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Nolan loses interim tag, signs extension with Sabres

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 3:46 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Ted Nolan's return to the Buffalo Sabres is complete; now he's tasked with guiding the franchise through a rebuild.

The Sabres announced Monday they have removed the interim tag from Nolan and signed him to a three-year contract extension to be the full-time coach.

"I'm really excited about going with the next step forward and helping shape this team into a very competitive team and a team that will hopefully one day battle for a championship," Nolan said at a press conference announcing his extension.

Nolan was named interim coach Nov. 13 following the firing of coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier. Current Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Nolan has proven to be the best man for the job.

"He's been in a lot of situations here that haven't been great," Murray said. "A lot of nights I've liked the way our team competed. We have to get him better players. Some games that we hang on and get a shootout loss or something like that, I think with better players and the way he coaches we'll get a better result. In trying times I've liked a lot of what I've seen."


Avalanche forward Duchene out roughly four weeks

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 3:08 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche announced Monday that center and leading scorer Matt Duchene is expected to miss about four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Duchene, who has 23 goals and 47 assists in 71 games, was injured on his first shift in a collision with linemate Jamie McGinn on Saturday in the Avalanche's 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at Pepsi Center.

"He'll be out approximately four weeks," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said after practice Monday. "We'll know more after, but that's the first I heard from our doctors. We'll take our time. We'll be patient."

Duchene will miss the Avalanche's final eight regular-season games and most likely the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Oilers sign Oesterle to two-year contract

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 1:24 PM / News


The Edmonton Oilers on Monday signed Western Michigan University defenseman Jordan Oesterle to a two-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released.

Oesterle, 21, has two goals and 15 assists in 34 games this season, and led all WMU defensemen with 70 blocked shots. In three collegiate seasons the 6-foot, 185-pounder had seven goals and 27 assists in 113 games.


Turris, Bergeron, Oshie named 'Three Stars' of week

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 12:00 PM / News


NEW YORK – Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 30.


Turris led all players with seven points (4-3—7) and a +7 rating (tied) to help the Senators (31-29-14, 76 points) go 3-0-1 and move within six points of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He opened the week with one goal in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning March 24. After posting two assists and a shootout goal in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers March 25, Turris recorded his fifth game-winning goal of the season, a career high, in a 5-3 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks March 28.


Fantasy All-Access: 'March Madness' comes to an end

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Tuesday marks the start of the last month of the NHL regular season and the start of fantasy championships. Before we look forward let's focus on some players that have gone into March like a lion and left that way.

It took Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux 15 games to score a goal this season, but in March he had a League-leading 21 points in the 14 games. The Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla led the League with 13 goals in the month with one day to go. The Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano is leading all defenseman in scoring with 16 points in 16 games. And the Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil has a league-high 50 penalty minutes with one game to go in the most crucial month in fantasy hockey.


Happy birthday to Mr. Hockey: Howe turns 86

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 11:19 AM / News


Gordie Howe, the legendary Mr. Hockey, celebrates his 86th birthday Monday.

Born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan, Howe has been part of the hockey universe since his debut with the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 16, 1946.

The numbers that surround Howe's career have reached iconic status. His 801 goals and 1,850 points when he retired in 1980 were NHL standards; he still ranks second to Wayne Gretzky and in goals, and third, behind Gretzky and Mark Messier, in points.

Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL, all but one with the Red Wings. He's the only player in NHL history to play in five decades, and his 1,767 games remains the most in League history. His 1,685 penalty minutes are a testament to the toughness he played with.


No clinching scenarios in Monday games

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 10:42 AM / Drive to the Playoffs


The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are the only teams in the Eastern Conference to have clinched a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title on Saturday.

The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche have all clinched spots in the Western Conference.

There are no clinching scenarios for games on Monday.


Daily Primer March 31: Ducks chase top seed

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 3:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs


The Anaheim Ducks will look to build on their one-point lead atop the Pacific Division on Monday night, but they also have a chance to gain ground in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Anaheim (48-18-8) can extend its lead in the Pacific to three points on the idle San Jose Sharks when they face the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET, TSN-JETS, KDOC). But, a victory would also move the Ducks within a point of the St. Louis Blues, who are also idle Monday. The Ducks have two games in hand on the Sharks; Anaheim and St. Louis have each played 74 games.

Here's a closer look at the action Monday:


Kings' Kopitar earning attention for Selke Trophy

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It would be easy to think that Anze Kopitar got his defensive mindset from his father and coach, Matjaz, growing up in Slovenia. It would seem natural for a son to emulate his father’s style of play.

But the Los Angeles Kings center can't really say that was the case because he remembers what type of player his father was toward the end of his playing career.


Blackhawks' Toews leaves game with injury

Sunday, 03.30.2014 / 11:28 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews left the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Sunday night with an upper-body injury.

Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik drove Toews hard into the boards while he was trying to collect the puck. Toews skated off holding his left shoulder immediately after the collision 13:20 into the second. He did not return to the game, which Chicago lost 4-1.

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Quote of the Day

Philadelphia is where I started my NHL career and this is where I want to be so I am really happy. This definitely gives me a lot of confidence by the Flyers showing that they have confidence in me. I know they want to see me get better as a player and this is the place to do it.

— Zac Rinaldo to the Flyers website on signing a two-year contract extension with Philadelphia