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 Posted: Mon Oct 24th, 2016 04:30 pm
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The Boston Bruins have recalled goalie Malcolm Subban on an emergency basis, the team announced Monday.

Starting goaltender Tuukka Rask did not participate in practice Monday, while backup Anton Khudobin reportedly left practice with an arm injury.

Malcolm Subban is at Bruins practice today with Anton Khudobin. No Rask.

— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) October 24, 2016
Bruins now w/ only one goalie, Subban, on ice. Khudobin off w/ apparent arm/wrist something or other.

— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) October 24, 2016
Subban has appeared in four games with the AHL's Providence Bruins this season, posting a 0-3-1 record and .846 save percentage.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed veteran winger Milan Michalek on waivers, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Michalek has appeared in all five Leafs games this season, recording a goal and an assist. The 31-year-old carries a $4-million cap hit.

The Maple Leafs also claimed forward Ben Smith on waivers Monday.

Smith has appeared in four games with the Colorado Avalanche this season. He split time last year between the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

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Frederik Andersen is the talk of the town, but for all the wrong reasons.

The Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender allowed seven goals on 23 shots against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, dropping his save percentage to .850 through five appearances to start the season.

To his credit, he's not shying away from his poor performance.

Andersen: "I've got to be better."

— James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 26, 2016
"You just got to challenge yourself to work harder, that's the only (way) to get out of it," Andersen added, per Mark Masters of TSN, while maintaining he's still adjusting to the new environment and his new teammates.

Earlier Tuesday, head coach Mike Babcock was forced to answer questions about Andersen's shoddy numbers, brushing them off due to the season being young and because the criticism was coming from Don Cherry, host of Coach's Corner.

Following the 7-3 loss to the Lightning, Babcock admitted it was a tough night for the goalie, adding that he kept Andersen in net to battle through it.

Still, Babcock believes better days are ahead.

"Obviously we talked about it earlier today and it hasn't gone as good as he would like it to go," Babcock said. "We're very confident in his ability. We do a lot of work in advance to know what he's capable of doing, he's done it for three years straight. It hasn't gone very good for him. Tonight would be, I think, a point for him where he'd want to regroup from.

"He's a proud guy and it's very important that we support him, but he's got to get to work too and do his part. It's all part of being on a team. You've got to pick one another up. It didn't bounce his way tonight for sure. He's not feeling as good about himself as he should be. In order to do that you've got to earn the right to feel good by doing good work."

Andersen signed a five-year, $25-million extension with the Maple Leafs upon being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks, with whom he recorded a .918 save percentage in 125 appearances.

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David Backes is going to need a little longer to heal.

The Boston Bruins forward had a minor elbow procedure performed Monday and his condition will be updated after this weekend, the club announced Wednesday.

That means, in all likelihood, the veteran will miss Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and Saturday's contest in Detroit against the Red Wings.

Austin Czarnik was recalled from the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence in a corresponding move.

Backes didn't play Tuesday night due to what the club would only refer to as a "minor issue" at the time. He has two goals and two assists in five games with the Bruins, with whom he signed a five-year, $30-million deal on July 1.

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Hampus Lindholm's holdout is over.

The Anaheim Ducks agreed to a six-year contract extension with the defenseman, the club announced Thursday.

The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $5.25 million, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

Lindholm reportedly needs to obtain a work visa, which could take as long as two weeks. He's now signed through 2021-22, but the Ducks need to make a move to get under the salary cap.

Here's how the contract breaks down, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register:

SEASON         CAP HIT ($M)


2016-17                 3


2017-18                 6


2018-19                 6.75


2019-20                 5.25


2020-21                 3.75


2021-22                 6.75



The 22-year-old became a restricted free agent this summer and hasn't played a game this season.

McKenzie reported earlier in October that the club wanted to sign Lindholm to a six-year deal at less than $5.4 million per season (Rasmus Ristolainen's deal with the Buffalo Sabres) and the blue-liner wanted more.

In his third season with Anaheim, Lindholm ranked second behind Cam Fowler among Ducks skaters in average time on ice, collecting 28 points in 80 games.

The Ducks selected Lindholm sixth overall in 2012.

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lobo316 wrote: Hampus Lindholm's holdout is over.

The Anaheim Ducks agreed to a six-year contract extension with the defenseman, the club announced Thursday.

The deal will carry an annual cap hit of $5.25 million, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

Lindholm reportedly needs to obtain a work visa, which could take as long as two weeks. He's now signed through 2021-22, but the Ducks need to make a move to get under the salary cap.

Here's how the contract breaks down, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register:

SEASON         CAP HIT ($M)


2016-17                 3


2017-18                 6


2018-19                 6.75


2019-20                 5.25


2020-21                 3.75


2021-22                 6.75



The 22-year-old became a restricted free agent this summer and hasn't played a game this season.

McKenzie reported earlier in October that the club wanted to sign Lindholm to a six-year deal at less than $5.4 million per season (Rasmus Ristolainen's deal with the Buffalo Sabres) and the blue-liner wanted more.

In his third season with Anaheim, Lindholm ranked second behind Cam Fowler among Ducks skaters in average time on ice, collecting 28 points in 80 games.

The Ducks selected Lindholm sixth overall in 2012.

Wonder on who they will trade.



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No St. Louis Blues player will ever wear No. 5 again.
Bob Plager's number will be retired in a pregame ceremony before the Blues host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 2, the club announced Friday.
The 73-year-old has been with the franchise since its inception in 1967; first as a player until 1975-76, and then in various other roles, including head coach, director of pro scouting, and director of player development.
His number was previously raised to the rafters when the Blues honored him for his franchise-long commitment and service, but it was never officially retired, and was worn most recently by defenseman Barret Jackman.
The most recent (and final) No. 5 congratulates the original No. 5. #Blues50 #stlbluespic.twitter.com/Oqvp4AhhxZ
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) October 28, 2016
Plager will become the seventh player in franchise history to have his number retired. Here are the others:

NO.     PLAYER
2       Al MacInnis
3       Bob Gassoff
8       Barclay Plager
11      Brian Sutter
16      Brett Hull
24      Bernie Federko

He and his brother, Barclay, will join Maurice and Henri Richard as the only brothers in NHL history to have their numbers retired by the same team.

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I'm a little surprised the Blues haven't retired Garry Unger's number 7.

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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow may have a resolution to the team's three-headed goalie situation.

After NHL agent Allan Walsh called out the Islanders for their handling of netminders Jaroslav Halak and Jean-Francois Berube - both represented by Walsh - the team has made it known they're willing to deal Halak, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Hard to figure out NY Islanders using 3 goalie system for 2nd year. Biggest issue is goalies don't get enough practice time to stay sharp.

— Allan Walsh (@walsha) October 29, 2016
Starting goalie for NY Islanders last game had only 1 quality practice in last 5 days before Penguins game. Going on 2 years of this now.

— Allan Walsh (@walsha) October 29, 2016
The Islanders also have Thomas Greiss, meaning the team is carrying three goaltenders. There is simply not enough crease time to go around, with Greiss appearing in three games, Halak playing five, and Berube yet to take the ice.

The Islanders do not want to send Berube to the team's AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, as he would need to clear waivers and they're not confident that would happen, considering the number of goalie injuries league-wide.

One example is the Los Angeles Kings, who lost starter Jonathan Quick for three months due to a groin injury. Interestingly enough, the Islanders claimed Berube off waivers from the Kings last season.

Berube posted a 3-2-0 record and .914 save percentage with the Islanders in 2015-16.

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PHILADELPHIA - Evgeni Malkin scored twice, including the tiebreaker in the third period, and Sidney Crosby also had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Matt Cullen also scored for the Penguins, who scored three times in a 55-second span in the first period while opening a four-game road trip with their fourth win in the last five. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 38 shots while making his ninth straight start (6-2-1).

Malkin's game-winner was his 300th career goal.

Jakub Voracek scored twice for the Flyers, and Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds each had one for Philadelphia. Steve Mason started and gave up three goals on 13 shots in the first period. Michal Neuvirth replaced him to start the second and finished with 12 saves on 14 shots.

Matt Murray, who led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup last season, was available as Fleury's backup. Murray, recovering from a broken hand, hasn't played this season.

Malkin put the Penguins ahead for good at 8:33 of the third with his milestone goal. Olli Maatta threw the puck toward the net. It bounced off the leg of Philadelphia's Brandon Manning and to the back post, where a wide-open Malkin shot past Neuvirth.

Crosby, who missed the first six games due to a concussion, has four goals and five points in three games since returning.

Trailing 2-0, the Penguins scored three goals during an electrifying 55 seconds late in the first period.

Crosby beat Mason short side from a bad angle with a top shelf wrist shot with 4:16 left in the period. Forty-three seconds later, Crosby netted a power-play goal after one-timing a pass from Patric Hornqvist in the slot that whizzed by Mason. And Cullen ended the onslaught with a wraparound tally with 3:21 remaining.

The only other time Philadelphia allowed three goals in 55 seconds or less was Nov. 23, 1991, when the Devils tallied three in 42 seconds in the second period of a 5-5 tie.

Pittsburgh capitalized on a turnover by Sean Couturier to take a 4-2 lead on Malkin's goal midway through the second period.

The Flyers got back within one goal on Giroux's power-play tally with 6:44 remaining in the period. Radko Gudas made a stellar play to keep the puck in the offensive zone before Wayne Simmonds fed Giroux for a one-timer from the slot that beat Fleury on the glove side.

The play was upheld after a lengthy review to determine whether Philadelphia was offside on the play.

And the Flyers tied it 2:12 later on Voracek's penalty shot, which was awarded after the Flyers' right wing was pulled down by Brian Dumoulin on a breakaway attempt.

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The Ottawa Senators will carry three goalies on their roster, allowing Craig Anderson the flexibility to be with the team, but more importantly with his wife Nicholle, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

As for the immediate future, Anderson is in the process of rejoining Ottawa. Elliotte Friedman reported on Hockey Night in Canada's "Saturday Headlines" that Nicholle suggested Craig travel for Sunday's game in Edmonton with Andrew Hammond unavailable due to injury.

Hammond will be out at least a week with his groin problem. Chris Driedger and Matt O'Connor will be with the Senators until he's fit to return.

It's unknown if Anderson will start versus Edmonton.

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Craig Anderson went back to work, and did his job to the very best of his abilities.

The end result was a 2-0 win for the Ottawa Senators over the Edmonton Oilers in Anderson's first start since rejoining the club following the announcement of his wife's cancer diagnosis.

Anderson stopped 37 shots to earn his 35th career shutout, and was mobbed by his teammates in an emotional celebration at the final buzzer. He was named the game's first star, and came back out on the ice to a raucous ovation from the knowing Oilers faithful.

The win also marked Anderson's second straight shutout after he stopped all 22 shots against in Vancouver on Oct. 25.

Anderson missed the Senators previous game - a loss in Calgary on Oct. 28 - having traveled back to Ottawa to be with his family.

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Second sources of income across the NHL may be lost as soon as Monday, as the parent company for equipment manufacturer Bauer prepares to file for bankruptcy protection, TSN's Rick Westhead reports.

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Auston Matthews are among athletes who have signed endorsement deals with Bauer.

Westhead reports Performance Sports Group Ltd. expects a $424-million debt by the end of 2016. In addition, its shareholders filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of inflating revenue and sales reports and deceiving the market.

NHL players could lose deals valued at upwards of $500,000.

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A Toronto Maple Leafs forward has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for October, but not the one who scored four goals on opening night.

The distinction instead goes to William Nylander, whose four goals and seven assists in nine games topped the six goals and four assists recorded by teammate Auston Matthews in the same span.

Nylander leads all rookies in assists and total points, and his 31 shots on goal rank second only to Matthews. Only Matthews, Patrik Laine, and Jimmy Vesey have recorded more goals.

Drafted eighth overall by Toronto in 2014, Nylander scored six goals and added seven assists in 22 games for the Maple Leafs last season.

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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber, and Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault were named the NHL's three stars for the month of October on Tuesday.

McDavid leads the NHL in total points through the first few weeks of the season, recording five goals and seven assists for an Oilers team that sits first in the Western Conference and second overall in the league standings.

Weber made a good impression with his new club by leading all defensemen with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in nine games while helping the Canadiens get off to a first-place start with a record of 8-0-1.

The surprising name here, of course, is third star Marchessault, who shares the league lead with six goals and is tied for third overall with 11 points through nine games with the Panthers.

Marchessault recorded a career-high 18 points in 45 games with Tampa Bay last season.

Not bad for a player making only $750,000 this season.

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