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Defenseman Gelinas signs new contract with Devils

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 10:04 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Restricted free-agent defenseman Eric Gelinas has signed a new contract, the team announced Monday. Details of the contract were not released, but NorthJersey.com reported Gelinas signed for one year at $900,000.

"Just happy to have everybody here, everybody ready," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "It's the first step towards getting our team together. We've got all our players here and now training camp begins."

Gelinas, 23, had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games last season while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game. He was fourth among all rookie defenders in goals and tied for third in points, despite playing fewer games than anyone on the list above him.

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Perry still king of multicategory fantasy coverage

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Multicategory performance should be the biggest draft day decider when selecting players. If one player can hit multiple categories at a top level, that player should be ranked higher and targeted to be a fantasy all-star for your team.

Here are some of the best category coverage assets that you should aim for to help your fantasy championship dreams come alive.

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Flames' Gaudreau ready for extended NHL exam

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 9:51 AM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- He aced the exam after three years with Boston College. His NHL debut in April earned him a passing grade as well. A field trip to represent his country at the 2014 IIHF World Championship yielded a positive result, too.

Now Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau is facing his biggest test to date: his first pro training camp.

"I'm excited," said Gaudreau, who captured the Hobey Baker Award in April after he had 36 goals and 80 points last season, the top totals in NCAA hockey last season. "It's going to be different. I'm not really sure what to expect right now. I hear from the older guys it's a pretty tough camp. You've got to be mentally prepared and physically prepared. I'm just trying to make sure I'm in the best shape and have the best possible chance to make this team."

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Sabres' Murray keeping close watch on team's future

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 9:50 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- It's easy to find Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray among the few hundred spectators in the bleachers at Centre Ice Arena during the Traverse City Prospect Tournament.

Murray is the one standing on his bench in the last row, scribbling notes on a clipboard and every so often shaking his head and yelling to his players with the hope of gaining their attention.

Murray is a hands-on executive and he's determined to field a winner.

"They are being evaluated every shift, so I've got certain expectations for certain players; sometimes when they don't meet those you get a little perturbed at things and get excited when good things happen," Murray said. "We're trying to assert expectation and to play a certain way. When we don't play a certain way it bothers me."

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Bright days in store for Blue Jackets prospect Milano

Sunday, 09.14.2014 / 10:47 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- There will be better times ahead for Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano.

It just won't be on the ice representing his team at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament.

The 6-foot, 183-pound left wing, who sustained facial injuries in the second period of a 6-4 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Friday, was forced to sit out Saturday and told he would be a spectator the remainder of the tournament.

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Milano, a first-round pick (No. 16) in the 2014 NHL Draft, would not require surgery and that he would return to Columbus at the conclusion of the tournament. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen added recovery could take as long as two weeks.

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Sabres' Trottier excited to be behind bench again

Sunday, 09.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Bryan Trottier was flattered when Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan started calling this summer with questions about hockey. He never expected those calls would result in a job offer.

More than a decade removed from his last stint behind an NHL bench, the Hockey Hall of Fame member now is working his way back into the League and excited to help a young Sabres team rebuild.

"He [Nolan] was calling to run some ideas by me," Trottier told NHL.com. "I'm thinking it's going to be about young kids and maybe I'll give him a hand here or there. It was really kind of neat when he asked the question."

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Surgery doesn't alter NHL goal for Canucks' Virtanen

Saturday, 09.13.2014 / 7:15 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

PENTICTON, BC -- Jake Virtanen was relegated to spectator Friday as his Vancouver Canucks dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Edmonton Oilers in their tournament opener at the Young Stars Classic.

As teammates departed from practice Saturday, the 18-year-old remained on the ice for an extra couple of spins around the rink.

It's the tough reality the Canucks first pick (No. 6) in the 2014 NHL Draft faces as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

"It's frustrating," said Virtanen, who was ranked the NHL's No. 24 prospect by NHL.com for the 2014-15 season. "I think when I watched the game [Friday] night, it was pretty frustrating to watch. I want to be out there real quick. I want to be back into it. It's the time of year when the season is starting up and you want to be out there with the guys. It's tough to watch."

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Oilers' Nurse bonds through sport with younger sister

Saturday, 09.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

For Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse, there's no shortage of family members he can turn to for advice about the rigors of being a world-class athlete.

There's his father Richard, who played in the Canadian Football League, as well as his uncle, Donovan McNabb, who was an All-Pro quarterback in the National Football League. His mother, aunt and older sister all played college basketball. But since selected by the Oilers with the seventh pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, Nurse has turned most to younger sister Kia, who is adding her own chapter to the family's impressive sporting legacy.

"She asked me what it's like to be away for the first time. There's always those challenges of not being in familiar territory, not being able to go see your friends every single day," Darnell said. "That was probably the biggest thing I told her. No matter where you are there's always the team around you that you can rely on. You can pick up the phone and call me. I'll be there just like my parents were for me. It's always different moving away for the first time."

It's a conversation Darnell has been having more and more frequently with Kia, a basketball phenom who is in her first semester at the University of Connecticut, one of the top women's programs in the country.

Nurse is busy as well right now. He's with Oilers prospects through Monday at the 2014 Young Stars Classic rookie tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, where he's playing games against prospects from the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets.

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Stastny ready for new challenges with Blues

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 9:27 PM / NHL Insider

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Paul Stastny is excited to begin the second chapter of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues this season.

The 28-year old center, who left the Colorado Avalanche this summer to sign a four-year, $28 million contract with the Blues, participated in his first informal skate Friday and said afterwards he was a little apprehensive when arrived in St. Louis this week.

Paul Stastny
Center - STL
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 35 | PTS: 60
SOG: 150 | +/-: 9
"I think there's a little nervousness … there always is," Stastny told the Blues' website. "I think that comes with the territory, whether it's a new locker room, whether it's the start of the season. I think everyone does. If you don't get nervous, I think you lose your excitement and the love of the game. But at the same time, I'm a quiet guy so I'll sit around and fly under the radar and kind of get used to what guys have that dry sense of humor and what guys don't, what guys you can push and what guys you can't. I think once the season starts, I think you each kind of lead by example on the ice and from there everything kind of falls [into place] in the locker room and away from the rink."
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Canadiens' Bozon ready to make his mark after illness

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 6:22 PM / NHL Insider

Emna Achour - LNH.com Staff Writer

BROSSARD, Quebec -- More than five months after being afflicted with a rare form of meningitis and nearly losing his life, Tim Bozon arrived at the Montreal Canadiens' training facility as ready as he's ever been to play hockey.

Speaking to the Montreal media for the first time since his illness as the Canadiens kicked off their rookie camp Friday, the 20-year-old forward prospect reassured everyone he is in perfect health.

"If I wasn't at 100 percent then I wouldn't be here today," said Bozon, a third-round pick (No. 64) by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft. "There was no pressure from the Canadiens, but I know they won't be doing me any favors, either. That's normal; this is a sports environment and it's competitive. It's up to me to carve out a niche. As of [Saturday], I want to be a normal player, act like nothing ever happened and turn the page."

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