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Judge: Enough evidence for Voynov to stand trial

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 4:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled Monday that there is enough evidence against Slava Voynov for him to stand trial on a felony domestic violence charge.

Voynov, a Los Angeles Kings defenseman, has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury and will be re-arraigned on the charge on Dec. 29.

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Oilers fire Eakins; Nelson eventually to take over

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 4:15 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers have made another coaching change, firing Dallas Eakins on Monday after 113 games in parts of two seasons.

General manager Craig MacTavish will take over as interim coach as a transition for Todd Nelson, who has been promoted from Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City. Nelson eventually will take over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

MacTavish said the rest of the coaching staff remains intact for the time being.

"I really feel the same way now as I did when I hired [Eakins]," MacTavish said. "He's an excellent coach. I was happy with a lot of things. I had no real good reason to do this outside of performance. That's really the bottom line that we're all judged by, is the performance level of the hockey club and certainly the record. I would point to those things solely as the reason for this change."

The Oilers (7-19-5) are last in the NHL standings and have lost 15 of their past 16 games. A 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday left teh Oilers 29th in the League in scoring at 2.10 goals per game, and 29th in goals-against at 3.32 goals allowed per game.

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Nelson hopes to bring winning ways to Oilers

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 3:53 PM / News

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Implementing a winning culture is nothing new to Todd Nelson, who as a new addition to the Edmonton Oilers coaching staff will embark on the biggest challenge of what has been a successful coaching career.

Nelson was promoted to the Oilers staff Monday after coach Dallas Eakins was fired. Nelson will work under interim coach/general manager Craig MacTavish while he transitions into the interim coaching role for the remainder of the season.

"He's done a terrific job with our minor league team in the American Hockey League," MacTavish told the Oilers website. "He's deserving of this opportunity. I want to help him transition this group and … give myself a chance to get my hands on it."

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Ducks recall Bryzgalov, Heatley from AHL

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 1:24 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks recalled goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and forward Dany Heatley from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Monday and reassigned forward Chris Wagner and goaltender Jason LaBarbera to Norfolk, according to the team website.

Bryzgalov was in the AHL on a conditioning stint after signing a one-year contract last week. A second-round pick (No. 44) by Anaheim in the 2000 NHL Draft, his last appearance in a Ducks jersey came Nov. 7, 2007 against the Arizona Coyotes, who claimed Bryzgalov off waivers nine days later.

Heatley had been loaned to the Admirals for conditioning after he came off injured reserve. He has six shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in four games for the Ducks this season.

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Ennis, Suter and Lundqvist named stars of the week

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKBuffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 14.

FIRST STAR – TYLER ENNIS, C, BUFFALO SABRES

Ennis shared second in the NHL with five points (1-4—5) in three outings, helping the Sabres (12-16-2, 26 points) post their third three-game winning streak of the season. He opened the week by recording the lone marker, his third career game-winning goal and first since Dec. 3, 2011, in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 9. He then matched career highs for assists and points in one game with three helpers in a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames Dec. 11. Ennis capped the week with his 13th assist of the season in a 4-3 overtime triumph against the Florida Panthers Dec. 13. The 25-year-old Edmonton, Alta., native leads the Sabres with 21 points in 30 games this season. The 26th overall selection by Buffalo in the 2008 NHL Draft, Ennis has 77-110—187 in 297 career games, all with the Sabres.

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Fantasy All-Access: Cameron's impact on Senators

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Every Monday, NHL.com contributor Matt Sitkoff identifies waiver wire pickups, roster trends, schedule notes and a prospect to watch in fantasy hockey.

The fantasy pre-draft talk focuses on whom to take with the first pick, and that conversation usually starts with Sidney Crosby vs. Steven Stamkos. On Monday, we won't see the 15th head-to-head matchup between these two because of Crosby's illness. This will be the ninth time in this matchup that one of the superstars did not suit up. In the previous 14 head-to-head matchups the Penguins have won 10, with Crosby scoring 10 goals and 12 assists. Stamkos has been productive despite the losses to the Penguins, with eight goals and 10 assists. Yet, when Crosby misses the matchup, Stamkos only has four assists in nine games.

WAIVER WIRE WATCH

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers (owned in 6 percent of Yahoo Leagues) -- The Philadelphia Flyers are finally getting some depth scoring, and leading that charge is this fourth-year center. Couturier is on a career-high six-game point streak that has seen him score three goals and four assists with eight shots on goal, four hits and five blocked shots. The Flyers have a busy schedule this week with four games scheduled (home vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers and on the road vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets). Expect the No. 8 pick from the 2011 NHL Draft to continue his red-hot play.

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Hurricanes place Nestrasil on IR, recall Shugg

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 10:10 AM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Justin Shugg from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Hurricanes placed forward Andrej Nestrasil on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

This marks the first career NHL recall for Shugg, 22, who is in his fourth professional season. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native leads Charlotte in goals (9) and ranks second in points (11) this season, in 17 games played. Shugg (5'11", 185 lbs.) has totaled 37 goals and 46 assists (83 points) in 164 career AHL games played with the Checkers. Selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 105th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Shugg won back-to-back Memorial Cups as a member of the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010, and reached the Memorial Cup final game with Mississauga in 2011.

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Tough calls await as U.S. opens WJC selection camp

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jim Johannson, general manager of the United States National Junior Team, anticipates some tough decisions to be made this week when many young American hopefuls begin their push to earning roster spots for their country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Coach Mark Osiecki will lead 30 invites at the USA Hockey selection camp that will take place on the campus of Boston University at Walter Brown Arena, Tuesday through Friday. The final 23-man roster, which will likely be revealed Dec. 24, might include 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders, according to Johannson.

"We'll do a combination of scrimmaging and practicing at camp where we can get into our philosophy and how we want to play as a team in building our identity," Osiecki said. "But I do want to have the competitive situations where we can see these kids compete against each other. The good thing is that we have a tremendous staff of player personnel people, so we have a lot of eyes on these guys."

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Dec. 14

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 1:22 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO WINS SEASON-BEST FIFTH STRAIGHT

Joffrey Lupul scored the shootout winner to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings. Toronto improved to 18-9-3 (39 points), including 9-1-1 in its past 11 games, and recorded a fifth consecutive win for the first time since winning six straight from Jan. 12-21. The Maple Leafs also now lead the NHL with 13 home wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Toronto won at least 13 of its first 20 home games was during the 2001-02 season, when the Maple Leafs started 14-5-1 at Air Canada Centre.

* While celebrating his 29th birthday, Mike Santorelli (1-1-2) opened the scoring and earned his 16th assist of the season, tying him for the Maple Leafs lead. The performance is the fifth multipoint game of the season for Santorelli, who has 13 points (3-1013) over his past 10 games. Combined with the win, Santorelli’s goal also improved Toronto to a League-leading 13-0-0 this season when scoring first. The Montreal Canadiens (11-0-0) are the only other team to remain undefeated when opening the scoring.


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Longtime NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun retires: report

Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:52 AM / News

NHL.com

Longtime NHL goalie Tomas Vokoun, who led the Nashville Predators to their first-ever playoff appearance in 2003-04, has decided to retire, according to Czech daily Sport.

"I think I can be proud of the career I had," he told the publication.

Vokoun played 700 games in 15 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Predators, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. He went 300-288-35-57 with a 2.55 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and 51 shutouts.

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