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Sharks send first-rounders Mueller, Goldobin to AHL

Two of San Jose’s better young prospects are on their way to the minors.

Defenseman Mirco Mueller, the 18th overall pick in 2013, and forward Nikolay Goldobin — the 27th overall pick in ’14 — have been sent to the club’s AHL affiliate, the Barracuda.

Mueller, 21, has appeared in 50 career games for the Sharks, including 11 last season. He didn’t dress for any playoffs games, when the club advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

Goldobin, also 21, made his NHL debut last season and appeared in nine games, scoring two points. He’s been a pretty solid producer at the American league level, tying for the Barracuda team lead in goals last year (with 21 in 60 contests).

San Jose also sent four other players to the minors today: Ryan Carpenter, Barclay Goodrow, Dan Kelly and Kevin Lablanc. That puts the opening-night roster at 23, and it includes another of the club’s key prospects — Timo Meier, who’s currently sidelined with mononucleosis.

Per CSN Bay Area, Meier (ninth overall, ’15) will likely head down to the AHL when he’s healthy.

Ruslan Fedotenko calls it a career

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After 12 years, nearly 900 contests and one unforgettable Stanley Cup Final performance, Ruslan Fedotenko is retiring from professional hockey.

“As I reflect on my career, I realize how truly fortunate I have been to play the game I love at the highest level, to have won the Stanley Cup, not once, but twice, and to have made countless lifelong friendships along the way,” Fedotenko said in a release, per the NHLPA. “I am retiring as a truly grateful man. I will be forever thankful to the Philadelphia Flyers for giving me my start in professional hockey, their belief in me gave me the confidence to reach a level I had only dreamt of.

“I also had the absolute honor and privilege to play for four other exceptional organizations; I am grateful for the time I spent with each, and for the remarkable teammates I had the pleasure to play alongside.”

Signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent, Fedotenko won Cups in both Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

His performance in 2004 is forever etched in Bolts lore.

In Game 7 against the Flames, he scored both goals — including the Cup-clincher — in the Lightning’s 2-1 victory. That performance capped off an incredible playoff run, as Fedotenko finished the postseason with 12 markers.

All told, Fedotenko played for five different franchises (also spent time with both the Rangers and Islanders), scoring 173 goals and 366 points. He also represented his native Ukraine internationally, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.

Waiver claims: Devils get Parenteau, ‘Canes get Dahlbeck, Leafs get Griffith

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The New Jersey Devils  were the NHL’s lowest-scoring team last year, so today’s news makes plenty of sense — on Tuesday, the Devils claimed forward PA Parenteau off waivers from the Isles.

Parenteau, 33, was surprisingly let to by New York yesterday, just months after the Isles signed him to a one-year, $1.25 million deal. That contract was struck partly in the hopes of reuniting him with former running mate John Tavares, but the reunion never came to fruition. The two only played together once during the preseason, and the Isles opted to go with youth at forward — in the form of rookies Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier.

Back when he was playing alongside Tavares, Parenteau scored a career-best 67 points during the ’11-12 campaign. He’s since proven to be a good offensive producer on his own. Last year — playing for Toronto, the NHL’s last-place team — Parenteau scored 20 goals and 41 points.

Carolina gets Dahlbeck

The ‘Canes continued to add blueline depth on Tuesday, acquiring Klas Dahlbeck off waivers from Arizona.

Yesterday, Carolina inked defenseman Jakub Nakladal, formerly of Calgary.

Dahlbeck, 25, appeared in 71 games for the Coyotes last year, averaging just under 16 minutes per contest. A former third-round pick of Chicago, he’s described as a “big, left-shot defenseman,” by ‘Canes GM Ron Francis.

In Carolina, he’ll be reunited with former Blackhawks teammates Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen.

Griffith to Toronto

Seth Griffith, the 23-year-old forward that scored 77 points in just 57 games for AHL Providence last season, has been claimed by the Leafs after getting waived by Boston.

Griffith played in four games for the B’s last season, notching a single assist. Listed at 5-foot-9, 192 pounds, he’s fairly undersized but has shown a consistent ability to put up numbers — he’s basically been a point-a-game guy in the American League since debuting three years ago.

He’s also a familiar face to Leafs assistant GM Mark Hunter. Griffith played his junior hockey for OHL London, the team Hunter owns (and still serves as vice president for).

Crosby shoots down rumblings he was concussed at World Cup

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby met with the media on Tuesday, for the first time since being diagnosed with his latest concussion.

From that meeting, we learned:

• Despite the injury, Crosby feels pretty good and skated today. “I think there’s a really good structure in place for how to get back,” he said of his plan for recovery. “I feel confident and comfortable with everything, so just take it day-by-day.”

• How did the concussion happen? “[I] kinda got tangled up in practice on Friday, and didn’t really think anything of it,” he explained.

• Further to that point, No. 87 was adamant he did not suffer the injury captaining Canada to victory at the World Cup of Hockey.

“It happened Friday in practice. I think the team stated it happened Friday in practice so I don’t know why there would be speculation about it happening in the World Cup,” Crosby said. “How many people were here at practice on Friday? It happened. I’m not making this up.”

There’s been a fair bit of speculation about the World Cup, especially since Crosby didn’t participate in any of Pittsburgh’s preseason games following the tournament’s conclusion.

So, that’s where things sit with the Pens just two days away from their season opener at home against Washington.

Barring a miraculous recovery, Crosby won’t be in the lineup on Thursday and it remains to be seen what his availability will be for games on Saturday (against Anaheim) and Monday (against Colorado).

Lazar (mono) cleared, assigned to Sens’ AHL affiliate

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Curtis Lazar, who’s missed most of Ottawa’s preseason while dealing with mononucleosis, has been cleared for contact and assigned to AHL Binghamton in a quest to get him up to game speed, the club announced on Tuesday.

Per the Ottawa Sun, GM Pierre Dorion said the demotion is “the best and fastest way” to get Lazar back into shape.

Lazar, 21, was diagnosed back on Sept. 23.

The 17th overall pick in 2013, Lazar scored six goals and 20 points in 76 games last year, all career highs. He averaged just under 14 minutes per night, and was one of the club’s more active faceoff men.

As history has shown, recovering from mono and trying to jump back into games can be a trying affair. Two seasons ago, Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli missed three weeks (six games) while recovering from the illness.