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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.


Oil Kings' Jarry thriving in first season as starter

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 11:04 AM / In the Pipeline

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins would have preferred to see Tristan Jarry play more before selecting him in the second round of 2013 NHL Draft.

Yet, had Jarry not been a backup with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League last season, he may not have been available to the Penguins with the No. 44 pick.

"Having him play more probably would have made our job a little easier," Penguins co-director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton said. "But the flip side is, had he played a lot a more he might not have dropped to us in the second round. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. We were fortunate that we have one of our western scouts, Wayne Meier, that lives in Edmonton. Wayne was on top of it whenever he did play.


Jagr poised to tie Lemieux on NHL points list

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider


Jaromir Jagr looked up to Mario Lemieux during the early years of his career, when the two were teammates with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He's still looking up at Lemieux on the NHL's all-time scoring list, but that could change Tuesday.

Jagr enters the New Jersey Devils' afternoon game against the Penguins at Prudential Center (1 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA) eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,722 points, one fewer than Lemieux totaled during his Hall of Fame career. Tying or surpassing Lemieux would be a nice way to end 2013, but Jagr contends that winning, not individual achievements, is foremost on his mind.

"Right now I'm not thinking about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't," he told the (Newark) Star-Ledger on Monday. "My job is obviously to score goals and help our team offensively, so the more I do it the better chances the team is going to win."

Jagr tied Lemieux's career goal total of 690 on Nov. 21 when he scored in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings and passed him six nights later when he scored against the Carolina Hurricanes. Jagr enters Tuesday with 694 goals, tying him with Mark Messier for seventh on the all-time list.


Daily Primer Dec. 31: Going out with a bang

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The NHL is sending 2013 into the history books with a full day of hockey.

No fewer than 22 teams will say goodbye to the old year by taking the ice, beginning when the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils take the ice just after 1 p.m. ET at Prudential Center and ending just before midnight in the East when the final buzzers go off to end games between the Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes and the Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames.


Glendening settles for AHL outdoor game, not Winter Classic

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Luke Glendening went to plenty of football games while matriculating at the University of Michigan. He even played in the first hockey game there, The Big Chill at the Big House on Dec. 11, 2010.

Neither of those facts are the reason Glendening feels like he really knows Michigan Stadium on an intimate level. The reason he really knows the Big House is because of a fun little activity he called "running the stadium."


Five Questions: Berenson a proud host for Winter Classic

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Red Berenson feels like a proud host this week as the National Hockey League has brought its marquee regular-season event to his backyard.

The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will take place a block away from Yost Ice Arena, where Berenson, 74, has been a fixture for decades.

Berenson played his college hockey at the University of Michigan from 1960-62, garnering All-American honors in his junior and senior seasons. He returned to lead the program as coach in 1984 and has been in the same position ever since.

His teams have won two national championships, played in 11 Frozen Fours and competed in a record 22 straight NCAA tournaments from 1991-2012. Berenson has sent numerous players to the NHL and the graduation rate of his players has ranked near the top of the NCAA since 1984.


Senators' Neil leaves after collision with Ovechkin

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 8:44 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil left the game against the Washington Capitals after colliding with Alex Ovechkin midway through the first period.

Neil was favoring his left leg as he skated off the ice at Canadian Tire Centre after an awkward collision with Ovechkin, who remained in the game. The Senators said Neil sustained a lower-body injury and would not return.


Marlies top Griffins in AHL outdoor game

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

DETROIT -- Spencer Abbott and Gregg McKegg scored in the shootout for the Toronto Marlies and goalie David McIntyre stopped all four attempts in a 4-3 victory Monday night at Comerica Park against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The game was part of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park in the lead up to the Bridgestone 2014 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Wednesday between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Grand Rapids and Toronto are the teams' American Hockey League affiliates.


Hurricanes trade Westgarth to Flames

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 8:00 PM / News


The Carolina Hurricanes sent veteran forward Kevin Westgarth to the Calgary Flames on Monday in exchange for minor-league center Greg Nemisz.

Westgarth, who turns 30 on Feb. 7, had no points and four penalty minutes in 12 games with Carolina this season.

Nemisz, 23, was the Flames' first pick (No. 25) in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has spent all of the 2013-14 season with the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames' farm team in the American Hockey League.


2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic by the numbers


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A look at the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® "By the Numbers."

0 Per stadium policy, zero bags are allowed into Michigan Stadium, including all bags, backpacks, purses, camera and binocular cases, etc.; fans should plan on leaving bags and purses locked in the trunk of their vehicle.

1 Cable cam that will be used in network coverage by NBC and CBC

4 Of the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 were NHL Winter Classic games

4.5 Approximate drive, in hours, between Toronto and Detroit by car

7 Number of times the Maple Leafs and Red Wings have faced off in the Stanley Cup Final (1936, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1963, and 1964)

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round