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NHL notes: O'Reilly, Marleau and St. Louis nominated for Lady Byng

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) passes around Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin...

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly (90) passes around Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin (25) during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

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Not only did Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly set a career high for points in 2013-14, he also came close to hanging a goose egg under the PIM category in the NHL stats.

O'Reilly, who had a team-high 28 goals and career-best 64 points, finished the year with just one minor penalty to join former Los Angeles Kings forward Butch Goring as the only players to get two or fewer PIMs over least 80-plus games.

That helped O'Reilly earn his first nomination for the Lady Byng Trophy, the NHL's award for sportsmanship and playing ability. He is joined by San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, last year's winner, as nominees for the award.

Marleau had 33 goals and 37 assists while picking up just 18 penalty minutes in 82 games. It is the second time he's been on the short-list of nominees for the Lady Byng.

St. Louis, who was traded to the Rangers by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline this season, had 30 goals and 39 assists while recording 10 penalty minutes in 81 games. The 38-year-old has won the Lady Byng three times in the last four seasons.

The NHL awards ceremony is set got June 24 in Las Vegas.

DEVILS' FAYNE HAS SURGERY

A good chunk of pending free agent defenceman Mark Fayne's off-season will be spent rehabbing.

Fayne, who had four goals and seven assists with the New Jersey Devils this season, had groin surgery Tuesday and will need 8-10 weeks of recovery time, according to Devils' general manager Lou Lamoriello. Fayne was hurt in the final game of the season, April 13 against the Boston Bruins.

The 26-year-old, a fifth-round pick of the Devils in 2005, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Devils also signed forward Graham Black to an entry-level contract. Black had 34 goals and 63 assists in 69 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL this season.

NEW GIG FOR WALZ

Former NHLer Wes Walz is the new head coach of the East Ridge High School boys' hockey team.

Walz, a former assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-10 who played 11 seasons in the NHL, had been coaching the girls' hockey team at the school in Woodbury, Minn.

In 607 games as an NHLer, Walz had 109 goals and 151 assists. He was a finalist for the Selke Trophy and Masterton Trophy during his career.

PREDS SIGN TWO PROSPECTS

The Nashville Predators signed a pair of prospects to entry-level contracts Tuesday.

The Preds inked Boston University defenceman Garrett Noonan to a two-year deal and Calgary Hitmen blueliner Jaynen Rissling to a three-year contract.

Noonan played four years at Boston, recording 30 goals and 51 assists in 145 games. Rissling had eight goals and 29 assists in 54 games with the Hitmen this season, his fifth with the team.


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