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Jets fire coach Noel, hire Maurice as replacement

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 5:40 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – After missing the playoffs in each of the first two seasons after moving from Atlanta, the Winnipeg Jets expected to be on course for a postseason berth in 2013-14.

An inconsistent start to the season and a recent slump has left the Jets far from the playoff picture, so it was time for a big change. The Jets fired coach Claude Noel and replaced him with Paul Maurice, the team announced Sunday.

Assistant coach Perry Pearn was also let go. Assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Pascal Vincent, goaltending coach Wade Flaherty and video coach Tony Borgford remain on the Jets' coaching staff.

The Jets have lost five straight games, are 19-23-5 and in last place in the Central Division.


Staal returns to practice for Hurricanes

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 5:04 PM / News


Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal practiced Sunday for the first time since leaving a game Jan. 4 against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury.

Prior to the injury, the Hurricanes' captain had played in 191 consecutive games since Feb. 26, 2011. He has missed just 15 games because of injury in 10 NHL seasons, including 10 in 2009-10.

"I'm feeling good now, and it's getting better," Staal told reporters. "I would be completely ineffective if I would have stayed trying to get it done. I tried. A huge part of my game is skating and using my power, speed and size. With what I had going on, I wasn't able to do that.


Red Wings' Howard injured in win vs. Kings

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 1:55 AM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Add goalie Jimmy Howard to the list of injured Detroit Red Wings.

Howard hurt his hip during a 44-save win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night and won't be available Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks and possibly for longer, coach Mike Babcock said.

"Hurt his hip flexor," Babcock said. "He's out."

Asked during a television interview if Howard is out for a while, Babcock replied, "I don't know. You know how it is here."

Petr Mrazek will start in goal Sunday for Detroit, and Babcock wasn't sure if Jonas Gustavsson was fit to be the backup.


Jagr passes Lemieux for seventh on NHL scoring list

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 11:35 PM / News


New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr passed former Pittsburgh Penguins star and teammate Mario Lemieux on the NHL all-time points list Saturday.

Jagr assisted on Marek Zidlicky's goal with 2.1 seconds to go in overtime against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Travis Zajac won a faceoff back to Jagr; he backhanded a pass to Zidlicky, whose shot from above the right circle beat Tim Thomas to give New Jersey a 2-1 victory.

"Give credit to Travis," Jagr told MSG Network. "It's not easy to win it exactly where you wanted to win it."


Ducks' Getzlaf leaves game with lower-body injury

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 11:29 PM / News

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

PHOENIX -- Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf did not return to the game Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes because of a lower-body injury.

Getzlaf was hit it the right foot by a shot during the second period. The Ducks said he was held out for precautionary reasons.

"By the time he got back from the X-ray, which was negative, we were a third of the way through the third period," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We figured it was better that he ice it and get ready for tomorrow. I'm sure if it was a different situation, he would have gone in."


Nolan: No direct talks yet with new Sabres GM

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 8:40 PM / News


Ted Nolan said Saturday he has not had direct talks with new Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray about becoming the team's permanent, rather than interim, coach.

Murray on Friday told Sportsnet that Nolan's title would change in the next few weeks.

"Like I've mentioned before, one of these days, I hope [the 'interim' is lifted], but it's not one of my things I'm thinking about," Nolan told the Sabres website. "It's trying to get this team better right now and coaching this team to the best of my ability. Whatever happens down the road will happen, and I feel confident in my ability, but we'll see."


Hodgson back for Sabres; Grigorenko balks at Quebec

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 5:58 PM / News


Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Saturday that top center Cody Hodgson is ready to return from an injury and two of the team's top young assets will continue their development at a lower level.

Hodgson, who left a game Dec. 19 after blocking a shot from Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, has eight goals and 19 points in 33 games this season. He leads the team in points and is tied for the lead in goals despite missing 10 games.

Hodgson practiced Saturday on a line with captain Steve Ott and wing Matt D'Agostini, according to the Sabres official Twitter feed.


Lightning's Salo leaves game with lower-body injury

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 2:45 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo left his team's game Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a lower-body injury sustained in the first period.

Salo played seven shifts totaling 4:30 in the first period, with his final one ending with 2:43 left in the period.

The Lightning had seven defensemen in the lineup, which allowed coach Jon Cooper to keep from over-taxing his remaining defenders.

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