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The Toronto Maple Leafs list James Reimer as their No. 1 goalie but newly acquired netminder Jonathan Bernier makes no attempts to camouflage his objective.

"I’ve been waiting. . .to get my chance (to start)," said Bernier, traded to the Leafs in June for Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a conditional draft pick. Bernier showed what he could do in his limited appearances with the Los Angeles Kings, but admits to being frustrated at getting stuck behind Jonathan Quick. "It was very frustrating. That’s hockey," said Bernier. "When you get your chance, you’ve got to take it. That’s what happened with Jonathan Quick. He was there before me. Never really gave me a chance to prove what I could do. But he’s one of the best goalies in the NHL. It was hard for me after that to try to steal the job." In Toronto, it'll be different. Reimer performed admirably in the role in 2013, bouncing back from an injury-filled 2011-12 campaign that brought a legion of doubters. Reimer has one year left on a deal at $1.8 million, after which he will become a restricted free agent. Bernier got a two-year deal at $2.9 million a year.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Aaron Ekblad has already broken Florida's franchise record for assists by a rookie defenseman.

He has 14 helpers in 32 games, which surpasses Dmitry Kulikov's total of 13 during the 2009-10 campaign. Ed Jovanovski had 21 points as a rookie and Ekblad is close to breaking that record as well. He leads all rookie blueliners in goals (5), assists (14), points (19) and plus-minus (plus-6). He also ranks second among all first-year players with 22:05 of average ice time per game.
Dec 26 - 6:25 AM

Jack Eichel's presence alone makes the United States a contender in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship, which kicks off on Boxing Day in Toronto and Montreal.

Eichel is widely considered as the best U.S. prospect since Mike Modano in 1988. He would be a shoe-in for first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft if it weren't for Canadian prodigy Connor McDavid, who seems to have the edge on Eichel for now. Nonetheless, a New Year's Eve showdown between the two marvels might shift the tide if Eichel can outshine McDavid. The Boston University freshman will be one to watch over the tournament, along with 16-year-old Austin Matthews and 18-year-old's Alex Tuch, Sonny Milano and Dylan Larkin.
Dec 25 - 11:48 PM

Curtis Lazar is set to captain Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships, which get rolling on Boxing Day in Toronto and Montreal.

Lazar will lead a deep Canadian squad that includes a strong array of top-end forwards. Eight Canadians were first round NHL draft picks, and of course there is Connor McDavid who will be one of the top two picks in 2015. Team Canada will face immense pressure trying to win their first Juniors tournament since 2009 in front of the home crowd, and will be an exciting team to watch due to their offensive firepower.
Dec 25 - 11:36 PM

Ben Bishop appears as though he'll be back from a lower-body injury on Saturday.

Tampa Bay reassigned Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was up with the team on an emergency basis, to the minors on Wednesday. He played well during Bishop's absence, picking up two wins in three appearances. We'll keep you posted but it looks like fantasy owners will get Bishop back this weekend.
Dec 25 - 10:59 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been returned to AHL Syracuse.

He was up with the Lightning on an emergency recall, but Ben Bishop is poised to return to the lineup on Saturday. Vasilevskiy was impressive in three appearances with Tampa Bay. He posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.
Dec 24 - 4:43 PM

John Scott has been suspended for four games for punching an unsuspecting opponent.

The incident occurred on Monday when he hit Anaheim forward Tim Jackman in front of the Ducks goal. Jackman was injured on the play and Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA. He will be eligible to return on Jan. 5 when the Sharks begin a three-game road trip in Winnipeg.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 24 - 2:38 PM

Stephen Weiss logged just 8:55 of ice time in his return to the lineup from a shoulder injury on Tuesday night.

He appeared to receive an elbow to the head from Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov, which removed him from the game. However, Weiss insists that he's fine. "I didn't see him," he said. "I couldn't tell you what happened. I was a little woozy there but I feel fine. I had my bell rung a little bit but I went through the protocol." We'll keep him as active for now. The Wings play Saturday against Ottawa in their first game back from the Christmas break.
Dec 24 - 10:44 AM

Niklas Kronwall exited Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.

He was sandwiched by two members of the Buffalo Sabres in the second period and stayed on the bench for a few shifts before heading to the locker room for the rest of the game. Kronwall is listed as day-to-day for now and he'll try to recover during the Christmas break.
Dec 24 - 10:37 AM

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters thinks Jordan Staal (leg) might return on Monday.

That's in line with his previous predictions, but the closer we get to that date, the more likely Staal's return seems to be. It will be interesting to see if the Hurricanes ease Staal into the lineup given that he's missed the entire season to date. In that vein, we recommend tempering your early expectations for Staal as he might need some time to get up to speed.
Dec 24 - 5:49 AM

Semyon Varlamov celebrated his return to the lineup Tuesday with a 26-save shutout against the Blues.

Varlamov missed a couple of weeks of action due to another recurrence of his groin injury, but looked to be in top form in his return. The victory improves his record to 5-6-5 while his GAA falls to 3.01 and his save percentage rises to .913.
Dec 24 - 1:52 AM

Tyler Johnson buried three goals for the Lightning on Tuesday night as they defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 4-3.

Johnson's sophomore campaign has been fantastic overall and his play of late has been even more notable. He is currently in the midst of a five-game point streak during which he has collected five goals and three assists. Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Bolts while Ondrej Palat drew three helpers in the win.
Dec 24 - 12:15 AM




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