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Posted On Friday, 01.23.2015 / 4:22 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Stamkos eyes long-term extension with Lightning

COLUMBUS -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos hopes to sign a contract extension after this season so he can stay with the team for an extended period of time.

Stamkos is eligible to sign an extension on July 1. His five-year, $37.5 million contract expires at the end of next season.

"Yeah, I think that's exactly what the plan is," Stamkos said Friday at NHL All-Star Media Day presented by DraftKings at Nationwide Arena. "Obviously, July 1 you can announce a deal. … It's a long ways away. I'm not really focused on that. We haven't really talked about that at all. We'll discuss that in the summertime, but I'm obviously very happy with where I am in Tampa.

"You see the team we've been able to develop the past couple of years, the ownership we have, obviously [general manager] Steve Yzerman, the coaching staff, the young nucleus of the team. I feel like the old fart at 24, all these guys coming in here, but they've played extremely well and I want to be part of it, to say I was there from the beginning to see the end result."

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Posted On Friday, 01.23.2015 / 3:46 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Florida's Ekblad added to All-Star Game roster

COLUMBUS -- Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad will play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Ekblad already was scheduled to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) as one of the six rookie stars. Those players were invited to take part in the Skills Competition but weren't eligible for the All-Star Game. However Ekblad has been added to the lineup as an injury replacement, joining fellow rookie Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators, who was named as a replacement Thursday.

Ekblad was asked during NHL Media Day presented by DraftKings on Friday what it would mean to be named to the main team for All-Star Weekend.

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Posted On Friday, 01.23.2015 / 1:59 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Columbus' Johansen voted into Breakaway Challenge

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen was the winner in fan balloting for one of the spots in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge, which will take place Saturday during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

And he's nervous about it.

"It's actually really hard," Johansen said Friday. "Everybody's watching you trying moves you've never really tried before. To execute them is pretty tough. So when you see guys doing these moves and they pull them off, it's impressive."

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Posted On Friday, 01.23.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Undrafted All-Stars add shine to game

Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

COLUMBUS -- This is the All-Star version of the Friday Four, starting with the negative (injuries) and moving into the positive (Mark Giordano, Tyler Johnson, Brian Elliott, Filip Forsberg and Vladimir Tarasenko).


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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 10:41 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Avalanche's Johnson to miss ASG with injury

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will not participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury, the team said Thursday.

Johnson is tied for first among NHL defensemen with a career-high 12 goals and is second among Avalanche defensemen with 23 points. He is also first on the team in average time on ice (24:25) and blocked shots (107).


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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 5:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Predators' Forsberg added to All-Star Game roster

Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg has been added to the roster for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement.

Forsberg leads NHL rookies in assists (25) and points (40) and his 15 goals are one behind Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators for the rookie lead. He was already one of six rookies picked to participate in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game blog

Blues goalie Elliott to replace Blue Jackets' Bobrovsky

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was named to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Thursday, replacing Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who sustained a lower-body injury Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Elliott leads the NHL with a 1.86 goals-against average and is fourth with a .930 save percentage. He is 13-5-2 with three shutouts in 22 games this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 3:06 PM

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Nationwide Arena, GCCC Designated 'Greenspots'

Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets and host to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), host to the 2015 NHL Fan Fair, are committed to sustainability. The two venues are now designated GreenSpots within the City of Columbus.

“We congratulate the NHL, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena, for joining our efforts towards making Columbus a green community that is beautiful, healthy and prosperous. Welcome to the GreenSpot family,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

The City of Columbus launched the GreenSpot program as a way to recognize area residents, businesses and community groups who are working to use resources in a responsible manner that will conserve and protect them for future generations.

Designated as GreenSpot locations, Nationwide Arena and the GCCC pledged more than 35 sustainable actions including:

• Conserving and protecting water by keeping loading areas and dumpsters clear of litter, by watering only when necessary and by installing water efficient fixtures;

• Conserve energy by performing an energy audit, converting to energy efficient lighting, turning off equipment when not in use and performing regular maintenance on HVAC systems;

• Reducing waste by establishing a recycling program, performing a waste audit, tracking their waste and purchasing supplies in bulk;

• Informing and engaging their employees and customers about opportunities for green efforts and actions; and

• Greening transportation by installing bike racks, encouraging employees to walk or bike to meetings, encouraging teleconferences and providing special parking for lower emission vehicles.

GreenSpot is a fun way to learn about sustainable actions, product discounts, and events. Touting more than 10,000 homes, business and nonprofit members, GreenSpot provides a way for making green commitments. Created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2008, the program continues to grow with a GreenSpot Kids, GreenSpot Backyard Conservation, GreenSpot Business Initiative, and GreenSpot Neighborhood programs. Learn more at www.ColumbusGreenSpot.org.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Meier out to prove he can skate with the best

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Halifax Mooseheads forward Timo Meier has had the pleasure of competing alongside many of the finest junior-age players in the world this season.

That string will continue Thursday when he plays left wing on a line with Erie Otters center Connor McDavid for Team Bobby Orr at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Meridian Centre (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, SN, TVA Sports).

Meier skated on a line with Nashville Predators 2014 first-round pick (No. 11) Kevin Fiala with Switzerland at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and he usually skates with Winnipeg Jets 2014 first-round pick (No. 9) Nikolaj Ehlers on the top line for the Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.22.2015 / 2:23 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Bobby Orr, Don Cherry offer high praise for McDavid

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr can understand the pressure that generational superstar Connor McDavid has been under the past three seasons.

Orr, who serves as the player agent for McDavid, the No. 1-ranked skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of North American prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, discussed his client prior to the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Meridian Centre on Thursday (7 p.m ET, NHLN-US, Sportsnet, TVA Sports).


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Quote of the Day

I've been so fortunate, blessed, to play a long time with some great players and be on power plays, play in some great cities and stuff. It's been fun.

— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday