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Turris ready to be Senators' undisputed No. 1 center

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

All of a sudden there is no debate about who is centering the Ottawa Senators' top line.

Kyle Turris was flanked by right wing Bobby Ryan and left wing Clarke MacArthur for most of the 2013-14 season and the line consistently rivaled whoever then-captain Jason Spezza centered as Ottawa's top offensive unit.

With Spezza being traded to the Dallas Stars in July, Turris will have the spotlight squarely on himself. He'll now be expected to maintain and drive the Senators' production as Ottawa looks to find its way back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2014-15.

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Senators' top 10 prospects powered by Lazar, Stone

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Ottawa Senators have invested heavily in their pipeline of prospects in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue in 2014-15.

The team had 11 players in the lineup last season who were 25 years or younger, and though the loss of captain Jason Spezza in a five-player trade with the Dallas Stars on July 1 might be tough to overcome at the outset, there should be a few players looking to provide similar energy and enthusiasm.

"I think there's quite a lot of opportunities; I think we've invested into a lot of players," Senators assistant general manager Pierre Dorion said. "I think [Senators director of hockey operations and player development] Randy Lee has done a tremendous job developing a lot of these guys. We feel we've got guys [with the Binghamton Senators in the American Hockey League] that can really come in here and play.

"I think you always have to look internally before you look externally to see, 'Do we have these players within our organization?' And I think we do."

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Senators, Borowiecki agree to terms on extension

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 10:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

The Ottawa Senators and defenseman Mark Borowiecki have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

Borowiecki, 25, is entering the final season of his contract and could have become a restricted free agent had he been unsigned after the 2014-15 season.

"Obviously there's still no guarantees," Borowiecki told the Ottawa Sun. "It is a bit of security and confidence, but at the same time it's a bit of a kick in the pants, too. I'm 25 years old, it's time for me to sort of cement myself as a full time NHLer. This gives me the chance to do it."

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Advanced stats could influence Maple Leafs lineup

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

For a combination of reasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs became the flashpoint in a battle for acceptance of advanced statistics in hockey last season.

The Maple Leafs front office was famously not on board, and at the same time Toronto was one of the teams not performing the way those statistics said it should be. After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons, thanks in large part to a late-season swoon, the Maple Leafs made some major changes this offseason.

New president Brendan Shanahan did not make major personnel changes, but he did hire Kyle Dubas, an Ontario Hockey League general manager well versed in analytics, to join the front office. The new-look management group did try to improve the depth up front and on the back end.

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Maple Leafs' Gardiner hopes to justify new contract

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

This summer, the Toronto Maple Leafs stepped up to demonstrate their faith in Jake Gardiner's abilities. Now it's up to the smooth-skating defenseman to deliver on the five-year, $20.5 million contract he signed with the team on July 29.

Rather than accept a short-term bridge deal, the 24-year-old Minnesota native elected to commit long term to Toronto through what should prove to be his prime years.

"I am happy to be a Leaf for a really long time," Gardiner told the Toronto Star. "That was a big part of it, commitment. I thought having five years and the money was awesome. The security for me was good. It just shows the Leafs have a lot of faith in me."

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Goalie competition tops Maple Leafs' five questions

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs figure to again be battling for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs until the end of the regular season. New president Brendan Shanahan retained general manager Dave Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle, but put his stamp on the franchise by imposing new assistant coaches on Carlyle and an untried wunderkind on Nonis, 28-year-old assistant general manager Kyle Dubas.

Here are five questions the Maple Leafs face as they embark on their quest to return to the playoffs for the second time in 11 years:

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Maple Leafs relying on new faces to spark turnaround

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a few new faces heading into the 2014-15 season, beginning at the top with the hiring late last season of Hall of Fame member Brendan Shanahan as the team's new president and alternate governor.

Though Shanahan never played for his hometown team, he has brought a wealth of NHL experience to his new role as head of the Maple Leafs, both on the ice and in the executive suite, having left his job as the NHL's Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations to come put his stamp on Toronto.

General manager Dave Nonis was retained, as was coach Randy Carlyle, who saw his staff replaced by former Florida Panthers interim coach Peter Horachek and Steve Spott, who previously served as coach of the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

Nonis also had his office purged when assistant GMs Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle were let go.

That's where things really changed for the Maple Leafs.

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Nylander leads Maple Leafs' top 10 prospects

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan had a message for players at the team's prospect development camp last month: There are NHL jobs available, but it's up to them to step up and win them.

"He made it crystal clear to the people in the room that some of these kids are going to be vital pieces and impact pieces to our team moving forward," Maple Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes said. "We want to develop from within. We want to build our own players and build our own foundation. We've been doing that the last couple years. But for Brendan to make that statement and for the kids to hear his thoughts, his philosophies, his theories, it's important and it's a very positive message and it worked out well."

Now those players will come to training camp next month and attempt to put those thoughts into action.

Here's a look at the Maple Leafs' top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com:

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Panthers looking to young players to fill lineup

Sunday, 08.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Other than the New York Islanders, the Florida Panthers might be the team among the NHL's bottom-10 finishers from the 2013-14 season most likely to vault into playoff contention in 2014-15.

Florida did not make dramatic improvements through offseason additions, and how the Panthers play for a third coach in less than a year remains to be seen, but there are plenty of exciting young players to build around.

There were signs of serious improvement in the second half of last season, particularly in puck possession, after Peter Horachek replaced Kevin Dineen as coach. Horachek was not retained, though, and Gerard Gallant and his 147 games of NHL head coaching experience remains a bit of a mystery.

It was a curious offseason for the Panthers as well. Jussi Jokinen and Willie Mitchell look like solid additions, but the $27.5 million contract for Dave Bolland was panned as one of the worst of the offseason by a considerable portion of the hockey community. There are lots of prospects on the precipice of becoming NHL regulars, but not a lot of spots available unless veterans on one-way contracts are removed from the equation.

If a few young players turn into stars, Florida can fight for a playoff berth. If more growing pains are needed, it could be another long season.

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

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No. 1 pick Ekblad leads Panthers' top 10 prospects

Sunday, 08.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Florida Panthers have been extremely busy building quite a formidable pool of prospects after choosing in the top five of the NHL Draft four of the past five years.

The time has come to begin reaping the benefits of those picks.

"I think bringing in [new coach] Gerard Gallant and his staff, coupled with the dynamic of what our roster looks like right now and what's coming through the pipeline will be a springboard moving forward," Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce told NHL.com. "I think we're going to be a significantly improved team this year. With the way our roster is set up and the great push of players set to come in, that combination will help us get to the next level."

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