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Flames sign 2013 pick Poirier to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 8:25 PM / News


The Calgary Flames signed forward Emile Poirier to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Poirier, the Flames' second first-round pick (No. 22) in the 2013 NHL Draft, is in his third season with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound right wing has 24 goals and 29 assists with 89 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating. Poirier ranks seventh in scoring in the QMJHL.


Busy Yzerman glad he played in Alumni Showdown

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

DETROIT -- For Steve Yzerman's first time competing in any sort of hockey game since retiring in 2006, his day got off to a pretty good start.

The longtime Detroit Red Wings captain and Hockey Hall of Fame member received a warm response as the final player introduced before the start of the second of two Alumni Showdown games Tuesday at Comerica Park. Red Wings alumni swept the doubleheader against Toronto Maple Leafs alumni, winning the opener 5-4 before earning a 6-5 victory in the second game on Tomas Holmstrom's shootout goal.


Babcock: Winter Classic will be moment to remember

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The storyline about players becoming giddy when they first arrive at the site of the Winter Classic is not a cliché. It's real.

The proof could be found in both dressing rooms and on the ice Tuesday at Michigan Stadium.

The buildup for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will finally end shortly after 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday (NBC, CBC, RDS) when the puck is dropped at The Big House.

More than 105,000 are expected to file into the stadium to set a record for attendance at a hockey game.


Over the Boards: Equipment staffs gear up for Classic

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 7:30 PM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The players and coaches have done their share of personal prep work for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, such as securing enough tickets and making sure their families got on the University of Michigan ice to skate.

However, such prep work pales in comparison to the ongoing efforts put forth by the hardest-working guys associated with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings these days.

The equipment managers and their staffs are in charge of making sure every player is comfortable enough to play at a top level and every coach is warm enough to work the bench the way they normally would in an indoor game.

Preparing their teams for the Winter Classic has been the equivalent of a second full-time job for Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer and Maple Leafs equipment manager Brian Papineau.

"For the last six weeks, it seems like your main focus is getting ready for this big event," Papineau told NHL.com as he watched the Maple Leafs practice Tuesday. "As excited as we are to be here and to be a part of it, it will be rewarding when it's over to look back at a lot of good memories."


Kessel, van Riemsdyk reflect on return to Ann Arbor

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- There is no way Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk could have envisioned his dream coming true in the same place where it was born eight years ago, but that will likely happen Wednesday after the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, when he and right wing Phil Kessel are expected to be named to the United States Olympic team.

USA Hockey will name its team Wednesday from Michigan Stadium after the conclusion of the game; the announcement will be carried live by NBC.

Kessel and van Riemsdyk, Toronto's top two scorers, played for the United States National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor. They attended Pioneer High School, which is across the street from Michigan Stadium. They lived with host families who will be at the game Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC).


Howard returns to savor Winter Classic experience

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Wednesday could be one of the most memorable days of Jimmy Howard's hockey career. Not too long ago, he feared it would not come to pass.

Howard will be the starting goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium against the Toronto Maple Leafs in front of possibly the largest crowd in the history of the sport. After the game, Howard could be named to the United States team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The American Olympic team will be announced at Michigan Stadium after the Winter Classic as part of NBC's coverage of the game. Reports suggest that Howard will be one of the three goalies named.

When Howard left practice 20 days ago with a knee injury, his availability for the game at the Big House was in question and his potential place on the U.S. Olympic roster was cast into further doubt. He ended up missing eight games, but returned Monday night against the Nashville Predators and is ready to play Wednesday.

"Yeah, I'd be lying if I told you I didn't [have doubts about being ready]," Howard said. "When the knee injury happened, it was [projected to be] 3-4 weeks. It would have been three weeks right on the date of the game. You know I have to give a lot of credit to our team doctors and to our trainers. We worked extremely hard to get the knee back healthy and we were able to accomplish that."


Devils forward Elias leaves game with injury

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 4:57 PM / News


New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias was injured in the first period Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a hit from forward Tanner Glass.

Elias did not return to the game and coach Peter DeBoer said afterward the team would know more about his condition Wednesday.

"It wasn't precautionary (leaving him out of the game)," DeBoer said. "I don't think it was an option to have him back. But I don't know anything more than that; I won't until tomorrow morning."


Fischer scores one final time for Red Wings

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- There's not a day that passes that Jiri Fischer doesn't realize how fortunate he is to be alive and still involved in the sport he loves, even if it's now in the front office rather than on the ice.

But Tuesday afternoon at a snowy Comerica Park, Fischer found himself back in a Detroit Red Wings uniform, skating with some of the biggest names in the history of the Original Six franchise.

It was a fairy tale indeed, and became even more so when Fischer scored in the first period of Detroit's 5-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of the Alumni Showdown as part of the festivities leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which will be played Wednesday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

"Do I celebrate? Do I not? Is it going to be embarrassing? Is it not? [But] it felt great," Fischer said. "That was maybe the last goal in a Red Wings uniform for most of us to score. It was a lot of fun."


Blue Jackets sign Rychel to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 3:34 PM / News


The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Kerby Rychel to a three-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday.

Rychel was the second of Columbus' three first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft, taken at No. 19.

"Kerby is a hard-nosed player who is very competitive and possesses a mixture of skill, the ability to score goals and grit," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "We believe he will be an important part of our organization for years to come as he continues to grow and develop as a player."


Phaneuf signs seven-year extension with Maple Leafs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was convinced that a team would give defenseman Dion Phaneuf a seven-year contract if he made it to the unrestricted free agent market on July 1. He figured that team should be the Maple Leafs, and there's no reason to wait until the calendar flips to 2014.

Phaneuf and Nonis jointly announced the team captain's seven-year contract extension at a press conference Tuesday before the Maple Leafs practiced at Michigan Stadium in advance of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC).

Financial terms of the contract were not released, but media reports place the average annual value at $7 million. Nonis indicated that it's a market-value contract for a top defenseman who is 28 years old and in his ninth NHL season.

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory