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GMs discuss adjustments to faceoff procedures

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 5:58 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Though the NHL's general managers are against proposing any major rule changes at present, they agree that some minor tweaks to the overtime format and faceoff procedures could make for a better on-ice product as early as next season.

The general managers came out of the Tuesday session at the Boca Beach Club with the consensus to make three formal recommendations to the Competition Committee, which next meets in June.

The managers will recommend that the hash marks on the faceoff circle be separated by two additional feet, from three feet to five feet. They would also like to change the penalty for a faceoff violation. Instead of removing a player that commits a faceoff foul from the draw, the player will be forced to move 12-18 inches back. Finally, the GMs are expected to propose that teams should switch ends for overtime, creating the "long-change" factor.

Any rule changes have to be approved by the GMs, the Competition Committee and the NHL's Board of Governors before they can be implemented.


Islanders sign Czuczman to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 4:13 PM / News


The New York Islanders on Tuesday signed defenseman Kevin Czuczman to a two-year, entry-level contract. He will report directly to the Islanders.

Czuczman, 23, had career highs in goals (10) and points (21) in 36 games as a junior at Lake Superior State University, and his 10 goals led Western Collegiate Hockey Association defensemen.


Stars teammates relieved for Peverley, ready for Blues

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin expressed the sentiment shared by his teammates and organization in light of the incident Monday night involving forward Rich Peverley.

"Thank God he's OK," Seguin said of Peverley after a morning skate Tuesday before the Stars play the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. "Hockey's just a game at that point. It really puts things in perspective."

Peverley, who collapsed Monday night on the bench during the first period of the Stars' home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, is resting comfortably, general manager Jim Nill said in a statement released by the team.

The NHL postponed the game Monday at 6:23 of the first period. The Stars are working with the NHL to determine scheduling arrangements for the game, according to a statement on the team's website.


Canadiens' Price won't return against Bruins

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:04 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Goaltender Carey Price will not be in the Montreal Canadiens net when they face the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, coach Michel Therrien announced Tuesday.

It will be the eighth straight game Price has missed since returning from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he helped Canada win a second straight gold medal and was named the tournament's top goaltender by the International Ice Hockey Federation directorate.

Price aggravated a lower-body injury in his second practice with Canada in Sochi and played the entire tournament with the injury. The Canadiens want him to get back to 100 percent health in the hopes he could lead them on a long run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Price said last Tuesday that if it were the playoffs right now he would be able to play, but the game Wednesday will be the fourth he's missed since making those comments.


Stars GM Nill issues statement on Peverley

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 12:57 PM / News


Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill issued the following statement Tuesday on the condition of forward Rich Peverley, who collapsed on the bench during a game Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets:

"Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.

"The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.

"We do not have any more specifics at the moment.

"Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he's received from fans and friends alike."

The Stars will hold a press conference Wednesday, along with the UT Southwestern doctors, to give an update on the situation.


The Front Line: Hemsky, Moulson thrive after trades

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

In all likeliness, your league's trade deadline has passed (March 6 was the standard league trade deadline date). Hopefully you've made some moves to help your team toward winning a championship, or if you weren't in contention for the title, you made some trades to build for the future.

The NHL saw plenty of trades that will impact your league. From the Montreal Canadiens' acquisition of Thomas Vanek to the subtle Minnesota Wild trade for Matt Moulson, here's a look at how six of the top forwards have performed since joining their new team and what to expect for the remainder of the fantasy season (in order of where they fall in my updated rankings).

Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

Games with new team: 3 (0 G, 1, minus-1, 0 PIMs, 1 PPP, 9 SOG)

St. Louis has been skating on a line with former Tampa Bay Lightning teammate and good friend Brad Richards and speedy forward Carl Hagelin. The one noticeable difference is his playing time. With the Rangers having a bit more depth than the Lightning, St. Louis has eclipsed the 20 minute mark just once in three games -- on the season St. Louis' has averaged 21:33 of ice time per game.

Expectation: He'll remain a top-15 forward and should continue to put up point-per-game numbers while getting comfortable in New York.


Daily Primer March 11: Critical clash in Columbus

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider


The Detroit Red Wings are vying for an invitation to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year. A win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday would certainly help their chances.

Tied at 71 points apiece in the Eastern Conference standings, the Red Wings and Blue Jackets will clash at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m. ET, FS-D+, FS-O). Columbus is technically ahead with four more victories than Detroit.

"Biggest game, really, if I think about it right now after losing that one to the Rangers [on Sunday]," Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith told the team website. "We need to take this one, especially if there's a four-point swing."

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


Five Questions: McPhee talks Kuznetsov contract

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee:

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- George McPhee saw the crowd gathering at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 8 a.m. Sunday and was taken aback by the buzz the Washington Capitals fans and media were creating on what can typically be a lazy morning for most people.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was taking the ice for the first time with the Capitals after signing his contract Saturday. It was a moment nearly four years in the making.

The Capitals drafted Kuznetsov with the No. 26 pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. McPhee knew the star Russian teenager wouldn't be coming to Washington then or for the next few years, but he never thought it would take until March 9, 2014, for Kuznetsov to finally arrive.

"It's just nice to have him," a relieved McPhee said Monday from the NHL general managers' meeting. "It's been a long time without him."


Miller's influence apparent for surging Blues

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Manning the pipes for the first time with a team other than the Buffalo Sabres, goalie Ryan Miller was put in a precarious position by his new team.

Not once, but twice.

Winning games in the NHL normally is built on teams scoring first; the records speak for themselves. But in Miller's first two starts with the St. Louis Blues, he was faced with a 2-0 deficit each time.

If there's one character trait the Blues have learned, and will continue to grasp with the 33-year-old in goal, it's Miller's low-key presence.


Senators goalie Anderson injured vs. Predators

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 1:54 AM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson was injured and left the game Monday against the Nashville Predators at Canadian Tire Centre at 4:50 of the third period. He did not return.

Anderson skated off to the dressing room after Senators left wing Milan Michalek collided with him on a Nashville scoring chance. He stopped 26 of 29 shots before the injury.

"I was backchecking there and unfortunately I hit him, I hit him pretty hard, so I hope he's going to be fine," Michalek said of Anderson, who is 21-14-8 with a 3.10 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 47 appearances.

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Quote of the Day

Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.

— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com