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Report: Blackhawks bring back Jamal Mayers


The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t exactly on the tip of anyone’s tongues right now, but they made a small move in hopes of playing deep into May in 2013. RDS reports that the Blackhawks will bring back veteran grinder Jamal Mayers for a one-year deal worth $600K, which includes a $50K signing bonus.

Mayers played in 81 games in 2011-12, collecting 15 points, a -4 rating and 91 PIM. He was unable to register a single point in three postseason contests, though.

He’ll turn 38 in the first month of the 2012-13 season unless a lockout fouls up that plan. Mayers has been bouncing around the league a bit, as he spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2008-10) and one season apiece with the Calgary Flames (2009-10) and San Jose Sharks (2010-11).

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.