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Ramsay ready for 'emotional' matchup with Winnipeg

Sunday, 10.30.2011 / 4:05 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

Craig Ramsay has been in the NHL for so long and worked for so many organizations, whether as a coach or a player, that numerous games have special meaning for him.

Add to that list Monday's game when Ramsay's Florida Panthers, where he is an assistant coach to Kevin Dineen, host the Winnipeg Jets.

Ramsay served as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers last season and when that franchise relocated to Winnipeg in the offseason, Ramsay was not retained. On Monday, he will face a roster in which 18 of the 23 active players played for him last season and a lot of special relationships were forged.

"In all honesty, now, since I've bounced around from one team to another, I have a whole bunch of those teams where you have special meaning for the game and you have to try to set that aside," Ramsay said. "I'd like to say there's no extra emotion, but there is… There is emotion there, but I really try not to let it affect the way I do my job and what I have to accomplish.
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Jagr providing great chemistry with Giroux, Hartnell

Saturday, 10.29.2011 / 11:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The way Jaromir Jagr tells it, he and Claude Giroux go together like oil in water.

Jaromir Jagr
Right Wing - PHI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 11
SOG: 35 | +/-: 3
"Don't forget, the age difference between me and G, it's like 20 years," said Jagr, who is really only 16 years older than Giroux. "And, how I play hockey and how he plays hockey, it's totally different hockey. You know, hockey in 20 years has changed a lot."

Maybe so, but when Jagr and Giroux add Scott Hartnell to the mix, the chemistry experiment produces completely different lab results, such as a combined 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists over the past four games between the three of them.

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Pronger recovering slowly from eye injury

Saturday, 10.29.2011 / 8:15 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers captain Chris Pronger says he feels lucky that his eye injury isn't as bad as it could have been, but he won't go into detail on his thoughts about wearing a visor when he returns to the ice or if his stance on them has changed.

It should be noted, however, that Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren said Pronger wouldn't be cleared to play unless he agrees to wear a visor.

"That's getting a little ahead of ourselves," Pronger said Saturday night in his first public comments since getting struck in the right eye by Mikhail Grabovski's stick during the first period of last Monday's game against Toronto. "I have to get back on the ice first."
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Bruins back in Montreal, again looking for turnaround

Saturday, 10.29.2011 / 2:33 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins have been here before.

It wasn't exactly the same situation as the Bruins find themselves in now, but when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night they should be able to draw some inspiration from a very similar feeling last spring.

The Bruins were down two games to none against the Canadiens in the playoffs last season coming to Montreal for Game 3, but they pulled out a 4-2 win in that game and followed it up with a comeback victory, 5-4, in overtime in Game 4 on their way to a seven-game series win.

These Bruins arrive in Montreal sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference and already assured of having the worst 10-game start of any defending champion in 17 years.

A regular season game before Halloween could never justifiably be compared to a playoff game in April, but this is probably as close as you can get.
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Kevin Smith finds movie inspiration through hockey

Saturday, 10.29.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"I'm in a great position. I get to say what I want to say about growing up and moving on professionally, entering one's career -- in this case hockey. And be more brutally honest about it."
-- Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith is the first person to admit that he's far from a "sports guy."

However, the award-winning filmmaker not only has dedicated himself to the game of hockey, he's announced that his final movie -- actually, movies -- will be hockey-themed.

Smith currently is working on the script for "Hit Somebody," which is based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name. The song tells the fictional story of Buddy McCracken, who dreams of scoring a goal in a game, but instead, is used by teams more for his fists.

Nicholas Braun, who recently starred in Smith's horror film "Red State," will play McCracken. Also appearing in the films will be renowned actors John Goodman, Michael Parks and Alan Rickman -- all of whom also have worked with Smith on previous projects.
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Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog put friendship on pause

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 4:25 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog became friends with Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the weeks leading up to the 2011 NHL Draft, but the relationship won't be the same when the 18-year-old rookies meet on the ice for the first time Friday at the Pepsi Center.

"We went through the whole process of the (NHL Scouting) Combine and the draft and going to the Stanley Cup Final together," Landeskog said after this morning's skate. "We became pretty good friends. Obviously he's in Edmonton and I'm here now, so there's not going to be any friendship out on the ice.
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Four top draftees, including RNH, are sticking around

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 3:31 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Gabriel Landeskog
Left Wing - COL
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 6
SOG: 36 | +/-: 2
Gabriel Landeskog, the No. 2 pick of the 2011 Draft, will play his 10th NHL game Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

By playing, it will start the clock on his three-year, entry-level contract. Prior to the game, the Avalanche could have returned him to junior hockey and delayed the start of that deal by a season.

However, Avs General Manager Greg Sherman told NHL.com he didn't need nine games to see that Landeskog was ready for the NHL.

"Right in that first week there," Sherman said. "We had things set up for him. He would be with us."
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Julien changes lines; Deals next for sinking B's?

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 2:38 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

"I think when you look at that board today and we're last in the East, it's definitely rock bottom for us. We know it can't get any worse than this and only one way to go is up. So if we put together a few good games and we get on a streak a bit here, we're going to be right back in the mix." -- Brad Marchand

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins front-office personnel, coaches and players alike all did their research during the offseason in an attempt to be the ones that could beat the dreaded "Stanley Cup hangover."

Unfortunately for them, a little more than four months removed from winning the Cup, the Bruins are making a different type of history.

After losing to Montreal on Thursday night -- a game coach Claude Julien described as "the worst-executed game from the second period on that we've played this year" -- the Bruins' record now stands at 3-6-0 and they're looking up at the rest of the Eastern Conference in the standings.
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Sharks seek to continue streak, extend Wings' woes

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 2:31 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The start of this season has taken almost exact opposite turns for both the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

It's still early and the recent trends for each team are taken from small sample sizes, but suddenly Friday night's first meeting between the Western Conference rivals appears to have extra importance placed on it.

The Red Wings (5-2-0), who will play host to the Sharks at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., NHL Network-U.S.), are reeling a bit after starting with a 5-0 mark. They've now suffered consecutive blowout losses on the road to the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets, and drew the ire of coach Mike Babcock for what he thought was a poor effort in Ohio on Tuesday.
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Bryzgalov shoulders blame for goaltending meltdown

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 12:23 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Ilya Bryzgalov
Goalie - PHI
RECORD: 3-4-1
GAA: 3.45 | SVP: 0.870
The Philadelphia Flyers re-worked their team this summer to stabilize their goaltending position. But in the course of a week, all their hopes appear to have gone away in a blaze of red lights.

Ilya Bryzgalov, signed to a nine-year, $51 million contract in June with the hope that he could finally settle one of the more unsettled positions in the game, allowed four goals on 10 shots and suffered his fourth straight defeat in Thursday's wild 9-8 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

After starting the season 4-0-1, the Flyers are 1-4-0, and have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games.
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