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Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 12:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Mitchell takes in a day of fishing with Stanley Cup

Former Los Angeles Kings and current Florida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell enjoyed fly fishing with friends in Pitt River, British Columbia, during his day with the Stanley Cup this week.

Mitchell's fishing trip was tame compared to his first experience with the Cup in 2012, when he ascended Mount Benedict to meet his wife, Megan, for a champagne toast.

Mitchell, 37, has played in 795 NHL games for five teams. In 89 Stanley Cup Playoff games he has 16 points, including a goal and three assists with a plus-10 rating in 18 games to help the Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Ward vs. Khudobin

When Cam Ward missed the last 27 games of the 2012-13 NHL season with a sprained MCL, the Carolina Hurricanes went out to shore up their goaltending by adding Anton Khudobin to a mix that already included Justin Peters.

When Ward went down again last season in October (missed 10 games) and in January (missed 13 games), the Hurricanes were better covered in net.

Ward's October injury coincided with Khudobin being sidelined for 32 games with a lower-body injury. Peters went 4-6-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .921 save percentage during that time. When January hit, and the Hurricanes were hovering around the bottom of the standings, Khudobin took charge.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Health key for Wild trio

In fantasy football, you're able to draft a team defense. If only fantasy hockey owners had the luxury of consolidating the Minnesota Wild goaltenders.

Darcy Kuemper, Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom have proven they are capable of starting at the NHL level -- when healthy. The Wild cycled through five goalies last season because of injuries, but they had the League's seventh-best team goals-allowed average (2.42). That's a testament to organizational depth.

In reality, few teams are better equipped for the rigors of the upcoming season than Minnesota, but that doesn't necessarily help fantasy owners looking for a clear-cut No. 1. Unless you have rare roster flexibility and a willingness to put all your eggs in one basket by scooping up all three Wild goalies, it's important to be strategic when considering one or two of them in your draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Elliott vs. Allen

Last season Jaroslav Halak was the St. Louis Blues' starting goalie on opening night. By the time their run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended with a six-game series defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks, it was NHL Trade Deadline acquisition Ryan Miller between the pipes for the Blues. Each of these big-name goaltenders is now out of St. Louis (Halak signed with the New York Islanders and Miller signed with the Vancouver Canucks).

As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. And that's exactly the case with the Blues.

One of the most intriguing goalie dilemmas heading into the 2014-15 NHL season lies in the Gateway City, where veteran backup Brian Elliott and up-and-comer Jake Allen will attempt to grab the No. 1 job for the Blues.

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Posted On Monday, 08.18.2014 / 6:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Fraser re-creates family photo on day with Cup

Los Angeles Kings forward Colin Fraser re-created a touching family photo this weekend on his day with the Stanley Cup.

The three-time Cup winner took the Cup to a dock on Sylvan Lake, Alberta, where he, his son and daughter raised the trophy (and replicas) over their heads.

After the Kings' 2012 championship, Colin and his son Calder (then 19 months) each lifted a trophy near the lake. Calder was ill during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, causing Colin to leave the Kings for a brief time.

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Posted On Monday, 08.18.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Gibson vs. Andersen

What a difference a year makes for the Anaheim Ducks. Gone are the two goaltenders that started the 2012-13 NHL season, Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, replaced for this season by rookie John Gibson and second-year player Frederik Andersen.

Andersen, 24, started Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and then, when injuries forced him out of action, the Ducks called up Gibson from the American Hockey League to start what became the remaining four games against the Los Angeles Kings.

Gibson, 21, burst onto the stage when he was named MVP of the United States' gold-medal run at the 2013 World Junior Championship. When he faced the Canucks in his NHL debut on April 7, 2014, the 39th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft became the first goalie in Ducks history to record a shutout in his Anaheim debut.

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Posted On Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 6:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada wins 7th straight Hlinka gold; U.S. gets bronze

Canada scored four first-period goals and defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 to win the gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Saturday in Breclav, Czech Republic.

It is the seventh straight championship at the tournament for Canada, which outscored its opponents 32-10 this year.

"We knew we had to have a really good start against [the Czechs] because they were playing really well," coach Jody Hull told The Globe and Mail. "Our guys just bought into the process. It's an amazing group."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 5:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Sutter combines Cup with Ice Bucket Challenge

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter combined his day with the Stanley Cup with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at his family's farm in Alberta this weekend.

Sutter held the most iconic trophy in sports while ice water was poured on him from the barn above.

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Posted On Friday, 08.15.2014 / 3:39 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada, Czech Republic to play for Hlinka title

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Strome had a hat trick as Canada beat the United States 11-5 on Friday in the semifinals of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in a game played at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada will play the Czech Republic in the championship game Saturday. Canada has won the tournament in each of the past six years and 18 of the 23 times it's been held since 1991.

"We've got to go out and play our game," coach Jody Hull told Canadian Press. "If we can go out and play our game for 60 minutes, that's going to be the key. You've got to be ready for anything. So we're just going to enjoy this [Friday] and be focused and ready to go [Saturday]."

Travis Konecny had two goals for Canada and Mitchell Stephens and Jansen Harkins had one goal and two assists each. Goaltender Zachary Sawchenko allowed five goals on 29 shots.

Thomas Novak had two goals and an assist for the United States. Evan Sarthou started the game in goal but allowed five goals in 29:58 of action. His backup, Matthew Jurusik, allowed the final six goals. The U.S. was outshot 48-29 for the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 4:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada tops Slovakia, to face U.S. in Hlinka semifinals

The Canadian Under-18 select team closed out its preliminary-round schedule in Group B of the 2014Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with an unbeaten record following a 5-1 victory against Slovakia on Wednesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada, the six-time and defending tournament champion, will face the United States in the semifinal round Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Canada has defeated the U.S. the past two years in the championship game of the Hlinka Memorial. The Americans defeated Finland 9-4 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals.

Canada received goals from five different scorers and goaltender Callum Booth of the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League made 12 saves in his first start of the tournament.

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Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp