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Posted On Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 7:35 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Miller looking forward to new start with Canucks

New Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller joined NHL Live to discuss the next chapter of his career.

Miller agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $6 million per season on July 1.

"It felt good to be wanted," Miller said. "We sat down and had a chance to talk to them about what they saw moving forward as an organization. Obviously I liked what I heard and I like what I see in the group that they've had there, and a few of the young guys coming up, so it just all kind of fell into place where I think it's the right place to be."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.02.2014 / 6:05 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Devils GM Lamoriello pleased with additions

New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello joined NHL Live to discuss his additions to the team following a flurry of activity to open the free-agent signing period.

Lamoriello is hoping the signing of forward Mike Cammalleri will improve an offense that finished 27th in the NHL with a 2.40 goals-per-game average last season. He also added veteran Martin Havlat, and re-signed forwards Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.

Posted On Tuesday, 07.01.2014 / 11:29 AM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings staffers McDonough, Fugere split day with Cup

With Los Angeles Kings players and coaches each entitled to a day with the Stanley Cup after winning their second championship in three seasons, certain team staff members will get half a day with the most iconic trophy in sports. That was the case on Monday, when Kings scout Denis Fugere and Hubie McDonough, director of hockey operations for Los Angeles' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, split the day with the Cup.

The day started with McDonough bringing the Stanley Cup to Manchester, N.H. The morning was highlighted by an appearance with the Cup at nearby Saint Anselm College, where McDonagh starred as a player for four seasons before going on to play 195 NHL games with the Kings, New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks.

Posted On Friday, 06.27.2014 / 11:50 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Family ties run strong in opening round of NHL Draft

Sam Reinhart now owns family bragging rights when it comes to the NHL Draft.

Sam became the third member of the Reinhart family to be taken in the first round of the draft when the Buffalo Sabres selected him with the second choice Friday. That's two picks earlier than older brother Griffin Reinhart was taken by the New York Islanders in 2012 and 10 choices earlier than his dad, Paul Reinhart, was taken by the Atlanta Flames in 1979. Another older brother, Max Reinhart, was the 63rd player taken in 2010 when he went to the Calgary Flames.

Reinhart was one of nine players taken in the first round who had family ties to professional hockey:

Posted On Friday, 06.27.2014 / 1:38 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 NHL Draft blog

Sabres plan to keep No. 2 pick, make other deals

The top prospects aren't the only people ready to get the 2014 NHL Draft started Friday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray, speaking with reporters Friday morning in Philadelphia, said he's counting down the minutes until things get underway.

"We're ready," he said. "I hope we're not over-prepared. We've talked a lot about it, the different scenarios. Whatever happens, I have confidence that our guys are ready to execute."

The Sabres have eight picks, starting with the No. 2 pick in the first round and three selections in the second round (Nos. 31, 39 and 49).

Posted On Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:36 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

Posted On Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:13 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 10:56 AM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 1:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 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.

Posted On Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 6:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 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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