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Predators' Ribeiro hopes to find chemistry with Neal

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 6:59 PM / NHL Insider

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Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro was pleased to see a familiar face when he reported early to participate in informal team skates on Tuesday. It turns out another new arrival, left wing James Neal, had already been in town for a few days.

Mike Ribeiro
Center - NSH
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 47
SOG: 110 | +/-: -13
Ribeiro and Neal played together for parts of three seasons with the Dallas Stars and the center hopes his former teammate can help him kickstart his career after being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes on June 27.

"We played before, we're friends since then. It will just be a matter of practicing together and talking," Ribeiro told the Predators website. "I'm sure he's learned some stuff since his first year in the League. It's just getting back that chemistry. You do that by practicing together and trying to find what he likes and what I like to do."

Neal has scored at least 20 goals in each of his six NHL seasons and could potentially help Ribeiro bounce back from a disappointing season with the Coyotes. The veteran center scored 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games before being bought out one season into a four-year, $22 million contract he signed in 2013.


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Future Goals program uses hockey as teaching tool

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 2:37 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- As Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban made the rounds from student to student at Newark Science Park High School on Tuesday, he started thinking about how big of an impact education has had on his life and his family.

"My family has a very big educational background," Subban said. "My dad worked in the Toronto District School Board for over 30 years as a principal. My sisters are both teachers. My sister's husband is a teacher. Working with kids and the school board has been something my family has been doing for a long time."

Now Subban will get his chance to do the same through the Future Goals Digital Education Program, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association.

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'Superhuman' Lundqvist a guest on 'Late Show'

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 9:36 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Henrik Lundqvist
Goalie - NYR
RECORD: 33-24-5
GAA: 2.36 | SVP: .920
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist spent about two months in the spotlight during the run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Training camp is more than a week away, but he was right back in the spotlight Monday.

After participating in the annual NHL Player Media Tour earlier in the day, Lundqvist was a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS. The host started the segment by running off Lundqvist's accomplishments with the Rangers, highlighted by becoming the first goaltender in history to win five Game 7s in his career.

Lundqvist is the only goaltender to win at least 30 games in each of his first seven NHL seasons. He won the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goaltender in 2012 and is tops on the Rangers' list in wins (309) and shutouts (50). New York lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the Cup Final in June.

"I could never … if I lived to be 1,000, [I] could never do what this guy does," Letterman said as he introduced Lundqvist to the audience. "Who can do what this guy does? I have nothing but endless admiration for him."

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Perron pleased with turnout at Oilers skate

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 9:07 PM / NHL Insider

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The Edmonton Oilers had nearly 30 players and prospects on ice Monday for an informal skate at Millennium Place at Sherwood Park. The big turnout delighted veteran forward David Perron, who was among those on the ice.

"We've been done playing since April and it's something we're trying to change," Perron told the Oilers website. "With more and more teams, their veteran guys are showing up earlier and earlier so as soon as camp starts they are ready to go. Three days after camp starts I think we have an exhibition game so it's something where we have to be as ready as possible.

David Perron
Left Wing - EDM
GOALS: 28 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 57
SOG: 220 | +/-: -16
"When I asked the trainers a couple of days ago about how many guys were in town they said roughly 30. I thought he was kidding at first but it's a nice showing of veteran guys and prospects. We'll see who is going to be able to make the team."

Perron tied Jordan Eberle for the team lead with 28 goals but had to pass on an invitation to play for Canada at the World Championships in May because of a hip injury. He said he was able to deal with the injury during the summer and is ready to go as camp approaches.

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Carlyle looks for better things from Maple Leafs

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 8:49 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be different; there's no doubt about that. The question is whether they will be better.

One year after they threw a scare into the Boston Bruins by taking them to seven games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Maple Leafs took a nosedive. Toronto lost its final four games of the 2013-14 season and 13 of its last 18, tumbling to 12th in the Eastern Conference and missing the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons.

Changes were in order. Brendan Shanahan was hired as team president and wasted little time putting his stamp on the new-look Maple Leafs.

It started behind the bench; coach Randy Carlyle got a two-year contract extension, but assistant coaches Scott Gordon, Dave Farrish and Greg Cronin were released. The changes spread to the front office with the firing of vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and VP and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle.


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Newest Islanders excited for upcoming season

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 7:01 PM / NHL Insider

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The New York Islanders' summer was marked by a number of roster moves, most notably among the forwards and in goal. Some of those new additions participated in informal skates at Islanders Iceworks on Monday, and they're excited to begin preparing for the new season; it's the team's last at Nassau Coliseum before moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

"It looks like a good place to play. I feel just excited. I still am a little bit tired after the plane. I moved from California. We will see. To me, first day is always hard," center Mikhail Grabovski said. "Personally, I'm just happy to find a good team and sign a long deal so I can play and relax. A great city, a great chance to play next year in a new stadium. I'm happy."

Grabovski was one of the Islanders' marquee acquisitions, signing with New York on the same day as good friend Nikolai Kulemin. The two forwards enjoyed great success playing together with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the hope is they can rekindle that chemistry with their new team.


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Krejci eager for more goals and Cups in Boston

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has averaged 0.75 points per game in his 504-game NHL career. But now that he's been granted a raise, he's thinking about doing things to raise that scoring average.

Krejci, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, last week signed a six-year extension that will begin in 2015-16 and carry an annual salary-cap charge of $7.25 million through 2021. He spoke about his new contract for the first time at TD Garden on Monday.

"I do want to score more goals, that's for sure," said Krejci, whose cap charge this season is $5.25 million in the last year of a three-year contract. "Not necessarily because I signed a new deal, but just because I want to get better every year. And that's my goal: Get more goals and help the team to win more games, get in the good spot, in the good position before the playoffs and go from there."

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Krejci contract ensures Bruins' depth at center

Friday, 09.05.2014 / 3:11 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Strength down the middle is a philosophy a lot of general managers preach.

David Krejci
Center - BOS
GOALS: 19 | ASST: 50 | PTS: 69
SOG: 169 | +/-: 39
That mantra is one Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli lives by, and he's willing to devote a great deal of salary-cap space to prove it.

Chiarelli's efforts to make sure the Bruins will be among the NHL elite at center for the remainder of this decade was finalized Thursday when it was announced that center David Krejci signed a six-year contract extension that begins with the 2015-16 season. Krejci, whose salary-cap charge for this season will be $5.25 million, will count $7.25 million against the cap each season of the new contract, which runs through the 2020-21 season

Krejci, center Patrice Bergeron, defenseman Zdeno Chara and goaltender Tuukka Rask each is  signed at least through 2019.

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After trade talk, Hurricanes' Ward looks to regain form

Friday, 09.05.2014 / 11:20 AM / NHL Insider

Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is not the player he once was. He knows it, and he's not afraid to talk about it. Bluntly.

"I know I've been inconsistent," Ward said. "Inconsistency at the goaltending position is something you can't afford. These last couple years, dealing with injuries and other issues ..."

Ward rethinks his point and continues.

"But excuses are for losers, so those don't do you any favors."

Ward is opting for straight talk these days. Often reticent about his shaky play in recent seasons, he now speaks with nothing-left-to-lose candor. One reason: Early in the summer, Ward learned that the Hurricanes were looking at trade options. In his first days on the job, general manager Ron Francis phoned Ward to let him know.

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Pacioretty eager to help lead Canadiens

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- It may have been a sign of things to come when it was pointed out to Max Pacioretty that his likeness in EA Sports' new NHL 15 is wearing the captain's "C," and the Montreal Canadiens left wing smiled when he was asked if he knows something that has not yet been shared with the rest of the hockey world.

"No, I don't know anything," Pacioretty said Thursday after participating in EA Sports' Motion Capture Display. "But I believe somebody at EA Sports should be in line for a promotion."

The fact is the Canadiens are in the market for a captain since Brian Gionta, their captain the past four seasons, signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1.

The Canadiens whipped their typically emotional fans into frenzy last season when they bounced the Tampa Bay Lightning from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four games and then eliminated the Boston Bruins in seven. Things turned sour in the Eastern Conference Final, however, when Montreal was beaten in six games by the New York Rangers.

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