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Niedermayer's number to join mentors in N.J. rafters

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 2:31 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Twenty years have passed since Scott Niedermayer showed up in West Orange, N.J. for his first training camp as a member of the New Jersey Devils. He walked into the dressing room that first morning at South Mountain Arena and was greeted by fellow defensemen Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko, veterans who by then had played in a combined 1,116 NHL games.

Friday night, Niedermayer's No. 27 will join Daneyko's No. 3 and Stevens' No. 4 in the rafters at Prudential Center. It's a reality that even Niedermayer is having trouble wrapping his head around.

"I came in here with very little expectation or pressure," Niedermayer recalled Friday afternoon. "There were guys out there handling all the heavy lifting; I just got to enjoy the ride and learn a lot from these guys. They were great teammates. They had each other's backs and they had my back. I was never afraid to go on the ice when those guys were out there. It's a real honor for me to join those two guys."
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Devils set to honor blueliner who was a class above

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 10:36 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Considering the number of possible answers, the question certainly seemed loaded.
 
What, in your opinion, was Scott Niedermayer's greatest moment as a Devil?
 
Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey's longstanding general manager, didn't even hesitate to answer. He didn't stammer or even stumble over a single word. The answer came as easily to him as skating the puck up the ice came to Niedermayer.
 
"It's the goal in Detroit, in the Stanley Cup Final. That comes right to mind without even thinking," Lamoriello told NHL.com on Thursday afternoon. "He went from one end of the rink to the other end, shot the puck and it missed the net, the rebound came out and he put it in. That was probably the turning point of the Stanley Cup win for us."
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Neuvirth throws Caps goalie situation into flux

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 12:50 AM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – It is far too early to call the Washington Capitals' goaltending situation a controversy.

But the Capitals certainly do have a goaltending competition going on between veteran Tomas Vokoun and his understudy and fellow Czech, Michal Neuvirth.

Neuvirth played his 12th game of the season on Thursday night against Winnipeg and shut down a Jets team that had established an offensive presence on home ice over the past month. In Neuvirth's last appearance at the MTS Centre four weeks earlier, the Jets had pinned four goals on the goalie on 31 shots.
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Flyers prepare for a season without Pronger

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 11:42 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Chris Pronger
Defense - PHI
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 12
SOG: 23 | +/-: 1
MONTREAL -- The Philadelphia Flyers came off the ice after a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night feeling pretty good about themselves -- until the media walked in the dressing room and informed the players that their captain, Chris Pronger, would miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs with a concussion.

The team made the announcement during the first period of the game and coach Peter Laviolette was informed of the news just prior to the opening faceoff, but the players had no idea and were somewhat shocked to hear it from reporters.
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Niedermayer discusses a career success on "NHL Hour"

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 7:36 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Success followed Scott Niedermayer throughout his hockey career -- including, but hardly limited to, the four Stanley Cups he won as a member of the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks.

Niedermayer won every major North American and international hockey championship out there, beginning with a gold medal for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in 1991 and including the Memorial Cup with Kamloops a year later, an IIHF World Championship as well as the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and Olympic gold for Canada in 2002 and 2010.

On the eve of having his No. 27 retired by the Devils, the smooth-skating defenseman appeared on Thursday's "NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman" to talk about that unprecedented achievement.
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Flames GM Feaster makes return to Tampa

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 7:25 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Jay Feaster, the architect of the Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning of 2004, returned to the scene of his – and the Lightning's – greatest triumph on Thursday. It was Feaster's first trip to the St. Pete Times Forum since becoming the general manager of the Calgary Flames a year ago.

Feaster took the reigns as the general manger of the Lightning in 2002 and led the Lightning to the franchise's only championship two years later. He resigned in 2008 with three years remaining on his contract, citing difficulties co-existing with then-Lightning owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules.

"What the people inside the organization went through in those two years, I don't wish that on my worst enemy," Feaster said. "That was, for me, the toughest part; to see what it did to the people."

The current ownership and management, however, drew raves from Feaster.
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Selanne blazed a trail from Finland to Winnipeg

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

What had seemed impossible just a few months earlier had become possible, thanks to a baby-faced Finnish kid.

He received a long pass at the red line and took three quick steps that gave him the edge over the defenseman, and then there was just the goalie to beat.

The kid accelerated some more, then waited, moved the puck to his backhand and lifted it to the back of the net. Exhilarated, he turned toward his teammates that were following the play, threw his glove up in the air, and using his stick as a fake rifle, shot it down just before disappearing in the team huddle. 
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Little coming up big for Jets

Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 6:29 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- A month ago, Bryan Little of the Winnipeg Jets admits that he may have flubbed the type of setup that led to his game-winning goal in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Dustin Byfuglien lasered a pass across the slot from the right side to Little at the left post that landed in the center's skates. With Minnesota goaltender Nicklas Backstrom scrambling to push across his crease to the right, Little calmly kicked the puck to his stick and tapped the puck past Backstrom.

"It's amazing," Little said of what an upgrade in confidence can do. "[A month ago] maybe I kick [the puck] too hard out of my skates or something. I handled it more calmly than maybe I would have earlier in the season. When you have that confidence to shoot the puck without even thinking, it's amazing how much it can do for you."
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Weber once again proving Norris-worthy for Predators

Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 5:00 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- As Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan stepped out of the penalty box last Saturday, the puck bounded out of his team's defensive zone and toward the other end, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

Ryan, a three-time 30-goal scorer who famously undressed a couple of Nashville Predators during the playoffs last season, seemed to have a step on the only defender giving chase.

Never fear – that defender was Predators captain Shea Weber. Even at the end of a long power-play shift, Weber caught up to Ryan and played the body, delivering an enormous left shoulder with the full weight of his 6-foot-4, 232-pound frame to Ryan, and the play drifted harmlessly into the corner.

Earlier that morning, Ryan was asked what he might have learned about playing against Weber in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs that he had not already known. His words proved prophetic.

"I think he's a lot faster than I had originally thought," Ryan said. "I always knew he was a little deceptive with it, but we got in a couple of foot races where I thought I had a step or two and he's so explosive. He's got those two or three strides that get him going and he shuts down your time and space well, but other than that he's a straightforward player.
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So how is the new coach doing?

Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 1:48 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Five teams have changed coaches this season, and it's not even Christmas yet.

It started Nov. 6, when Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne in St. Louis. Twenty-four days later, Bruce Boudreau (Washington) and Paul Maurice (Carolina) lost their jobs and were replaced by Dale Hunter and Kirk Muller, respectively. Less than 72 hours later, Boudreau was hired as Randy Carlyle's replacement in Anaheim.

And earlier this week the Los Angeles Kings fired Terry Murray and have, at least for the time being, replaced him on an interim basis with John Stevens, who was on staff as an assistant.
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