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Posted On Thursday, 07.30.2015 / 5:05 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2015 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' van Riemsdyk takes Cup to Jersey Shore

BRICK, N.J. -- Trevor van Riemsdyk had been smiling and taking pictures for 90 minutes Thursday morning when he and the Stanley Cup finally got a break. This should have been the time when van Riemsdyk, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman celebrating his day with the Cup, got a coffee, sat down, basically took a load off for a few minutes.

No way. Not on this day.

Van Riemsdyk went back into the Zamboni area at the Ocean Ice Palace around 10:45 a.m., near a garage that opened to a back lot, where his dad, Frans, was running the air conditioner in the black Chevy Suburban that would take him to his next stop, his high school, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J.

He was still smiling after taking pictures and sharing the Cup with members of Brick Stars Challenger Hockey, a program for developmentally challenged kids that he and his family support, as he stood and conducted the first of his two interviews while Frans was trying to get the traveling party on the road.

"It's all good," van Riemsdyk said to "I've been smiling all summer."

Posted On Friday, 07.24.2015 / 1:55 PM

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

Robinson, Niedermayer understand Lamoriello's move

Larry Robinson thought he would be with the Montreal Canadiens for the rest of his life, until he went to play for the Los Angeles Kings in 1989. Scott Niedermayer never envisioned leaving the New Jersey Devils, until he signed with the Anaheim Ducks in 2005.

Robinson and Niedermayer each thought of the shock to the system he experienced when changing teams upon hearing the news that friend and former boss Lou Lamoriello left the Devils after 28 years on Thursday to become the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It just goes to show you that nothing is forever, especially in the business that we're in," Robinson told in a phone interview. "Who would have ever thought that I would have ended up in L.A.? I thought I would have been a Canadien all my life. Next thing you know, you go somewhere else and you realize there is something somewhere else. Actually, it turned out great for me, and I hope it turns out great for Lou as well."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 10:39 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - July 22, 2015

Here is the July 22 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the summer. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Just how dangerous can the Columbus Blue Jackets be this year? -- @BlueJacketdad

They're a team to watch in the Metropolitan Division. If they stay healthy, they're a playoff team. So clearly I think they'll be pretty dangerous this season. I particularly love the combination of Ryan Johansen and Brandon Saad on the top line, if it works out that way. Saad is on the cusp of becoming a star player in the NHL. Johansen is already there. It should make for an excellent combination. I'd put the Blue Jackets as third or fourth in the Metropolitan Division behind the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, and neck and neck with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 2:12 PM

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

Jets captain Ladd sees reasons for optimism

Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd has won the Stanley Cup twice, which means he's doubly aware of how important a team's ability to overcome adversity such as slumps, injuries or in-season trades is in regards to sustaining success.

Ladd saw the Jets develop that ability last season, when they made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011. It's a big reason why Ladd is so optimistic heading into this season.

Yes, the Jets lost in four games to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, but it's how they got there in the first place that has their captain thinking better days are ahead.

"There is the obvious disappointment of feeling we could have done more, but then you sit back and look at the stuff we overcame," said Ladd, who won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. "Whether it was having your top four D-men out and we held things together, and then the Evander Kane situation, to lose one of our top six forwards, bring new guys in, we never seemed to miss a beat. We kept going. I think that's the biggest takeaway, how we dealt with that adversity and now knowing we can overcome those things."

Posted On Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:38 PM

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

St. Louis talks retirement, career, Rangers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Martin St. Louis on Monday made his first public comments since announcing his retirement in a press release July 2. He spoke about why he decided to retire and what he will be doing now.

There was, however, more to St. Louis' near 20-minute press conference. Here are some more quotes and tidbits from St. Louis:

St. Louis said the fact that he is a retired hockey player has already hit him because he has so much free time this summer.

"It's the first time in my life there is no agenda," he said. "I don't have to go training. I don't have to answer to anybody. It's actually a really nice place to be. I have enjoyed being with my kids. Every summer I am anyway, but when you're training, you're preparing for a season there is always a little stress that comes with that in the preparation, are you ready, are you not ready, are you doing everything you can. Now there is none of that. None of that crosses my mind. It's definitely a great place to be."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 4:41 PM

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

Perron's role undefined after Kessel joins Penguins

David Perron's immediate reaction was of excitement when the news broke on July 1 that the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Phil Kessel in a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"He's a guy that can certainly score 50 goals in a season," Perron told in a phone interview Wednesday from his offseason home in Magog, Quebec. "It's going to be fun to watch how he's going to react to everything."

Perron insists that at the time the Penguins made the trade he didn't consider what acquiring Kessel means for his spot on the Penguins' depth chart, and potentially in Pittsburgh's top-six group of forwards.

It's worth considering because Kessel's presence could have an effect on Perron.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 2:45 PM

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

Led by Klingberg, potential is there for Stars defense

Maybe it was unfair to ask Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill on Wednesday to pick out the top defenseman on his depth chart right now, because the player who probably should be the Stars' top defenseman is 22 years old and has played in all of 65 games in the NHL.

"I think we got about four of them right now," Nill said. "John Klingberg, if he continues … "

Nill trailed off at that point, talking about outgrowing depth charts and the need to identify No. 1 defensemen because there are so few players in the NHL that fit into the category of superstars Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith and Erik Karlsson.

"There's only six or seven of those guys in the game," Nill said.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - July 15, 2015

Here is the July 15 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the summer. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

As it sits now, how do you see the Central Division shaking out in the standings? -- @stevenlowry

Tough question because there are still some things to be sorted out with free agency and potential arbitration cases, but I'll give it a whirl (just don't hold me to it three months from now).

1. Minnesota Wild

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. Dallas Stars

5. Nashville Predators

6. Winnipeg Jets

7. Colorado Avalanche

That was actually way harder than I thought it would be. I'm not 100 percent sold on this order at all, but for now I'll leave it that way.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 1:12 PM

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

Lightning's Drouin determined to make bigger impact

With his rookie season behind him, the question of whether forward Jonathan Drouin will be an impact player for the Tampa Bay Lightning early in his professional career is still up for debate.

Drouin, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, was 10th on the Lightning with 32 points in 70 games while playing 13:14 per game as a rookie last season. He was a healthy scratch for 20 of Tampa Bay's 26 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had no points in the six games he played in, averaging 10:02 per game.

"Definitely I have a little chip on my shoulder training this summer and going into training camp," Drouin told in a phone interview from Montreal on Tuesday.

How that chip manifests itself will go a long way in determining how big Drouin's impact will be this season on the Lightning, who expect him to use the experience he gained through the adversity he faced last season as a way to improve himself so he can prove himself.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 12:30 PM

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

Blues' Tarasenko turns focus to becoming a leader

Vladimir Tarasenko doesn't equate money to leadership, but the eight-year, $60 million contract he signed Tuesday is proof of how convinced the St. Louis Blues are that Tarasenko is a huge part of their future, which means he should be a big part of their leadership core too.

That's Tarasenko's next goal, to prove to his teammates that he is a leader.

"I worked hard the last three years to make the leadership group," said Tarasenko, who had 37 goals and 73 points last season. "I can handle the pressure, and if my teammates, my coach, and my general manager trust me, I will try and make them happy. That's how I grow up. My father and my grandfather tell me you need to be a leader everywhere, it doesn't matter who you're playing for. I will try."

Tarasenko defines a leader as someone whose actions speak loud enough that people have no choice but to follow him.

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