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Bobby Ryan says he's open to staying with Senators

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 6:48 PM / News


Bobby Ryan
Right Wing - OTT
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 190 | +/-: 7
Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan said Thursday he's feeling better following season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia and is open to staying in Ottawa after his contract runs out at the end of next season.

"I'm doing good," Ryan said in his first meeting with the media since the operation March 27. "Everything went well and I'm moving a little bit better each day. Obviously the first couple of days I didn't do much at all, but I'm starting to walk well and take stairs well and all that kind of stuff. It has been positive."

Ryan, the second player taken in the 2005 NHL Draft, had 23 goals and 48 points in his first season with the Senators after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks last July. He'll be headed into the final year of his contract next season and said he could foresee a future in Ottawa. The two sides can begin discussing an extension this summer.

Murray suspended three games for illegal check

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 2:07 PM / NHL Department of Player Safety


NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka during NHL Game No. 1135 in Tampa on Tuesday, April 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:47 of the third period. Murray was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Murray will forfeit $23,076.93. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Red Wings' Datsyuk to return Friday against Sabres

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 1:13 PM / News


Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk confirmed Thursday he plans to be in the lineup for the game Friday against the Buffalo Sabres.

"Looking forward to a game on Friday! I am in …," Datsyuk wrote on Twitter.

Datsyuk hasn't played since Feb. 27 due to inflammation in his right knee. He's played in 39 games this season and has 15 goals and 33 points.

"I saw him out there battling after practice," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "If it appears he's ready and feels confident, then I'm sure he is."


In the Cage: Bryzgalov's late-season surprise value

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

In a season loaded with stretches of stellar goaltending from surprising fantasy assets, nobody will ever forget the inspirational play of Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding.

Not only has Harding earned 18 wins in just 29 games (18-7-3), but he also still holds the NHL's best goals-against average (1.65) and save percentage (.933). Unfortunately, he hasn't played since Dec. 31, 2013 due to complications with multiple sclerosis, a situation that opened the door for Darcy Kuemper to produce a breakout rookie season.

But now there is another pleasant surprise in the Wild goalie carousel: the recent play of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Since joining the Wild at the NHL Trade Deadline, Bryzgalov has gone 4-0-2 with a 2.16 GAA and .909 save percentage, including a 36-save shutout against the New York Islanders on March 18. Those stats aren't startling, but the wins have helped Minnesota cling to a wild-card spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference.

After being bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of last season, Bryzgalov faced an uncertain NHL future. Instead of settling for a gig in the Kontinental Hockey League, the 33-year-old spent part of his summer training with elite Swedish goalie coach Erik Granqvist. That led to an opportunity with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers in October, where he would continue to train, this time with Wranglers goalie coach Michael Lawrence.


Style, depth deliver Kings to fifth straight postseason

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 10:06 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the same core in place from their 2012 Stanley Cup championship team and a couple of rookies which have made a difference, the Los Angeles Kings have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Kings haven't reached the playoffs in five straight seasons since 1987-93

The Kings, who clinched Wednesday night with a 4-0 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes, will likely finish third in the Pacific Division, but could reach 100 points for the first time since 2009-10 and for the fourth time in franchise history. They need two wins to set a new club record for wins in a season and three road wins to set a new club record for road wins in a season.

How did they get it done again?

Here are five reasons why the Kings are heading back to the playoffs:


Playoff Countdown: Stretch-run storylines

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 9:32 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Wednesday, the League is down to 88 games remaining on the schedule, with nine to be played Thursday. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the 11-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are so close now that you can want to reach out, grab them, pull them in and have them start today.

Patience people, patience. There are still 11 days left in the 2013-14 regular season, still so much to be decided, so much to follow.


Blues' Miller happy to see Sabres, not play them

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- When the Buffalo Sabres traded goalie Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 28, it ended nearly 15 years of Miller playing for one NHL organization.

So when Miller's new team and old team play for the first time since the trade Thursday at Scottrade Center, he'll be on the bench; Brian Elliott will make the start instead.

"It's fine," Miller said after practice Wednesday. "There will be a lot of time to worry about that later. This year it's pretty fresh leaving that situation, so maybe it's just a full break, get [Elliott] in there.

"Hopefully I get to see some of the boys for dinner or see them around the rink, catch up and see how they're doing."

Watching the Sabres without being part of the group will be something different for Miller. He was drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round (No. 138) of the 1999 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut with the Sabres during the 2002-03 season. He ranks as the Sabres' all-time leader in games played (540) and wins (284).

"It's going to be a little strange," Miller said. "There were a group of guys I played with for a number of years. It's going to be a little bit different but all great guys, all guys I count as friends. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

"On the human side of it I'm glad the guys are going to be in town. A chance to see some friends."


Prospector Files: European draft-eligible All-Star team

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Sweden had a record number of players selected at the 2013 NHL Draft.

There were 26 players chosen from the country last year, eclipsing the former high of 25 in 2011. In all there were 46 international players chosen in the draft, which represented 21.8 percent of players picked. Three of the seven European skaters taken in the first round were from Sweden: Center Elias Lindholm (No. 5, Carolina Hurricanes), center Alexander Wennberg (No. 14, Columbus Blue Jackets) and left wing Andre Burakovsky (No. 23, Washington Capitals).


Five-goal game showcase of Ritchie's skill, strength

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Peterborough Petes coach Jody Hull is accustomed to seeing forward Nicholas Ritchie take over games as he did two months ago against the Kingston Frontenacs.

The only difference being Hull never witnessed a five-goal outburst from his 6-foot-2.25, 231-pound power forward.

Ritchie finished that Feb. 7 game with a career-high six points in a 7-6 shootout loss to Kingston. It was a remarkable display of skating, shooting and toughness from the No. 7 player on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2014 NHL Draft.

It marked the first five-goal game for an Ontario Hockey League player since Ritchie's brother, Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie, scored five times for the Niagara IceDogs against the Petes on Nov. 4, 2012.


Iginla sits out Bruins game vs. Red Wings with injury

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 2:06 AM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Boston Bruins played without forward Jarome Iginla against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena due to a lower-body injury, but coach Claude Julien said the injury isn't serious.

Iginla, who participated in the Bruins morning skate, was a late scratch and was replaced in the lineup by Jordan Caron, who started on the third line. Loui Eriksson took Iginla's spot at right wing on the top line.

"He's day to day," Julien said after the Bruins' 3-2 loss to the Red Wings. Asked if iginla could have played if it were a playoff game, he replied, "That's why [it's] day-to-day. It's not a major injury here. He skated this morning."

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