Flames sign Mark Jankowski to entry-level deal

The Calgary Flames have agreed to terms with Providence forward Mark Jankowski.

The club signed him to an entry-level contract Wednesday, and the 21-year-old center will report to the AHL's Stockton Heat on an amateur tryout for the rest of the season.

Jankowski scored 15 goals and added 25 assists in his senior season with the Friars.

The Flames selected him 21st overall in 2012.

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Canadiens place Scrivens on waivers

The Montreal Canadiens have placed backup goalie Ben Scrivens on waivers, the team announced Wednesday.

The move comes following the signing of college free agent Charlie Lindgren who has joined the team in Tampa.

Scrivens had been with the team on emergency basis since joining following a trade from the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 28, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels. He went 5-8-0 in 14 games with the Canadiens.

The 29-year-old will be assigned to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League if he isn't claimed, while the newly acquired Lindgren will burn the first year of his contract.

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Panthers’ Trocheck out for rest of regular season with ankle injury

The Florida Panthers' offense is about to take a serious hit down the stretch.

Vincent Trocheck will miss the final six games of the regular season with an apparent ankle injury, head coach Gerard Gallant confirmed Wednesday.

The 22-year-old was spotted wearing a cast at practice Wednesday, and he's expected to wear it for 10 days, according to The Miami Herald's George Richards.

He may have suffered a non-displaced fracture of the ankle blocking a shot in the Panthers' 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, according to the report.

The Panthers hope he'll be ready to return for the start of the playoffs in mid-April.

Trocheck is tied for the team lead with 25 goals and ranks third with 53 points. He appeared in all of the Panthers' 76 games.

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Canucks’ Virtanen to have hearing for hit on Sharks’ Polak

Jake Virtanen has some explaining to do.

The Vancouver Canucks forward will have a hearing Wednesday for his hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak on Tuesday night.

Virtanen admitted after the game that the hit came "a little bit late" but said he was "just back-checking," and that the hit was shoulder-to-shoulder as opposed to a headshot.

The 19-year-old has never received supplemental discipline.

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Wisconsin names Tony Granato head coach

Tony Granato is going back to college.

The former NHL forward, coach, and assistant is the new head coach of the University of Wisconsin, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Granato played four seasons with the Badgers from 1983 to 1987, becoming one of only two players in the history of the program to register 100 goals and 100 assists in his career.

"I don't think my heart ever left Madison (Wis.) or the Badger program," Granato said Wednesday.

"It was always there with me that someday it would be great to go back. Someday it would be an opportunity - if it ever came along - where you always think in your mind, 'Wow, wouldn't that be special and a great place to go back to?'"

Granato has served behind three NHL benches since retiring as a player in 2001, including a pair of head coaching stints with the Colorado Avalanche.

He was an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings for the last two seasons and occupied the same role with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2009 to 2014.

Granato's brother, Don, and former Wisconsin assistant Mark Osiecki - who most recently served as an assistant with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs - will join Tony's staff.

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Canadiens sign St. Cloud netminder Charlie Lindgren to 2-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens have signed free-agent goaltender Charlie Lindgren to a two-year two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday.

"We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Charlie Lindgren. Lindgren was in our mind the best free-agent goaltender available coming out of the U.S. college level," general manager Marc Bergevin said. "He made the decision to join the Canadiens organization and will complete the season with the team. Lindgren is a top goaltender coming out of college, and becomes an excellent prospect for our organization, bringing some depth at this position."

Lindgren had an outstanding season with the St. Cloud State Huskies. He went 30-9-1 in 40 games, leading the NCAA in wins, saves, and shutouts, while also finishing third with a .925 save percentage and fourth with a 2.13 goals-against average.

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Report: Vesey’s reps informed Predators he wasn’t signing with them

The Nashville Predators say they expected Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey to sign with them before the trade deadline, but the prospect's representatives reportedly told the club the opposite.

The Predators were told of Vesey's decision a few days before the deadline, "in order for the team to conduct business unrelated to him," a league source told ESPN's Joe McDonald.

Nashville general manager David Poile and assistant GM Paul Fenton both claim that Vesey told the Predators he would sign with them prior to the deadline, and Fenton said Tuesday that the team changed its deadline plans thinking Vesey would sign there.

McDonald's league source said Wednesday that the Predators should have approached the deadline knowing Vesey wouldn't be joining them, and that if there was any miscommunication between the two sides, it was "cleared up" before Feb. 29.

Vesey's reps were surprised by Poile's insinuation Monday night that the 22-year-old "received bad advice and bad counsel," according to the report.

The Predators' 2012 third-round pick informed Nashville he would not be signing with them earlier this week, instead opting for unrestricted free agency beginning on Aug. 15.

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