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Gordie Howe hospitalized, did not have stroke: report

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Hockey legend Gordie Howe was hospitalized Monday but did not have another stroke, CBC reported Tuesday.

Tests revealed Howe, 86, was dehydrated and fatigued, the report said.

“[It was] likely dehydration with superimposed fatigue,” his son Murray Howe wrote in an email, according to CBC Sports. “Plan to discharge him home tomorrow. He's alert and ate well tonight. I spoke with him briefly on the phone. He's still him. Just worn out.”

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Devils lose forwards Elias, Jagr, Gionta to injury

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:08 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- New Jersey Devils forwards Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias sustained apparent injuries during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

Jagr was sent into the boards by Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo with 2:03 remaining in the second period. Jagr remained on the ice for minutes as Devils trainers attended to him.

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Lightning sign first-round pick Anthony DeAngelo

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 8:57 PM / News

TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

DeAngelo, 19, has skated in 22 games this season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, recording seven goals and 27 points to go along with 52 penalty minutes. He ranks first for points and is second for assists (20) among all OHL defensemen. The Sewell, New Jersey native also led all OHL defensemen for points (71) and assists (56) last season.

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Jets place Enstrom on IR, recall Chiarot

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:23 PM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have recalled defenceman Ben Chiarot from the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Toby Enstrom on IR retroactive to Nov. 23, 2014.

Chiarot, 23, has played in 24 games this season with the St. John’s IceCaps collecting nine points (4G, 5A) and 21 penalty minutes. The Hamilton, ON native was named by the IceCaps as their Defenceman of the Year for 2013-14 after compiling 20 points (6G, 14A) and a +29 rating, which was the fifth best in the AHL, over 65 regular season games. He also played in his only NHL game last season with the Jets on Nov. 2, 2013 versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Votes from Latvia have Sabres' Girgensons in front

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:22 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- If you've noticed Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons at the top of the voting for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, it's no mistake.

The Sabres forward is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game in Columbus. He's tied for the Sabres lead in goals with Tyler Ennis (7) and is second in points (13). But that's probably not why he's piled up so many votes (399,356 as of Tuesday). A lot of the support is coming from his home country.

"He's a very popular man over in Latvia," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. "I think from the Sochi Olympics he got his name out there a little bit more. Playing the way he's playing here in Buffalo the first couple years, he's getting his name out, so hopefully he's going to be a household name here in North America the way he is in Latvia. And good for him, he deserves everything he's getting."

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Sabres' Girgensons top vote-getter after week two of 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM

Chicago Blackhawks rule Top 10 with five spots

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:12 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons is the top vote-getter after two weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM with 399,356 total votes. Last week's leader, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, occupies the second spot in the overall leaderboard, with 240,362 votes, while Chicago Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane (216,261), Jonathan Toews (212,994), Duncan Keith (208,086), Corey Crawford (174,466) and Brent Seabrook (154,865) continue to rule the top 10. Nearly 8.5 million votes from more than 170 countries have been cast to date.

The top vote-getters by position are forwards Girgenson, Sidney Crosby (218,672) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Kane; defensemen Subban and Keith; and goaltender Carey Price (204,923) of the Canadiens.

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Kings fined $100,000 for violating terms of Voynov ban

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defenseman Slava Voynov's suspension, the National Hockey League announced Tuesday.

Voynov skated with teammates Tuesday during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.

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Brodeur signs one-year contract with Blues

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 2:51 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Martin Brodeur said he had no intention of retiring, even if it meant sitting out the entire 2014-15 season.

The 42-year-old, who had spent his entire 21-season career with the New Jersey Devils and holds nearly all NHL goaltending records, will resume his career with the St. Louis Blues after agreeing Tuesday to a one-year contract worth a pro-rated base pay of $700,000.

The contract includes playing bonuses, among them $10,000 for every point the Blues earn with Brodeur in goal as well as undisclosed roster bonuses if he's on an NHL roster Feb. 1 and March 1 as well as playoff bonuses, according to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, those roster bonuses are $125,000 for each month.

"Let's say [Brodeur] was to win 50 games. It's a pretty good million dollars spent," Armstrong said about Brodeur's bonus for points earned per game. "... It was an easy decision for us when [Brodeur] told us can compete at this level."

Brodeur said he doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract.

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Blackhawks goalie Crawford has lower-body injury

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 1:45 PM / News

NHL.com

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has a lower-body injury and won't start Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday.

Crawford was being evaluated and the Blackhawks will know more about his status Wednesday, coach Joel Quenneville said.

Antti Raanta, who last played Oct. 25 against the Blues, will get the start.

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Blue Jackets' Letestu out six weeks after surgery

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 1:06 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu underwent surgery today to repair groin and abdominal injuries and is expected to be sidelined approximately six weeks, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Letestu tallied three goals and two assists for five points in nine games before being sidelined in late-October. The 29-year-old has registered 54-65-119 and 53 penalty minutes in 273 career NHL games, including 39-51-90 and 36 penalty minutes in 188 games with the Blue Jackets. Last season, he set career highs for assists, points and games played with 12-22-34 in 82 games. He added 1-1-2 in six playoff outings.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

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