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 Posted: Thu Nov 20th, 2014 01:49 am
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McQuaid appeared to get injured after blocking a shot by the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk early in the second period. He was stuck on the ice for another minute before he was able to leave the ice and head to the locker room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.


Boston's blueline takes another hit as McQuaid is now out for 4-6 weeks.


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An already depleted Boston Bruins blue line has taken another hit.

The team announced on Wednesday that defenceman Adam McQuaid will be out six-to-eight weeks with a broken thumb. The injury occurred in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The Bruins are already without the services of defencemen Zdeno Chara (knee, injured reserve) and Kevan Miller (upper body, injured reserve), while rearguard Dougie Hamilton is day-to-day with flu-like symptoms.

In 20 games played this season, the 28-year-old Charlottetown, PEI native has a goal and an assist. In his sixth NHL season, all with the Bruins, McQuaid averages over 19 minutes of ice-time a night.

The Bruins, currently third in the Atlantic Division, are next in action on Friday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.



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NEW YORK – Ron Hextall was a model of calm seething.

The Philadelphia Flyers general manager watched his team drop a 2-0 decision at the New York Rangers, in an uninspired effort. There was no push, no momentum. The Flyers went quietly in a four-point game in the Metro Division, dropping to 7-8-2 on the season.

“Yeah, yeah, that bothered me a lot. I didn’t think … we didn’t come out hungry enough. We didn’t play well. We gotta be a lot better than that," said Hextall, his words measured.

This was a different Hextall than the one who entered the Flyers’ changing room after the game. While reporters huddled around goalie Steve Mason, who was by far the team’s best player on Wednesday night, Hextall could be heard bellowing at the players.

"ARE YOU F--KING KIDDING ME? THAT'S F--KING EMBARRASSING! JESUS F--KING CHRIST!" he said, before opening the door to the room, entering another room and slamming it shut emphatically. It was enough to make Mason whip his head around during his scrum.

It was the kind of fire Hextall used to exhibit during his playing days in Philly, as one of the most firey goalies in NHL history. Luckily, it appeared his players escaped without taking a trademark Hextall stick to the mouth.

Was this the first time Hextall had gone in to lecture his players after a loss this season?

“Went in where?” he responded serenely, about 10 minutes after his rant.

Into the changing room.

“Hollered at who?”

The players.

“I haven’t done it [this season]," he said, before being pressed. "I’m not gonna confirm or deny. I’ll just say I was very disappointed.”

And with that, the postgame conversation with the Flyers’ GM ended.

His evasion was understandable. No general manager wants it out there that he read the team the riot act in November, just like no prideful competitor like Hextall wants to confirm that his team laid an egg in Madison Square Garden against one of their chief rivals.

But they did, and Hextall had to.

“He’s probably not very happy with that performance. I don’t blame him,” said Coach Craig Berube.

Said forward Jakub Voracek: “The first two periods, we didn’t skate. Late on the puck everywhere, losing battles. You’re not going to win games like that."

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The Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 2-0 decision to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, and may have lost defenseman Michael Del Zotto in the process.

Del Zotto dropped to the ice in an attempt to break up a 2-on-1 rush early in the third period. He was seen skating gingerly to the bench afterwards, and did not return to the game.Del Zotto has been deemed questionable for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild with a lower-body injury.

Signed to a one-year deal by the Flyers this past summer, Del Zotto has scored two goals and added six assists while averaging 21 minutes in 17 games this season.

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is reportedly bankrupt.

The veteran blue-liner filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7 and has a hearing set for January, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

“I’d say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path,” Johnson said last week. “I’ve got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It’s something I should have done a long time ago.”

Despite earning more than $20 million in his nine-year career with the Los Angeles Kings and Blue Jackets - not including the $5 million he'll earn this season - Johnson has reportedly been in financial trouble for nearly four years.

Just prior to inking a seven-year, $30.5-million contract with the Kings in 2011, and three years after he parted ways with agent Pat Brisson, Johnson signed a power of attorney that reportedly granted his mother full control of his finances.

According to the report, Johnson's mother took out nearly 20 high-interest loans in her son's name, leading to a series of defaults and three lawsuits against Johnson, one of which is still pending.

From the report:

Tina Johnson borrowed at least $15 million in her son’s name against his future earnings, sources told The Dispatch, taking out a series of high-interest loans - perhaps as many as 18 - from non-conventional lenders that resulted in a series of defaults.

Johnson has cut off contact with his family, a source told Portzline.

The third overall pick in 2005, Johnson spent five-plus seasons with the Kings and is in his fourth with the Blue Jackets.

He is scheduled to earn $5 million per season until 2017-18.

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Bob McKenzie ( who's usually pretty dry on TV ) really gets off a good one on Mike Milbury during yesterday's NBCSN telecast:






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Andrew Shaw has been ruled out of Thursday's game against Calgary Flames with an unspecified upper-body injury.

The injury is not expected to keep Shaw out of the lineup for an extended period of time.

#Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Andrew Shaw's upper-body injury: "It’s not serious but tough to say exactly what."

— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) November 20, 2014
Quenneville added Shaw practiced Wednesday and seemed fine at that time.

The 23-year-old recorded three goals, three assists and 19 penalty minutes in 18 games this season.

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Lindy Ruff is shaking up his blue line in an attempt to put the Stars on a better course.

With his club stuck in the basement of the Central Division, the Dallas head coach appears set to insert rookie Jyrki Jokipakka into the lineup in lieu of Jordie Benn for Thursday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Jokipakka - a seventh-round pick at the 2011 Draft - will be playing in his fourth game at the NHL level after scoring five goals and adding 16 assists in 68 games for the AHL's Texas Stars last season. Ruff likes his game and what he saw from the 22-year-old during training camp.

“[I liked] his defending, overall,” Ruff told the team's website. “He’s played against some pretty good lines, and his defending through those games and in the preseason was good."

Ruff's decision to bench Jordie Benn was reflective of his assessment of the team's defense as a whole: "I think he’s had some good games and maybe had some tough ones, but you can say that for a lot of our defensemen.”

The Stars have a 26th ranked goal differential of minus-14, and will need to make positive strides and quick if they have any hope of climbing back into playoff contention.

Whether Jokipakka is the answer or general manager Jim Nill has a trick up his sleeve remains to be seen.

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has resumed skating after missing about a month with a finger injury, and head coach Jon Cooper said the team needs him now more than ever.

“I don’t want to throw numbers out but he’s a top-10-slash-top-five defenseman in the NHL,” Cooper told Ken Campbell of the Hockey News. “You pull the top defenseman from any team in this league and everybody would have issues. We’ve weathered this storm without him, but we can’t go much longer.”

Hedman has missed 15 games after having surgery to repair a fractured finger in late October. He was given a four-to-six-week timetable and remains on track for a return in early December.

The Lightning are 10-4-1 in games without Hedman since he suffered the injury, and they trail the first-place Montreal Canadiens by a single point in the Atlantic Division.

Hedman's injury has forced veteran blue-liners Anton Stralman, Matt Carle and Jason Garrison to play more than 20 minutes per game in his absence. Carle played nearly 26 minutes in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

“The line we use in Tampa is, ‘(Hedman is) a fortnight away,’" Cooper said. “That’s our new hockey term.”

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NHL has postponed the Sabres' home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night due to a severe lake-effect storm hitting the Buffalo region.

The league made the announcement Thursday and said a makeup date has not yet been determined.

The decision comes while many communities south and east of downtown Buffalo have been blanked by a storm that has dumped 5 feet of snow since Monday. Another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

Though downtown Buffalo, where the Sabres play, is mostly unaffected by the storm, there are numerous driving bans throughout the region which make it difficult for fans to get to the arena.

On Tuesday, an estimated crowd of 6,200 was able to attend Buffalo's 4-1 home win against San Jose.

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A couple of minor deals completed today.


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The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for left wing Rene Bourque.

Allen, 34, has appeared in six games with the Ducks this season, registering one assist.
In 716 career NHL games with the Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes, Allen has scored 29 goals and 106 assists.

He was originally selected fourth overall by the Canucks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Allen is in the final year of a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

Bourque, 32, has appeared in 13 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, registering two assists. He was placed on waivers and assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL on Nov. 10. He scored two goals and two assists in four games with the Bulldogs.

In 573 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames, Bourque has scored 142 goals and 136 assists.

Bourque is in the fifth year of a six-year, $20 million deal.

Neither team retained salary in the trade.

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The Edmonton Oilers have acquired centre Kellan Lain from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for centre Will Acton.

Lain, 25, has registered one assist in 10 games with the American Hockey league's Utica Comets this season.

In nine career NHL games with the Canucks, he has cored one goal and registered 21 penalty minutes.

Acton has seen three games with the Oilers this season, registering no points and five penalty minutes.

He has played 33 career games, all with the Oilers, scoring three goals and two assists.



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The NHL has postponed Friday's NHL game in Buffalo.

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Amid a storm that has already seen five-and-half feet of snow dumped on western New York and up to three feet more expected by Thursday night, the NHL announced that Friday's contest between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center has been postponed. A make-up date will be announced later.

"Hockey seems like a very small thing when a city is going through what we're going through right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said in a scrum on Thursday.

A sparse crowd attended Tuesday night's win over the San Jose Sharks with the massive storm ongoing.

The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to host the New York Jets on Sunday. An estimated 220,000 tonnes of snow needs to be removed from Ralph Wilson Stadium for that to be feasible.

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the game going on as scheduled would be "impractical."

"Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first," Cuomo said in a news conference. "At this point in time, doing what we have to do with the driving ban and everything we just said -- staying off the roads -- would make a Bills game impractical."
 



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Eric Lindros & John LeClair get inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers HOF tonight. Hopefully the Big " E " will get His rightful due and finally get into the HHOF very soon.



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The Dallas Stars have signed center Jason Spezza to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth an average of $7.5 million per season and includes a no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com on Friday.

"Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas," general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team."

Spezza, 31, was slated to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Spezza is coming off a seven-year, $49 million deal he signed in Ottawa. The Senators met his trade demand request last summer and dealt him to the Stars.

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A pair of defencemen switched places on Friday afternoon when the Dallas Stars shipped Brenden Dillon to the San Jose Sharks for Jason Demers. The Stars will also receive a third-round draft pick in 2016.

Dillon, 24, is in his third NHL campaign. He has an assist in 20 games played and is averaging close to 21 minutes a night in ice-time. Dillon is making $1.25 million this season and will be a restricted free agent at year's end. The New Westminster, BC native was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

A sixth-year NHLer, Demers has three assists this season also in 20 games played. Demers is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $6.8 million. Demers, a native of Dorval, Quebec, played his junior hockey with Moncton of the QMJHL before being taken in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks.

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Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Daniel Alfredsson's comeback bid is about to end.

Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson.

Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action.

The veteran forward, regarded as one of the NHL's most respected leaders, earned his place among the game's top two-way forwards based on a relentless work ethic combined with a creativity that produced 444 goals and 713 assists for a total of 1,157 points in 1,246 NHL games.

Alfredsson, a sixth-round pick of the Ottawa Senators, spent 17 seasons in Ottawa, 14 as captain. He was a community leader, a tireless supporter of local charities and to many the identity of a Senators team that enjoyed many successful seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Following a lengthy contract dispute, Alfredsson left the nation's capital in July of 2013 to join the Detroit Red Wings - an emotional decision that leaves some to question how his place in Ottawa Senators history will be recognized and when.

It seems fitting the Senators will play a key role in Alfredsson's announcement, as well as his future in the game.

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