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Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Feb. 11

Thursday, 02.12.2015 / 2:15 AM / News

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NABOKOV ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who began this season with the Tampa Bay Lightning before he was traded to the San Jose Sharks on Monday for future considerations, announced his retirement Wednesday during a press conference at SAP Center in San Jose. The Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan native retired with the club he began his NHL career with and played a total of 10 seasons for from 1999-00 to 2009-10. The Sharks' all-time leader in games played (563) and wins (293) among goaltenders participated in a ceremonial puck drop prior to San Jose’s game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

CANUCKS, CAPITALS EARN 5-4 OVERTIME VICTORIES ON THE ROAD

The Vancouver Canucks and the Washington Capitals earned overtime road wins by scores of 5-4 over the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks, respectively.

Evgeni Nabokov announces retirement from NHL

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 6:37 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov's NHL career ended Wednesday where it began 15 years ago with the San Jose Sharks.

With his family and former Sharks teammates and coaches looking on, an emotional Nabokov announced his retirement from the League during a press conference at SAP Center.

"I thought I was going to have no problem talking, but I think I will," Nabokov said, fighting back tears.

The Sharks selected Nabokov in the ninth round (No. 219) of the 1994 NHL Draft out of Kazakhstan. He went on to play 10 seasons for San Jose, setting almost every major goaltending record in Sharks history.

Nabokov has the most wins (293) and shutouts (50), and played more games (563) than any other Sharks goaltender.

Stars reassign forward Ritchie to Texas of AHL

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 2:31 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned right wing Brett Ritchie to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Ritchie, 21, has posted four points (3-1=4) and a +2 plus/minus rating in 10 NHL games with Dallas this season. He scored his first career NHL goal in his first career NHL game on his first shot on Dec. 31, 2014 vs. the Arizona Coyotes. In 23 games with Texas, he has posted 18 points (11-7=18) and a team-leading +10 plus/minus rating.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Orangeville, Ontario was selected by Dallas in the second round (44th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Maple Leafs' Lupul out a week with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 1:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will miss about a week with a lower-body injury, interim coach Peter Horachek said Wednesday.

The news was reported via Twitter by Maple Leafs writer David Alter.

Lupul, who has missed 23 games this season because of a lower-body injury and a broken hand, has nine goals and 19 points in 32 games.

Kings recall defenseman Forbort from AHL

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Derek Forbort from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 6-4, 219-pound native of Duluth, Minn., has appeared in 46 game this season with Manchester (AHL), recording 11 points (2-9=11), a plus-15 rating and 37 penalty minutes. His two goals on the season are a career-best. At the time of his recall, he ranked tied for 10th in the league in plus-minus. Among team-leaders, he ranks second in plus-minus among active players (leads all team defensemen). He has yet to appear in an NHL game.

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Coyotes claim Arcobello off waivers from Penguins

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

NHL.com

The Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday claimed forward Mark Arcobello off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Arcobello, 26, will be playing for his fourth team this season after stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Penguins.

"Mark Arcobello is a quick, skilled player who will give us more depth at the center position," general manager Don Maloney said in comments tweeted by the team. "With center Marty Hanzal's extended injury, Mark is a welcomed addition to our club."

Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Feb. 10

Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

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NEAL'S OT HEROICS HELP PREDATORS INCREASE POINTS LEAD

The Nashville Predators surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period but James Neal scored his fifth career overtime goal with 33 seconds left to lift them to a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, their fifth win in their past six games.

* The Predators improved to 36-12-6 (78 points), widening their lead atop the NHL standings over the Anaheim Ducks (34-14-7, 75 points), who lost Tuesday. Nine teams are within 10 points of Nashville for the top spot, including the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues (35-15-4, 74 points) and Chicago Blackhawks (33-18-3, 69 points).

* Nashville improved to 22-3-1 (45 points) at Bridgestone Arena to tie Tampa Bay for the League lead in home wins and home points. The Predators also recorded their NHL-best 24th win in one-goal games.

* Neal is tied with Filip Forsberg for the Predators lead with 18 goals, including five game-winners. He has 6-7—13 in 13 games against the Lightning.

Commissioner attends Las Vegas ticket launch

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 9:12 PM / News

NHL.com

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in Las Vegas on Tuesday, when a season-ticket drive for a possible NHL team was launched.

Bettman was invited by Bill Foley, who is leading the attempt to bring Nevada its first major league professional sports team.

"So, here I am to watch Bill and his colleagues begin this season-ticket drive and see whether or not Las Vegas' interest matches Bill Foley's interest," Commissioner Bettman said in a video posted by KVVU-TV.

Hurricanes' Murphy out four weeks with leg injury

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 3:35 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy has been placed injured reserve. Murphy suffered a leg injury on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes and is expected to be out for four weeks. The injury will not require surgery.

Murphy, 21, has earned one goal and six assists (7 points) in 21 NHL games for the Hurricanes this season. The Aurora, Ont., native has also appeared in 25 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Charlotte, and leads all Charlotte skaters in assists this season with 17. The Hurricanes’ first round selection, 12th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Murphy (5’11”, 185 lbs.) has skated in 73 career NHL games with Carolina, totaling 19 points (3g, 16a).

Gregory, Quinn, Savard receive Order of Hockey

Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 2:39 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Tom Renney was thrilled to honor Pat Quinn as one of three inductees into Canada's Order of Hockey Canada at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.

Renney hopes one day soon he'll see Quinn enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"I think he should be in the Hall of Fame," said Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. "What is it, 50 years in the game? He gets us [Canada] a gold medal at the [2002] Olympic Games. He wins us a gold medal at the [2009] World Junior Championship. He puts all kinds of people in a safe place in the NHL and he makes big stars out of a number of others as a coach, never mind as an administrator. Maybe it's only a matter of time. I'd like to think that it will be sooner rather than later."

Quinn, who died Nov. 23, 2014 at 71, was named to the 2015 class of Distinguished Honorees of the Order of Hockey in Canada along with NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations and former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Jim Gregory, and former Montreal Canadiens defenseman and NHL GM Serge Savard. Gregory and Savard also are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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