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From the Carolina Hurricanes:
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, tonight announced that center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower portion of his right leg during the team’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Staal, 26, was injured during the third period when he got tangled up with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in the third period of Carolina’s 2-0 exhibition loss. Staal will return to Raleigh with the team on Wednesday and will be evaluated by team doctors on Thursday. A timetable for his recovery has yet to be determined.
Here's a rather grainy video of the incident:
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu as well general manager Dale Tallon and the team's hockey operations department met with the team's beat writers on Tuesday morning and covered a variety of subjects.
One of those was the team's struggles at the box office and the team's change in the way it does business.
Cifu said the team has eliminated giveaways and deeply discounted tickets that have been a staple of the franchise for years.
"We are 100 percent ready for the reality that we'll have smaller attendance this season,'' Cifu said.
"We want people who are there to be paying a fair price, the same price and enjoying a great product on the ice. We can get 15,000 in there if we gave away 5,000 seats. We don't want to do that. It's not fair.''
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
In Nashville, blueliner Ryan Ellis, 23, still doesn’t have a deal with the Predators.
"This is clearly one of those cases where we want to pay him X and he wants Y," veteran Preds general manager David Poile told ESPN.com Tuesday. "We’ve tried to justify our position, they’ve tried to justify their position, and we just disagree. I mean, we’re not trading him. We want him. He really played well at the end of last year. I think with Peter Laviolette's new system, it plays really well into Ryan’s game. The sooner we get it done, the better it will be for everybody."
Poile would not discuss specifics, but it’s thought the Preds have offered two-, three-, four- and five-year deals, so there are different options on the table and it may not necessarily end up being a two-year bridge deal. I say that because you have to assume the four-year and five-year deals are worth more money per year than the two-year offer.
-- Center Cody Eakin and defenseman Brenden Dillon, both 23 and RFAs, aren’t close to new deals with the Dallas Stars. What’s interesting here is that both players are represented by the same agent: Jarrett Bousquet, who happens to be based in Dallas.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today.
How long do you give Capuano if the Isles struggle out of the gate?
Katie Strang With a coach like Dan Bylsma still looking for work? Not long. If they have a rough stretch to start the season, he'll be feeling the heat, for sure.
are the avs set up to become a team like the hawks and kings with that young core?
Katie Strang No, Bob, not yet they aren't. Look at both of those teams and then look at their blue line. You've got Drew Doughty in LA and Duncan Keith in Chicago. Having a stud defenseman like that is key to a team of that caliber. Think there are still some legitimate questions marks with the Avs to that end
So exactly what teams are bottom-dwellers of the eastern conference?
Katie Strang I think Ottawa will struggle, Carolina too.
Is J. Bernier of the Leafs a top 10 goalie?
Katie Strang No, I don't think so, but I think it's a positive thing for the Leafs to have a clear-cut starter heading into the season. This season will be a critical one for Bernier, and the Leafs. Curious to see what will happen with Reimer
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals unveiled their uniform for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® today at Nationals Park. Modeled by captain Alex Ovechkin, alternate captain Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby, the uniform system is a tribute to the franchise’s past and the history of Washington professional hockey.
“We wanted to create a uniform that not only celebrates the history of the Capitals but also gives the team a unique, new look,” said Capitals president Dick Patrick. “We feel our fans will really embrace this uniform.”
NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that they have formed a partnership to produce and distribute a two-part original series, debuting on EPIX in December 2014, that will bring hockey fans onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
Produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the series will offer viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players’ homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.
Does a better, stronger, and more aerodynamic hockey stick sound good? Well you may have just found one.
The patented AirBlade has eliminated the foam core found in all carbon fiber hockey sticks on the market, and has a crisscross design that enables air to pass through the blade. It gives players faster shot speeds, more accurate shots, and less wind resistance. It also gives them back the feel of the puck, which was lost when wood sticks were replaced by the carbon fiber sticks on the market today. Importantly, because the blade of the AirBlade is made of solid carbon fiber composite, it is resistant to wearing down and delaminating, which is a huge problem with current carbon fiber sticks; players are afraid to play at full strength for fear of breaking their stick (and having to purchase another one).
Washington Capitals to Unveil NHL Winter Classic Uniforms
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins; NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr; Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis; Washington Capitals President Dick Patrick; Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan; Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough; Chicago Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk; Chicago Blackhawks Vice President & General Manager Stan Bowman; Chicago Blackhawks Vice President, Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac; Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, Center Nicklas Backstrom and Goaltender Braden Holtby; Washington Nationals Vice Chair & Principal Owner Mark Lerner; Bridgestone Vice President of Sports & Events Phil Pacsi; EPIX President & CEO Mark Greenberg
You can watch the special event below which is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm ET.
from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,
Targeting breakout candidates in your fantasy draft can go a long way in building a championship-caliber roster. Here are five players I believe will take the jump from household name to superstar in 2014-15. Matt Cubeta's five breakout candidates can be found here.
1. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, Colorado Avalanche
Thanks to a monster second half (39 points over final 42 regular-season games) as a rookie, MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 and took it a step further in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (10 points in seven games). He's on everyone's radar, but not high enough in Yahoo leagues. His average draft position is 35.4 (late third/early fourth round) -- way too low for a player who's moving to his natural position with a chance to exceed 80 points as a sophomore. The 19-year-old reportedly added 12-13 pounds of muscle to his blazing speed this offseason, so don't underestimate his fantasy value and room for improvement....
2. Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils
Based on Schneider's stellar save percentage over the past four seasons (0.928), this 28-year-old is more than deserving of a starting role. He has weathered the storm in timeshare situations with Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur and will finally have the crease to himself for the Devils, who had the League's fewest shots on goal allowed per game and top penalty kill unit last season. There are questions surrounding his defense after the departure of Mark Fayne and Anton Volchenkov, but those vacancies mean the Devils can finally develop 'D' prospects Eric Gelinas and Adam Larsson at the NHL level. The team also added goal scorer Mike Cammalleri to fill a top-line need and is in position to contend....
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