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Stars forward Nichushkin to have hip surgery

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 8:59 PM / News

Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss four months, the team announced Saturday.

Nichushkin, a first-round pick (No. 10) by the Stars in the 2013 NHL Draft, has no points in four games this season. He played the first two games of the season for the Stars, was sidelined for nine games by hip and groin problems that had plagued him since training camp, then returned for two games last week. He hasn't played since Nov. 6 and was placed on injured reserve by the Stars earlier this week.

Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Leopold from Blues

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 3:10 PM / News

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Leopold was acquired by the Blues on March 30, 2013. He had a goal and seven assists in 49 regular-season games and one assist in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games, but was a healthy scratch in nine games this season. He'll provide depth to a Blue Jackets team that will be without defenseman Fedor Tyutin for four to six weeks because of a knee injury.

Blackhawks reassign forward Regin to AHL

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 12:25 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have reassigned forward Peter Regin to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Regin, 28, registered one assist in four games with Chicago since being recalled from Rockford on Nov. 6. The Herning, Denmark, native has tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 11 games with the IceHogs this season.

Around the League notebook for Friday, Nov. 14

Saturday, 11.15.2014 / 1:20 AM / News

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs faced off in the annual Hockey Hall of Fame Game, which precedes Monday’s induction ceremony. This year’s inductees – Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano (Player category); Pat Burns (Builder category) - posthumously, represented by his wife Lynn Burns; Bill McCreary (Referee/Linesman category) were honored and participated in a ceremonial faceoff.

Maple Leafs to add Borje Salming to Legends Row

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 4:50 PM / News

September's launch of the Toronto Maple Leafs 'Legends Row', a monument to honour some of the greatest players in team history, saw two centremen inducted in Darryl Sittler and Ted Kennedy alongside goaltender Johnny Bower. Today the team announced that the man many view as the best defensemen in team history, Borje Salming, would be the fourth statue added in September, 2015.

Salming spent 16 seasons in a Maple Leaf sweater where his strong two-way play put him among the elite defencemen in the game and made him one of the most popular players in team history. After being discovered playing in Sweden by scout Gerry McNamara, Salming joined Toronto in 1973 and made an immediate impact, earning NHL Second All-Star Team honours in his sophomore season before going on to a Hall of Fame career.

Ducks place forward Heatley on injured reserve

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Dany Heatley on injured reserve Friday.

The Ducks on Twitter did not specify the injury, but Heatley said he was trying to play through a groin injury and continuing to feel pain and discomfort, according to the Orange County Register.

"I want to come back 100 percent," Heatley said. "It's early in the season, so hopefully I can get this fixed. A little more time can hopefully help it."

Kings defenseman Martinez has surgery on finger

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez had surgery on a finger Friday morning, general manager Dean Lombardi said according to

There was no immediate word on a timeline for the return of Martinez, a six-year NHL veteran.

Martinez, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 of the 2014 Final against the New York Rangers, skated only 11:55 in a 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, taking his last shift midway through the second period.

Around the League notebook for Thursday, Nov. 13

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 8:46 AM / News


The trio of Jaden Schwartz (0-1—1), Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) and Jori Lehtera (0-2—2) combined for five points and Paul Stastny potted the game-winner with just under six minutes left in regulation to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators, their ninth win in their past 10 games (9-1-0). Recently dubbed the 'STL Line', Schwartz, Tarasenko and Lehtera have combined for 16 goals, 38 points and a plus-31 rating during the Blues' past 10 games.

* Tarasenko stretched his point streak to a career-long seven games (6-6—12); he now has seven multipoint games this season and 23 in his career (118 GP). Tarasenko is tied with Phil Kessel for fourth in League scoring (10-11—21).

Bryan Murray reveals he has Stage 4 colon cancer

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 12:22 AM / News

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray disclosed that he has Stage 4 colon cancer during an interview that aired Thursday night on TSN.

"There is no cure at this point for me," Murray told Michael Farber in the TSN interview. "The word is that we'll keep doing chemo and hopefully reduce the tumors and the effect and I'll get some time out of that."

Wild, Sabres combine for second-fastest three goals

Thursday, 11.13.2014 / 11:57 PM / News

The Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres combined to score three times in 17 seconds during the first period Thursday, the second-fastest three goals in NHL history.

Minnesota forward Ryan Carter tied the game 1-1 when he beat Buffalo goaltender Jhonas Enroth at 6:07, and Nino Niederreiter put the Wild ahead at 6:14 with his first of three goals. Ten seconds later, Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons tied the game by beating Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

The Wild won 6-3.

The fastest three goals by two teams in NHL history were scored Feb. 10, 1983. Mark Pavelich and Ron Greschner of the New York Rangers and Willi Plett of the Minnesota North Stars scored in a span of 15 seconds in the final minute of the second period of Minnesota's 7-5 victory.

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