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Wild agree to terms with Hoffman, Palmquist

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 10:55 AM / News

MinnesotaWild.com

The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with goaltender Brody Hoffman and defenseman Zach Palmquist to entry-level contracts for the 2015-16 season.

Hoffman, 24 (2/18/91), went 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average (GAA), a .922 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 22 games during his junior season with the University of Vermont in 2014-15. He ranked second in Hockey East and 18th in the NCAA in GAA. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, posted a record of 34-33-9 with a 2.45 GAA, a .914 SV% and three shutouts in 78 games during three seasons with the Catamounts.

Around the League notebook for Sunday, March 29

Monday, 03.30.2015 / 12:14 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

CAPITALS, BRUINS REMAIN IN WILD CARD POSITIONS WITH VICTORIES...

The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime. Washington, which occupies the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, improved to 41-25-10 (92 points) and Boston, which holds the second wild-card spot in the East, improved to 38-25-13 (89 points).

* With the game knotted at 2-2 heading into the third period, the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to defeat the New York Rangers 5-2.

* Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2) opened the scoring with an even-strength goal and added a power-play marker to record his League-leading 14th multigoal game of the season. Ovechkin leads the League in goals (49) and power-play goals (22).

Panthers agree to terms with forward Kyle Rau

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 12:38 PM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with F Kyle Rau on an entry-level contract. Rau will report to San Antonio (AHL) on an amateur try-out.

“We are very pleased to have agreed to an entry level contract with Kyle,” said Tallon. “He played extremely well at the University of Minnesota, leading the Gophers to back-to-back Big Ten regular-season championships and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. He is another one of our young and talented prospects who is prepared to take the next step in his hockey career.”

Rau, 22, played in 160 games for the University of Minnesota (2011-2015), recording 164 points (67-97—164).

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Penguins defenseman Letang out with concussion

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 12:32 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

With 4:45 remaining in the second period, Coyotes forward Shane Doan shoved Letang to the ice, causing the defenseman to fall backward. Letang’s head snapped back into the end boards when he made contact with the ice, where he sat for several minutes while being treated by team trainers.

Penguins forward Steve Downie, who later fought Doan, and defenseman Rob Scuderi, helped Letang to his skates and to the runway. He struggled to walk toward the Pittsburgh locker room before being taken to a hospital.

“Watching the hit … It was just him going back,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “It was just such a distance from the boards. When he landed and his head snapped back into the boards that was the main impact of the injury. We’ll see how he feels over the next couple of days and go from there.”

Playoff clinching scenarios for Sunday, March 29

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 11:26 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

With 14 days remaining in the regular season, there are 12 berths up for grabs in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Clubs that can clinch their spots Sunday:

* The Tampa Bay Lightning would clinch a playoff berth if the Boston Bruins lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in regulation.

Around the League notebook for Saturday, March 28

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 10:46 AM / News

NHL.com

DUCKS, PREDATORS CLAIM POSTSEASON BERTHS IN WEST

* Frederik Andersen made 29 saves and Andrew Cogliano's second period goal stood as the game-winner for the Anaheim Ducks, who clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders. The League-leading Ducks (48-22-7, 103 points) reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 11th time in franchise history and third consecutive season.

* Andersen improved to 33-11-5 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .914 save percentage, and has won three of his past four starts.

* Rickard Rakell and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Ducks. Palmieri's goal was his 14th of the season, matching his career-high set last season.

Rogers Hometown Hockey: Lethbridge, Alberta

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET prior to the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. The location this week is Lethbridge, Alberta, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg scored on a goal on Oct. 25 this season against the St. Louis Blues hours after promising he would to Rochelle and Sara Knapp in memory of Rochelle's mother.

Eichel, Boston University advance to Frozen Four

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 11:49 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Evan Rodrigues scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:24 remaining in the third period, to lead the Boston University Terriers to a 3-2 win against the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday.

The Terriers will face North Dakota in the Frozen Four at TD Garden in Boston on April 9.

BU center Jack Eichel (2015 draft eligible), whose 67 points led the nation, was kept off the scoresheet. He had three shots on goal and was plus-1.

Blues without Steen, Oshie against Blue Jackets

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 9:49 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen sustained a lower-body injury in the first period Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and did not return.

Right wing T.J. Oshie (sick) was not in the lineup, leaving the Blues without two of three forwards from their top-two line with center David Backes.

Panthers interested in re-signing Jagr: report

Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 7:57 PM / News

NHL.com

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is interested in re-signing impending unrestricted free agent forward Jaromir Jagr in the offseason, the Miami Herald reported Saturday.

Tallon confirmed to the Herald that he met with Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, on Saturday in Montreal prior to the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. The parties agreed to hold off on contract discussions until the season is over.

But there is interest in having Jagr back in South Florida next season, according to Tallon.

"From what I've seen and what has gone on," Tallon said, "it would be tremendous to have him back here."

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