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NHL notebook: Stem cell clinical trial helps Howe

By Wire Reports 12:02 a.m.
Gordie Howe’s family said the hockey great has made a “miraculous” improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial. For the first time since suffering a stroke, Howe, 86, has been able to walk with minimal effort and converse comfortably with family. • The Rangers and goaltender Cam Talbot ...

NHL notebook: Predators’ Neal fined $2,000 for embellishment

By Wire Reports
The NHL fined Predators forward James Neal $2,000 for violating the league’s revised rule against diving and embellishing. Neal, a former Penguins forward, was issued a warning after an infraction at St. Louis on Nov. 13. No penalty was called then. ...

NHL notebook: Kings’ Voynov to stand trial on felony domestic violence charge

By The Associated Press
TORRANCE, Calif. — Slava Voynov’s wife told police the Kings defenseman hit, choked and pushed her into a television in their bedroom during a fight in October, an officer testified Monday. After hearing the description of the injuries to Voynov’s wife, ...

NHL notebook: Red Wings’ Weiss sits again with shoulder injury

By Wire Reports
Stephen Weiss is back among the injured Red Wings, just as he had embedded himself in the lineup. Weiss suffered a slightly separated shoulder Friday, and though it appears it is not as bad as initially thought, a return date is ...

NHL notebook: Red Wings’ Babcock denies he will sign contract extension

By Wire Reports
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock denied a report Thursday that he is on the verge of signing an extension with the team. According to the Windsor (Ontario) Star, the deal would make him the highest-paid coach in the NHL. • ...

NHL notebook: Wild’s Scandella suspended two games

By Wire Reports
• Wild defenseman Marco Scandella was suspended two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Islanders forward Brock Nelson. Nelson was pursuing a puck in the Minnesota zone when Scandella hit ...

NHL notebook: Struggling franchises to stay put

By The Associated Press
• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is playing down the possibility of relocating struggling franchises in Arizona and Florida. One day after putting the brakes on the prospect of expansion, Bettman reaffirmed Panthers owner Vinny Viola’s commitment to South Florida. There ...

NHL notebook: Senators fire coach MacLean

By Wire Reports
OTTAWA, Ontario — Paul MacLean was fired as coach of the Senators on Monday, less than 18 months after he was the NHL’s coach of the year. The coaching dismissal was the first in the NHL this season and comes ...

NHL notebook: Leafs winger Komarov still out with concussion

By The Associated Press
Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov missed his third straight game Saturday against the Canucks because of a concussion. Komarov recently took a hard hit from Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, causing him to miss time. It was believed Komarov was improving ...

NHL notebook: Bookie says Vanek had $10M gambling debt

By Tribune-Review
A New York bookie pleaded guilty Friday to charges of running an illicit gambling ring and admitted to extorting Wild forward Thomas Vanek for about $10 million, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Joseph Ruff also admitted to ...

NHL notebook: Longtime Senators star Alfredsson retires

By Wire Reports
Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson officially has retired. The 41-year-old Swedish forward made the announcement at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, the rink he called home for most of his 18 seasons in the NHL. The Senators signed their longtime captain to a ...

NHL notebook: Canadiens legend, longtime captain Beliveau dies at 83

By Wire Reports
Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau passed away Tuesday. He was 83. Captain of the Canadiens from 1961 to 1971, Beliveau was elected into the hall of fame in 1972, just one year after finishing his playing career. He spent ...

NHL notebook: Rangers’ Glass out with mumps

By Tribune-Review
Rangers forward Tanner Glass is being isolated from the team until Monday because he has the mumps. The former Penguin missed Friday’s game and Saturday’s contest against the Flyers. The Wild, Blues and Ducks were also affected by the ...

NHL notebook: Maple Leafs defenseman Polak sidelined 4 weeks with knee injury

By Tribune-Review
• Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined for about four weeks after suffering a strained knee Saturday, TSN reported. Polak, 28, was acquired in the offseason from St. Louis in exchange for Carl Gunnarsson. Polak has played in ...

Hockey loses pair of legendary figures in Quinn, Tikhonov

By The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Pat Quinn, a former defenseman and longtime NHL coach and executive who brought a gruff and passionate presence to hockey across ...