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Boston honors Willie O’Ree, who broke NHL color barrier

BOSTON — Hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree was honored in Boston on Wednesday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Bruins forward breaking the NHL’s color barrier. At a news conference at the TD Garden before the Bruins game against the Montreal Canadiens, Mayor Marty Walsh declared Jan. 18, 2018, to be “Willie O’Ree Day”. O’Ree made his debut in 1958 during a 3-0 victory against the Canadiens at the Forum in Montreal. Willie O’Ree became the first black player in the NHL in 1958. AP Photo Walsh called O’Ree a…

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray out after death of father

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray is out indefinitely after the death of his father, the team announced Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins offer our deepest condolences to Matt Murray and his family on the passing of Matt’s father, James Murray, yesterday in Ontario. Matt is returning home from the west coast and will miss an indefinite period of time to be with his family. — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 17, 2018 Murray, 23, returned home to Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Friday to attend to what was called a personal matter. He…

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Nashville Predators place forward Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have placed forward Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators made the move Tuesday afternoon. Arvidsson was helped off the ice Monday during practice, and The Tennessean reported that he tested himself during Tuesday morning’s skate. The forward ranks third on the Predators with 13 goals and fourth with 27 points. The Predators already have Filip Forsberg on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Gaudreau has played 18 games with…

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Riley Scorgie is the best player in the world of the week

2:14 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. If there’s a player you’d like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here. The Flames are, excuse the pun, scorching hot these days, and the play of Gaudreau is a big part of that. The winger had two goals and six assists in four games last week in helping Calgary to a seven-game winning streak. The streak has, not coincidentally, also featured a…

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Vegas Golden Knights sign Deryk Engelland to $1.5 million, 1-year extension

When the Vegas Golden Knights selected Deryk Engelland in the expansion draft and signed him to a one-year deal, the longtime Las Vegas native set out to earn another contract. Engelland got it Monday with a $1.5 million, one-year extension that serves as a reward for the veteran defenseman enjoying his best NHL season at age 35. “That’s a dream come true,” Engelland said. “I’m getting a little older now and to be able to stay here at home and play another year, that’s your whole goal going into the…

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San Jose Sharks place veteran defenseman Paul Martin on waivers

The San Jose Sharks have placed veteran defenseman Paul Martin on waivers, the Associated Press reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Monday because the Sharks did not announce the move. If Martin clears at noon ET Tuesday, the Sharks could assign him to the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda, who share the same home arena. An ankle injury and illness have limited Martin to three games this season and none since Dec. 7. The…

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Fantasy NHL — Midseason top 250 dynasty league player rankings

1. Connor McDavid, C, Edm C1 1 2. Auston Matthews, C, Tor C2 2 3. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB RW1 4 4. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Cgy LW1 13 5. Patrik Laine, RW, Wpg RW2 16 6. Tyler Seguin, C, Dal C3 14 7. Jack Eichel, C, Buf C4 3 8. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Col C5 33 9. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, StL RW3 12 10. Leon Draisaitl, C, Edm C6 7 11. Steven Stamkos, C, TB C7 24 12. Erik Karlsson, D, Ott D1 5 13. David Pastrnak, LW, Bos LW2…

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Andrew Cogliano of Anaheim Ducks suspended

5:25 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was suspended two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday, ending the fourth-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history. Cogliano had the longest active consecutive games played streak in the NHL at 830. He was 54 games behind Steve Larmer for the third-longest streak ever. Former Montreal Canadiens center Doug Jarvis has the NHL record for consecutive games played with 964, between Oct. 1975 through his retirement in 1987. Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle now has…

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Calgary Flames place forward Jaromir Jagr on injured reserve with lower-body injury

The Calgary Flames placed forward Jaromir Jagr on injured reserve Sunday with a lower-body injury. The move was made retroactive to Dec. 31, the date of the last game in which he appeared. Forward Ryan Lomberg was recalled from AHL Stockton in a corresponding move. The 45-year-old Jagr, in his first season with the Flames, has missed Calgary’s past five games with the injury. This is his second trip to injured reserve this season. He has one goal and six assists this season, playing in just 22 of the Flames’…

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