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Sabres' Kaleta has surgery, to miss 4-6 weeks

Monday, 02.16.2015 / 12:24 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta had minor surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, coach Ted Nolan said.

The Sabres revealed the news Monday via Twitter and did not specify the nature of the surgery Kaleta will have. He missed the Sabres' 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday with a lower-body injury.

Kaleta, a nine-year NHL veteran, had three assists and 32 penalty minutes in 33 games this season. He has 27 goals, 54 points and 538 penalty minutes in 339 games with the Sabres.

Hossa, Toffoli and Rinne named stars of the week

Monday, 02.16.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKChicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 15.

FIRST STAR – MARIAN HOSSA, F, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Hossa led the NHL with five goals and tied for second in the League with six points to help the Blackhawks (35-18-4, 74 points) pick up points in all four of their games. He opened the week with a pair of two-goal performances: in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes Feb. 9 and in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 11, including the tying marker with 54.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Hossa also posted two goals in his final game of the prior week (Feb. 8 at STL), becoming the sixth player in Blackhawks history to notch three consecutive multi-goal performances (in three straight team games of one season). The 36-year-old Stará Lubovna, Slovakia, native added his fourth consecutive multi-point game with 1 1—2 in a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 13 before being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 15. Competing in his 17th NHL season, Hossa ranks third on the Blackhawks with 17-25-42 in 57 outings.

Maple Leafs recall Granberg, Kozun from AHL

Monday, 02.16.2015 / 10:38 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenseman Petter Granberg and forward Brandon Kozun have been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Granberg, 22, has been held pointless in three games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has collected seven points (one goal, six assists) in 30 games with the Marlies.

Kozun, 24, has registered one assist in six games with the Maple Leafs this season and 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 23 appearances with the Marlies.

Around the League notebook for Sunday, Feb. 15

Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 11:40 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

BLUES, BLACKHAWKS EARN 2-1 SHOOTOUT VICTORIES

The St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks maintained their Central Division standings positions with 2-1 shootout wins against the Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively.

* Brian Elliott made 40 saves through 65 minutes and stopped four of five shooters in the shootout to defeat the Panthers and lead the Blues to their third straight win. The Blues improved to 37-15-4 (78 points) and moved within four points of the idle Nashville Predators, who lead the Central Division with a League-best record of 38-12-6 (82 points). St. Louis is 7-1-0 in its past eight road games and 15-2-1 in their past 18 games overall.

Former NHL defenseman Montador dies

Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 8:53 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Steve Montador, a defenseman who played 571 games in 10 NHL seasons, died Sunday. He was 35 years old.

Montador, who was undrafted after playing five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, signed with the Calgary Flames in April 2000. He won the Calder Cup with the Saint John Flames in his rookie season in the American Hockey League.

Montador had 33 goals, 131 points and 807 penalty minutes in 571 NHL games. He played for the Flames, the Florida Panthers, the Anaheim Ducks, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres and the Chicago Blackhawks during his career.

Around the League notebook for Saturday, Feb. 14

Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 10:28 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW ADDITIONS LIFT JETS TO WIN IN MOTOWN . . .

Drew Stafford scored in regulation and added the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout to help the Jets end a five-game road skid (0-4-1) and improve to 3-1-2 in their past six games.

* At 29-19-10 (68 points), the Jets continue to occupy the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. They also climbed within three points of the idle Chicago Blackhawks (34-18-4, 72 points) for third place in the Central Division. Chicago, however, holds two games in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker (CHI: 28, WPG: 24).

* Stafford and Tyler Myers (0-2—2) each found the scoresheet for the first time in a Jets uniform. Stafford's shootout tally was his fifth career game-deciding goal while Myers posted his second multi-point performance of the season (also Nov. 18 vs. SJS w/ BUF).

* Bryan Little (0-2—2) and Andrew Ladd (1-0—1) each found the scoresheet; they share the team lead with 21-25—46 and 19-27—46, respectively.

Stars forward Seguin (knee) could miss 3-6 weeks

Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 2:56 PM / News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin has a knee injury and could miss 3-6 weeks, according to the Dallas Stars Inside Edge website.

The Stars announced Saturday that Seguin and forward Patrick Eaves were placed on injured reserve following injuries sustained Friday in a 2-0 win against the Florida Panthers.

With a little less than seven minutes remaining in the third period of the game against the Florida Panthers, Seguin released a pass while entering the offensive zone and was upended by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

Kulikov was assessed a five-minute major for clipping and a game misconduct. Seguin was helped to the locker room and did not return.

Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 13

Saturday, 02.14.2015 / 1:46 AM / News
HAT TRICKS HELP SHARKS, CANUCKS KEEP PACE IN PACIFIC

Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Shawn Matthias of the Vancouver Canucks each had hat tricks to help their clubs keep pace in the Pacific Division. The Sharks (29-20-8, 66 points) and Canucks (31-20-3, 65 points) maintained their rank in the division and increased their leads over the idle Calgary Flames (30-22-3, 63 points) and Los Angeles Kings (24-18-12, 60 points).

* Pavelski had his fourth career hat trick to help the Sharks erase an early 2-0 deficit against the Arizona Coyotes and snap their three-game skid in Arizona.

* Pavelski leads the Sharks with 31-21—52 in 57 GP and trails only Rick Nash (34) and Alex Ovechkin (33) for the NHL goals lead. Pavelski had his other three career hat tricks last season, finishing with a career-high 41 goals (82 GP); he also reached the 30-goal plateau in 2011-12 (31; 82 GP).

Stars' Seguin leaves game with injury after hit

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 11:55 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, the NHL's third-leading scorer, had to be helped off the ice with 6:55 remaining in the third period of their game against the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov upended Seguin just inside the Panthers' blue line, sending him sprawling to the ice. Seguin had to be helped off the ice and was taken to the Dallas dressing room, He did not return to the game.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after the 2-0 victory that Seguin had a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated Saturday but that "it looked like he's going to miss some time."

Hurricanes recall defenseman Jordan from AHL

Friday, 02.13.2015 / 5:12 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the Hurricanes have recalled defenseman Michal Jordan from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Jordan, 24, skated in 16 games with the Hurricanes from Nov. 26-Dec. 31, before he was reassigned to Charlotte on Jan. 8. The Zlin, Czech Republic, native has played in 29 games with the Checkers this season, scoring two goals and earning eight assists.

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