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Posted On Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 7:54 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

MacTavish: Oilers seek more draft picks

The Edmonton Oilers will look to add draft picks and open roster space for younger players at the NHL Trade Deadline, general manager Craig MacTavish said Tuesday.

"It's not rocket science where we are right now and what our strategy is going to be moving forward," MacTavish told the media at Rexall Place. "We've got a number of guys that are UFAs that are veteran players that are going to elicit attention around the League from teams that are preparing for a playoff run that will be in all of those conversations. It's been pretty quiet through the Olympic break, but I think that starting today it will start to heat up on a day-to-day basis."

The Oilers have several pending unrestricted free agents and veterans they may be looking to move at the deadline, including right wing Ales Hemsky and defenseman Nick Schultz. Edmonton will have a high pick in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft but has traded away its second- and third-round picks. MacTavish said he would like to make sure his team will have selections in those rounds.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 7:15 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Ken Holland on Red Wings, Canada's Olympic win

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland joins NHL Live to discuss the remainder of the season and winning Olympic gold as part of Canada's management team.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 11:58 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Ducks' Beauchemin, Wings' Holland on NHL Live

NHL action returns Tuesday and NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, has plenty to offer on a night when the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes make up a game previously postponed by snow.

As we count down the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on Sunday, former Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean joins us on the phone to talk about the game.

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin will make an appearance via the Arena Cam at Honda Center to talk about the Olympic break and his surging team.

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also calls in to talk about the Olympics and his team's hopes of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

Posted On Monday, 02.24.2014 / 7:10 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

David Poile on Predators, U.S. Olympic team

Nashville Predators and United States Olympic team general manager David Poile joins NHL Live to discuss his team's outlook for the remainder of the NHL season and USA's performance at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Posted On Monday, 02.24.2014 / 7:03 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Coyotes' Hanzal talks playoff push, Olympics

Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal joins NHL Live to discuss the remainder of the season as well as his experience representing the Czech Republic in the 2014 Olympics.

Posted On Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 8:07 AM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Quick to start for U.S. against Finland

Goaltender Jonathan Quick will start for the United States on Saturday against Finland in the bronze-medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, USA Hockey reported on its website.

Quick, of the Los Angeles Kings, played Friday and allowed one goal on 37 shots in a 1-0 loss to Canada in the semifinals. He will be backed up by Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.

Posted On Friday, 02.21.2014 / 10:39 AM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Martin to miss rest of Olympics with injury: report

United States defenseman Paul Martin will miss the remainder of the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to a hand injury, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.

The report said the Pittsburgh Penguins have no timetable for Martin's return to the lineup, but the early indication is Martin could miss a month but return in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Martin has no points in four games at the Olympics but has a plus-2 rating and is averaging 17:54 of ice time per game, third among the team's defenseman. He was scratched from the lineup for the team's semifinal game Friday against Canada (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC). No reason was given at the time but NBCSN reported during broadcast of the semifinal game between Sweden and Finland that Martin was ill.

Justin Faulk will replace Martin in the U.S. lineup against Canada. It will be Faulk's first game of the tournament. In 52 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Faulk has three goals and 22 points while averaging a team-high 23:50 of ice time per game.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 8:29 PM

By Staff -  / - Road to Sochi blog

Canada's Tavares to miss rest of Olympics

SOCHI -- Canada center John Tavares will miss the remainder of the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a leg injury sustained during his team's quarterfinal game against Latvia on Wednesday.

"He's got a leg injury, he's out for the tournament," Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "He'll be re-examined by the New York Islanders people and I'm sure they'll have an announcement."

Babcock said he didn't know if Tavares would be heading home right away.

Tavares, the captain of the New York Islanders, took a hard hit from Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period and struggled to get back to the bench before eventually leaving for the dressing room. He did not return for the third period.

"He seemed to be in a fine mood," Babcock said. "Obviously disappointed he's injured. But I spoke to him."

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