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Jagr growing more confident as Devils win

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 10:47 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr has a message for the rest of the NHL.

"I feel this year the cockiness is coming back a little bit," Jagr said. "I want to be the best I can be. As long as I stay healthy, I guarantee I'll do the maximum to be the best I can be every night. I like that attitude."

Jagr, 41, is backing up his words with production.

He brings a five-game point-scoring streak into New Jersey's game Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center, where the Devils will be trying for their third straight win. Jagr leads the team with 10 points (three goals and seven assists).

But why did it take Jagr until his third season back in the NHL to feel like he has regained his cockiness?

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Avalanche set to retire Adam Foote's No. 52

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Adam Foote wasn't a prolific scorer or a particularly flashy skater during 19 NHL seasons, but the hard-nosed defenseman was as valuable to the Colorado Avalanche as superstar teammates Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg during the franchise's glory days.

A rugged 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Foote was the heart and soul of a defense corps that helped the Quebec Nordiques/Avalanche franchise win nine consecutive division titles from 1994 through 2003, along with Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001.

It's why Foote, who retired following the 2010-11 season, will have his No. 52 jersey raised to the rafters Saturday in a pregame ceremony at Pepsi Center before the Avalanche face off against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Coyotes' offense being led by its defense

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:00 AM / Features

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's been more than a decade since he's seen the "Morris for Norris" signs around the Pepsi Center when he played with the Colorado Avalanche. But these days, 35-year-old Derek Morris said he's happy to be just one of the boys in Phoenix. And a part of the best NHL blue line nobody knows about.

The Phoenix defense was at it again Thursday with Morris scoring a goal, Keith Yandle adding two assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek contributing an assist each as the Coyotes rallied from a 3-0 first-period hole to beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 in a shootout at Jobing.com Arena.

It marked the fifth straight game that the Phoenix defense had collected at least three points in a game -- a total of 22 points in that span.

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Tapped In: Duchene living the dream

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 3:00 AM / Tapped In

Kathryn Tappen - NHL.com Contributor

The Colorado Avalanche quickly have become the sweetheart team of the NHL. With their remarkable 11-1-0 start, new coach Patrick Roy and an abundance of youth, the Avs are the team to watch -- and beat. It certainly helps the Avalanche have Matt Duchene in the lineup every night; he fashioned a nine-goal opening month. While he's scored video-game type goals, the third pick of the 2009 NHL Draft not only is one of the biggest stars in the League, but he's also a talented guitarist, comes from an impressive hockey pedigree and has a companion in his life without whom he can't live.

Kathryn Tappen: What has been the best part of the Avs early season success?

Matt Duchene: We had a big turnover from the last few years and things are a lot different now. What's been really fun for me is that I grew up a huge Avs fan and worshiped Patrick [Roy], [Joe] Sakic, [Peter] Forsberg and Adam Foote. Getting a chance to be a part of this with them and having them mold our team has been real special for me. We have so much Avalanche pride right now. It's exciting to be a part of something big here again in Denver. This was a big hockey market back in the day and we're trying to bring it back.

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Daily Primer: Can the Maple Leafs keep rolling?

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 2:44 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

If the Toronto Maple Leafs want to continue their hot start, they're going to have to do something they haven't done for nearly a decade.

The Maple Leafs continue their swing through Western Canada on Saturday with a game against the Vancouver Canucks (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC), a team they haven't beaten since sweeping a home-and-home series in late November 2003. Vancouver has won the past 10 games between the teams, outscoring Toronto 44-21 in the process.

Toronto comes into Rogers Arena having started its trip with back-to-back victories against the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. The Maple Leafs owe the wins to their goaltenders -- James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier each faced 43 shots.

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Canucks to retire Pavel Bure's No. 10

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 2:32 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks will raise Pavel Bure's No.10 jersey to the rafters in a special ceremony Saturday, finally retiring the number of the franchise's first true superstar.

But Bure's true legacy in Vancouver could be found on the bedroom wall of Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison some 20 years ago.

"Yeah, I actually had a Pavel Bure poster," Garrison, now 28, told NHL.com with a smile. "It was him in the warmups, taking a slap shot, with the big bend in the stick. I think every kid growing up wanted to be him in a ball hockey game. He is 'The Russian Rocket.' That's his legacy."

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Stars remain work in progress under Ruff

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 4:19 PM / Features

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The first month of the Lindy Ruff Era with the Dallas Stars is officially in the books, and as expected there have been some nice positives. However, there is also plenty to work on as the calendar shifts to November, a month the Stars open Friday at American Airlines Center against the 10-1-0 Colorado Avalanche.

Two early positives for the Stars coach have been his team's penalty kill at home, which ranks third in the NHL at 93.8 percent, as well as their road power play, which ranks seventh at 24 percent.

"I think we're getting closer to where we want to be. We've really cut down on some of the careless plays of late. Even [in] the last two games, our discipline, our special teams, power play looked good," Ruff said. "We're making steps. The only thing that really counts right now is learning how to win and that might be by blocking a shot. That might be by creating an extra chance but I don't think we're quite there yet."

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Leafs' Ashton suspended two games for boarding

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 3:23 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORKToronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Calgary Flames forward Derek Smith during NHL Game No. 185 in Calgary on Wednesday, October 30, 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, Ashton will forfeit $8,615.38. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 16:56 of the second period. A minor penalty for boarding 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=473609&lang=en

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After returning from injury, Merrill thriving in AHL

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 12:28 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

For Jon Merrill, patience is a virtue on and off the ice.

In his first full season with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League, the 21-year-old product of the University of Michigan is exercising his skills on both sides of the puck. He has seven points in nine games this season, which ranks him fourth on the team and first among Albany's defensemen.

"He sees the ice well and he certainly has some patience and composure with the puck," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. "He's very calm. He reads the refs, he reads pressure, he reads the forecheck well and is very comfortable making plays under pressure with guys on his back."

Merrill, who was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft (No. 38), debated turning pro after his sophomore season but opted to remain in Ann Arbor and play for Michigan as a junior.

"I just felt like it was the right decision for myself," Merrill said. "I was happy with the team we had at Michigan and just wanted to give it one more crack."

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Enstrom skipping Olympics to focus on Jets

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 10:05 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Tobias Enstrom
Defense - WPG
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 7
SOG: 11 | +/-: 2

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom has told Sweden hockey officials he does not want to be considered for the 2014 Sochi Olympics in order to focus on his responsibilities for his NHL club, he told reporters in Winnipeg on Thursday.

Enstrom said he has informed Swedish national team coach Par Marts of his decision.

"The roster is not set but I sat down with the national team coach a couple of weeks ago; he came to visit me here," Enstrom said. "First of all it was a hard decision to make but I decided to not play on the national team. I just felt that I want to focus on Winnipeg here and the team and really push for the playoffs. I want to take that time to rest and just be healthy."
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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