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Young Avalanche Players Learning From Patrick Roy

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“Yeah, it was different (than he’d expected),” rookie of the year Nathan MacKinnon acknowledged.

“I didn’t realize how smart he’d be. I know he was passionate, very competitive, but he understands the game so well. Everything he does there’s a reason behind it,” MacKinnon told ESPN.com.

“He doesn’t just bark at guys. He’s always thinking. It’s only my second season but I’m sure he’s one of the most progressive coaches in the league,” MacKinnon said.

Young Avs captain Gabe Landeskog admitted he, too, wasn’t sure what to expect from the legendary goaltender turned coach.

“I think it surprised me, you always get the questions is he yelling at you, is he all fired up every game and all this stuff. I think to a lot of people (with the team) he’s surprisingly calm. He’s very smart in the way he interacts with his players whether it’s between periods or after games or before games he’s very calm and he’s able to look at the big picture. He’s emotional yes, but he’s smart about it,” Landeskog said in an interview. 

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Season Outlook For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,

Biggest story line to watch: Without Hartnell, the Flyers created a sizeable hole at the top of their forward group. Hartnell was a strong fit alongside centre Giroux and right winger Vorcaek on the first line, so Berube and the coaching staff must quickly find an adequate replacement. Early reports indicate Umberger could be a fit in that role, but he hardly provides the size and physicality that worked so well with the two scorers. Others in consideration are Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier and Michael Raffl, who all saw time in the role last year.

2014-15 prediction: Despite the Flyers’ strength up front, Philly will take a minor step back without Hartnell and fail to qualify for the playoffs. They don’t have enough on the back end. Philly finishes ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Peter Mueller On The Comeback Trail In St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Mueller went to Switzerland last season, signing with Kloten, which he led in scoring 26 goals and 46 points in 49 games, ranking third in the Swiss league.

“You talk to anyone that puts the puck in the net, you get 20 goals anywhere, you’re feeling good,” Mueller said. “I haven’t felt that in a long time. So to put up points and be looked upon to put goals in the net, it’s obviously a great feeling. I’m riding that confidence of last year into this year.”

Mueller has been concussion-free for two-plus seasons and says “knock on wood” that he is as healthy as he’s been in a while.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock advised Mueller to “just go play. He’s a really intelligent, offensive player. He’s had stops and starts in his career due to injury that really impacted his NHL career. So he just needs to come and play. When you have a player that plays with that level of intelligence, he’s going to fit in wherever we play him.

“I just know that the player before he got hurt, Mueller was a good player in the National Hockey League. Can he be back there again? Who knows, but he’s just got to come and play. He’s got a really high level of intelligence.”

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Morning Line - Rick Nash

“Coming back from the concussion, it was tough for me to feel comfortable on the physical side of it. You can say maybe I was a little ‘careful,’ but it wasn’t as much being ‘careful’ as just not being comfortable in certain situations.

“When you come back from a knee injury, you might not be immediately comfortable on cross-overs, or if you have a groin pull, you can’t shift on the edge to gain speed when you come back. You don’t feel comfortable doing those things that always come naturally.

“Coming back from a concussion, you want to get hit and prove to yourself that you can handle everything of that nature, but that’s hard to do in practices. It was different for me.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  More on Nash from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

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No #13 For The Devils

from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,

No one has ever worn No. 13 for the Devils and that will continue this season despite the acquisition of a player who has worn that number his entire career.

Mike Cammalleri, signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract this summer, wore No. 13 for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings and did quite well with it on his back. But the left winger didn’t get it in New Jersey and didn’t ask for it.

“No. I just showed up and No. 23 was in my stall,” Cammalleri said. “It’s just a number.”...

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello hasn’t allowed the number, considered unlucky by many, to be given out since he began running the club in 1987. But even before that no Devils players got the number.

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Bobby Ryan Under Observation For Possible Concussion

from Don Brennan of the OTtawa Sun,

Top scoring right winger Bobby Ryan was held out of the last half of Sunday's red-white match after he had his "bell rung" in a collision with his centre, Kyle Turris.

Ryan won't play in either of Monday's pre-season games against the New York Islanders, as doctors want to make sure he doesn't experience any concussion symptoms.

"It was a broken play," said Ryan. "Turrey was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other. I think we both had a pretty good head of steam and never saw each other. I just took it right in the chin.

"It was alarming, I guess, is the right word for it. They were very, very cautious and just said let's calm things down right away. It used to be you get it rung and you go right back out. That's where protocol was put into place, because of all the incidents in years past. When I talked to everybody real quick they said it wasn't worth it to go back out in those conditions. Let's just call it a day and re-evaluate (Monday)."

Ryan said he hasn't had a concussion in a long time -- so long ago he can't remember.

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Even With KHL Offers, Ryan Johansen Focusing On A Deal With The Blue Jackets

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Ryan Johansen's agent Kurt Overhardt says his client has got "several offers" from KHL clubs over past 2 months. But focus remains... 

 trying to get a deal done with the Blue Jackets

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Morning Line - Chad LaRose

"But I couldn't give somebody me, I couldn't give them 100 percent of me. I wasn't into the game anymore and I didn't think it was fair to give somebody 60 or 70 percent of me.

"I had just built up a lot of anger towards the game. I wanted to get away. I didn't know that I would ever play again, to be honest. … I fell out of love with the sport and didn't have any passion for it. But sometimes you have to lose what you have to realize what you had."

-Chad LaRose who is trying to make a comeback in the Carolina Hurricanes organization.  More on LaRose from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.
 

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No Goalie Issues In Philadelphia With Steve Mason In Net

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level.

But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position.

That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovered his mojo last season, and even outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist in the Flyers' seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.

"There's not one person in the organization that doesn't believe in Mason," forward Brayden Schenn said after the Flyers opened camp Friday in Voorhees. "You see what he did last year. When he's on his game, he's one of the better goalies in the league. Just shooting on him in practice, there's no holes. And the thing about him is that he never quits on a play, even in practice."

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Dustin Byfuglien Playing Two Roles

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

I asked Byfuglien a simple question about his expectations for the season.

"Um, be back on defence anytime, right away," quipped Byfuglien, before getting serious again. "No, just have a good start and do what I do and bring to the table what I usually do. Provide a little bit of everything. Focus on defence first and the offence will come."

Just how productive Byfuglien can be during a full season in the hybrid role of playing forward at five-on-five and defence on the power play and in other situations like four-on-four on occasion is anyone's guess.

But Byfuglien's blend of size, skill and strength obviously has Maurice believing it can lead to some impressive things.

"There's really nothing this man can't do on the ice," said Maurice. "He's a Top-six forward and he can play defence, if you need him to. He's big, he's strong, he's exceedingly smart -- in terms of his reads on the ice."

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