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Jets sign Stuart to four-year contract extension

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 4:13 PM / News

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The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a four-year, $10.5 million contract extension.

The 29-year-old has two goals and nine points in 50 games this season.

"He is what the Winnipeg Jets are about," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said of Stuart's character.

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Phillips signs two-year extension with Ottawa

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 2:49 PM / News

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips agreed to a two-year contract extension Wednesday.

Phillips will make $2.25 million per year. Phillips was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and was subject of discussion approaching the NHL Trade Deadline.

"I'm very excited about it," Phillips told the Senators website. "It's been going on for a little while as far as the talks. With the uncertainty of this day, if nothing happened what the alternatives were, that weighs on you. I'm very excited to get something done."

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Sabres claim Conacher off waivers from Senators

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:57 PM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres claimed forward Cory Conacher off waivers Wednesday.

Conacher had four goals and 16 assists in 60 games this season for the Ottawa Senators, who acquired him last year in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Ben Bishop.

“To be able to play there in the NHL, it’s a dream come true," Conacher said. "At the same time, it's tough leaving Ottawa. They’re a great organization. They've done so much for me. They have a lot of good people that have helped me out and just the guys on the team are special guys. I was really close with a lot of them. They're a team that’s going to be really good in the future, you can tell."

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Jets forward Scheifele out with MCL sprain

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:31 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets second-line center Mark Scheifele has an MCL sprain in his right knee, coach Paul Maurice said Wednesday, and his status will be updated in a few weeks.

TSN reported Scheifele would miss six-to-eight weeks after sustaining the injury in a loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday in Winnipeg. He was injured 11:18 into the second period after a collision with Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan, left the game and did not return.

The Jets medical staff evaluated Scheifele on Wednesday morning.

"It's all in how [quickly] this thing heals. You can check back with me in two or three weeks, and I'll give you a general idea of where we think it's at," Jets coach Paul Maurice said Wednesday at the team's practice rink. "There is a wide spectrum of [timelines] in terms of when [players] come back from these injuries, but it's never in three or four weeks, so you don't need to check back too soon."

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Stamkos announces he's ready to return Thursday

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 12:58 PM / News

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This time, Steven Stamkos will meet his goal of returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup.

Stamkos tweeted this morning: "Just left the doctors office. Got the green light. See you tomorrow Bolts fans. Excited to be back !!"

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman confirmed the news of the center's return.

"Steven saw Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Guttentag this morning and based on the latest X-ray, a clinical exam and his functionality on and off the ice we are pleased to announce he is cleared to play," Yzerman said. "We look forward to seeing him on the ice with his teammates tomorrow night."

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Daniel Sedin out indefinitely with lower-body injury

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 10:12 PM / News

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Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury he sustained Sunday in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.

General manager Mike Gillis said Tuesday he did not know when Sedin would be able to return.
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Devils' Jagr moves into ninth on all-time assists list

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 9:11 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr moved into ninth place on the NHL's all-time assists list Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center.

Jagr picked up the 1,041st of his career on Travis Zajac's goal at 6:30 of the third period, moving him past Marcel Dionne. He is eight assists behind Gordie Howe (1,049) for eighth on the all-time list. Zajac's goal gave the Devils a 3-2 lead.

Jagr, who turned 42 on Feb. 15, has 700 goals and 1,741 points in 1,453 career games spanning 19-plus NHL seasons.

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Hurricanes sign Khudobin to two-year extension

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:39 PM / News

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract extension with goaltender Anton Khudobin.

The deal will pay Khudobin $2 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.5 million in 2015-16.

"We are pleased to be able to keep Anton with the Hurricanes," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He has played well this season and signing him helps solidify our team's goaltending situation."

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Wild goalie Backstrom likely out for season

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:07 PM / News

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday goaltender Niklas Backstrom will be shut down for the foreseeable future, most likely the rest of the season.

Backstrom has lower-body injuries and hasn't played since a relief appearance Jan. 30. His last start came Jan. 11.

The Wild on Tuesday acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Blue Jackets' Murray leaves game with injury

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 12:33 AM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray left the game Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower-body injury and will not return.

Murray, 20, played 4:51 of the first period. His final shift of the game came with 1:47 remaining.

In his rookie season with the Blue Jackets, Murray has played 60 games and has three goals and 17 assists.

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