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Posted On Friday, 11.15.2013 / 12:04 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Devils' Elias expects to play vs. Kings

NEWARK, N.J. -- Even though New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer called it a game-time decision, Devils forward Patrik Elias said he expects to be back in the lineup Friday against the Los Angeles Kings after missing the past six games because of back spasms.

Elias hasn't played since Oct. 29 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has seven points in 10 games this season.

Elias admitted that his back "still bothers me, but not to the point where I'll sit out."

Stephen Gionta also said he's good to go for the game against the Kings. He's missed the past two games with a sore foot.


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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 9:22 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Niedermayer grateful, honored to be inducted

TORONTO -- TSN and the Hockey Hall of Fame picked the right guy to give the testimonial on Scott Niedermayer prior to his induction speech Monday night.

The one choice and the only choice was his brother, Rob Niedermayer, who won the Stanley Cup with Scott as members of the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 four years after losing the Stanley Cup to Scott and the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

"When I think of Scott Niedermayer, I think of a leader. Where ever he has gone he makes people around him better," Rob said. "The way he leads is more by example. He'll say what needs to be said in the dressing room, but definitely he's a guy that will go and show the team what needs to be done. Whenever there was a pressure situation, he was the one who would go make a big play for us. That was a big reason why we won and that was a big reason why he won the Conn Smythe."


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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 8:28 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Heaney becomes third female to enter HHOF

TORONTO -- Geraldine Heaney is known as the female Bobby Orr. Now she'll forever be linked with the great Boston Bruins defenseman for another reason.

Heaney joined Orr in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night. She also joined Cammi Granato and Angela James as the only females in the Hall. Granato and James were inducted in 2010.

"When I think of Geraldine Heaney I think of a hockey pioneer," Cassie Campbell-Pascall said on the TSN broadcast. "When you're talking offensive defenseman in women's hockey, her name will always be the one that comes up first.

"She's one of my heroes."


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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 8:03 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Gretzky attends ceremony for Chelios

TORONTO -- Wayne Gretzky got a call from Chris Chelios last week essentially begging 'The Great One' to show up at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

"He's like, 'You have to come,' " Gretzky said Monday on the red carpet prior to the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. "I'm like, 'OK, we'll be there.' So we're here."

Gretzky arrived with his wife Janet and two of his sons. But he also told Chelios what he was going to do when the now Hall of Fame defenseman was on stage delivering his speech Monday night, the first of five from inductees Chelios, Geraldine Heaney, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and the late Fred Shero (represented by his son, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero).


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Posted On Monday, 11.11.2013 / 12:58 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Bettman applauds Shanahan's off-ice contributions

TORONTO -- While praising the five new members who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman singled out his own employee as his "personal favorite."

Brendan Shanahan is the League's Senior Vice President in charge of Player Safety.

"Obviously my personal favorite is Brendan Shanahan, because I think his contributions to the game based on what he's doing now will even exceed what he did in the 21 years he played," Commissioner Bettman said. "He's making a real mark on how the game is played, making it safer for current players and generations to come."


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Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 6:22 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Fred Shero set to join Scotty Bowman in HHOF

TORONTO -- Fred Shero's Broad Street Bullies had a dynasty brewing in the mid-1970s after winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, but it was broken up by Scotty Bowman's Montreal Canadiens in 1976.

The Habs went on to start their own dynasty, winning four straight titles, including the first at the hands of Shero and the Philadelphia Flyers and the last, in 1979, against Shero and the New York Rangers.

On Monday, Shero, who passed away in 1990, will join Bowman in the builder's wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ray Shero, Fred's son who is accepting the Hall of Fame honor on his dad's behalf Monday night, is still trying to wrap his mind around the fact that his dad and Bowman will be linked together again, and enshrined together forever.


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Posted On Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 6:08 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Ray Shero says father knew where game was headed

TORONTO -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero has always been told his dad was a pioneer in the coaching business. He has the proof at home to suggest that Fred Shero was also a visionary.

"He actually wrote something in his playbook back in '75, 'What hockey would look like in 2020,' and it's pretty amazing in terms of what it was," Ray told NHL.com on Sunday. "I still have it."


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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 6:51 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Chelios: Players should police themselves

TORONTO -- Chris Chelios looked over in Brendan Shanahan's direction as he was answering a question that had to do with his thoughts on the game as it is played now as opposed to when he was in his prime.

"Because of the era I was in, I just think everybody is too sensitive," Chelios said, peering over at a smiling Shanahan midway through the Fan Forum at the Hall of Fame on Saturday. "I ask my kids all the time what they think of the game and they love it, but for me it's tough playing in the era I did. For me, the players should control what happens on the ice."

And then Chelios hit Shanahan, who runs the NHL's Department of Player Safety as a Senior Vice President, with this:

"I think Shanny is too involved," he said.


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Posted On Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 6:16 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame HHOF blog

Chelios reflects on bout with Hextall

TORONTO -- Fans of the Philadelphia Flyers likely haven't forgotten when goalie Ron Hextall attacked Chris Chelios, then with the Montreal Canadiens, near the end of Game 6 of the 1989 Wales Conference Final.

The Flyers were losing 4-2 and about to be eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Hextall went after Chelios as a matter of revenge for Chelios' high hit in Game 1 that left Brian Propp bleeding from the back of his head. Hextall got to Chelios along the wall and pummeled him with several blows. Once they were up, Hextall threw a piece of his equipment at Chelios, who was escorted off the ice.

The incident sparked a line brawl.


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Posted On Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 1:28 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Stamkos sees winning attitude on Lightning

NEWARK, N.J. -- Steven Stamkos has been doing his job, scoring goals, dishing out assists and helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win games. He was recognized for it by being named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday.

Stamkos, though, doesn't want to discuss his contributions (eight goals, nine assists for 17 points) because he can finally talk about what the team is doing to win games, something he wasn't able to do a lot of in the previous two seasons.

The Lightning, who haven't made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011, bring a three-game winning streak into Prudential Center on Tuesday to face the New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). They have won eight of their first 11 games in impressive fashion, beating the Chicago Blackhawks (twice), Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild. Their three losses have come against the Boston Bruins (twice) and Pittsburgh Penguins.


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