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Devils' Jagr passes Messier for 7th on goals list

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 12:02 AM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Jaromir Jagr
Right Wing - NJD
G: 695 | A: 1031 | PTS: 1726

MONTREAL -- Some people may look at Jaromir Jagr's career NHL statistics and wonder what could have been.

To those people, Jagr says don't bother. He doesn't.

Jagr passed another milestone is his prolific NHL career Tuesday when he scored his 695th goal in a 4-1 New Jersey Devils win against the Montreal Canadiens, passing Mark Messier for seventh place on the League's all-time goals list.

Jagr scored at 17:23 of the first period with a nice move to the middle around Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges before putting a low shot through a crowd past Carey Price just inside the far post.

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Avalanche's Johnson day-to-day with back injury

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 11:20 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Already playing with 17 skaters, the Colorado Avalanche finished a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night without defenseman Erik Johnson.

The top-pair blueliner took one shift midway through the third period and didn't play again because of a back issue. Johnson is considered day-to-day, according to Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, who also made defenseman Cory Sarich a late scratch due to a back injury.

Johnson leads all Avalanche defensemen with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 46 games.

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Maurice: Jets to keep Byfuglien at wing -- for now

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 7:24 PM / News

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For those expecting new Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice to make a decision on whether to play Dustin Byfuglien at forward or defense in the near future, you may be waiting for a while.

One of Claude Noel's last moves before being removed as coach Sunday was moving Byfuglien from the blue line to forward alongside Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Byfuglien responded with two assists Monday night, helping Maurice win his debut in a 5-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at MTS Centre.

Maurice ran his first practice as Jets coach Tuesday morning, and afterward told reporters he will keep Byfuglien at right wing for the time being. He was then asked if there was a timetable as to how long the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder would stay there.

"Right when I need to … and not before," Maurice said.

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Florida Panthers to host 2015 NHL Draft June 26-27

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 10:00 AM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The Florida Panthers® will host the 2015 NHL Draft™ at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Florida Panthers, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, and the National Hockey League announced today. Next year's Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015. NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

The 2015 event will mark the second time the Panthers and Broward County host the NHL Draft, as the Panthers played host to the 2001 NHL Draft, where Ilya Kovalchuk was selected first overall. The arena was also the home of the 2003 NHL® All-Star Game.

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Sharks mourn passing of scout Jack Gardiner

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 4:44 PM / News

NHL.com

Longtime San Jose Sharks scout Jack Gardiner died Sunday following a long battle with cancer.

Gardner was a professional hockey scout for nearly 35 years with the Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. He had worked with the Sharks' scouting department since 2004, where his primary focus was the eastern United States.

"Jack will be sorely missed by everyone who crossed paths with him over his many years working in the National Hockey League," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He had a true love of the game of hockey and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers."

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Blues' Steen joins teammates for practice

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 3:39 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- It was the first step in the process of returning to the lineup, and for the red-hot St. Louis Blues it will fortify an already solid lineup when Alexander Steen comes back.

Steen, who has missed nine games with a concussion, was a full participant at practice Monday for the first time since he left the lineup during a Dec. 21 game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Steen, who's tied for fifth in the NHL in goals with 24, still leads the Blues with 38 points. He has stayed active since leaving the lineup with the second concussion of his career (he missed 39 games during the 2011-12 season).

"Good ... better," Steen said when asked about his health. "Obviously hanging around the guys again is a big lift in spirits. With these kinds of injuries you tend to fall away from the team, spend time on your own. That's usually the hardest part of having an injury like this. But I'm staying positive, taking steps forward, and enjoying my time with the team [Monday] and the rest of the week.

"Just feeling better so I figured I'd try [to practice]. Basically just try stuff and analyze and see how you feel and go from there."

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Avalanche goalie Giguere out with back spasms

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 1:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is dealing with back spasms and the team has recalled goalie Sami Aittokallio from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

The Avalanche play at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. There was no indication how much time Giguere might miss.

In his third season in Colorado, the 36-year-old is 7-4-0 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .911 save percentage backing up Semyon Varlamov.

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Tavares, Hiller, Lundqvist named week's 'Three Stars'

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKNew York Islanders center John Tavares, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 12.

FIRST STAR – JOHN TAVARES, C, NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Tavares led all skaters with four goals (tied), six assists and 10 points to power the Islanders (18-22-7, 43 points) to a season-high four consecutive victories. He began the week by recording his second career five-point game (3-2—5), including his fifth career hat trick, in a 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars Jan. 6. Tavares followed that up by posting three assists in a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 7, becoming the first Islander in 24 years to collect eight or more points over a two-day span (Pat LaFontaine: 3-6—9, Jan. 10-11, 1990). After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 overtime triumph against the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 10, Tavares capped the week by registering 1-1—2, including the game-winning goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation, in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Jan. 12, stretching the Islanders' road winning streak to seven games. The 23-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native is tied for second in the NHL with 56 points (21 35—56) in 46 games this season, including 8-10—18 in his last nine outings.

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Sabres' Grigorenko accepts assignment to junior team

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 12:34 PM / News

NHL.com

Mikhail Grigorenko, the Buffalo Sabres' 2012 first-round pick, has accepted his assignment to his junior team, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Sabres announced that the 19-year-old Grigorenko, who previously had said he would not accept the assignment, had changed his mind Sunday night.

Grigorenko had two goals in 18 games but last played for the Sabres on Nov. 27. He had team-highs of five goals and eight points playing with Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Due to the agreement between the NHL and the Canadian Hockey League, players drafted from a CHL team are barred from playing in the American Hockey League until age 20.


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Senators sign GM Bryan Murray to two-year extension

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 10:50 AM / News

NHL.com

The Ottawa Senators on Monday announced Bryan Murray has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him as the team's general manager through the 2015-16 season and also named him president of hockey operations.

Murray, 71, will hold both jobs for the next two seasons and then remain with the club for an additional two seasons in an advisory capacity.

"I am very pleased to have Bryan remain here in Ottawa for the next four years," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement released by the team. "Without question Bryan stands among the best general managers in the National Hockey League. Our drafting success and the emergence of so many young, dynamic players within our organization is a testament to Bryan's leadership and wealth of hockey knowledge."

Murray has been with the Senators since he was hired as coach in June 2004. He was promoted to general manager in June 2007, days after guiding the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.


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