NHL Notes: Parise named captain for Team USA

NHL Notes: Parise named captain for Team USA
January 31, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Zach Parise will be the captain for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics. (USA Today Images)

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Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild will be the captain of the U.S. men's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics.

Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter and center Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings will be the alternate captains, U.S. general manager David Poile announced Friday.

The 29-year-old Parise was an alternate captain at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago, scoring the goal that sent the gold-medal game into overtime. He has experience on U.S. national teams going back to 2002, and he welcomed the chance to take a leadership role in his second Olympics.

"It's a special thing to be named captain of any team, but when it's a national team, an Olympic team, it's extra special," Parise said. "We've got a lot of players who are great leaders. I'm going to get a lot of help. I'm going to need a lot of help. It's very humbling (see full story)."

- The Associated Press

Sabres: Moulson sidelined
Matt Moulson's Olympic break came early.

According to Sabres coach Ted Nolan (via ProHockeyTalk), Moulson will be out of the lineup until after the break.

Moulson was injured in the third period of Thursday's win over the Coyotes and did not return. He's in the final year of a three-year contract, and could be an interesting piece at the trade deadline. Moulson's agent, Wade Arnott, is "not overly concerned" about the injury negatively affecting his trade value.

This season, Moulson has 15 goals and 18 assists in 51 games. He does most of his damage on the power play where he has picked up eight of his 15 goals -- 10th in the league.

He started the season with the Islanders before being traded -- along with two draft picks -- to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek. He has 24 points in 40 games since joining the Sabres. 

- CSNPhilly.com

Oilers: Mark Fraser acquired from Toronto
The Oilers buffed up their defense Friday.

Edmonton acquired defenseman Mark Fraser from the Maple Leafs for prospects Cam Abney and Teemu Hartikainen.

Fraser has struggled this season, with just one assist in 19 games.

In 45 games with the Leafs last season, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman had eight helpers and was plus-18.

The Oilers are hoping a fresh start might benefit Fraser and provide depth on their blue line.

-CSNPhilly.com