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NHL notes: Habs' Emelin out six months

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin had surgery to reconstruct his ACL and MCL in his left...

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin had surgery to reconstruct his ACL and MCL in his left knee. (QMI Agency)

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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin had surgery Tuesday to reconstruct the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.

Emelin is expected to be out six months and won't return to the lineup before the end of November.

The rugged defender was injured April 6 after colliding with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic.

Meanwhile, the Habs signed Swedish prospects Magnus Nygren and Sebastian Collberg Tuesday.

Nygren, a 22-year-old defenceman, agreed to a two-year pact while 19-year-old Collberg, a forward, was inked for the next three years.

PREDS HIRE HOUSELY

The Nashville Predators are bringing in Phil Housley as their next assistant coach.

The move was made after the Preds let longtime associate coach Peter Horachek go Monday, according to The Tennessean.

"Phil brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff," Predators general manager David Poile said. "He was one of the most talented offensive defencemen to play in the NHL, and he has worked extensively with young players during his coaching career. He will continue to focus his efforts on our young defencemen and assisting on the power play."

Housley's coaching experience includes serving as an assistant for the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2013 world junior championship.

Housley, 49, ranks fourth in NHL history in points by a defenceman with 1,232 and played in 1,495 games with eight teams over 21 seasons.

STARS GETTING A REVAMP

The Dallas Stars are getting a new look and perhaps a new outlook for next season.

The team will unveil its new uniform and logo on June 4, where they will also address the current state of the franchise.

"Since Tom Gaglardi took over as owner, we have been working diligently on a rebrand that is classic, simple and true to hockey," said Stars president and CEO Jim Lites.

In addition to Gaglardi and Lites, GM Jim Nill, executive advisor Mike Modano and Stars forward Jamie Benn will be in attendance.

The Stars will also make a significant announcement regarding the 2013-14 season.


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