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Avalanche sign Cliche to two-year extension

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 2:30 PM / News

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche on Thursday signed forward Marc-Andre Cliche to a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season. Terms were not disclosed.

Cliche, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings prior to the 2013-14 season, has one goal and six points in 53 games. He leads the Avalanche in shorthanded ice time per game, averaging 2:35 on the penalty kill.

"Marc-Andre has been a solid addition to our hockey club," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. "He has done a tremendous job on the penalty kill, has a great work ethic and we're excited to have him under contract for the next two years."

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Penguins' Letang addresses stroke; return uncertain

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 1:24 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is not sure if he will return this season after sustaining a stroke in January.

Letang, who has missed Pittsburgh's past five games, said he is not targeting a specific date for his return and is instead "targeting day-by-day." The 2013 Norris Trophy finalist is training but has not returned to his normal workout regimen.

He said he started using light weights and is gradually building toward his usual routine.

"I have some good days, some bad days [physically]," Letang said. "I think the most difficult thing is around family, everybody is really careful. I can't even lift their luggage without having them try to help me out."

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Senators recall Hammond with Anderson at home

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 6:07 PM / News

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The Ottawa Senators have recalled goaltender Andrew Hammond to serve as the backup to Robin Lehner on Thursday in the absence of Craig Anderson.

Anderson traveled home to Florida this week to be with his wife, who was expecting the couple's second child.

The Senators announced the recall of Hammond from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, and the Ottawa Sun reported he would back up Lehner against the Detroit Red Wings.

"Nothing forthcoming at this point," coach Paul MacLean said after practice prior to the recall. "We'll wait to hear, and right now we're prepared for Robin to be the goalie, and if we need to bring Hammond or [Nathan] Lawson, we're prepared to do that. So right now that's where it stands."


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Predators send Rinne on conditioning assignment

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:19 PM / News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators announced Wednesday they will send goalie Pekka Rinne, who has missed the past four months with a hip infection, to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, signifying the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is close to playing NHL games.

Coach Barry Trotz would not say when Rinne, 31, might be able to return to the ice for the Predators. Nashville has not set any kind of timetable during Rinne's rehabilitation process, but the goalie said he is close.

"I'm just going to try and focus on trying to get my own game back, but so far I feel real comfortable," Rinne said. "I'm happy how things have gone in practices and how things have gone so far. I'm actually a little bit surprised it's been going so well, but like I said, it's still a process.

"For sure, I feel like I'm really close to the game shape and now it's just a final couple of games before I jump on the ice with the Nashville team."

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Gaborik activated by Blue Jackets, to return vs. Devils

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 2:54 PM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Marian Gaborik off injured reserve Wednesday and he will return to the lineup for their game Thursday at the New Jersey Devils.

Gaborik has been limited to 18 games this season, one since Nov. 14. He returned from a knee injury Dec. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers but suffered a broken collarbone in the first period while setting up Ryan Johansen's goal and has been out since.

Gaborik, acquired by the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, has five goals and 12 points this season.

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Gaborik eager to return to Blue Jackets' lineup

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 10:55 PM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets won't confirm that forward Marian Gaborik will be back in the lineup Thursday night when they resume play against the New Jersey Devils, but he's preparing as if he will take the ice.

Gaborik has missed the past 22 games after breaking his collarbone on Dec. 21. But he was medically cleared for contact last week, has been practicing with the team since Feb. 19 and says he feels better with each passing day.

"Obviously games are totally different than practice, and it's hard to mimic a lot of things in practice," Gaborik told the Blue Jackets website. "But I feel good enough to jump back in and have a good practice tomorrow, then we'll go from there."

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Islanders' Tavares won't need surgery, out 8 weeks

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 7:05 PM / News

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The moment John Tavares was hit by Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the New York Islanders captain knew something was wrong.

"I just felt like there was some movement. Right away, I just didn't feel good," Tavares, who was representing Canada, told reporters at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday. "But then I got up and skated to the bench and I was like, 'OK, I was able to skate to the bench.' Our therapist then asked me to try just a couple of standing tests and that's when I realized I might be a little unstable and probably need to get checked out."

The initial thought was Tavares would need surgery, but after a visit with the Islanders' medical staff Monday, he learned it would not be required. However, New York's leading scorer (24 goals and 66 points in 59 games) is expected to miss 8-12 weeks with a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee.

With the Islanders 14 points out of a wild-card Stanley Cup Playoff spot with 22 games to go, it's likely Tavares won't play again until October. But because he won't need surgery, he's expecting to be able to train throughout the summer and prepare normally for camp in September.

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Canucks' Henrik Sedin expected to play Wednesday

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 4:53 PM / News

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Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday when the team plays the St. Louis Blues, according to coach John Tortorella.

Sedin missed the Canucks' final two games and eight of the past 10 before the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a rib injury. The ailment caused the Swedish forward to sit out the entire Olympic tournament.

The Vancouver captain missed practice this week for personal reasons but Tortorella confirmed Tuesday that Sedin would be back in the lineup against the Blues. The Canucks coach did not have any further information about center Ryan Kesler, who has undergone an MRI after sustaining a hand injury in Sochi and is considered day-to-day.


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Broken hand to sideline Penguins' Martin 4-6 weeks

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 1:15 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken hand sustained playing for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The news was reported via the Penguins' Twitter account on Tuesday.

The hope is Martin, who missed the last two games for the United States against Canada and Finland at the Olympics, will be ready to resume play when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin. Martin has two goals and 12 points in 33 games for the Penguins.

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Canucks' Kesler to meet with doctors

Monday, 02.24.2014 / 8:12 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler is undergoing medical tests after blocking a shot while playing for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to coach John Tortorella.

Kesler, who leads the Canucks with 20 goals, was at Rogers Arena late Monday morning but did not speak with reporters.

Asked if Kesler needed an MRI, Tortorella said head athletic trainer Mike Burnstein "is going to put him through the whole nine yards. He's getting everything checked and we'll see what it looks like."

Tortorella said he hadn't talked to Kesler yet.
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