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Bruins prospect Donato eager to uphold family name

Saturday, 07.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- It's a challenge for any athlete to live up to the reputation forged by a father who's excelled at sports' highest level.

For Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Donato, the challenges don't end there.

Boston's second-round pick (No. 56) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Donato attended Bruins development camp at Ristuccia Arena and has to follow in the footsteps of his father, Ted Donato, who played in 796 NHL games, including more than 500 with the Bruins.

Not only is Ryan competing for the same organization that drafted his father in the fifth round (No. 98) of the 1987 draft, but the Massachusetts native was raised in the area and last season attended the Dexter School in Brookline, Mass.

It all adds up to some mighty high expectations for the 18-year-old.

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Blackhawks' Richards dreamed of being their goalie

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 8:55 PM / NHL Insider

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Brad Richards
Center - CHI
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 51
SOG: 259 | +/-: -8
Brad Richards always thought he might play for the Chicago Blackhawks one day.

But idolizing Eddie Belfour, Richards wanted it to be at another position.

"I always wanted to be a goalie, but my dad, Glen, would never let me," Richards told Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi in an interview on their website published Friday.

"He played goalie a bit himself, but he wouldn’t have it. I liked all the equipment, the gear, and whenever he wasn’t around, I was a goalie in street hockey. But he wouldn’t allow it, and I cried my eyes out when he said no."

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Reimer, Maple Leafs agree on two-year contract

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 7:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Goaltender James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a two-year contract, the team said Friday. No financial terms were disclosed, but Elliotte Friedman of "Hockey Night in Canada" reported the contract has an average annual value of $2.3 million.

Reimer and the Maple Leafs had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 28.

"He never said, 'Get me out of here,'" general manager Dave Nonis told the Toronto Star. "What he did ask was for us to explore opportunities that would make sense for both sides. We did. I went back to him and said, 'I don't have something that I would feel comfortable doing and we prefer to sign you.'

"We both felt him coming back was good for us and for him. He wouldn't have signed a two-year deal if he didn't feel comfortable coming back to Toronto."

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Sharks' Couture still recovering from loss to Kings

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 2:17 PM / NHL Insider

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Logan Couture
Center - SJS
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 54
SOG: 233 | +/-: 21

Logan Couture's right hand and psyche still bear the scars of the San Jose Sharks' loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

His hand was injured during the series in a fight with Kings center Mike Richards. He's recovered slowly but expects to be OK by training camp. Recovering emotionally from surrendering a 3-0 series lead against the Kings could take a bit longer.

"I just think about how much it hurts," he said Thursday at the Smashfest charity pingpong event in Toronto, according to The Canadian Press. "The feelings aren't going to go away, probably never. It's just something that sticks with you for a long time."

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Tippett eager to get Coyotes' newcomers on ice

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 1:50 PM / NHL Insider

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Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett has no intention of seeing his club miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season. He's optimistic the four veterans acquired by general manager Don Maloney will help.

The Coyotes added veteran forwards Sam Gagner and B.J. Crombeen in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 29, then signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk and forward Joe Vitale as free agents. Gagner is expected to center one of the top two lines, and Vitale and Crombeen will battle for bottom-six roles. Dubnyk is expected to back up starter Mike Smith.

Arizona is trying to end a two-year absence from the playoffs after finishing two points behind the Dallas Stars for the final wild card in the Western Conference last season.

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