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Super 16: Norris Trophy race has no clear-cut favorite

Friday, 03.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

With about a month left in the season, the top three or four candidates for every major individual award except one are pretty clear.

That one is the Norris Trophy, and this might be the most wide-open race of any individual award in the past several seasons. Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames was considered a favorite by many prominent pundits, but his injury has left as many as 15 or 16 defensemen with a case to be in the conversation.

There is no clear-cut favorite. If someone says there is, that someone isn't paying nearly enough attention to the data available to judge defensemen.

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Rangers' Klein out 3-4 weeks with upper-body injury

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 7:05 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will miss 3-4 weeks because of an upper-body injury, the Rangers announced Thursday.

Klein, who sustained the injury blocking a shot by Alex Ovechkin on Wednesday in a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals, had his left arm examined, according to The Journal News.

Klein, acquired from the Nashville Predators last season in a trade for defenseman Michael Del Zotto, leads Rangers defensemen with nine goals and 26 points in 65 games. He is also plus-24.

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Sharks' Torres hopes to continue career after surgery

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 6:12 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres, two weeks removed from the third major right-knee surgery of his career, said he's encouraged he'll be able to return to the NHL next season.

"Yeah, big-time," Torres said. "I've had a chance to rest mentally and physically big-time too. I know I've only played 5-10 games in the last two years, but I feel refreshed. I'm on a track right now where I know what I have to do in order to be successful and stay in the League and help the team out."

Torres played five regular-season and seven Stanley Cup Playoff games last season after injuring the ACL in his right knee during a preseason game and having surgery to replace the damaged ligament. He hasn't played a game this season because of an infection that forced surgeons to remove the ACL.

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Canadiens, Jets moving AHL teams next season

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 6:02 PM / News

NHL.com

The American Hockey League announced Thursday that Montreal Canadiens ownership, Club de Hockey Canadien Inc., acquired and then relocated the Hamilton Bulldogs to St. John's and will begin play there in the 2015-16 season.

"We are delighted in making St. John's our new home and look forward to playing in front of fans who have long been Canadiens supporters and who will now have an opportunity to watch our finest prospects as they hone their skills with our AHL affiliate team," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a statement.

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Islanders' Boychuk agrees to terms on new contract

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 3:08 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Islanders announced Thursday that defenseman Johnny Boychuk has agreed to terms on a seven-year contract.

Financial details of the contract were not released, but Newsday reported it's worth $42 million, for a $6 million annual average value.

Boychuk could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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Flyers sign forward Bardreau to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 1:59 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Cole Bardreau to a three-year entry-level contract beginning with the start of the 2015-16 season, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Bardreau, 21, recently completed a four-year career at Cornell University. The native of Fairport, NY led Cornell in scoring with five goals and 17 assists for 22 points in 30 games as a senior. In 103 games over four seasons at Cornell, Bardreau recorded 18 goals and 35 assists for 53 points.

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Evaluating Talbot, Hammond

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

What's made the appeal and allure of goaltenders like the New York Rangers' Cam Talbot and the Ottawa Senators' Andrew Hammond so high this season is the element of here and now.

Goaltending can be broken down into a series of events over the course of a season. We try to select players in fantasy hockey, to the best of our ability, based on prior results and how consistent goalies have been in the past; at what chances we think they have of duplicated high levels of productivity.

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Flames' Gaudreau scores twice to join select company

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 11:45 AM / Top Performer

NHL.com

Johnny Gaudreau's heroics helped the Calgary Flames rally to another victory Wednesday while keeping them firmly in the race to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The rookie forward scored twice as part of five unanswered goals by the Flames en route to a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks. The victory stretched Calgary's point streak to five straight games (4-0-1).

Gaudreau had a goal waved off 39 seconds after forward Matt Stajan opened the scoring for the Flames but scored the equalizer at 15:25 of the first period when he received a pass from forward Josh Jooris and connected on a backhand that went off each post before going over the line. Gaudreau's second goal came on the power play at 13:59 of the second when he finished a give-and-go with defenseman Dennis Wideman.

"Everyone's stepping up here, whether it's a defenseman or a forward, first line or fourth line," Gaudreau said. "It's great to see that too when we're coming down the playoff stretch here. It's going to help us in the long run."

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Rangers' Klein to meet with doctor after shot block

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 11:12 AM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein has returned to New York to meet with a team physician after blocking a shot Wednesday against the Washington Capitals, the Rangers announced Thursday.

Klein blocked an Alex Ovechkin shot in the final minute of the Rangers' 3-1 win at Verizon Center on Wednesday. Klein was to have his left arm examined, according to The Journal News.

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Maple Leafs recall defenseman Brennan from AHL

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 10:59 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenseman TJ Brennan has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Brennan, 25, has skated in five regular season games with the Toronto Marlies this season, collecting one assist. Prior to being acquired from Chicago on February 25, Brennan registered 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 59 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks). Brennan has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 40 career NHL games between Buffalo and Florida.

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If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday