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Rookie forward Pastrnak will stay with Bruins

Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 11:28 PM / News

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Rookie forward David Pastrnak will remain with the Boston Bruins, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday during a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers at TD Garden.

"He's going to be up here and we're happy to make that decision and we're going to continue to look at it as a development piece, which means that, as we've done before with some of the younger players, it doesn't mean you're in the lineup all the time," Chiarelli said in the first intermission.

"There may be points in time when his play dips a little bit and we may sit him down for a game or two here or there, but I think the important thing to take away from this is that he's going to be up with the big team, practice with the team, and hopefully play on a regular basis."

Deciding to keep the 18-year-old past nine NHL games uses the first year of his entry-level contract.

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Predators assign 2014 pick Fiala to Milwaukee

Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 6:18 PM / News

NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has assigned forward Kevin Fiala to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals. The St. Gallen, Switzerland native played the first half of the 2014-15 season with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League.

"We would like to commend and thank former Nashville Predator and HV71 Head Coach Andreas Johansson for his mentorship of Kevin both on and off the ice over the past season and a half and wish them the best in their playoff push," Poile said. "However, we feel that Kevin's development into an NHL-ready player is best served by playing the duration of the 2014-15 season under the guidance of Milwaukee Head Coach Dean Evason and Assistant Coach Stan Drulia in the Predators system. By getting a head start on the acclimation process to the North American style of play and smaller rinks, we expect Kevin – like Filip Forsberg two seasons ago – will continue his growth as a dynamic offensive prospect."

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Predators goalie Rinne out 3-5 weeks with knee sprain

Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 2:18 PM / News

Robby Stanley - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will be out 3-5 weeks with a sprained knee he sustained in the game Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Thursday.

Rinne will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break, which ends Jan. 26.

Rinne leads the NHL with 29 wins and was named to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game after missing 51 games last season with a hip infection.

"It doesn't change anything as far as we go," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I mean it's tough to lose players. We've been on a little streak here where we've lost some players with [Eric] Nystrom being out, [Ryan] Ellis being out, [Taylor] Beck and [Matt] Cullen were out for a little bit. Nothing really changes as far as the game plan goes."

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Coyotes recall Lee from Gwinnett of ECHL

Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 11:34 AM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Mike Lee from the Gwinnett Gladiators, the club’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate (ECHL).

The 24-year-old Lee has posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.98 goals against average (GAA) and an .897 save percentage (SV%) in five games with the Gladiators this season.

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Maple Leafs recall Matt Frattin from Marlies

Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 9:43 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that forward Matt Frattin has been recalled from the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Frattin, 27, was held pointless in six regular season games with the Maple Leafs earlier this season. Since being reassigned to the Marlies, the Edmonton, Alberta native has collected 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in 22 games. Frattin has appeared in 132 career NHL regular season games registering 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) and 44 penalty minutes.

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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Jan. 14

Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

FOLIGNO, TOEWS NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS FOR ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks have been named team captains for the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus. The NHL All-Star teams are now designated as Team Foligno and Team Toews.

In addition, Drew Doughty of the Kings and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks have been named alternate captains of Team Foligno, while Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks and Rick Nash of the Rangers have been named alternate captains of Team Toews.

The captains and alternate captains were selected by NHL Hockey Operations in consultation with players selected as 2015 NHL All-Stars and will lead the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game team selection process during the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Friday, Jan. 23.

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Blues goalie Brodeur granted leave of absence

Wednesday, 01.14.2015 / 7:27 PM / News

NHL.com

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur was given a one-week leave of absence from the team Wednesday.

A statement from the Blues said, "Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time."

Brodeur, the winningest goaltender in NHL history, has played in seven games for St. Louis with a 3-3-0 record, 2.87 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

He has been a healthy scratch the past five games after goalie Brian Elliott returned from a lower-body injury, behind him and Jake Allen.

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Wild acquire goaltender Dubnyk from Coyotes

Wednesday, 01.14.2015 / 5:16 PM / News

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Dubnyk is 9-5-2 with a .916 save percentage in 19 games for the Coyotes this season. He had a poor 2013-14 season split between the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens organizations, but the 28-year-old had at least a .914 save percentage in each of his previous three seasons with the Oilers.

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Penguins find new spot for Rust's clothes

Wednesday, 01.14.2015 / 2:22 PM / News

PittsburghPenguins.com

Before Sidney Crosby stepped onto the ice for Wednesday’s practice, he looked up – and immediately began shaking his head and laughing.

Many of his teammates had the same reaction as they noticed what was dangling from the rafters of CONSOL Energy Center: rookie Bryan Rust’s street clothes. The 22-year-old forward’s coat, shirt, jeans and shoes were all hanging from a hook that had been lowered from the ceiling, with his nickname taped across the back of his jacket.

Unlike his teammates, Rust didn’t notice right away. After he got on the ice, Rust be-bopped around for a few minutes, just skating in circles without a care in the world before he finally realized he had been the victim of a prank.

“I looked up and knew it was mine because I’m pretty sure I’m the only one with those shoes on the team,” laughed Rust, in his first professional season after four years at Notre Dame. “I was kind of just skating around laughing. It’s just one of those things where you’re a rookie, so things are going to happen. It’s all in good fun.”

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Rangers' Stepan day-to-day with upper-body injury

Wednesday, 01.14.2015 / 1:37 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and likely will not play against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Stepan, who was injured in the first period of a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, will accompany the Rangers to Boston.

Stepan, who was reportedly slashed on the right hand by Islanders left wing Matt Martin in the first period, played three second-period shifts and was not on the bench in the third. He did not practice Wednesday. J.T. Miller took Stepan's spot on a line with Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis.

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