Avalanche won’t burn 1st year of Rantanen’s contract

Mikko Rantanen won't play in the NHL again this season.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect will not appear in his 10th game of 2015-16, and, as a result, the club won't be on the hook for the first year of his entry-level contract.

"We're not going to burn a year, first of all. He will start next year," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic told Mike Chambers of The Denver Post.

Sakic added that a potential expansion draft and the rules about protecting young players are factors in the decision.

"(Expansion rules) can change, it (has) to be negotiated, but in his first two years he would be treated like a junior player. From our understanding, but not 100 percent, the first two years he won't be exposed so you don't have to protect them.

"So you can protect your other guys. If expansion (starts) in another year he would be a one-year pro, not a two. If we have to protect him, that's a guy we'll protect. You only (have) so many players to protect."

Shortly after Sakic's comments, the Avalanche made it official.

Rantanen failed to record a point in nine games with Colorado this season, but racked up 21 goals and 52 points in 44 games with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

The Avalanche signed him to a three-year entry-level deal last July after selecting him 10th overall in the 2015 draft.

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Datsyuk passes Kovalev with 600th assist

Pavel Datsyuk further cemented his legacy Saturday.

The Detroit Red Wings forward picked up an assist on Mike Green's third-period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins, hitting a big milestone in the process.

He became the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat with the club, joining Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman, and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Datsyuk also moved past Alexei Kovalev for third on the all-time list among Russian-born skaters.

Player Career Assists

Sergei Fedorov
696

Sergei Zubov
619

Pavel Datsyuk
600

Alexei Kovalev
599

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Sabres’ Fasching jokes he ‘blacked out on adrenalin’ after 1st NHL goal

It was an unforgettable moment for Hudson Fasching, but he might not remember it.

The Buffalo Sabres joked that he was so fired up after scoring his first NHL goal, he "blacked out on adrenalin," according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.

Fasching beat Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson for his first career goal in his first game Saturday.

Related: VIDEO: Sabres' Fasching, Nelson connect for 1st points in NHL debuts

That wasn't the only time Fasching felt a bit disoriented during the game.

The 20-year-old winger notched 38 points in 37 games with the University of Minnesota this season.

He was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings in March 2014 after being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

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Angels release Trevor Gretzky, son of NHL legend Wayne

Trevor Gretzky, son of the National Hockey League's all-time points leader Wayne Gretzky, is without an MLB club.

The Los Angeles Angels released the 23-year-old outfield prospect on Friday, ending a two-year stint with the club. He hit .242/.312/.318 in 78 games with the Single-A Burlington Bees in 2015.

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Fun fact: Trevor Gretzky was acquired in a 2014 trade with the Chicago Cubs for the son of current Angels skipper, Mike Scioscia.

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Wild sign Nick Seeler to 2-year, entry-level deal

The Minnesota Wild are adding a local boy.

The Wild signed collegiate defenseman Nick Seeler to a two-year, entry-level contract Saturday. The deal will begin next season.

Born in Eden Prairie, Minn., the blue-liner spent this season with the University of Minnesota, where he registered 10 points in 36 games.

The 22-year-old redshirted in 2014-15 due to NCAA transfer rules after playing two seasons with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The Wild made Seeler a fifth-round pick in 2011.

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Sabres’ Eichel picks up 50th point with snipe vs. Jets

Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel earned his 50th point of the season with a sizzling wrister against the Winnipeg Jets.

Eichel received a no-look, behind-the-back pass from Sam Reinhart before walking in and firing the puck past the glove of Michael Hutchinson.

The goal makes Eichel the first Sabres rookie to hit the 50-point mark since Derek Plante in the 1993-94 season, and the youngest Sabres rookie to hit the mark since Phil Housley during the 1982-83 campaign.

Eichel's goal would hold up as the game-winner, giving him five such goals this season. He's now one game-winner away from matching Donald Audette's franchise-rookie record.

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