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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:08 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Traverse City Prospects blog

Lindholm's shoulder almost ready for game action

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Carolina Hurricanes top prospect Elias Lindholm hopes to return to the lineup on Friday when his team battles the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second game of the Traverse City Prospects tournament here at Centre ICE Arena.

The Hurricanes coaching staff decided to sit the organization's 2013 first-round (No. 5) draft pick on Thursday as a precaution during a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

In July, Lindholm sustained a shoulder injury after being knocked into the boards at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., during the team's development camp. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford labeled the injury a deep bruise.


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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 12:34 AM

By Justin Bailey -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Justin Bailey prospect blog

Bailey excited to play in Traverse City

Justin Bailey was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (No. 52) of the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center. In his first season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last season, Bailey struck for 17 goals, 36 points and a plus-22 rating. The Williamsville, N.Y., native has offered to maintain a blog and provide added insight for NHL.com this week during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Michigan.

Hi everyone!

The guys met up in Buffalo on Tuesday and got a good night's sleep there and got to Traverse City on [Wednesday], had a good practice and you could tell right from the practice that the tempo is definitely high and fast-paced.

There are a couple of things I want to prove. There's some other teams here that didn't pick me in the Draft and it's always good when you see a ton of guys watching the games. It's good to maybe put some doubt in their head on why they didn't take me. But, besides that, when given the opportunity from Buffalo, I think it's just to show I'm the player they wanted and to show my offensive and physical side and being able to use all the tools I have. I want to show them my best game and keep progressing as the year goes on.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.04.2013 / 8:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Traverse City Prospects blog

Prospects ready to shine in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- One of the premier prospect tournaments is set to begin Thursday here at Center ICE Arena.

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which runs through Monday, includes top prospects from the Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres , Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and host Detroit Red Wings.

Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on location at David's Rink and Huntington Rink. Tickets are available for $10 per day at www.CenterIce.org or at the arena doors prior to each day's first game. Morning practice sessions are open to the public and free of charge. The tournament consists of four games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and wraps up with the championship round on Monday.

Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus and New York will compete in the Ted Lindsay Division. The Gordie Howe Division will feature Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.03.2013 / 8:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Crawford adds contract extension to day with Cup

It has been such a great summer for Corey Crawford that he could hardly be blamed if he didn't want it to end.

Crawford began the day he earned celebrating with the Stanley Cup in his hometown by agreeing to a six-year contract extension Monday with the Chicago Blackhawks. The deal, which begins when his current pact expires after the 2013-14 season, is reportedly worth $36 million.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.01.2013 / 2:39 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Keith brings Cup back to Penticton

For the second time in 36 months, Duncan Keith brought the Stanley Cup back to Penticton, B.C.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman shared part of his day with the Cup with the community, just as he did during the summer of 2010 after he and his teammates ended a 49-year championship drought.

He spent part of his day smiling his way through hundreds of photos with local fans.


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Posted On Friday, 08.30.2013 / 7:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Seabrook shares day with Cup with newborn son

Carter Seabrook waited his whole life -- 14 days -- for his first visit with the Stanley Cup.

Carter's dad, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, spent his day with the trophy Friday, and Carter, born Aug. 16, was front and center in several pictures.

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Posted On Friday, 08.30.2013 / 12:10 PM

By Seamus Malone -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seamus Malone draft blog

Malone happy to have shot at a medal

Seamus Malone is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left wing was part of NHL Central Scouting's Futures List as a player to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft from the USHL. Regarded as a skilled forward, Malone had six goals, 27 points and a plus-12 rating in 50 games for the Fighting Saints in 2012-13. Committed to the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2015, Malone has offered to maintain a blog during his team's stay in Omsk, Russia, while competing in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup that runs Aug. 25-31.

Hello all!

Friday was an off-day for us after an exciting last few days of hockey. Saturday afternoon we will be playing in the bronze-medal game, and today we got on the ice for a skate, went souvenir shopping and enjoyed a nice meal. While we wish we were playing for the gold medal on Saturday, our goal coming to Russia was to take home a medal and we have a shot to do that. While we are not guaranteed that, we know the task at hand and are going to do all we can to make that happen.

My last blog was right before the game against the hometown Omsk Hawks. That game was one of the craziest games I have ever been a part of. We found out earlier in the day that all we needed was a regulation win over Omsk and we would move on to the semifinals, and our team really stepped up.

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Posted On Thursday, 08.29.2013 / 10:42 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Blackhawks' Brookbank honored as small-town hero

A small town welcomed a big visitor Thursday.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank led a parade in his hometown of Lanigan, Saskatchewan during his time with the Stanley Cup.

"It really means a lot to know that there's people pulling for you back home and they've always been there," Brookbank told CJME Radio. "I can't say enough about this town, I just love it here."

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 5:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Bickell gets key to city on day with Stanley Cup

Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell received the key to the city of Orono, Ontario, his hometown, during his day with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday. Bickell brought the Cup to Orono when the Blackhawks last won the Cup in 2010. But because the 6-foot-4 forward figured so prominently in Chicago's 2013 run, this visit by the Cup was extra special.

Bickell posed for photos in front of his town's welcoming sign, which now lists him as a Stanley Cup champion. He also took the trophy fishing near Peterborough, Ontario.

"Unfortunately, we didn't catch a lot of fish. But this is part one, so we're going to make part two another day," Bickell said. "It's nice to have Stanley out on the boat and be out there with it."
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Posted On Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 2:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Olympic Orientation Camp blog

Nabokov aims for third trip to Olympics with Russia

Evgeni Nabokov struggled while playing goal for Russia in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, so he is glad to have been one of five netminders invited to Russia Olympic orientation camp.

But Nabokov, who re-signed with the New York Islanders this summer, said the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February aren't the only thing on his mind as he prepares for the season.

"Everyone understands that this is the year of the Olympics, and the Games are very important for the country," the 38-year-old said this week in an interview with R-Sport. "However, you should understand that playing for our own club is no less important. Moreover, one supplements the other here: If you play badly for the club, you will not get to the Olympics.

"Therefore, each of us thinks about playing the first club game and later we will think about the second game, and then, in February, we will think about the Olympics. Now we have to prove to the coaches that we deserve to play on the national team, and I can only do this with the help of [playing well] with the Islanders. Believe me, I will not be thinking 24/7 about the Olympics."


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It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.

— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders