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Sharks' Torres hopes to continue career after surgery

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 6:12 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres, two weeks removed from the third major right-knee surgery of his career, said he's encouraged he'll be able to return to the NHL next season.

"Yeah, big-time," Torres said. "I've had a chance to rest mentally and physically big-time too. I know I've only played 5-10 games in the last two years, but I feel refreshed. I'm on a track right now where I know what I have to do in order to be successful and stay in the League and help the team out."

Torres played five regular-season and seven Stanley Cup Playoff games last season after injuring the ACL in his right knee during a preseason game and having surgery to replace the damaged ligament. He hasn't played a game this season because of an infection that forced surgeons to remove the ACL.

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Canadiens, Jets moving AHL teams next season

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 6:02 PM / News

NHL.com

The American Hockey League announced Thursday that Montreal Canadiens ownership, Club de Hockey Canadien Inc., acquired and then relocated the Hamilton Bulldogs to St. John's and will begin play there in the 2015-16 season.

"We are delighted in making St. John's our new home and look forward to playing in front of fans who have long been Canadiens supporters and who will now have an opportunity to watch our finest prospects as they hone their skills with our AHL affiliate team," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a statement.

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Islanders' Boychuk agrees to terms on new contract

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 3:08 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Islanders announced Thursday that defenseman Johnny Boychuk has agreed to terms on a seven-year contract.

Financial details of the contract were not released, but Newsday reported it's worth $42 million, for a $6 million annual average value.

Boychuk could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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Flyers sign forward Bardreau to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 1:59 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Cole Bardreau to a three-year entry-level contract beginning with the start of the 2015-16 season, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Bardreau, 21, recently completed a four-year career at Cornell University. The native of Fairport, NY led Cornell in scoring with five goals and 17 assists for 22 points in 30 games as a senior. In 103 games over four seasons at Cornell, Bardreau recorded 18 goals and 35 assists for 53 points.

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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Evaluating Talbot, Hammond

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Evan Sporer - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com's Evan Sporer will provide you with in-depth analysis of goaltenders. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Sporer will be your go-to guy for advice on fantasy goalies all season long.

What's made the appeal and allure of goaltenders like the New York Rangers' Cam Talbot and the Ottawa Senators' Andrew Hammond so high this season is the element of here and now.

Goaltending can be broken down into a series of events over the course of a season. We try to select players in fantasy hockey, to the best of our ability, based on prior results and how consistent goalies have been in the past; at what chances we think they have of duplicated high levels of productivity.

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Flames' Gaudreau scores twice to join select company

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 11:45 AM / Top Performer

NHL.com

Johnny Gaudreau's heroics helped the Calgary Flames rally to another victory Wednesday while keeping them firmly in the race to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The rookie forward scored twice as part of five unanswered goals by the Flames en route to a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks. The victory stretched Calgary's point streak to five straight games (4-0-1).

Gaudreau had a goal waved off 39 seconds after forward Matt Stajan opened the scoring for the Flames but scored the equalizer at 15:25 of the first period when he received a pass from forward Josh Jooris and connected on a backhand that went off each post before going over the line. Gaudreau's second goal came on the power play at 13:59 of the second when he finished a give-and-go with defenseman Dennis Wideman.

"Everyone's stepping up here, whether it's a defenseman or a forward, first line or fourth line," Gaudreau said. "It's great to see that too when we're coming down the playoff stretch here. It's going to help us in the long run."

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Rangers' Klein to meet with doctor after shot block

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 11:12 AM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein has returned to New York to meet with a team physician after blocking a shot Wednesday against the Washington Capitals, the Rangers announced Thursday.

Klein blocked an Alex Ovechkin shot in the final minute of the Rangers' 3-1 win at Verizon Center on Wednesday. Klein was to have his left arm examined, according to The Journal News.

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Maple Leafs recall defenseman Brennan from AHL

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 10:59 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that defenseman TJ Brennan has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Brennan, 25, has skated in five regular season games with the Toronto Marlies this season, collecting one assist. Prior to being acquired from Chicago on February 25, Brennan registered 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 59 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks). Brennan has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 40 career NHL games between Buffalo and Florida.

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Islanders' Leddy will miss at least two weeks: report

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 10:43 AM / News

NHL.com

New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy will be out at least two weeks because of an upper-body injury, according to Newsday.

Leddy was injured during the second period of the Islanders' game Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he did not play Tuesday against the New York Rangers. That absence ended Leddy's streak of 320 consecutive games played.

"He was missed, of course, but we have guys who have been out of the lineup who are more than capable," Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk, Leddy's defense partner, said Tuesday, according to Newsday. "He's missed but I thought we did a good job."

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Bruins' Eriksson hears criticism, sticks to his game

Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Out of his Boston Bruins uniform and equipment, forward Loui Eriksson walks through the dressing room and strikes a figure more reminiscent of Stefan Edberg than Terry O'Reilly.

At 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, Eriksson might be a few pounds shy of qualifying as a "big, bad Bruin." But one look at his coat-hanger shoulders and lanky legs completely rules out any chance that Eriksson can rival O'Reilly, Cam Neely or even teammate Milan Lucic in terms of punishing physicality and the stereotype that has characterized the ideal Bruins player for more than 90 years.

Eriksson is not built to punish opposing defensemen on the forecheck or staple combatants to the glass in the corners. That doesn't mean he can't use other means to be effective and make himself invaluable to the Bruins.

Obviously he has found a way during his second season to increase his importance to Boston's fortunes; after 66 games he leads all Bruins forwards in average ice time at 18:19.

Eriksson has played in all but one of the Bruins' games and he has 17 goals and 39 points, seven goals and two points more than he had in 61 games last season. His 2.7 shot attempts relative (SAT Rel) ranks fifth among Boston's forwards. Eriksson's bounce-back sophomore season continues when the Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA, SN360, SUN, NESN).

"That's not really been my game," the soft-spoken Eriksson said about the bruising approach many Bruins stars have taken to the sport over the years. "I've always been trying to have a good stick and try to take away pucks from other guys. That's how I've been playing ever since I came over and [began] playing in the NHL. I don't think it'll change in that way."


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