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Ducks forward Horcoff suspended for 20 games

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 3:27 PM / News

Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff was suspended for 20 games without pay Tuesday for violating terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the League and the players, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

"While recovering from an injury I suffered this past fall, I tried a treatment that I believed would help speed up the healing process," Horcoff said in a statement. "Although I was unaware that this treatment was not permitted under NHL rules that is no excuse whatsoever. I should have done my research and I should have checked with the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program's doctors. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am sorry. Throughout my entire career I have felt genuinely blessed and honored to play the great game of hockey and I regret the impact that this may have on my team and our fans."

Penguins' Crosby willing to accept puppy challenge

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 1:33 PM / News

Sidney Crosby is ready for the puppy challenge.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward said Tuesday he will do his best to get a young fan a dog by scoring a goal, if he's asked to do so.

"Sure. There's a few of those going around. I've seen that, actually," said Crosby, referring to signs in Ottawa and Columbus the past two days from fans asking players to score a goal in order to get them a puppy.

Ducks' Horcoff suspended for 20 games

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 1:19 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

Based on his average annual salary, Horcoff will forfeit $357,526.88.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.

Around the League notebook: Monday, Jan. 25

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 12:27 PM / News


The NHL announced the details of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey's top talent on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT on NBCSN in the U.S., and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Click here for more information.

Interviews, analysis, breakdowns and highlights will be featured throughout NHL Network's live coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, beginning Friday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. ET. NHL Network's NHL Tonight will also provide live coverage before and after the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game. Click here for more information.

Fantasy forwards: Lines with late staying power

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Less than one week into the 2015-16 season, I wrote about new lines with staying power. Each of the three featured lines has no more than one elite player and has been a driving force of fantasy success as we approach the NHL All-Star break.

Hart Trophy favorite Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks holds a 15-point lead in the NHL scoring race playing with top-scoring rookie Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. Rookie Dylan Larkin, a 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game selection, has spent most of the season on the Detroit Red Wings’ top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. And although Max Domi has been skating with Martin Hanzal lately for the Arizona Coyotes, a good chunk of his rookie success has come with Mikkel Boedker and Antoine Vermette as linemates.

So, on a similar note, here's the big question: Which lines around the League can stick together and be fantasy difference-makers down the stretch? Here are some lines with no more than one elite player that have shown chemistry and could translate to consistent fantasy success over the final 30 or more games of the season:

Fantasy hockey top 100 forward rankings update

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 11:52 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

These rankings indicate fantasy expectations for the rest of the season. Value is quantified by line combinations, power-play usage, past performance and overall upside in standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal).

Panthers' Barkov after extension: I'll work even harder

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 9:58 AM / News

The Florida Panthers on Tuesday signed center Aleksander Barkov to a six-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Miami Herald reported the contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season, is worth $35.4 million.

"I love to be here," Barkov said during a press conference Tuesday. "I like coming here every morning and working hard. This is a good spot for me. The team is going in the right direction. It's good to know right now I'm going to be here for the next six years. I feel safe, but I'm not going to stop working. I'll work even harder and get better."

The Panthers selected Barkov with the second pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. His entry-level contract expires July 1; his salary-cap charge this season is $925,000, according to

Blackhawks give GM Bowman three-year extension

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 9:46 AM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks extended the contract of general manager Stan Bowman for three years, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday.

Bowman, who has helped guide the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships in six seasons, now has a contract that runs through the 2020-21 season.

"I am proud of how much Stan and his staff have accomplished and have great confidence in his leadership as our organization continues to strive for consistent excellence," president and CEO John McDonough said. "Under Stan's guidance, our Hockey Operations Department is strong across all levels, including scouting, player evaluation and development, and salary cap management. He has created a sound structure that Blackhawks fans can be excited about for many years to come."

GoPro, NHLPA and NHL renew partnership to deliver hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game

Partnership to include the launch of 11-part NHL After Dark™ series featuring immersive, on-ice content filmed with some of the game's most talented stars

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

SAN MATEO, Calif. / NEW YORK / TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) today announced a renewal of its partnership with GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOPRO) to deliver hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game. The partnership extension will feature NHL After Dark™, an 11-part series filmed and produced by GoPro's media and entertainment team that will give hockey fans an immersive look at what happens on the ice during after-hours training sessions.

"Our goal with the NHL After Dark™ series is to transport the hockey fan directly onto the ice with an up-close and personal look at some of the NHL's most talented players," said Bill McCullough, executive producer at GoPro. "These world-class athletes invest much of their time honing skills behind the scenes and we're excited to give hockey fans an exclusive look at the personalities of these players, the fun they bring to the game and their commitment to mastering their craft."

Sabres' Eichel, Reinhart seeing progress in games

Tuesday, 01.26.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma is set for the foreseeable future with twin-bill centers Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart in the fold.

Not only is each beginning to find his niche within the structure of how Bylsma would like to operate on a daily basis, but they're making major contributions for a team five wins from exceeding its 2014-15 win total (23).

"Where will Jack and Sam be four years from now? That's a good question," Bylsma told "I think you can't quite look at them and say they're grown men and they're the best that they're going to be right now. They're playing a grown man's game and being effective at it, and I look forward to the future. I think they are both going to get better and it's going to be fun to watch."

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