Posted On Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 9:49 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Canadiens GM plans to keep Subban for 'long time'

LAS VEGAS -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin wouldn't discuss the contract negotiations with soon-to-be restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban other than to say what his goal is for the team and the 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner.

"He's a big part of our team, and we'll make sure he's with us for a long time," Bergevin said Tuesday from the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he was a finalist for the GM of the Year Award.

Posted On Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:40 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Red Wings' Babcock hopes Alfredsson returns

LAS VEGAS -- If 41-year-old forward Daniel Alfredsson takes care of his back problems this summer, the Detroit Red Wings will welcome him back next season. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday that the order can't be the other way because of the uncertainty regarding Alfredsson's injury.

Alfredsson can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Babcock said if he plays next season he will play for the Red Wings.

"[Alfredsson] had a tough time last year staying healthy, so it's real hard to commit to a guy when he doesn't know for sure," Babcock said from the red carpet for the 2014 NHL Awards. "We'd love to have him. We'd love for him to get healthy, but at this point things haven't turned in the right direction for him. We'll see what happens."

Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 9:16 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

DeKeyser excited to represent Red Wings at Awards

LAS VEGAS -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser may one day gain entrance into the NHL Awards show for what he did on the ice. For now, though, he'll have to settle for a free trip to Las Vegas to be a presenter at the 2014 NHL Awards (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

"Why not?" DeKeyser told on Monday. "This is pretty nice."

DeKeyser is representing the Red Wings in presenting the Jack Adams Award during the show Tuesday at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is one of the three nominees for the award, along with Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 9:06 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Bruins' Chara progressing from finger injury

LAS VEGAS -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara says the injury he sustained to one of the fingers on his left hand during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is getting progressively better.

"It's good. It's healed," Chara said Monday during Media Day for the 2014 NHL Awards. "Still looking to get full feeling back, but it is something we'll stay on top of and see that it gets better."

The exact injury has never been revealed, but Chara said that he sustained a fracture.

"It was a break and a big cut," he said.

Chara said no surgery will be necessary, but admitted he does not yet have full feeling in the injured digit. He also stressed the injury is not an excuse for why the Bruins crashed out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second round, upset in seven games by the Montreal Canadiens.

Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 8:00 PM

By Shawn Roarke -  Director, Editorial / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Devils' Jagr excited to see Hasek enter Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS -- Not many people know Dominik Hasek better than New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr. They were fixtures on the Czech national team during the past two decades. They shared incredible highs together while wearing the national team jersey.

So it is of little surprise that Jagr was genuinely pleased to find out Hasek was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, part of a Class of 2014 that also features Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano and Rob Blake.

"I didn't even know. He truly deserves it," said Jagr, who was at Media Day for the 2014 NHL Awards. "He was one of the best. He's a little bit older than me, but I had a chance to play with him in Nagano and some national team games. He was a wall."

Posted On Monday, 06.23.2014 / 7:41 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2014 NHL Awards Blog

Marleau hopes to remain with Sharks

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau is prepared for general manager Doug Wilson to attempt to make changes to the club's roster, leadership hierarchy and dressing-room culture this offseason.

He isn't prepared to be a victim of those changes.

"I want to play in San Jose," Marleau said Monday at Media Day for the NHL Awards, where he is up for the Lady Byng Trophy. "I want to win there."

Marleau said he and San Jose captain Joe Thornton, the Sharks' longest tenured players, have already discussed next season and getting back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs to make amends for the team's collapse against the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Kings in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.

"We're looking forward to next year," Marleau said of him and Thornton. "It's going to [stink] having to go through all the 82 games to get back in the playoffs to get to that point to actually do something about it."