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Wild's Granlund thriving after tough rookie season

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:40 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund has been dealing with high expectations his entire life.

The 22-year-old center began his professional hockey career at age 16 in his native Finland and quickly became a household name. The Wild made him the ninth player selected at the 2010 NHL Draft. Granlund's hockey exploits are easy to follow; all you have to do is type his name into the search box on YouTube and any number of his highlights will pop up.

Mikael Granlund
Center - MIN
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 34
SOG: 84 | +/-: 0
Granlund is perhaps best known for his lacrosse-style goal against Russia in the semifinals of the 2011 World Hockey Championship, which made him an instant internet sensation. Back home, the goal turned Granlund from a successful hockey player into a national rock star. It wasn't uncommon for paparazzi to follow Granlund out to dinner or shopping.

That's a lot of pressure for anyone to face, especially for a shy 19-year-old kid from Oulu, Finland, who would rather go about his business in the shadows. The normal pressures of being a high first-round draft pick are nothing compared to those in hockey-mad Finland, where fans are always on the lookout for the successor to Teemu Selanne, the 43-year-old Anaheim Ducks star and pride of an entire nation.

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Blues' Oshie juggles celebrity, hockey after Olympics

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 7:03 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- There he was, face to face in the slot, staring into the eyes of another goalie with the puck on his stick.

But this time, T.J. Oshie wasn't going against Sergei Bobrovsky and he wasn't being thrust into the spotlight of an entire nation and a global television audience.

Oshie just needed rhythm. He needed style points more than anything. That's all Enterprise Rent-A-Car was asking of the St. Louis Blues forward who represented the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when they asked him to represent them and the NHL in the making of a commercial that will air during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The commercial being shot Wednesday afternoon at the Blues' practice facility inside St. Louis Outlet Mall's Ice Zone had Oshie shooting pucks at an Enterprise employee in a suit and tie.

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Blue Jackets' Comeau banned two games for boarding

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 2:58 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith during NHL Game No. 979 in Columbus on Tuesday, March 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:47 of the first period. Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Comeau will forfeit $10,256.42. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Vancouver GM discusses Tortorella, team's struggles

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 1:59 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis emerged from the three-day meetings of the NHL's GMs at the Boca Beach Club with the understanding that his team faces a rocky road in the future, but also a fuller understanding of the hardships already endured.

While Gillis was here for the meetings, the Canucks allowed the New York Islanders to score seven third-period goals in a demoralizing 7-4 loss Monday at Rogers Arena.

It was, perhaps, the nadir of what has been a trying season for the usually competitive Canucks.

"It's been tough, but it's been a tough month-and-a-half for us," Gillis said. "When you're not performing up to a standard that you think is acceptable, it's never easy."

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NHL Revealed season finale debuts tonight on NBCSN in the U.S. and tomorrow on CBC in Canada

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other

NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The season finale of the seven-part series NHL Revealed™: A Season Like No Other™ debuts tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN (immediately following the NBCSN broadcast of Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.), and tomorrow, March 13, at 9:00 p.m. / 9:30 p.m. NT on CBC. The episode will re-air on Sportsnet on Sunday, March 16, at 9:00 p.m. local and on NHL Network™-U.S. on Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

With the spectacle and excitement of competing in front of huge crowds in iconic stadiums behind them, nine NHL teams begin their stretch run towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But before they can do that, they must face the Trade Deadline and the uncertainty it can bring to players and teams alike. In the season finale of NHL Revealed™: A Season Like No Other™, Roberto Luongo learns he will be returning to the Florida Panthers, the club he called home before becoming a member off the Canucks. Longtime Devils star Martin Brodeur shares his thoughts as the deadline nears, while Martin St. Louis is reunited with his former Lightning teammate Brad Richards in New York as the newest member of the Rangers. In his place, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan heads to Tampa Bay to complete the first captain-for-captain transaction at the Trade Deadline.

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On the 'D'-fence: Timonen producing at typical pace

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has long been a staple on fantasy hockey blue lines, but that started to change a bit this season. While he led all Flyers defensemen in scoring last season with 29 points in 45 games, prompting fantasy owners to draft him on average in the 11th round of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues, he and the Flyers limped out of the gates to a 4-10-1 record in their first 15 games.

Timonen managed to put up just one assist and a minus-2 rating over that span, causing fantasy owners to cut and run. He found himself on the most-dropped lists in many different platforms and formats, but while owners weren't paying attention he and the Flyers were heating up.

The Flyers have gone 29-15-6 over their next 50 games, effectively turning their season around. Timonen appeared in 47 of those games, collecting 25 points in the process. His .53 points per game over that span might not compare to the .64 he put up last season, but it is on par with some of his best career numbers to date.

The 38-year-old native of Kuopio, Finland has only broken .60 points per game in a season on three occasions. He achieved the feat in both of his final two seasons with the Nashville Predators back in 2005-06 and '06-07, and then again last year.

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Bruins at loss to explain Canadiens' success in rivalry

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 10:48 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins appears to exist in a vacuum.

Every metric imaginable would suggest the Bruins should dominate the Canadiens, much like they do the great majority of the NHL's 28 other teams.

Except, for some reason, they don't.

When the Canadiens play the Bruins in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS) they will do so riding a five-game winning streak against their Atlantic Division rivals.

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Henrik Sedin not in mood to celebrate 1,000th game

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 9:47 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVERVancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin isn't in the mood to celebrate his upcoming milestone.

Reaching 1,000 NHL games Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets amid the worst slump since he joined the Canucks in 2000 has put a damper on the occasion. But as Sedin looked back on some tough early years in Vancouver, it was easy to find perspective on the Canucks' current woes.

Sleep didn't come easy then, and it isn't coming easy now.

"A lot of nights you lay in bed and wonder what has happened," Sedin said of a 2-11-1 slide that has dropped Vancouver into 11th place in the Western Conference, six points out of the final wild-card position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Blue Jackets' Comeau faces disciplinary hearing

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 9:47 AM / NHL Department of Player Safety

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing Wednesday for his hit on Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith during the first period Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.

Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding and one for diving at 12:47 of the first period. Smith was given a penalty for cross-checking.

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Over the Boards: Kuemper fighting for No. 1 job

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- When Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher traded Matt Hackett at the NHL Trade Deadline last season, he was sending a signal to Darcy Kuemper that he would be the marquee goalie in the organization's developmental system and featured between the pipes with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

It's fair to say things have changed since then.

Less than a year after Fletcher dealt Hackett to the Buffalo Sabres, Kuemper is Minnesota's No. 1 goalie, facing the challenge of giving the team a chance to win every game he starts as they creep closer to a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Over the last few seasons, Matt Hackett played more games than Darcy in the American League, and Darcy had to go to the ECHL and play overage as a junior," Fletcher told NHL.com. "He had never been our marquee guy in the developmental system. We really felt he needed that. He needed a year where he'd be a 40-50 game guy for his development, knowing fairly soon he'd challenge in Minnesota. Now, of course, the future came very quickly."


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