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Franchise to become Arizona Coyotes for 2014-15

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 1:17 PM / News

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The Phoenix Coyotes announced Wednesday that the franchise will officially change its name to the Arizona Coyotes beginning at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.

"Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours," Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. "We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the Southwest. We hope that the name 'Arizona' will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team."

The Coyotes will also be introducing a new shoulder patch for their home and road jerseys in 2014-15 as part of the name change. The patch will be unveiled for the Coyotes' first preseason game next season. The rest of the uniform will not change.

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Stars sign Garbutt to three-year extension

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 12:26 PM / News

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The Dallas Stars on Wednesday signed forward Ryan Garbutt to a three-year contract extension.

In his third NHL season, Garbutt has already reached career highs in games played (46), goals (10), assists (eight), points (18) and penalty minutes (61).

"Ryan has shown that he is an effective, hard-hitting forward that plays the game with a great deal of speed and tenacity," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said. "Over the course of the season, he has earned the trust of his coaching staff and has played himself into a role where we ask him to play against our opponent's top players on a nightly basis. It's a great credit to the work he has put in and we're excited to have him signed."

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Brodeur admits being traded from Devils possibility

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 11:48 PM / News

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Martin Brodeur said Tuesday that being traded by the New Jersey Devils is "definitely something that is possible" and he would not be insulted if the team asked him to accept a deal.

"It's within the team's rights to try and make themselves better," the goaltender said in an interview with NJ.com. "The fact is, I have the luxury to decide what I want to do. I hope if [general manager Lou Lamoriello] is able to help the team, he'll ask, regardless of what it is. It's definitely something that is possible."

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Defenseman Brian Rafalski ends comeback bid

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 5:54 PM / News

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Defenseman Brian Rafalski has ended his attempted comeback with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

"I'm done," Rafalski told the Ft. Myers (Fla.) News-Press on Tuesday. "My back is no good. That was one of the hurdles."

Rafalski joined the Everblades on Jan. 10 and played three games.

"There's no reason to keep going," the 40-year-old told the newspaper. "This is not something you can push or play through or goes away."

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Veteran Prospal formally announces retirement

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 12:55 PM / News

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Forward Vinny Prospal, who played 16 seasons in the NHL, formally announced his retirement Tuesday.

Prospal was expected to join the Vancouver Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate this past weekend on a professional tryout contract, but had a change in heart.

"I can confirm that this is the end of my career," Prospal told Czech website iDNES.cz. "I found out that I wouldn't be able to give 100 percent to hockey anymore."

Prospal, who turns 39 on Feb. 17, had 255 goals and 765 points in 1,108 career NHL games, including 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.


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Islanders place Hamonic on IR, recall Donovan

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 11:06 AM / News

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The New York Islanders on Tuesday placed defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Matt Donovan from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

Hamonic has missed the past eight games since sustaining a concussion during a game Jan. 12 against the Dallas Stars.

To fill his roster spot the Islanders recalled Donovan, who had been sent down a day earlier to clear a roster spot for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who returned from a three-month absence due to a concussion to play Monday against the Boston Bruins.

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Red Wings' Howard to return Tuesday: report

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

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The Detroit Red Wings on Monday sent goaltender Petr Mrazek to the American Hockey League, paving the way for Jimmy Howard to return from injured reserve.

The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com reported Monday that Howard will be activated from IR and be available to play Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Howard left a game Jan. 20 against the St. Louis Blues in the second period with pain in his knee; he had missed nearly three weeks in December with a knee injury. This time Howard said he only expected to miss about a week after having fluid drained from the knee, and he previously had targeted a return for Tuesday against the Flyers.

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Red Wings' Zetterberg out Tuesday vs. Flyers

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

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Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will not travel with the team for its game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a back injury.

Zetterberg sat out the Red Wings' game Sunday against the Florida Panthers with a back issue and is considered day-to-day. However, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Zetterberg would not be with the team when it traveled to Philadelphia.

Giving Zetterberg off Sunday and Tuesday would give the 33-year-old forward seven days out of game action if he is able to play in the Red Wings' following game, Friday against the Washington Capitals.

Holland also told the newspaper Pavel Datsyuk also will not travel with the team. Datsyuk last played Jan. 1 due to a lower-body injury. He's considered close to being able to return but apparently won't be ready for Tuesday.

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Lightning's Stamkos skips practice, plays it safe

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:23 PM / News

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Injured Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was scheduled to practice Monday but decided to "err on the side of caution" after his right leg didn't feel right. Team reporter Missy Zielinski revealed that Stamkos briefly came out on the ice before saying his leg "didn't feel the best."

Stamkos broke that right leg in a Nov. 11 game against the Boston Bruins and underwent surgery the following day. He's seemingly made rapid progress in his comeback, which he hopes will put him back in the Lightning lineup prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Despite being hurt, Stamkos was named to Hockey Canada's roster for Sochi.

"Whenever it doesn't feel good, it's a little frustrating," Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "But I've not gone through something like this before, so when things don't feel well, you want answers right away, and you want to know how to fix it. But it's not necessarily that easy.

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Lehtonen, Nyquist, Sekera named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 01.27.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

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NEW YORK - Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 26.

FIRST STAR – KARI LEHTONEN, G, DALLAS STARS

Lehtonen went 3-1-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Stars (24-20-8, 56 points) move within sixth points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. He made 19 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Jan. 20 before picking up three consecutive victories, recording 18 stops in a 4-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild Jan. 21, 24 saves in a 7-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 23 and 24 stops in a 3-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 25.

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Quote of the Day

I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets