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 Posted: Thu Nov 17th, 2016 10:25 pm
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It's not all bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning on the injury front.

After TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Thursday that Steven Stamkos is likely to miss at least four months with a meniscus tear, head coach Jon Cooper confirmed that forward Jonathan Drouin will return to the lineup when the club takes on the Buffalo Sabres, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

Related: Lightning can manage in Stamkos' absence, for however long it is

Drouin had missed the past seven games with what the team deemed an upper-body injury.

The 21-year-old should help alleviate some of the offense lost in Stamkos' absence, as the club's captain sits just a single point behind Mark Scheifele and teammate Nikita Kucherov for the league lead.

That being said, Drouin will enter the lineup having gone pointless in six of his last seven games after starting the season with a three-game point streak.

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After a career cut short by multiple head injuries, former Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard plans to have his brain posthumously donated to science to benefit concussion research.

Savard opened up to The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld in a lengthy interview published Thursday, in which he recounted his final concussion, talked about life after the NHL, and expressed disappointment about his career's premature end.

"I'm 39," he said. "I still should be playing, right? I miss it. I was an intense player when I played. I just miss the competition."

Savard decided to donate his brain so it can be studied for possible effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that's been found in former NFL and NHL players, as well as wrestlers - all of whom endured repeated head trauma.

He was limited to 25 regular season games in his final season of 2010-11, and didn't appear in a 2011 playoff game for the Bruins, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.

"Just not to be able to be on the ice with the guys, knowing that I could contribute, was probably the toughest thing," he said.

The sixth and final concussive blow to Savard's head came on a hit by then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick.

"I got down on my knees there and I just saw pitch black with my eyes open, and I can remember (trainer) Donny (DelNegro) coming out," he recalled. "I said, 'Donny, I don't know what's wrong here, but I'm dying. I can't see anything.' And my eyes were open, so I was quite scared there."

Savard spent parts of 14 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers, and Bruins.

He's now coaching minor hockey in Peterborough, Ontario, and while he wishes he could still be playing, he appears satisfied teaching the game to others.

"The good thing is that I'm helping kids today - earlier than I should have - get better at the game that gave me everything I have."

Savard is still under contract with the New Jersey Devils, who acquired his rights from the Florida Panthers in June, but if and when he officially hangs up the skates, he knows which organization he'll do it with.

"I'd love to retire a Bruin," he said.

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An injury to captain Steven Stamkos doesn't have general manager Steve Yzerman scrambling to make a deal.

The team confirmed on Thursday that Stamkos will miss approximately four months with a torn meniscus and while the team could open up a large amount of cap space if they decide to place Stamkos on long-term injured reserve, general manager Steve Yzerman doesn't feel bringing in a high-end player to replace Stamkos is quite feasible.

"At this time, it's not realistic to think I can go out and acquire (someone)," Yzerman said, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. "Even if I could acquire a player with a significant cap number, I'd have to be scrambling when Stammer came back. So let's wait and see for time being.

"I'm certainly open to exploring anything."

In the meantime, Yzerman admits that he would rather weather the storm with the team he has and give other players a chance to prove themselves in a bigger role.

"We're significantly a better team with Stammer in the lineup than without," Yzerman said. "But in the past we've been able to overcome injuries to various players and still remain competitive and reached the playoffs. We've been fortunate players have stepped in and given an increased role, regardless of who's been out, and have done the job for us. We expect and hope that the guys who are in the lineup can handle the added workload."

This is not unfamiliar territory for the Lightning. During the 2013-14 season Stamkos was limited to just 37 games after breaking his tibia. In his absence the Lightning still managed to finish second in the Atlantic Division with 101 points. Last season, the Lightning reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final with Stamkos MIA for much of the season while suffering from blood clots.

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The Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly trying to trade a defenseman they once drafted in the first round.

Ryan Murphy is being actively shopped by the club and he'll likely be on the move, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Murphy has one point in four games, and only Klas Dahlbeck has been given less average ice time (12:13) than Murphy (13:06) among Hurricanes defensemen this season.

The 12th overall pick in 2011 is under contract for $750,000 in 2016-17 and $825,000 next season.

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A broken finger will keep Bobby Ryan out of the Ottawa Senators' lineup when they take on the Florida Panthers Saturday night, head coach Guy Boucher announced.

Ryan suffered the injury during the club's 5-1 loss at the hands of the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. He's struggled out of the gate this season, with just three goals and three assists in 17 games.

To make matters worse for Ottawa, forward Mike Hoffman is dealing with an undisclosed injury and is also "less than likely" to suit up against the Panthers, according to Boucher.

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New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad will be out six-to-eight weeks after suffering a broken fibula Sunday versus the Florida Panthers, head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed.
Zibanejad got tangled with Panthers forward Reilly Smith and crashed awkwardly into the end boards behind the Rangers goal.


It's a serious blow to the Rangers and Zibanejad, who joined the Blueshirts in a trade over the summer.
In 18 games this season the 23-year-old has recorded 14 points for the league's best attack, including five on the powerplay.














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The NHL All-Star Fan Vote will be back, but with several stipulations that could prevent the next John Scott from becoming an international hero.

The league announced new requirements Monday, pertaining to the 2017 All-Star voting rules.

Once again, fans will select one player from each division (without regard for position), and each winner will be named an All-Star captain.

But, here's what's different this time around:

Eligible players must be on an NHL club's active roster as of Nov. 1. Any player who's not - due to injury or special circumstances - can be added to the ballot if/when he returns.
If a player is assigned or loaned to the American Hockey League (AHL) or any other minor-league team between Nov. 1 and 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 26, the player is ineligible. However, if the minor-league assignment/loan is due to conditioning reasons, the player remains eligible.
If a vote leader is disqualified due to a minor-league assignment or loan (or other reason) after voting closes on Jan. 2, the player with the second-most votes in that division will be named captain.
The new guidelines were clearly a response to Scott's unlikely election to the game last winter, following an online movement that culminated in the enforcer captaining the Pacific Division, while scoring twice and being named MVP in Nashville.

All-Star weekend is scheduled for Jan. 28 and 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. Fans can begin voting Dec. 1.

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Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic was placed on injured reserve and is expected to be out for eight weeks with an ankle ailment, the club announced Monday.

Petrovic was hurt blocking a shot against the Montreal Canadiens last Tuesday, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The announcement comes on the same day Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad was cleared to make his season debut Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Petrovic has five points in 16 games, logging an average ice time of 17:55.

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The Carolina Hurricanes have placed Eddie Lack on injured reserve after the netminder suffered a concussion Monday at practice.

Carolina has tapped Michael Leighton to fill the void with an emergency recall from Charlotte of the American Hockey League.

Cam Ward's resurgence has limited Lack's opportunities this season. He owns a forgettable .856 save percentage in five appearances, winning once.

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The San Jose Sharks and stud defenseman Brent Burns have made serious progress on a contract extension, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

Still some details that need ironing out that will decide if the deal ultimately gets done or not but certainly lots of progress, I'm told

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 22, 2016
Burns was a key cog in San Jose's run to the Stanley Cup Final last year. He paced the team's blue line, appearing in all 82 regular-season games while posting 75 points, before adding another 24 points in 24 playoff contests. This season, he's recorded 16 points in 19 games.

A pending unrestricted free agent, Burns currently carries a cap hit of $5.76 million.

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As compromised positions shift.
Ryan Ellis victimized J.T. Brown with hard, highly illegal blindside contact late in Monday's game in Nashville. But when he sprung off the contact and crashed awkwardly into the boards, a vengeful Brown happened to land on top, and delivered a series of unanswered blows from the top as retribution.
Brown wasn't the only Lightning forward that was hot. Afterward, Brian Boylecalled Ellis' hit "extremely dirty," according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, adding, "that shouldn't happen."
Nashville ended up winning 3-1 on P.K. Subban's first multi-goal game with the Predators.










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Arizona State has scored a magnificent addition.

Austin Lemieux, son of former NHL superstar Mario, will join the NCAA's Arizona State Sun Devils next season, reports Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports, citing sources.

Mario Lemieux and @SunDevilHockey assistant coach Alex Hicks played together with the @penguins in the 1996-97 NHL season.

— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) November 23, 2016
The 20-year-old currently plays for the Islanders Hockey Club of the U.S. Premier Hockey League. He spent last season with the USHL's Omaha Lancers, scoring 14 points in 57 games, and has previously participated in Pittsburgh Penguins prospect camp.

Not a bad way for Austin Lemieux and Mario to spend their Father's Day!

📸: @penguins pic.twitter.com/a5lqiPNy2B

— Omaha Lancers (@OmahaLancers) June 19, 2016
Austin will join many NHL bloodlines who make their hockey life in the Grand Canyon State, with Max Domi, Ryan MacInnis, and Henrik Samuelsson - all sons of former NHLers - all part of the nearby Arizona Coyotes organization.

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Mike Babcock is expecting his team to bounce back with haste.

Following Tuesday's loss on home ice to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach believes his team has to beat the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

"I expect us to find a way to win (Wednesday). The bottom line is we have to," Babcock said. "I think we have 19 points if I'm not mistaken and you've got to keep yourself in the hunt, or else you get in trouble fast in this league. It's important to bounce back. We haven't won on a back-to-back this year, it's time we win in a back-to-back and go from there."

Through 19 games, the Maple Leafs have indeed amassed 19 points by posting a record of 8-8-3. It's still early, but Toronto sits four points behind Ottawa for third place in the Atlantic Division, and three points behind Boston in the race for the second wild-card spot.

A mid-week loss to the Devils on the second half of a back-to-back in November would not be disastrous, per se, but Babcock is correct in asserting every point matters.

His plan?

"We'll get on the plane and we'll watch the game. We'll get up tomorrow and get ready for the next game. Where we play next or any of that doesn't concern me much. It's how we play and how we prepare and so we'll have to flush this and get ready for tomorrow."

Wednesday will be Toronto's first game against New Jersey this season; the Devils have two more points than the Maple Leafs with one fewer game played.

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall announced Wednesday. CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio reports the injury is a sprained knee.

Couturier suffered the injury Tuesday versus the Florida Panthers, leaving after just seven minutes of ice time.

The 23-year-old has appeared in all 20 games this season, scoring five goals and collecting three assists.

It's a familiar injury for the Flyers. Earlier in November, the team announced that injured goaltender Michal Neuvirth would miss four-to-six weeks, which Panaccio also reported was due to a sprained knee. Neuvirth has missed the last four games.

The Flyers sit sixth in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-8-3 record through 20 games.

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Alex Ovechkin continues to prove he's one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.

The Washington Capitals' superstar winger recorded a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, marking the 16th three-goal game of his career.

The 16 hat tricks puts Ovechkin one ahead of Jaromir Jagr among active NHL players, according to Hockey Reference.

Here's a look at the goal that caused the hats to rain down from the stands.

Ovi! Hat trick! Unbelievable shot!pic.twitter.com/SM4Vu8xndh

— NHL (@NHL) November 24, 2016
The NHL record for hat tricks is held by Wayne Gretzky, who recorded 50. While that won't be touched, Ovechkin has a good shot at setting a new benchmark for Capitals players.

That's Ovechkin's 16th career hat trick. He's three shy of Bondra's franchise record. #CapsBlues

— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) November 24, 2016

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