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Posted On Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stars great Modano talks Hall call on NHL Live

Former Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano joined NHL Live to discuss his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

A seven-time all-star and the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history (561 goals, 1,374 points), Modano led the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999 and leads all American players with 146 playoff points. He played all but 40 of his 1,499 games, the most by a U.S.-born forward, with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise.

"I still can't believe the call," Modano said. "I was just driving around doing some errands, trying to keep busy, trying not to think about it, and then about a quarter to two Dallas time, I see a 416 (area code) coming across my phone. I couldn't say what I really wanted to say and how much it meant to you. I just had to pull over and kind of collect my thoughts. It's certainly amazing."

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Hartnell on trade to Blue Jackets, leaving Philadelphia

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell was a guest of NHL Live days after being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick in 2015.

Hartnell had 20 goals and 52 points in 78 games in 2013-14, his seventh in Philadelphia. He scored at least 20 goals in five of those seven seasons, including a career-high 37 in 2011-12, and waived his no-trade clause to go to Columbus.

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Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 10:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Islanders GM Snow open to trading No. 5 pick in draft

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow told Newsday he's open to trading the fifth pick at the 2014 NHL Draft if the return is a player that can have an immediate impact on the roster.

"We're open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away," Snow said recently.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 1:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup pays visit to Angels game

Fans attending the baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Saturday enjoyed an unexpected treat before the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosted the Texas Rangers in a West Division matchup. The Stanley Cup was the guest of honor at the weekend contest, which the Angels won 3-2 in the 10th inning.

The Cup paid a visit to the stadium before the first pitch was tossed, with a number of Angels players and management taking a moment to pay their respects to the trophy, which was hoisted by the neighboring Los Angeles Kings on June 13.

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Posted On Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 6:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings enjoy night with Stanley Cup in Las Vegas

The Stanley Cup will have a prominent role when the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas hosts the 2014 NHL Awards on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC).

Before being taken to the red carpet, the Cup enjoyed an eventful start to the weekend, thanks in large part to some members of the Los Angeles Kings.

A number of Kings, including Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Jarret Stoll, Jake Muzzin, Tanner Pearson and Trevor Lewis, escorted the Cup to some of Las Vegas' foremost hotspots Friday night, seen through social media.

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Posted On Thursday, 06.19.2014 / 12:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 NHL Draft blog

USHL announces 2014 Fall Classic schedule

The United States Hockey League on Friday announced the schedule for the annual Fall Classic to be held at two regional sites in September.

The Fall Classic East will be hosted by the Green Bay Gamblers at Resch Center, Sept. 15-17. The tournament will include the debuts of the league's newest expansion teams, the Madison Capitols and Bloomington Thunder.

The Sioux City Musketeers will host the Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 18-19.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 10:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings' celebration continues in nearby beach towns

Five days after the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons, they continued celebrating Wednesday with their fans in beach towns surrounding the city.

Thousands gathered in the streets of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach to cheer on the Kings, who defeated the New York Rangers in five games in the Stanley Cup Final, which culminated with Alec Martinez's double-overtime goal Friday at Staples Center.

"It was really important for us to bring the Stanley Cup down here to the South Bay because we feel like we're part of the community," forward Justin Williams told the Los Angeles Daily News. "This certainly makes us feel welcome."

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 6:15 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Lightning coach Cooper eager to take next step

Tampa Bay Lightning coach and Jack Adams Award finalist Jon Cooper joined NHL Live to look back at the 2013-14 season and what the future holds for his team.

Cooper, Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche are the three finalists for the Adams Award, presented to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success." The winner will be announced June 24 during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Cooper took over the Lightning team late in the 2012-13 season, when they finished 28th in the League standings. In his first full season, he guided the Lighting to a 46-27-9 record (101 points) and second-place finish before they were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 5:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings visit Dodger Stadium with Stanley Cup

Several Los Angeles Kings visited Dodger Stadium with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday when the Dodgers hosted the Colorado Rockies.

The Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons Friday with a 3-2 double-overtime victory in Game 5 of the Final against the New York Rangers.

Defensemen Drew Doughty and Willie Mitchell, and forwards Jeff Carter, Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, were among the Kings to take the Cup to Dodger Stadium.

The Kings took batting practice during their visit.

"These guys have got pretty good strokes, actually," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told cbsla.com. "And they're actually really athletic, especially with the ball down. I guess it's a little bit like that slap shot, right?"

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 6:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Predators GM open to trading first-round draft pick

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile joined NHL Live to discuss what's next for the organization and his plans for the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Predators own the No. 11 pick of the 2014 draft, which begins June 27 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Nashville finished the regular season 38-32-12 and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I've made it known that we're trying to improve our forwards," Poile said. "We'd like to get a top-six forward if we could. If we can do that in a trade, that would be great. If that took trading a draft pick, or even our first pick, I would be open to that. I've made it known to a lot of teams that if they were willing to trade a top forward, I'd be willing to trade the No. 11 pick in the draft."

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