National Hockey League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year, $23 million contract extension Wednesday.
The deal begins with the 2015-16 season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign, and has an average annual value of $5.75 million.
Fleury, 29, is off to one of the best starts of his career, posting a 7-2 record, 1.89 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and a league-leading (tied) three shutouts in nine starts. He had back-to-back shutouts in his previous two starts for the first time in his career.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson was suspended three games without pay Wednesday for an illegal hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty.
Johnson was given a two-minute minor penalty at 7:31 of the third period for an illegal check to the head of Tlusty, who left the game and did not return. Carolina won the game 4-2.
The Detroit Red Wings released a statement Tuesday from the Howe family regarding the much-improved condition of hockey legend Gordie Howe after he suffered a major stroke Oct. 26.
"The Howe family is pleased to report that over the past week Mr. Hockey has been recovering at a remarkable rate, including his speech, and his ability to walk with the assistance of a walker," the statement read. Continued...