Mike Halford

VandeVelde to have hearing after illegal check to Toews’ head


Flyers forward Chris VandeVelde will face a disciplinary hearing for his high hit on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews from Wednesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

VandeVelde was given a two-minute elbowing minor for the above infraction, which occurred late in the first period.

Toews briefly left the bench but returned to finish the contest, with just over 19 minutes of ice time.

VandeVelde, 29, has no history of disciplinary issues with the league.


Pens rookie Wilson to undergo surgery, will be out ‘longer-term’

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 06:  Scott Wilson #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the puck in the third period against the New Jersey Devils on March 6, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Emotional week for Pittsburgh freshman Scott Wilson.

Wilson, who earlier this week scored a two-year, $1.25M extension for his good showing this season, will be out of the Penguins lineup as he needs surgery on an undisclosed injury, head coach Mike Sullivan announced on Thursday.

Wilson, 23, had five goals and six points in 24 games prior to getting hurt, averaging just over 10 minutes per night. He, along with fellow recent signees Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhackl, had done a nice job providing energy and a shot in the arm to Pittsburgh’s forward group — part of the reason all three were rewarded with contract extensions at the same time.

With Wilson out, it’s expected that Dominik Simon will get a more regular lineup spot. Simon, a fifth-round pick in 2015, has played in each of Pittsburgh’s last two games — both wins — and registered his first NHL point, an assist, in Sunday’s win over the Rangers.

With Mrazek sick, Wings recall Coreau

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Jared Coreau #31 of the Detroit Red Wings hits the ice trying to clear the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during an exhibition game at United Center on September 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Well, this isn’t what Detroit needed while fighting for its playoff life — Petr Mrazek has fallen ill, meaning the club’s been forced to recall goalie Jared Coreau from AHL Grand Rapids ahead of tonight’s game in Columbus.

Coreau, 24, is enjoying a terrific year with the Griffins, posting 29-10-2 record with a 2.15 GAA and .931 save percentage. An undrafted free agent out of Northern Michigan, the 6-foot-6 Coreau has worked his way up from the ECHL to become one of the better netminders — statistically speaking, anyway — in the American League.

And while that’s all well and good, it’s still not a great development for the Red Wings.

Detroit heads into tonight’s action on the outside of the playoff picture, sitting one point back of red-hot Philly for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. If Mrazek can’t go tonight against the Blue Jackets, the task of securing two very valuable points will fall to Jimmy Howard, who has just one win in his last 14 appearances.

Canada names Treliving, McPhee co-GMs for Worlds

Calgary Flames' new General Manager Brad Treliving speaks at a press conference after being introduced in Calgary, Alberta, on Monday, April 28, 2014. Treliving spent the past seven seasons as an assistant under general manager Don Maloney, helping guide the Phoenix Coyotes.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)
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Canada’s entry at the 2016 World Hockey Championships will be led by a management group with major NHL experience.

Calgary GM Brad Treliving and former Caps GM George McPhee will serve as co-general managers for the tournament, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.


McPhee was named special advisor to the general manager of the New York Islanders in September 2015. Prior to that, McPhee spent 17 seasons as general manager of the Washington Capitals, leading the team to the Presidents’ Trophy during the 2009-10 season, seven division championships, and the team’s first berth in the Stanley Cup Final in 1998.

Treliving makes his return to the Team Canada men’s worlds management group after serving as assistant general manager for the 2013-14 squad, and on the 2013 Spengler Cup management group.

Treliving will likely have his fair share of Flames to choose from, as the team is all but eliminated from playoff contention. The likes of Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton, T.J. Brodie and Sam Bennett could all be in the mix.

As for other Team Canada staff positions, Blues GM Doug Armstrong — who’s also the GM for Canada’s entry into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey — will serve as a senior advisor.

Longtime Hockey Canada staffer Scott Salmond will serve as VP of hockey ops.

Goalie nods: Surging Flyers start Neuvirth for first time in nearly two weeks

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) of the Czech Republic stops a shot from the Dallas Stars in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The last time Michal Neuvirth played, the result wasn’t good — an ugly 4-0 home loss to the lowly Oilers, in which Neuvirth surrendered all four goals on 31 shots.

That happened on Mar. 3.

Now, 13 days later, Neuvirth is back in goal, under entirely different circumstances. Heading into tonight’s big game against the ‘Hawks, the playoff-charging Flyers have won four of five and collected nine of a possible 10 points — with Steve Mason as the starting netminder.

But since Mason beat the Red Wings last night and has started five straight, it’s Neuvy time.

Overall, the 27-year-old has enjoyed a solid first campaign in Philadelphia. Neuvirth is 16-8-4 on the year with a .925 save percentage and 2.29 GAA, and three shutouts. He’s been effective when called upon to carry a significant load — that aforementioned loss to the Oilers was Neuvirth’s eighth consecutive appearance — but has taken a back seat in March, as head coach Dave Hakstol has opted to ride Mason’s hot hand.

For Chicago, the struggling Corey Crawford gets a night off. Scott Darling will be in goal.


— After Mike Condon started three straight, including last night’s loss to Florida, Ben Scrivens is in goal for Montreal. The Sabres will counter with Robin Lehner.

— Good matchup in Edmonton tonight as Jake Allen and the Blues take on Cam Talbot and the Oilers.

Ondrej Pavelec goes for the Jets, who are in Calgary. Joni Ortio counters for the Flames.

— Vancouver continues to alternate starts between Jacob Markstrom and Ryan Miller. The former lost to the Jets on Tuesday, the latter will start tonight. For visiting Colorado, Semyon Varlamov is in net.

— Henrik Lunqdvist gets the night off as Antti Raanta starts for the Rangers in Anaheim. John Gibson goes for the Ducks.