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Blackhawks agree to terms with Bollig on extension

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:54 PM / News

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The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday agreed to terms with forward Brandon Bollig on a three-year contract extension.

Terms were not released by the team, but according to reports it has an average annual value of $1.25 million.

"I was hoping it would happen," Bollig said. "Obviously we've been talking and my contract was up after this year, and I was hoping I would remain a Blackhawks and it worked out for me."

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12 memorable moments from 2014 big-event games

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The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday wrapped up in memorable style an impressive slate of big-event games by the NHL this season.

The Heritage Classic, in which the Ottawa Senators used an impressive comeback to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2, was the final of a six-game slate of special-event games which begin with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series was crammed in the middle. Featuring a game at Dodger Stadium, a pair of contests at Yankee Stadium and an unforgettable night at Soldier Field, the four-game series was a hit in every possible way.

The two-month extravaganza of gala regular-season games entertained more 375,000 fans in person and countless others watching on television, providing a variety of memorable moments and an experience fans and players alike will cherish.

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Islanders' pair understands likelihood of trade

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:30 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- As practice wound down Monday morning, New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano had a long talk near center ice with defenseman Andrew MacDonald. After working together for seven years, there's a good chance MacDonald will be moved prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

"We were just reflecting on a lot of things," MacDonald said. "We don't really know what's going to happen here, so [he was] just asking how my girlfriend and I were holding up and how we were doing. Jack's a great guy and very genuine. He was just concerned about how I was doing."

MacDonald, 27, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. With no new contract in place and the Islanders all but eliminated from playoff contention, New York general manager Garth Snow will likely trade MacDonald and left wing Thomas Vanek before the deadline.

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Blackhawks' Crawford has goalie gear go missing

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:19 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is just shaking his head in disbelief at this point.

First a specially-painted mask that he was supposed to wear this past Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series never arrived. Now, his regular white-based goalie pads and accompanying gear are missing.

Crawford practiced Monday morning at United Center wearing the black gear with red trim that he wore in the Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Asked afterward if he'd ever located the mask, Crawford shook his head.

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Oilers sign Scrivens to two-year extension

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:50 PM / News

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The Edmonton Oilers signed goaltender Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract extension Monday.

Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports it's worth $2.3 million per season.

Scrivens was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Los Angeles Kings in the offseason in the Jonathan Bernier trade. The Oilers acquired him in mid-January for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

"It's a great opportunity. Now the real work begins," said Scrivens, an Alberta native. "It's great to be here in Edmonton playing at home."

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Deadline Primer: Brodeur, Callahan, Kesler big names

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:43 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The most decorated goalie in NHL history, the captain of one of the League's most celebrated franchises, and one of the grittiest centers in the game might all have to change their addresses later this week.

The NHL Trade Deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday and three of the most intriguing players being discussed in possible trades are New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler.

There were, however, some interesting plot twists Monday regarding Brodeur and Callahan. Brodeur was announced as the Devils' starting goalie for their game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center, and Callahan reportedly lowered his contract demands as negotiations toward an extension continue with the Rangers.

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Blackhawks' Hossa (upper body) out 2-3 weeks

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:30 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Marian Hossa for up to three weeks with an upper-body injury that happened this past Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game.

Hossa was hit hard by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams while playing the puck behind the Pittsburgh net with 6:48 left in the first period and skated slowly to the bench. He remained seated for the rest of the period and didn't return to the ice.

"Probably two-to-three weeks we're looking at," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday at United Center. "There's going to be some quality ice time shared amongst the guys [now]."

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Rinne to return for Predators on Tuesday

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:13 PM / News

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Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is expected to start Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bridgestone Arena.

Rinne, who hasn't played since late October due to an infection in his surgically-repaired hip, stopped 33 of 35 shots in a pair of games for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League in a conditioning stint and declared himself ready to go over the weekend.

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Franzen, Henrique, Kuemper named 'Stars' of week

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

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NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen, New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique and Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 2.

FIRST STAR – JOHAN FRANZEN, RW, DETROIT RED WINGS

Franzen posted 3-2—5 in two games to lead the Red Wings (28-20-12, 68 points) to a pair of road wins following the Olympic break, helping the club maintain the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. He assisted on both goals in a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 26, including the primary helper on Gustav Nyquist's overtime winner with 27.3 seconds remaining.

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Fantasy All-Access: Calm before trade deadline storm

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET marks the NHL Trade Deadline, and after the dust settles will come a flurry of waiver wire activity and trades in fantasy hockey, as players' stocks rise and new opportunities arise.

The big names in play include Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Thomas Vanek (New York Islanders) and Matt Moulson (Buffalo Sabres). If traded, it won’t change that they are great fantasy plays. Sometimes it is the under-the-radar moves that can provide a spark for your team.

On Feb. 28, 2011, the Sabres acquired Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues and he went on to score 14 points in 21 games. On Feb. 27, 2012, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Jamie McGinn from the San Jose Sharks and he finished the season with 13 points in his final 17 games. On April 3 of last season it was Jussi Jokinen, acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished the year with 11 points in 10 games.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness