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McDavid showcases his skills in Sabres' home rink

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 10:45 PM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Being in the spotlight is something Connor McDavid has gotten used to already in his career. But playing in a NHL arena in front of NHL fans is something new.

The 17-year-old Erie Otters center is one of the most anticipated prospects in years and may wind up being the first selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. McDavid's Otters defeated the Niagara IceDogs 8-4 Wednesday in an Ontario Hockey League game at First Niagara Center and he knows the attention on him is growing.

"It's a little different," McDavid said. "But I guess I've had a little bit experience in the last two years kind of growing up, [learning how] to act. It started pretty crazy in my 15-year-old year, when everyone was kind of first taking notice. So I have a little bit of experience. Obviously, this year is a little bit ramped up. Nothing really changes."


Coyle agrees to contract extension with Wild

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 5:27 PM / News

The Wild has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

"We're very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season," said Fletcher. "Charlie's size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we're happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come."


Incoming Islanders owners to continue Wang's vision

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 5:04 PM / News

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky will spend the next two years getting a hands-on course on how to run the New York Islanders. Their teacher: current owner Charles Wang.

Malkin and Ledecky were introduced Wednesday as the incoming owners of the Islanders. They will hold a minority interest in the team for two seasons before taking over as majority owners, with Wang retaining a minority interest.

"Life has its moments of opportunity, and you have to decide whether you're going to step forward," Malkin said when asked why he and Ledecky wanted to buy a franchise that has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once since 2007 and hasn't won a series since 1993. "Charles gave us that opportunity. For us, we saw this as a moment that we could embrace things that we believed in and embrace the Islanders and what they stand for.

"The vision that Charles has created of the team, the new arena, the strength on which to build, those were very important to us."


Capitals defenseman Erskine out after neck surgery

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 4:51 PM / News

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine underwent surgery Wednesday at Bethesda Surgical Center in Bethesda, Md. to repair a disc in his neck, the Capitals said.

Erskine is scheduled to begin what the Capitals categorized as an "intensive rehab program" within the next few weeks. There was no timetable listed for his return.


Maple Leafs at Senators game postponed

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 3:12 PM / News

The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday was postponed by the NHL after a series of shootings in and around Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa.

The shootings resulted in the death of a Canadian soldier who was stationed at the National War Memorial and a gunman at Parliament Hill's Centre Block, according to Ottawa police officials.

"The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa," the League said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

The game, scheduled at Canadian Tire Center in nearby Kanata, Ontario, will be played at a later date. Until a date is determined, the Senators ask ticket holders to hold on to their tickets. Also, any ticket holders who need to redeem tickets will be given the option to do so. These details will be provided as part of the announcement of the rescheduled game, according to the Senators.


Blues' Pietrangelo shaves head to support niece

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 2:41 PM / Hockey Fights Cancer

Louie Korac - Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- With a throng of reporters around his locker stall Tuesday, St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was a more than willing participant for the topic of conversation that unfolded.

Pietrangelo was sporting a new, clean-shaved head, something he admitted he's never done before. And he did it for a special girl close to his heart.

Pietrangelo and his girlfriend Jayne's 5-year-old niece Ellie (the daughter of Jayne's sister) was diagnosed in August with Wilms' tumor, a form of cancer that develops in the kidneys of children.

Ellie is recovering well two months after surgery. She has a website set up to help off-set expenses and it's already raised a little less than $19,000 as of Wednesday afternoon. But Ellie was given the honor of shaving Uncle Alex's head Monday in support of Ellie's cause.

"Everyone around me was laughing," Pietrangelo said. "I didn't know what it looked like at first. She did a pretty junky job at first ... I won't lie. It's pretty funny. I had bunches of hair. I had a rat tail and everything going on. The sister-in-law cleaned it up a bit. She didn't do this herself at 5 years old. We kept the guard on when she had the razor in her hand. I was scared about the eyebrows. That's what I was scared about. ... It was getting close.

"I never shaved my head. I think my mother was terrified when I sent her a picture. ... I kept the beard, so that makes it for an easier transition."


Canadiens' Fucale tops QMJHL Super Series roster

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 1:59 PM / News

Zachary Fucale, who started in goal for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, was named to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team for the 2014 Subway Super Series, the Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday.

The final two games of the Super Series will be played Nov. 18 in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and Nov. 20 in Rimouski, Quebec.

Fucale, a Montreal Canadiens prospect taken in the second round (No. 36) of the 2013 NHL Draft, went 2-2-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in five games. He stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 4-1 win against Switzerland in the quarterfinals but allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 5-1 loss to Finland in the semifinals.


Islanders' Grabovski on IR; McDonald on waivers

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 1:20 PM / News

The New York Islanders on Wednesday announced forward Mikhail Grabovski has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 16, and forward Colin McDonald has been placed on waivers.

Grabovski sustained a concussion in a victory against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 16. He would be eligible to return to the ice Friday. Grabovski has two goals and three points in four games this season.

In two games this season McDonald had three shots on goal. He had been a healthy scratch in the Islanders first four games.


Fantasy Top 60 'D': Flames' Brodie heating up

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

It has become clear during the past few seasons that, when healthy, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano is among the best fantasy hockey assets in the League. What might not have been as clear is that his partner, TJ Brodie, has become a must-own player in his own right.

What started as a whisper with a modest breakout that saw him put up four goals and 31 points last season is becoming a loud roar this season as he is rolling up points with the best of them.

Brodie has points in six of his eight games this season and had a six-game scoring streak stopped in the Flames' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. His seven points are tied for second among all defensemen heading into play Wednesday.


Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Oct. 21

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 9:10 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 5, San Jose 3

NY Rangers 4, NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)

Toronto 5, NY ISLANDERS 2

MONTREAL 2, Detroit 1 (OT)

NASHVILLE 4, Arizona 3 (SO)

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