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Posted On Monday, 09.21.2015 / 10:43 AM

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

Getting out of town beneficial to Red Wings' Green

Training camp without the comforts of his own home is new to Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green. It's also particularly necessary for him going into this season, his 11th in the NHL and first in Detroit after 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals.

Camping with the Red Wings in Traverse City, Mich., has given Green the opportunity to get to know his new teammates on a more personal basis without worrying about one of them rushing out of the rink to pick the kids up from school, or something similar.

Considering Green knew just about nobody on the team when he signed with the Red Wings, Traverse City has been a blessing for him.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 4:32 PM

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

Rangers face potential dilemma with McIlrath

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault isn't asking too much of defenseman Dylan McIlrath when he says he wants him to finally show that he can be an NHL player.

McIlrath, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2010 (No. 10), ought to be able to be one by now.

"We all know the toughness part, we need to see if he can play at this level," Vigneault said Friday. "Can he play against the third and fourth lines of other teams and be a dependable, physical, safe defenseman? That's what we need to find out during training camp."

McIlrath is entering his fourth professional season and has played three games in the NHL, but 182 in the American Hockey League with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Vigneault said last season, McIlrath was Hartford's top defenseman and penalty killer from Christmas through the end of season, according to Hartford coach Ken Gernander and assistant Jeff Beukeboom.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 10:47 AM

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

Schneider banking on growth from Devils' young 'D'

NEWARK, N.J. -- It's no secret the New Jersey Devils are going to thrive or dive this season with their young group of defensemen wrapped around veteran leader Andy Greene and new additions John Moore and David Schlemko.

That's all well and good with goalie Cory Schneider as long as Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill, Eric Gelinas and Damon Severson realize how important they are to the team, act like it, and grow into impact players because of it.

Schneider, 29, is banking on that happening, because he's not banking on having another losing season, regardless of what the outside expectations are for the team.

Posted On Thursday, 09.17.2015 / 5:16 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Devils' Boucher progressing after concussion

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Reid Boucher is progressing from his concussion, which he sustained during a rookie tournament last week in Buffalo, and could return to the ice soon, coach John Hynes said Thursday.

"He's still out at this point, but things look like they're progressing the right way," Hynes said. "I think sometimes with injuries you're not sure, but he has taken a step forward."

Posted On Thursday, 09.17.2015 / 5:11 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Hynes wants Tlusty to be 'impact player' for Devils

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes has high hopes for forward Jiri Tlusty, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract on Wednesday and was at Prudential Center on Thursday for the first day of training camp.

"We got a real strong NHL player," Hynes said. "He's going to help provide depth not only on our team, but in our organization. Jiri can obviously score at the National Hockey League level, but the big thing we want to see from him is we want to see him be an impact player, a player that's going to compete, be strong on the puck, play with passion. That's what we expect from all our players and we're looking forward to having a player like him, who has a lot of NHL experience, come in and play with those attributes."

Posted On Thursday, 09.17.2015 / 9:22 AM

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

Rangers' Lundqvist was iffy in first talk with Sather

TORONTO -- With Henrik Lundqvist closing in on the 10-year anniversary of his NHL debut (Oct. 8, 2005), it's only natural for the New York Rangers star goalie to take some trips down memory lane, reflecting on key moments in his career, those that led him to where he is now.

Lundqvist did that during the NHL's annual Player Media Tour last week when he was asked to describe what kind of impact Rangers president Glen Sather has had on him and his career.

"I still remember I met him in Gothenburg after a game my last year there [with Frolunda] and he took me out for dinner," Lundqvist told "He didn't say much during the dinner, he had a cigar in his mouth, and finally he turns, looks at me, and says, 'Are you ready for New York?'

Posted On Wednesday, 09.16.2015 / 10:54 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Sept. 16, 2015

Here is the Sept. 16 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday in the Over the Boards blog during the 2015-16 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Do you think Derek Roy will make the Washington Capitals? With Eric Fehr leaving, we have an opening at 3C or 4C. Jay Beagle and Michael Latta also options. -- @CapRat82

It certainly is reasonable to think he can and will, especially because, as you mentioned, there is a need for more center depth in the bottom-six forward group. I know Roy has bounced around a lot (the Capitals would be his sixth team since the 2012-13 season), but he's only 32 years old and still has some offensive upside. He had 32 points in 72 games last season split between the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators. He had 37 points in 75 games with the St. Louis Blues in 2013-14. Fehr, as the Capitals' third-line center last season, had 33 points in 75 games. Roy's production would fall right in line with Fehr's. The difference is Roy doesn't play the penalty kill. Fehr averaged 1:23 of ice time on the PK last season.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Backstrom thinks Capitals are in best position yet

TORONTO -- Nicklas Backstrom has been through this dance before, the waltz of trying to meet and, if at all possible, exceed the high expectations placed on the Washington Capitals from outside sources, including media and fans.

It never ends well. Or, at least, it hasn't yet.

The Capitals have a history of playing well in the regular season only to flame out in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They haven't made it out of the Eastern Conference Second Round in 10 seasons with Alex Ovechkin despite winning their division five times and finishing second in it twice more, including last season.

They feel great, feel invincible, and fall. It's become the Capitals' M.O. They have lost in Game 7 in six of their seven playoff appearances in the Ovechkin era. It's happened three times in the first round, including in 2010, when they were the Presidents' Trophy winners.

Posted On Monday, 09.14.2015 / 3:04 PM

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

Avs' MacKinnon learned from sophomore struggles

As difficult as last season was for Nathan MacKinnon, what he experienced at the end, in Prague, more than a month after he and the Colorado Avalanche were finally put down for the count, helped make up for at least some of what went wrong in Denver.

MacKinnon was part of Canada's gold-medal winning team at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. He played on a line with Avalanche teammate Matt Duchene and Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars. He scored a goal in Canada's 6-1 gold-medal clinching win against Russia. He scored nine points, including four goals, in 10 tournament games.

The whole experience was like a breath of fresh air for the 20-year-old forward who was good enough to win the Calder Trophy and help his team finish with 112 points as a rookie, but couldn't crack 40 points or lift his team even close to the Stanley Cup Playoff race in his second season.

Posted On Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 8:51 PM

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

Blues' Tarasenko eyeing different result, 50 goals

TORONTO -- St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is putting his foot down, figuratively speaking. His point is that he's fed up with the way the Blues have exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs since he's been in the NHL.

"Right now we have three years in a row same style of losing," Tarasenko told during the NHL's Player Media Tour on Tuesday. "It's enough."

It's easy to understand why Tarasenko would take the enough is enough attitude here because the Blues have lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two years and haven't made it out of the second round in four straight despite having the most points in the NHL in that time period (389 points, 1.323 per game).

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