Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
(Page 83 of 115)

Rutherford, Johnston eager to help Penguins rebound

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

After another disappointing Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been taken in a different direction featuring new leadership and a retooled roster.

The Penguins will set out to prove the changes were worth the risk.

Pittsburgh was eliminated in the Eastern Conference Second Round despite a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers heading back to Consol Energy Center for Game 5. The Penguins scored one goal in each of the following three games and were outscored by seven.

In five years since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, the Penguins have yet to return to the Stanley Cup Final. The dissatisfaction with postseason futility led Pittsburgh to make notable changes throughout the organization.


New coach, players among Penguins five questions

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter the 2014-15 season as a different team, for better or worse.

After another disappointing result in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pittsburgh overhauled its managerial and coaching staffs, then retooled its roster. The Penguins have been one of the NHL's more consistent franchises in recent years, but their lack of satisfaction with regular-season success has led to a new direction.

Here are five questions the Penguins must answer if they plan to remain the steady franchise they were under their previous regime:


Penguins adding forwards to top 10 prospects

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Under former general manager Ray Shero, the Pittsburgh Penguins' philosophy was to prioritize defensemen in the draft. That led to the Penguins producing a number of high-end defense prospects but comparatively little up front. Now the forwards are starting to catch up.

"We're starting to get these forwards coming through the turnstiles," Penguins assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald said. "We feel like we've got them coming through now when in the past we haven't. We feel like we've got some forwards now finally coming through instead of being deep in just [defensive] depth."

Here's a look at the Penguins' top 10 prospects, according to


Ryan White, Flyers agree to one-year contract

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 4:57 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Forward Ryan White agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers on a one-year, two-way contract, the team said Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

White, 26, had two goals and six points in 52 regular-season games for the Montreal Canadiens last season. He scored one goal in three Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Compher enjoying leadership role at U.S. junior camp

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 4:42 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- J.T. Compher almost certainly has skated his last shift during the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp this week due to an injury to his left hand sustained Wednesday blocking a shot against Sweden.

But there was no chance Compher was leaving town. Playing or not, the Buffalo Sabres prospect is too important to the process of building the team that will play for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"With the guys that are here now, you're trying to build more and more identity in the locker room and let [the players] do that," said Jim Johansson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and the general manager of the United States WJC team. "He's got a pretty long history with a lot of guys in that room of being a leader on and off the ice. It's important for him to be here."


Canada could be missing top players this winter

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 10:50 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec  -- Come Christmas, Canada national junior team coach Benoit Groulx knows what he would like to find under the tree.

The presence of some blue-chip prospects to help boost Canada's chances of ending a five-year gold medal drought (and two years without a medal) would be at the top of his list, but whether he gets them has nothing to do with naughty or nice.

It's going to depend on how top picks like forwards Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar, Max Domi and Bo Horvat and defensemen like Aaron Ekblad, the top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers, and Darnell Nurse fare with their NHL teams and where their general managers think it is best for them to play.

If they're good enough to contribute at the NHL level and benefit from playing and practicing there on a daily basis, Groulx and Canada will be out of luck.

Such is the lot of the coaches for the big hockey nations.


Rangers lineup features fair share of fresh faces

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

For the first time in 20 years, the Stanley Cup Final returned to Madison Square Garden.

The New York Rangers put up a solid fight, but the Los Angeles Kings secured their second championship in three seasons and showed the Eastern Conference champs what flaws needed to be corrected. Before there was a salary cap, general manager Glen Sather's offseason would have involved spending to correct them.

Instead it was an interesting summer for the Rangers. New York became one of the best puck possession teams in the East in coach Alain Vigneault’s first season, but two key players on that front signed large contracts elsewhere.

The Rangers still have a formidable group of forwards, one of the best young defensemen in the League and maybe the best goaltender in the world.

Here's a look at the 2014-15 projected lineup for the Rangers:


Rangers hope top 10 prospects can fill roster holes

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Despite not having the luxury of a first-round pick in each of the past two NHL Drafts, the 2014 Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers feel they've made all the right moves to solidify the organization's prospect pool.

The Rangers hope they can take it one step further and bring the Stanley Cup back to Madison Square Garden in 2014-15 after losing a five-game Final to the Los Angeles Kings, but it won't happen without some major retooling to the lineup. The Rangers lost forwards Benoit Pouliot and Brian Boyle and defenseman Anton Stralman to free agency and used a buyout on center Brad Richards, so there are spots for the taking.

Director of player personnel Gordie Clark believes that there may be a few good NHL players in the pipeline ready to take those spots.


Rangers must adapt to changes after loss in Final

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

The New York Rangers' 2013-14 season began with a number of major changes and ended with an unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Final. But the roster that takes ice on opening night against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 9 will have some major changes from the one that lost in L.A. four months earlier, and the success of those changes figures to dictate whether they will make a return trip to the Final.

Free-agent departures, trades and a compliance buyout used on forward Brad Richards cost the Rangers five regular players from the team that won the Eastern Conference. The departures include top-four defenseman Anton Stralman, key checking center Brian Boyle and scoring wing Benoit Pouliot, all of whom left as unrestricted free agents. Replacing the skill sets of each player will be challenging, but the Rangers did their best to fill the holes on their roster.

"I think we look good. We're trying to fill in some depth positions, we lost some guys. Anytime you have success like we had, guys tend to get better opportunities somewhere else, more money, which in the cap world we couldn't handle," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton said. "So you go out and you work with your staff and try to identify guys that you think can fill those holes. One of the things we tried to do was do it fairly cheaply, considering the cap didn't go up maybe as much as we thought it might."


Roster moves spotlight Rangers' five questions

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

After struggling through a marathon nine-game road trip to start the 2013-14 season, the New York Rangers found their footing by the holidays before enjoying a memorable march to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 20 years.

With many key players leaving in the offseason and more potential roster changes coming next summer, here are five questions the Rangers face entering this season:

First | Prev | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89-94 | Next | Last
Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic