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  • Sunday, May 3, 2015
    Capitals recall D Schmidt
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

    • Schmidt, 23, registered four points (one goal, three assists) in a career-high 39 games with Washington this season. The St. Cloud, Minn., native made his NHL debut last season and earned six points (two goals, four assists) in 29 games. In 68 career NHL games, Schmidt has tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 16 penalty minutes.

      The 6-foot, 193-pound Schmidt recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in four games with Hershey during the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs. Schmidt appeared in 19 games with Hershey during the 2014-15 regular season, recording nine points (three goals, six assists). He has 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 65 career AHL games with the Bears.

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015
    Rangers recall C Bourque
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers recalled center Ryan Bourque from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

    • Bourque skated in 73 regular-season games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) and 27 penalty minutes. He established an AHL career-high in assists in 2014-15. Bourque has notched one assist in five playoff games, helping Hartford beat Providence in the first-round playoff series.

      The 24-year-old Bourque was recalled by the Rangers earlier this season on April 9. He recorded one shot on goal and registered one takeaway in 11:49 of ice time while making his NHL debut against Ottawa.

      The Boxford, Mass., native was originally selected by the Rangers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
    NHL notebook: Red Wings' Babcock pondering future
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who concluded his 10th season with the team, has not made a decision on his future.

    • Once the playoffs end, Babcock becomes the biggest free agent in hockey and could become the highest-paid coach in NHL history. His contract expires on June 30.

      Babcock said Friday that he and general manager Ken Holland will talk about his contract within the next 10 days.

      The Red Wings ended their season on Wednesday night when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

      Babcock, who turned 52 on Wednesday, is seeking at least $4 million per year, according to the Detroit Free Press. Holland has offered $3.25 million per year for four years, which Babcock rejected.

      The Red Wings have lost five of their past six playoff series and haven't advanced past the second round since 2009. Babcock has guided the Red Wings to the playoffs every year.

      ---The Red Wings assigned defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

      Marchenko, 23, skated in 13 regular-season games with the Red Wings this season, picking up one goal, one assist, a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. He also made his NHL postseason debut, appearing in three games in Detroit's first-round losing series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      ---Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has undergone successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand.

      Trouba is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in September.

      Trouba broke his left hand in Game 2 of the opening-round losing series against the Anaheim Ducks. He played in all four playoff games, recording two assists.

      In the regular season, the 21-year-old Trouba had 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 65 games.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Artemi Panarin on a two-year contract.

      Panarin, 23, shared fourth in the Kontinental Hockey League with a team-high 62 points and ranked fifth with 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with Saint Petersburg. The Korkino, Russia, native recorded a plus-18 rating and shared fifth in the KHL with seven game-winning goals.

      The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Panarin has 183 points (76 goals, 107 assists) in 263 regular-season KHL games.

      ---The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Christian Marti to an entry-level contract.

      Marti, 22, is a native of Switzerland, where he has played three of the last four seasons in the Swiss National League. For the past two years, he skated for Geneve-Servette HC and recorded five goals and 15 assists in 82 games, along with a plus-14 rating.

      The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Marti spent the 2012-13 season with Blainville-Boisbriand in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 46 games and registered a plus-25 rating.

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
    Flyers sign D Marti
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Christian Marti to an entry-level contract Friday.

    • Marti, 22, is a native of Switzerland, where he has played three of the last four seasons in the Swiss National League. For the past two years, he skated for Geneve-Servette HC and recorded five goals and 15 assists in 82 games, along with a plus-14 rating.

      The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Marti spent the 2012-13 season with Blainville-Boisbriand in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 46 games and registered a plus-25 rating.

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
    Red Wings' Babcock not rushing coaching decision
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who concluded his 10th season with the team, has not made a decision on his future.

    • Once the playoffs end, Babcock becomes the biggest free agent in hockey and could become the highest-paid coach in NHL history. His contract expires on June 30.

      Babcock said Friday that he and general manager Ken Holland will talk about his contract sometime in the next 10 days.

      The Red Wings ended their season on Wednesday night when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

      Babcock, who turned 52 on Wednesday, is seeking at least $4 million, if not $5 million, per year, according to the Detroit Free Press. Holland has offered $3.25 million per year for four years, which Babcock rejected.

      The Red Wings have lost five of their past six playoff series and haven't advanced past the second round since 2009. Babcock has guided the Red Wings to the playoffs every year.

      Babcock said at his season-ending press conference Friday that winning and his family are his priorities when it comes to making his decision on where to coach. He made it clear he has no interest in being a general manager.

      "I don't want to be a general manager. I'm a coach," he said.

      Holland said money will not be an issue when it comes to trying to keep Babcock.

      "I want Mike to stay," Holland said. "Money isn't going to be an object. ... I don't think he's really thought about it. I haven't really thought about it. We knew there was a time coming in our life between the end of our season and the end of June that a decision had to be made. Now the process starts."

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
    Blackhawks sign F Panarin
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Artemi Panarin on a two-year contract Friday.

    • Panarin, 23, shared fourth in the Kontinental Hockey League with a team-high 62 points and ranked fifth with 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with Saint Petersburg. The Korkino, Russia, native recorded a plus-18 rating and shared fifth in the KHL with seven game-winning goals.

      The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Panarin has 183 points (76 goals, 107 assists) in 263 regular-season KHL games.

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
    Jets D Trouba undergoes surgery on hand
    By The Sports Xchange

    Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has undergone successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand, the team announced Friday.

    • Trouba is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in September.

      Trouba broke his left hand in Game 2 of the opening-round losing series against the Anaheim Ducks. He played in all four playoff games, recording two assists.

      In the regular season, the 21-year-old Trouba had 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 65 games.

  • Friday, May 1, 2015
    Red Wings assign D Marchenko to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings assigned defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • Marchenko, 23, skated in 13 regular-season games with the Red Wings this season, picking up one goal, one assist, a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. He also made his NHL postseason debut, appearing in three games in Detroit's first-round losing series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      The Moscow, Russia, native has played in 100 career AHL games for the Griffins over the past two seasons, totaling 38 points (six goals, 32 assists), a plus-33 rating and 40 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Marchenko is expected to make his AHL postseason debut on Saturday as the Griffins try to even their first-round, best-of-five playoff series against the Toronto Marlies.

      Marchenko was a seventh-round pick by Detroit in the 2011 NHL Draft.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Dubnyk, Letang, Hammond named Masterton finalists
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang and Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond are the finalists for the NHL's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, the league announced Thursday.

    • The award for sportsmanship and dedication to the game will be presented to the winner on June 24 in Las Vegas.

      Dubnyk also was voted as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy that honors the league's top goaltender. The 28-year-old posted a 27-9-2 record with a 1.78 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and five shutouts after he came to the Wild in a January trade with the Arizona Coyotes.

      Hammond didn't make his first NHL start until Feb. 18 but dazzled with a 20-1-2 record in 23 games. He went 10-0-2 in his first 12 games. The 27-year-old undrafted Hammond equaled an NHL record by allowing two or fewer goals in each of his first 12 career starts.

      Letang, who came back from a stroke in January 2014, is a Masterton candidate for the second year in a row. He posted career bests this season in goals with 11, assists with 43 and points with 54 while missing 13 games because of injury.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Blackhawks sign D Gustafsson
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a two-year contract Thursday.

    • Gustafsson, 23, shared fifth among Swedish Hockey League defensemen with 29 points (four goals, 25 assists) in 55 regular-season games with Frolunda. The Nynashamn, Sweden, native added one goal and two assists and 31 penalty minutes in 12 postseason games.

      Gustafsson was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Sharks' Hertl, Jevpalovs named to world teams
    By The Sports Xchange

    San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl was named to the Czech Republic's 2015 National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship

    • In addition, Sharks forward Nikita Jevpalovs was named to the 2015 Latvian National Team for the IIHF tournament -- held May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.

      The 21-year-old Hertl, a second-year player, recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) and four game-winning goals in 82 games with San Jose this season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Prague has tallied 56 points (28 goals, 28 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 119 career NHL games with San Jose.

      The 20-year-old Jevpalovs recorded 100 points (49 goals, 51 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 64 games with Blainville-Boisbriand of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6-1, 210-pound native of Riga, Latvia, has tallied 193 points (95 goals, 98 assists) and 98 penalty minutes in 185 career QMJHL games.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Ovechkin, Price, Tavares
    By The Sports Xchange

    Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and New York Islanders forward John Tavares were named finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy on Wednesday.

    • The Hart Trophy goes annually to the player considered most valuable to his team. The winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

      Ovechkin scored 53 goals during the regular season and won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for the third straight year and the fifth time in his career. He also had 81 points, his highest total since 2010-11, to lead the Capitals to their seventh playoff berth in the past eight seasons.

      Price, a first-time Hart Trophy finalist, led the NHL in wins (44), goals-against average

      (1.96) and save percentage (.933) this season. He is the first goaltender to finish the season as the leader in the three categories since Ed Belfour in 1990-91.

      Tavares, who was a Hart finalist in 2013, posted career bests in goals (38) and points (86) while leading the Islanders to their best regular-season record since the 1983-84 season.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Canadiens D Beaulieu out at least four more games
    By The Sports Xchange

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will remain out for at least the first four games of the team's next playoff series, general manager Marc Bergevin said Wednesday.

    • Beaulieu suffered an upper-body injury in Game 3 of Montreal's first-round Eastern Conference series vs. the Ottawa Senators, and he sat out the final three games of his team's 4-2 series win.

      Beaulieu had one assist in the first three games of the series after posting one goal and eight assists in 64 regular-season games.

      The Canadiens will begin the next round Friday against either the Detroit Red Wings or the Tampa Bay Lightning, who played Game 7 of their first-round series Wednesday.

      "He won't take part in the next four games over the first week, and after that we will re-evaluate him," said Bergevin, who declined to reveal any other information about Bealieu's injury.

      "As you advance in the playoffs you don't want your player's injury to be targeted," Bergevin said. "So yes, we're hiding it and that's nothing new. ... Whether we play Tampa Bay or Detroit, we don't want them to know what the injury is."

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Red Wings' Zidlicky out for Game 7
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Marek Zidlicky, with an undisclosed injury, was declared out for Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

    • Zidlicky's absence left the Red Wings without two of their top six defensemen. Niklas Kronwall, who leads the Red Wings with an average of 23:35 of ice time per game, was suspended for the game Tuesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a charging incident during Game 6.

      Kronwall was replaced by Alexey Marchenko on the top pairing with Jonathan Ericsson, and Jakub Kindl took Zidlicky's spot next to Brendan Smith.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Red Wings D Kronwall draws one-game suspension
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was suspended one game by the NHL on Tuesday for his hit against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

    • Kronwall will miss Game 7 of the series on Wedneday night at Tampa Bay, forcing the Red Wings to play without one of their top blue liners.

      The infraction, which happened at 18:55 of the second period, didn't draw much reaction after the game, which the Lightning won 5-2 in Detroit to remain alive in the series.

      "It's a hit. He made a hit. I'm not going to cry now," Kucherov said during Monday's postgame. "It's an intense game and those things happen. It's just hits. It's just a part of the game."

      Lightning coach Jon Cooper missed the play.

      "It was on that part of the ice that I didn't see," he said. "The refs didn't call a penalty, so it must've been OK."

      Kronwall defended his actions on the play.

      "I thought it was a clean hit at the time," he said. "Usually, with the impact, (it) kind of carries you up."

      The NHL Department of Safety explained in its decision that Kronwall was suspended for charging, saying he launched himself into Kucherov's head with excessive force.

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Lightning, Red Wings both confident for Game 7
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Tampa Bay Lightning staved off elimination against the Detroit Red Wings with a road win and now have a chance to put away their NHL playoff series on Wednesday night at home in Game 7.

    • The Eastern Conference first-round series will end at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) with the winner advancing to face the Canadiens in Montreal in a conference semifinal series starting Friday night.

      Detroit's last Game 7 ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Western Conference semifinals. Tampa Bay also lost the last time it played in a series that went the distance, falling 1-0 to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals.

      "I'm not surprised in hindsight that we're here," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we were going to be good in this series. I thought it was going to be competitive contrary to what the experts thought. I thought we were going to be a real tough out and we are, and I also think we're going to win tomorrow."

      The Red Wings will try to do it without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was suspended by the NHL for Game 7 because of the huge hit he put on Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov in the second period of Monday's game.

      Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson helped the Lightning extend the series on Monday with two goals in a 5-2 victory that evened the series at three games apiece. Each team has totaled 15 goals in the six games. Johnson has scored six of those.

      "He's a competitive guy," Babcock said. "He's got good speed. He's competitive defensively. He plays 200 feet."

      The Lightning, who were the highest scoring team in the league during the regular season, had been mostly stymied by Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek before Monday night's win.

      "This is Game 7. We worked extremely hard to get ourselves in this position," said Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, who ranked second in the NHL in goals with 43 during the regular season but has not scored in the series. "No one remembers what happened in Game 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. We have to be a lot better than we have been.

      "They've come in here and beat us twice. We have that mentality we were the best team at home in the league for a reason, and we have to show that."

      The 23-year-old Mrazek, who made 23 saves in Game 6, has two shutouts and a 2.30 goals-against average in his first NHL postseason series while veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard remains on the bench.

      Kronwall is confident of advancing, even without him in the lineup.

      "We like our chances coming into (Game 7)," Kronwall said. "It shouldn't be a surprise that it's gone back and forth with each game. But we've got some guys that have experienced Game 7s and we've gotten two wins there in this series."

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Capitals return G Grubauer to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Washington Capitals sent goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

    • The 23-year-old Grubauer won his NHL playoff debut on April 17 in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders, becoming the fifth rookie goalie in team history to achieve the feat.

      Grubauer also is the first German-born goaltender to start a playoff game in NHL history.

      In 20 regular-season games with the Capitals, Grubauer went 7-6-5 with a 2.44 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage.

      Grubauer also has played in 49 games for Hershey this season and posted a 27-17-5 record with six shutouts, a 2.30 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

      The Capitals advanced past the Islanders on Monday night and will face the New York Rangers in a series starting Thursday night.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Norris Trophy finalists revealed
    By The Sports Xchange

    Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens were named Monday as the three finalists for the NHL's James Norris Memorial Trophy, given to the best all-around defender.

    • The winner will be announced June 24 during the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

      Doughty played in all 82 games for the second time in his career, leading the NHL in total ice time. He had his best offensive season since 2009-10, recording 39 assists and 46 points.

      Karlsson led all defensemen in points (66) for the third time in the past four seasons, scoring a career-high 21 goals. He also played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season, ranking third in the NHL in time on ice.

      Subban helped the Canadiens to their best season since 1988-89. In 82 games, he posted career bests in goals (15), assists (45), points (60), plus/minus (+21), winning goals (5) and shooting percentage (8.8).

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    NHL notebook: Blackhawks G Crawford regains starting spot
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago goalie Corey Crawford will be back in net when the Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild in the teams' Central Division Championship series later this week.

    • Crawford relieved Scott Darling in Game 6 against Nashville and sparked the Blackhawks as they clinched their first-round playoff series against the Predators.

      Darling had started four of six games against Nashville.

      In his last start, Crawford gave up six goals to the Predators in Game 2 of their series.

      --The New York Rangers announced that forward Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury.

      The New York Post reports Zuccarello has a concussion.

      Zuccarello was injured in the first period of Saturday's Game 5 series-clinching win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      James Sheppard, who was acquired from San Jose at the deadline, likely will replace Zuccarello.

      -- Shea Weber, star defenseman for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from surgery to repair a subluxed kneecap and is expected to be healthy in 4-6 weeks, the team said.

      Weber was injured in Game 2 of Nashville's 4-2 series loss against the Chicago Blackhawks and did not play the rest of the series.

      --NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Marcel Pronovost died Sunday. He was 84.

      The former Detroit Red Wings star won the Stanley Cup four times while playing in the Motor City. He won a fifth title while a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Pronovost played in 1,206 games, was named to four postseason All-Star teams and skated in 11 NHL All-Star Games.

      --The St. Louis Blues assigned forward Ty Rattie and goaltender Niklas Lundstrom to their AHL affiliate, Chicago Wolves.

      The Wolves are tied 1-1 in their Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Utica Comets. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday in Utica.

      --The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned their top prospect, Oskar Sundqvist, to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

      The 21-year-old center was the Penguins' third-round selection in 2012.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Predators' Weber undergoes knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Shea Weber, star defenseman for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from surgery to repair a subluxed kneecap and is expected to be healthy in 4-6 weeks, the team said Monday.

    • Weber was injured in Game 2 of Nashville's 4-2 series loss against the Chicago Blackhawks and did not play the rest of the series.

      Weber had 15 goals and 30 assists this season while posting a plus-15 rating.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Crawford gets start in goal vs. Wild
    By The Sports Xchange

    Chicago goalie Corey Crawford will be back in net when the Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild in the teams' Central Division Championship series later this week.

    • Crawford relieved Scott Darling in Game 6 against Nashville and sparked the Blackhawks as they clinched their first-round playoff series against the Predators.

      Darling had started four of six games against Nashville.

      In his last start, Crawford gave up six goals to the Predators in Game 2 of their series.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Blues assign Rattie, Lundstrom to Wolves
    By The Sports Xchange

    St. Louis on Monday assigned forward Ty Rattie and goaltender Niklas Lundstrom to their AHL affiliate, Chicago Wolves.

    • The Wolves are tied 1-1 in their Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Utica Comets. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday in Utica.

      Rattie, 22, dressed in 59 games for the Wolves this regular season, ranking second on the club with 21 goals and third with 42 points.

      Lundstrom, 22, spent the majority of this regular season with the Blues' ECHL affiliate, Alaska Aces, posting a 17-16-2 record.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Hall of Famer Pronovost dies
    By The Sports Xchange

    NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Marcel Pronovost died Sunday. He was 84.

    • The former Detroit Red Wings star won the Stanley Cup four times while playing in the Motor City. He won a fifth title while a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Pronovost won a title before ever playing a regular-season game. He made his Red Wings debut during Detroit's Stanley Cup run in the playoffs in 1950.

      Pronovost played in 1,206 games, was named to four postseason All-Star teams and skated in 11 NHL All-Star Games.

      He also was a scout for the New Jersey Devils when they won three championships.

      Pronovost was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.

      In a written statement Monday, the Red Wings said: "The Detroit Red Wings are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marcel Pronovost. Marcel was a beloved teammate and coach in Detroit and a lifelong friend to many in the hockey community. The Hall of Fame defenseman is one of only 11 players to win four Stanley Cups in a Red Wings sweater. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the Pronovost family during this difficult time."

      NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said, "A Hall of Fame defenseman, a respected coach and for five seasons a valued member of the National Hockey League's Central Scouting Bureau, Marcel Pronovost devoted his life to the pursuit of excellence in our sport. We send condolences to Marcel's family, his friends, the teams he served and the countless young players whose potential he recognized."

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Rangers RW Zuccarello out indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers announced Monday that Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury.

    • The New York Post reports Zuccarello has a concussion.

      Zuccarello was injured in the first period of Saturday's Game 5 series-clinching win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      At 3:58 left in the first period, the right-winger took teammate Ryan McDonagh's slap shot to the left side of his helmet. Zuccarello left and did not return to the game.

      James Sheppard, who was acquired from San Jose at the deadline, likely will replace Zuccarello.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Penguins assign top prospect to AHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Pittsburgh Penguins assigned their top prospect, Oskar Sundqvist, to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

    • The 21-year-old center was the Penguins' third-round selection in 2012.

      Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds a 2-0 series lead against the Syracuse Crunch in their best-of-five first round series.