"Yeah, big-time," Torres said. "I've had a chance to rest mentally and physically big-time too. I know I've only played 5-10 games in the last two years, but I feel refreshed. I'm on a track right now where I know what I have to do in order to be successful and stay in the League and help the team out."
Torres played five regular-season and seven Stanley Cup Playoff games last season after injuring the ACL in his right knee during a preseason game and having surgery to replace the damaged ligament. He hasn't played a game this season because of an infection that forced surgeons to remove the ACL.
The American Hockey League announced Thursday that Montreal Canadiens ownership, Club de Hockey Canadien Inc., acquired and then relocated the Hamilton Bulldogs to St. John's and will begin play there in the 2015-16 season.
"We are delighted in making St. John's our new home and look forward to playing in front of fans who have long been Canadiens supporters and who will now have an opportunity to watch our finest prospects as they hone their skills with our AHL affiliate team," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a statement.
Financial details of the contract were not released, but Newsday reported it's worth $42 million, for a $6 million annual average value.Boychuk could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Bardreau, 21, recently completed a four-year career at Cornell University. The native of Fairport, NY led Cornell in scoring with five goals and 17 assists for 22 points in 30 games as a senior. In 103 games over four seasons at Cornell, Bardreau recorded 18 goals and 35 assists for 53 points.
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The rookie forward scored twice as part of five unanswered goals by the Flames en route to a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks. The victory stretched Calgary's point streak to five straight games (4-0-1).
Gaudreau had a goal waved off 39 seconds after forward Matt Stajan opened the scoring for the Flames but scored the equalizer at 15:25 of the first period when he received a pass from forward Josh Jooris and connected on a backhand that went off each post before going over the line. Gaudreau's second goal came on the power play at 13:59 of the second when he finished a give-and-go with defenseman Dennis Wideman.
"Everyone's stepping up here, whether it's a defenseman or a forward, first line or fourth line," Gaudreau said. "It's great to see that too when we're coming down the playoff stretch here. It's going to help us in the long run."
Klein blocked an Alex Ovechkin shot in the final minute of the Rangers' 3-1 win at Verizon Center on Wednesday. Klein was to have his left arm examined, according to The Journal News.
Brennan, 25, has skated in five regular season games with the Toronto Marlies this season, collecting one assist. Prior to being acquired from Chicago on February 25, Brennan registered 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 59 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks). Brennan has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 40 career NHL games between Buffalo and Florida.
Leddy was injured during the second period of the Islanders' game Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he did not play Tuesday against the New York Rangers. That absence ended Leddy's streak of 320 consecutive games played.
"He was missed, of course, but we have guys who have been out of the lineup who are more than capable," Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk, Leddy's defense partner, said Tuesday, according to Newsday. "He's missed but I thought we did a good job."
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