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Posted On Friday, 07.19.2013 / 9:00 AM

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Minnesota basks in glow of Cup during Leddy visit

The Twin Cities were alive for the two days last week when Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, a former "Mr. Hockey" in Minnesota, traveled throughout the state to visit during a two-day retreat with the Stanley Cup.

Leddy, according to Dane Mizutani of the Minnesota Daily, began his day with a small reception at his home in Eden Prairie before beginning his tour throughout the Twin Cities.

"We just took some photos and relaxed with it," Leddy told the newspaper. "It was awesome being able to share it with them because I wouldn't be here without their support."

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Posted On Tuesday, 07.16.2013 / 4:09 PM

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

Smith takes Stanley Cup back to school

For Ben Smith, his day with the Stanley Cup involved a trip home.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward, who played one game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, took the Cup to an event at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., on Tuesday, near where he grew up in Avon.

"It's special for me," Smith told the Hartford Courant. "I grew up here, since I was 3 years old, playing youth hockey here, coming to Westminster. It's just a nicer event for us to be out in the public for a bit and share it with some people that were always there for me growing up and who I learned to play hockey from. I grew so much as a person here at the school, it's just really nice to be able to bring the trophy back."

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Posted On Sunday, 07.14.2013 / 5:03 PM

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

Carcillo enjoys another day with Stanley Cup

Daniel Carcillo enjoyed a perfect day with the Stanley Cup on Sunday when he brought the most iconic trophy in sports to his hometown of King City, Ontario, about 25 miles north of Toronto.

The day's festivities started with photos of the Cup resting on the hood of a vintage 1964 Lincoln. From there, Carcillo was scheduled to meet with locals at the King City Community Centre, where area residents could meet the Chicago Blackhawks forward and pose for photographs with the Cup.

It wasn't the first time this summer Carcillo enjoyed a fun moment with the Cup. On June 28, he brought the Cup onstage during a concert featuring the legendary Canadian band Rush at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill. Carcillo carried the Cup to each member of the band, who later posed for photographs with the trophy following their performance.

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Posted On Saturday, 07.13.2013 / 5:02 PM

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

Emery brings Stanley Cup to historic hockey shop

Goaltender Ray Emery is no longer a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, but he still enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup in the town of Cayuga, Ontario, about 27 miles south of Hamilton.

A series of events with the Cup culminated in an appearance at Hamilton's historic Kenesky Sports, a shop whose founder, Emil "Pops" Kenesky, invented modern goalie pads in 1924.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 9:45 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge -- Brodeur or Schneider?

In terms of productivity and longevity, there has never been a fantasy goaltender quite like Martin Brodeur.

But over the last three regular seasons, no goalie League-wide has been more efficient than Cory Schneider.

With both netminders on the New Jersey Devils' roster entering 2013-14, this inevitable time share should be one of the more compelling storylines of the fantasy season. The Devils, who acquired Schneider in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center, will not hesitate to integrate the 27-year-old into the lineup early and often next season.

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Posted On Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 2:20 PM

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

Fantasy Spin: Move can revitalize Ryan on power play

Bobby Ryan no longer has to deal with swirling trade rumors. The dynamic forward has a new home where he can focus on what matters most to fantasy owners: returning to form as an elite offensive player.

The four-time 30-goal scorer landed with the Ottawa Senators in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. The move allows the 26-year-old to turn the page on his time with the Ducks, which was mired by positional changes and line shuffling.

The deal injects a playmaker entering his prime into the Ottawa lineup following the departure of veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson, who signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings earlier Friday. Ryan, who had 30 points, 101 shots on goal and 80 hits in 46 games in 2012-13 for the Ducks, will be a go-to guy in all situations on the wing for the Senators, a team with a wealth of offensive firepower.

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Posted On Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:53 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Seguin, Eriksson in position to improve

The centerpieces of Thursday's blockbuster trade will get a fresh start -- and fantasy owners should take notice.

When the Boston Bruins dealt Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson in a seven-player deal, each team addressed an important positional need. Both players took steps back fantasy-wise in 2012-13, but changes of scenery suddenly present reasons to give them early-round consideration in your drafts this fall.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 7:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

The EJAYS Awards

Cisco NHL Live's EJ Hradek gives out his end of the season awards.

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Posted On Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 11:30 AM

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

Fantasy Spin: Lecavalier fits secondary scoring role

Less than two weeks after buying out the contract of 35-year-old Danny Briere, the Philadelphia Flyers are putting their stock in another veteran forward.

The club agreed to a multiyear contract Tuesday with 33-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier, who was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 27. While the move to acquire Lecavalier is a surprising one considering Philadelphia's lack of a sure-fire starting goaltender and weakness on defense, it's safe to say the former Lightning captain can, when healthy, bring a lot to the table from a fantasy standpoint.

While the offseason is young and more moves could be on the horizon in Philadelphia, fantasy owners can expect Lecavalier to assume a role as the team's second-line center, where he likely will be flanked by young forwards Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

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Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dream comes true as Devils draft Anthony Brodeur

NEWARK, N.J. -- Anthony Brodeur said he didn't have high expectations entering the 2013 NHL Draft.

He was just holding out hope to hear his name called at some point during the seven-round selection process on Sunday at Prudential Center, within the state where his father, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, has become a legend.

As it turned out, dad would be the one serving up a dream come true when he announced his son as the Devils' seventh-round pick (No. 208). Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello informed Martin of the team's decision to draft Anthony at some point during the sixth round and requested that he make the pick.

The Devils acquired the pick from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round choice.

"I don't know how hard it is to get a seventh-round pick, but it's something we talked a little bit about during the season," Martin Brodeur said. "We were able to do it and it was nice of the team to allow me to make the pick."


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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday