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Top prospects a hit at clinic with Philadelphia youth

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 2:03 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart politely introduced himself to a group of six young skaters of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation at the beautifully refurbished Scanlon Ice Rink on Thursday before finally asking if anyone had any questions of him.

"I do," 11-year-old Philadelphia native Yasir Terry boldly announced.

"When you get drafted, can you give me a shout out on stage?"

Reinhart, one of six North American prospects on hand to help run a top prospects clinic in the downtown section of the city, smiled and said, "Hmm, I don't know if I can. But I'll see what I can do."

Terry smiled before getting instruction on how to run the drill at the skating station he was a part of at the time.

It was actually one of the more common requests of the afternoon when members of the Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, aged 8-12, were able to go shoulder-to-hip alongside the top 2014 draft prospects.

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Youth hockey foundation's growth a thrill for Snider

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 1:42 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- When the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation was created in 2005, the goal was to use hockey as a way to help in-need children around the Philadelphia region.

In the nine years that have passed since, the foundation has grown to serve more than 3,000 children at rinks in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The foundation also has renovated and assumed management of five Philadelphia-owned ice rinks.

Another milestone was reached Thursday when six of the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft -- Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett, Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, Prince Albert Raiders center Leon Draisaitl, Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle and Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo -- helped run a clinic for about 40 Snider Hockey kids at Scanlon Rink in the Kensington section of the city.

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Top restricted free agents present unique challenges

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

While very few restricted free agents have changed teams in the NHL's salary-cap era, how teams negotiate contracts for their young talent is a huge part of constructing a roster in the long term.

Whether the player is negotiating his second or third contract can have an effect on the money involved. The tweaks to the Collective Bargaining Agreement before the 2012-13 season could also have an impact on negotiations.

There are a lot of talented players who could command significant money this summer. Here's a look at some of the most interesting RFAs who need a new contract this offseason.

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No consensus on No. 1 pick as NHL Draft approaches

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 12:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Scouts who have spent the last year evaluating the prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft can agree on one thing: This year's class is one of the most difficult in recent memory to evaluate.

That difficulty starts at the top, where with less than 48 hours to go before the start of the draft Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS), there's no consensus as to who will be the first player picked.

Unlike previous years, where Sidney Crosby (2005), Steven Stamkos (2008), John Tavares (2009) and Taylor Hall (2010) were clear-cut top choices, this year's No. 1 selection won't be known until Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon steps to the podium at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia -- assuming he hasn't traded the pick.

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Team-by-team draft needs: Pacific Division

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Pacific Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia.

The first round of the draft commences Friday at 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

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Avalanche, Crosby, Bergeron win big at Awards

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 12:30 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Colorado Avalanche were 13 voting points shy of a perfect show Tuesday night at the 2014 NHL Awards.

Three out of four is still quite the accomplishment for a team that last year at this time was preparing to select first in the NHL Draft, hoping to build for the future with a new coach and management hierarchy.

"Unfortunately [goalie Semyon Varlamov] couldn't win, but it's definitely nice to have us all win," said Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, who won the Lady Byng Trophy. "We can celebrate it together."

Colorado's Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Award in his first season as a NHL coach, topping Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Roy received 68 out of 95 first-place votes, was named on 89 ballots and had 399 voting points, 236 more than Babcock. It's all a result of him leading the Avalanche to a 112-point season and the Central Division regular-season title.

Colorado was third in the overall standings this season after finishing 29th in 2012-13.

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Avalanche's Roy wins Jack Adams Award

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 11:34 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Patrick Roy was able to claim the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach Tuesday night at the NHL Awards despite, in his words, having little to do with winning the honor.

"I know why I am receiving this trophy: Because I have a group of players that made a commitment and bought into what we wanted to do and they had in mind to surprise the world of hockey and that is exactly what we have done by winning the Central Division," Roy said shortly after beating out Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and John Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's a special group … I cannot thank them enough."

In 2012-13, the Avalanche finished No. 29 in the League and last in the Western Conference. They hired Roy, who won the Stanley Cup twice with Colorado as its goalie, to right the ship.

This season, the Avalanche won the Central Division, finishing with the third best record in the NHL, before falling to the Minnesota Wild in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.

According to Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, Roy is being far too modest in downplaying his impact on Colorado's turnaround.
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Healthy Crosby cleans up at NHL Awards

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 11:03 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- First remember what Sidney Crosby was doing two and a half years ago. Now look at where he was and what he was doing Tuesday night.

It's an accomplishment so impressive it's worth three trophies.

Crosby went from waiting, wondering and hoping his concussion issues would subside so he could resume his career to standing on stage at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas accepting the three trophies that represent overall individual excellence in a NHL season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain won the Hart Trophy for the second time in his career, finishing with 128 of 137 first-place votes. He previously won the Hart in 2006-07, when he was 19 years old. Injuries derailed potential MVP seasons in 2010-11 and 2012-13.

He also took home the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award) for the second straight season and third time in his career. In addition, he was feted with the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer for the second time in his career.

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Blackhawks' Keith wins Norris Trophy for second time

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 10:39 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith won the 2014 Norris Trophy in somewhat of a surprising landslide.

"Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling," Keith said less than an hour after winning the award for the second time in his career. "Like I said in the speech, there are so many good defensemen in the League and I'm proud to represent all the defensemen."

For some, Keith's success is a product of his team, loaded with game-breakers at every position. For others, this Norris Trophy is a reflection of a skill set that places him among the elite at his position.

In reality, it is a combination of both.

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has coached against Keith enough times to know he is nearly impossible to game plan against. Babcock has also coached him with Team Canada at the Winter Olympics and understands Keith's unique gifts can be a difference-making option.

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NHL announces 2013-14 All-Rookie Team

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 9:27 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are two members of the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member's outstanding season.

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