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Stars' Spezza signs four-year contract extension

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 3:38 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- When Jason Spezza was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Dallas Stars on July 1, the veteran center had a pretty good idea he would sign a contract extension with his new team in the near future.

However, Spezza, 31, who spent his first 11 NHL seasons with Ottawa, wanted to table any contract discussion until after he had ample time to get to know not just his new teammates, but the Stars organization.

On Friday morning, Spezza signed a four-year contract that can keep him in Dallas through the 2018-19 NHL season. Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported the average annual value at $7.5 million. Spezza was in the final season of a seven-year contract and could have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

"It's an exciting day for myself and my family," Spezza said. "We've been really happy with the team and the organization. It's nice to commit to the team and look forward to the years to come."

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Devils goalie Schneider emerging as a workhorse

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 3:19 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider knew the questions would come quickly when it appeared that he would be supplanting the most decorated goaltender in the history of the position for the New Jersey Devils this season.

Schneider acknowledged all along, however, that he would not be replacing Martin Brodeur. He instead had his mind set on continuing the tradition of excellence at that position for the organization.

The 28-year-old was signed to a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $42 million in July to do just that.

Still, no one really expected him to surpass Brodeur for consecutive starts to begin a season either, but that's what will happen when Schneider plays against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Friday.

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Avalanche's Tanguay won't play vs. Hurricanes

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 1:36 PM / News

NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forwards Alex Tanguay and Dennis Everberg won't play Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, and goaltender Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day, according to coach Patrick Roy.

Tanguay was injured Thursday in the second period against the Washington Capitals when he was hit in the face by a shot by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

In 20 games Tanguay has an Avalanche-high seven goals.

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Canucks recall defenseman Corrado from AHL

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 12:33 PM / News

VancouverCanucks.com

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have recalled defenceman Frank Corrado from the AHL Utica Comets.

Corrado, 21, has appeared in 11 games with the Comets this season recording three points (2-1-3) and 13 penalty minutes. Last season he appeared in 15 games for the Canucks, collecting one goal (1-0-1) and 59 games with the Comets, tallying 17 points (6-11-17) and 46 penalty minutes. The Woodbridge, ON, native made his NHL debut in the 2012.13 season.

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Syracuse poised to set American attendance mark

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 12:17 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

The number 28,138 is an important one in the world of professional hockey.

On April 23, 1996, the fans who filled the building now known as Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., to watch the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals set a record for the largest indoor crowd ever to see a professional hockey game in the United States.

On Saturday that record likely will be eclipsed by the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, when they play their in-state rival, the Utica Comets, inside Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

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Callahan, hits and keepers among hot fantasy topics

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Let's jump right into the five hottest topics in fantasy hockey right now.

1. Callahan coming through in Tampa Bay

For some strange reason, several fantasy hockey owners have been reaching out to me on Twitter asking about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. Whether it's adding him for someone else, or trading him, or whether he can keep his hot streak going, Callahan has been a topic of discussion of late.

I'll say this: I'm a fan of Ryan Callahan. The only issue with him is that he's had difficulty avoiding injuries throughout his career. If he can stay on the ice for the Lightning, I expect an extremely productive fantasy season. He won't reach his current on-pace for stats of 38 goals, 71 points and a plus-28 rating, but he has the ability to score 30-plus with 60 points.

There are three main reasons I'm a believer in Callahan: 1) He skates on a line with Steven Stamkos; 2) He averages 3:30 of power-play ice time per game (six power-play points this season); and 3) He has a solid track record of all-around per-game production over his career.

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Blackhawks recall Danault, move Sharp to LTIR

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 11:19 AM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Phillip Danault from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Danault, 21, has 10 points (3G, 7A) in 14 games with Rockford this season. The Victoriaville, Quebec, native registered a season-high three points (1G, 2A) on Oct. 31 at San Antonio. He has compiled 38 professional points (9G, 27A) in 98 career games over portions of four seasons, all with the IceHogs. Danault was one of Chicago’s first-round selections (26th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Draft.

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Maple Leafs loan Booth to AHL for conditioning

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 9:53 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Friday that forward David Booth has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes.

Booth, 29, has yet to play a regular season game with the Maple Leafs so far this season. The Michigan native suffered a broken foot after blocking a shot during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres on September 28. Booth has registered 218 points (113 goals, 105 assists) in 443 NHL regular season games.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Nov. 20

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

CLOSE GAMES HIGHLIGHT THURSDAY'S ACTION

Of the 11 games contested Thursday:

* Nine were tied or within one goal entering the third period.

* Eight featured one-goal margins, including two that went past regulation (ANA-VAN and FLA-SJS).

* Five saw the game-winning goal scored in the third period (MIN-PHI, DET-WPG, ARI-DAL, WSH-COL, CHI-CGY), including Jason Zucker's deciding goal in the final minute of MIN-PHI.

* Three players scored their first NHL goal: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Clendening (NHL debut), Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg (6 GP) and Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (7 GP).

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Super 16: No panic in Blackhawks despite slow start

Friday, 11.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

There are not many franchises in the NHL where a 10-7-1 start to the season would elicit varying degrees of panic amongst the fan base, but the Chicago Blackhawks live in that space in 2014.

The Blackhawks have been one of the best teams in the NHL for seven seasons now, winning the Stanley Cup twice and reaching the Western Conference Final twice in the past six campaigns. There is an expectation to be playing in June 2015, or this season will be considered a failure.

So 21 points in 18 games, which as of Thursday morning was only good enough for ninth place in the West, has set off warning alarms in some homes in the greater Chicagoland area. One person who is not concerned? That would be Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman.

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