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Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton alternate

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 7:23 PM / News

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks named forward Joe Pavelski the ninth captain in their history Monday.

"Obviously, it's a huge honor. I'm excited to have an opportunity like this," Pavelski told the Sharks radio network. "It means a lot, but it really can't change anything about the player I am or what my game is going to be like. It's got to keep put the work in, try to get better every day, and, you know, perform. So, it's exciting."

San Jose did not have a captain last season, when it missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002-03.

NBC's Emrick, Olczyk, McGuire ready for new season

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 6:57 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

David Satriano - Staff Writer

The 2015-16 NHL season begins on Wednesday and one of the most commonly used words when talking about it is "change," whether it be rookies, coaching or rules.

Seven of the 30 NHL teams have a new coach, which Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports Network said creates intrigue throughout the season.

"How's Jeff Blashill going to do in Detroit replacing Mike Babcock?" McGuire said of Blashill, the coach of the Detroit Red Wings after Babcock left for the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I think he's going to do fantastically well. How's Mike Babcock going to do replacing Randy Carlyle in Toronto? Nobody knows. How's Dan Bylsma going to do up in Buffalo in a rebuild, which I think will go amazingly well because of what they are doing there."

Eddie Olczyk, an analyst for NBC and NBCSN with McGuire and Doc Emrick, said in addition to the new coaches, some teams made improvements that could improve their chances of winning the Stanley Cup.

Canadiens' Kassian broke nose, foot in car accident

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 6:50 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens right wing Zack Kassian sustained a fractured nose and fractured left foot in a car accident early Sunday morning, general manager Marc Bergevin said Monday.

Kassian, 24, was hospitalized Sunday after the truck he was a passenger in crashed into a tree in a residential Montreal neighborhood at approximately 6:30 a.m., according to Montreal police.

Though Bergevin had not spoken to Kassian and did not have all the details of the incident, he expressed the Canadiens disappointment in Kassian's actions, particularly the time of day the incident took place.

"I'm a firm believer in character," Bergevin said, "and that's a lack of character and judgment on his part."

Canadiens' Kassian placed in Stage Two of NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO/NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League Players' Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA.

Under the terms of the joint program, Kassian will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

Kassian's care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.

Sharks' Torres suspended 41 games for preseason hit

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 4:28 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for 41 games, without pay, for interference and an illegal check to the head against Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game in Anaheim on Saturday, Oct. 3, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:45 of the first period. Torres was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

Blues sign Upshall to one-year, two-way contract

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 3:36 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, two-way contract.

Upshall, 31, dressed in 63 regular season games with the Florida Panthers last season, posting 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and 28 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot, 200-pound forward is a veteran of 12 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons including stints with Florida, Columbus, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Nashville.

Preseason standouts worth targeting in fantasy

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Last season was a prime example of why monitoring preseason roster activity can pay huge dividends in fantasy hockey.

I identified five under-the-radar preseason standouts last October based on factors including line combinations, elevated roles and production. Three of them proved to be top-100 fantasy players.

Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning latched on with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat and went on to post 65 points, a plus-38 (T-1st in NHL) and 191 shots on goal. He finished 21st among all fantasy assets. Not far behind was Filip Forsberg, 35th in Yahoo leagues, with only the third rookie season of 60-plus points, a plus-15 or better and 230-plus shots on goal (SOG) in the expansion era. Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings finished 93rd, catapulted by a hot start alongside Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson.

Defenseman Weaver retires from NHL after 13 seasons

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 10:55 AM / News

Mike Weaver, a defenseman who played 13 NHL seasons, announced his retirement Monday.

Weaver, 37, had four assists in 31 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season.

"I am grateful for an amazing career, seeing so many wonderful places, meeting some great people and making new friendships," Weaver wrote on the website for Defense First, a hockey school he helps run in Toronto.

Mario Lemieux turns 50, NHL players share memories

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 10:41 AM / NHL Insider

Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner and chairman Mario Lemieux, one of the greatest NHL players of all time, turned 50 on Monday.

To commemorate Lemieux's special day, asked players across the League for their memories of the man known as "The Magnificent One."

Lemieux, who battled health issues throughout his 17-season NHL career, had 1,723 points in 915 games, all with the Penguins. He won the Stanley Cup twice as a player (1991, 1992) and as Penguins owner in 2009.

Internationally, Lemieux won an Olympic gold medal, a Canada Cup championship, and a World Cup title. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame upon his retirement in 1997 but returned to the NHL in 2000 and played parts of five additional seasons before retiring in the middle of the 2005-06 season at the age of 40.

The memories shared by current NHL players were almost as varied as the types of highlight-reel goals Lemieux scored during his unrivaled career.

Here they are:

Lemieux 'shocked' by surprise 50th party: Bergevin

Monday, 10.05.2015 / 10:41 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin turned 50 this year with little fanfare, but he understands why that won't be the case for one of his lifelong friends.

Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux turned 50 on Monday, nearly two months after his former minor hockey teammate Bergevin hit the milestone on Aug. 11.

The two technically are competitors in the NHL's Eastern Conference, but the friendship they forged playing for the same team in pee-wee, bantam and midget in southwest Montreal nearly 40 years ago remains as strong as ever.

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