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Coyotes to honor 10 players from 'Miracle on Ice'

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 12:30 PM / 2014 Olympics

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- All 20 members of the hockey team that provided the greatest sports moment of the 20th century still are, as captain Mike Eruzione put it, "out there alive and kicking."

In the 34 years since the United States men's hockey team performed its "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, all 20 have come together exactly two times: Once as part of the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, and one year later for the funeral of their legendary coach, Herb Brooks.

"We had a reception at the White House the day after we won the goal medal. And after lunch, that was it. We headed home," Eruzione said. "We were together every day for six months. We reached our ultimate goal and then it was, 'OK, I'll see ya around.' And after that it's about leading your life. But that bond is always there, and when we see each other it all comes flooding back."

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AHL all-stars ready to shine in St. John's

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 11:05 AM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

As sports fans around the globe prepare to watch the world's most-skilled athletes showcase their talents at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the American Hockey League's best are set to put an international twist on their showcase event for the first time.

The 2014 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Assante Wealth Management will be held Feb. 11-12 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, with this year's team of AHL all-stars competing against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in a Skills Competition on Tuesday and the AHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Led by Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins, and Rob Zettler of the runner-up Syracuse Crunch, the 2014 AHL All-Star roster highlights 22 of the league's elite players.

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Player entry protocol for 2014 Sochi Olympics

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

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Teams are permitted to enter a maximum of 22 players and 3 goalkeepers into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Men’s Tournament. Game rosters are set with a maximum of 20 players and 2 goalkeepers per team. The third goalkeeper can be added to a game following the IIHF Bylaws.

With the provisional rosters released in January for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games ice hockey tournaments, here is a rundown of the policies regarding player replacement:

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NHL players in 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998 Olympics

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

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NHL PLAYERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

Anaheim Ducks (8): Ryan Getzlaf (Canada), Jonas Hiller (Switzerland), Saku Koivu (Finland), Scott Niedermayer (Canada), Corey Perry (Canada), Bobby Ryan (USA), Teemu Selanne (Finland), Ryan Whitney (USA).

Atlanta Thrashers (5): Maxim Afinogenov (Russia), Tobias Enstrom (Sweden), Pavel Kubina (Czech Republic), Johnny Oduya (Sweden), Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic).

Boston Bruins (6): Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), David Krejci (Czech Republic), Miroslav Satan (Slovakia), Marco Sturm (Germany), Tim Thomas (USA).

Buffalo Sabres (5): Jochen Hecht (Germany), Toni Lydman (Finland), Ryan Miller (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia), Henrik Tallinder (Sweden).

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Super 16: Johansen followed own path to stardom

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The lead-up to the 2010 NHL Draft was dominated by a simple question: Taylor or Tyler?

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin were the top two picks in that draft, and each has had a strong start to his NHL career. Each has been a high-profile player from day one, and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was also great as an 18-year-old, collecting the 2011 Calder Trophy.

Ryan Johansen has been in the NHL for as long as those three players, but his development curve was different. He put up modest numbers in his first two seasons, showing flashes of the potential that made him the fourth pick in the draft but lots of inconsistency as well.

Johansen might be the most improved player in the League in 2013-14. He's become a monster in the middle, the prototype franchise center the Blue Jackets hoped for on draft day.

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Daily Primer Feb. 7: Last call for the Penguins

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 1:53 AM / NHL Insider

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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Dan Bylsma will be working together for one more night before heading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Next week, Crosby will be playing for Canada, Malkin will be doing the same for Russia, and Bylsma will be behind the bench for the United States as their countries chase Olympic gold. But on Friday, they'll be trying to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to one last pre-Olympic victory when the New York Rangers come to Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

It's the final game before the break for each team. The Rangers and Penguins each will have seven players in Sochi.

Here's a look at all of the action Friday:


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Islanders duo hopes to help Austria pull off an upset

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 4:40 PM / 2014 Olympics

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders forwards Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner know the task of helping Austria bring home a medal from the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be as close to impossible as it gets. But that doesn't mean they're not prepared to give it their best shot.

"It's exciting," Vanek said Thursday before the Islanders hosted the Calgary Flames at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. "Anytime you can play and represent your country, especially at this level, it'll be fun. Obviously, we're a big underdog, but that's OK. Hopefully we can surprise a few people."

This will be Austria's first appearance in the Olympics since 2002. They will compete in Group B with Norway, along with projected powerhouses Canada and Finland. Austria will face Finland next Thursday.

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Disappointed Stamkos focused on Lightning return

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 1:37 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The ache in his heart appeared to exceed any discomfort he might be feeling from his leg.

Steven Stamkos isn't going to the Olympics and the Tampa Bay Lightning center officially threw in the towel, reluctantly, after the morning skate Thursday. The news he was not medically cleared to play came following a CT scan Wednesday, and came out of the blue, taking Stamkos by surprise, especially because he thought he could play Thursday, even earlier than had been expected.

"It was disappointing. I was surprised," Stamkos said. "Going into the meeting I was expecting to play on Thursday, based on how I was feeling and how the previous X-rays had went. It was shocking, to be honest."

There is consolation, of course. Stamkos is 24 years old with lots of hockey ahead. But that wasn't making him feel much better Thursday.

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In the Cage: Finland's trifecta has best fantasy value

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.


A total of 19 NHL goalies are heading to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including all three goalies for the United States, Canada, Finland, and Sweden. Two NHL goalies are found on Slovakia's, Russia's and Switzerland's rosters, and one more is found on the Czech Republic. As a result, there will be plenty of pristine puck-stopping talent on display over the next few weeks.

Many countries already have a clear-cut projected starter, but interestingly enough, up to four "powerhouses" may have to wait a few games before their starter is revealed.

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As Sochi beckons, Price keeping focus on Canadiens

Thursday, 02.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 Olympics

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Coach Mike Babcock told the hosts of "Hockey Central" on Sportsnet radio Tuesday he planned to use a different goalie in Canada's first two games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Feb. 13 against Norway and Feb. 14 against Austria. It's expected those two goalies will be the Vancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo and the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price.

It just so happens Price and Luongo will face each other Thursday when the Canadiens host the Canucks in each team's penultimate game before the Olympic break. It's a juicy storyline, but you wouldn't have known that talking to Price after Canadiens practice Wednesday.

"Like I've been saying this whole time, until I leave here my focus doesn't change," Price said. "It doesn't matter who I'm playing [Thursday], my approach is still the same. That (who plays when at the Olympics) will be decided once we get there. I don't know who those two goalies will be yet. I'm sure they have a pretty good idea of how things are going to go, but that's obviously not our decision to make."

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