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Hurricanes seek more offense to get back to playoffs

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Kurt Dusterberg - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for six straight seasons. While no one in the organization is making any lofty pronouncements about 2015-16, the vibe surrounding the team is changing.

The Hurricanes are hoping to take another step in a youth movement while looking for bounce-back seasons from a handful of veterans. Carolina's non-shootout total of 183 goals was 27th in the NHL, and the offense must improve in order for the Hurricanes to make any noise in the Eastern Conference standings.

Management made a few roster adjustments in the offseason, but key personnel decisions loom as Carolina tries to forge a winning identity in 2015-16.

Thompson, Severson could be Devils' X-factors

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Several challenges await New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes in his first season as an NHL coach.

The most obvious being his ability to devise a strategy that will generate more offensive support for goaltender Cory Schneider.

Hynes sounds ready to hit the ground running and is more than willing to deal with any situation the Devils may face, good or bad. He knows there will be an adjustment period after spending the previous five seasons in the American Hockey League as coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins' affiliate.

Devils' new era starts with search for more offense

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams.

A new era is dawning for the New Jersey Devils.

Gone is longtime president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, who had run the team since 1987 and built New Jersey's three Stanley Cup-winning teams (1995, 2000, 2003). He's been replaced by former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, who brought in John Hynes, coach of the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, to take over behind the bench.

There's a lot of anticipation about what kind of team the Devils will be under Hynes, who at 40 is the youngest coach in the League.

Hurricanes defenseman Faulk aims to become elite

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Defenseman Justin Faulk emerged as an offensive force with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

The Hurricanes were 26th in the NHL standings in 2014-15 with 71 points and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the sixth straight season. But Faulk's 49 points (15 goals) were 12th among NHL defensemen.

He believes he's capable of even more this season.

"I hope I didn't hit my ceiling at 23 years old," Faulk said with a smile while at the NHL's Player Media Tour earlier this month. "I think the biggest thing for me is to be consistent; work hard in practices and games. The best team's best players are the guys who do it every day. That is what I am working toward."

Tortorella to coach Team USA at World Cup

Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 12:25 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

USA Hockey named John Tortorella coach of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup on Monday.

The announcement was made on ESPN following the NFL game between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

"There’s no greater honor than to represent your country, and I’m humbled to have this opportunity," Tortorella said. "We’ll have one objective and that will be to bring the World Cup championship back to the United States."

Tortorella, 57, leads American-born coaches with 446 wins and coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2004. He has also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

Lamoriello 'feels good' in role with Maple Leafs

Monday, 09.21.2015 / 8:43 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Lou Lamoriello spent 28 years as general manager of the New Jersey Devils. He'll celebrate his 73rd birthday next month.

But when he does, he'll be general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After nearly three decades in New Jersey, he admitted he didn't envision working anywhere else.

"Never a gleam in my mind," Lamoriello said in an interview with TSN's Bob McKenzie on Monday.

Lamoriello first stepped down as Devils GM on May 4, hiring former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero as his replacement. Lamoriello, though, was to stay with New Jersey as team president.

Alumni game to rekindle rivalry for Sakic, Draper

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog joked that he was a little nervous while sitting between Joe Sakic and Kris Draper on Monday during a news conference at Coors Field.

Sakic and Draper now hold executive positions with the Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings, respectively, but they were part of the teams' often bitter rivalry between 1996 and 2002.

"I felt I was right in the shooting lane between them," Landeskog said with a laugh.

The harsh feelings that once existed have long subsided, but the competitive juices are sure to flow again when the Avalanche and Red Wings alumni play at Coors Field on Feb. 26 as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Canucks' Cracknell taking in Hockeyville homecoming

Monday, 09.21.2015 / 5:43 PM / Kraft Hockeyville

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Growing up playing minor hockey in Victoria, Adam Cracknell imagined himself playing for the Vancouver Canucks, but not even his wildest dreams included the chance to do it for the first time in front of family and friends in his hometown.

Thanks to nearby North Saanich winning Kraft Hockeyville in Canada for 2015, Cracknell will get the chance to do that when he puts on his Canucks game jersey for the first time for a preseason game against the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Cracknell, 30, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks this summer after splitting last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the American Hockey League.

Avalanche excited for outdoor game vs. Red Wings

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- Persistence paid off for Colorado Avalanche president Josh Kroenke, who for several years had been lobbying for a Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game.

It will happen on Sunday, Feb. 27 at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, when the Avalanche and longtime rival Detroit Red Wings meet in the first NHL outdoor game to be played in the state.

The League made the official announcement in January, and on Monday NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held a news conference with officials from the Rockies, Avalanche and Red Wings on a sun-splashed morning under blue skies with a hockey rink configuration stretched across portions of the dirt infield and outfield grass.

In addition, alumni from the Avalanche and Red Wings will play at Coors Field on Friday, Feb. 25. The teams faced each other five times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs from 1996-2002 and combined to win the Stanley Cup five times during that span.

Avs reveal Coors Light NHL Stadium Series sweater

The Colorado Avalanche revealed today the club's 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series jersey to be used at the outdoor game at Coors Field on Feb. 27.

The sweater was donned by Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who put it on during a press conference for the event.

This special concept, to be used solely during the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium SeriesTM Game, incorporates the same Colorado 'C' design that was added to the Avalanche jersey designs earlier this year. It also features larger numbers on the back and on the shoulders, so fans in attendance will be able identify their favorite players.

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