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Blue Jackets' Goloubef off IR, Rychel sent to AHL

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 9:33 AM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Cody Goloubef off Injured Reserve and loaned him to the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons on a conditioning assignment, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club also has assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to Springfield.

Goloubef, 24, collected two penalty minutes in three games this season with the Blue Jackets before suffering a knee injury on November 1 at New Jersey. The Oakville, Ontario native was Columbus' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and played in five games with the Blue Jackets in 2013-14, while adding 7-21-28 with 98 penalty minutes with Springfield in 2013-14. He has 18-52-70 and 232 penalty minutes in 198 career AHL games with the Falcons.

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Wild's Ballard injured; Islanders' Halak misses start

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:24 AM / News

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard left the game Tuesday against the New York Islanders midway through the second period after hit from left wing Matt Martin.

Ballard left with 11:56 left in the second after being driven hard into the boards by Martin. A stretcher was sent on to the ice, but Ballard was able to get up and headed to the dressing room with the help of the Wild training staff.

Ballard is conscious and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for further evaluation and observation, according to the Wild.

Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak was forced to miss his scheduled start because of an upper-body injury.

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Lightning forward Stamkos scores 250th goal in loss

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:08 AM / News

Corey Long - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 250th NHL goal 47 seconds into the second period against the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Stamkos took a centering pass from Ryan Callahan and sent a wrist shot around the defense of Brooks Orpik and past goalie Braden Holtby on the stick side to tie the game 2-2.

The Capitals won 5-3.

"People may not believe me, but all that stuff, whether it's 200 or 250 … it doesn't register to me," Stamkos said. "If you get to the big one of 500, maybe that's something different, but there's a lot of hockey to play and my focus right now is producing and scoring goals and helping our team win, and it wasn't good enough [Tuesday]."

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Canadiens legend Beliveau honored at Bell Centre

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 8:28 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- They wouldn't have stopped of their own accord. No, they only stopped because she asked them to.

The capacity crowd at Bell Centre on Tuesday wanted more than anything to show their appreciation, especially after a moving video tribute to the late Jean Beliveau got them even more eager to do so.

From afar, the fans in this city watched Elise Beliveau show her strength this week in greeting every single person who visited Bell Centre on Sunday and Monday as her husband lay in state. She shook hands and accepted condolences from a public that was almost as much a part of her family as her own daughter and grandchildren.

Finally, given the opportunity to do so in the same venue, but one now meant for such an outpouring of gratitude, the fans at Bell Centre stood and cheered.

And cheered some more.

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Beliveau funeral details provided by Canadiens

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 7:34 PM / News

NHL.com

MONTREAL -- With regards to the state funeral for Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadiens announced the following sequence of events that will be in place Wednesday:

-- The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Queen Mary of the World Basilica Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal starting at 2 p.m.


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Former Senators coach MacLean has no regrets

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 5:20 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA – Former Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said Tuesday he hasn't second-guessed himself about any of his decisions behind the bench.

MacLean, who was 114-90-35 in four seasons with the Senators, was fired Monday and replaced by Dave Cameron, who was an assistant on MacLean's staff.

"I have no regrets over the way I did anything. I have no regrets. I can't change anything. It's all done," MacLean said. "All I can change is maybe what I would do going forward. But I'm not changing nothing that I did behind me and I don't regret anything I did, the way I did it, how I did it. I did it the best way I thought it would be to get the team to play in June. That's all it was about."

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Bettman talks World Cup, future of outdoor games

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 3:02 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A potential World Cup of Hockey and the status of the next wave of outdoor games were key topics of discussion when the NHL wrapped up its annual December Board of Governors meeting here.

On the final day of the two-day meetings, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the reincarnation of the World Cup of Hockey remains a work in progress, but significant headway has been made toward being able to announce details of the tournament, which is rumored to be scheduled to be held before the start of the 2016-17 season.

"We're focusing, together with the [National Hockey League] Players' Association, on a point in time where we will have an announcement where we can get past the rumor stage and actually get specific with you as to what it will look like," Bettman said Tuesday. "We are not at that point yet, but the Governors were given an update as to where we are."

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Ducks forward Perry out 3-4 weeks with knee sprain

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 2:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry will miss 3-4 weeks with a knee sprain, the team announced Tuesday.

Perry was injured in the first period Friday against the Minnesota Wild when he was knocked into the boards along the right wall on a hip check by Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard. Favoring his left leg, he needed assistance to leave the ice and immediately left the bench.

"The day after it was pretty stiff, but it's feeling better every day," Perry said in comments tweeted by the Ducks. "We're thankful it was only a sprain and not a tear."

Perry's 14 goals are sixth in the NHL. He has 22 points in 23 games.

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Ducks sign goaltender Bryzgalov to one-year contract

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 2:07 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bryzgalov, who has not played this season, will report to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint.

The 34-year-old split last season between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild after his contract was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2013.

Bryzgalov was 7-1-3 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .911 save percentage down the stretch for the Wild as injuries plagued their goaltenders, and he appeared in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 8

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 12:50 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

JAGR CLIMBS RECORD BOOK, LEADS DEVILS TO VICTORY IN MILESTONE GAME

Jaromir Jagr (1-1-2) recorded a goal and an assist to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. With his fifth multipoint game of the season, Jagr passed Marcel Dionne for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time NHL points list with 1,772 (710-1,062-1,772). Jagr also skated in his 1,500th career NHL game, passing Mike Modano for sole possession of 15th place on the all-time games played list. Jagr’s 1,062 career assists are one shy of tying Steve Yzerman for seventh place on the all-time NHL assists list.

* Cory Schneider made a season-high 39 saves to improve to 11-12-3 this season with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Schneider has appeared in 27 of the Devils’ 28 games this season, more than any goaltender in the NHL, and has been in net for all 11 Devils wins.

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