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Blue Jackets' Kekalainen named Finland assistant GM

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 10:53 AM / 2014 Olympics

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has been named as Finland's assistant general manager for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the team announced Tuesday.

Kekalainen will serve under Finland general manager and Hockey Hall of Famer Jari Kurri.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Jari Kurri, head coach Erkka Westerlund and the Finnish Ice Hockey Association at next year's Olympic Games in Sochi," said Kekalainen, a native of Tampere, Finland. "Representing your country at the Olympics is a tremendous honor, so this is a very proud moment for my family and I."

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Blues' Steen remains humble despite torrid start

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 10:11 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- There are certain players in today's NHL who just resonate by the mere mention of their names. Crosby, Ovechkin, Chara, Malkin, Stamkos, Lundqvist, to name a few.

These are players who are known all over the world, even in places that don't see NHL players on a daily basis. And rightfully so.

Then there are those under-the-radar sort of players who make their living doing what's necessary and reaping the rewards within their own team and fan base.

Mention the name Alexander Steen, it garners respect but it's not a name people would categorize among League leaders in offensive output.

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Sharks' Vlasic making case for Olympic spot

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 9:46 AM / 2014 Olympics

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The San Jose Sharks were playing what has become a typically dominant game for them in Montreal on Saturday, except the one area they weren't dominating was the one that counts -- the scoreboard.

Up 1-0 late in the second period despite controlling long stretches of the game, Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi had not seen much action over the first half of the period, but his net was under siege late in the second with the Montreal Canadiens buzzing around seeking the tying goal.

With just under three minutes remaining in the period, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban got the puck at the blue line and took a shot on goal that deflected wide but right on to the stick of Montreal center David Desharnais, who attempted to tuck it in the wide-open short side of the net with Niemi caught out of position.

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Five Questions: Bieksa on Canucks' aggressive style

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa:

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella wants more players like defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

"He's a gunslinger," Tortorella told reporters following a game last week. "I like that. We need more gunslingers."

Bieksa told NHL.com he wasn't sure what to make of Tortorella's "gunslinger" comment because all he's trying to do is go out and play his game, but he knows it was a compliment and he appreciates it as much as he appreciates the way Tortorella is allowing him to play.

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Daily Primer Oct. 29: Lightning look to stay hot

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Steven Stamkos thinks the Tampa Bay Lightning aren't getting enough attention for their fast start to the season, and he's perfectly OK with it.

"It's probably the quietest 8-3 record in the League, and we like it that way," Stamkos told reporters after the Lightning won their third straight with a 4-3 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

Tampa Bay will look to make it four in a row Tuesday night, when it continues its three-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The Lightning have been led by Stamkos, who has eight goals and nine assists in 11 games.

"You look at our schedule, and we've played some pretty tough teams," he said.

Here's a look at all of the action Tuesday night:

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Seven up, seven down as Sochi Olympic candidates

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

In a typical October, if Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman shows up in Detroit to catch a game that doesn't include his team, his presence would barely register on the local radar, let alone the national radar.

When he shows up at Joe Louis Arena as he did on Oct. 21 to catch the game between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, Yzerman's presence sends a ripple effect through the NHL as media and fans immediately consider the potential Olympic ramifications of his watching from the press box.

In addition to his role in Tampa, Yzerman is again the executive director of Canada's Olympic team. He's out there scouting when he can, as are the members of his managerial staff, as they prepare for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Five Questions: Bieksa on Canucks' aggressive style

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa:

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella wants more players like defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

"He's a gunslinger," Tortorella told reporters following a game last week. "I like that. We need more gunslingers."

Bieksa told NHL.com he wasn't sure what to make of Tortorella's "gunslinger" comment because all he's trying to do is go out and play his game, but he knows it was a compliment and he appreciates it as much as he appreciates the way Tortorella is allowing him to play.

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In the Pipeline: Ducks' Kerdiles moves to center

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / In the Pipeline

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

Nicolas Kerdiles can score. Of that, there is little doubt.

As a freshman for the University of Wisconsin in 2012-13, the Anaheim Ducks' second-round draft pick in 2012 (No. 36) collected 33 points -- 11 goals, 22 assists -- in 32 games, making him the first Badger since Joe Pavelski to average more than a point per game as a rookie.

The Badgers heated up down the stretch as Kerdiles continued to pour in the points. At season's end, the Irvine, Calif., native scored multiple points in all five Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) playoff games, earning himself Final Five MVP honors and his Badgers the Broadmoor Trophy as conference champions.

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Knight, Duggan out to avenge 2010 Olympic loss

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 11:00 PM / 2014 Olympics

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- The memory is nearly four years old, but the heartbreak remains fresh in the souls of United States Olympians Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan.

Two players who became collegiate superstars accustomed to winning it all while skating for the University of Wisconsin were at the peak of their careers, playing with the best in the world at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The U.S. had plowed its way through the competition all the way to the gold-medal game against powerhouse Canada following a 9-2 victory against Sweden.

The taste of gold on their palates, the U.S. had to settle for the flavor of silver, and never had such a precious element tasted like stale black licorice. For a team that brought its “A” game throughout the tournament, that 2-0 loss to Canada was the most inopportune time for the dots to be left disconnected.

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Islanders react to Moulson-for-Vanek trade

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 8:47 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years and nearly upsetting the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round, the New York Islanders entered the 2013-14 season with great expectations from management.

Eleven games into the season, the Islanders have four wins, although they've earned points in seven (4-4-3). But for general manager Garth Snow, it's just not good enough.

That's why Snow made arguably the biggest trade of his tenure Sunday, sending left wing Matt Moulson, a first-round pick at the 2014 NHL Draft and a second-round selection in 2015 to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for left wing Thomas Vanek.

The trade sent shockwaves through the Islanders' dressing room, particularly to captain John Tavares, who is one of Moulson's closest friends and the godfather to Moulson's daughter, Mila. The two have been friends for a decade.

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Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1