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Fresh off bronze, Leddy is back with Hawks

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 4:07 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- After helping the United States win the bronze medal at the IIHF World Juniors Championship in Buffalo earlier this week, Nick Leddy thought his next stop was back home in Minnesota.
 
Instead, the Chicago Blackhawks called him up to the NHL to rejoin the team he started playing with this season. The Hawks officially recalled Leddy on Friday from Rockford of the American Hockey League after sending veteran defenseman Jassen Cullimore there on Thursday.
 
Cullimore played in 36 games for Chicago and had 8 assists with a plus-4 rating.
 
It's been quite a week for Leddy, a 19-year old puck-moving defenseman. After Chicago's morning skate on Friday, Leddy said playing in the WJC and 22 games with Rockford helped him improve from the six games he spent with the Hawks to start the season.
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Sitting on sidelines hurts Gorges more than knee

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 3:51 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- A lot of people made the assumption that Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges had been playing hurt for some time before it was finally announced he would undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee.

But no one could have fathomed just how long it had been.

Gorges revealed Friday that he has been playing with a torn ACL in his right knee since his final season of junior hockey seven years ago.

Now, after playing all of his 509 regular-season and playoff games as a professional on an injured leg, the time has finally come to get it fixed.

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Personal history sold Nieuwendyk on Langenbrunner

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 3:20 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk and the Stars newly acquired veteran right wing Jamie Langenbrunner are proof of how hockey deals can come full circle.

Nearly nine years ago it was then Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong working a deal with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to send both Nieuwendyk, then a veteran forward, and young Langenbrunner to New Jersey. Friday morning, Nieuwendyk, now occupying Armstrong's old chair inside the Stars' front office, brought Langenbrunner back to Texas.

"He's the boss and not my roommate anymore," Langenbrunner said. "It's going to be a little bit different."

Nieuwendyk clearly didn't do this blindly. He knows exactly what his surprising first-place team should get from Langenbrunner, now a 35-year-old right wing, two-time Stanley Cup winner and Olympic silver medalist.

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Storylines swirl as NHL season reaches midpoint

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 2:13 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Dramatic team turnarounds, stellar individual performances, remarkable hot streaks and its hallmark competitive balance have lit up the 2010-11 NHL regular season, which reaches the midway point on Saturday. They all set the table for a thrilling stretch run of a season in which every game matters, every point counts.

Competitive First Half Sets Stage For Wild Finish

* Presidents' Trophy: Top seven clubs separated by five points
* Eastern Conference: One-point lead in each of the three divisions; top four point-earners separated by four points
* Western Conference: Five points separate the 10 teams occupying 4th through 13th place
* Back in the playoffs? Five teams who didn't make the playoffs last season are currently 'above the line', including the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning and Pacific Divisionleading Dallas Stars. They are joined by the Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Four other non-playoff clubs in 2009-10, the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, are within five points of a post-season berth.
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Lemaire faces daunting task with still-reeling Devils

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 10:45 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils coach Jacques Lemaire quietly uttered the words, and then he coughed. After a quick pause, he looked right in the reporter's eye again, and as if he were spelling it out in big capital letters used the same words to answer the same question:
 
Is this the biggest challenge of your coaching career?
 
"BY…A…MILE," Lemaire answered, pausing between each word, "and a plus."
 
He has coached in Montreal. He has won a Stanley Cup with the Devils and then failed to make the playoffs the following season. He has taken control of an expansion franchise in Minnesota in 2000 and three years later had it in the Western Conference Finals. He was an associate coach to Mike Babcock for Team Canada in the Olympics last February.
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Lightning's latest rebuild in process of paying off

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- If the story of the Tampa Bay Lightning this season sounds familiar, that's because it is -- only this time the organization seemingly got it right.

Tampa Bay entered the 2008-09 campaign as maybe the most fascinating team in the NHL. It had a new ownership group, a first-time general manager and a coach that generated a lot of debate.

There was plenty of hope but that season and the next quickly unraveled. The coach, Barry Melrose, was fired after 16 games in 2008. The general manager, Brian Lawton, was let go after two seasons. The principle owners, Oren Koules and Len Barrie, had control issues that ended in a messy divorce.
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Ovi gets cortisone shot, expects to play Saturday

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 3:50 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Maybe there has been a reason for Alex Ovechkin's offensive struggles after all.

Ovechkin practiced Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington but in a no-contact jersey because the Washington Capitals captain received a cortisone shot shortly after the team's 1-0 loss Tuesday night to Tampa Bay.

"Yeah, I'm going to be OK," Ovechkin said. "Bruce [Boudreau] just gave me some skating, so no puck handling or nothing. He just told me to be here and relax and be ready for Saturday."

Boudreau said Ovechkin was not allowed to handle the puck for two days after the shot. The team did not practice Wednesday and his participation was limited Thursday. Ovechkin is expected to practice without restriction Friday and play Saturday against the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center.

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At home on Island, Schremp back to visit Oilers

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 2:29 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Rob Schremp wasn't a member of the Edmonton Oilers very long, but he'll still have some friends in the home dressing room at Rexall Place when the New York Islanders come calling tonight.

Schremp, drafted with the 25th pick by Edmonton in the first round of the 2004 Entry Draft, will face his former team for the first time since the Islanders claimed him off waivers from the Oilers in September 2009.

One of those friends, Devan Dubnyk, selected 14th by Edmonton in the same 2004 draft, will be tending goal for the Oilers in just his 13th appearance of the season.

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Habs expect to have hands full with Penguins

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 12:56 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins return to Montreal on Thursday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of last season's Eastern Conference semifinal to the Canadiens, a series the Penguins went on to lose in seven games.

But the Canadiens have no illusions that they will get any benefit from that playoff history when they face a Penguins team that thumped the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 at home on Wednesday.

"We're facing one of the best teams in the League -- they have a lot of firepower with (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin, (Jordan) Staal, who's back now, and (Kris) Letang," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Thursday morning after a brief skate at the team's suburban practice facility. "It's up to us to shut them down and take away the middle of the ice."

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'The Blackhawk' revealed as fourth Guardian

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 10:30 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

'The Blackhawk' is a multi-faceted character as diverse as the city of Chicago itself. The Blackhawk is very fun to be around, he has a blue-collar sensibility, he's serious when the need arises but it's not his preferred state of mind. He's mostly a happy go lucky man's man, very much like a big kid. He prides himself on being the guy who the others look to when situations look bleak. In his words, "Jump on my big shoulders and let's get it done."

The look of the Blackhawk is in contrast to his everyman personality as his body is covered in gleaming metallic body armor. On his back, he has six wing blades that when deployed extend from his body and allow him to fly like a human dragonfly. The Blackhawk is also an environmental "empathy" that is able to control the element of wind.
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