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Hurricanes want to bring back Petr Mrazek, Curtis McElhinney goalie tandem

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Fresh off a great playoff run that ignited their fanbase, the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the magic going next season.

One of the potential issues they face this offseason is in the goaltending department. Both Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney will become unrestricted free agents in July 1st. They will certainly have their fair share of suitors on the market. The team envisions a scenario where they don’t have to choose between the two, and can hopefully bring both of them back in the offseason.

“We’re under the feeling that we would like to have both of them back,” said Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell.

“Saying that, they both have the right to be unrestricted free agents. We will begin shortly talking to their representation, but our goal would be to bring them both back if we could.”

Mrazek played the majority of the games in net, and had a comeback season after it appeared his days as a starter were number. The 27-year old posted a 23-14-3 record with a 2.39 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 40 regular season games.

McElhinney, 35, was supposed to be depth insurance after he was claimed on waivers from the Leafs on October 2 to fill in for an injured Scott Darling. Instead, he ended up taking Darling’s spot on the roster and excelled as a starter for long stretches. He compiled a 20-11-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 33 regular season games in 2018/19.

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Bruins to retire Willie O’Ree’s number 22 this season

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The Boston Bruins are set to honor the NHL’s first black player in a big way.

The team announced they are retiring Willie O’Ree’s number 22 and hanging it up in the rafters at TD Garden during a ceremony prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils on February 18.

The 85-year old, who made his NHL debut for the Bruins back in 1958, has already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame under the builder category.

He ended his brief NHL career with four goals and 10 assists in 45 combined games. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in the WHL with the Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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Blues officially ink Mike Hoffman to one-year deal

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The St. Louis Blues made it official on Monday.

The team announced that they have signed veteran forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year, $4 million contract. The news comes shortly after he agreed to a professional tryout with the club back on December 27th.

The 31-year old, who has nine seasons of NHL experience under his belt, had spent the past two campaigns with the Florida Panthers and put up solid numbers in that span. In 2019/2020, Hoffman recorded 29 goals and 30 assists in 69 games. The previous season he posted a career-best 36 goals in 82 games.

With that offensive firepower, it was really surprising that it took a team as long as it did to sign the veteran forward. He essentially replaces Vladimir Tarasenko in the Blues’ lineup, who will be out for an indefinite period of time as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

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Henrik Lundqvist says he is doing well in his recovery from open heart surgery

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Washington Capitals netminder Henrik Lundqvist provided his first update on social media since undergoing open heart surgery.

He took to Twitter on Friday to let his fans know the surgery for an “aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement” was successful, and he is in good spirits during his recovery process.

“Day 3. Surgery went really well,” said Lundqvist on his personal Twitter account.

“About five hours to get it all taken care of. Really appreciate the great staff here at the Cleveland Clinic. Last few days has been pretty crazy but feel like I’m in really good hands. Every day is a step in the right direction.”

The 38-year old, who has likely played his last NHL game, finished his caeer (all with the New York Rangers) with a 459-310-96 record, 2.43 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 64 shutouts in 887 career games.

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