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Acquisition of Carter has Blue Jackets thinking big

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 9:05 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson feels he has finally found the perfect complement for All-Star left wing Rick Nash.
 
On Thursday afternoon, Howson finalized a deal with Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren that was six months in the making, acquiring veteran center Jeff Carter in exchange for wing Jakub Voracek and a pair of 2011 draft picks in the first (No. 8) and third (No. 68) rounds.
 
"We've been working on this for a long time, it seems," Howson said during a news conference at the City Center Marriott. "We had discussions about various players over six months and I thought we were getting close over the last three or four days. It crystallized (Thursday) around noon and we moved forward." 
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Instant E.J.: Reaction to Flyers wheeling and dealing

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 8:08 PM / NHL Insider

EJ Hradek - NHL.com Analyst

What a day! The Flyers shook up the hockey world with a pair of blockbuster deals, moving cornerstone young centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Richards was sent to the left coast (Los Angeles), while Carter moves across the Pennsylvania border into Ohio to join the Blue Jackets.
 
Here are a few quick thoughts about the moves for each team's perspective. 
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Morrow eager to work with Gulutzan

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 4:18 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- When Glen Gulutzan officially was introduced as the 21st coach in Dallas Stars history Monday, two of his new players were in attendance. Joining talented young winger Toby Petersen in the back of the room was a man who has been a face of the franchise since Mike Modano left the club in 2010 -- captain Brenden Morrow.

Gulutzan will be the fourth different coach the Dallas captain has played for since making his NHL debut for the Stars during the 1999-2000 season.

One thing the veteran center has done is talked to several of his younger teammates who have played for Gulutzan so he can gain an accurate picture about what to expect. One of those he talked to was current teammate Jamie Benn, who played for Gulutzan during the 2009-10 season with the AHL's Texas Stars.
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Gulutzan feels there's much to like about Stars

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 4:13 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

"While we were disappointed that we didn't make the playoffs last year, there was a lot to like and a lot to build on. It is my intention to build this team into a winner. We'd all like nothing more than to have our own parade again with the Stanley Cup in downtown Dallas." -- Joe Nieuwendyk

DALLAS -- During his opening marks at Monday's press conference to officially introduce Glen Gulutzan as the new coach of the Dallas Stars, General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk couldn't help but refer to the other tenant of the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks, who were crowned 2011 NBA champions just over one week ago.

Nieuwendyk, who helped bring the Stanley Cup to Dallas in 1999, the city’s last title before this year, sees many parallels between the champion Mavericks and the current Stars.

"They have tremendous leadership from top to bottom. I think they've shown from staying the course, determination and teamwork in every since of the word that you can achieve your goals. I think they're a good model for us to follow as we move forward here," Nieuwendyk said.
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Flyers continue talks with Bryzgalov

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 2:25 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Philadelphia Flyers have 10 days to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov or risk losing him on the opening day of NHL free agency July 1.

The Flyers acquired the negotiating rights to the 30-year-old Bryzgalov on June 7. Since then, he's been saying all the right things -- including how great it would be to bring a championship to Philadelphia. It certainly would behoove Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren if a deal were in place before the opening round of the 2011 Entry Draft on Friday. Or would it?

"We'd obviously like to get (a deal) resolved at some point, but I'm not sure it matters whether it's prior to the draft," Holmgren told the media via a conference call Monday. "There's still enough time after the Draft (four days) to get a deal done. The important thing is there's been progress made where we could get something worked out and I don't see why that won't continue. I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't really get into a definitive answer, but there's been enough progress that kind of gives me hope that we'd be able to make a deal at some time, but we'll see."

According to CSNPhilly.com, Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, might be seeking a five-year deal with a salary exceeding $5 million per season. The Flyers probably would prefer something in the seven-year range. According to Holmgren, the length of the contract and the dollars involved still are in the negotiating stage
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MacLean vows to bring direction, leadership to Sens

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:38 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I'm going to try and bring some direction and leadership and empower them to make them better. There's a great core of players and a crop of younger players, so we'll find the good players." -- Paul MacLean

Paul MacLean believes the Ottawa Senators are in need of direction and leadership, and he's convinced he's the right man for the job.

Backing that claim is Senators General Manager Bryan Murray, who Tuesday named MacLean the team's fifth head coach in four seasons during a news conference at Scotiabank Place.

"I think every player in the League wants to succeed … they don't want to be bad, they don't want to miss playoffs -- they want to be successful," MacLean said. "I'm going to try and bring some direction and leadership and empower them to make them better. There's a great core of players and a crop of younger players, so we'll find the good players."
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Fans to vote on Skinner's outfit for Awards

Tuesday, 06.07.2011 / 12:27 PM / NHL Insider

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

For everything Jeff Skinner has gone through this past calendar year, this might have been the most unique experience of them all.

Skinner, who was selected by Carolina in the first round of the Entry Draft last June, received All-Star distinctions in January and finished his whirlwind rookie campaign with a remarkable 31 goals and 63 points -- spent a morning last month at the John Varvatos store in Soho.

While there, the Hurricanes' baby-faced rookie and finalist for the 2011 Calder Trophy tried on three different suits. His looks were photographed, and will appear on seventeen.com -- where readers will be able to vote for their favorite, choosing which one Skinner sports to next month's NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.

"It's definitely been a pretty crazy year for me, a lot of special memories, a lot of new experiences," Skinner told NHL.com directly after his private fitting. "[Tuesday was] one of the more cool ones I think. It's not what you sort of think of when you think of playing in the NHL. It's definitely unique and it's been really fun."
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Waddell 'disappointed' in final outcome

Tuesday, 05.31.2011 / 7:13 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

Atlanta Thrashers president Don Waddell traveled the country looking for potential buyers who would be willing to keep the franchise in Atlanta and met with more than 20 individuals and groups and tried various approaches, he said in a conference call on Tuesday.

In the end, none of them succeeded and the only potential buyer he could find on behalf of his ownership group, which was committed to selling the team to stop publicly documented financial losses, was one that wanted to move it to Winnipeg -- True North Sports and Entertainment.

"We probably had 20-plus people that inquired,"Waddell said. "That doesn't mean they're all qualified. We had a lot of people that were trying to put groups together, seek investors so probably at the end of the day we had 20-plus groups. And probably only a handful of those people had the resources and would qualify to be able to buy a franchise.

"And as we've stated publicly to date, we didn't have one offer that was even worth talking about.”
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Smith brings his passion for hockey to the big screen

Friday, 05.27.2011 / 9:52 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There might not be a person in the entertainment business more in touch with his fan base than filmmaker Kevin Smith. Whether it's through his multiple podcasts, live Q&A tours, daily Internet radio shows or his 1.7 million-plus followers on Twitter, Smith and his loyal supporters have an ongoing dialogue.

It's clearly a two-way street -- as much as fans adore Smith, he listens when those fans speak to him. That's how two scenes from his in-development script for his next -- and he says last -- film, the hockey-themed "Hit Somebody," surfaced online in March, and likely will lead to the public getting a sneak preview of the film long before it hits theaters.

"Hit Somebody" is based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name. The song tells the story of Buddy, an enforcer with no offensive skills who holds fast to the dream of someday scoring just one goal in a game. Award-winning Detroit Free Press columnist and author Mitch Albom wrote the lyrics to the song, which was released in 2002 on Zevon's final album before his death a year later. The song got little radio airplay and seemingly had lived its life before Smith came across it in late 2008. He credits the song for reinvigorating his passion for both writing and hockey.
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Sharks look for answers that will yield Final trip

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 7:13 PM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif.  -- If the puck had taken a few different bounces Tuesday night at Vancouver, Sharks captain Joe Thornton would have spent Thursday afternoon preparing to play Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

Instead, Thornton was cleaning out his locker and rehashing another close-but-no-Stanley-Cup season before heading to the hospital for surgery on his broken pinky.

"It's still pretty tough," Thornton said of the Sharks' 3-2 double-overtime loss in Game 5. "You wanted to play tonight, and obviously you're not. It's still tough and I'm sure it's going to sting for a little bit. But we have a great group of guys in here who are going to come back next year and want it even more. I'm optimistic about the future.
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