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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 6:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Bettman talks 'phenomenal' season on NHL Live

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined NHL Live in studio to touch on a variety of topics.

"We're coming off what may have been our best season ever, which came off our then best season ever, which came off our then best season ever," Bettman said. "The hockey's been great and the business around the game has been terrific, and we can't wait to get started again. Last season was phenomenal.

"Six outdoor games, the Olympics, everything else we did around the game to celebrate our sport and our players, it was incredible."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 6:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Richards, Kings ready for another Cup run

Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards joined NHL Live to look ahead to the 2014-15 season.

The Kings, who are attempting to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, begin their defense of the Cup on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN), and essentially return the same team that defeated the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 6:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Bruins send first-round pick Pastrnak to AHL

The Boston Bruins sent forward David Pastrnak to Providence of the American Hockey League, general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Bruins website Tuesday.

Pastrnak, the No. 25 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, appeared in two preseason games after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained on the second day of training camp. He assisted on Daniel Paille's goal Friday in the Bruins' 6-1 win against the New York Islanders at Bridgeport, Conn.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 6:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Bruins' Krejci placed on injured reserve

Boston Bruins center David Krejci was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Krejci sustained what coach Claude Julien called a "minor issue" during the Bruins' preseason game Saturday. He did not practice Tuesday.

"It's still very minor but it hasn't healed as quickly as we would have liked," Julien said earlier Tuesday according to CSNNE.com.

Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season with 69 points in 80 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 5:39 PM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Flames forward Bennett out with shoulder injury

CALGARY -- Sam Bennett's bid to make the Calgary Flames as an 18-year-old came up short because of a shoulder injury.

Bennett, the fourth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft and No. 8 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking, was trying to play through pain in an attempt to be in uniform for the season opener against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, SN). Bennett was placed on the injured/non-roster list to start the season.

"I guess, really, I wanted to play and I'd do anything to make the team and to play in the NHL this year," Bennett said. "I guess maybe I should've come up sooner but I didn't think it was that big of deal. I guess it is a bit bigger of a deal than I thought."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 3:50 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose picks Blackhawks to win Stanley Cup

At the start to every season, each of us tries to pick which team will be the last standing the following June. The NHL has some teams we know will be in the mix at the end, but it's always unpredictable how it will shake out, and each season we see something we haven't seen before. Each time we try to predict who will win the Stanley Cup, it becomes more and more clear that none of us really know how the season will unfold.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't try.

If there's one thing that is clear as the 2014-15 NHL season begins, it's that there are some contenders in the East and some serious depth in the West. It's easy to say the Western Conference will have more contenders, and it is true that you can't go into a slump in the West or you'll be too far behind. Some very good teams will be on the outside looking in when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next spring. But the Eastern Conference will be extremely competitive too for the exact same reason. The West may have more depth than the East, but those teams are still tightly bunched and evenly matched. Just as in the West, you can't afford to have a slump in the East or you might miss your chance at making a Cup run.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 3:30 PM

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

Kings receive logo-shaped championship rings

To the victors go the spoils, as well as some pretty impressive jewelry.

Los Angeles Kings players on Monday received their jewel-encrusted championship rings, made by famed jeweler Tiffany and Co. The face of the ring features the Kings logo comprised of 136 round diamonds among pave-set black spinels. STANLEY CUP is engraved above the logo, CHAMPIONS below it. Each player's name and number is on one side of the ring, while the other side features the Stanley Cup and 16:10, he Kings' record in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Inside the ring is the score of ever Kings playoff game from last season.

It's the second time in three seasons the Kings have taken home the Stanley Cup. Their run started with them becoming the fourth team in League history to rally from a 3-0 series deficit when they won four straight to eliminate the San Jose Sharks. In the second round they survived elimination against their Southern California neighbor Anaheim Ducks by winning a one-goal game in Game 6 at home and then winning Game 7 in Anaheim. In a memorable Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Kings again won the last two games, including Game 7 in overtime. Then in the Final they beat the New York Rangers in five games.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 2:35 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Islanders 'much better' after defense trades

I hope you all enjoyed your summer -- it always seems too short -- but after a few months off the NHL gets back to business Wednesday. As the 2014-15 season approaches, here are some big recent moves that have been on my mind.

THE ISLANDERS GET SERIOUS

If you looked at the New York Islanders last season, you saw a team that battled a lot of issues. John Tavares missed a big portion of the season, there were other injuries and the goaltending situation wasn't great. Yet they still were a tough team to play against. Now Tavares is healthy, Jaroslav Halak should solidify New York in net, and then this week general manager Garth Snow made two moves that really improved this team.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 2:31 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Malkin could play in opener

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin practiced Tuesday for the first time since the Stanley Cup Playoffs and said there's a "50/50" chance he could play in the season opener Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. .

Malkin had not skated with the team due to an undisclosed injury sustained during his offseason workouts. With forward Chris Kunitz absent, Malkin skated on Sidney Crosby's left wing with Patric Hornqvist at right wing during line drills.

Kunitz was held out of practice due to an illness that Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he does not expect to linger. Forward Kasperi Kapanen, who also missed practice, returned to Finland to spend time with his family while the Penguins make a decision on their young players, Johnston said.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 2:08 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Blue Jackets center Dubinsky out indefinitely

Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and is out indefinitely because of a lower-body injury.

Dubinsky was third on the Blue Jackets last season with 50 points, and his 34 assists were a career-best. Dubinsky also was tied for second on the team in scoring during the Stanley Cup Playoffs with six points in six games.

The injury to Dubinsky means the Blue Jackets will be missing three of their top forwards for the season opener Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres. Also missing from the lineup will be Boone Jenner (hand) and Nathan Horton (back). In addition, top-line center Ryan Johansen, who signed a three-year contract Monday, is questionable for Thursday; Johansen has to take his physical and clear immigration, and Richards said he wants to assess Johansen's conditioning before committing to playing him.

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