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Oilers' Perron thankful for past, excited for future

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 12:06 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

When the initial shock of being traded wore off for David Perron, the new left wing of the Edmonton Oilers couldn't help but speak highly of his skilled teammates that the Sherbrooke, Quebec, native feels will give him a smooth transition.

"I think Edmonton's style of play might fit me a little better. That's why I'm really looking forward to that situation. I gave my all in St. Louis. I was hoping for better success in the playoffs as a team last year and the year before, but it didn't work out."
-- Oilers forward David Perron

Perron initially heard the rumors his name was on the trade market around the 2013 NHL Draft, and was hoping in the end none of them would come to fruition.

But Perron's six years with the St. Louis Blues ended Wednesday with his trade to the Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.

Perron, 25, was part of a core group the Blues put together in the immediate years following the 2004-05 lockout, one that was supposed to bring the franchise from the bottom of the NHL to its first Stanley Cup with gradual progression. But he won't get the opportunity to see that vision through and now will go to an organization that seems to suit his style more so than St. Louis.

De Haan, Nelson set to break through with Islanders

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 9:59 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - Columnist

Calvin de Haan has been coming to the New York Islanders' development camp since 2009, not long after he was the 12th player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft. Brock Nelson joined him a year later after the Islanders chose him with the final pick of the first round of the 2010 draft.

Both players were on hand again at Nassau Coliseum this week, but neither has any plans to be back for the 2014 camp. It's not that they don't enjoy getting reacquainted with future teammates. It's just that they're eager to take the step from being prospects to full-fledged NHL players.

De Haan's problems have been injury-related. He didn't have to show up at this year's camp, but opted to come in order to prove to the team that the dislocated shoulder he sustained last October while playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League is completely healed.

NHL locker rooms feel like home for Max Domi

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 9:22 AM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - Correspondent

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Like so many Canadian boys, Max Domi has dreamed of playing in the NHL since the first time he laced up a pair of skates.

But how many of those boys imagine scoring goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs while skating on the ice at Air Canada Centre? How many get to call Mats Sundin, "Uncle Mats," or can pull up a chair next to their dad in the Maple Leafs locker room?

For Phoenix Coyotes 2013 first-round pick Max Domi, it's the only life he's ever known. The son of Maple Leafs fan favorite Tie Domi can't remember a time without a hockey stick in his hand and rubbing shoulders with the game's elite. And though he turned 18 in March, it might not be very long before the No. 12 pick is walking into an NHL locker room and seeing his own name above a dressing stall.

Goalie Raanta planning future with Blackhawks

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Antti Raanta's hometown of Rauma, Finland has a population of about 40,000, so the goaltender's first trip here has been quite an experience.

Even though a minor injury has the 24-year old sidelined this week at Chicago Blackhawks development camp, he's been able to soak in the big city and take note of how much bigger it is than what he's used to back home.

"It has been great, because I'm from [a city with 38,000 people], so [even] at the airport there was much more people than in my hometown," Raanta said. "The whole city, it's unreal. You have seen it [in] the movies, but you have never been here, so I'm looking forward to [seeing] more of the city."

Raanta, who signed a one-year free-agent contract June 3 reportedly worth up to $1.4 million, also is looking forward to showing the defending Stanley Cup champions what he can do in the net. He'll just have to wait until training camp in the fall, when Raanta is hoping to be 100 percent healed an injury he declined to reveal but is believed to be to his ankle.

EA NHL 14 to feature 1994 anniversary mode

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 8:01 AM / NHL Insider

It looks like featuring legendary New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur on the cover won't be the only nod to hockey history in EA's NHL 14 video game. To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the iconic NHL 94 title, EA will feature a special anniversary mode in the latest installment of their best-selling hockey game.

That means gamers will have the option of enjoying the latest and greatest installment of EA's game with a little retro flair. By choosing to play in anniversary mode, players will be able to enjoy all the minimalist features that made NHL 94 one of the most iconic sports titles in video-game history.

Blues say trading Perron was more than cap move

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 7:29 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- With restricted free agents Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and Jake Allen still to sign, and limited space to squeeze them under the salary cap, the St. Louis Blues traded forward David Perron on Wednesday to get some room.

But Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said sending Perron to the Edmonton Oilers wasn't just a move to free up salary-cap space but one that adds an impact player, forward Magnus Paajarvi, in return.

The Blues traded Perron, a left wing, to the Oilers for Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The deal will enable the Blues to shed Perron's contract, which would have taken up $3.8 million in cap space in 2013-14 and $12.25 million over its final three years.

The Blues add a player they feel is still evolving: Paajarvi, who is 22 and brings speed along with a 6-foot-3, 208-pound frame. The restricted free agent was the 10th player taken in the 2009 NHL Draft. He had a cap value of $1.525 million last season on his entry-level deal, according to

After difficult year off, Moore returns with Rangers

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 4:00 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Following a year off from hockey that proved to be the most challenging of Dominic Moore's life, the forward returned to the NHL by signing with the New York Rangers, the team that selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft.

It's a much-anticipated comeback for Moore, who put his career on hold to be with his wife, Katie, who was diagnosed last year with a rare form of liver cancer before succumbing to the disease in January.

"It was a very difficult decision to not play. At the same time, it was definitely the right decision," Moore said. "I think for anyone who has cared for someone with cancer, it's a battle the whole family is in. After you've been through that, you need some time to reorganize and just kind of regroup."

Forsberg eager to earn place on Predators roster

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 2:45 PM / NHL Insider

Connor Mellas - Staff Writer

The Nashville Predators' development camp is underway, and though hockey fans in Music City are primarily focused on the arrival of defenseman Seth Jones, forward Filip Forsberg also is hard at work preparing for the 2013-14 season.

"It's been pretty tough, you know, tough days, we're working out in the morning on the track and then we have ice, and in the afternoon we have workouts," Forsberg told, addressing the first two days of camp. "It's pretty hard, but that's how it's supposed to be."

Maple Leafs facing tough choice with Rielly

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs could find themselves in a bit of a pickle where young defenseman Morgan Rielly is concerned.

The Maple Leafs are ecstatic with the progression of their first round pick (No. 5) from the 2012 NHL Draft and are convinced he will compete for a job in September. Chances are very good he'll get a nine-game NHL apprenticeship, at the very least, when the 2013-14 season begins.

If, however, the Maple Leafs decide he's not quite ready to play in the NHL, they will be forced to return him to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Therein lies the problem: The Maple Leafs do not believe playing another year of junior hockey will help his development.

Has Rielly, 19, outgrown junior hockey?

Stars forward Seguin seeking fresh start in Dallas

Tuesday, 07.09.2013 / 5:17 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars officially introduced center Tyler Seguin at American Airlines Center on Tuesday, and the 21-year-old expressed a desire for a fresh start in his new city.

Seguin answered questions for the first time about a controversial tweet -- which contained an offensive homosexual term -- that appeared on his Twitter feed Saturday before it was deleted. The Stars issued a statement Sunday admonishing the tweet, and Seguin's account on the social media site has been deleted.

"[Stars general manager] Jim [Nill] and I talked about it and we thought it was the right decision to shut down my Twitter," Seguin said. "It definitely didn’t feel good that my name was out there with saying negative things. But I definitely want to apologize to anyone that was hurt by what I’ve said, and happy to be moving on."

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