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Posted On Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 6:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers eager for quick shot at redemption

PHILADELPHIA -- Just 48 hours earlier, Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube watched his team blow a 4-1 lead in the final 8:40 of the third period against the Washington Capitals en route to a 5-4 shootout loss.

Rather than sit and stew too long on that game Sunday at Verizon Center, Berube said he was happy to be back at it against the Capitals again Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

“It’s always good to get back right away and play,” Berube said. “I know the guys are hungry to get back and play.”

Upon a second viewing of the game, Berube said the problems in the third period was more of what his team didn’t do rather than what the Capitals did to them.

“I didn’t think there was a whole lot wrong [with the third period],” Berube said. “We weren’t under siege or under pressure. I thought that we stopped making some plays and plays were there to be made that would have put us down in their end and put some more pressure on them but we didn’t do that.”

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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 5:32 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Short of healthy bodies, Flyers turn to VandeVelde

PHILADELPHIA -- An injury or an illness to one player is an opportunity to another. That’s the situation facing Chris VandeVelde on Thursday.

The Philadelphia Flyers signed VandeVelde to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday and will have him available when they face the Montreal Canadiens.

The Flyers had recalled forward Tye McGinn from their American Hockey League team when Vincent Lecavalier was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. However, McGinn brought some bad germs with him and hasn't been able to play, so with the team in need of an extra healthy body, they went for VandeVelde.

VandeVelde was one of the Flyers' final cuts from training camp. He had seven goals and six assists in 23 games with the Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate.

"Just from training camp and when I saw him in a couple exhibition games," Flyers coach Craig Berube said, "he was a good-sized centerman, penalty killer. Seems like he's a smart player."


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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 2:34 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Canadiens' Galchenyuk remains on USA Hockey radar

PHILADELPHIA -- About this time a year ago, Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk was preparing for a big international tournament in Russia.

Back then he was a forward with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League getting ready for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

A lot has changed for Galchenyuk in the past year, but one thing remains the same -- he's still thinking about a big international tournament in Russia. Only this time, it's the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"You think about it because it's coming up," Galchenyuk told NHL.com. "But you have no ideas. It's in the air."


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Posted On Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Flyers, Canadiens seeking bounce-back efforts

PHILADELPHIA -- The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers will have something in common when they meet Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. Both teams will be looking to move past dismal previous performances.

The Flyers gave up five second-period goals en route to a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Canadiens lost 6-0 to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

"You'll see two teams that want to bounce back from their last performance," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "That should be a good hockey game."

Therrien said knowing the character of his team, he's confident the players will return with a better effort Thursday.

"Games like that one we played last game, it happens to every team," Therrien said. "It's a matter of how you bounce back, how's your attitude. I like the team attitude we got and I expect we're going to bounce back from that performance. We got a lot of character and we want to bounce back. They can't wait for the opportunity to play again to make sure that's behind us."


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Posted On Tuesday, 12.03.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Past U.S. stars know no miracles necessary in 2014

As young hockey players, Bill Guerin and Doug Weight were drawn to hockey in part to the success of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" United States Olympic hockey team.

Today, though, both know that no miracle would be needed for the U.S. to win the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I think where we are now with USA Hockey, I don't think it would be a miracle anymore and I don't think it would shock the world," Guerin said Monday, prior to his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. "That's the position USA Hockey has put itself in. We go not only to compete but to win. We expect to win."


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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 7:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Weight, Karmanos linked by Detroit, Stanley Cup

DETROIT -- There’s a special bond between Detroit native Doug Weight and Peter Karmanos Jr., who is such a large part of the amateur hockey scene there.

Karmanos founded the Compuware hockey organization, and Weight played with and against those teams growing up.

Years later, the duo was reunited when the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Weight from the St. Louis Blues late in the 2005-06 NHL season. Weight had 13 points in 16 regular-season games then 16 in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Hurricanes win their only Stanley Cup.

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

OHL experience led Karmanos to Hurricanes

DETROIT -- Peter Karmanos Jr. is best known today as the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

But if it weren’t for his success in the Ontario Hockey League, he might never have bought into the NHL to begin with.

Karmanos, who founded the Compuware hockey organization in Detroit, reached across the Detroit River to purchase the Windsor Spitfires in 1984.

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Doctor's suggestion led Weight to Hall of Fame career

DETROIT -- Growing up in Detroit, Doug Weight likely would have found his way onto a hockey rink eventually. But a suggestion from the family physician paved the way to a career that landed him in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Weight told reporters that when he learned to walk he was bowlegged, and at the suggestion of a doctor, his father put him into hockey.

“I was in these braces when I was 2 years old and couldn’t walk,” Weight said. “I was bowlegged. [My father] started putting me on the ice to strengthen my legs on a suggestion from a doctor.”

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:25 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Mason watched American college game grow

DETROIT -- Ron Mason was there for the giant landscape change in NCAA hockey.

Mason’s 36-season college coaching career started at Lake Superior State University in 1966, and he said most of his players came from just over the border in Ontario. It was a similar situation when he went to Bowling Green State University in 1973.

“When I started coaching, I was in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and we had a few kids from the Soo, but most of them were from across the road in Ontario,” Mason said. “When I went to Bowling Green, we were mostly Canadians."

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Guerin eyes advancement in his new career

DETROIT -- Bill Guerin enjoys his job with the Pittsburgh Penguins but said he can see the corporate ladder in front of him.

Guerin is in his third season as Penguins player development coach, where he’s worked with the team’s prospects at all levels. He said it’s been a good learning experience for him and the best opportunity possible to learn how an NHL front office works.

“I’m trying not to get ahead of myself,” Guerin said Monday prior to his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. “I really want to take the next step of my career slowly. I’m trying to be a little more methodical about it and make sure I do it the right way. I want to climb the ladder eventually, but to what spot I don’t know.”

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