Faksa, Murphy return for Rangers; milestone nights for Feser and Molleken: Friday’s coast-to-coast

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With Saskatoon Blades skipper Lorne Molleken on the verge of 600 career coaching wins, people might want to start talking about him reaching Ken Hodge's all-time Western League record of 742. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The prospect of the Regina Pats missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons has team president Brent Parker feeling rueful: "I don't think people believe me when I say that it bothers me. I think people think we're backing the Brink's truck up over here, and nothing could be further from the truth." (Regina Leader-Post)

Speaking of milestones, with little fanfare Tri-City Americans captain Justin Feser is about to set the league's iron-man record with 312 consecutive games played. How is the man he's tied with, Dwayne Newman, doing these days? Newman: "I'm 41 and I'm still playing." (Tri-City Herald)

Draft-year goalie Eric Comrie, a potential NHL first-round pick, is progressing well in his recovery from hip surgery. (Tri-City Herald)

Aside from Henrik Samuelsson getting a two-game suspension, the Edmonton Oil Kings' excursion to Portland could not have gone much better. Somehow one doubts the defending champions slip up against Everett. Nice try, Derek Laxdal. (Edmonton Journal)

The Portland post-mortem from Paul Buker has all caps! "It’s hard to ignore the fact the Oil Kings MUSCLED THE HAWKS all over the ice. They beat them up physically, wore them down, dominated the third period, and finally broke through to win the game. (Oregon Live, Portland Tribune)

Young defenceman Colby Harmsworth is getting a lot of on-the-job training while the Calgary Hitmen wait for injuries to heal. (Calgary Herald)

Young centre Logan Fisher likely joins the Victoria Royals' MIAs for a crucial two-game series against Spokane that could decide the fifth seed in the Western Conference. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Spokane Chiefs first-rounder Tanner MacMaster has committed to Boston College. Going to McMaster University was ruled out since it doesn't have a hockey team and its football team got walloped in the Vanier Cup. (Taking Note)

Interesting read: Kamloops Blazers defenceman Travis Hansen might forgo playing an overage season in order to begin his two-year Mormon mission. (Kamloops Daily News)

The Brandon Wheat Kings have joined the ranks of the mathematically eliminated; three down, nine to go across the CHL. (Luber's Lounge)


Patrick King looks at what goes into the handling of a 15-year-old exceptional player through the eyes of one player and one GM. (Sportsnet)

Dallas Stars first-rounder Radek Faksa is finally off the injured list for the Kitchener Rangers, which coincides with the end of Ryan Murphy's stint with the Carolina Hurricanes. (Waterloo Record)

Draft-year forward Bo Horvat has been the one constant amid the league-leading London Knights losing core players left and right, writes Ryan Pyette. (London Free Press)

Pittsburgh Penguins-drafted goalie Matt Murray will have a huge hand in whether the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds can inch up the standings. Meantime in the Soo, at least Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nick Cousins will get some rest before the playoffs due to his suspension. (Sault Star)

The Barrie Colts beating Owen Sound 4-2 without suspended star Mark Scheifele? Why yes, that's a statement win. Standout 17-year-old defenceman Aaron Ekblad had a fine return after missing two weeks with a banged-up foot, by the way. (Barrie Examiner)

Jeff Giffen wonders if the Sudbury Wolves, already locked into a first-round matchup against Brampton, should just coast through these final three weekends and try to be healthy for the playoffs. (Sudbury Star)

A moral victory did nothing for Windsor's flickering playoff hopes. (Windsor Star)

For the third Friday in row, the Peterborough Petes wake up two points behind eighth-place Kingston. It took a last-minute game-tying short-handed goal from Jonatan Tanus to avoid a loss to last-place Ottawa on Thursday. (Peterborough Examiner)

Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Ryan Hutchinson made the Huffington Post for his hilarious exit after being ejected on Sunday. (Huffington Post)


Halifax Mooseheads star Jonathan Drouin is drawing comparisons to Patrick Kane. It's doubtful any scouts have been around long enough to know how Nathan MacKinnon compares to Sid Abel. (The Globe & Mail)

Quebec Remparts goalie François Brassard, just in time for playoffs, got some tutoring from Ottawa Senators goaltending coach Rick Wamsley. The Sens took Brassard in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. (Le Soleil)

Know which team had a good February? Victoriaville, thanks in big part to 18-year-old forward Angelo Miceli. (Parlons Junior)

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