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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 6:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Ducks' Hiller talks Olympics, contract on NHL Live

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Mikko Koivu surgery sobering news for Finland

While hockey fans in Finland were still celebrating a landmark victory in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, the country received a bit of sobering news barely more than a month away from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Mikko Koivu, captain of the Minnesota Wild and possibly captain for Suomi in Russia next month, will miss "approximately" a month of NHL action after surgery to repair a broken ankle, the Wild announced Monday. Koivu sustained a broken ankle during a game Saturday against the Washington Capitals, though he did finish the game.

Koivu leads the Wild with 35 points (eight goals) in 44 games this season. He is projected to be Finland's top center in Sochi, and was likely going to be named captain for his country. Minnesota's final game before the Olympic break is Feb. 6, or exactly one month from this announcement.

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 2:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Czech Republic's Jagr named to fifth Olympics

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr earned a fifth trip to the Olympics, named to the official Czech Republic 25-player roster announced Monday in Prague.

Jagr made his debut for the Czech Republic in 1998, helping his country win gold in Nagano, the first tournament in which the NHL stopped play and allowed its players to compete. He also played in the 2002 tournament in Salt Lake, 2006 in Turin, winning a bronze medal, and the 2010 edition in Vancouver. Jagr, who leads the Devils in points (34) and is tied for the team lead in goals (13), will be 42 when the tournament begins in Sochi on Feb. 12.

Seventeen of the 25 players named to the Czech roster play in the NHL. Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, though, is the only goalie on the roster in the NHL currently.


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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 2:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Kings' Kopitar only NHL player on Slovenian roster

As expected, Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar headlines the 25-man Olympic roster, which was announced Monday.

Kopitar is the only Slovenian playing in the NHL. The national team is coached by his father, Matjaz. Anze Kopitar's brother, Gasper, did not make the Olympic team.

The rest of the team is comprised of players that play throughout Europe and the majority of the roster named to the Olympics is identical to the one that helped the country qualify for the Olympics for the first time.


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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 11:00 AM

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

Ducks' Hiller guests on Monday's NHL Live

NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will welcome in Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, who was just named to the Swiss team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will discuss the stellar first half enjoyed by his team.

We'll go Behind the Bench with analyst and former coach Barry Melrose, who will address the best and worst coaching moves of the week.

We're one day from Hockey Canada announcing its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and E.J. looks at some inside projections as to who will make the team.

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Posted On Monday, 01.06.2014 / 10:53 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Eight NHL players highlight Swiss Olympic roster

Switzerland named its roster Monday afternoon for the 2014 Sochi Olympics during a press conference in Zurich. The 25-man roster features eight players from the NHL.

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and Calgary Flames netminder Reto Berra headline the selections, and they are joined by defensemen Raphael Diaz (Montreal Canadiens), Roman Josi (Nashville Presdators). Mark Streit (Philadelphia Flyers) and Yannick Weber (Vancouver Canucks), as well as forwards Damien Brunner (New Jersey Devils) and Nino Niederreiter (Minnesota Wild).

The majority of the rest of the roster comes from the Swiss domestic league, including defenseman Mathias Seger, who was named the team's captain.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 9:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Kings activate Quick from IR

The Los Angeles Kings activated goaltender Jonathan Quick from the injured reserve list on Saturday, and he was in the starting lineup against the Vancouver Canucks.

Quick, 27, has missed L.A.'s past 24 after sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 12 against the Buffalo Sabres. He traveled and practiced with the team during the recent four-game road trip through the Midwest. The Kings returned home Saturday to host the Vancouver Canucks.

Quick has played in 16 games this season and has a 10-5-0 record, one shutout, a 2.35 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage. Earlier this week he was named to the U.S Olympic Team for the second time.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 3:37 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Luongo set to return for Canucks

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo will start Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings in his first game since sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 22 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Luongo has been working out with goalie coach Roland Melanson and skated with the team Wednesday for the first time since the injury.

"I'm excited to get back on the ice. I feel good and I'm ready to play," Luongo told reporters.

Luongo is 16-9-6 with a 2.24 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and three shutouts in 32 starts this season.

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Posted On Friday, 01.03.2014 / 1:10 PM

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

Olczyk recaps Winter Classic on NHL Live

NHL Live with E.J. Hradek and Butch Goring, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, get hockey fans set for a four-game night with the help of Chicago Blackhawks and NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk, who will preview the Blackhawks' game against the New Jersey Devils while also recapping the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the thrilling 3-2 shootout win by the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings before over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.

Barry Melrose will be on hand to give out his Mullet of the Week, and E.J. and Butch will present their weekly power rankings.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 2:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Isles' Okposo moves on after missing Olympic team

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo waited like everyone else for the announcement of the United States team that will compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He was hoping he'd be named to the team, hopes that gained momentum the past couple of weeks.

Okposo's resume is impressive. His 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) through 41 games is tied for 12th in the League and he has five goals and six assists during his current seven-game point streak.

At the conclusion of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, names were called in alphabetical order. There were two players with O at the start of their last name, but it was Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

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