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Sharks' Marleau, Thornton agree on extensions

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 6:20 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has negotiated hundreds of NHL contracts during his front-office career, but he experienced a first when he began discussing new deals for forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

"Both players said one of the priorities was that they'd really only come back if the other one was coming back," Wilson said Friday. "So that created a unique dynamic in the negotiations because it was two individual negotiations but it was contingent to them knowing that we're a better team with both of them instead of just one.

"All I can say is, that tells you the respect between the two players. They both said, 'Well, we'll do this, but the other guy's coming back, correct?' That was really an important part of this process."

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Prospal informs Canucks he's decided to retire

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 1:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Veteran forward Vinny Prospal, who was expected to join the Vancouver Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate on a professional tryout contract, has instead decided to retire.

"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 was scheduled to join Utica for Friday and Saturday games against the Abbotsford Heat, who play about a one-hour drive outside of Vancouver.

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Blues' Steen sidelined by lower-body injury

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 11:17 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen left the game against the New York Rangers on Thursday night with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

"We'll see where he is in a day or so," coach Ken Hitchcock said after the Blues' 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden. "He'll be back."

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'NHL Revealed' packs punch in dramatic first episode

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 12:00 AM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

After a spine-tingling opening that featured star-studded faces filled with emotion, thrilling goals, bone-crushing hits, fights and Jaromir Jagr, the first episode of "NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other" took the viewer on a path that included tear-jerking moments, comic relief, suspense and intense on-ice action.

"NHL Revealed," which debuted Wednesday on NBCSN in the United States, is a seven-part all-access series that gives the audience a look inside nine different dressing rooms in the NHL and the characters that make them unique. The Canadian debut of the first episode is Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CBC.

The nine teams are the ones taking part in the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic. The first Stadium Series games are this coming weekend, when the Anaheim Ducks play the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium on Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) and the New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC).

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Flames to host online video segments in Punjabi

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 7:21 PM / News

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The Calgary Flames announced Wednesday they will launch a weekly video on the team's website that will cater to the city's growing Punjabi community. With the launch, the Flames become the first Canadian NHL team with multilingual coverage in a language other than English and French.

The most recent Canadian census shows nearly 1 million Punjabi-speaking people in Canada, making Punjabi the third most-spoken language in the country. The Flames said the Punjabi content on their site is designed not only to serve a growing community within the city but also to expand interest in hockey. Videos will include team and player storylines as well as behind-the-scenes features.

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Kings and Leafs swap minor-league forwards

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 7:09 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday acquired forward Andrew Crescenzi from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Brandon Kozun.

Crescenzi, 20, has one goal, two points and 33 penalty minutes in 32 games this season with the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate. Crescenzi has played parts of the past three seasons with the Marlies since turning pro in 2010-11. The native of Thornhill, Ontario, will report to the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' AHL affiliate.

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Kings recall Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Schultz

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 6:20 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday recalled forward Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Jeff Schultz from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and assigned forwards Tanner Pearson and Linden Vey to Manchester.

Toffoli, 21, has played in 33 games with the Kings this season, scoring nine goals and 17 points along with four penalty minutes, five game-winning goals and a plus-14 rating. He has 10 goals and 16 points in 13 games with Manchester.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

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