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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Feb. 28

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 10:26 AM / News

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SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

FLORIDA 5, Buffalo 3

Detroit 4, NASHVILLE 3

Carolina 5, NY ISLANDERS 3

New Jersey 2, COLUMBUS 0

BOSTON 4, Arizona 1

MONTREAL 4, Toronto 0

PHILADELPHIA 4, NY Rangers 2

Minnesota 3, COLORADO 1

St. Louis 2, EDMONTON 1

Ottawa 4, SAN JOSE 2

HAMMOND, SENATORS STAY HOT IN CALIFORNIA SWEEP . . .

Andrew Hammond
Goalie - OTT
RECORD: 5-0-0
GAA: 1.31 | SVP: .957
First-year goalie Andrew Hammond made 28 saves, and rookies Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman each found the back of the net in the third period, to rally the Ottawa Senators to their fifth straight victory, their longest stretch since Apr. 5-13, 2014.

* At 27-23-10 (64 points), the Senators kept pace with the Boston Bruins (31-22-9, 71 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa owns two games in hand, but Boston owns the ROW tiebreaker (BOS: 29, OTT: 24). They complete their season series with two games at Canadian Tire Centre on Mar. 10 and Mar. 19.


Vermette trade the first chip for rebuilding Coyotes

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 10:21 AM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney accomplished two major goals Saturday, earning a good return for coveted center Antoine Vermette, and saving enough time before the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday to further reshape a rebuilding franchise.

Vermette was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks late Saturday for a first-round pick and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, who was playing in the American Hockey League.

“Antoine was one of our biggest chips and we needed to get a good return,” Maloney said. “We like the deal and it helps us line up some other opportunities. Now we have two days to say, ‘OK, let’s look at these other deals and see what we can get done.

“We have lots of irons in the fire.”

McClement, Hurricanes agree on two-year contract

Center is key member of Hurricanes’ top-ranked penalty kill

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 10:12 AM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with center Jay McClement on a two-year contract extension. The deal will pay McClement $1.3 million in 2015-16 and $1.1 million in 2016-17.

“Jay has proven to be a valuable veteran leader for our club and it was important for us to keep him in Raleigh,” said Francis. “He’s one of the league’s best face-off men and has played a key role in what currently stands as the best penalty-killing unit in team history.”

McClement, 31, scored a pair of goals on Saturday night’s 5-3 victory against the Islanders and has now totaled 18 points (6g, 12a) and a plus-3 rating in 61 games for the Hurricanes this season. The Kingston, Ont., native leads the Hurricanes in shorthanded time on ice this season (2:24 per game), helping the team to an 88.2 percent penalty-killing mark, which ranks first in the NHL and franchise history. McClement (6’1”, 205 lbs.) also ranks first on the team and 14th in the league in face-off percentage (55.3%).

A second-round (57th overall) pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, McClement has totaled 222 points (81g, 141a) and 281 penalty minutes in 743 career NHL games with St. Louis, Colorado, Toronto and Carolina. He has represented Canada in a number of international competitions, including the 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships and the 2007 IIHF World Championship, where he won gold along with current Hurricanes teammates Cam Ward, Eric Staal and Jordan Staal. McClement originally signed with Carolina as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014.

To read more from the Carolina Hurricanes website, CLICK HERE.

Trade deadline clouds on-ice focus for Maple Leafs

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

It's nearly over for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They play one more game, Sunday at the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET; City, TVA Sports), and then wait to see what general manager Dave Nonis does before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

After that, the endless questions and speculation will come to a temporary end and the Maple Leafs can focus on finishing this difficult season, one that is all but guaranteed to end without a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

NHL teams learning from other sports at Sloan

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Most hockey fans probably have no idea who Michael Niemeyer is. Many of them probably do know who Shane Battier is.

Niemeyer is the head of match analysis for FC Bayern, one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world. Battier played in the NBA for 13 seasons after a decorated college career at Duke and now works for ESPN.

They were among the featured panelists at the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and though it might not seem like they have anything to do with hockey, at this two-day event they can. The conference, in its ninth year, has grown into a massive gathering of analytically-inclined minds from all types of sports.

"It is great. I've been coming here for five years," Washington Capitals assistant general manager Don Fishman said. "It just opens your eyes to what people are doing in other sports, what they're doing, what the themes and trends are. As you can see, the conference has grown immensely in popularity. For our sport in particular, there's not that much content. It is growing, but it is a great eye-opener."

Rogers Hometown Hockey: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

NHL Network in the United States and CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET prior to the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals. The location this week is Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 is possibly the most famous number in the history of sports. But if it weren't for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, "The Great One" and No. 99 may never have been. We share the story of how No. 99 became No. 99.

Antoine Vermette traded to Blackhawks by Coyotes

Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 11:33 PM / 2015 NHL Trade Deadline

NHL.com

Forward Antoine Vermette was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks by the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Vermette, 32, has played the past four seasons for Arizona. The 11-year veteran also played for the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets, and has 194 NHL goals and 430 points.

"Vermette is a terrific player," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "... We took some time to find a deal that made sense to us. ... We're very happy with the return."

Jagr finds 'new motivation' in debut with Panthers

Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 7:47 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Wearing a T-shirt and a smile, Jaromir Jagr talked about his Florida Panthers debut in an interview room at BB&T Center that hadn't been used since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jagr didn't have a storybook first game with the Panthers (he was held off the scoresheet against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-3 win), but all that mattered to him was the result.

"I wish I could score, but it doesn't matter. We won," Jagr said. "It's new motivation. When you come to a new team, you just want the first game to be a victory and I'm happy about that."

Sabres' Pysyk released from hospital after collapse

Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 7:27 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Mark Pysyk has been released from the hospital after collapsing Saturday afternoon, Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan told the Buffalo News.

"It seems everything is OK and that's a great thing," Nolan said.

Pysyk, who was reassigned by the Sabres to Rochester of the American Hockey League on Friday and played in the Americans' 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies that night, was playing pick-up basketball when he collapsed, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Dubas explains value of hockey analytics at Sloan

Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 5:50 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Kyle Dubas was putting the finishing touches on his list of prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft when he noticed a troubling trend.

The ones who played in the IIHF World Junior Championship were, relatively speaking, ranked higher than similar prospects who did not. Dubas found this to be a form of bias, something he was desperately trying to weed out of his rankings.

"Does playing in the world juniors at 17 make you a better prospect than someone that doesn't?" Dubas said during his presentation of "How Analytics has Limited the Impact of Cognitive Bias on Personnel Decisions" at the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. "I don't think so. I think we know that from years of going through and measuring at different points."

Dubas, whose hire as an assistant general manager by the Toronto Maple Leafs was the highlight of the NHL's "Summer of Analytics" in 2014, spoke for more than 20 minutes Saturday about his experiences as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

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