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Avalanche's Duchene has 'no idea' on trade rumors

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 5:41 PM / News

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said Thursday he did not know he was the subject of trade rumors that surfaced this week.

"I have no idea what you're talking about," Duchene told ESPN Boston. "Well, I hope not. I guess that's up to them. I want to be an Av, I've said that my whole career. I don't know what the rumors are, and I'm not going to go looking for them either; whatever."

Reporter Elliotte Friedman told NHL Network on Friday that he had "no doubt [the Avalanche] have tested the market on Duchene."

Team North America adds Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 5:40 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Jon Cooper, Peter DeBoer, Dave Tippett and Jay Woodcroft were named assistant coaches for Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Friday by the NHL and NHL Players' Association.

Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan will serve as the head coach. He said he liked that the assistant coaches have extensive experience working with younger players. Team North America will consist of players from the United States and Canada who will be age 23 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016.

"A lot of experience, international experience," McLellan said. "Coaches that have been around a lot of young players for a while. I look at [Tippett on Thursday against the Oilers] having [Anthony] Duclair and [Max] Domi and a growing [Oliver] Ekman-Larsson, those type of players. [Cooper] with his group in Tampa. Peter DeBoer has some young players that he's had in the past both in Florida and New Jersey. The comfort of working with those people that I've been involved with in the past, we're excited about it."

Blackhawks' Keith, Rozsival to play against Blues

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 4:06 PM / News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will return from injury and be in the lineup Saturday against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-MW), coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Friday.

Keith, 32, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Oct. 20 and was projected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Blackhawks are 5-4-1 since the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs left the lineup.

"[Keith] should enhance all situational plays," Quenneville said. "It's a big void. I thought defensively [we weren't] bad in that stretch [without him], but certainly his presence can make a big difference."

Bruins forward Marchand fined for roughing

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:42 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKBoston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:46 of the second period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for roughing.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Avalanche forward Landeskog suspended two games

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:41 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:46 of the second period. Landeskog was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

Elias to travel with Devils on road trip: report

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:30 PM / News

New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias, who has been out with a right knee injury since the preseason, will travel with the Devils on a three-game road trip against Western Conference opponents next week, coach John Hynes told on Friday.

"Right now, we're planning on him coming on the trip and trying to get him back into some team practices," Hynes said. "Not sure exactly when that's going to be, but it looks like there's been some good progression here. Nothing is imminent, but the next step for him is now getting into an everyday routine at some point, whether he's going to be practicing with the team. He's been in all the meetings and things like that, but just the normalcy of being in the locker room, being around the guys and doing those things, that's another step in guy's rehab when they've been out for as long as he has."

Blues place forward Havlat on unconditional waivers

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 12:27 PM / News

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Martin Havlat on unconditional waivers.

Havlat is seeking his unconditional release from the team due to personal reasons.

Red Wings' Pulkkinen fined for diving/embellishment

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 11:30 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

Citation# Player Fine(s) * Head Coach Fine(s)
1 $2,000 N/A
2 $3,000 N/A
3 $4,000 N/A
4 $5,000 N/A
5 $5,000 $2,000
6 $5,000 $3,000
7 $5,000 $4,000
8 $5,000 $5,000
* For Head Coach, each FINE issued to a player on his Club counts toward total.

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

Fantasy Friday (the 13th): The unlucky players

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Friday the 13th is a day considered to be an unlucky day by those who are superstitious. And considering most NHL players are extremely superstitious (from what they eat on game days, to how they get their equipment on, to how they warm up before games and much more), I felt it would be appropriate to look at some of the unluckiest players in fantasy hockey from this season.

Here are five players that have experienced bad luck in some fashion:

Team North America names assistant coaches for World Cup of Hockey 2016

Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett and Woodcroft appointed to coaching staff

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 11:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO/NEW YORK – The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America's Assistant Coaches: Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks), Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers).

"We are excited to announce Team North America's assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016," said Chiarelli. "Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament."

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