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Bruins' Chara used time off to get real estate license

Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 10:56 AM / NHL Insider

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Most NHL players will set their sole focus on getting healthy when they're out with an injury.

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara isn't like most NHL players, and not only because he's the tallest ever at 6-foot-9.

The Boston Globe reported Saturday that Chara, 37, has become licensed to sell real estate in Massachusetts.

Chara tore a ligament in his left knee Oct. 23; rather than lie around between daily rehab sessions each day, he enrolled in a real estate program. He passed his licensing exam during the NHL All-Star break last month and received his license that day.

"I like to keep as many doors open as possible for the future," Chara said, according to the Globe. "I just felt that while I was obviously not traveling as much with the team, I had so much time, especially early into my rehab, I decided to take some courses and I ended up going for the [exam]."

Capitals recall Burakovsky, send Grubauer to AHL

Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 10:34 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

The Washington Capitals have recalled center Andre Burakovsky from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Burakovsky, 19, has played in 40 games with Washington this season, registering 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) and eight penalty minutes. The Malmo, Sweden, native made his NHL debut on Oct. 9 against Montreal and scored his first NHL goal in the first period. Burakovsky became the 13th player in Capitals history to score his first NHL goal in his first NHL game and is one of just seven players in franchise history to score a goal in his NHL debut and season opener. Burakovsky ranks ninth among NHL rookies in assists this season and tied for 10th in points.

Burakovsky appeared in two games with Hershey this season, making his AHL debut on Dec. 19 at Lehigh Valley. Burakovsky registered 87 points (41g, 46a) in 57 games with the Erie Otters (OHL) in 2013-14. He was named the OHL Player of the Month for March after tallying 24 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 12 games during the month and recorded a league-high plus-22 rating. The 6’3”, 198-pound center led Erie to the best regular-season record in franchise history (52-14-2-0, 106 points) and finished the season ranked ninth in the OHL in goals (41), tied for sixth in power-play goals (15), third in game-winning goals (10) and tied for eighth in plus/minus (+46).

Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 6

Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 12:23 AM / News

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FLEURY SETS FRANCHISE RECORD IN PITTSBURGH’S WIN OVER CALGARY

Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his franchise-record eighth shutout of the season in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames. The Penguins improved to 30-14-8 (68 points) and moved past the idle New York Islanders into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh has won four consecutive road games, which matches a season-high, and improved to an Eastern Conference-leading 11-3-1 record against Western Conference opponents.

* The Penguins have won nine consecutive games against the Flames, their longest active winning streak against any team. Pittsburgh has won five consecutive games in Calgary.

* Fleury has consecutive shutouts for the second time this season and improved to 25-11-5. His League-leading eighth shutout of the season also set a franchise record for most shutouts in a season by a Pittsburgh goaltender; Tom Barrasso held the previous record with seven shutouts during the 1997-98 season.

Gordie Howe cheered at appearance in Saskatoon

Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 12:17 AM / News

NHL.com

Gordie Howe made a rare public appearance Friday night when he was honored at the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull and Brett Hull were among the hockey dignitaries who made the trip to honor Howe at the fundraiser, which benefits area recreation programs. It was billed by event organizers as the last public appearance for "Mr. Hockey."

Howe, who had at least one stroke last year and suffers from dementia, did not take part in the morning press conference but was able to appear at the dinner. He smiled as he made his way through a hotel lobby on his way to the event.

There were chants of "Gordie! Gordie!" as he went to the stage after the announcement was made that one of the rinks in Saskatoon is being renamed the Gordie Howe Kinsman Arena, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

Devils forward Patrik Elias scores 400th NHL goal

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 8:04 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias became the 91st player in NHL history to reach 400 goals when he scored 1:23 into the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center on Friday.

Lightning acquire Ashton, Broll from Maple Leafs

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 7:36 PM / News

TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Carter Ashton and left wing David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, has played in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has totaled 54 career NHL games, all with Toronto. Ashton has also played in 12 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this season, notching four goals and eight points.

Analysis: Rangers would be wise to seek goalie help

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 5:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The New York Rangers have two questions to answer in the wake of Henrik Lundqvist's vascular injury that will sideline the goalie for at least three weeks.

1) Do they think Cam Talbot can be a No. 1 goalie without a reliable backup until Lundqvist returns?

If Lundqvist is out for three weeks he'll miss at least 12 games, including the one he missed Wednesday. The Rangers have two sets of back-to-backs in that timeframe.

2) Do they need to acquire a veteran goalie to work in tandem with Talbot until Lundqvist is able to return, provided he is able to return this season?

The Rangers basically admitted Friday they're not 100 percent certain on the three-week timetable. The statement they released left open the possibility Lundqvist will be out longer.

Jets' Kane to have shoulder surgery, out 4-6 months

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:10 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane is out for the rest of the season.

The Jets announced Friday that Kane will have surgery on his left shoulder and will miss 4-6 months.

The Jets play the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at MTS Center (8 p.m. ET; NHLN-US).

The news concludes a tumultuous week for Kane, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday after visiting a team doctor to have the shoulder examined. He was scratched Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks, which Paul Maurice called a coach's decision.

Rangers' Lundqvist to miss at least three weeks

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 2:48 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will miss at least three weeks with a vascular injury sustained Jan. 31 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers released the following statement Friday:

"Henrik Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury on Saturday. We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care. Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is re-evaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts."

Stars recall Lindback, reassign Rynnas to AHL

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 2:11 PM / News

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Anders Lindback from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The club has also reassigned goaltender Jussi Rynnas to Texas.

Lindback, 26, has a 2-7-0 record with an .875 save percentage and a 3.79 goals against average in nine appearances with Dallas in 2014-15. The Gavle, Sweden native has appeared in seven games with Texas this season, posting a 4-2-1 record with a 1.68 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound goaltender was originally selected by Nashville in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

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