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The Florida Panthers ink Matt Gilroy to a one-year, two-way contract.

Gilroy had no points in 15 games with the New York Rangers last season. He might be able to earn a spot on the Panthers' opening game roster.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin has seven years left on a contract that will pay him $10 million annually beginning next season, but he finished this regular season out of the playoffs and with a dreadful minus-35 rating, third worst in the NHL.

That stat marked the latest flash point to debate whether the controversial winger should focus on becoming better on defense and whether the Capitals should make a split from the player who reinvigorated the area as a hockey market. For his part, Ovechkin said he won't request a trade — beginning July 1 a limited no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect allowing him to list up to 10 teams each year to whom he would accept one — and there’s been no indication Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would entertain the idea of parting with the face of the franchise. When asked after the Caps concluded their season having missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 whether he should eschew his offensive focus, Ovechkin rebuffed the notion, saying: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50. You can’t point [at] one guy in position, say he didn’t do his job — look at everybody’s numbers. Watch the video, and everybody have a bad year."
Apr 19 - 11:43 AM

If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.

Lamoriello said despite the organization’s reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta’s younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Apr 19 - 11:33 AM

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang made a mistake and hurt his team by slashing Blue Jackets rookie Boone Jenner in response to a hit late in the second period of Game 1 on Wednesday.

So Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma sat Letang on the bench for nearly eight minutes afterward. The Blue Jackets did not score on that power play, but Letang had two penalties, no shots and a minus-1 rating in the game. He also had a turnover that led to a shorthanded goal by Derek MacKenzie that gave the Jackets a 3-1 lead earlier in the second period. "I think going into a series, there are certain players that you’re looking to put a dent on and go after and forecheck and be physical on," Bylsma said. "Kris is one of those guys for our team. ... I didn’t like the response from Kris. I think he got a message, whether it was … not playing or a nice talk. He got a message." Another might have been sent Friday, when Letang was demoted to the second power-play unit during practice. He was put on a pair with defenseman Paul Martin while Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin worked the points with the first unit.
Apr 19 - 10:04 AM

Jimmy Howard found his mojo on Friday night, kicking aside all 25 Bruins shots to lift Detroit to a 1-0 victory in Game 1.

Howard was fantastic, making clutch saves down the stretch to keep the game tied, while Pavel Datsyuk's late goal gave the Red Wings an unlikely victory. The Red Wings goaltender will need to be better than he was during the regular season in order for Detroit to make a run. Howard was 21-19-11 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average during the year. Friday night was a good start.
Apr 18 - 10:38 PM

Pavel Datsyuk's marvellous third period goal was all the Red Wings needed on Friday night, as they held on to beat the heavily favoured Bruins in Game 1 by a score of 1-0.

Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone, stickhandled his way through multiple Bruins just over the blueline and fired home a deadly wrister past Tukka Rask with just 3:01 to go in the game. The goal gave the Red Wings home ice advantage and a 1-0 series lead against Boston with Game 2 coming on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 10:27 PM

Carey Price's shutout bid was spoiled with under two minutes remaining in Game 2, but the star goaltender still got the all important victory in Friday night's battle with the Lightning.

Price made 26 saves on 27 shots and was much better than he was during Wednesday night's Game 1, where he allowed four goals and made 21 saves in the wild overtime victory. A strong team performance suffocated the Bolts' offense, and put the series momentum squarely in the hands of the Canadiens. Price improves his mediocre career playoff record to 11 wins and 17 losses.
Apr 18 - 10:02 PM

Rene Bourque drove the Canadiens past the Lightning in Game 2 on Friday night, scoring two goals in the Habs’ 4-1 victory in Tampa Bay.

Bourque’s first goal is making the rounds on the highlight reels, as the veteran split the Bolts’ defense and poked the puck past a sprawling Anders Lindback. That goal stood as the game-winner, while Bourque’s second marker increased the Habs’ lead to 3-0 and essentially putting the game out of reach in the third period for the hometown Lightning.
Apr 18 - 9:43 PM

Frederik Andersen is projected to play between the pipes again on Friday.

Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in their playoff opener on Wednesday. Obviously, the fact that they're sticking with Andersen doesn't bode well for Jonas Hiller, who might not be offered a contract extension before his current deal runs out this summer.
Apr 18 - 1:38 PM

T.J. Oshie is skating Friday morning with a few players who did not play Thursday night against Chicago.

He has been skating on his own this week as he awaits clearance to participate in contact practices. At least Oshie seems to be getting closer to a return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 18 - 1:37 PM

Steve Mason (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.

"It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step," Mason said."I felt good." He faced shots during the morning skate and might be ready to return on Sunday. He missed the Flyers' final regular season game and playoff opener.
Apr 18 - 1:19 PM

Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period gave the Blues a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.

Steen knocked a nifty little pass from Steve Ott into the back of the net soon after the third extra frame began and sent the Blues fans home happy. Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis in the thrilling victory. If the rest of the series is as exciting as this game, it could lead to widespread heart attacks for fans of both teams.
Apr 18 - 12:41 AM




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