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NHL roundup: Bergeron sits out skate, might play Game 6

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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron sat out of the team's morning skate with an ambiguous "body injury" but he could still play.

The Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Chicago leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.

"Patrice will dress for warmup tonight and I'm feeling confident he will play," coach Claude Julien told reporters.

The team has not specified the exact nature of Bergeron's injury.

---Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, who missed the third period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals after taking a shot to the head, participated in the team's morning skate and declared he will play Monday night.

---The Minnesota Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a three-year deal, avoiding free agency, the team announced Monday.

Backstrom, 35, was 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals against average and .909 save percentage in 42 games last season.

He missed the playoffs after getting hurt during warmups before Game 1 of the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks.

---The Winnipeg Jets announced that they have given head coach Claude Noel a one-year contract extension, which means he is now under contract through the 2014-2015 season.

The Jets have missed the playoffs the past two seasons under Noel.

---The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with forward Bobby Butler on a two-year contract and with forward Eric Selleck on a one-year deal.

Butler, 26, was acquired by Florida from Nashville in exchange for T.J. Brennan on June 14.

Selleck, 25, made his NHL debut last season, appearing in two games for the Panthers.

---The Vancouver Canucks have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon, at which time they are expected to announce the hiring of John Tortorella as their new head coach.
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