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Pavel Kubina On The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

The Lightning should have a healthy Steven Stamkos and goaltender Ben Bishop, something that was not the case in the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Add some splashy offseason acquisitions -- defensemen Anton Stralman and Jason Garrison, and forward Brian Boyle -- and highly touted prospect Jonathan Drouin, and this could be the sleeper team of the NHL.

Former Lightning defenseman and Stanley Cup champion Pavel Kubina is hoping to see his old team emerge as one of top dogs in the East.

“I think it’s a great mix,” Kubina told ESPN.com in a recent telephone conversation. “[Jeff] Vinik really got behind them -- he’s one of the best owners I’ve ever played for -- and the team has a great future. They’ll definitely make the playoffs.” 

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The Power Of Brendan Shanahan

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Expanding The Video Review

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The NHL announced several rule changes Thursday that will take effect this season, most significantly the expansion of video review "to allow broader discretion to Hockey Operations to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g., to ensure they are 'good hockey goals')," the NHL said in a statement.

"The revised Rule will allow Hockey Operations to correct a broader array of situations where video review clearly establishes that a "goal" or "no goal" call on the ice has been made in error. The new expanded rule will also allow Hockey Operations to provide guidance to referees on goal and potential goal plays where the referee has blown his whistle (or intended to blow his whistle) after having lost sight of the puck."

The league also said that in reviewing goals that have been kicked into the net, Hockey Operations will require more demonstrable video evidence of a "distinct kicking motion" in order to overrule a "goal call" on the ice, or to uphold a "no-goal call" on the ice.

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A Motivated Johnny Gaudreau Prepares For Calgary’s Camp

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The success Johnny Gaudreau has had the past many years has him believing even greater things can come.

But an engine behind his push is one big disappointment.

The accolades Gaudreau received over the last few years include winning the Hobey Baker Award last season as the top player in the NCAA, numerous all-star and MVP honours and even scoring a goal in his NHL debut.

But the Calgary Flames hopeful also remembers the sting of not making the U.S. world junior team for the 2012 championship, and he’s using it for motivation as he approaches his first NHL training camp.

“It’s just like growing up. As a smaller player, I got cut from a few teams, and it’s a terrible feeling to get cut. I hope I don’t have that feeling again,” Gaudreau said Thursday after he and the other team hopefuls reported for fitness-testing and medicals in anticipation of prospects camp.

“You try to make sure you don’t have that feeling again, get that feeling out of your stomach. I think that is what’s driving me to make this team this year.”

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Would You Call This A Conflict Of Interest?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When the Toronto Maple Leafs make their way out West in March and play the Vancouver Canucks, the game is scheduled for 4 p.m. locally as usual, but that should change.

And for very good reason. While the following is a small, perhaps even niggling thing to some degree, it’s important.

Over the past few years, that game has always been at that time, but now things are different. Before this season, those Saturday television rights were owned by CBC, and as an independent party to the game and contractor with the league, the network was given the right to ask Vancouver to move the game from the traditional 7 p.m. start on a Saturday night to 4 p.m. to increase the audience in the East.

Why the Canucks ever agreed to it in the first place is a mystery, but it’s almost certainly been put into in the contract at some point.

But now Rogers owns those rights, and for those who may not have noticed, Rogers is also part-owner of the Leafs. If the game were allowed to go ahead at 4 p.m., which always takes the home-team Canucks out of their usual routine and is certainly an advantage for the visiting team, it would mean that the owners of the Leafs were able to demand that Vancouver change the start time to the advantage of their team. It gives them an unfair competitive advantage.

This is a clear conflict of interest which the league should not let stand.

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Ryane Clowe Needs To Be Medically Cleared Before He Can Practice With The Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound St. John’s, Newfoundland native says he is “feeling pretty good” following the concussion that ended his season last March 31, but does not know yet whether he’ll be cleared medically for the start of  camp. He plans to visit a concussion specialist again before he takes his training camp physical next Thursday and is hoping he’ll get the go-ahead from everyone to practice with full contact.

“I feel pretty good,” Clowe told me today. “I’m not going to say if I’m ready to go or not because I’ve got to get cleared to play and I’ve got to see the doctor again before the season starts. But I feel good. I, obviously, haven’t done any contact. I’ve been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I’ve been on the ice and stuff.

“The biggest thing with me is, when we start practicing, if I get some contact in then and just go from there. I’ve been feeling pretty good. I’ve been working out pretty normal the last, I guess, month.”

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Nino Niederreiter Agrees To A Three-Year Contract With The Minnesota Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League club has agreed to terms with RW Nino Niederreiter on a three-year contract.

Niederreiter, 22 (9/8/92), recorded 36 points (14-22=36), a plus-12 rating and 44 penalty minutes (PIM) in 81 regular season games during his first season with Minnesota in 2013-14. He established career highs in every statistical category and ranked second on the team in hits (175), tied for third in goals, fourth in plus-minus rating and fifth in shots. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Chur, Switzerland, added six points (3-3=6) and led the team with 40 hits in 13 playoff games. Niederreiter tallied the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 at Colorado on April 30 to become the third player in NHL history to register his first two playoff goals in a Game 7 and the second youngest player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to record an overtime goal in Game 7. He also netted the game-winning goal in Game 4 vs. Chicago on May 9. Niederreiter skated in four games with Switzerland at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

 


 

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Video- Wednesday Night Rivalry Promo For NBCSN

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David Booth Feels Playing In The East Will Help His Game

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

It’s no secret David Booth struggled during his time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Much of that can be attributed to various injuries—Booth missed a total of 68 regular-season games in less than three seasons with the Canucks after being acquired from the Florida Panthers in 2011—but being on a Western Conference schedule also had its drawbacks.

The Detroit native thinks playing in the Eastern Conference again will benefit his game.

“It really is tough [playing in the West], and for me personally the amount of rest I get is the most important thing for the way I feel, the amount of energy I have,” Booth told The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday. “Travel kind of wears you out. Those are things every team has to deal with. I just think some guys adjust to it differently, and I think that’s one of the reasons I’m excited to be in Toronto and to be in the East. Hopefully [travel fatigue] doesn’t play such a big role as it did in Vancouver.”

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NHL Rule Changes For The 2014-15 Season

NEW YORK (September 11, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today a series of rules changes for the 2014-15 season, following approval earlier in the summer by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association:

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