Ducks’ Rakell facing new role as C Ryan Kesler recovers
LAST SEASON: 46-23-13, 105 points. Won Pacific Division. Lost to Nashville Predators in Western Conference finals.
COACH: Randy Carlyle (second season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: D Francois Beauchemin, G Ryan Miller, C Derek Grant, G Reto Berra.
LOST: D Clayton Stoner, D Shea Theodore, C Nate Thompson.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Goalie Reto Berra has signed with the Anaheim Ducks, returning to North America less than three months after agreeing to a three-year deal with Fribourg-Gotteron in his native Switzerland's top league.
Berra used an out clause in his Swiss deal to return to the NHL on Wednesday.
The Ducks gave a one-year deal to Berra, who will provide organizational depth behind John Gibson and new signee Ryan Miller.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen was happy to be a part of the Montreal Canadiens' division-clinching performance.
Lehkonen scored twice in the third period and had an assist to help the Canadiens secure the Atlantic Division title with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Andrew Shaw and Alexander Radulov also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 31 shots in his second NHL start.
BOSTON (AP) — If the Boston Bruins are going to make the playoffs for the first time in three season, the formula is simple.
"You've got to keep winning. If we keep doing this we don't have to look at the standings and look for help elsewhere," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said after they beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Saturday.
Colorado Avalanche at a glance
LAST SEASON: 39-39-4, 82 points. Didn't make the playoffs.
COACH: Jared Bednar (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: C Joe Colborne, D Fedor Tyutin, D Patrick Wiercioch.
LOST: F Mikkel Boedker, F Shawn Matthias, F Jack Skille, D Zach Redmond, D Nick Holden, G Reto Berra.