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Setoguchi hopes to play with Kane in Winnipeg

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 6:02 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Winnipeg Jets found a productive first line in 2012-13, and the trio of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler all set career highs in points per game.

They consumed more than 20 percent of the team's even-strength ice time together, according to the line combination info at Dobberhockey.com, making them one of the most often-used trios in the NHL. The next four most frequent combinations for the Jets included Evander Kane, which is a pretty good way of showing the team spent most of its season trying to find players to put with their budding star on the second line.

When the Jets traded a second-round pick Friday to the Minnesota Wild for Devin Setoguchi, they may have found a more permanent solution. Setoguchi, who has played on one of Minnesota's top two lines for the past two seasons, could be the legitimate top-six forward Winnipeg has lacked to help support Kane.

"We talked about it briefly [after the trade]," Setoguchi said during a conference call Monday about possibly playing with Kane. "Obviously that could be the initial step, but you never know until you get to camp. If I do get that opportunity, it is pretty exciting. He's a pretty special player and a pretty electric player. That's something that would be pretty exciting for myself."

Eriksson excited about playoff potential with Bruins

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 1:20 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

It's been five years since Loui Eriksson last played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

So when the call came from his agent about waiving his no-trade clause to go from the Dallas Stars to the Boston Bruins, Eriksson talked it over with his family and approved the move as quickly as he could.

Eriksson was dealt July 4 with three prospects to the Bruins for forward Tyler Seguin (the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft), forward Rich Peverley and a prospect.

"Yeah, I'm really looking forward to playing in Boston," the left-shooting wing said during a conference call Monday. "It's a really good team. You know, the last couple years they've been a really good team, so I'm real excited to go there and play. Everything happened really fast with the trade, but I'm really excited and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be awesome to come there and play. I'm going to try to play my best and try to help them win the Cup."

Waite ready to help Price meet potential in Montreal

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 11:58 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Stephane Waite is a lot like the position he teaches: constantly evolving.

That's probably a good thing, because Waite's task after being introduced as Montreal Canadiens' goaltending coach Thursday will be much different than the job he left with the Chicago Blackhawks.

During 10 seasons in Chicago, Waite served as a mentor for unheralded, sometimes awkward-looking, often-doubted goalies Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford, who each went on to win a Stanley Cup.

With Carey Price, the No. 1 in Montreal, it isn't about exceeding low expectations. It's about meeting and managing the opposite end of the spectrum.

Bruins acquire Eriksson to fill hole on right wing

Thursday, 07.04.2013 / 7:45 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- It doesn't matter how high you're drafted, what it took to acquire you in a trade, or how much you're being paid. If the way you play the game doesn't fit the blueprint Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has for his roster, you're expendable.

That's the message Chiarelli sent Thursday when he agreed to trade 2010 No. 2 draft pick Tyler Seguin, veteran Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson and three prospects.

The Bruins saw this trade as an opportunity to bring in 27-year-old Eriksson, a left-shooting right wing, to boost their Eastern Conference championship roster. Seguin was drafted as a center but played right wing his first three years in the NHL. With the probable departure of wings Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr via unrestricted free agency, in addition to the trade of Seguin and Peverley, the Bruins were left thin on the right side of their forward depth chart.

After trade, Stars plan to shift Seguin back to center

Thursday, 07.04.2013 / 7:27 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two weeks ago, Tyler Seguin was answering questions about his lack of offense and being stuck on the third line for the Boston Bruins during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He had new questions to answer Thursday, like, "How does the idea of Tyler Seguin, first-line center sound?"

That appears to be the plan after the Dallas Stars traded veteran forward Loui Eriksson and three prospects (Joseph Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser) to Boston for Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button.

"We're looking at somebody that can obviously play with [Jamie] Benn," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday. "It is a position we wanted to fill, and it is the natural position for Tyler, and he's looking forward to playing it."

Tortorella glad to have Luongo as Canucks goalie

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 11:30 PM / NHL Insider

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Coach John Tortorella certainly is happy Roberto Luongo is still with the Vancouver Canucks, saying the goaltender will be "the backbone of our team."

Speaking to TSN Drive radio, Tortorella on Wednesday addressed the situation that leaves Luongo as the Canucks' No. 1 goalie after Cory Schneider was traded to the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday. The deal ended more than a year of goaltending controversy in Vancouver.

"I think Roberto's a hell of a goalie," Tortorella said. "I've done many interviews, and people start saying, 'Well, Schneider's going to be the starter, and he's the backup.' Roberto Luongo isn't a backup. I watched him in the Olympics, I've watched him through his career. He is a really good goalie.

"I'm not sure what happened along the way, how this all got into this here, but I'm hoping he will get himself straightened out mentally. I believe he will because everybody I've talked to said he's just a great guy and a great pro, and he's going to be the backbone of our team."

Letang plans to spend rest of career with Penguins

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 8:52 PM / NHL Insider

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To Kris Letang, there's no place he'd rather be than Pittsburgh, and that's why he wanted to make sure he'd be there for a long time.

The 26-year-old defenseman entered the offseason with one year remaining on his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and on Tuesday he agreed to an eight-year extension worth $58 million. The new deal will begin in 2014-15.

As conversations progressed among Letang, Penguins general manager Ray Shero and agent Kent Hughes, Letang said there was no question how he wanted it to end up.

"It was about getting a deal done with Pittsburgh," Letang told the Penguins' website Wednesday. "I never looked at any other team or free agency or anything like that. It was settling on numbers and making sure I can spend the rest of my career in Pittsburgh."

The new deal could keep Letang in a Penguins uniform until he's 35. It contains a modified no-trade clause.

'Pittsburgh guy' Dupuis happy to stay with Penguins

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 5:46 PM / NHL Insider

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Pascal Dupuis calls himself a "Pittsburgh guy," and is happy to be for four more seasons.

Dupuis, who could have become an unrestricted free agent, on Tuesday signed a four-year contract worth $15 million to remain with the Penguins.

Pascal Dupuis
Pascal Dupuis - 2012-13 STATS
Right Wing - PIT
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 38
SOG: 140 | +/-: 31
"I could have gone on the market and get maybe -- I say maybe -- a little more," Dupuis told the team's website Wednesday. "But what I have in Pittsburgh, the relationship with everybody on the staff, with my neighbors, with my kids' friends, with my kids' school, it weighed quite a bit in my decision. And the way the fans have been treating me in the last couple years, it's been unreal. I definitely wanted to be back, and get a taste of that for another four years. You know me. I’m a Pittsburgh guy."

Stars in place, Penguins turn to youth to fill roster

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 4:48 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The biggest news of the first month of the Pittsburgh Penguins' offseason has been the contract extensions agreed to with veteran stalwarts Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz.

Though coach Dan Bylsma happily acknowledges keeping together "the big foundation of our team," the resulting trickle-down effect will have more of an impact on his team going forward.

Bylsma knows what he has in Malkin, Letang, Dupuis and Kunitz. The $24.35 million of the NHL's annual salary cap they will swallow in future years means the coach will turn to younger (and cheaper) players to fill out his lineup.

"Now when you've got top-six forwards and you've got some key players on your defense locked up, you talk about adding to our team and our identity and third- and fourth-line type of roles," Bylsma said Wednesday, referring to the organization's younger players and prospects. "We are going to see that going forward."

Right wing main offseason target for Bruins

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 12:52 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted he liked the new free agency interview period, which opened at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, ahead of the start of free agency at noon ET on Friday.

He just wasn't going to lose any sleep over it.

"I didn't do it at 12:01 a.m., I was sleeping," Chiarelli said on a conference call Wednesday when asked about reaching out to agents during the interview process.

Chiarelli said he was working the phones from the second he woke up, including on his drive to work. And in his chat with the media he left little doubt about his main targets when the market starts.

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