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Jets defenseman Byfuglien to miss 2-4 weeks

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 3:56 PM / News

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets face a four-game road trip and a fight for the Stanley Cup Playoffs without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and center Bryan Little.

Just before departing for Nashville on Friday, the Jets announced Byfuglien will miss 2-4 weeks because of an upper-body injury sustained Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Little sustained an undisclosed injury against Ottawa. Coach Paul Maurice said he will miss the first half of the trip that begins Saturday against the Nashville Predators.

The Jets recalled center Eric O'Dell from St. John's of the American Hockey League to replace Little.

"It may be longer than this trip," Maurice said of Little, who will make the road trip. "There's a chance he plays toward the end of it. There is a chance we'll know more in 5-7 days on that."

Defenseman Mark Stuart was hit in the face by a puck in practice Friday. Maurice said Stuart was being evaluated and his status had not been determined.


Predators forward Nystrom to miss four weeks

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 2:21 PM / News

Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury, according to the team.

Nystrom, in his ninth NHL season and second with the Predators, has seven goals and 12 points in 60 games.

The Predators have lost five straight games in regulation but continue to lead the Central Division with 89 points.


Avalanche forward MacKinnon out with broken foot

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:58 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has a broken foot and will be out 6-8 weeks, the team announced Friday, effectively ending his season unless the Avalanche make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

MacKinnon, 19, originally injured his foot when he blocked a shot Feb. 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Patrick Roy said. X-rays were taken and came back negative. MacKinnon had his first NHL hat trick in that game.

MacKinnon took another shot off his foot Wednesday in a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins; he scored the winning goal.

Roy said MacKinnon complained that his foot was bothering him before practicing Thursday. An MRI after practice revealed the fracture.

"It's never good news when you're losing a player like Nate, especially in a key moment in our season," Roy said. "It's been a year like this and we're going to have to win games without him."


Sabres prospect McCabe blossoming in Rochester

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:04 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

When Chadd Cassidy first met Jake McCabe, the defenseman was 16 years old.

Holding down the blue line for the U.S. National Development Team, McCabe instantly stuck out as a physical player, ready and willing not only to defend the puck, but to go one step further and create offense for his fellow teammates.

As his coach that first season, Cassidy helped start molding the tools McCabe would eventually use to make his way to the highest level of hockey.

Now together again with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, McCabe's development continues to thrive under Cassidy's watch.


Blue Jackets sign Moutrey to entry-level contract

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Nick Moutrey, the club’s sixth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry level contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Moutrey, 19, was the 105th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft held at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.


Goaltending coach Reese departs Flyers staff

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 12:26 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that goaltending coach Jeff Reese is no longer with the team, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

"It was a mutual agreement between both parties," Hextall said. "Jeff was an integral part of our coaching staff for the past six seasons and we wish him well."


Hot fantasy topics: Underrated players by position

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Having Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) or Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) on your roster will always help in your pursuit of a fantasy hockey championship. But having unlikely players emerge as fantasy superstars during the season is what will likely make or break your roster.

Being able to draft a guy in the seventh round or later that ends up providing first- or second-round value is what I'm referring to. Finding a diamond in the rough. And often times they aren't your household names, so despite their hidden success they still go un-talked about or aren't given the credit they deserve. But make no mistake, these are the players that prove to be the difference makers in fantasy leagues.

Here are five players that have turned out to be elite fantasy commodities this season that way too many people have never heard of or don't know enough about (one for each position).


Senators goalie Hammond making hometown proud

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 10:40 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Goaltender Andrew Hammond has fans cheering as he leads the Ottawa Senators into an unlikely Stanley Cup Playoff race, but back in his hometown that same 6-0-1 run to start his NHL career has been especially emotional for his former goalie coach.

"It's brought me to tears just because I know how close he was to quitting," said Sean Murray, who has worked with Hammond for 17 years as an owner and coach of Pro-Formance Goalie School and Development Center in Vancouver and its suburbs. "Now seeing him have this success and just knowing how good of a kid he is, it's gotten me twice."

Maybe that's because Hammond came close to quitting on two separate occasions.


Bruins sign defenseman Krug, forward Smith

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 9:45 AM / News

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 6, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug to a one-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $3,400,000 and forward Reilly Smith to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season worth an annual cap figure of $3,425,000.

In 58 games this season with the Bruins, the 23-year-old Krug has potted 11 goals (sixth on the team) and 20 assists (second among team defensemen) for 31 points (second among team defensemen) with a plus-six rating.


Around the League notebook for Thursday, March 5

Friday, 03.06.2015 / 9:40 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


All eight games contested Thursday either were tied or within one goal entering the third period. Each game also featured either a tying goal or game-winning goal scored in the third period. Of the eight games:

* Five featured a tying goal in the final 10 minutes of the third period, including two in the final minute of regulation (Radim Vrbata at 19:06 for VAN and Marian Gaborik at 19:15 for LAK).

* Four required overtime, with each decided in a shootout. The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings were the only teams to win after scoring to force overtime.

* Four games saw a team overcome a third-period deficit to pick up a victory (PHI, MIN, DAL, LAK).

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