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[December 18, 2014]  Dec 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated Wednesday as he points toward a return from a bout with the mumps.

Crosby worked out on his own before the rest of the team took the ice. The reigning NHL MVP has missed Pittsburgh's last three games after being diagnosed with the disease.

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The Calgary Flames signed coach Bob Hartley to a multiyear contract extension on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

Hartley, 54, took the job in May 2012 and since the Flames have posted a 71-79-13 record. Calgary is 17-14-2 this season and is fifth in the Pacific Division and ninth in the Western Conference with 36 points.

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Nashville Predators forward James Neal was fined $2,000 by the NHL on Wednesday for diving during Saturday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Neal drew a minor penalty for embellishment during the third period in San Jose. He had received a warning for embellishment a month earlier after a game against the St. Louis Blues.

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The Minnesota Wild recalled goaltender John Curry from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Curry, 30, stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in two periods against Rockford on Tuesday night in Iowa's 5-1 win.

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The Buffalo Sabres reassigned center Mikhail Grigorenko to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Wednesday after he made his made his season debut with the NHL club.

In Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Grigorenko played 16:42 with one shot on goal. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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