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Posted On Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 10:27 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Grigorenko sticking with Sabres

Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier has announced 2012 first-round pick Mikhail Grigorenko will remain with the team for the remainder of the season.

"Two things [went into the decision]," Regier said. "The ability to continue his development in conjunction with his ability to help us win hockey games. Those two things really make it up."

The Sabres are hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, marking Grigorenko's sixth game. The Sabres had prior to his sixth game to decide if the 12th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft would remain with the team or be returned to his junior team, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Had they sent him back to his junior team, it would have delayed the start of his three-year, entry-level contract by one season.

Grigorenko has no points and five shots in his first five games, but played a season-high 17:10 in his last game, Sunday against the Washington Capitals, and nearly scored his first goal. He's averaging 11:59 of ice time per game and has won 47.0-percent of his faceoffs.

Regier said Sunday's game certainly entered into his decision.

"I think it did a lot for his situation," he said. "One of the things with young players and ice time is their ability … not to be a liability because that in turn gets them the next shift. To the extent they're not scored on, they're not giving up chances, they gain the confidence of the head coach … and allows him to get out on the next shift. When you can combine that with contributing offensively, at least on the chance side, although the points aren't there, we think that'll come."
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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 7:16 PM

By Jason Bull -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

For Bull, Gretzky camp is a dream come true

Jason Bull is a 37-year-old police officer from Perth, Australia, but this week he is a rookie at the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp. Bull will be blogging about his experiences from the Gretzky camp for NHL.com throughout the week:

LAS VEGAS -- Hockey has been my passion since I was around 10 or 11 years old. I first learned of the game while living in New Zealand.

My dad took me and my brothers along to a public skating session and at the end of that session, I saw some guys coming through the doors with their hockey equipment. I thought, 'What is going on here?'

So, we stuck around and watched a bit of it. We spent about an hour at the rink and I fell in love with it straight away. I said to my dad, 'This is the game I want to play.' He took me and my brothers back to the rink and we started training. It went from there.

And, to be here now, playing alongside Wayne Gretzky, a player I have admired for years, is beyond a dream come true.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 4:59 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

Fuhr counts Kiprusoff among current favorite goalies

LAS VEGAS -- Edmonton fans may not like it too much, but one of Grant Fuhr's favorite goalies to watch in today's NHL is still Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff.

"I think he gives Calgary a chance every night," the Hall of Fame goalie from Edmonton told NHL.com Monday from the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp. "You watch most nights and they give up a lot of scoring chances, but he gives them an opportunity every night."

Fuhr, who stays involved with the Oilers doing community relations work, also talked about four other current goalies he admires, starting with another Northwest Division rival, at least for now.

"I still like Roberto Luongo," he said. "Everybody else seems to be down on him a little bit, but I think he's a great goalie. He can be that difference. He's in a tough boat right now. It's unfortunate, but it's a tough spot to be in. But, he's a class guy and he's a great goalie. People may not think that, but he's still got all the talent in the world."

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 4:19 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars place Roy on IR

The Dallas Stars have placed center Derek Roy on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 24, due to a groin injury.

Roy has two assists in four games, but hasn't played since Jan. 24, when he sustained the injury. He'll miss his second game Monday when the Stars visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Roy was acquired in July from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 4:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Avalanche, Oilers

Here are the lineups the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers likely will use tonight when they meet at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The Avs lineup is in flux a bit, as the team will be without team captain Gabriel Landeskog.

AVALANCHE

Matt Duchene - PA Parenteau - Mark Olver

Jamie McGinn - Paul Stastny - David Jones

Chuck Kobasew - John Mitchell - Milan Hejduk

Cody McLeod - Brad Malone - Patrick Bordeleau

Erik Johnson - Ryan Wilson

Ryan O'Byrne - Jan Hejda

Greg Zanon - Matt Hunwick

Scratched: Shane O'Brien, Tyson Barrie

Injured: Gabriel Landeskog, Steve Downie

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Lennart Petrell

Teemu Hartikainen - Eric Belanger - Magnus Paajarvi

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

Scratched: Darcy Hordichuk, Mark Fistric

Injured: Nikolai Khabibulin

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Kings need some big names to start contributing

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Kings are four games into the season and still waiting for some big guns to get going.

Anze Kopitar scored two goals in L.A.'s first win last Saturday, but captain Dustin Brown, linemate Justin Williams and second-line center Mike Richards have combined for no goals and two assists going into the game Monday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Asked about Richards, coach Darryl Sutter said, "It's been an adjustment for some of our guys in terms of getting up to pace. He's one of those guys that need to get up to pace."

Sutter will likely bench Dustin Penner for a third straight game. Sutter was typically blunt when asked about Simon Gagne playing out of his usual role, as the fourth line left wing.

"He better get used to it or it will be a totally different role," Sutter said.

The Kings have basically picked up where they left off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an 0-for-23 drought on the power play. A lot of times it's a matter of getting that first goal out of the way.

"We've created some good chances on the power play, I think everyone can see that," Drew Doughty said. "But the bottom line is, it doesn't matter how many chances you're creating, you need to put the puck in the net. It's something that all of us on the power play are frustrated with right now. Going into tonight, we've just got to be hungry to score that goal."

The bright spot on offense is, of all players, usual fourth line wing Kyle Clifford, who leads the team with five points. Clifford emerged as a scorer two postseasons ago and played in the ECHL during the lockout.

Clifford is a Sutter-type player and Sutter naturally had no reservations putting him on the second line with Richards and Jeff Carter.

"He was so happy that he won [the Stanley Cup], he was still disappointed because he didn't get to play after he got [concussed] in the Vancouver series," Sutter said in reference to last season's Western Conference Quarterfinals.

"That was his whole purpose when he left -- to put himself in a position to play regularly."

Sutter predictably downplayed the rematch against the Canucks, who were the sixth Presidents' Trophy winner to lose in the first round. But Doughty acknowledged the subplot.

"They're a good team, so you kind of learn to hate them," Doughty said. "Tonight's going to be a full-out battle and we're all looking forward to it.

"Waking up this morning, knowing that we're playing them, everyone's so pumped to get out there and get after them. It's going to be a physical matchup -- which everyone loves -- you're getting banged, but at the same time you're giving it back. We love that, and there's nothing more rewarding than beating a team that's won the conference the last couple of years in a row, so we're really looking forward to hopefully doing that tonight."

Dustin BrownAnze KopitarJustin Williams

Kyle CliffordMike RichardsJeff Carter

Dwight KingJarret StollTrevor Lewis

Simon GagneColin FraserJordan Nolan

Rob ScuderiDrew Doughty

Alec MartinezSlava Voynov

Jake MuzzinDavis Drewiske

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Injuries: Willie Mitchell, Matt Greene

Scratches: Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson, Andrew Bodnarchuk

Roberto Luongo is expected to start in goal for Vancouver. Luongo was replaced by Cory Schneider after he allowed seven goals against the Kings in the first two games of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:30 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Clowe, Simmonds top point/PIM assets

We're now one week into the 2012-13 NHL season and it's very clear which players have risen to the occasion from a point-production standpoint. Between Patrick Marleau's historic goal-scoring start, Martin St. Louis' distributing prowess and Zach Parise's immediate splash with the Minnesota Wild, these names are widely recognized and owned throughout the fantasy landscape.

But while the players who have racked up goals and assists are integral pieces to a championship squad, it's also worth noting which players have provided noteworthy category coverage so far. Specifically, players who put forth a combination of points and PIMs can lift your fantasy team to new heights.

While most of the players mentioned below are owned in the majority of fantasy leagues, putting together a package to acquire these assets can be a worthwhile initiative.

NOTE: "Penalties in Minutes" is a default category in Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey Leagues

Ryane Clowe
Left Wing - SJS
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 3
SOG: 10 | +/-: 1
1. Ryane Clowe (LW/RW, San Jose Sharks)

2012-13 production: 3 points, 37 PIMs in 5 games

- The League-leader in PIMs may only find himself in that spot after a 35-PIM outburst Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks, but his total is far from a fluke. Clowe has been a reliable points/PIMs producer in each of the past three seasons. He's played in 75-plus in each of those campaigns, racking up an average of 55 points and 109 PIMs per season during that span. Most of the Sharks' scoring has come from the likes of Marleau, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski through five games, but Clowe remains a fixture on the team's second line -- meaning he's in great position to produce points every night.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:29 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

Keenan on coaches who have stood test of time

LAS VEGAS -- Since we had Mike Keenan in an interview chair for a while we couldn't let him go without asking him to give his thoughts on coaches in today's game that he admires.

To nobody's surprise, the 63-year-old Keenan immediately started talking about the veteran bench bosses. He mentioned four in particular:

"I like, and because of my age I guess, the senior guys because I know how difficult it is to stay in that job and to be on top of your game like Ken Hitchcock, like Joel Quenneville, like Darryl Sutter, like John Tortorella," Keenan told NHL.com. "These are guys that have had success, they've all won a Cup, and it's tough to stay in it.

"A lot of guys get spun out. The game doesn't call them back and they're done. That's probably the case for most people."

It's not for Hitchcock, Quenneville, Sutter and Tortorella.

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp Blog

'Iron Mike' Keenan talks upcoming documentary

LAS VEGAS -- The life and career of former NHL coach and general manager Mike Keenan will be portrayed in an upcoming documentary that is the brainchild of The Shooting Eye Corporation, a production company based out of Hamilton, Ont.

"They just approached me and asked me if I would be willing to have them do a documentary on me," Keenan told NHL.com Monday. "That was it."

"Iron Mike: The Mike Keenan Story" will take nine months to a year to produce, Keenan said.

"They're just into it three or four months now," he added. "I haven't even been interviewed that much."

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Posted On Monday, 01.28.2013 / 2:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Landeskog out tonight for Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will be without team captain Gabriel Landeskog for Monday's game against the Edmonton Oilers due to head and leg injuries.

The 20-year-old forward likely was hurt when he was hit hard by the San Jose Sharks' Brad Stuart late in the first period of the Avalanche's game Saturday. Landeskog was skating through the neutral zone when Stuart stepped into him.

Landeskog returned to the game early in the second period and played 16:23, just two minutes below his season average.

In four games this season, Landeskog has one goal. As a rookie last season, he had 22 goals and 52 points while playing all 82 games.
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