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Cogliano signs contract extension with Ducks

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 5:16 PM / News

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The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Andrew Cogliano to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

The deal is worth $12 million, according to the Orange County Register.

Cogliano, 26, has 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) with a plus-16 rating and 20 penalty minutes in 43 games, and is on pace to surpass his career-highs in goals (18) and points (45) set in his rookie season of 2007-08.

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Daily Primer Jan. 4: Canucks' Luongo ready to go

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 3:45 PM / NHL Insider

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The Vancouver Canucks open a two-game tour of Southern California on Saturday night, and their No. 1 goaltender will be back in the lineup.

Roberto Luongo, who hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 22, practiced Friday and declared himself ready to go when the Canucks face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. The Canucks early Saturday confirmed he would start.

"Obviously I felt good out there, so don't know yet what's going on for [Saturday], but, yeah, good to go," he told the Canucks website Friday.

"I've been working out on the ice for the last week, so it shouldn't be too much of an issue. You want to make sure that you start feeling the puck right away, and feel good."

Here's a closer look at all the action Saturday:

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Tapped In: Kopitar on blazing a path to NHL

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

Anze Kopitar helped bring the city of Los Angles and the Kings franchise its first Stanley Cup in 2012. Widely considered to be the Kings' best offensive weapon, Kopitar is one of the most dynamic players in the world. To add to his already impressive resume, Kopi, as he's affectionately called, looks to make history with his father in Sochi next month.

Kathryn Tappen: Describe what growing up in Slovenia is like.

Anze Kopitar: My hometown was a big steel factory town. It was also a hockey town. Other towns nearby were known for soccer, basketball and handball, and my town was known for hockey. My dad played, so it wasn't really hard for me to start playing either. It's not a big town, only about 12,000 people. We lived in the suburbs of it so there was no hassle to drive in every day. [Note: Anze's father, Matjaz Kopitar, played for HK Acroni Jesenice in Yugoslavia and later Slovenia and won championship in the 1980s and 1990s, and competed in three World Championships.]

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MacKenzie suspended three games for boarding

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 5:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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NEW YORKColumbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie has been suspended for three games, without pay, for boarding Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during NHL Game No. 620 in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 2, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 8:46 of the first period. No penalty was assessed for the hit.

Under the terms of the collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, MacKenzie will forfeit $15,384.63. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=527989

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Doan returning to Coyotes' lineup Saturday

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 4:08 PM / News

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Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan will return to the lineup Saturday when his team faces the Philadelphia Flyers.

Doan has been out since Dec. 4 due to what later was diagnosed as Rocky Mountain Fever, a tick-borne illness.

"I think I've got enough [energy] and feel good enough that I can go," Doan told the team's website after the Coyotes' practice Friday. "I want to play. ... I want to be able to help out. Guys are battling hard and doing everything they can to find ways to win. You want to help. That's what we're supposed to do and that's what I'm paid to do. I want to get out there and try to do it."

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2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic watched by record 8.2 million viewers across North America

More than 3.5 million viewers in Canada watched CBC's coverage

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NEW YORK – The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® followed its hockey attendance record by re-writing the record book for regular season North American television viewership as well.

The combined average television viewership for Wednesday afternoon's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on NBC in the U.S., and CBC and RDS in Canada was 8.234 million viewers in North America. The previous best was 6.6 million average viewers for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, which aired in primetime on NBC, CBC and RDS due to a weather delay.

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Kings' Jones and Blackhawks' Raanta named NHL co-rookies of the month for December

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKLos Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones, who posted an 8-2-0 record with a 1.29 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 games, and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta, who compiled an 8-1-3 record with a 2.23 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout in 12 appearances, have been named the NHL Co-Rookies of the Month for December.

Jones and Raanta edged Dallas Stars right wing Valeri Nichushkin (5-7—12 in 15 games), Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (4-7—11 in 14 games), Philadelphia Flyers left wing Michael Raffl (2-8—10 in 14 games), Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack (5-0-1, 1.29 GAA, .949 SV% and 2 SO in seven games) and Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer (5-2-2, 2.02 GAA and .938 SV% in 10 games) for the honor.

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Maple Leafs' Lupul fined $10,000 for cross-checking

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 2:43 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NEW YORKToronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has been fined $10,000, the maximum permitted under the CBA, for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves in NHL Game No. 610 in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:04 of the first period. Lupul was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Chaput working to get back to NHL

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:56 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

When the NHL comes knocking, any player in the American Hockey League must be prepared to answer the call. For second-year pro Michael Chaput of the Springfield Falcons, the feeling of making his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this season is one he’ll never forget.

"I remember sitting in the locker room next to Mark Letestu and he was just telling me to play my game and things will go well,” Chaput said. “[The team’s veterans] are there to make sure you’re not too stressed out and that you’re confident when you go out there for your first few games."

A third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Draft (No. 89), Chaput was acquired by the Blue Jackets in 2011 and was the MVP of the 2012 Memorial Cup, with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Panthers' Jovanovski expected back Saturday

Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:56 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The Florida Panthers expect to have captain Ed Jovanovski in the lineup for the first time this season when they host the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

The veteran defenseman has been out all season recovering from hip surgery.

"I am very excited to get back on the ice with my teammates on Saturday night," Jovanovski told the team's website. "I cannot thank our doctors and training staff enough for the countless hours they spent helping me rehab from my injury."

Jovanovski had surgery April 5. He played six games last season, none after March 16. He first was injured Jan. 29 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and missed 22 games. He returned for the one game in March against the New York Islanders, but his return lasted less than two periods.

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery