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Gerbe out 4-6 weeks with lower-body injury

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 12:25 PM / News

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will place forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Gerbe suffered a lower-body injury on Sunday in the first period of Carolina’s 4-3 win against Los Angeles at PNC Arena. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Buy-low trade targets

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 12:05 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

We've reached the one-quarter mark of the 2015-16 NHL season, and plenty of big names have fallen short of expectations from a fantasy standpoint. But, thankfully, there's still a ton of time for those players to turn things around, presenting opportunities for buy-low trades to capitalize on impatient fantasy owners in your league.

Two seasons ago, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers became the prime example of why you shouldn't give up on an underperforming player in November. Giroux had no goals and seven assists in his first 15 games that season but ended up with 28 goals and 86 points (third in NHL) in 82 games. Patience paid off for some, but many who drafted him cut the cord way too early and ended up kicking themselves in hindsight.

Tkachuk, Nylander earn top Central Scouting grades

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 11:30 AM / 2016 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The London Knights and Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League each had three players earn A ratings from NHL Central Scouting in its November players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, released Tuesday.

Among the players Central Scouting believes could go in the first round in June are London left wings Matthew Tkachuk (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) and Max Jones (6-3, 205), and defenseman Olli Juolevi (6-2, 179), as well as Mississauga centers Michael McLeod (6-2, 188) and Alexander Nylander (6-0, 179) and right wing Nathan Bastian (6-4, 208).

"The November players to watch list updates Central Scouting's preliminary grading of players by identifying prospects on a priority basis," said Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting. "It is a scouting tool that assists Central Scouting and NHL team scouts in planning scouting coverage to prepare for midseason meetings where a comprehensive ranking of players is produced [in January] and is very much a work in progress."

The November players to watch list had 34 players receive A ratings -- up from 24 in the September players to watch list -- meaning they could go in the first round of the 2016 draft, which will be held June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Weekes: These goalies belong in Hall of Fame

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 10:00 AM / Game Savers

Kevin Weekes - NHL Network Analyst

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, in conjunction with the new Canada Post goaltender stamp series, provides his insight into the position he played for 11 seasons in the League.

This week, Weekes discusses the best goalies eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame who have not yet been voted in.

With the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions a few weeks ago, it got me thinking. Which goalies should be in the Hall of Fame who are eligible? Dominik Hasek was enshrined in 2014, and Ed Belfour in 2011. They are the only two goalies elected in the past nine years, since Patrick Roy in 2006.

I know there can only be a maximum of four players voted in each year, so it's tough, but there are goalies deserving of the honor, and I'm hoping they get in soon.

Here's my list of the four goalies I think should be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto:

Matthews navigating Swiss life with assist from mom

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 10:00 AM / 2016 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

When Auston Matthews' mother isn't making arrangements to watch her son play in some sold-out hockey arena in Switzerland, she's either helping him with schoolwork or providing a home-cooked meal.

"I cook every day; typically breakfast and dinner," Ema Matthews told "I don't have to make lunch that much as Auston will go out with teammates after practice.

"Every now and again we'll go out to eat, but mostly I'm cooking to make sure he gets the nutrition he needs."

AHL Notebook: All-Star Classic takes on new format

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / AHL Update

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

Never afraid to try new ideas and challenge conventional hockey thinking, the American Hockey League will blend some new- and old-school concepts for its 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic.

To celebrate the AHL's 80th anniversary, the Syracuse Crunch will host the event at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. Portions of the movie "Slap Shot" were filmed in the 64-year-old building. AHL president Dave Andrews said that players will wear throwback jerseys for the two-day event that starts Jan. 31, 2016.

"[Syracuse] is a great place to celebrate the league," Andrews said.

But the event will have a decidedly modern wrinkle for what the league is calling an "All-Star Challenge." Much like the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, each of the AHL's four divisions will ice a team with 11 skaters and two goaltenders. The teams will compete in a round-robin format; each of the six games will be nine minutes. A six-minute final game between the divisional teams with the two best records will settle the event's championship.

Five Questions: Rangers' Boyle on future, winning

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle:

NEW YORK -- As the grind of his 17th NHL regular season presses on, defenseman Dan Boyle is trying to do his part to help the New York Rangers win while coming to grips with the idea that he probably won't be winning on the ice in the NHL beyond this season.

Although he hasn't made it official, Boyle is likely going to retire at the end of this season, he told last week. He cited his desire to spend more time at home, specifically with his daughters Eastin and Wesley, who are seven and five, respectively.

Boyle, 39, said he plans to return to Northern California with his family following this season. He is in the process of building a home there. He played six seasons with the San Jose Sharks before signing a two-year contract with the Rangers prior to last season.

For Boyle, part of coming to grips with this likely being his final season in the NHL has been him having to understand and accept that his role has changed.

Devils' Hynes early favorite for Jack Adams Award

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Before the first day of training camp, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero told his players and prospects they virtually had no shot at competing for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It was easy for the outside world to believe such low expectations. Following a trip to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, the Devils have missed the playoffs three straight seasons and bottomed out last season with a punchless offense finishing 27th in the NHL at 2.15 goals per game. The 27-year reign of president and GM Lou Lamoriello ended with 78 points and a 25th-place finish.

Shero took over with a clean slate and hired coach John Hynes, who he was familiar with from his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to introduce a fresh ideology. Shero issued a challenge to the players to defy the experts, especially those who predicted the Devils to finish 30th in 2015-16.

To date, the Devils are penning a story nobody saw coming. They're 11-5-0 since a 0-3-1 start when they were outscored 13-6. Scoring is up, goalie Cory Schneider is playing like an MVP, and morale in the locker room is high. The desire to dig in and work hard started in the summer and held ground even after the slow start, and that has Hynes leading the race for the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year.

Blackhawks' Panarin early leader for Calder Trophy

Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Top rookies aren't seen as secondary players in the NHL today. Coaches and general managers expect their best young players to have an immediate impact in a salary-cap world and help propel their teams through the grind of an 82-game regular season.

The 2015-16 season is turning out to be a banner one for first-year players. The loss of Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid to a broken left clavicle Nov. 3 has put on hold his chances of winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, but there are many other gifted young players who have filled the void.

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin is one who has excelled. He's spent the season in a top-six role, mostly alongside center Artem Anisimov and right wing Patrick Kane.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Russian, who agreed to a two-year contract May 1, leads rookies in assists (14), points (21), primary assists (eight), power-play points (five) and shot attempts percentage (56.94) among those to play at least 10 games. He's also first among rookie forwards in average ice time per game at 19:11.

That level of play makes him the front-runner for the Calder Trophy.

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