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Predators Rule Out D Weber for Remainder of Series

John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville Predators announced Friday that defenseman Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the team's first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury.

Weber has not played since Game 2 of the series when he endured the injury. There was speculation that Weber tore his ACL, but the Predators announced that this isn't true.

Weber played in 78 games for the Predators this season, averaging 26:22 of ice time per game while compiling 15 goals and 30 assists.

Game 6 of the Predators' series with the Blackhawks is Saturday night in Chicago. The Hawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

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Kings Defenseman Robyn Regehr Announces Retirement

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr announced he plans to retire.

The 34-year-old Regehr told reporters after the Kings final game of the season Saturday that "I'm probably not going to play again."

“He’s not only a good player, he’s a great person, and the best thing about when we got Robyn here was there’s a lot of young defensemen here, and if you look at their seasons, they’re going to learn a lot from Robyn Regehr, all those young players,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said. “Robyn and Greener are the quarterbacks back there in the locker room and in terms of professionalism, and every one of those other guys, they’re going to miss Robyn. They’re going to have to take a step forward now.”

When Saturday's game finished, Kings center Jarret Stoll handed the puck to Regehr.

Regehr has played 15 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the Kings. During that time he's been to two Stanley Cups, winning one, and played in 1,088 games while recording 199 points.

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Canucks Sign D Chris Tanev to 5-Year Extension

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Chris Tanev to a five-year extension.

According to's Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $22.25 million.

The 25-year-old Tanev has played all five of his NHL seasons with the Canucks. This season he's played in 60 games, recording 14 assists and two goals while averaging 21:02 of ice time per game.

"Chris has developed into an excellent NHL defenseman and is an extremely important part of our team," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "He's a player you want on the ice in the most critical points of a game and we're excited about having him with our group as we continue to play to win today, with an eye to the future."

Vancouver is in a fight with Minnesota, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Los Angeles for the final three playoff spots in the Western Conference.

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Islanders Sign Boychuk to 7-Year Extension

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Defenseman Johnny Boychuk signed a seven-year contract extension with the New York Islanders Thursday.

According to's Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $42 million.

The 31-year-old Boychuk joined the Islanders in October when the Boston Bruins traded him for two second-round picks in 2015 and 2016 and a conditional third-round pick in 2016.

The 6-foot-2, 225 pound Boychuk has excelled this season, scoring seven goals and dishing out 25 assists while recording a plus-17 rating, helping the team challenge for the Metropolitan Division crown.

"Ever since I came to the Islanders, the organization has been incredible to both myself and my family," Boychuk told the team's website. "I am proud to be an Islander and look forward to competing every night in front of such a passionate fan base for many years to come."

Boychuk isn't the only defenseman the Islanders have locked up this year: in February, they signed 23-year-old Nick Leddy to a seven-year, $38 million contract extension.

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Struggling Bruins Place Miller on IR

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Bruins have lost five straight, and now they've lost a defenseman as well.

Kevan Miller was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a right shoulder injury. Miller had missed 12 games earlier this season with an injury to the same shoulder, but hadn't missed a game since returning to the ice on Nov. 21.

Despite playing, Miller had to wear a brace during games and practices, admitting there was a good chance he needed offseason surgery.

The 6-foot-2 Miller's shoulder was reinjured during the Bruins' 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames Monday.

Miller has played in 41 games for the B's this season and has a plus-20 rating.

To replace Miller, the Bruins recalled 22-year-old Brian Ferlin from the team's AHL squad in Providence. This is the youngster's first NHL call-up of his career.

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Jets Acquire Defenseman Jay Harrison from Canes

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Winnipeg Jets acquired defenseman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2015 draft -- which originally belonged to Ottawa.

The 32-year-old Harrison helps fill a void after the Jets placed defenseman Jacob Trouba on injured reserve.

Harrison was originally selected with the 87th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by Toronto. He's played nine NHL seasons -- three with Toronto and six with Carolina. During that time, Harrison's scored 21 goals and dished out 49 assists in 337 regular season games.

Winnipeg (16-10-6, 38 pts) will host Boston (16-13-3, 35 pts) on Friday night.

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Jets Defenseman Jacob Trouba Out at Least 6 Weeks

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out until at least February with an upper-body injury, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday.

Maurice did not explain when the injury occurred, but said no surgical procedure will be required.

"He's had a kind of pre-existing condition that most players deal with and what you're hopeful for is that it heals and gets better and progresses and he had the opposite experience," Maurice said. "Things started progressively getting a little bit worse on him and it just got to the point where the only and best way for us to get him back to 100 percent was that we had to shut him down."

The 20-year-old Trouba was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Jets. Since then he's played in 96 games for the team, averaging 22:48 minutes of ice-time with 14 goals and 27 assists.

"It is a big challenge," Maurice said. "Jake had been a big part of some big goals late in games and he drives the offence and has been part of a power play unit that has been getting better but I think it's more the defensive concern with the three guys out. All three kill penalties for us so we need to get better in that department."

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Kings Re-Sign Playoff Hero Alec Martinez

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Defenseman Alec Martinez signed a six-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, team president/general manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday.

According to, the deal is worth an average of $4 million per season.

The 27-year-old Martinez came up clutch in the postseason for the Kings last season scoring the series-clinching goal in the Western Conference Final and then the Stanley Cup-clinching goal.

Martinez was originally drafted by the Kings with the 95th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. Since then he's played in 221 games with Los Angeles tallying 25 goals, 37 assists, and a plus-32 rating.

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Wild Sign Scandella to 5-Year Extension

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- Defenseman Marco Scandella signed a five-year contract extension with the Minnesota Wild that will keep him with the team through the 2019-2020 season.

“Marco has shown tremendous improvement in his career and is one of the best young, two-way defensemen in the NHL,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “He is a hard-working, energetic player who is just scratching the surface of his potential in the NHL.”

Scandella, 24, has scored five goals -- three were game-winners -- and dished out three assists in 21 games this season.

Scandella was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Wild. Since then he's played in 186 regular season games for Minnesota, tallying 12 goals and 28 assists.

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Ducks Trade for D Eric Brewer

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 35-year-old Brewer joins a Ducks  team that just lost defensemen Francois Beauchemin (broken finger) and Clayton Stoner (mumps).

Brewer has played for the Saint Louis Blues, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning during his 16 NHL seasons. During his time with Edmonton and St. Louis, Brewer served as a captain for three seasons.

For his career, Brewer, a one-time All Star, has 74 goals and 190 assists.

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