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Name: In the Pressbox
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Date Added: 2010-01-03 08:05:45
  
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Pens Elite Host Third Annual Icebreaker Tournament
Friday marked the start of the third annual PPE Icebreaker Tournament presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The tournament, hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA hockey organization, will showcase some of the top amateur hockey players in Nort...

GARTH'S CORNER: Johansen Not Blinking First
In my humble opinion, The Columbus Blue Jackets are going to blink first before Ryan Johansen does. The centerman and the Jax are miles apart right now. Johansen wants #1 center money in the $6M-$7M per season range. The Jax aren’t willing to go there. Johansen turned 22 on July 31 and he is already a brand name, elite centerman in the NHL. The 6’3”, 225 lb. power center ( 4t...

Ty Anderson: Boychuk for Yakupov?
Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! Theoretically, the Boston Bruins have to make a move of some sort. Unless they want to wait until Day 1 of the NHL season when they can place Marc Savard’s $4 million plus cap-hit on the long-term injured reserve and then sign restricted free agents and pivotal pieces of the 2014-15 puzzle in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, a trade needs to be made....

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: More Thoughts on Expansion, Who Wore It Best?
Thanks for all the diverse and entertaining dialogue on the last message board. I've been grateful for those of you that have hung in through the quiet summer months! It should get fun as things start to ramp up for another season of intrigue. It won't be long now. Just a brief blog today to kick off the weekend. I wanted to share this Eric Duhatschek column from The Globe and Mail, where he...

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Toronto Maple Leafs Edition
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends ...

Kesler, Goaltending Among Ducks' Five Questions
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com The search for a second-line center has been a long-term project for the Anaheim Ducks. Since trading Andy McDonald in 2007, the Ducks have largely struggled to slot someone behind captain Ryan Getzlaf. Anaheim was ...

Young Talent in Ducks Lineup Ready for Breakthrough
By Corey Masisak | NHL.com The Anaheim Ducks had a great regular season in Bruce Boudreau's second full year in charge, winning the Western Conference and coming within a point of the Presidents' Trophy. Taking the eventual Stanley Cup cham...

Ducks Hope Heatley Fills Revolving Door at Left Wing
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com The audition to find a left wing to play with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry lasted all last season for the Anaheim Ducks. Dustin Penner rebooted his career there before he was traded. There was also Patrick ...

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Here are the rookies you need to draft
Here's the final edition of our fantasy hockey primer. Thanks to Dobber Hockey for the insight! The sleeper pick is the ultimate fantasy owner move. Grab a player late in the draft who nobody else was even considering and he does great? Well that could win your league. And the ultimate sleeper pick is a rookie. Other than the top three or four picks in the latest NHL Draft plus a couple of the 'hyped' favorites, the average pooli...

James Tanner: NHL Expansion a Huge Mistake
Follow @james_tanner123 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); This week several news sources reported that the NHL would be expanding. According to variou...

Heralded Gibson Highlights Ducks' Top 10 Prospects
By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been part of the Anaheim Ducks organization since they were first-round picks in 2003. They emerged as NHL stars during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. They continue ...

Ducks Fixing Issues that Cut Short Playoff Run
By Curtis Zupke | NHL.com NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August. For a team that led the Western Conference with 116 points, the Anaheim Ducks had a lot of is...

EA Sports under fire for sexist selfies in NHL 15
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Matt Henderson: The Team As MacT Built It
Craig MacTavish is finished adding to the pool of players vying for roster spots this fall. The team, as he envisioned it, is complete for now, although with serious question marks at the Center position. At the Schultz press conference MacT acknowledged the potential weakness of the team's pivots but suggested teams were in a holding pattern. When asked about the possibility of a trade the Oi...

Canucks expect playoff return
For a Vancouver Canucks fan base used to the slow, calculated -- critics would say dithering -- approach of former general manager Mike Gillis, this summer must have felt like a bungee jump into NHL team-building. A little more than one month a...

Mike Augello: Leafs Q & A : August 30th Edition
The month of September marks the end of summer and usually means three things to sports fans in Toronto, Southern Ontario and Western New York; the start of another disappointing Buffalo Bills season, the Blue Jays out of contention and playing meaningless games and the start of Maple Leafs training camp. The Labor Day weekend will be the last until next April that there will be little or no n...

Eklund: Thornton Situation Can't End Well
Has an NHL team's decision to strip a player of the captaincy EVER had a positive outcome for the team and player alike? I am among those who are mystified by the San Jose Sharks' decision to extend Joe Thornton for three seasons and also remove the C from his sweater. Ditto the decision to remove the A from Patrick Marleau. I get the fact that the Sharks want to make it clear that they expect...

Travis Yost: Any Room?
It's hard not to look at the signing of David Legwand and assume that the deal will, at least temporarily, adversely affect prospect JG Pageau. Pageau, who saw 28-games of regular season action last year after an impressive 2012-2013 post-season, has been knocking on the NHL-regular door for quite some time. This is a common theme in Ottawa's system -- NHL-ready or NHL-tweener forwards looking...

Michael Stuart: Tampa Bay Lightning: Building a Second Line
Two days ago I posted a blog outlining how I would go about building a first line for the 2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning. Today, the multi-part series continues with a look at the team’s second line. For those of you who need a quick refresher, I’m working with the assumption that Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson, and Brian Boyle will be the team’s four pivots. As noted in...

Jason Lewis: Player Evaluation: Jake Muzzin
If you missed the evaluation on the departed Willie Mitchell, check it out. Jake Muzzin #6 Age: 25 Contract Status: $1.00MM AAV through 2014-15 (RFA) Stats: Other stats: Corsi on: 23.94 Corsi relative: 13.5 Quality of Competition relative: +.556 (2nd on team behind Doughty) TOI: 19:01 Hits: 169 (2nd amongst Dmen) Shooting %: 2.9 His season: Fantastic. Really though....

Todd Cordell: Devils Re-Sign Dan Kelly
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell As the new season approaches, Lou Lamoriello continues to take care of housekeeping to get the Devils - both New Jersey and Albany - ready for the upcoming year. Lamoriello's latest move has been signing defenseman Dan Kelly to a two-year, two-way contract extension. Kelly, 25, had 17 points and 86 penalty minutes in 71 regular season games with Albany la...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Prospect Updates, Quick Hits
QUICK HITS: AUGUST 30 * Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim both enjoyed multi-point games but the Calgary Hitmen sustained a 6-5 loss to the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League preseason action last night. Calgary outshot Regina by a 43-20 margin but yielded three goals apiece in the first and third periods. In the meantime, the Hitmen exploded for five goals in the second period but could not f...

Michael Pachla: Individual goal projections plus, the art of simply watching a game
Before we get into the individual stats, a quick note. Last night I was at my son's football game and as I watched these high school kids play, I was reminded of how great it was just to watch a game simply for the competition itself. There were no names on the back, no fantasy football stats, no television time outs. Just 11 players per side battling it out. Taking that approach allowed...

Todd Cordell: Still Nothing
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Training camp opens in just over two weeks, and the Blue Jackets still haven't re-signed their best player Ryan Johansen. Johansen's camp has stepped away from their demands of a long-term contract and settled on the two-year term, but a sizeable gap in dollars remains, and Johansen doesn't seem about to budge on his current demands. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo...

Ranking the 10 Most Well-Rounded NHL Prospects Ahead of 2014-15 Season
They may not get all of the attention from fans, but players who possess a wide range of skills are vital to NHL teams' success. In a normal season, very few rookies show two-way acumen, but this season there are several with the ability to impact the game in all three zones. They may not be able to do it in the NHL at the beginning of their careers, but the talent is there. Here are the 10 prospects who display the most complete sk...

Predicting the Statistical Leaders for the Montreal Canadiens in 2014-15
The Montreal Canadiens' 2014-15 season is approaching. Opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs is just five weeks away. It seems like a good time to start making predictions about the upcoming year.  One question that's always on the mind of hockey fans before a season begins is who will lead the team in statistical categories.  The Hab...

New York Rangers Most Likely to End Up in Minors to Start Season
The New York Rangers currently have a packed roster at 22, but it will be filled at the max of 23 once John Moore is signed. This means the Rangers will need to make some moves in order to remain cap compliant, and avoid having talented players waste away as a healthy scratch. Jesper Fast was on the roster during parts of the 2013-14 season, but he's a top candidate to start in the minors becaus...

GARTH'S CORNER: Bon Jovi: I Won't Be There For You
The NY Post is reporting that Jon Jovi has turned off his amp, handed in his guitar pick and has exited stage left from the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment group that has been trying unsuccessfully to buy the Buffalo Bills. According to the Post, Bon Jovi's former partners Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which controls the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s...

Dan Spiegel: Are The Panthers Too Deep?
While the natural chorus of naysayers will be quick to come out on this post, the Florida Panthers literally have too many NHL caliber players to include on the roster on opening night. Most Negative Nancys will say the Panthers might have a lot of NHL talent, but the majority of it isn't very good. That remains to be seen. GM Dale Tallon has done a fantastic job of stockpiling talent that is...

Jersey Fouls: An Avalanche of failure; Wild consolidation; Kovalchuk hate
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com for inclusion in future installment.

Peter Tessier: Winnipeg Jets- The Paul Maurice Effect
The Paul Maurice effect… Some discussion on the ever active and completely accurate Twitter ( I kid I kid) had some viewpoints around what kind of effect Paul Maurice will have on the Winnipeg Jets. For many Jets fans the addition of Maurice will be seen as a positive step but does that mean he alone can bring in more wins than previous coaching regime under Claude Noel. The guys over at...

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Vancouver Canucks Edition
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine i...

Tim Chiasson: Stalock Due To See More Cage
A key part of the system in San Jose has been the ability to rely on their goaltenders to bring consistency and stability between the pipes. There has been no call for flashy, game saving net-minding. No one is asking the Sharks tenders to steal hockey games. The only request for a goalie in teal is that you make the saves that should be made, no more, no less. For the most part Antti Niemi h...

PODCAST: ATKM Ep 377 Day With The Cup


Registration for G.O.A.L! Sessions in September and October Now Open
Nashville, Tenn. (August 29, 2014) – Registration is NOW OPEN for two upcoming sessions of the Ford Ice Center Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!) program presented by Erie Insurance. Ford Ice Center and the Nashville Predators will offer a session at t...

Puck Headlines: Minnesota goalie controversy; women's hockey fancy stats; Sarich on crash
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Erik Johnson: 2013-14 Season in Review
The 2013-14 season was one of the best of Erik Johnson's career and was a nice bounce back after a disappointing campaign the year before. Before training camp, he was given the green light by new head coach Patrick Roy to only look forward and to...

Oilers set to face CIS national champs in annual rookie game
On September 17th, the Edmonton Oilers rookies will drop the puck in their annual tilt against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions, the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team at 7:00 pm at Clare Drake Arena. For $30 each, tickets ...

Mueller, Doherty Among Sharks Top Prospects
If there's one thing San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic proved early in his career it's that there's always a spot reserved in the lineup if you're good enough to play. That's the message Sharks coach Todd McLellan conveyed during t...

Ed Stein: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Fantasy Hockey
Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Fantasy Hockey – Part 1 I consider myself an expert on antasy hockey. Over the course of the season, I will be sharing my insights with you. I won't always advise fantasy managers get this guy or drop that guy, rather I'll give you insight on how to play the game. To begin, I want to share my 10 Rules of Winning Fantasy Hockey. My goal is to help you win and I thou...

Jan Levine: Which Was the Real Carl Hagelin: His Playoff or Regular Season Performance?
In my 20+ offseason questions, this was number 15. Should the Rangers look to extend Carl Hagelin now rather than waiting? Which was the real Hagelin, the one who struggled at times during the year or one who excelled in the playoffs? This is wrote I wrote in June 2013, when Hagelin first became a restricted free agent. You could almost replace the date with today's and much of what I said then...

Hab at heart: Mikaël Kingsbury
If he’s not on his skis hitting the slopes, then you can probably bet Mikaël Kingsbury is hitting up the Bell Centre instead, always managing to find the time in his busy schedule to cheer on his favorite team. The canadiens.com crew recently caught up with the Olympic silver medalist to get the inside scoop on his love for all things CH. When did you first become a Habs fan? MIKAËL KINGSBURY: I’ve been a fan since I was a kid. I would have even liked to play hockey but I was already s...

Burns Hopes Return to Defense Goes Smoothly
When the San Jose Sharks moved Brent Burns from defense to right wing midway through the 2012-13 season, he provided instant offense and made the transition look easy. Entering the 2014-15 season, the question is whether Burns can make the retu...

Ty Anderson: Bergeron slams, Marchand sings in NHL 15 promos
Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! You know your offseason is pretty damn boring when the biggest story revolves around a player being named the coverstar of EA’s NHL15. But such is life for Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. No longer the game’s ‘most underrated player’, the 29-year-old center beat out Montreal’s P.K. Subban for the cover, unveiled at the NHL Awards in La...

Sharks to Remain Competitive While Getting Younger
The psychological wounds from his team's historic collapse against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs were still raw in late June when San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson held his annual press conference b...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: Getting in Gear, Kids-Only Press Conference Mon. at PNE
As Labour Day weekend begins, Canucks players are on their way back into town and reporters are also getting back to work. There's plenty of new material to peruse today. Hank the Tank broke down Iain MacIntyre's new interview with Jim Benning in yesterday's comments. If you haven't seen the whole article, you should take a look to see the photo of Benning in front of his new whiteboard. Ben...

Mike Augello: Who’s The Best #15? Cherry Favors Quebec?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a rich history that includes numerous All-Stars, Stanley Cup winners and Hall-of-Fame players. There have been 852 players who have donned the Blue and White since their entry into the NHL in 1917, with dozens wearing the same jersey number over the years. In this completely non-scientific exercise, we’ll take a look at who wore which number and vote on who was...

RESULTS: Giroux's OT winner advances to Finals
RESULTS: Claude Giroux earned just over 55 percent of the votes to defeat Steve Mason's amazing save on Pens' Beau Bennett in the second semifinal fan vote in the Flyers Highlight of the Year Tournament. In what would be a common storyline all ...

Eklund: (Very Short) Bridge Deal for Schultz... one year, $3.7M
Justin Schultz scored pretty big in his new deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Not only does he get a raise from his entry-level specified deal to $3.675 million, it's only a one-year deal so he's got the ability to go looking for an even bigger raise as a restricted free agent again next summer. In announcing the extension, Craig MacTavish said Schultz has "Norris Trophy potential". I'm not sure I...

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Sleepers key to winning your pool
When preparing for your fantasy hockey draft within the next month, here’s a little tip: Don’t worry about the superstars, but instead concentrate on those later-round guys you think are poised to have career years. The main reason anyone wins any hockey pool isn’t because they drafted the best players. In the first round of a normal hockey pool, there’s not much difference between a Steven Stamkos or an Evgeni Malkin, or between ...

Matt Henderson: Schultz Signs
With Justin Schultz signing a 1 year 3.675M deal the Oilers roster is now complete as MacTavish has built it. The youngish (24) defender will be entering his 3rd year in the NHL and needs to make a huge leap forward over his past season if the club wants to compete. He came into the league with a lot of promise as a College star and delivered in a huge way at the AHL level during the lockout. H...

Ducks Preseason Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets for the Ducks' 2014 preseason schedule are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Honda Center box office. The Ducks will compete in six preseason contests before the start of the club’s 2014-15 regular season campaign. FOR TICKETS TO...

Sharks 2014-15 Lineup & Fantasy Outlook
Here is a potential look at what the 2014-15 Sharks lineup could look like: FORWARDS Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski Matt Nieto - Logan Couture - Patrick Marleau Tommy Wingels - James Sheppard - Freddie Hamilton Mike Brown - And...

Captaincy, Goaltending Among Sharks 5 Questions
After a painful offseason in the wake of their stunning first-round meltdown against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the San Jose Sharks will try to regroup for 2014-15. The Sharks, still in search of their first Stanley Cup ...

Ryan Wilson: Expansion Thoughts
I have a few quick thoughts about NHL expansion. It is coming, there is no way around it, the NHL will be expanding by at least two teams. There are markets that are hungry for it. The immediate reaction is that it will further dilute an already diluted product. There is some truth to that but not to the extreme people think. If the NHL moves to a 32 team league there really shouldn't b...

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Drew Remenda, NHL expansion and (video) Game Show Friday
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Ryan Garner: Is Justin Schultz Deal a Bridge to Nowhere?
During my 30-odd years on this planet, I’ve had the opportunity to live near some fascinating bridges. In Northern California I lived a few minutes away from the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic entrance to the San Francisco Bay offers stunning views and—when people aren’t jumping off it to their death—a pleasant tourist destination. In South Florida, I wasn’t far from Seven Mile...

HP: Strome poised for breakout
Strome poised for a breakout campaign, but can Isles return to postseason?

Jason Lewis: Player Evaluation: Willie Mitchell
Miss the eval on Martinez? Take a look right here. Wille Mitchell #33 Age: 37 Contract Status: Departed Stats: Other stats: On-ice Corsi: 11.45 Corsi relative: -4.08 Off. Zone start/finish - 51.8/51.0% Avg TOI: 16:20 Blocked shots: 128 (led team) His season Mitchell had an all-around average season, but when you look at how the Kings were paying and playing Mitchell...

Paul Stewart: A Labor of Love
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 Happy Labor Day weekend wishes go out to my family, friends and readers in the United States and Canada. I am still in Ufa, Russia. As long as there is breath in my body, being involved in the game will always be my labor of love. Every day is Labor Day. The other day, I met up in Ufa with the legendary Lou Vairo. Lou was in Ufa for the game between th...

Detroit Red Wings Players with the Best Chance to Win a League Award in 2014-15
The Detroit Red Wings have been blessed with many memorable regular-season performances. Detroit’s current edition may not have the flashy, league-leading scorers as it has had in the past, but there are certainly some players worthy of material recognition. Last season the team was represented by head coach Mike Babcock as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award (coach of the year), but he lost out to Patrick Roy of...

Oilers agree to terms on $3.675-million, one-year contract with D Justin Schultz


Schultz gets $3.675-million, one-year contract from Oilers to prove himself


Ducks Announce Futures Games vs. San Jose Sept. 13 & 14
The Ducks will hold two Futures Games vs. the San Jose Sharks this September. The first game will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE at 6 p.m., with the second game the following night (Sunday, Sept. 14) at Honda Center at 5 ...

Schultz agrees with Oilers after career year
The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with defenseman Justin Schultz on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron sing their hearts out for NHL 15 (Video)
Marketing anything related to the NHL is always difficult because (a) mining the players for some semblance of indivi...

James Tanner: Some Positives for the Coyotes Playoff Chances
Follow @james_tanner123 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Last year the Coyotes missed the playoffs by 2 points (3 technically, since Dallas owned th...

Canucks' five questions
VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks are pledging to prove last season's plummet to 25th place in the NHL standings was a one-year, rock-bottom blip and not the continuation of a downward trend that started in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With ...

Did Edmonton cave on Justin Schultz's 1-year deal?
The Edmonton Oilers and restricted free agent Justin Schultz agreed on a 1-year, $3.675-million contact on Friday that makes him the team’s second-highest paid defenseman next season. Which probably says more about the Edmonton blue line than it does Schultz.  Going with one year is a little cu...

Education, drug testing program implemented in AHL
SPRINGFIELD, MA -- An education and drug testing program will be implemented for American Hockey League players, effective for the 2014-15 season, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League announced today. The details of the AHL pro...

Todd Cordell: On Tomas Kaberle
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell When the Devils all but confirmed that Tomas Kaberle would be attending training camp on a tryout basis, many were taken by surprise. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello had said several times throughout the off-season that Jon Merrill, Eric Gelinas, Adam Larsson and, to a lesser extent, Damon Severson would be given every opportunity to make the team this season. W...

Slash autumn in the shins with your hockey stick rake (Puck Treasures)
The temperatures are dropping, which means, depending on your drought conditions, the leaves will be doing the same soon.  ...

Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy adjusts to North American life
When Russia won its second IIHF World Championship in three years last May, the gold-medal squad featured some of the NHL's biggest names, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky. But for the two youngest players on that ros...

Paul McCann: Deconstructing the Central - Chicago and some randoms...
I’ll be taking the next few blogs to concentrate on the Central Division and attempt to evaluate the moves made by each team. Did they address their needs effectively? Are they better or worse after the moves made? Writing this in July/August makes this a dicey proposition but what else am I gonna do… watch the paint dry in Toronto? Winnipeg was first, then Minnesota, then Dallas, then Colorad...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: White Injured, Prospects in Action, Quick Hits
WHITE SHELVED WITH TORN PECTORAL Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to a one-year, two-way contract earlier this month, center Ryan White while have to wait to get his 2014-15 season underway. Yesterday, the Flyers announced that White underwent surgery to repair a torn left pectoral suffered in a workout last week. There is no current timetable for his return. The gritty 26-year-old White ha...

Todd Cordell: Columbus Blue Jackets Notes: On Johansen, Horton & More
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell One stat that's relatively predictive of the future that doesn't get as much talk as it should is shooting percentage. It's a simple stat, obviously, and fluctuates quite a bit from year-to-year, but generally if someone shoots lights out one year and far exceeds his career averages it's bound to regress, while if a career 8% shooter scores at a 2% clip one...

What if NHL expansion is actually a really good idea? (Trending Topics)
It feels as though the NHL's maybe-maybe not plans to expand the league have been kicked around more or less since the 2004-05 lockout with various markets trotted out as possibilities here and there. Usually, though, you hear one city as being in the mix for a team. Kansas City or Milwaukee or something like that; nothing too far-flung or out of left field. Then a little more recently you started to hear Las V...

Friday 5: Bobrovsky's best of 2013-14


Pittsburgh Penguins Players with Best Chance to Win a League Award in 2014-15
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby cleaned house at the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas back in June, taking home three of the most coveted awards the league can hand out to a player. Trying to build of another historic year, Crosby has the chance to do it again this season as well, but a few other Penguins will be looking to claim a p...

Predicting the Statistical Leaders for the San Jose Sharks in 2014-15
The San Jose Sharks will try to rebound from last season's historic playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings and return to the ranks of NHL contenders in 2014-15. The Sharks have changed captains and made some new additions to their roster, but will it be enough? Here is a list of the players who are expected to ...

Ranking the 5 Most Important Players on the Los Angeles Kings Roster
The Los Angeles Kings are different from some NHL teams in that they don't have one or two stars that they rely heavily on. Take the Pittsburgh Penguins or Anaheim Ducks, for example.  The Kings' depth is their greatest strength, but a few players still rise to...

Ranking the 10 Most Overhyped NHL Prospects Ahead of 2014-15 Season
It happens every year: The NHL hype machines are doing their job, and teenagers in each of the 30 cities will be feeling the pressure during training camp. It's a fine line between selling the product and overselling the player, and in several cases the gap may be large this fall. For some prospects, it's a matter of having a subtle game that may not involve impressive offensive numbers. For others, a new coach with a button-down system ma...

AHL gets drug testing program; Szabados re-signs in SPHL; Kesler wears short-shorts for ALS (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Here's some professional shots of Backstrom receiving his silver medal. Look how happy he is.

New Teammates Bond Over Fishing
Training camp can be a stressful time. Veteran players are battling to make the NHL roster and solidify their spot on the depth chart, while younger ones are trying to break into the league and make a strong impression that might help them later i...

Why a Healthy Matt Greene Would Provide Significant Boost to Los Angeles Kings
Though he hasn’t had an opportunity to show it consistently as of late, Matt Greene is a key component of the Los Angeles Kings’ tough and relentless identity. Over the past two campaigns, he’s only played 43 of a possible 130 ...

"Kids Only" Press Conference at the PNE
Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks extend a very special invitation to children of all ages to attend a ‘Kids Only’ press conference on Monday, September 1st at 4:30 pm at the Fair at the PNE. Kids are encouraged to bring their questions ...

GARTH'S CORNER: Bye, Gorges
For Buffalo Sabres D Josh Gorges, one gate has closed while another is wide open for him. That’s life in the NHL. It’s a business. Players are taught by their agents and teammates to expect the unexpected. If Wayne Gretzky can be traded, any player can be traded. Gorges was traded to Buffalo for a 2016 second round pick on July 1. For he and his family, the initial sting and anxi...

The Whale Tale of Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Joel Quenneville and Kevin Dineen
Joel Quenneville is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of the NHL. He has directed the Chicago Blackhawks to two Stanley Cup triumphs and ranks third on the all-time regular-season victory list (706) among head coaches, trailing only H...

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Pittsburgh Penguins
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at...

Is It Time for the Buffalo Sabres to Play Their Young Defensemen in 2014-15?
It goes without saying that the Buffalo Sabres have had a busy offseason. General manager Tim Murray has spent his summer retooling the Sabres' lineup, adding some veterans to the mix along with a likely high draft pick. But as the team begins to take shape as training camp inches closer, the biggest question mark has to be what the defensive corps will look like when the puck drops on October 9. Going into the off...

Blue Jackets to hold 2014 FanFest on Friday, September 12


Injury Update: Ryan White undergoes surgery
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall gave the following injury update on center Ryan White. "Ryan White had successful surgery to repair his left pectoralis muscle. His surgery was performed yesterday by Dr. Gerry Williams at Methodist hospital. ...

Rogers announces 45-person broadcast team for upcoming NHL season


Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation to participate in Pride parade
CALGARY, AB -- On Sunday August 31st, the Canadian Olympic Team will join thousands of fans and spectators celebrating Calgary Pride 2014 festivities. Olympians will be proudly marching with athletes and representatives from various sport organiza...

Sportsnet and Rogers to broadcast all 82 Flames games
TORONTO, ON -- Calgary hockey fans are getting the best seat in the house all NHL season long, as Sportsnet and Rogers deliver exclusive coverage of all 82 Flames games on television and on radio on Sportsnet 960 The FAN. The first puck drops on S...

Fans to See Every Minute of Edmonton Oilers Season, Exclusively on Sportsnet and Rogers
TORONTO (August 28, 2014) From the first puck drop to the final whistle, Oilers fans will get a front row seat to all 82 games this season on Sportsnet and Rogers. The Oilers’ regular season broadcast schedule, featuring 32 national games and 50 r...

Boston Bruins' Decision To Extend Providence AHL Partnership A No-Brainer
The Boston Bruins are more than just Boston’s NHL team. They are more than a Massachusetts team. Unlike most other U.S. markets, which are generally synonymous with a single city and state (if that), the Bruins fanbase comprises a unique six-state sphere of influence. Like any major professional sports fr...

As Giguere retires, the Hartford Whalers have a lasting legacy in the NHL


Flames 2014-15 Sportsnet broadcast teams announced
CALGARY, AB -- Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey make their NHL on Sportsnet debut this season, calling play-by-play and providing game analysis, respectively, for Flames games. Host Roger Millions returns to provide updates from rinkside. Hrudey, a G...

'Canes to Return to Traverse City Rookie Tourney
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes will participate in the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament from Sept. 12-16, in Traverse Ci...

Ranking the 5 Most Important Players on the Toronto Maple Leafs Roster
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have a revamped roster entering the 2014-15 season, although the core players remain unchanged. The Leafs added a number of depth forwards along with a pair of veteran defensemen who should be steadying influences in Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak. The top Maple Leafs are all under 30 years of age, so expecting them to continue to improve this season is not unreasonable. Let's ta...

Lightning announce rookie camp, tournament roster
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced their roster for their upcoming rookie camp and prospect tournament to be held at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee from September 13-16. Lightning prospects will report to camp on September...

Ryan Garner: Remenda Replaces DeBrusk in Oilers Broadcast Booth
As far as offseason acquisitions go this one trumps them all, charging away from the pack like California Chrome at the Kentucky Derby. The Edmonton Oilers saved their best for last as the summer comes to a close, confirming that Drew Remenda will take over as the team’s colour commentator this season, replacing Louie DeBrusk. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about Remenda’s addition,...

Pronger, Giguere among last Whalers, but Francis, Dineen among best all-time


Todd Cordell: On Scott Gomez Getting An Invite From The Devils
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Devils GM Lou Lamoriello made waves around the interwebs Wednesday when announcing former Devil Scott Gomez would be attending training camp on a tryout basis. Gomez, like Tomas Kaberle, who I'll write about in more detail tomorrow, is trending downwards, and as such has resulted to accepting a camp invite to try and prove he still has something left in the...

Assistant Shuffle Affects Merrimack, New Hampshire
Merrimack has promoted assistant coach Curtis Carr to associate head coach. He fills the spot vacated by Glenn Stewart, who is leaving to take an assistant coach position at New Hampshire, his alma mater. That move is expected to be official shortly. The New Hampshire spot opened when Jim Tortorella stepped down to pursue a business opportunity outside of hockey. Carr is entering his fourth season ...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks: Prospect Watch, TSN Radio Rebrand Confirmed
With Labour Day weekend just around the corner, we have only a couple more weeks to wait until we'll see the Canucks' prospects on the ice in Penticton for the Young Stars tournament. As part of the "30 in 30" package, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com ranked the team's top 10 youngsters, and offered an estimated timeline for their arrival in the NHL. No surprise—Bo Horvat and Brendan Gaunce top th...

Travis Yost: Hockey! Sorta!
On Thursday, Ottawa announced their roster for the upcoming rookie tournament in London, Ontario, where they'll face off against fellow rookies from Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Chicago. The 24-man roster will compete on the following days: Saturday Sep 13, 2014 2:00 p.m. Game # 1 – Pittsburgh (black) vs. Ottawa (white) Sunday Sep 14, 2014 7:00 p.m. Game #4 Toronto (blue) vs. Ottawa (white)...

Ryan Wilson: Metropolitan Division: Who Would You Protect In An Expansion Draft?
Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); There has been a lot of expansion talk the past few days around the NHL an...

Where Are We Headed?
Recent rulings against the NCAA are not expected to have a large impact on College Hockey, at least not right away, according to officials. But everyone is certainly keeping an eye on the changes, and there is some anxiety on how things will ultimately play out. Most recently, the NCAA membership voted to give schools in the so-called "Big Five" conferences more autonomy on creating their own rules ...

North Dakota Goalie Legally Changes Name
North Dakota junior goaltender Zane Gothberg has legally changed his surname to his mother's maiden name of McIntyre. “My grandmother and my mother have been very influential in my life,” McIntyre said. “With the passing of my grandmother and my mother getting re-married, as well as my sister getting married, I’ve made the personal choice to carry on the family name in their honor.” McIntyre ...

Brian Boyle awed by role of friend in Ice Bucket Challenge
It's been an eventful, sometimes difficult summer for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle. He got married one week after he and the New York Rangers were eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Three weeks after that,...

Islanders Announce Promotional Schedule for First Half of Season
The New York Islanders announced today the promotional schedule for the first half of the season. The organization plans to honor the storied franchise history while at the same time, embrace the current talent, led by team captain John Tavares, ...

Kings need bounce-back season from Richards
When the Los Angeles Kings traded for Mike Richards in June 2011, it was a given that they had landed a cornerstone center for years to come. Richards was regarded as one of the finest 200-foot young forwards in the NHL. The team did not envisi...

Kings' top 10 prospects feature Pearson, Zykov
Being a prospect for the Los Angeles Kings is a double-edged sword. On the one side is the opportunity to be part of a championship team; the Kings have won the Stanley Cup two of the past three seasons. The other side, though, is a lack of pla...

Kings lineup likely will look similar to Cup team
For the second time in three seasons the Los Angeles Kings will be the defending Stanley Cup champion and will start the campaign with nearly an identical roster to the title-winning one. The Kings are loaded down the middle, could be even bet...

Brown, Quick among Kings' five questions
There aren't many hard questions facing the Los Angeles Kings following their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, but the Kings still make it interesting. They again muddled through another regular season, then turned it on thanks to the addit...

Kings' summer goal was maintaining winning culture
NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August. Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi faces a different set of challenges in the offseason than most of his peer...

Blackhawks announce 2014 Rookie Tournament roster
The Chicago Blackhawks announced their roster for the 2014 Rookie Tournament today, which will take place at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, from Sept. 13-16. The team includes 23 players (14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders), ...

Eklund: The HockeyBuzzCast Live at 1pm
The HockeyBuzzCast is live today at 1pm ET. My blog will be posted later this afternoon, because on today's podcast we have some very special guests. Be sure to tune in! Try Relay: the free SMS and picture text app for iPhone....

AHL announces education and drug-testing program that mirrors NHL


Supporting cast crucial to Canucks' line-up
The John Tortorella era was brief and not without its share of tumult for the Vancouver Canucks. After five straight seasons in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks stumbled through Tortorella's lone season in charge, ultimately finishing wit...

Mike Augello: Leafs Announce Rookie Tournament Roster; Toronto Expansion Talk Premature?
The Maple Leafs announced Thursday their roster for the upcoming Rookie Tournament at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario from September 13th to 16th. The roster consists of 28 organizational prospects and free agents invitees who will take on prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Toronto Marlies head coach Gord Dineen will be behind the bench for the...

The 10 most fascinating NHL teams in 2014-15
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Gomez invited to Devils training camp
Forward Scott Gomez will attend New Jersey Devils training camp on a tryout basis. Veterans report to camp at AmeriHealth Pavilion on Sept. 18. Rookies report on Sept. 15. Gomez was New Jersey's first-round pick (No. 27) in the 1998 NHL Dr...

Paul Stewart: The Wrath of Manson
b>Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 As many of my readers know, I was never afraid to call a penalty shot when the rules dictated it. I called more than any other referee in the NHL over the course of my career. One season, there were 34 total penalty shots called in entire the League. I called 18 of them. One of the most, um, interesting penalty shots I presided over was one taken by C...

Pool Party!
MONTREAL -- Coming off one of the city’s shortest summers since ‘93 thanks to a lengthy playoff run that ended just shy of June, we’ll forgive Habs fans if it feels like swimming pool season has turned into hockey pool season in a hurry. But with training camp now less than a month away, we’re already eager to trade-in our Speedos for stat sheets – just like we have every year over the last six seasons – to offer fans a quick look at what the ‘experts’ have been saying about ...

News Release: Senators invite 24 players to 2014 rookie camp and tournament
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) today announced the names of the 24 players who have been invited to take part in a four-team round-robin tournament from Sept. 13 to 15 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont. The rookie camp and tourname...

Does hockey need ‘warning track’ to prevent devastating injuries?
An outfielder runs full-speed to catch a fly ball hit towards the centerfield wall. Suddenly, the grass gives way to dirt...

An impassioned speech
The sound of skates scraping across freshly laid ice. The "crack" of a slap shot. The crisp tape-to-tape passes as the players control the puck. These are a few of Allie Wallace’s favorite things about hockey. The 17-year old senior was assi...

Checking In: Scott Wilson
The 2013-14 season was a big one for Penguins 2011 NHL Draft pick Scott Wilson. Wilson appeared in 31 games for University of Massachusetts-Lowell, helping that squad win the Hockey East championship. And he made his pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/ S...

Penguins Invite 24 Players to Participate in a Rookie Tournament September 13-16 in London, Ontario
The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 24 prospects to participate in a rookie tournament September 13-16 in London, Ontario, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Penguins prospects will be compe...

Guest Writer: Finding Leadership + Thoughts on the Goon Squad
By Tim Chiasson Let's say, for arguments sake, that neither Thornton nor Marleau will be wearing a letter when the Sharks open the 2014-2015 season. Let's assume that they are 'passing the torch' to the younger players in the organization. Who gets the letters? Let's look at the real candidates, and there aren't many. Logan Couture Joe Pavelski Marc-Eduoard Vlasic Brent Burns I'...

Bill Meltzer: Are Stars' Young D Ready to Emerge at NHL Level?
For the first time in many years, there is genuine excitement about the Dallas Stars as the 2014-15 season approaches. Coming off a season that saw the club return to the playoffs after a five-year absence, Stars general manager Jim Nill has rapidly assembled a club that has formidable talent depth up front and tremendous team speed. Nill added the likes of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky to a fo...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Manning Signs, Bundy Gets TV Gig, Quick Hits
MANNING SIGNS ONE-YEAR CONTRACT For the second straight year, restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Manning has signed a new one-year contract in late August. Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers inked the 24-year-old blueliner to a two-way contract for the 2014-15 season. The deal pays $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 if Manning is assigned to the American Hockey League's Lehigh Val...

Tony Dean: MNWild Why There is No Room for Bryz in Minnesota
WildHBcommunity: MNWild Why There is No Room for Bryz in Minnesota The Minnesota Wild has Both of Top Netminders Returning Healthy this Fall Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom have been members of the Minnesota Wild organization for 10 and 8 years respectively. Harding was a second round selection of the team in the 2002 NHL draft while Backstrom was a European free agent signing in 2006...

 
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