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Sunday Long Read: Cup champs used down time well

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 3:00 AM / Sunday Long Read

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

George McPhee had constructed a Stanley Cup Playoff team in 2002-03 that included the highest-paid player in hockey, a Vezina Trophy winner and two other All-Star-caliber skaters.

But something was amiss for the Washington Capitals. The $11 million man, forward Jaromir Jagr, was not producing at the level expected of him. Nor was he providing a boost at the box office. A franchise known for regular-season consistency (and postseason disappointment) wasn't moving forward or backward, and the roster was getting older and more expensive without improved results.

A terrible start to the 2003-04 season confirmed the suspicions of McPhee and owner Ted Leonsis. It was time to try something else.


Chat with Parker sparked Chelios' career

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 7:29 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- What if Bobby Parker wasn't at the beach that day? What if he never walked over to Chris Chelios to ask him about hockey? What if?

"He probably wouldn't have played," Parker said Saturday from the Hockey Hall of Fame, where Chelios will be enshrined Monday as a member of the Class of 2013.

It was fate, nothing more, that Parker was at the beach in San Diego that day 34 years ago. It was also fate that Parker approached Chelios and asked him what he was going to do next about hockey.

Chelios had just been cut from the upstart college team at the United States International University, the same team Parker had made. Parker wasn't sticking around, though. The rink was old and ratty. The team wasn't what he was looking for. He was heading back home to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but first he saw Chelios on the beach and figured he would go talk to him.


Hall inductees relive great moments at Fan Forum

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 6:30 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- The question came near the end of the hour-long annual Fan Forum at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday. It was posed to the four living members of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 by a boy with a high-pitched, squeaky voice in the front row.

"How did you know when it was time to retire?"

Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Geraldine Heaney had to think about it. They seemed a bit surprised that such a question, one that was sure to garner an emotional response, especially on this weekend of reflection and induction for the soon-to-be enshrined legends, came from such a young person.

Chelios went first.

"Zero goals, zero assists, zero points," he said, referring to his numbers in seven games with the Atlanta Thrashers at the end of 2009-10 season, his 26th in the NHL. "Time to go."


Motivated Maple Leafs return to site of playoff collapse

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 2:08 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 because of a lot of different factors.

One major motivator was the disappointment of their demise the prior spring. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in their 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals series with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Bruins became the third team in League history to squander such a commanding lead.

There are parallels that can be drawn between the Bruins' downfall in 2010 and that of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013. The Maple Leafs return Saturday to TD Garden for the first time since they held a 4-1 lead with less than 11 minutes to go in the third period of Game 7 of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.


Daily Primer Nov. 9: New face behind Panthers bench

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Peter Horachek will try to get the Florida Panthers to do more of what they weren't doing enough of under Kevin Dineen: Win.

Horachek took over as interim coach of the struggling Panthers on Friday after general manager Dale Tallon fired Dineen and his staff. The move came after Florida lost 4-1 to the Boston Bruins, extending its losing streak to seven games.

"He’s a no-nonsense guy, a good communicator," Tallon said of Horachek, who was coach of the Panthers' American Hockey League team, the San Antonio Rampage. "We'll give him a chance to show his wares."

The Panthers bring a 3-9-4 record with them to Canadian Tire Centre for a Saturday afternoon meeting with the Ottawa Senators, who've won two in a row and are coming off a 4-1 home victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.


None played better for longer than Chelios

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ask enough former and current NHL players, coaches and executives about Chris Chelios and a clear pattern of responses begins to emerge.

Chelios is lauded for his toughness, his leadership, his talent, his durability and his determination. He was a hockey player's hockey player, an everyman who wouldn't be deprived of achieving his dream and a force of nature who other world-class athletes were left to marvel at.

"You know, he's just an ultimate warrior," Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. "I don't think you have to say anything more than that."

Added Nashville Predators general manager David Poile: "Right up there with one of the best Americans ever. Now that it's all over you think of endurance because of how long he played, how old he was when he played; you think of the word warrior."


Leetch: Chelios was American team's leader

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Brian Leetch - Special to NHL.com

Brian Leetch and Chris Chelios were stalwart defensemen on United States national teams, winning the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup and a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics. Leetch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

I always tell people that Chris Chelios is America's version of Mark Messier.

They're similar in that they love the game and have a passion for it. They love to compete and winning and doing things as a group are very important to them.

They played with an edge, whether it was a stick up or a glove in the face. They would drop the gloves if they had to. You knew if you were in a competition with either of them it wasn't always going to be clean and you were going to get the worst of it because they would not back down.


Tapped In: Martin on hitting, TV hosting and fashion

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

In 217 games in the NHL, Matt Martin has amassed 379 penalty minutes. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Martin is not shy to drop the gloves and be the physical left wing that has been instrumental to the New York Islanders finding success. Little do his opponents know, Martin's image off ice is anything but what his game-day face portrays.

Kathryn Tappen: Is there a reason you wear No. 17?

Matt Martin: I used to wear 19 when I was younger because my favorite player was Joe Sakic. When I went to Sarnia there was already a player wearing 19 so I switched to 17 because my mom and dad's birthdays are both on the 17th. Now my number means a lot to me.

KT: You get to play against Joe Sakic's team this season.

MM: I know! I'm pretty excited. I've never actually met him or seen him in person, so it would be really cool to get to do that.


Panthers' Winchester suspended three games

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:15 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester has been suspended for three games, without pay, for elbowing Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, November 7, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Winchester will forfeit $9,230.76. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 4:52 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

For a full explanation of the Department of Player Safety's decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=479923&lang=en


New Panthers coach Horachek gets right to work

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 8:12 PM / NHL Insider

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Peter Horachek got right to work in his new position as interim coach of the Florida Panthers. A busy weekend schedule left him little choice.

With Florida in town to play the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon, Horachek ran his first Panthers practice Friday at the University of Ottawa.

Horachek was promoted from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League by Florida general manager Dale Tallon, who fired coach Kevin Dineen and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay on Friday. The Panthers are in seventh place in the eight-team Atlantic Division with a 3-9-4 record.

"I had a heart-to-heart meeting with the team and explained to them what went on today, and the reasons for it and what my expectations were, and it was loud and clear," Tallon said. "Hopefully they get the message, because if they don't, they won't be here."

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Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild