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 Posted: Tue Dec 6th, 2016 11:15 pm
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Curtis Lazar suffered an upper-body injury in Monday's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and is out indefinitely, according to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen.

Appearing in just his ninth game of the season after failing to make the club out of training camp, Lazar logged just under four minutes before exiting after a collision with Brian Dumoulin.

He hasn't registered a point this season.

Warren notes that Ottawa will have to recall a forward from Binghamton before its game Wednesday versus the San Jose Sharks.

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The Boston Bruins will be without winger Matt Beleskey for the next six weeks due to a right knee injury, the team announced after their overtime victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Beleskey exited late in Saturday's win versus the Buffalo Sabres following a collision with Taylor Fedun.

It's been a struggle offensively this season for the second-year Bruin, who has just two goals and three assists.

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Logan Couture needed a little adjustment.

The San Jose Sharks center underwent a minor procedure Saturday to remove a bothersome screw from the repair work he had on his ankle last October.

"It was irritating when I put my skate on," Couture told Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. "It wasn't anything structural, it was just from having the skate on that area and irritation was building up. (I) figured we had a little break here and could take it out, and hopefully it feels better."

Couture has appeared in all 25 games this season and hopes to be in the lineup Wednesday when the Sharks take on the Ottawa Senators.

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Weird stat I saw today in my yahoo-

Taking out overtime losses from the mix, the entire Eastern Conference is .500 or better. That's Bettman's new NHL for ya!

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P.K. Subban is flourishing in his new digs.

With his seventh goal of the year Tuesday - a patented point-shot blast - the Nashville Predators blue-liner surpassed last season's total output with the Montreal Canadiens - in just 25 games.

Despite the career low in goals, Subban still recorded an ultra-productive 51 points in 68 games last year with the Habs.

Subban now sits at 17 points on the season, putting him in a tie for seventh among all defensemen.

His seven goals rank third among all rearguards, and one behind his blockbuster trade counterpart Shea Weber.

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The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a serious blow Wednesday evening.

Forwards Alex Galchenyuk - the team's leading scorer - and David Desharnais will be out six-to-eight weeks with knee injuries, the club announced.

Desharnais, who has three goals and six assists in 25 games, was hurt Tuesday - and was being called upon to replace Galchenyuk's spot on the top line.

Galchenyuk, while playing only 16:10 per game, has nine goals and 14 assists in 25 games, and was in the midst of a breakout season, finding instant chemistry with Alexander Radulov. After a career-high 56 points last season, the 22-year-old was blossoming into the star center Montreal hoped he would become when he was drafted third overall in 2012.

Montreal, tied for the league lead in points with 37, is about to be seriously tested. It's not looking good down the middle right now:

Habs depth chart down the middle right now. Pick your own order:
Tomas Plekanec
Torrey Mitchell
Phillip Danault
Andrew Shaw
Briian Flynn

— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) December 7, 2016
An injury to Carey Price derailed a great start for Montreal last season, and while Price is thankfully healthy, it will be interesting to see if general manager Marc Bergevin looks to the trade market to fill some holes in the short term.

As it stands, no pressure, Tomas Plekanec.

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It could have been worse.

The results of Rick Nash's MRI on his groin are in and the forward is expected to miss a week, the New York Rangers announced Wednesday evening.

Nash was hurt Tuesday in Brooklyn, and was forced from his team's loss to the Islanders.

The former first overall pick - way back in 2002 - is enjoying a bounce-back season. He scored only 15 goals in 2015-16, finishing with a career-low 36 points in 60 games. This season, Nash has 11 goals and seven assists in 27 games, shooting 14.1 percent.

The Rangers boast the NHL's top offense with 97 goals.

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Jonathan Toews is giving back to the place that helped him become one of the NHL's brightest stars.

The Chicago Blackhawks captain donated $1 million to the Dakota Community Centre in his hometown of Winnipeg, the facility announced in a release Wednesday.

Toews' gift is the largest-ever private donation to a community center in Manitoba. It will be put toward the "Dakota Futures Capital" campaign, an initiative that will support the construction of a new 60,000-square foot field house and future development on the center's campus.

He'll also serve as the campaign's honorary chair.

The center's primary facility was named the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex in 2010 after the Blackhawks center won his first Stanley Cup championship.

"From my earliest days playing hockey, Dakota Community Centre has always played a pivotal role in my upbringing and my career", Toews said.

"Today, I continue to be honored to have my name associated with the sportsplex on the Dakota campus. My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back, and I believe that in supporting Dakota, we will see endless possibilities for the community center's future and transformation in the lives of our community members."

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have secured a win off the ice.

The club has reportedly won its arbitration case with defenseman Jared Cowen, whose contract will remain bought out, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The argument on Cowen's end was that the one year remaining on his deal could not be bought out due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery, technically rendering him injured.

This allegation appears to have been deemed unfounded.

Basically, arbitrator ruled there was no evidence Cowen was unfit when TOR bought him out

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 7, 2016
Now, the contract is void, meaning Cowen is a free agent and the Maple Leafs will hold onto the cap credit instead of having to pay the $4.5 million in actual salary that would have remained on the deal.

with #Leafs winning Arb case vs Cowen, they will continue to receive $650K cap credit this season & have $750K against their cap next season https://t.co/uQpkqvfYWe

— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) December 7, 2016
The 25-year-old defenseman was acquired by the Maple Leafs in the trade that sent former captain Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa. Cowen played 37 games for the Senators last season before the swap, recording four assists. He did not make an appearance with Toronto due to the hip injury.

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It was a formality.

With a goal and two assists against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, Erik Karlsson made Senators history, surpassing Wade Redden for the most points by an Ottawa defender.

DEFENSEMAN   POINTS   GP


Karlsson             412    506


Redden             410     838


Chris Phillips     288   1179


Zdeno Chara    146      299


Jason York       124      380


Karlsson's goal was his seventh of the season and 107th of his career - the lifelong Senator leads all Ottawa defensemen in goals, too.

Only 26, Karlsson's far from finished. He's a marvel, and he's now fourth all time on the Senators in scoring, at any position.

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Mike Babcock - not a happy man.

Toronto's head coach watched his club drop a 3-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night, leaving the Maple Leafs in the basement of the Eastern Conference - and behind the pace he set out for his young group.

Babcock's goal is 6 pts every 5 games; so far:

1-5 - 5
6-10 - 4
11-15 - 6
16-20 - 5
21-25 - 5

5 points behind desired pace

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) December 8, 2016
Babcock hates losing. It eats at him, and he called out William Nylander - one of his top young players, who began the night centering the fourth line - after the game.

"The reality is, for (Nylander) to play center in the NHL he's going to have to get way better defensively, way more competitive," Babcock said, according to TSN's Mark Masters.

Nylander was moved up with Toronto down a goal, as Babcock searched for offense.

"It's just a situation where we were behind and he's a guy who can shoot the puck in the net. Nikita (Soshnikov) did nothing wrong, Sosh plays hard," Babcock added.

After a scorching start to the season, Nylander's slowed down. He had 11 points in nine October games, but only two goals and three assists across 13 contests in November.

At 6-feet and 190 pounds, Nylander's not the biggest kid, but Babcock clearly wants more out of him.

"We've done lots of good things," Babcock said, "we just got to be better. I want to be better. We got to find a way to win every night."

Toronto outshot Minnesota 37-20, including a combined 27-12 in periods two and three, which may have frustrated Babcock even more.

"We pushed for lots of the game, but it's one thing to push when you're behind, you got to push all the time."

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While Connor McDavid is well on his way to earning the Art Ross trophy - currently leading the NHL with 36 points - and possibly more this season, he hasn't earned the moniker of NHL's best player. Not to Wayne Gretzky, at least.

Gretzky believes the title still belongs to Sidney Crosby, who's tied for the league lead in goals, and is fourth league-wide in points with only 20 games played.

"Sid is still the best player in hockey. That's a mantle you earn over time," Gretzky told Craig Custance of ESPN. "It's one of those things where you have to earn that title."

Of course, Crosby is 10 years McDavid's senior, and while the Oilers phenom seems poised to take over, Sid's accolades seal it for The Great One.

"Is Connor a great player? Absolutely. Does Connor have an opportunity to be the next Crosby? Absolutely," Gretzky said. "Right now, Sidney deserves to be known as the best player in the game. He's been the best player consistently in his career. He's won Stanley Cups and he's won gold medals. Until somebody takes that mantle away from him, he's still going to hold the crown."

As Crosby reaches the peak of his prime, and McDavid enters his, a passing of the torch may feel inevitable, but coming from the player no superstar - past or present - can usurp on hockey's totem pole, Gretzky's view has to be taken as valid.

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A player for a pick.

That's the asking price when it comes to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Peter Holland, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.

"(General manager Lou) Lamoriello wants a draft pick. He doesn't want a contract," Dreger told TSN 1050. "Because of the fact that Holland makes $1.3 million, he's not an easy fit with most organizations."

NHL clubs are limited to 50 contracts, while the Maple Leafs currently sit at 48, including Holland.

Holland has recorded just one point in eight games this season. He has been sent home by the club while it attempts to work out a trade.

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It appears Max Pacioretty's slow start can be attributed to more than a dip in performance, or questionable usage from Michel Therrien.

Sportsnet's Eric Engels reported on air Thursday that the Montreal Canadiens captain played with a broken foot through most of November. Engels added that Pacioretty was reluctant to admit that he was skating on a broken foot, as he didn't want to use it as an excuse.

Engels later tweeted that Pacioretty's foot has fully healed.

It's unknown when the injury was suffered, or when it healed, but Pacioretty was limited to three goals and five assists in 14 games through the month of November.

Montreal went 8-5-1 over that span.

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The Peter Holland chapter in Toronto is finally over.

The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt the center to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2018, the Coyotes confirmed.

Holland struggled to make it into the lineup with Toronto this season, only doing so on eight occasions, with his last outing coming Nov. 26.

The 25-year-old and his agent met last month with Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello, who agreed to try to trade him.

Holland concludes his time with the Maple Leafs having registered 23 goals and 63 points over 174 games.

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