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Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Nominees Announced



The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has officially announced their list of nominees for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The award is given out annually to the NHL player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey and is voted on by the PHWA.

Below are the nominees from each team that were announced.

Anaheim Ducks

Arizona Coyotes – Jakob Chychrun

Boston Bruins – David Backes

Buffalo Sabres – Kyle Okposo

Calgary Flames – Matt Stajan

Carolina Hurricanes – Jordan Staal

Chicago Blackhawks – Jeff Glass

Colorado Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets – Zach Werenski

Dallas Stars – Mattias Janmark

Detroit Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers – Adam Larsson

Florida Panthers – Roberto Luongo

Los Angeles Kings – Dustin Brown

Minnesota Wild – Matt Cullen

Montreal Canadiens – Antti Niemi

Nashville Predators – Austin Watson

New Jersey Devils – Brian Boyle

New York Islanders – Josh Bailey

New York Rangers – Chris Kreider

Ottawa Senators – Mark Borowiecki

Philadelphia Flyers – Claude Giroux

Pittsburgh Penguins – Kris Letang

San Jose Sharks – Joe Thornton

St. Louis Blues – Carter Hutton

Tampa Bay Lightning – Steven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs – Roman Polak

Vancouver Canucks – Derek Dorsett

Vegas Golden Knights – Brad Hunt

Washington Capitals – Devante Smith-Pelly

Winnipeg Jets – Tyler Myers

Detroit Red Wings

Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks



The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager



The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan



The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.


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