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Lightning captain Stamkos early Hart Trophy choice

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Awkward silence.

When told he was being selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Hart Trophy, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had nothing to say, and not because he was left speechless by an honor that comes with words and hype rather than hardware and bonus money.

Getting chosen as a preseason favorite for anything means about as much to Stamkos as the watermelons, Legos, wedding cake and plates he destroyed with his powerful slap shot during his most recent commercial shoot for Bauer.

That's to say it's altogether meaningless to him, with one exception:

"I hope I can," Stamkos said of winning the Hart Trophy.

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Bruins reluctantly trade Boychuk to Islanders

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 6:49 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

Johnny Boychuk
Defense - NYI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 23
SOG: 142 | +/-: 31
BOSTON -- Teams with Stanley Cup aspirations don't generally start their season by trading a top-four defenseman.

But Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli did that Saturday when he traded Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders for the Philadelphia Flyers' second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired by the Islanders), the Islanders' 2016 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2015 that Boston will receive if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team this season.

Chiarelli conceded that by making this trade four days before the regular-season opener against the Flyers, he didn't make the Bruins better.

"How does it impact our team? He's very well-liked and I'm sure the guys are bummed and they're probably a little bit bummed at me for doing it," Chiarelli said at TD Garden prior to the Bruins' preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings.

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Carcillo agrees to one-year contract with Blackhawks

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 10:37 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

Forward Daniel Carcillo has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team said Saturday. No other terms were disclosed, but Sportsnet reports it's a one-way contract worth $550,000.

Carcillo, 29, joined the Blackhawks on Friday, one day after being released by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was attending training camp with the Penguins on a professional tryout.

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Time has come for Kings' Doughty to claim Norris

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

In two of the past three Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty has been a near consensus choice as the best defenseman in the tournament.

In each of the past two Winter Olympics, Doughty has been a near consensus choice as one of the best defensemen in the tournament.

Doughty has evolved into one of the best players in the world at his position. What is missing from his dossier is a Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL as judged by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

He is NHL.com's preseason choice for the award in the 2014-15 season.

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Lightning forward Drouin favorite for Calder Trophy

Friday, 10.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

A new season marks the possible spawning of a new NHL superstar.

Last season Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year after he led all first-year players in points, goals, assists, power-play goals, game-winning goals and shots.

MacKinnon became the second No. 1 pick in eight years to win the Calder; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane did it in 2007-08.

Many feel MacKinnon's linemate with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Jonathan Drouin, is a strong candidate to capture the Calder in 2014-15. So does MacKinnon.

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Excitement building for NHL Stadium Series game

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The sun was shining brightly Thursday on a 90-degree day at 68,500-seat Levi's Stadium when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took the podium and delivered what to some was surprising news.

The 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21 is almost sold out, 143 days before the puck will drop.

"The game will be a sellout because it's already close to a sellout," Commissioner Bettman said during the game's kickoff press conference.

Commissioner Bettman said he "never had any doubt" the game would sell out, even at such a large stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

"We know that there are great, passionate Sharks fans, displaced NHL fans from around North America that live in the Bay Area, and we figured you combine the Sharks with the interest in this state and it was an enormous proposition," Commissioner Bettman said.

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Stars sign defenseman Dillon to one-year deal

Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 6:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

DallasStars.com

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dillon, 23, recorded career-highs in almost every statistical category during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished the season with 17 points (6-11=17), including two shorthanded goals, and a plus/minus rating of +9 in 80 regular-season contests with the Stars. Dillon ranked fourth among all NHL defensemen and led all Stars skaters with a +20 rating at home this season. He also led the club with 168 hits and ranked second with 149 blocked shots.

To read more from the Stars website, CLICK HERE.

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Select Stadium Series tickets on sale Oct. 2

San Jose Sharks Face California Rival and Defending Stanley Cup® Champion Los Angeles Kings in an Outdoor Regular-Season Game Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. PT

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- A select number of tickets to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game at Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara will go on sale to the public on Oct. 2 beginning at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today.

Tickets to the historic Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks match-up at Levi's® Stadium will be available for purchase via http://www.ticketmaster.com and http://www.ticketmaster.ca, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL.

The Sharks will play host to the Kings in a regular-season outdoor NHL® game at Levi's® Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. This Northern California vs. Southern California rivalry will be televised nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN and in Canada on Hockey Night In Canada and TVA Sports 2.

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NHL hosting Stadium Series event at Levi's Stadium

NHL.com

The NHL will host a press event Thursday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., site of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings.

The game will be played Feb. 21, 2015. Among those on hand to discuss it will be NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille. The press event can be seen live on NHL Network and NHL.com at 6 p.m. ET.

"The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season's playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi's Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry," Commissioner Bettman said in August.

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2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off offers live music, alumni appearances and hockey interactives

Country Music star Tim Hicks joins The Tragically Hip for NHL season-opening event at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto; Autograph and Q&A sessions featuring NHL legends Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and Joe Nieuwendyk

Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 9:00 AM / 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

NHL.com

TORONTO/NEW YORK -- Canadian country music star and two-time Juno Award nominee Tim Hicks will treat hockey fans in Toronto to his good time anthems when he takes the stage at the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™ hockey and music festival on October 8, the National Hockey League announced today. Hicks joins fellow Canadians and headline performer, The Tragically Hip, in a free outdoor celebration kicking off the start of the 2014-15 season at Yonge-Dundas Square. The fun begins at 12 p.m. with the day's event hosted by Rachel Bonnetta (currently a reporter for Toronto FC; YTV's The Zone; and KICK TV), and Juno nominated Canadian musician and actor Shawn Singleton (Four Brothers; Get Rich or Die Tryin').

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