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Five NCAA Hockey Storylines

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from Jashvina Shah at Shnarped,

- Returning powerhouse

Last season, Minnesota powered its way to the Frozen Four, ending rival North Dakota’s season with 0.6 seconds left in the semifinals. Union ended Minnesota’s season in the national championship game, but the Gophers return one of the strongest rosters in the country. The team’s top-five scorers will return, including Kyle Rau. And the Golden Gophers have one of the best goalkeepers in the country in Adam Wilcox, who was key to Minnesota’s run last season.

- Miami, Michigan Poised for Bounce Back Seasons

On the opposite side, Miami and Michigan turned in letdown seasons. But the Wolverines a have solid leadership in captain Andrew Copp. The Wolverines lost Alex Guptill and Phil Di Giuseppe a year early, but they’re a couple losses in exchange for a freshman class that should help Michigan make it back to the NCAA tournament.

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It Appears Ilya Bryzgalov Will Be At Camp For The Minnesota Wild

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Florida Panthers Owners End Speculation They May Be Moving

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An Open Letter To Their Fans...

As we close in on the one-year anniversary of our ownership of the Florida Panthers, we want to reiterate our commitment to Broward County, South Florida and our Panthers fans and business partners. As we said at the press conference when we bought the team, we view ourselves as stewards of the team for the community and our plan is to build an organization that makes South Florida proud and to win the Stanley Cup in South Florida. Despite media speculation to the contrary, we have no plans or intentions to move this franchise.

We made a commitment to the Panthers and to South Florida when we bought the team to build a successful organization on and off the ice. We have been working hard to live up to that commitment. Starting with the trade to bring Roberto Luongo, one of the world’s top goaltenders, back home to South Florida, and continuing with our committing over $80 million to new players, including bringing six talented veteran free agents to South Florida and resigning all of our restricted free agents, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the team. Off the ice, we continue to expand our community outreach initiatives and look forward to continue to contribute to the quality of life for residents.

It is no secret that the Panthers and BB&T Center have lost tremendous amounts of money over the last dozen years. We are working hard to address this situation, which we believe we can do with the support from our loyal fans, our business partners, the business community and our community-at-large.

We look forward to a winning season and bringing a Stanley Cup to South Florida.

With Warm Regards,

Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, Co-Owners

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Detroit Red Wings Training Camp Roster And More Details

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for their 2014-15 training camp, which will be held this week at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. The camp kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 18 with the 15th annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and will be followed by five days of on-ice practices and scrimmages, starting on Friday, Sept. 19.

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All On The Same Page In San Jose?

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Former Sharks captain Joe Thornton said Wednesday that he and his teammates went to Lake Tahoe for a bonding session last weekend to address whatever divide that might have developed in the locker room at the end of last season.

"We all have come together," said Thornton, who lost the captaincy last month as part of general manager Doug Wilson's call for a change in the team hierarchy and culture.

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Video- We Are Getting Closer To The NHL Season

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So let's review the Top 10 plays, TSN style, from the NHL rookies last season.

 

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Video- John Davidson On The Offers Made To Ryan Johansen

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via the Columbus Dispatch,

 

 

added 2:33pm, Story on the negotions from Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers,

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Chatting With Craig Custance

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Craig Custance of ESPN participated in an online chat today..

Who do the Bruins trade? If Krug and Smith aren't signed before training camp starts are they allowed to attend training camp?

Craig Custance  Asked a GM who he thought was the most likely to get traded and he said Boychuk or Bartkowski. Boychuk makes the most sense to me. Clears $3 million plus and is a UFA after this season. And Krug and Smith gain nothing by coming to camp without contracts. Not worth the injury risk when you're negotiating a deal.

I'm having a hard time figuring out Central. If St. louis and Chicago are given, and Wild makes it, Dallas makes it, and increfibly enough Nashville makes it, Colorado is the odd team out. Do you see this happening?

Craig Custance  I'm learning towards five teams from the Central getting in but I'm starting to think Vancouver makes a surprise playoff appearance which would give me four Central playoff teams. If I have to pick between Colorado, Dallas and Nashville for the final spot, I'm picking the Avs.

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Just Like That, The Minnesota Wild Are Down To One Experienced Goalie

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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

“All I can tell you is my full attention is on that guy right there,” Yeo said, pointing to veteran Niklas Backstrom on the ice during Wednesday’s informal practice. “He’s the one who is here, he’s the one who put in the work.

“You make plans over the summer. I mean, my staff, we’ve been making plans on who’s practicing, what practices we’re going to have, who’s playing in the exhibition games and this was under the assumption we would have Kuemps and Hards and obviously things have changed dramatically.

“We’ve gone from talking about three goalies to sitting here talking about one (Backstrom). I put on the cool face last year pretending we weren’t frustrated about [our goaltending issues], but we’re not even Day One into camp and we’re already talking about it.”

Added veteran Jason Pominville: "Knock on wood. Hopefully nothing else happens. Hopefully we don't get that 'here we go' feeling again."

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added 3:28pm,

 

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Justin Braun Signs A Five-Year Extension With The San Jose Sharks

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SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension. The extension, which will commence next season, places Braun under contract with the Sharks through the 2019-20 season.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."

added 2:13pm,

 

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