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Rangers' Lundqvist to miss at least three weeks

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 2:48 PM / News

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

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.

Maple Leafs prospect Brown leads Marlies in scoring

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:42 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to

In another life, Connor Brown might have had a successful career in the financial world. Maybe on the front lines of Wall Street, or tucked away somewhere in a private firm. Math was kind of his thing in high school.

But hockey, like it does for many, had other ideas. Taken in the sixth round (No. 156) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Etobicoke, Ontario, native got a chance to realize a dream every little kid playing hockey has: throwing on your hometown sweater.

"My whole family are pretty big Leafs fans so getting drafted here was just an added bonus to a special feeling on draft day," Brown said. "A couple buddies of mine that were there texted me first, and then I eventually saw my name on the ticker. We just watched it on TV."

Wild's Cooke out 5-6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 12:34 PM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke had successful sports hernia surgery and will miss 5-6 weeks, coach Mike Yeo said Friday.

Cooke, 36, has four goals and eight points in 27 games this season.

Hot fantasy topics: The value of the empty-net goal

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Here's a look at three of the hottest topics in fantasy hockey right now.

1. Empty-net goals

Empty-net goals count just as much as Vladimir Tarasenko's gorgeous goal back on Nov. 3. Every goal carries the same value in fantasy hockey. And while empty-net goals might not occur in every game, there are certain players who have the chance to record either an empty-net goal or assist on one more than others. These players are typically the ones trusted by their coaches who are out there for the final minute of ice time in a close game in which the goalie is pulled.

If you look at the table below on the left, you'll see a list of forwards that are on the ice most with the opposing team's goalie pulled over the past three seasons, according to Meaning, these guys are on the ice the most when facing an empty net. While it won't always translate to getting an empty-net goal (and it hasn't in some cases), they have been given more opportunities to get one than other players in the past three years.

Flyers defenseman Timonen resumes skating

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen resumed skating Friday in hopes of playing at some point during the 2014-15 season.

Timonen, 39, has not played since being diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and lungs in August. He has Protein C deficiency, an illness that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Timonen's mother and two of his brothers also have the illness.

He skated by himself for about 40 minutes at the Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall looked on as Timonen worked in some stickhandling and shooting.

"It was kind of a weird feeling this morning," Timonen said in video posted on the Flyers website. "I was kind of nervous that I don't fall down right away. It was kind of weird, but I was so excited looking forward to this morning. I couldn't really sleep last night. It's not like you're riding a bike. It's different. I just realized skating is hard. This is kind of like a training camp for me, Day One. It's over, but it's going to get better day by day."

Panthers name Luukko executive chairman

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 10:00 AM / News

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers and its parent company Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, LLC announced today that Peter A. Luukko has been appointed Executive Chairman, where he will work closely with Chief Executive Officer and President Rory A. Babich and Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Peter join our management team," said Owner Vincent Viola. "Peter adds significant industry experience to our executive management team and will help us continue to implement our strategy of becoming a world-class sports and entertainment company. He is a well-respected sports and entertainment executive and his decision to join our organization validates our business plan that enables us to attract individuals, such as Peter, with a wealth of knowledge, talent and experience."

EPA recognizes NHL as a leading 'Green Power' user

NHL ranked No. 17 on EPA's Green Power partners national top 100 list

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 9:48 AM / NHL Green

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that it is ranked No. 17 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power, making it the first professional sports league ever to achieve the distinction.

The NHL is being recognized for its priorities to reduce its environmental impact with efforts including: NHL Green, a comprehensive sustainability initiative created by the League in 2010, and the groundbreaking 2014 Sustainability Report, which documented and disclosed the League's carbon footprint. In keeping with these efforts, the League named Constellation – a leading competitive energy and services company – its preferred energy provider that will supply Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). These RECs represent the generation of more than 271 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, matching the League's total electricity consumption*.

Around the League notebook for Thursday, Feb. 5

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The Anaheim Ducks opened a four-goal lead before the five-minute mark of the second period and Frederik Andersen made a season-high 44 saves to help Anaheim defeat the Nashville Predators 5-2 and improve to 8-2-0 in its past 10 games.

* With the victory, the Ducks (34-12-6, 74 points) passed the Predators (33-12-6, 72 points) into first place in the NHL standings; the St. Louis Blues (34-13-4, 72 points) also have 72 points. Nashville and St. Louis each hold one game in hand and hold the ROW tiebreaker over Anaheim (NSH: 29, STL: 28, ANA: 27).

* The Ducks handed the Predators their first home loss since Dec. 6, halting Nashville's home winning streak at a franchise-record nine games. Anaheim is 7-1-0 in its past eight games against Nashville dating to Jan. 26, 2013, including wins in their two games this season.

* Andersen registered his 29th win of the season to tie Pekka Rinne for the NHL lead. He has compiled a record of 49-12-5 in his first 71 games.

Super 16: Developing goaltenders proves no easy task

Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Braden Holtby played in his 150th NHL game Thursday night for the Washington Capitals.

This isn't a particularly notable milestone, but he is the first drafted goaltender since the 2006 NHL Draft to reach 150 games. In fact, he's the only goalie from the past nine draft classes to have reached 100 NHL games.

Anders Lindback (Dallas Stars) is at 94, but is not receiving regular playing time. Robin Lehner (Ottawa Senators) is at 80, but would need a long-term injury to Craig Anderson or a trade to reach 100 in 2014-15. Frederik Andersen (Anaheim Ducks), who has the quirky honor of leading two NHL draft classes in games played by a goalie, is at 70.

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He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.

— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson