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 Posted: Tue Dec 23rd, 2014 05:18 pm
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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Blake Comeau left Monday's game against the Florida Panthers midway through the third period with an apparent injury.

Bryan Rust took Comeau's spot on the line with Evgeni Malkin and Nick Spaling.

There is a chance the injury is serious, head coach Mike Johnston told reporters after the game. It may be a wrist issue, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 23rd, 2014 09:39 pm
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Marcus Foligno is paying a hefty price for defending his captain.

The Buffalo Sabres forward suffered a hand injury Saturday while fighting Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski after Bartkowski hit Brian Gionta. Sabres coach Ted Nolan suggested the damage to Foligno's hand was significant and classified the injury as month-to-month during his weekly radio appearance.

Foligno has 59 points in 163 career games.

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You can only slow a Staal for so long.

The Carolina Hurricanes could be set to welcome center Jordan Staal back to the lineup before the calendar turns to 2015.

Staal has been out of the lineup all season with a fractured fibula. However, head coach Bill Peters may be targeting a Dec. 29 contest against the Montreal Canadiens as a return date, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.

Staal, an important contributor at both ends of the ice, recorded 15 goals and 25 assists in a full 82 games for the Hurricanes in 2013-14.

His return would be a boon for a club stuck in 29th place in the NHL standings.

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The NHL Department of Player Safety handed John Scott a big lump of coal for the holidays.

The San Jose Sharks forward will miss four games for punchingAnaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during Monday's game. He will be eligible to return to the lineup Jan. 6 when the Sharks visit theWinnipeg Jets.

Scott is a repeat offender with multiple previous suspensions, including a seven-game ban for a hit to the head of Loui Eriksson in 2013 and a two-game suspension for executing an illegal line change so he could fight Jackman in a game against the Ducks earlier in the season.

 


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It's really amazing how the Pens have been able to stay at the top of the standings when there's been times this month where they're basically putting their AHL team + Fleury on the ice for games.



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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2014 04:24 am
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And with that, the holiday season is over.

General manager Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Friday amid his fourth season at the helm, the team confirmed.

Rumors of his demise were whispered as the team stumbled into the holiday break having lost seven of its last eight games, but players encompassing the veteran locker room vouched for the safety of their head coach.

DeBoer guided the sixth-seeded Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 during his first season with the organization, but has failed to get the team back in the postseason since.

He owns a career 217-200-77 coaching record in seven seasons, including going 114-93-41 in New Jersey. A DeBoer coached team has made the playoffs just once in his six-plus seasons as a head coach.

Lamoriello is not prepared to name an immediate replacement, but former Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates's name has been linked to the vacancy.

DeBoer becomes the third coach to be fired this season, joining Paul MacLean and Dallas Eakins.

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The New Jersey Devils fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Friday, and they may be ready to name his replacement.

An announcement involving former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean could take place as early as this weekend, according to Rich Chere of NJ.com.

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With teams set to resume play after the NHL's Christmas break, speculation among Devils players is that Paul MacLean will be introduced Saturday morning as the team's new coach.

The Devils need permission to speak with the former Senators coach, but sources told the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch that it hadn't been granted as of Thursday evening.

MacLean won the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach in 2013, but the Senators got off to a 11-11-5 start before he was fired on Dec. 8.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2014 07:32 pm
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Not surprised that Lou would grab up MacLean. I think He got a raw deal in Ottawa.

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lobo316 wrote:  With teams set to resume play after the NHL's Christmas break, speculation among Devils players is that Paul MacLean will be introduced Saturday morning as the team's new coach.


Well it's not Paul MacLean. I don't think this arrangement will last very long and  I'm guessing that Oates will take over in a few weeks.


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The New Jersey Devils are replacing the fired Pete DeBoer with a three-headed coaching staff.

Former Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates, ex-Devils assistant and star defenceman Scott Stevens and general manager Lou Lamoriello will split duties on the bench. Oates will handle the forwards and Stevens will oversee the defence, Lamoriello said at a news conference before Saturday's morning skate.

"I'll go on the bench to make sure it works for now," Lamoriello said. "It's a unique way of approaching things."

There will be no official head coach for the rest of the season. Lamoriello plans to remain on the bench "until I feel comfortable with the situation."

DeBoer was fired Friday with the Devils languishing nine points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at 12-17-7. The three-headed coaching staff debuts Saturday night at the New York Rangers.

"We're going to feed off each other," Oates said. "There's no reason why we can't work together. Everything happened pretty quickly. But when Lou calls, the answer is always 'Yes.' It didn't matter what my responsibility would be."

Oates went 68-47-17 in two seasons with the Capitals and spent two years with the Devils as an assistant coach, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2012. He played 19 years in the NHL, including a stint with the St. Louis Blues, when he was teammates with Stevens. Oates had 341 goals and 1,079 assists in his career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

"We have tremendous respect for each other," Oates said. "We worked together here. We both played here and coached here, so it's an easy transition for us. It's kind of a collaboration right now. It's a team effort and we're all on the same page."

Stevens spent 13 seasons with the Devils, much of it as captain. He had 196 goals and 712 assists during his career, leading the Devils to Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He was an assistant coach with the team until the start of this season, when he had philosophical differences with DeBoer.

"Adam and I are going to try to get this righted," Stevens said. "We have to get the Devil identity back. I'll make sure to work with the defence and Adam will work with the forwards. He's already been a head coach, so it will be a good transition. In my opinion, it will be a great challenge, but we both love great challenges."

Lamoriello made his league-record 14th coaching change.

"It's never easy in this league," Lamoriello said. "It's been a long 48 hours, but you have to do what you feel is right."

Lamoriello said that it wasn't fair to ask another coach to take over a floundering team midway through a season.

"That's why we didn't even consider anyone else," Lamoriello said.

"Both of these individuals know our players, know the philosophy that we want," he added. "It makes sense. I know it's unique and different, but right now, it's our way of moving forward. I'm totally confident with the setup."



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 Posted: Sun Dec 28th, 2014 07:18 am
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Holy shit the Devils are all different kinds of bad. Sucks for their fan base, all 11 of them.

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The Derek Roy experiment did not go well for the Nashville Predators.

The veteran center, signed to a one-year, $1-million contract this past summer, has been placed on the waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

The 31-year-old - who is averaging 0.73 point per game over the course of his career - managed only one goal and nine assists in 26 games with the Predators, but could still provide some value for another club, if claimed.

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The Boston Bruins have exposed a piece of the Tyler Seguin trade.

The club has placed forward Matt Fraser on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Fraser, 24, recorded five goals in 38 total games for the Bruins, and is required to pass through the waiver process before being eligible to be reassigned to the AHL.

Whether he's claimed by another club by Monday's noon EST deadline is yet to be determined.

Fraser is in the midst of a one-year, $625,000 contract with the Bruins.

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The hits just keep coming for the Boston Bruins.

Head coach Claude Julien announced Sunday that both Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic are day-to-day with undisclosed injuries. Both were absent from practice following Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The forwards played in the loss to Columbus, although Bergeron missed the last 13 minutes and Lucic engaged in a rather spirited fight with Dalton Prout.

Bergeron leads the club in total points with seven goals and 20 assists, while Lucic has struggled to the tune of six goals and 11 assists, slotting him sixth amongst Bruins forwards.

With Boston sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Bruins cannot afford to lose either player for a significant amount of time.

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The Boston Bruins have exposed a piece of the Tyler Seguin trade.

The club has placed forward Matt Fraser on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Fraser, 24, recorded five goals in 38 total games for the Bruins, and is required to pass through the waiver process before being eligible to be reassigned to the AHL.

Whether he's claimed by another club by Monday's noon EST deadline is yet to be determined.

Fraser is in the midst of a one-year, $625,000 contract with the Bruins.

The Bruins really got hosed on that deal. Seguin leading the league in goals.

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The Edmonton Oilers have snagged some potential goal-scoring off the waiver wire.

Forward Matt Fraser has been claimed after being exposed by the Boston Bruins, the Oilers announced Monday.

Farser, acquired by the Bruins as part of the Tyler Seguin trade, managed only six goals in 51 career NHL games, but showed great promise with 37 and 33 goals seasons as a member of the AHL's Texas Stars from 2011-13.

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