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Tapped In: Martin on hitting, TV hosting and fashion

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

In 217 games in the NHL, Matt Martin has amassed 379 penalty minutes. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Martin is not shy to drop the gloves and be the physical left wing that has been instrumental to the New York Islanders finding success. Little do his opponents know, Martin's image off ice is anything but what his game-day face portrays.

Kathryn Tappen: Is there a reason you wear No. 17?

Matt Martin: I used to wear 19 when I was younger because my favorite player was Joe Sakic. When I went to Sarnia there was already a player wearing 19 so I switched to 17 because my mom and dad's birthdays are both on the 17th. Now my number means a lot to me.

KT: You get to play against Joe Sakic's team this season.

MM: I know! I'm pretty excited. I've never actually met him or seen him in person, so it would be really cool to get to do that.


U.S. tops Switzerland, makes World Junior A final

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 1:17 AM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Nick Schmaltz, an "A"-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft, had two goals and three assists Friday night to lead the United States Junior Select Team to a 7-4 victory against Switzerland in the semifinal round of the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Switzerland opened a 2-1 lead when Marc Marchon scored 4:19 into the second, but Schmaltz evened the game 2:36 later. He then assisted on goals by Matthew Weis and Connor Hurley to give the U.S. a 4-2 edge. Dennis Kravchenko scored 34 seconds into the third to give the Americans a 5-2 lead.

Schmaltz not only tied a tournament record for points in a game, he also equaled a tournament record with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in only three matches. Schmaltz, who plays for the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League, needs one more point to establish a record for points in a single year held by Kyle Turris (2006) and Mike Connolly (2007). He's committed to the University of North Dakota in 2014-15.


Oilers trade Smid to Flames for prospects

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 9:32 PM / News


Ladislav Smid will see the Battle of Alberta from the other side after being traded by Edmonton Oilers to the Calgary Flames on Friday for two prospects.

Smid and minor-league goaltender Olivier Roy went from the Oilers to the Flames in exchange for two minor leaguers, goaltender Laurent Brossoit and forward Roman Horak. Brossoit was playing with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL; Horak was with the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate.


Panthers' Winchester suspended three games

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:15 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester has been suspended for three games, without pay, for elbowing Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, November 7, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Winchester will forfeit $9,230.76. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 4:52 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

For a full explanation of the Department of Player Safety's decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=479923&lang=en


New Panthers coach Horachek gets right to work

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:12 PM / NHL Insider

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Peter Horachek got right to work in his new position as interim coach of the Florida Panthers. A busy weekend schedule left him little choice.

With Florida in town to play the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon, Horachek ran his first Panthers practice Friday at the University of Ottawa.

Horachek was promoted from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League by Florida general manager Dale Tallon, who fired coach Kevin Dineen and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay on Friday. The Panthers are in seventh place in the eight-team Atlantic Division with a 3-9-4 record.

"I had a heart-to-heart meeting with the team and explained to them what went on today, and the reasons for it and what my expectations were, and it was loud and clear," Tallon said. "Hopefully they get the message, because if they don't, they won't be here."


Bryzgalov reaches agreement with Oilers

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:04 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers announced Friday they have reached a verbal agreement with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on a one-year contract. The agreement is pending the completion of a trade between the Oilers and Calgary Flames announced earlier Friday.

Bryzgalov was a member of the Anaheim Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup-winning team and won a bronze medal playing for Russia in the 2002 Winter Olympics. He became a free agent during the summer when his contract was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, who signed him to a nine-year deal in the summer of 2011.


Current Avalanche look like 2009-10 playoff team

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 3:01 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The similarities might not be Twilight Zone material, but they are eerie.

The 2013-14 Colorado Avalanche have been a mirror image of their 2009-10 predecessors, the most recent Avalanche team to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let us count the ways:

The current team has gotten off to a 12-2-0 start under a first-year coach, Patrick Roy, behind the rock-solid goaltending of Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere and with teenage forward Nathan MacKinnon, 18, playing an important role.


Capitals sign Chimera to two-year extension

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 1:43 PM / News


The Washington Capitals signed veteran left wing Jason Chimera on Friday to a two-year, $4 million contract extension that will run through the 2015-16 season.

Chimera would have become an unrestricted free agent in July 2014.

Chimera, 34, has five goals and 11 points in 16 games this season and was named the NHL's "Third Star" for the week ending Nov. 3 after posting a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) Nov. 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers and recording a career-long four game goal-scoring streak from Oct. 24 through Nov. 1.

Chimera has 45 goals, 107 points and 251 penalty minutes in 265 games with Washington. He was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 28, 2009, in exchange for forward Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina.


Age just a number for mature AHL rookie Sissons

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 1:31 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

The long-standing adage that "age is just a number" has a special meaning when it comes to Colton Sissons of the Milwaukee Admirals, who earlier this week turned 20 amidst his rookie season in the American Hockey League.

The 6-foot-1 center has four goals and two assists in the first eight games of his professional career and is tied for second in scoring for the Nashville Predators' top affiliate.

Sissons' immediate on-ice productivity is a direct reflection of a mentality that extends far beyond his years, according to Admirals coach Dean Evason.


Coaching change just the start for Panthers

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 11:04 AM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

After firing coach Kevin Dineen and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay on Friday, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said there will be more changes coming for the organization.

The Panthers named Peter Horachek, who coached the team's American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, as interim coach. Director of player development Brian Skrudland and professional scout John Madden were added to the staff as assistant coaches.

"It's easier to fire a coach than to fire 23 players," Tallon said in a conference call. "But we're on the phone constantly and we're going to make changes as we go. We want people that want to be Panthers, and if they don't want to be we'll accommodate them. Right now I'm dissatisfied with the effort from most of the guys and we need to be better."

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery