Mike Halford

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Matt Hendricks #23 of the Edmonton Oilers warms up prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on October 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Oilers lose Hendricks for ‘weeks’ with lower-body injury

The Oilers have lost one of their veteran leaders for the foreseeable future — on Tuesday night, Matt Hendricks suffered a lower-body injury that will keep him out “weeks,” per head coach Todd McLellan.

Hendricks, 35, is one of the most experienced players on the Edmonton roster and, while he doesn’t wear a letter, is one of the club’s leaders as well. He served as Team USA captain at the 2015 Worlds, and has been a good penalty killer for the Oilers in each of the last three seasons.

His absence could be a boon for one of the youngsters looking to stick in Edmonton. The likes of Anton Slepyshev and Tyler Pitlick are hoping to start the year with the

 

 

 

Jets cut first-rounders Roslovic, Stanley from training camp

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  Jack Roslovic poses after being selected 25th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Winnipeg trimmed its training camp roster down to 33 players on Tuesday, and two names sent packing stood out from the rest:

Jack Roslovic and Logan Stanley.

Roslovic, the 25th overall pick in 2015, is on his way to AHL Manitoba while Stanley, the 18th overall pick this year, has been returned to his junior club in OHL Windsor.

Neither comes as a massive surprise.

Stanley was always headed back to junior — at 6-foot-7 and 228 pounds, he was drafted largely as a project, one that needs more seasoning before being ready to compete for a spot at the NHL level.

“He is a guy that is going to continue to grow, grow into his body, grow into his frame, grow into his game,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told NHL.com. “There’s lot of room for development, and that’s what makes him a really exciting prospect.”

Roslovic’s departure is a tad more intriguing.

The 19-year-old left Miami (OH) University shortly after his freshman year to sign an entry-level deal and turn pro. At the time, he said his goal was “to play as high as I possibly can this season” — not that kind of high, you stoners — but tapped the brakes when it came to predicting a spot with the Jets.

“Am I ready for the NHL? Maybe not,” Roslovic said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “We’ll see. I’m a lot stronger than I was. But the only way to see if you’re ready is training camp.”

Roslovic played in last night’s 4-2 exhibition win over Ottawa, getting just 9:39 of ice time. In that same game, the guy Winnipeg took eight spots ahead of Roslovic — touted prospect Kyle Connor — scored the game-winning goal, his third of the preseason.

The Penguins now play at PPG Paints Arena

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 20:  An exterior view of Consol Energy Center before Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Goodbye, Consol.

Hello, PPG Paints.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they’ve entered a 20-year arena naming rights agreement with PPG Paints, a Pittsburgh-based paint company that’s been in business for more than 130 years.

More, from the club:

Previously known as “CONSOL Energy Center,” the facility now will be named “PPG PAINTS Arena.” PPG also becomes the official paint supplier of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Financial terms for the 20-year agreement were not disclosed.

In the coming weeks, signage inside and outside the facility and all related marketing materials will transition to reflect the new name and logo.

Today’s news marks the end of Consol’s eight-year run as the naming rights holder.

During that spell, the Penguins captured a pair of Stanley Cups.

Abdelkader to replace Datsyuk as alternate captain in Detroit

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The Red Wings have a new member of their leadership group.

On Tuesday, the club announced that Justin Abdelkader has been named an alternate captain, creating a triumvirate along with captain Henrik Zetterberg and fellow alternate Niklas Kronwall.

Abdelkader takes over for Pavel Datsyuk, who first donned an “A” in 2007 but relinquished the title upon retiring after last season.

It’s not surprising that Detroit went with Abdelkader for a leadership position.

The 29-year-old has spent his entire nine-year career with the Wings, appearing in 480 regular season contests and 64 playoff games. The rugged power forward has also come into his own over the last two seasons, posting 19 goals last year and a career-high 23 the year prior.

Abdelkader was also named to Team USA at the recently-wrapped World Cup of Hockey.

If there’s another reason for Abdelkader to wear a letter in Detroit, it’s his contract. Love it or hate it, his seven-year, $29.75 million pact looks like it’ll keep him in the Motor City for an awfully long time — 2023, to be exact.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, Abdelkader has a full no-trade clause through 2020.

NHL on NBCSN: Sabres, ‘Canes kick things off with Kraft Hockeyville game

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 30:  (L-R) Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes, Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Buffalo Sabres, Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skill Competition at Bridgestone Arena on January 30, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Big night on Tuesday on a variety of fronts — NBCSN will begin coverage of the ’16-17 campaign with a preseason broadcast between Carolina and Buffalo, a game that holds special significance for the town of Marquette, MI.

Back in the  spring, Marquette’s Lakeview Arena was named the Kraft Hockeyville winner for 2016 and, along with $150,000 in arena upgrades, won the right to host an NHL exhibition game — tonight’s exhibition game, which will mark Jack Eichel‘s preseason debut after starring with Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

You can catch the game on NBCSN starting at 7 p.m. ET, or watch online or via NBC Sports’ Live Extra.