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Hodgson, Kassian ready to face former teams

Saturday, 03.03.2012 / 3:30 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

Cody Hodgson isn’t quite sure how to feel about returning to the city he was traded from just five days earlier or suiting up against guys he called teammates when the week began.

The 22-year-old hasn’t had much time to process being a key part of a four-player deal that sent him from Vancouver to Buffalo at Monday's  trade deadline, with 2009 first-round draft pick Zack Kassian, Buffalo's top prospect, headed the other way.

Hodgson hasn’t totally wrapped his head around coming "home" to play Saturday night against an organization that picked him 10th overall in 2008 and helped him develop into an NHL Rookie of the Year candidate.

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Ducks glad to see Carlyle land in Toronto

Saturday, 03.03.2012 / 1:41 AM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After Randy Carlyle was fired as Anaheim coach on Nov. 30, Ducks players acknowledged that it was time for a new voice in the locker room. But they also took part ownership for not playing up to standards during a disastrous first two months of the season.

The Ducks still have plenty of respect for Carlyle -- after all, he's the only Stanley Cup-winning coach in franchise history -- and they predictably were happy to hear that he was hired Friday as coach in Toronto under former Anaheim general manager Brian Burke, replacing Ron Wilson.

"I don't think there was any question that Randy was going to continue to coach in the League," forward Bobby Ryan said after Friday's 3-2 win against Calgary. "He had a great run here. He won a Cup. I think his resume speaks for itself."

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Bettman, two GMs join MIT analytics conference

Friday, 03.02.2012 / 6:35 PM / NHL Insider

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

BOSTON -- The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is staging its sixth annual event about cutting-edge statistics this weekend here in Bruins territory. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli served on a "Hockey Analytics" panel Friday to provide some insights on building a Stanley Cup winner, while NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was part of a group of sports executives who provided perspective on how the management of professional leagues has evolved since Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected as baseball's first commissioner in 1921.

ESPN personality Michael Wilbon introduced Bettman as a sports leader who has accomplished quite a number of impressive analytics while running the NHL, including taking the League’s licensing revenues "from $275 million in the mid-1990s to $1.3 billion." Adding in all League and team revenues, the overall number was $2.8 billion for the most recent fiscal year.

"None of the leagues were in the businesses we are now," said Bettman, referencing that he began working in the sports leagues industry 31 years ago. "When I started at the NHL [in 1993] there was no NHL.com, no NHL Network, no NHL Radio. We have maybe 40 people working for the League. Now we have 500.
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Leafs spending time working out defensive kinks

Friday, 03.02.2012 / 5:42 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- After blaming a lot of the defensive woes of the Toronto Maple Leafs on his goaltending recently, coach Ron Wilson decided Friday to address the problems surrounding his net rather than the one between the pipes.

Wilson ran the Maple Leafs through an intense practice that ran over an hour at the Canadiens' suburban practice facility in advance of their game Saturday matchup at Bell Centre (7 p.m., NHLN-US, CBC), and the focus clearly was placed on how Toronto defends its end of the ice.

"Right now we've just got to play better in our zone," Wilson said. "We're getting chances, we're scoring goals, but we have to be better in front of our goalie. It's as simple as that. That's what today's practice was all about."
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Neal hoping for warm reception in Dallas return

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 3:07 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

James Neal
Left Wing - PIT
GOALS: 30 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 61
SOG: 253 | +/-: 1
DALLAS -- Wednesday will mark the first game for James Neal in Dallas since he was traded to the Penguins last February. And the Pittsburgh forward and 2012 NHL All-Star admits he's hoping for a warm reception from the fans at American Airlines Center after the solid three seasons he had with the Stars.

"Yeah, that would be nice," he said of a positive fan reaction. "I definitely enjoyed my time here. It was a great group of guys, had fun, and on to a new page in my career. It'll be weird for a bit to start, but I'm sure it'll continue to be another road game and that'll take care of itself."

Neal was a second-round pick (No. 33) of the Stars in 2005 and started his NHL career with three-straight 20-goal seasons. But with the Stars looking to add some offense to their blue line, he was dealt -- along with defenseman Matt Niskanen -- to the Penguins for defenseman Alex Goligoski.

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Tallon: Panthers' success this season just 'first act'

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 1:14 PM / NHL Insider

Neil Acharya - NHL.com Correspondent

Heading down the stretch, the Florida Panthers are in an unfamiliar position -- fighting for a playoff spot and the Southeast Division title with 20 games to go.

Their success to date has surprised many, perhaps even the team's architect.

"It's our first act. We've got a long way to go and I'm not going to mortgage the future just to get a little early success. Success for me is being a Stanley Cup winner and contender for a lot of years to come. ... We are on the right track and I feel really good about our future as well."
-- Panthers' GM Dale Tallon

"With 13 or 14 new players now, a new coaching staff and all the injuries we have accumulated over the year, I take my hat off to the players and the coaching staff for playing so hard and buying in to what we are trying to do here," said Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon.

When Tallon was hired by the Florida Panthers in May 2010, the ownership group hailed his arrival as the beginning of a new chapter in club history. With his team heading into the final five weeks of the season with a very real possibility of earning a playoff berth for the first time in 12 years, Tallon is inching closer to putting his stamp on what he prefers to call "the first act."

"We are in the first phase of what we are trying to accomplish," he said. "I would say it's a three-phase situation and let's say it's Act 1 and we are ahead of schedule."
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Six stories to watch in season's stretch run

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 10:33 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the trade deadline having come and gone, it's finally time to shift gears to the playoff races and the storylines that relate to them. There is plenty there to keep everyone on edge and focused between now and April 7, when all 30 teams are in action on the final day of the regular season.

Here are six storylines that should grab the hockey world's attention over the next 5 1/2 weeks:

Sidney Crosby's status


Penguins GM Ray Shero says he likes his team, so much so that he decided not to change anything at the trade deadline. There's no question he likes his team a whole lot more when No. 87 is in the lineup.

No one can say for certain if that's going to happen again this season, but there's some speculation in Pittsburgh that Shero's silence at the deadline suggests Crosby is close to getting back in the lineup. Crosby's level of work on the ice also should make that suggestion, as he's begun to ramp it up in recent days.
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Leap Day special to eight current, former NHL players

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 9:35 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

"In the early ages I got made fun of for being so young. Now being 28, I'm sure I'll get some 7-year-old cards." -- Cam Ward

For most of us, Wednesday is "Leap Day," a day that's added to the calendar once every four years to keep things in harmony. For eight NHL players past and present, however, it's a chance to celebrate their "real" birthday.

For Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who turns 28 by normal standards, it's the seventh time he gets to celebrate his birthday on the right day -- Feb. 29.

"In the early ages I got made fun of for being so young," Ward told NHL.com. "Now being 28, I'm sure I'll get some 7-year-old cards."

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Blackhawks already see positives in Oduya

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 4:55 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- After catching a red-eye flight from Winnipeg on Tuesday morning, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya was on the ice for practice with his new team in the Windy City.

The 30-year-old native of Stockholm, who the Hawks acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday for a pair of 2013 fourth-round draft picks, said it was good just to get back on the ice.

"Anytime you have a team this good and they want to bring you in to see if there's a fit for you and you can help out, you appreciate it. I feel fortunate coming in here."  -- Johnny Oduya

"It was a nice skate, nice to just move around a little bit," said Oduya, who was paired with Brent Seabrook. "I didn't do too much (Monday), so it was all right. (I was) up early this morning to get here, but feel pretty good."

He looked pretty good, too, considering.

Oduya's skating ability -- which was lauded by Chicago general manager Stan Bowman on Monday -- was noticeable right away in offensive and defensive drills.

The Hawks had a void for a player with Oduya's skill set after they traded speedy, puck-moving defenseman Brian Campbell last summer to help create salary-cap space. Bowman also chose not to re-sign last season's trade deadline acquisition, Chris Campoli -- another skilled puck-mover.
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'Forever a Flame,' MacInnis savors special moment

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

Al MacInnis became the first honoree in Calgary's "Forever a Flame" program. (Photo: Gerry Thomas/NHLI)
CALGARY -- He's known for having one of the hardest shots the game of hockey has ever seen.

It turns out Al MacInnis has a soft spot for the Calgary Flames, too.

The 48-year-old became the first honoree in Calgary's "Forever a Flame" program, saluting the organization's greatest, before Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

MacInnis, the MVP of the Flames' only Stanley Cup-winning team in 1989, was honored before family members, past teammates and 19,289 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome surrounding him.

"The Calgary Flames gave me a chance to play in the National Hockey League," MacInnis said after the ceremony that featured several gifts and a $25,000 donation by the Flames to the charity of his choice.

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