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Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 6:23 AM

By Noah Hanifin -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Noah Hanifin blog

Eagles' Hanifin to prove work ethic at NHL Combine

Noah Hanifin, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, completed his freshman season at Boston College in Hockey East in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound left-shot defenseman had five goals and 23 points 37 games. He also represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had eight goals and 33 points in 45 games for the United States National Team Development Program under-18 team in 2013-14. The native of Norwood, Mass., has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes from the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

Hello everyone. 

I arrived in Buffalo for the NHL Scouting Combine on Monday afternoon at about noon. It was a good flight in and since I had nothing scheduled that night, caught up with some of the guys who were here. I had two interviews on Tuesday and have 13 total interviews for the week.

The interviewing process is definitely done to retrieve some background information, but they do push you a little bit. The general managers or scouts will ask you some tough questions just to see how you react. I think that's a good thing. They need to get a better feel for the players. And from our perspective it's nice to get to know some of the scouts on the teams. It's been a great experience so far.

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Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 6:16 AM

By Kyle Connor -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Kyle Connor blog

Phantoms' Connor excited for start of NHL Combine

Kyle Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, concluded his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League in 2014-15. Committed to the University of Michigan in 2015-16, the 6-foot-1, 177-pound center had 34 goals and league-leading 80 points in 56 games for the Phantoms this season. Connor has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. His latest entry comes from the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo.

Hello hockey fans,

I'm talking to you from just inside First Niagara Center during the third day of interviewing here at the NHL Scouting Combine. I arrived in Buffalo on Sunday night and got acquainted with some of the other players invited to the Combine.

Buffalo has been great. I like the fact the interviews are at First Niagara Center where the Sabres play their games. HarborCenter is a first-class facility.

I am roommates with [Waterloo Black Hawks forward] Brock Boeser. We're good friends so it's cool getting to spend the week with him. We have plenty of stories to tell from the United States Hockey League.


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Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes has been offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Now that it's the Stanley Cup Final, Weekes will be following the same format to breakdown the matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning while also assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

TAMPA -- This should set up to be an amazing Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

The matchups that we could see and the styles of play that we will see, I think it's set up to be incredibly entertaining.

We're about to see two fast, fun, aggressive teams that fly up and down the ice, can score a lot of goals, but also play an exciting brand of shutdown hockey. This is the treat hockey fans have been waiting for all season. This is the NHL's gift to you.

It starts with Game 1 on Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Here is my breakdown:

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 9:08 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks remember Reif, Montador on eve of Final

TAMPA -- Joel Quenneville sat at the podium for his 2015 Stanley Cup Final Media Day press conference adorned in his typical Chicago Blackhawks track suit.

The initials embroidered on his jacket were a reminder that this season has been anything but typical for the Blackhawks.

Quenneville's jacket says "CR" to honor Clint Reif, an assistant equipment manager who died in December. Many of the Blackhawks were stunned again in February when former teammate Steve Montador, who played for Chicago in 2011-12, died.

"It's tough," defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "As tough as the season is, going through situations and things like that, it's tough. We miss them and yeah … I don't really know what to say other than that. It's just tough."


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Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 8:02 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Lightning forward Drouin hoping for chance in Final

TAMPA -- Jonathan Drouin is so accustomed to hearing the question at this point, the Tampa Bay Lightning rookie has the answer down pat.

Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Drouin a healthy scratch for all but three games, the forward has been asked what the experience has been like, how he is keeping up morale, and whether it is frustrating for the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to sit and watch his teammates pursue the Cup without him.

Now that the Lightning have reached the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, with Game 1 of the best-of-7 series at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports), there was no reason for those questions to stop, and Drouin has perfected the answer.

"Yeah, pretty much," Drouin said with a laugh Tuesday at Media Day. "It's really tight now."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 6:43 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Combing the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine

Broncos' DeBrusk in high demand at NHL Combine

BUFFALO -- Swift Current Broncos left wing Jake DeBrusk made certain he had plenty of dress shirts and ties for the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine this week at First Niagara Center.

That's because DeBrusk, the son of former NHL player Louie DeBrusk, has interviews lined up with all 30 NHL teams.

"I'll be pretty busy," DeBrusk said. "It's amazing, I'm not going to lie. It's almost unbelievable. But I look forward to talking to every single team."

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 6:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Tuesday, June 2

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

2015 Stanley Cup Final picks
NHL.com, NHL Network predict the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with Cup champion, series length and MVP selections.

Canadiens agree to terms with defenseman Jeff Petry
Defenseman Jeff Petry agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens through the 2020-21 season.

Hynes hired as coach of Devils
John Hynes, 40, was hired as coach of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Media Day new for Lightning, old hat for Blackhawks
Chicago very familiar with the first official event of the NHL championship series: Media Day. For everyone all but a few Tampa Bay Lightning players, talking to reporters in this setting was foreign.

Yzerman's patient approach paying off for Lightning 
Steve Yzerman took a patient approach to building the Tampa Bay Lightning and now it's paying off.



NEWS:

Penguins waiting for answer on Dupuis' future: report
The Pittsburgh Penguins are hopeful to learn by the end of the month if forward Pascal Dupuis can continue his NHL career after being sidelined with a blood clot this season, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.

Capitals sign Mitchell to two-year, two-way contract
The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Garrett Mitchell to a two-year, two-way contract.

Rangers' Skapski out 4-5 months after hip surgery
New York Rangers goalie prospect Mackenzie Skapski had arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-5 months.

Gonchar, Zidlicky want to play in NHL in '15-16
Veteran defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky want to play in the NHL next season.

FEATURES:

Blackhawks' Toews gets high praise from Yzerman
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, a star during his days with the Detroit Red Wings, said Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a better player.

McDavid, Eichel start Combine interview process
Top 2015 NHL Draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel started the interview process Tuesday at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine.

Lightning's Filppula eager for another chance at Cup

Valtteri Filppula
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GOALS: 3 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 11
SOG: 24 | +/-: -6
Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula is excited for another chance to win the Stanley Cup. He previously won it in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Garrison: Lightning feeling excitement of community
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison says in his first blog for NHL.com that the players are feeling the love from their fans and the community heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

Devils will be fast, attacking, supportive, Shero says
Before New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero introduced new coach John Hynes on Tuesday, he spelled out the blueprint for what the Devils will look like under his leadership.

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lightning's Bishop
Analysis shows where strengths, weaknesses lie for Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Mayors of Chicago, Tampa wager food, beer on Final
The mayors of Chicago and Tampa wagered food, drink and charitable donations for Stanley Cup Final.

Blackhawks forwards Bickell, Kruger to play Game 1
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said forward Bryan Bickell and Marcus Kruger will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 11:10 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Mayors of Chicago, Tampa wager food, beer on Final

Great food and craft beer are on the line now that the mayors of Tampa and Chicago have made a friendly wager for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel agreed to terms for the best-of-7 series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, which begins Wednesday with Game 1 at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Buckhorn is wagering a case of Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale as well as 122 mini Cuban sandwiches and the Original "1905" Salad from Columbia Restaurant, a 110-year-old restaurant in the Ybor City section of Tampa.

Emmanuel is countering with 122 slices of Eli's cheesecake, a case of craft beer from Slap Shot Brewing, a mustard fried catfish and peach cobbler from BJ's Market, and Giordano's best deep-dish.

The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893, 122 years ago.

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Posted On Monday, 06.01.2015 / 7:25 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2015 Stanley Cup Final blog

Blackhawks forwards Bickell, Kruger to play Game 1

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was coy Monday when asked whether forward Bryan Bickell sat out the final 40 minutes of Game 7 of the Western Conference Final because of injury or poor play.

"We'll say it was my decision, but we'll say a little bit of both," Quenneville said.

Bickell and center Marcus Kruger each will play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports), Quenneville said.

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Posted On Monday, 06.01.2015 / 5:06 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - In Case You Missed It Blog

ICYMI: Monday, June 1

Have #FOMO? Simply want to catch up after a busy day? No worries, NHL.com has you covered. Welcome to our new ICYMI blog, a daily digest of all news, features and blogs we publish. Consider it your one-stop shop for all written NHL.com content.



TRENDING:

Blackhawks face youthful Lightning in Final
NHL.com previews the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

Rangers' Zuccarello had hairline fracture of skull
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello sustained a brain contusion and a hairline fracture in his skull in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.



Penguins defenseman Letang cleared for workouts
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a concussion late in the 2014-15 season, has been cleared to resume workouts.

NEWS:

Lightning acquire Walcott from Rangers for draft pick
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Daniel Walcott from the New York Rangers on Monday for a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Canadiens agree to terms with Dumont, Ellis
The Canadiens have agreed to terms on one-year, two-way contracts with forward Gabriel Dumont and defenseman Morgan Ellis.

Coyotes name Chayka, O'Hearn assistant GMs
The Arizona Coyotes have named John Chayka and Chris O'Hearn assistant general managers.

Hurricanes sign Ganly to entry-level deal
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tyler Ganly to an entry-level contract.

Blue Jackets sign two to entry-level contracts
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defensemen Blake Siebenaler and Dean Kukan to multi-year entry level contracts.

FEATURES:

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Blackhawks' Crawford
NHL.com's Kevin Woodley breaks down positive and negative trends of Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.



Five reasons Lightning can win Stanley Cup
The Tampa Bay Lightning have the wherewithal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.

Rangers' St. Louis unsure about what future holds
New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said Monday he doesn't know what his future holds, including if he would be playing hockey next season.

Rangers confident they can contend with core group
Despite being older next season, most of the New York Rangers players feel their chance of winning the Stanley Cup with the current group is still very high.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Stamkos, Lightning ready to experience Cup Final
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said it hasn't sunk in that he will be going to his first Stanley Cup Final.

Melrose: Speed of Blackhawks, Lightning defines Final
NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose breaks down the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning and offers his prediction.
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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday
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