Jaromir Jagr all missed the game against the Dallas Stars on Thursday after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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Stars' Seguin skates, could return within a week

Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 2:42 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin resumed skating with his teammates Thursday and could be back in the lineup within a week.

Seguin took part in the morning skate in preparation for a game against the Florida Panthers, the team against which he was injured Feb. 13. Seguin sustained a knee injury on a low hit by defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who was suspended four games by the NHL for the play.

“Tyler really is closing in on day-to-day for us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I would say probably within a week or sooner. Depends how he responds to some heavy workouts here today, tomorrow.”

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Bruins sign forward Hickman to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 2:40 PM / News

BostonBruins.com

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 4, that the Bruins have signed forward Justin Hickman to an entry-level contract.

Hickman, 20, has spent the previous five campaigns with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League from 2010 to 2015, establishing career highs last season when he notched 22 goals (tied for fourth on the team), 24 assists (tied for sixth on the team) and 46 points (sixth on the team) with 154 penalty minutes (first on the team). Hickman served as team captain for the last two seasons.

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Leafs' Panik fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment

Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Richard Panik has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale.

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