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NHL News | Archive Index | 2009

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NHL News | April 4, 2010

 

Blackhawks beat Flames 4-1

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April 4, 2010


CHICAGO, IL — Winning the Central Division was almost anti-climatic for the Chicago Blackhawks , even if it was high on the team's to-do list.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday, shortly after clinching their first division title since winning the Norris Division in 1992-93.

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Flyers over Red Wings 4-3

Associated Press
April 4, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — All season, the Philadelphia Flyers have shown flashes of brilliance mixed with bouts of inconsistency.

For one day at least, the brilliance shined through at the best possible time.

Claude Giroux and Arron Asham scored second-period goals, Kimmo Timonen added a goal and an assist, and the Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.

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NHL News | April 1, 2010

 

Datsyuk, Holmstrom lead the Wings

Associated Press
April 1, 2010


Detroit, MI — Everybody was talking about Todd Bertuzzi’s heel.

Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Thursday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.

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Shootout win clinches Senators’ playoff spot

Associated Press
April 1, 2010


Ottawa, ON — The Ottawa Senators gave their fans a thrill as they waited to the last possible moment to clinch a return trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Alex Kovalev(notes) and Jason Spezza scored in a shootout to cap Ottawa’s dramatic 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

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NHL News | March 30, 2010

 

Bruins beat Devils with 18.3 seconds left in OT

Associated Press
March 30, 2010


Newark, NJ — Patrice Bergeron scored on a rebound with 18.3 seconds left in overtime and the Boston Bruins maintained their hold on the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

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Rangers rally to beat Islanders 4-3

Associated Press
March 30, 2010


Uniondale, NY — Vinny Prospal, Olli Jokinen and Marian Gaborik scored second-period goals, and Marc Staal got the winner early in the third to lift the New York Rangers to a comeback 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

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NHL News | March 28, 2010

 

Crosby's 3 assists leads Pens past Flyers 4-1

Associated Press
March 28, 2010


Pittsburgh, PA — They won't miss the nails in the wall that substitute for lockers, the dressing room that's too small to accommodate two goalies or the endless chants of ''Go Home, Flyers.''

Most of all, the Flyers won't miss all those losses they've endured during the Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby eras in Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena.

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Thomas stops 31 shots as Bruins blank Flames 5-0

Associated Press
March 28, 200


Boston, MA — A pre-game visit from injured playmaker Marc Savard may have helped awaken the Boston Bruins’ dormant power play.

The Bruins scored on their first three chances with the advantage Saturday en route to a 5-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.

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NHL News | March 24, 2010

 

Gaborik scores 2, sets up another in Rangers win

By Ira Podell
March 24, 2010


New York, NY — Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist during a three-goal first period and the New York Rangers began a last-ditch push for an unlikely playoff spot with a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

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Chicago ends Coyotes’ 9-game win streak

By Rick Gano
March 24, 2010


Chicago, IL — In what Chicago coach Joel Quenneville had billed as the biggest game of the year, the Blackhawks got the kind of goaltending they’ll need once the playoffs start.

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NHL News | March 22, 2010

 

Selanne a singular star at 600

March 22, 2010


Anaheim, CA — Teemu Selanne has many great attributes and his sense of timing is just one. On Sunday, Selanne became the 18th player in NHL history to score 600 goals. That's a lot of goals.

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Red Wings beat Penguins 3-1, help playoff position

By Larry Lage
March 22, 2010


DETROIT, MI — Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal early in the third period and had an assist, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

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NHL News | March 19, 2010

 

Nash scores twice in return as Jackets beat Wild

By Rusty Miller
March 19, 2010


Columbus, OH — Rick Nash scored two third-period goals in his return from an injury that sidelined him four games, and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a two-goal deficit Friday night to hand the Minnesota Wild a costly 4-2 loss.

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Wisniewski suspended 8 more games than he anticipated

By Greg Wyshynski
March 19, 2010


After witnessing a series of situations where the line between unprovoked cheap shots and hockey plays was a thin one, there was almost something quaint about James Wisniewski's momentary lapse of reason last night.

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NHL News | March 14, 2010

 

Backstrom OT goal gives Caps 4-3 win over Chicago

By Rick Gano
March 14, 2010


Chicago, IL — Alex Ovechkin was kicked out early, the Washington Capitals fell behind 3-0 and that's when they showed why they have the NHL's best record and highest-scoring offense.

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Avery finishes Flyers as Rangers grab key playoff points

Associated Press
March 14, 2010


New York, NY — Sean Avery returned from a one-game benching and scored twice to help the New York Rangers earn a key 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

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NHL News | March 12, 2010

 

New York (29-29-9) at Atlanta (28-28-10)
Game info: 7:30 pm EST Fri Mar 12, 2010

By ANDY LEFKOWITZ
March 12, 2010


Respective late-season swoons have the New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers fading from the playoff picture.

The Rangers hope to avoid a season high-tying fifth straight loss Friday night when they face the Thrashers, who will look to end their four-game skid and sweep the season series from New York for the first time since 2002-03.

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Sharks rally to beat Predators 8-5

By Josh DubowBR> March 12, 2010


San Jose, CA — After watching his team rally for the third straight game with a six-goal third period, all San Jose coach Todd McLellan wanted to talk about was the listless play the first two periods that put the Sharks in the hole.

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NHL News | March 11, 2010

 

Capitals beat Hurricanes 4-3 on Fleischmann’s OT goal

By Joseph White
March 11, 2010


Washington, DC — On Monday night, Tomas Fleischmann was a healthy scratch for the first time all season. On Wednesday night, he scored in overtime for the Washington Capitals.

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Guerin: NHL should outlaw hits to head

Associated Press
March 11, 2010


Pittsburgh, PA — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bill Guerin says the NHL must outlaw hits to the head.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive March 9, 2010

 

Hansen’s goal lifts Canucks over Avalanche

Associated Press
March 9, 2010


Denver, CO — Jannik Hansen scored the decisive goal with 2:08 remaining, Mikael Samuelsson had his first NHL hat trick, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Tuesday night.

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Flyers beat Islanders for 15th straight time

Associated Press
March 9, 2010


Philadelphia, PA — Simon Gagne fired a pass toward Mike Richards, but New York Islanders defensemen Mark Streit’s stick got in the way.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive March 5, 2010

 

Connolly scores in OT for Sabres

Associated Press
March 5, 2010


Buffalo, NY — Tim Connolly scored at 2:31 of overtime, Adam Mair had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller made 27 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Friday night.

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Helm scores twice, Red Wings beat Predators

Associated Press
March 5, 2010


DETROIT, MI — Darren Helm scored twice, and Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

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Sharks rally to 3-2 win over Canadiens

Associated Press
March 5, 2010


San Jose, CA — Dany Heatley scored the tying goal and Manny Malhotra delivered the winner in a span of less than 3 minutes in the third period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive March 2, 2010

 

After Canada’s stirring gold, NHL returns to stage

By Ira Podell
March 2, 2010


Vancouver, BC — A thrilling Olympic tournament capped with a golden goal.

Hockey was enjoying a sudden burst of popularity Monday, a day after Sidney Crosby lifted Canada to a 3-2 overtime victory over the United States to win the gold medal at the Vancouver Games.

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Luongo steps out of Brodeur’s shadow with gold

By Kevin Woodley
March 2, 2010


Vancouver, BC — Roberto Luongo waited his entire career for a chance to step out of the Martin Brodeur’s shadow, between the pipes and into a championship-game spotlight.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive February 14, 2010

 

Predators beat Pens 4-3 in SO; Crosby hit by shot

Associated Press
February 14, 2010


PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Four goals and the shootout clincher were scored by players who will participate in the Olympics starting this week.

But after the Nashville Predators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Sunday afternoon, the only Olympian anyone wanted to talk about was the one who blocked a shot with his foot.

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Wild slam Luongo on power play to help Backstrom to first win in three weeks

Associated Press
February 14, 2010


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Niklas Backstrom got his first win in three weeks, and the Minnesota Wild scored three power-play goals against Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, sending him to the bench early in a 6-2 victory over the Canucks on Sunday.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive January 29, 2010

 

Zajac scores in OT, Devils beat Maple Leafs 5-4

Associated Press
Janary 29, 2010


NEWARK, N.J. — Travis Zajac helped the New Jersey Devils erase the embarrassment of blowing a late two-goal lead to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs.

Zajac scored at 4:14 of overtime as the Devils escaped with 5-4 victory Friday night.

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Capitals win 9th straight, 4-1 over Panthers

By DAVID GINSBURG
January 29, 2010


WASHINGTON, DC — On a night when Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin stepped out of the spotlight, the Washington Capitals still had enough firepower to earn their ninth straight victory.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive January 16, 2010

 

Avalanche 3-1 over the Devils

AP
January 16, 2010


DENVER, CO — Devils forward Patrik Elias left New Jersey’s game against the Avalanche on a stretcher after being checked by Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson.

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Senators snap five-game slide by shutting out Rangers
AP
January16, 2010


NEW YORK, NY — Mike Brodeur is a distant relative of likely Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur (FSY). His shutout performance at Madison Square Garden was all in the family.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive January 7, 2010

 

Wild emerge to cool off Flames' five-game winning streak

AP
January 7, 2010


ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Wild felt good about their previous two performances, but had nothing to show for them.

They got a much-needed two points Wednesday night.

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Avery Comes Alive Against the Stars, His Ex-Team

By JEFF Z. KLEIN
January 6, 2010


People say a lot of things about Sean Avery, but no one can say he lacks a sense of the moment.

Avery had a hand in each of the Rangers’ first four goals in a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars, his former team, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive December 24, 2009

 


By Ross McKeon
December 24, 2009

While you’d think all most hockey players might want for Christmas is their two front teeth, it actually goes much deeper during this holiday season of gift-giving.

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Sabres set sights on first

By Mike Harrington
December 24, 2009


The Buffalo Sabres have spent the last two years desperately trying to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference. We all know how that worked out.

So it appears a new approach is in order: Just win the Northeast Division, claim the top-three seed that comes with that title and don't worry about merely sneaking into the playoffs this time.

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Canada, Sweden on pace for golden rematch

By Adam Kimelman
December 24, 2009


The 2009 World Junior Championship was nicknamed "The Drive For Five" by Canada, which met its goal of winning a fifth straight gold medal.


There's no catchy name for the 2010 WJC, but the goal remains the same for Canada -- winning an unprecedented sixth straight championship.

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Rumor Roundup: Western Conference trade bait

By Lyle Richardson
December 24, 2009


With the NHL holiday trade freeze in place from Dec. 19-27 it’s a good time to look at potential trade bait from each Western Conference team. Click here to see the Eastern Conference.

Anaheim Ducks:
Saku Koivu. Like most of his teammates, the 35-year-old Koivu has struggled this season and is on pace for his lowest points output since 1999-00.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive November 19, 2009

 

Pacific: Ducks glad to be back home after tough trip

By John Kreiser
November 19, 2009


Every team is glad to get home after a road trip, but few teams were happier to get home than the Anaheim Ducks were this week.

The Ducks start a seven-game homestand Thursday, and they'll need a big showing to get back into the playoff race after a nightmarish 0-3-1 trip that ended with a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh Monday.

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Wild's Clutterbuck defines hockey toughness

By John McGourty
November 19, 2009


Just as a society benefits from the diversity of its citizenry, hockey teams benefit from a diversity of skill sets. A team needs a goalie who can stop pucks, players who can pass, shoot and score, and players who can defend their teammates when needed.

Teams also need players like the Minnesota Wild's Cal Clutterbuck who, as a rookie last season, led the NHL with 356 hits in 78 games. His job is to deliver fatigue and frustration to his opponents. He's a burr under the saddle, grit in the gears, sand under your skates.

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Flames need Olli Jokinen to break out of his scoring slump

By Todd Kimberley
November 19, 2009


CALGARY — Brent Sutter, the resident landlord, said it loud and clear the other night.

The rent’s due, and Olli isn’t paying the bills.

Addressing the 800-pound elephant in the room — otherwise known as the monumental offensive slump of $5.5-million-a-year man Olli Jokinen — Sutter acknowledged that 2 goals in 19 games don’t cut it for a first-line NHL forward.

"We certainly need production from him. I’m not going to deny that. I think he’s fighting it a little bit, no question," the Flames' coach said following Calgary’s 3-2 home-ice loss to Colorado on Tuesday. "He just has to keep pushing, and hopefully he can find his way, because we do need him to get production.

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Another day, another update on injuries

By Rocky Bonanno
November 19, 2009


WEDNESDAY'S ROUNDUP:

I'm not really a doctor. I just play one when writing about fantasy hockey.

The season-long injury parade hit another peak with the news of several new ailments and the depressing diagnosis of ongoing injuries to a hoard of fantasy-useful players.

In spite of the carnage, 10 NHL teams somehow totaled 32 goals Wednesday. I don't know about you, but very few of those few goals counted for my fantasy team(s), and I lost my grip on first place by one point in the competitive Yahoo! Friends and Family League. I had to put Alexander Semin on injured reserve, and the best replacement I could find at the moment was Wayne Simmonds of the Kings.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive November 8, 2009

 

Life in Kazakhstan, NHL players in Russia

By Greg Wyshynski
November 8, 2009


Remember Kevin Dallman? You're forgiven if you don't. His NHL career lasted 154 games between the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings, with whom he played from 2006-08.

He was a serviceable spare-part defenseman, on the road to becoming a journeyman shuttled between the NHL and the minor leagues. That was until he made the bold career decision last year to sign with Barys Astana of the newly formed Kontinental Hockey League, where he scored 58 points in 53 games, including 28 goals.

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Chatting with Alex Ovechkin about his 'weeks' of injury rehab

By Dmitry Chesnokov
November 8, 2009


The Capitals have released a statement regarding the interview below: "The Washington Capitals dispute the validity of this report.")

Injured Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was watching Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers with Mike Green (also injured) in one of the rooms of the Verizon Center the press box.

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NHL roundup: Friday's action on the ice

By The Canadian Press
November 8, 2009


An anticipated matchup between two of the NHL's elite turned into a blowout.
Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist in his first game back from the injured list, Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves in his 49th career shutout and the Sharks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the seventh straight time at home, 5-0 Saturday night. Pavelski's return from a broken foot provided a jolt to the Sharks.

"He really didn't miss a step. It looked like he missed no time at all," teammate Dany Heatley said.

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Pavelski leads Sharks over Penguins 5-0

The Associated Press
November 8, 2009


SAN JOSE, CA — Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist in his first game back from the injured list and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves and the San Jose Sharks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the seventh straight time at home, 5-0 Saturday night.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby was held pointless for a fourth straight game for the fourth time in his career. He hit the post with a shot early in the second period but was unable to convert against Nabokov and the Sharks.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive October 30, 2009

 

Fifty years after Plante's breakthrough, goalie mask is about sanity, not toughness

By Craig Custance
October 30, 2009


For today's goalies, it's not a matter of toughness. It's a matter of sanity. November 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the night when Montreal legend Jacques Plante refused to re-enter a game until he was allowed to wear a protective mask.

Half a century later, NHL goalies wouldn't even consider going near a sheet of ice without a mask. Playing without one is unfathomable.

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Temperature check on coaching hot seat: Who's in trouble?

By Greg Wyshynski
October 30, 2009


The end of October gives us a decent enough sample to at least catch a whiff of the coaches that could be in danger. No one has been given the Bob Hartley or Barry Melrose swift kick to the curb just yet, but there are certainly a few names on the watch list for a pink slip.

Over on FanHouse, Schultz has a list of five coaches he feels are in the guillotine: Peter DeBoer, Florida Panthers; John Stevens, Philadelphia Flyers; Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks; Ron Wilson, Toronto Maple Leafs; and Rick Tocchet, Tampa Bay Lightning, whom Schultz believes will be the first coach axed.

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NHLPA loses Penny, refutes report it's suspended operations

By Greg Wyshynski
October 30, 2009


Around 1 p.m. EST this afternoon, the following email blast was sent out from FAN 590 in Toronto:

According to Hockeycentral at Noon's Nick Kypreos, The NHLPA has shut down its operations, including the suspension of responsibilities for interim Executive Director, Ian Penny.

Uh, wow. For clarification's sake, what Kypreos actually said on the air:

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Kelly could return as NHLPA's executive director

By Ken Campbell
October 30, 2009


Right now, it's nothing more than talk and speculation. But there is a real sense out there that former NHL Players' Association executive director Paul Kelly has never been closer to getting his job back than he is right now.

And if that were to happen, it would rectify one of the biggest blunders and injustices in the history of the association – and that's saying something.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive October 12, 2009

 

What We Learned: Contraction talk? Must be that time of year.

By Ryan Lambert
October 12, 2009


Today is Columbus Day here in the US (Thanksgiving for our Canadian friends) and you know what that means: It's time for the media to drum an underperforming franchise out of the League.

Isn't that right, Adrian Dater?

For those of you, knowing Dater's credentials as a certified member in good standing of the Avs Media Pom-Pom Crew, that don't want to click the link and read this painfully rote article (I don't blame you), he asserts that "the Predators should get the heck out of the NHL" because they drew just under 15,000 fans last week -- roughly 2,000 less than capacity -- for the team's home opener against Colorado.

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NHL's newfound interest in Canada deserves leery eye

By Bruce Arthur
October 12, 2009


It is, like so many things involving La Belle Province, a romantic idea. The notion of a return of the Quebec Nordiques, with the fleur-de-lis and the Stastny brothers and the Lindros trade, is undeniably grand. The Nordiques were, after all, the mythical Canadian franchise that would have won this country's most recent Stanley Cup (in the unlikely event that Montreal would have been willing to trade Patrick Roy to a provincial rival, rather than to the 1996 champion Colorado Avalanche). The Nordiques were, along with the Winnipeg Jets, one of our extinguished hockey lights.

Now talk of a possible rebirth has begun, fueled over the weekend by a meeting on Friday in New York between Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume, former Nordiques owner Marcel Aubut and National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman; by the prospect of a new arena; and by some door-opening comments from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

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No Buds for Oil: How Gretzky almost became king of Toronto

By Greg Wyshynski
October 12, 2009


Did you know the Capitals and the Devils nearly merged franchises back in 1982? It's one of those great "What If" moments in NHL history. Imagine if Jersey could have added Scott Stevens years before Brendan Shanahan(notes) was a twinkle in the St. Louis Blues' eyes.

These types of deals were discussed back when the NHL was less solvent and the media was less encompassing. Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington, in his new book, sheds light on what he claims would have been a history-altering deal involving two franchises.

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Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin named third star of the week by NHL

Vancouver Sun
October 11, 2009


Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin has been named the NHL's Third Star for his performance in the last week.

San Jose Sharks left winger Dany Heatley and Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick were the first and second star of the week ending Oct. 11, according to a news release.

Sedin finished tied for third among scorers for the week, recording seven points (3-4 -7) as the Canucks won two of their three games. Sedin scored a goal in a 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 5. Two nights later, Sedin notched two goals and two assists in a 7-1 victory over

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive September 23, 2009

 

Intriguing Coyotes battle ownership controversy

By Ross McKeon
September 23, 2009


The good news is attendance improved for the Phoenix Coyotes during their second home preseason game on Friday night. The bad news is the count was approximately 3,000, or about half of the 6,200 announced for the 17,800-seat arena.

This is how it’s going to be until there’s a definitive answer to the future of the franchise, and even when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Redfield T. Baum decides who should own the franchise – the league, Jim Balsillie or no one at present – then support for the club is going to be minimal.

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Top 10: Backup goalies

By John Grigg
September 23, 2009


It’s the most unheralded position in hockey, but also one of the most important. There’s nothing worse for players than when they feel they can’t trust the man guarding the twine during the odd night their No. 1 netminder needs a night off – or has an off night. Such worries shake up systems and usually end up in losses.

With that in mind, we thought it prudent to take a look at NHL backups. While training camps are still going on and battles for jobs continue, it’s difficult to handicap everyone.

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Hockey: Why Can't The NHL Just Keep It Canadian?

By Frank Deford
September 23, 2009


Long ago, one evening in 1966, I was in a suite at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto with some folks from the National Hockey League. They were all feeling pretty heady. The league was about to double in size, an incursion into the United States that would take Canada's game as far south as Los Angeles.

Since the NHL was a huge success in all its six franchise cities in Canada and the northern U.S., everybody was certain that great times must lie ahead in the expansion outpost.

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Does video of brutal Kariya injury hurt or help Russian league?

By Sean Leahy
September 23, 2009


Thanks to YouTube, video of the Martin Kariya incident we discussed yesterday is now available and shows that KHL medical personnel weren't as slow as earlier believed:

As you see in the video, it took about 30 seconds from the time Kariya -- younger brother of Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues -- was hit for two personnel to attend to the Dinamo Riga forward. It's undetermined in what capacity the two men who first reach Kariya work, but after almost a minute and a half, a trio of medical personnel reached the scene.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive September 6, 2009

 

NHL countdown: No. 25 Tampa Bay Lightning

By Luke DeCock
September 6, 2009


A year ago, the Lightning were spewing enough hot air to melt the ice at the St. Pete Times Forum. With new owners in movie producer Oren Koules and ex-NHL player Len Barrie, a new coach in ESPN analyst Barry Melrose and money flowing like cheap beer, the season opened to tremendous expectations and fanfare.

The good times lasted about a week. Melrose was fired in November, after only 16 games. Koules and Barrie got into a dispute over control of the team that required the intervention of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. And the big moves flopped as the team improved by just one spot: from last in the NHL to 29th.

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Sabres, NHL locals work and play

By John Vogl
September 6, 2009


The fun is easy to spot. It's when Tim Connolly tries a between-the-legs pass to Thomas Vanek in traffic, a move a coach would instantly denounce.

It's when Jason Pominville raises his arms in mock triumph and taunts the losing team, a comeback victory so unimportant it will be forgotten seconds later.
The work is just as plain to see.

It's when Patrick Kaleta is doubled over from doing end-to-end sprints to conclude the shinny.

It's when Ryan Miller skates off the ice and responds to "how ya doin'?" with an eye roll and an answer of "wonderful," which is dripping with as much sarcasm as he is with sweat.

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NHL eyes $195M relocation fee for Coyotes: report
 
Canwest News Service
September 6, 2009
 

Jim Balsille’s pocket book could take a much bigger hit than he anticipated should he win his fight to purchase and relocate the Phoenix Coyotes to southern Ontario.

According to the Toronto Star, the National Hockey League, which continues to oppose the Canadian billionaire’s purchase of the franchise, filed documents in an U.S. Bankruptcy Court claiming it’s entitled to as much as $195 million US for any transfer of the franchise.

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Canes aim to build on surprising run

By Ross McKeon
September 6, 2009


This whole Carolina Hurricanes story has an odd feel to it. On the surface, here’s a team that, much like Anaheim in the West, found a way after treading water for most of the regular season to go a lot farther than most would expect.

The Hurricanes won two seven-game playoff series before bowing out to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins – and the prevailing wisdom is that Carolina will just pick up right where it left off.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive July 3, 2009

 

Avalanche ship Smyth to Kings -- Ryan Smyth moves to his fourth NHL team.

The Canadian Press
Friday, July 3, 2009


LOS ANGELES -- Captain Canada is going Hollywood.

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired left-winger Ryan Smyth from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defencemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing and a fifth-round draft pick in 2010, the team announced Friday.

Smyth has played in 920 career NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Colorado, amassing 660 points (310 goals, 350 assists) and 733 penalty minutes.

In 81 career playoff games, he has 52 points and 82 penalty minutes.
"Ryan is the type of player who fits with our team," Kings GM Dean Lombardi in a statement. "He fills an important need as he is a competitive, gritty scoring left-winger, and he fits with the overall identity we continue to build here."

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Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey: Smith hopes NHL calls

By Andy Baggot
July 3, 2009


Craig Smith will take in the NHL Entry Draft from afar, his head ready to deal with whatever comes out of the proceedings in Montreal Friday night and Saturday.

An incoming freshman for the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team, Smith is one of those enigmatic pro prospects. Some scouts see him going as high as the second round. Others don’t have the 6-foot-1, 189-pound power winger among their top 200 targets.

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Puck Daddy's 2009 Free-Agent Frenzy Report Card

By Greg Wyshynski
July 3, 2009


Handing out grades for the annual Free Agent Frenzy is difficult for two reasons: first, that we won't really have a true picture of success or failure of these moves for years; second, that there are still enough impact UFAs (and RFAs, if the good ‘ole boys decide to violate their own unwritten rules) on the market that can affect the grades.

So grain of salt, all things considered, yadda yadda ... enough has transpired in the last few days for us to award hasty evaluations about the acquisition or discarding of talent around the NHL.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive June 16, 2009

 

Penguins top Red Wings in Game 7, win Stanley Cup

Canadian Press
Friday, Jun. 16, 2009


DETROIT (CP) -- Even without Sidney Crosby for most of the game, the skilled and youthful Pittsburgh Penguins could not be kept from the Stanley Cup.

Maxime Talbot scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury made huge saves during a desperate third-period barrage as the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Friday's gripping Game 7 to win the Cup.

"It was so hard watching the clock tick down for the third period," said Crosby, who played one short shift after leaving the game early in the second period with a knee injury. "But everything it took to win, we did it -- blocking shots, great goaltending, having different guys step up."

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NHL 2008-09 season awards finalists

June 16, 2009


NEW YORK (AP) — USA TODAY will catalog the finalists for the major NHL awards for the 2008-09 season on this page as they are announced.


Hart Trophy— League MVP:

Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is a finalist for a second straight Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.

Russian players Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings were also among the finalists announced by the league Wednesday.

Ovechkin led the league in goals this season with 56, and the Russian could become the first repeat winner of the Hart since Dominik Hasek in 1997-98. Ovechkin finished three points shy of becoming the NHL's first repeat scoring champion since Jaromir Jagr in 2000-01.

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RIM's Balsillie pondering new bid for NHL's Coyotes

By Scott Anderson; Editing by Frank McGurty
June 16, 2009


TORONTO (Reuters) – Jim Balsillie is considering a new bid for the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team after a bankruptcy court's decision that blocked the co-founder of Research in Motion from the NHL franchise to Canada.

Judge Redfield Baum ruled on Monday that a June 29 deadline proposed by Balsillie did not allow enough time to settle the complex case.

Balsillie was offering to buy the team for $212.5 million and move it to Hamilton, Ontario, located an hour southwest of Toronto.

A spokesman for Balsillie said on Tuesday that his client, a passionate hockey fan who made his fortune with the company known for its BlackBerry handheld device, would consider making a fresh bid for the team.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive June 10, 2009

 

Hossa: 'Kind of itching' being so close to Stanley Cup win

By Dmitry Chesnokov
June 10, 2009


PITTSBURGH -- If you don't think that tonight is about Marian Hossa(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings, and his chance to "validate" his decision to jump the Sidney Crosby(notes) bandwagon and join the Red Wings, you'd be wrong.

The entire media contingent almost crashed each other trying to get a question in for the ex-Pittsburgh Penguins winger today before Game 6 at Mellon Arena. And this is what he had to say:

Q. Is it odd being in this situation this year, although you're 3-2 up and not down in the series?

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Red Wings' rally falls short as Penguins force Game 7 of Stanley Cup finals

by Ansar Khan
June 10, 2009


PITTSBURGH -- Home ice has meant everything in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Detroit Red Wings can only hope that trend continues in Friday's winner-take-all Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings had a chance to wrap up their second straight title Tuesday in Game 6, but the Cup was kept under wraps because the desperate Pittsburgh Penguins dominated early and held on late, getting strong goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury to edge the Red Wings 2-1 at Mellon Arena and tie the series 3-3.

The home team has won all six games thus far.

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Red Wings need some home cooking in Game 7

by Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press
June 10, 2009


PITTSBURGH -- Guess we'll see just how valuable that home-ice advantage is for the Detroit Red Wings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins prevented a Stanley Cup celebration on their own ice with a 2-1 victory in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Mellon Arena.

The series is tied at 3-3 -- but it's going to feel like an eternity until Friday night's Game 7.

Before Tuesday's game, there were a number of fans who wouldn't have minded seeing the Red Wings celebrate a championship at Joe Louis Arena -- even if it meant a loss in Game 6. You know who you are.

Those same fans might not be feeling the same way Wednesday morning. Because a Motown celebration is anything but a foregone conclusion at this point.

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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fluery rebounds from Game 5 blowout to shine in Game 6

by Graham Couch | Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2009


PITTSBURGH -- If there were any doubts about Marc-Andre Fleury heading into Tuesday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, they had long since been answered by the time the Detroit Red Wings' Dan Cleary closed in on the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Still, what Fleury was thinking and that he had time at all to put the moment in context, perhaps, says everything one needs to know about his mental state three days after a disastrous Game 5.

"You know, I knew that could be a turning point if I could make the save," the 24-year-old said.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive April 17, 2009

 

Theodore likely Boudreau's choice to start Game 2

By Dan Rosen
April 17.2009


ARLINGTON, Va. -- While not giving away the secret he's holding so closely, Washington coach Bruce Boudreau did hint after Friday's practice that Jose Theodore will likely be his starting goalie for Game 2 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Rangers (1 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN, RDS).

"It's not going to be a surprise," Boudreau said. "Theo is our No. 1 goalie."

Told that it sounds as if he's already made up his mind, Boudreau backtracked slightly by saying, "Assume what you want to assume. I'm not saying anything. I will think (Henrik) Lundqvist is playing, though."

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Brodeur sees Barrasso influence on Ward

By John McGourty
April 17.2009


NEWARK -- Although Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward is in only his fourth NHL season, he's well known to New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur knows him because Ward and the Hurricanes beat the Devils in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2006, en route to winning the Stanley Cup. Ward that year became the first rookie in 20 years to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Brodeur is one of the most astute observers among active players and because he knows the position, can see when other goalies make adjustments, when they're playing with confidence, and when they are dealing with injuries. 

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive January 13, 2009

 

Inside the Bruins: It's Montreal's move

By Mick Colageo
January 13, 2009


Just when the silver lining starts overshadowing the dark cloud that is the Montreal Canadiens, TSN.ca reports that the Habs have a substantial offer on the table for Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lacavalier.
Breathe easy: Lecavalier won't be asking Jean Beliveau for his No. 4 jersey anytime soon, much less in time for tonight's Bruins-Canadiens game at TD Banknorth Garden. But we are talking about someone who might be the best player in the world and would have serious potential to affect the Habs' chances of contending for the Stanley Cup.

The 28-year-old center has certainly performed that way at times since the 2004-05 lockout, and it was his amazing stickhandling and playmaking that turned around the last Stanley Cup final before the lockout.

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Jaguars Win Top Hockey Tournament
Silver Sticks' Championship is Youth Hockey's Stanley Cup; Jaguars are the first Colorado team to win the tournament; Lakewood winger plays key role in victory

By Michael Whiteman-Jones
January 13, 2008


Westminster,Colo. -- Professional hockey teams vie for the coveted Stanley Cup.

But for Pee Wee and Bantam youth hockey teams all across North America, the Cup's equivalent for the last 47 years has been an unusual-looking trophy -- a 50-inch-long sterling silver hockey stick displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario,Canada. It's hung next to the names of the teams that win the International Silver Stick tournament every year.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive January 9, 2009

 

Florida Panthers and the Eastern NHL Conference at the half way mark

By Bill Jempty
January 9, 2009


The Florida Panthers played their 41st game of the NHL season last night. A 4-2 win over division rival Carolina Panthers. Before I make some comments, here are the standings

1 Boston Bruins Games played- 41 Record- 30-7-4 Points- 64
2 Washington Capitals 41, 27-11-3, 57
3 Philadelphia Flyers 41, 22-10-9, 53
4 Montréal Canadiens 40, 24-10-6, 54
5 New York Rangers 42, 24-15-3, 51
6 New Jersey Devils 40, 23-14-3, 49
7 Carolina Hurricanes 42, 21-16-5, 47
8 Buffalo Sabres 40, 20-15-5, 45
9 Florida Panthers 41, 19-16-6, 44
10 Pittsburgh Penguins 42, 20-18-4, 44
11 Toronto Maple Leafs 41, 16-19-6, 38
12 Atlanta Thrashers 42, 14-23-5, 33
13 Ottawa Senators 39, 13-20-6, 32
14 Tampa Bay Lightning 40, 11-19-10, 32
15 New York Islanders 42, 12-26-4, 28

First I can safely conclude the NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, and Atlanta are out of the playoff picture. Toronto faces a uphill battle, but I won't count them out yet.

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Kevyn Adams hangs up skates, accepts job with player agency

By The Canadian Press


TORONTO — Now that Kevyn Adams has decided to move on from the NHL, he figures the toughest moments of his professional hockey career will end up being the most valuable.

While nothing tops getting to lift the Stanley Cup in 2006, that experience isn't the one he'll draw on most in his new role as a partner with 02K Worldwide Management Group.

Adams has no regrets about a playing career that officially ended this week at age 34. Instead, he's excited to share everything he's learned with the young guys his agency represents.

"As a player, I did everything I could ask for and more - and some things that weren't fun," said Adams. "I got traded a bunch of times. I got sent to the minors and had to fight my way back up. I lost a Cup final before I won a Cup final. I was put on waivers."

"I really experienced a wide range of what a player can go through. Some parts weren't fun, but now it's a huge asset to what I'm going to bring to these guys."

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive November 22, 2008

 

NHL roundup: Friday's action on the ice

By The Canadian Press


The upstart Bruins are reminding sports fans in Boston there are more teams to cheer for than the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.

Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist each to lead Boston to its eighth victory in nine games, a 4-2 decision over Florida on Friday night that moved the Bruins into a tie for the Eastern Conference lead.

"One of the things they preached at the start of the season was positioning,"
defenceman Aaron Ward said. "Teams that position themselves well by Thanksgiving have a tendency to really put themselves in good position at the end of the year."

The Bruins, 11-1-1 in their last 13 games and the winners of seven straight at home, matched the idle New York Rangers with 30 points in the conference race.

"I don't think we feel too good about ourselves," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Our team has not had to face this kind of thing for a long time ... being in first place."

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Goal worth the wait for Krejci, mates

By Kevin Paul Dupont
November 22, 2008


The NHL game rarely slows down anymore. Following the lockout of 2004-05, the game came back as the New NHL, with speed at its core, finesse giving way to flash and flashier.

So what was David Krejci doing out there? Long on skill and certainly not short on speed, the 22-year-old Czech center took control of a puck on the right wing after Florida defenseman Keith Ballard fell and lost possession in the Boston end early in the second period.

Acres of open ice stood between Krejci and Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, and for sure Krejci would take off faster than a Lamborghini would race by a hybrid convention.

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Trade Deadline activity from 1999-2006

Season     Date                    Trades     Players

1999-00    March 14, 2000     12           23
2000-01    March 13, 2001     17           31
2001-02    March 19, 2002     17           35
2002-03    March 11, 2003     24           46
2003-04    March 9, 2004       20           32
2005-06    March 9, 2006       25           40


1990-2000 TRADING DEADLINE - MARCH 14, 2000

March 14, 2000: Anaheim traded D Dan Trebil to Pittsburgh for a 5th-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.

March 14, 2000: Atlanta traded RW Ed Ward to Anaheim for a conditional pick in the 2001 Entry Draft.

March 14, 2000: Atlanta traded RW Kirby Law to Philadelphia for Vancouver's 6th-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft (previously acquired) and a conditional pick in 2001.

March 14, 2000: Calgary traded D Cale Hulse and a 3rd-round pick in the 2001 Entry Draft to Nashville for RW Sergei Krivokrasov.

March 14, 2000: Calgary traded G Tyler Moss and LW Rene Corbet to Pittsburgh for D Brad Werenka.

March 14, 2000: Carolina traded C Kent Manderville to Philadelphia for RW Sandy McCarthy.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive November 5, 2008

 

Predators' head coach prepares for 750th NHL game

By Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun
November 4, 2008


VANCOUVER - For Nashville head coach Barry Trotz, the storyline Tuesday was simple. In his milestone 750th game behind the Predators' bench, his team couldn't get him a win. Couldn't even get him a goal.

It wasn't mathematical playoff elimination - now that would really hurt - but it was disappointment nonetheless. Canucks 4, Predators 0. Maybe game 251 will treat him better.

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Oilers Souray, Hemsky and Horcoff make the cut

By The Canadian Press


NEW YORK — The ballot for online voting by fans for the NHL all-star teams will be heavy on players from the host Montreal Canadiens and the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

The Canadiens and Red Wings each have six players on the ballot — the most among the 30 NHL clubs. The Canadiens will play host to the all-star game Jan. 25 at the Bell Centre as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive September 4, 2008

 

Bruins put in the call for veteran forward Yelle

By Kevin Paul Dupont
September 4, 2008


Looking to add veteran presence, in part to fill the leadership role vacated when Glen Murray's contract was bought out in July, the Bruins yesterday signed seasoned NHL forward Stephane Yelle to a one-year, free agent deal worth $750,000.

A center/wing, Yelle, 34, is effective at faceoffs and also has been a key component on penalty-killing squads during his dozen seasons with Colorado and Calgary. He is not as slick or clever on offense as Glen Metropolit, but he has a more tenacious game and much of the overall versatility that Metropolit showed here last season before signing with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent in July.

"There is a defensive bent to his game," noted Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who, in a prior work life as a player agent, was a member of the Larry Kelly-led firm in Ottawa that still represents Yelle. "He gives us some depth, both center and wing, up and down our lineup.

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NHL dances to loonie gyrations

By Bruce Dowbiggin
September 04, 2008


92.89. ...As in, Canadian cents in a U.S. dollar. That was how low the loonie slipped for a time on Wednesday. By day's end it had bumped back up over 94 cents. But everyone seems to acknowledge that the days of a Canadian dollar at par with its American cousin are likely gone for a while.

Some forecast a dollar in the 95-cent range; others think it could dip to 87-90 cents. Others say it's simply being prettied up for the November U.S. election.

But everyone agrees, this is a watershed period for the U.S. dollar. Marc Chandler, currency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman, told reporters, "The magnitude of the dollar's moves and the breaking of key technical levels suggest that a major shift in the outlook towards the dollar is occurring as massive positions are adjusted.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive May 21, 2008

 

Heading into Cup finals, our top candidates for playoff MVP

By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com


Four wins separate the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings from hockey immortality, the opportunity to have their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup for all time.

Who will lead them? Who among them will rise above the fray and be named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the postseason?

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Roenick will play another season, return to Sharks

ESPN.com news services
May 21, 2008


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jeremy Roenick agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday to return to the San Jose Sharks after his revitalizing comeback season with the club.

Roenick, a 19-year veteran, had 14 goals and 19 assists for the Sharks after coming out of semi-retirement for another shot at the Stanley Cup.

The nine-time All-Star became the third American-born player to score 500 career goals in early November, and the sometimes-outspoken forward earned praise this season for his quiet veteran leadership and steady play

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive May 19, 2008

 

Gretzky's got game

The Great One goes from tee to green to capture 1st Place at Nationwide Tour Pro-Am.

Heath Price-Khan
May 19, 2008


This past weekend at the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, South Carolina, Wayne Gretzky proved he can navigate a golf course with the best of them.

“The Great One” teamed with former University of Arizona standout Chris Nallen to win the Pro-Am title in a better-ball competition with a staggering total of 46 under par. Number 99 and his partner played four stellar rounds of golf scoring 59-59-60-62 en route to a two shot victory.

With the win, the Coyotes Head Coach earned a BMW Z4 and $10,000 for the charity of his choice.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive March 11, 2008

 

Breaking down the NHL's oddest couples

By Ted Montgomery,
Special for USA TODAY
March 11, 2008


Ted Montgomery writes an exclusive column for USATODAY.com. He is the author of four hockey books and has been an avid hockey fan since first rooting for the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs as a boy in suburban Detroit. He is the media relations director for Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.


Love affairs. They can be thrilling, and they can be heartbreaking. In the NHL, they are often confusing. For example:

* The love affair between the Canadian media and the Toronto Maple Leafs begs for careful examination. It seems the Canadian media only have eyes for the Leafs, despite the fact that a case could be made that they are the most ham-fisted, bumbling Canadian franchise in today's NHL. It's true, the media do disparage the Leafs, but way too many barrels of ink are expended examining the current team's plight, rather than focusing on the success of the other Canadian NHL teams.

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Kane and Toews bring meaning to Blackhawks' March


By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com

[Editor's note: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are two NHL rookies, but they also happen to be the centerpieces of a rebuilding plan in Chicago. ESPN.com is following their progress throughout the 2007-08 season in a series called "Beginner's Puck." Our series continues during the homestretch of the regular season.]


DALLAS -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Denis Savard has constructed a chart that plots the schedules and records of all the teams in the hunt for the final playoff berths in the Western Conference.

It is a tool that is both practical and mystical, revealing not just the facts of what lies ahead for these teams in terms of home and away, when and where, but also the dream of what might be accomplished.

That the Blackhawks are among those teams is a testament to the accelerated growth of this youthful hockey team. It is also a constant reminder that no matter how far the Blackhawks have come this season, there are many miles yet to cover, that this journey isn't nearly complete.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive February 12, 2008

 

Zednik stable after neck slashed by team mate's skate

February 11, 2008, 10:48 AM ET


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik was in stable condition in hospital on Monday following emergency surgery after his neck was slashed by a team mate's skate during Sunday's defeat by the Buffalo Sabres.

The arena fell silent midway through the final period of the Sabres' 5-3 home win when Zednik was cut across the neck by Olli Jokinen's skate after Jokinen had been tripped up coming out of the Buffalo zone.

A shocked Zednik clutched his neck as blood gushed from the cut on to the ice while he sped towards the bench and trainers rushed to his aid.

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Spezza, Malkin and Giguere selected as NHL's Three Stars

February 11, 2008, 12:43:39 ET


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean- Sebastien Giguere have been selected as the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending February 10.

Spezza notched 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in three games for the Northeast Divison-leading Senators, including a career-best six-point game February 9 against Montreal in which Spezza posted a hat trick and three assists.

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With teammate Richard Zednik in the hospital, Florida Panthers captain Olli Jokinen couldn't have cared less about the final score of his team's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Zednik underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition after being sliced along the neck by Jokinen's skate in Florida's 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. "My mind was not on the hockey game," Jokinen said. "If it was my call, I would have gone to the hospital with him."

Two hours after the game, the Panthers announced Zednik was resting comfortably at Buffalo General Hospital. He was hurt with 9:56 left in what was a freak but frightening accident.

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive January 14, 2008

 

Flyers top Caps in sharp matchup

Associated Press
Monday, January 14, 2008



The thrills and spills started early, with a goal and two penalties in the first 3 1/2 minutes.

The Flyers and Capitals put on a performance featuring plenty of hard hits and 10 goals, including one from the NHL's first $100 million man. The Flyers remained the hotter of the thriving teams with a 6-4 victory Sunday in Washington.

"It was a good hockey game," said Philadelphia center Mike Richards, who put in a rebound that slowed the Capitals' comeback bid in the third period. "Everyone played hard. There were some hits, scoring. Everything that you'd want in a hockey game, there was today. They're playing really well right now; we're playing really well right now."

Mike Knuble had his first two-goal game of the season, and Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who have won seven of nine and rebounded from an overtime loss at home to Boston on Saturday.

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Bergeron and Islanders Use Power Play to Top Senators

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 14, 2008


Marc-André Bergeron got his second power-play goal of the game early in the third period and Mike Comrie scored later in the period Sunday night, leading the visiting Islanders to a 3-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators.
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Rick DiPietro made 31 saves for the Islanders, who won their second game in a row to finish 2-1-2 on a five-game trip, the team’s longest of the season. The Islanders had not won in Ottawa since March 15, 2003.

“It’s a big win,” DiPietro said. “It makes an average road trip a pretty good one. That was the big thing we wanted to do. We managed to win that last one, and, having dropped a couple of points in the first three games, it was nice to finish up the road trip with a win.”

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NHL News - Sports News | Archive December 15, 2007

 

Ducks Add Niedermayer to Roster

Dec 15, 2007, 7:06 PM EST


The Ducks announced today that the they have terminated the suspension of defenseman Scott Niedermayer and placed him on the active roster.

Niedermayer, 34 (8/31/73), announced his return to the Ducks on Dec. 5 prior to the team’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Niedermayer helped lead Anaheim to its first Stanley Cup championship last season, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 playoffs. With 15-54=69 points in 79 regular season games last year, Niedermayer became the first Duck to lead NHL defensemen in scoring, a career first.

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Hockey Fix: The week in the NHL

Posted: December15, 2007, 10.15 P{M


Patience has paid off for Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber.

Two years ago, he lost his starting job during the Carolina Hurricanes’ playoff run to the Stanley Cup championship. That offseason he signed with the Senators as a free agent. He came into camp as the presumed starting goalie but ended up splitting time with Ray Emery. He only played in 26 games during the 2006-07 season and had to watch while Emery led the team to last season’s Stanley Cup finals, against Gerber’s first team, the Anaheim Ducks.

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