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Jean-Sebastien Giguere is the probable goaltender for Sunday's contest against Anaheim.

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco has penciled Giguere in, but he hasn't committed to it yet. How Semyon Varlamov plays on Saturday might be a factor. Giguere has a 2.48 GAA and .919 save percentage in three games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Will Butcher has officially become an unrestricted free agent.

Last season's Hobey Baker Award winner was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he has decided not to sign with the club before yesterday's deadline. The 22-year-old had 37 points in 43 contests during his final year at the University of Denver in 2016-17. The Sabres, Devils Golden Knights and Penguins have already been rumored to be in the running for his services.
Aug 16 - 8:37 AM

Kansas City is still on the radar to get an NHL expansion team, according to Bill Daly.

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider. In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 5:38 PM

Shane Prince will be out anywhere between four to six months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Prince was dealing with a high ankle sprain late in the season. During his rehabilitation in the summer, he felt increasing discomfort and was then told he needed surgery to repair the injury. The 24-year-old had five goals and 18 points in 50 games with the Islanders last season.
Aug 14 - 4:49 PM

Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet isn't sure when Jakob Chychrun will be able to return from a knee injury, but he expects to be at some point in the 2017-18 season.

"He's just a beast," Tocchet said. "If this happened to somebody else, you might have a guy who's out for the year. I don't know the timeframe (for his recovery), but it's not for the year. It's something that he's going to bounce back (from). He's an animal. It's almost like we've got to crank this kid down a little bit." The Coyotes will update Chychrun's status from knee surgery at training camp.
Aug 13 - 1:38 PM

Former hockey executive and coach Bryan Murray passed away Saturday morning at the age of 74.

Murray was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 that spread into his liver and lungs. "Bryan was one of the greatest men that the game of hockey has ever known and also a great father, mentor and teacher," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Geri, daughters, Heide and Brittany and the entire Murray family on their loss." Murray coached for 18 seasons in the NHL, while amassing 620 victories, and worked as the GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Mighty Ducks and Senators. Our condolences go out to his family and friends for their loss.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 12 - 1:55 PM

Anders Bjork admits that the chance to challenge for an NHL roster spot was part of the reason why he turned pro.

"That was definitely a factor," said Bjork, who decided not to return for his senior year with Notre Dame. "[General manager] Don Sweeney told me there is good opportunity here, especially for wingers. That's exciting for me." He shoots from the left side, but is more comfortable at right wing. If he plays on the left then he could have a better chance at landing a spot on the second line because David Pastrnak and David Backes could line up on the right.
Aug 11 - 5:21 PM

Henrik Sedin just wants to focus on this season.

"We think about our future on a regular basis, and we've said we're going to take it year by year now," said Henrik referring to himself and his twin brother, Daniel. "This year, we want to prove we can still play at a high level, and that's up to us to do. And we know that if we do, it'll be easier to answer those questions later in the year. So that's our mindset." He registered just 35 assists last season, which was his fewest in a full NHL campaign since he had 31 in 2003-04. Henrik concluded the year with 50 points in 82 contests. Daniel struggled as well with 15 goals 44 points in 82 games The Sedins want to help Vancouver move up the standings this season, but they'll need to have much better statistical performances to make that happen. Henrik and Daniel will enter the fourth season of their four-year, $28 million contracts in 2017-18.
Aug 11 - 12:12 PM

Edmonton has signed 2017 first-round pick Kailer Yamamoto to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Yamamoto was selected 22nd overall back in June. The diminutive forward amassed 42 goals and 99 points in 65 contests for Spokane of the WHL last year. He was also a standout performer at the World Junior Summer Showcase for the United States.
Aug 10 - 7:27 PM

Henrik Lundqvist is recovered from the knee injury he suffered during the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

Lundqvist helped lead Sweden to a gold-medal victory despite suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee during the semifinal round. "I've been skating a few times now and I feel good," Lundqvist said. "Obviously, I have some work ahead of me, but it's a similar feeling. ... When you step on the ice, that's the time for me when I really ramp it up and increase the workload, and I enjoy that." The Rangers netminder added that his off-season training wasn't disrupted by the injury and he is getting ready for training camp. Lundqvist is looking to be more consistent in 2017-18 after he felt the lows last year "were a little too low."
Aug 10 - 5:24 PM

Alexander Wennberg isn't worried about his contract situation.

"Eventually it's going to work out," Wennberg said. "Even though I have to wait a little longer than expected, that's a part of it. But you can't really let that get to your head. Right now, I'm focusing on training and focusing on [this] season and it's going to work out. Time will tell. I'm not too stressed out about it either." The 22-year-old center has been working on getting stronger during the summer. Wennberg is a restricted free agent after completing a three-year deal worth $4.2 million. He produced career-highs in 2016-17 with 13 goals, 46 assists and 59 points in 80 games. Wennberg intends to shoot more and is projected to play with Artemi Panarin this campaign, which should push him over the 60-point mark.
Aug 10 - 4:51 PM

Matt Murray still feels he has plenty to prove as he establishes himself as a go-to starting goalie in the NHL.

"I feel like I haven't really done anything yet," said Murray, who has won two Stanley Cups before shedding his rookie status. "I definitely don't view myself as anything other than a guy who's just trying to prove myself and be the best hockey player I can be. A year and a half even though we've won both times? I don't think it really says a whole lot in the long run. I think I have a long way to go, and I feel like I'm just kind of getting started." The 23-year-old netminder has appeared in only 62 NHL games, but he has posted impressive statistics. Murray owns a 41-12-5 career record with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. His numbers are even better in the playoffs, where he has posted a mark of 22-9 with a 1.95 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Murray has enjoyed a great start to his career and there is no reason to believe he will slow down anytime soon.
Aug 10 - 10:33 AM




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