Stanley Cup Final
Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 11:33 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - NHL Training Camps blog

Leafs' Lupul feeling good after training changes

TORONTO -- Coming off yet another injury-riddled season, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said he worked on his body during the offseason with the idea of training to avoid muscular injuries that lead to something worse.

Lupul missed the final three games last season because of knee surgery, but said he was playing hurt for a while before that.

"I took some different classes with stretching, learned some different things about my body and I feel great going into the year," Lupul said. "Obviously there is always potential for those injuries that are bad luck, but for me I don't want any injuries that are muscular. Last year I had a groin strain and a knee problem that I tried to push through until the end of the year and ended up needing surgery."

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 3:00 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's mailbag - Sept. 17, 2014

In what year do you believe the Islanders will be a serious playoff contender? -- @samfeygin

Why not this season? No, I'm serious. Why not this season? OK, I'm not sold on the Islanders being a serious playoff contender this season either (I assume you're not by your question, Sam). However, I do think the Islanders are heading in the right direction, finally, and I do expect them to be better than they were last season. I think it would be a disappointment if the Islanders are not at least in the playoff hunt come late March and early April this season. They may not be able to get in, but they should be in the hunt. They have the goaltending and the high-end scoring to be in the mix in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders, though, still need to bide their time for Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan and Griffin Reinhart to develop before I can say for sure they're going to be a serious threat. Coming behind them are Michael Dal Colle and Sebastian Collberg. You can't build through the draft and not have your top draft picks work out. It's wait-and-see still, but this is a big year for Strome, Nelson, de Haan and Reinhart, and really for the Islanders at large.

Which defenseman do you see the Bruins trading away? -- @ZigFracassi

Johnny Boychuk. It has to be him. He's entering the final year of his contract, so he's the most tradable, and the team that gets him will be getting a solid top-four, right-handed defenseman with a booming shot from the point. I wonder if Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli would trade with an Atlantic Division rival, because the Detroit Red Wings could use Boychuk.

If he does trade Boychuk, Chiarelli likely won't bring back a NHL player because the idea is to clear salary-cap room to sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Boychuk's contract carries a salary-cap charge of approximately $3.3667 million, according to The Bruins might have enough space to sign Smith and Krug if they clear Boychuk's contract and put center Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve, which will happen.

Chiarelli could trade Adam McQuaid, but it wouldn't clear the cap space the Bruins need to sign Smith and Krug. McQuaid's contract carries a $1.5667 million cap charge.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 9:49 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Canadiens GM plans to keep Subban for 'long time'

LAS VEGAS -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin wouldn't discuss the contract negotiations with soon-to-be restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban other than to say what his goal is for the team and the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner.

"He's a big part of our team, and we'll make sure he's with us for a long time," Bergevin said Tuesday from the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he was a finalist for the GM of the Year Award.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:40 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Red Wings' Babcock hopes Alfredsson returns

LAS VEGAS -- If 41-year-old forward Daniel Alfredsson takes care of his back problems this summer, the Detroit Red Wings will welcome him back next season. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday that the order can't be the other way because of the uncertainty regarding Alfredsson's injury.

Alfredsson can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Babcock said if he plays next season he will play for the Red Wings.

"[Alfredsson] had a tough time last year staying healthy, so it's real hard to commit to a guy when he doesn't know for sure," Babcock said from the red carpet for the 2014 NHL Awards. "We'd love to have him. We'd love for him to get healthy, but at this point things haven't turned in the right direction for him. We'll see what happens."

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Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 9:16 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

DeKeyser excited to represent Red Wings at Awards

LAS VEGAS -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser may one day gain entrance into the NHL Awards show for what he did on the ice. For now, though, he'll have to settle for a free trip to Las Vegas to be a presenter at the 2014 NHL Awards (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

"Why not?" DeKeyser told on Monday. "This is pretty nice."

DeKeyser is representing the Red Wings in presenting the Jack Adams Award during the show Tuesday at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is one of the three nominees for the award, along with Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

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Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 7:41 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Marleau hopes to remain with Sharks

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is prepared for general manager Doug Wilson to attempt to make changes to the club's roster, leadership hierarchy and dressing-room culture this offseason.

He isn't prepared to be a victim of those changes.

"I want to play in San Jose," Marleau said Monday at Media Day for the NHL Awards, where he is up for the Lady Byng Trophy. "I want to win there."

Marleau said he and San Jose captain Joe Thornton, the Sharks' longest tenured players, have already discussed next season and getting back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs to make amends for the team's collapse against the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Kings in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.

"We're looking forward to next year," Marleau said of him and Thornton. "It's going to [stink] having to go through all the 82 games to get back in the playoffs to get to that point to actually do something about it."

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Posted On Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:24 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers sure Game 5 'is going to work out fine'

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault talked about the hockey gods after a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. He talked about how he's a believer in them, and how they were there for the Rangers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Now, on Friday the 13th, with the Rangers again trying to extend the Stanley Cup Final in Game 5 at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), what does the coach think the hockey gods might have in store?

"I'm sure it's a good day," he said before laughing during his press conference more than two hours before game time. "Everything is going to work out fine."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.10.2014 / 1:14 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers look for some puck luck in must-win Game 4

NEW YORK -- Each player who spoke in the New York Rangers dressing room after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday was asked about the Los Angeles Kings' first goal, the one that came off Jeff Carter's stick with 0.8 seconds remaining before the first intermission.

Each answer was different.

Marc Staal described it as "obviously one that hurts." Henrik Lundqvist referred to it as a "tough play." Rick Nash called it "a huge momentum swing for them."

But Dan Girardi described the goal that went in off his skate as one that defines "exactly how the series is going for us right now, a couple bad bounces."

"At some point it's going to go our way," he added.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.07.2014 / 7:17 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers defenseman John Moore in for Game 2

LOS ANGELES -- After being suspended for the past two games, New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was back in the lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (NBC, CBC, RDS).

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Posted On Friday, 06.06.2014 / 7:43 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

Rangers' Lundqvist excited by magnitude of Final

LOS ANGELES -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been at the center of some big events during his career; he's made three trips to the Winter Olympics and three to All-Star Weekend.

But he's found out in the past week the Stanley Cup Final is in its own class.

"I think it's a mix of a little bit of everything being here," Lundqvist said Friday. "I told someone it feels like you're at All-Star Weekend because there's so much media that normally you don't see. There are a lot of people that come up and ask you different types of questions right now.

"But then at the same time you're really focused on what you need to do. So it's a mix of being in the Olympics, being at All-Star Weekend. But it's fun. It's a lot to take in, but it's also exciting to just see a different side. It's still the same game, but it's a lot going on."

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Quote of the Day

That's the biggest goal I've ever scored. It's a great feeling any time you do that, especially at home. We're one game away from a Stanley Cup berth. It was a huge goal and it felt unbelievable.

— Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey on scoring the overtime winner Monday to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead against the Blackhawks