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Sharks' Burns waits for moves, excited about DeBoer

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is enjoying his summer, including a trip here to attend the 2015 NHL Awards show.

But he can't stop thinking about the future, specifically as it relates to his team.

"It's going to be an interesting next couple of weeks," Burns said Tuesday during his media availability before the Awards show on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

The Sharks missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2003 and their general manager, Doug Wilson, has implied that it will be a summer of changes in San Jose.

Toews, Blackhawks face tough reality of salary cap

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Eight days after being crowned the best, Jonathan Toews said the Chicago Blackhawks are prepared for the worst.

Toews knows the salary cap, which will be $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season, is expected to play a role in dismantling some of the pieces to Chicago's Stanley Cup championship team. It's a reality that he expects will hit him and his teammates, the ones who stay and the ones who go, hard soon, perhaps as early as this week.

"We're all pretty realistic about what might happen," Toews said Tuesday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the NHL Awards will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Dubnyk set to cash in on success, hopes it's with Wild

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 4:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- After a season in which he was good enough to become a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, goalie Devan Dubnyk doesn't want much to change. Dubnyk said Tuesday he wants to stay with the Minnesota Wild and is hopeful of signing a new contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"I want to be there and hopefully they want to have me there," Dubnyk said from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the 2015 NHL Awards show will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). "Nothing has changed that way, so we'll continue to go forward. It's still where I would like to be and get something done. It's been a busy time and over the next week here we'll try to get something going. We're still trying to get something done."

Analytics, stats making way into draft process

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

This season the NHL took a deep dive into the world of advanced analytics, taking the "fancy stats" debate more into the mainstream.

That trend soon could reach the amateur hockey level.

More teams are using advanced analytics in their quest for any extra information they can find when judging prospects.

Players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., certainly will be viewed through that spectrum.

The first round of the draft is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"I think the trickle down has started to seep into the majority of organizations," Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce said. "I think all organizations are trying to fine-tune what and how they can take the data and how they can use it and better utilize it for decision-making when it comes to making a draft pick at the draft."

Crosby remains no-doubt No. 1 pick in 2005 re-draft

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

There wasn't much debate regarding who the first pick of 2005 NHL Draft would be, and 10 years later there isn't much more Sidney Crosby could have done for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins were the lucky team that won a special lottery drawing for the right to pick first, and the reward has been a player who has ranged from outstanding to dominant during the past decade.

Crosby has won the Hart Trophy twice, the Art Ross Trophy twice and two Olympic gold medals. He captained the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup one season after helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final.

A number of the players picked after Crosby have done pretty well also. But with 10 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

Pacific Division team needs entering 2015 NHL Draft

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The 2015 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 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., 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 Florida.

Wild have methodical plan for first round of 2015 draft

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 5:24 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr share the same opinion when it comes to the 2015 NHL Draft.

The 2015 draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"This is a deep draft; we've known that for a while," Flahr said Monday in a video on the Wild's website. "There's a number of different positions. If you talk to a lot of teams the top 11 or 12 players in the draft will be probably similar on each teams' list, they're probably in a little different order. … It's just a matter of what teams do in front of us and we'll take the best player we can."

The Wild take a methodical approach to the first round, according to Fletcher.

Stars believe best plan is to pick best player available

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 4:34 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said Monday that he will use the same simple approach to the 2015 NHL Draft that he's used in the past: Select the best player available.

The 2015 draft will be June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round will be June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"Really with every pick you're taking the best player," Nill said Monday. "My philosophy's always been take the best player. It's all about assets. The more assets you have, the better assets you have, the more currency you have to make moves down the road."

Stanley Cup set to arrive at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 2:36 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

NHL Public Relations

LAS VEGAS – The Stanley Cup, the most recognizable and revered trophy in all of professional sports, arrives at the MGM Grand hotel lobby today at 4:00 p.m. Fresh from a weeklong celebration of the Chicago Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup Championship, the trophy will be on display on Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 7:00 p.m.

The Stanley Cup will join the other NHL trophies currently on display at the MGM Grand hotel lobby in celebration of the upcoming 2015 NHL Awards. Fans are invited to visit MGM Grand Hotel & Casino to get a closer look at hockey's most prized trophies – including the Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player to his team), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie), James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman) and more – before they are presented at the 2015 NHL Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday, June 24.

Blues' Armstrong named GM of Canada at World Cup

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 2:21 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will be the general manager for Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Hockey Canada announced Monday.

The tournament will be held Sept. 16 to Oct. 1, 2016, with all games at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"I can't obviously sit here and guarantee that we're going to win the World Cup, but I can guarantee to the fans of Canada that this group will work tirelessly to put the best coaching staff together, the best players together to represent our country with great pride and dignity," Armstrong said.

Armstrong has been general manager of the Blues since 2010, and they've made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four of his five seasons. Armstrong also was assistant general manager when the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He also was part of Canada's management group for gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Named as assistants were Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Rob Blake, and Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond.

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