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Five backup goalies to handcuff in fantasy

Eric Goodman - Fantasy Staff Writer

When considering goaltenders in head-to-head fantasy leagues, owners can hardly go wrong with drafting top-tier talent like the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price or Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne in the early rounds and a solid starter like Vancouver Canucks veteran Ryan Miller in the middle of their respective drafts.

But after settling on a dependable tandem, grabbing a third goalie who is projected to be a backup on his respective NHL team can give owners the edge in taking their fantasy matchup on any given week.

In addition to the bonus statistics, handcuffing a team's backup goalie to the superstar that you drafted early provides much-needed insurance in the case that a starting goaltender sustains a long-term injury.

Jets' success depends on progress of young players

Monday, 09.28.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Patrick Williams - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

WINNIPEG -- The long-term mindset for the Winnipeg Jets is a draft-and-develop plan to build an organization able to compete on a yearly basis.

The Jets' short term could be a bit different, however, for a coaching staff and locker room that has sampled the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Balancing short- and long-term goals will be one of the many tasks facing coach Paul Maurice this season.

Winnipeg reached the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007, setting a franchise record with 99 points and tying a franchise record with 43 wins. Even a four-game sweep by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round did not dampen the enthusiasm of Maurice and his players.

"I think we came into the season last year expecting to be one of the hardest-working teams and go through the process of being a team that is hard to play against [each] night, and I thought we did that," captain Andrew Ladd said.

With unrestricted free agency looming for Ladd and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, there is pressure for the Jets to navigate the Central Division and reach the postseason again. After an offseason when veteran forwards Michael Frolik, Lee Stempniak, Jiri Tlusty and Jim Slater left Winnipeg, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will trust that his prospects-oriented approach is ready to provide homegrown solutions to fill the lineup vacancies.

Right wing Nikolaj Ehlers, the ninth pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, highlights the group of prospects pushing for a spot on the Jets roster.

Goaltending, youth movement among Jets' X-factors

Monday, 09.28.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets set franchise records of 43 wins and 99 points last season to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 before being swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round.

After a quiet offseason when the Jets lost four regulars from last season's lineup, they will rely on an infusion of youth to fill in the gaps.

Here are three X-factors that will have an impact on whether Winnipeg can duplicate or surpass last season's performance:

Ryan rebound leading X-factor for Senators

Monday, 09.28.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators were 14 points out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Feb. 10. A historic finishing kick of 23-4-4 vaulted them into the postseason.

Not even the most optimistic Senators fan is expecting them to come close to that kind of performance for an entire season, but here are three X-factors that will help make them a playoff team again in 2015-16:

Senators aim to pick up where historic rally left off

Monday, 09.28.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators head into the 2015-16 season hoping to pick up where they left off last season.

The Senators were the hottest team in the NHL over the final months of 2014-15. It's not realistic to expect them to continue to win 23 of 31 games, which they did for a historic rally that carried them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Senators believe a better start and a little more consistency will make them a playoff team again in 2016.

"It's a new season. It's going to be totally different," Senators captain Erik Karlsson said. "Hopefully it's going to make us realize we need to start off better than we did last year. If it's Game 1, 2, 5 or 10, or 72, it still matters the same.

"For us, we need to be a little bit more consistent. That showed us a lot last year."

The Senators are back with much the same cast of young players who sparked their rally. The hopes in Ottawa are the experiences of last season will help the 2015-16 Senators find that consistency.

Karlsson earned break after Senators' frenetic season

Monday, 09.28.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TORONTO -- Erik Karlsson would like to set the record straight.

Not that he really needs to, considering everything the Ottawa Senators defenseman has accomplished over his career, but Karlsson wants to make clear he does indeed work out over the summer months.

Karlsson said at the end of August that he did his conditioning on the ice and doesn't do much training over the summer, if any. It was a surprising comment in the NHL today, when players are often working hard most of the offseason to maintain their conditioning.

When asked about his summer of physical inactivity during the NHL Player Media Tour earlier this month in Toronto, Karlsson quickly stepped in to make a correction.

"Well, that's a little bit exaggerated," Karlsson said. "I work out frequently throughout the summer. But I've been going hard now for five, six, seven summers in a row, and this summer I just felt like I was worn down a lot and decided to take a little more time off than I normally do."

Maple Leafs agree to terms with forward Brad Boyes

Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 4:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Sunday that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Brad Boyes on a one-year contract. Boyes was originally invited to training camp with Toronto on a professional try-out.

Boyes, 33, appeared in 78 regular season games last season with the Florida Panthers, collecting 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) and 20 penalty minutes. The Mississauga, Ontario native has registered 481 points (203 goals, 278 assists) in 762 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Florida. He has also appeared in 17 career NHL playoff games tallying seven points (three goals, four assists). Boyes was originally selected by Toronto in the first round (24th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Ex-NHL defenseman Woolley cherishing Hockeyville

Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 2:42 PM / 2015 Kraft Hockeyville

David Satriano - Staff Writer

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Jason Woolley played 14 seasons in the NHL and remembers what it's like to be a kid dreaming of playing professional hockey.

"Any time you get a chance to go out with the little guys… I was once a little kid who looked up to NHL players and now it's nice to be on the other side," Woolley said at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, where he coached kids in a youth hockey clinic as part of Kraft Hockeyville USA. "They're all out there, working hard having fun and smiling, and that's what it's all about."

Johnstown, named the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA, will host a preseason game Tuesday between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). The arena was also awarded $150,000 in upgrades, which were used on new lights, new glass and boards as well as on the sound system, locker rooms and scoreboard fixes.

Woolley, a retired defenseman who had 68 goals and 314 points with five teams in his NHL career, won a silver medal with Canada at the 1992 Albertville Olympics. He said for all he knows, future NHL players could be at the clinic.

Blues' Shattenkirk healthy, gaining elite status

Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was so excited to implement his offseason training regimen again after the work he put in during the summer of 2014 produced noticeable results.

Following a program that included a change in diet and working with Ben Prentiss of Prentiss Hockey Performance, Shattenkirk came flying out of the gates last season.

Shattenkirk started with 16 points in 17 games and ingratiated himself into conversations about the top defensemen in the NHL. Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban, who are part of Norris Trophy talk on an annual basis, had company.

However, a seemingly innocent collision with Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin early in the first period on Feb. 1 derailed a season full of promise that was destined to produce career-high stats for the 26-year-old.

An abdominal tear was the result. Shattenkirk missed 25 games and never was 100 percent despite returning in time for the stretch run.

Upstart Flames won't fly under radar this season

Sunday, 09.27.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames understand that in light of their surprising success in 2014-15, expectations heading into this season are considerably higher.

"It's a whole different ball game now," forward Joe Colborne said. "We had that 'everyone against us' mentality [last season], and that's easy to build around. You look at the top teams, they've learned how to win. It's easy to be second place; it's never easy to be first place. That's where we have to look at it. Now people are saying nice things about us. It's going to be a challenge to make sure we don't listen too much to it, just like we didn't listen when they said bad things last year."

The Flames were third in the Pacific Division with a 45-30-7 record, a 20-point increase from 2014-15, to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. With an opening-series win, Calgary extended its season and advanced to the Western Conference Second Round for the first time since 2004, and the second time since winning the Cup in 1989.

The additions of forward Michael Frolik and defenseman Dougie Hamilton bolster a roster returning relatively intact.

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