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Islanders' Hamonic cites family matter for trade ask

Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 1:20 PM / News

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- It seemed like a routine practice day for New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic on Thursday. He was smiling and joking with his teammates, the same way he always does.

The difference, though, was this was about an hour after he addressed the news with them reported Wednesday by Sportsnet that he requested a trade to Islanders general manager Garth Snow prior to the start of the season. Hamonic wants to be traded somewhere closer to his Winnipeg home for personal reasons.

"I would have liked to have the chance to talk to them and not have them seen it online first, but it is what it is and those things can't be changed, unfortunately," Hamonic said Thursday. "It was difficult. I guess you can ask them, but they were certainly very understanding of a personal situation, as I hope anyone would be in this situation.

"Those are guys you go to war with. Some of those guys I've been playing with for six years and really know really well. [Capuano] always talks about a brotherhood in there and everything else, but it certainly is. (I was) just explaining what was going on. It was probably one of the more difficult conversations I think I've had in life. It certainly wasn't easy, but they've been there for me for many years now in different situations in my life and my career and they've certainly been there this morning."

Panthers defenseman Kulikov out 2-4 weeks: report

Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 11:45 AM / News

Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov won't need surgery for his knee injury but is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to The Miami Herald.

Kulikov sustained the injury Saturday in a 5-4 shootout win against the Tampa Bay Lightning and missed the Panthers' 1-0 win against the Lightning in the back end of a home-and-home on Monday.

Kulikov, 25, has three assists in 17 games this season.

Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Nov. 18

Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 1:32 AM / News

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The Edmonton Oilers tied the game twice in the third period, but Marian Hossa scored his 12th career overtime goal 68 seconds into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to their third consecutive victory.

* Linemates Patrick Kane (0-2—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-2—3) each had multiple points to extend his point streak: Kane stretched his to 14 games (10-14—24), and Panarin pushed his to six (5-5—10).

* Kane has matched the longest point streak of his career, established from Nov. 30-Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, only one Blackhawks player other than Kane has recorded a point streak of at least 14 games in the last 20 years: Chris Chelios (Oct. 26-Nov. 28, 1995: 4-16—20 in 15 GP).

Blues' Lehtera to be game-time decision: report

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 7:01 PM / News

St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera, who was taken to the hospital Tuesday after taking a stick to the throat area, will be a game-time decision Thursday when the Blues host the Buffalo Sabres.

Lehtera will participate in the pregame skate before his status is determined, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Hamonic requests trade from Islanders: report

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 5:16 PM / News

New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has requested a trade to a Western Conference team, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported on Wednesday.

Hamonic, 25, would like to be traded to either the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers or Vancouver Canucks to be closer to his family in Western Canada, TSN's Darren Dreger said. According to Dreger, Hamonic has unspecified "family concerns" he would like to address.

Canadiens' Price practices; no target date for return

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 4:26 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price returned to practice Wednesday for the first time this month, earning a round of applause from his teammates around the pre-practice stretching circle.

Suffice it to say the Canadiens were relieved to see their best player back on the ice with them.

"He's such a big part of our team, when he's out there the guys get a boost," Canadiens forward Dale Weise said. "He's probably our biggest leader in this locker room; everyone just gets excited when you see him out there."

It is not yet known when Price, who has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury, will be ready to play, but it won't be Thursday at home against the Arizona Coyotes.

Coach Michel Therrien said Mike Condon will start against the Coyotes. The Canadiens then play Friday at the New York Islanders and Sunday at home to the Islanders. It is not clear if Price would be available for any of those games.

Hall of Famer, five-time Cup winner Olmstead dies

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 3:40 PM / News

Bert Olmstead, a Hockey Hall of Fame member and five-time Stanley Cup champion who at one point co-held the record for points in a single game, died Monday. He was 89.

Olmstead, a Saskatchewan native, won the Cup four times as a member of the Montreal Canadiens and once with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was a runner-up for the Calder Trophy in 1949-50 for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kennedy joins Devils on professional tryout contract

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 1:56 PM / News

Forward Tyler Kennedy joined the New Jersey Devils on a professional tryout contract on Wednesday.

The Devils said Kennedy is with the team in Calgary and will practice. He attended training camp with the Devils on a PTO but was released after playing in three preseason games.

Kennedy, 29, split last season between the San Jose Shark and New York Islanders and had six goals and 14 points in 38 games. In 477 games, he has 86 goals, 199 points and 225 penalty minutes.

Sabres' Kane hopes to return Thursday against Blues

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 12:18 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane hopes to return from a knee injury Thursday when the Sabres face the St. Louis Blues.

"I think you'll have a pretty good chance to see me in the lineup tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that," Kane said Wednesday.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Kane has been making progress for several days and is skating well.

"He's really close. He's a possibility for tomorrow, yes," Bylsma said.

Penguins D-man Maatta sustained upper-body injury

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta sustained an upper-body injury against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and spent the night in the hospital, the Penguins said Wednesday.

Maatta remained in the hospital Wednesday and was to be re-examined later in the day. The Penguins said Maatta's injury was not related to any injuries he has sustained in the past.

Maatta did not sustain any internal injuries, TSN reported, but had soft tissue and muscle damage to his midsection, the result of being checked into the boards near the Minnesota bench with its door open by Wild forward Nino Niederreiter.

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