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2015 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Northeast Regional

Report: Sabres to sign Eichel’s college linemate


Call it an attempt to make Jack Eichel’s decision on whether to leave college this summer easier.

The Buffalo Sabres are reportedly in talks to sign Eichel’s Boston University linemate, Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract.

The Sabres of course earned the second overall selection at the June NHL Draft over the weekend and will likely select Eichel with the pick.

Rodrigues spent much of this season on Eichel’s wing.

The 5-foot-11 forward had 21 goals and 61 points in 41 games this season good for second in NCAA Division I scoring behind only Eichel.

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Seguin, Giroux highlight Team Canada roster for Worlds

Dallas Stars v Philadelphia Flyers

Canada won’t be lacking for offensive weapons at this year’s World Hockey Championships.

Two of the league’s top-12 scorers — Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Philly’s Claude Giroux — will wear the red and white in Prague from May 1-17, Hockey Canada announced on Tuesday. Seguin and Giroux were part of the original 19-man roster set for the tournament; Canada can register up to 25 players as teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The rest of the Canadian roster looks like this…

Goalies: Martin Jones, Mike Smith

Defense: Tyson Barrie, Brent Burns, Aaron Ekblad, Jake Muzzin, David Savard

Forwards: Seguin, Giroux, Matt Duchene, Cody Eakin, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Ennis, Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan O’Reilly, Jason Spezza, Tyler Toffoli.

Team Canada will be coached by Todd McLellan.

After ‘not good year,’ Lehtonen knows he needs to be better

St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

If you had to boil down the Dallas Stars’ problems in 2014-15 to one word, it would be this:


You might even put it in all-caps, like:


Only one team in the entire NHL had a lower team save percentage than Dallas (.895), and that was the Edmonton Oilers (.888).

In 65 appearances, veteran Kari Lehtonen finished with a .903 save percentage, the worst of his NHL career.

“The goalies are part of the team, and they know they have to be better,” Stars GM Jim Nill said, per The Dallas Morning News. “It wasn’t Kari’s best season, and he admits that, and he’s got to be better. We need to have him. To win in this league, you have to have good a goalie.”

Lehtonen is signed through 2017-18 for a cap hit of $5.9 million, so he’s probably not going anywhere, in case you were wondering.

And to be sure, it wasn’t always easy for the four Stars’ netminders this season — Lehtonen, Anders Lindback, Jhonas Enroth, and Jussi Rynnas — given the young defense that was put in front of them.

But with solid goaltending, this could be a very good team. Consider: only the Tampa Bay Lightning scored more goals than the Stars this season.

“I realize I had a not good year,” said Lehtonen, “and I have to do a lot of work to get the opportunity to play again, and play better when I get that opportunity. It’s pretty simple.”