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Canucks name Henrik Sedin as captain

Saturday, 10.09.2010 / 10:32 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks named center Henrik Sedin, last season's NHL scoring leader and MVP, as the 13th captain in team history. The announcement camp just before Saturday night's season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings.

"Henrik Sedin embodies the principles of this organization and all of the qualities of a leader through his honesty, integrity and discipline," GM Mike Gillis said. "Henrik is an exemplary leader who inspires teammates with a work ethic and desire to continually evolve his game. We are proud to name him as team Captain."

Sedin will be supported by Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Manny Malhotra in their roles as alternate captains.

Previous Canucks captains include Orland Kurtenbach, Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Mark Messier, Markus Naslund -- and goaltender Roberto Luongo, who gave up the "C" during the summer.
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Lehtonen leads Stars to win after shaky start

Friday, 10.08.2010 / 10:55 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEWARK, N.J. -- Kari Lehtonen turned some early opening-night jitters into late heroics at the Prudential Center on Friday night.

After allowing two goals in the first 7:13, the Dallas Stars goaltender rebounded and finished with 27 saves as his team rallied for a 4-3 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.

Things didn't look good early for Lehtonen, who allowed Travis Zajac's wrister from the right circle to squeak between his skates and into the net at 2:45 of the opening period. Zach Parise made it 2-0 on a wrister from the left circle as Dallas fell into an early hole. 
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Five years later, Sid, Ovi have changed the game

Tuesday, 10.05.2010 / 10:56 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"I was fortunate to be around Steve Yzerman when we had the run from the mid-1990s until his retirement in 2006. You look for your leader to be your best player in the biggest games and Steve did that for us. Crosby and Ovechkin have done that for their teams. ... This battle is going to go on for a lot of years."
-- Red Wings GM Ken Holland

When the NHL returned to play for the 2005-06 season, it was the dawning of a new era in the League. A tighter interpretation of the rulebook was the mandate, with the hope that offensive players would be able to shine more like they had in the past.

Leading that charge was an 18-year-old wunderkind from Nova Scotia and a 20-year-old rifleman from Moscow.

Five years ago today -- Oct. 5, 2005 -- Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin made their NHL debuts, and the League forever has been changed by their presence.

And since that night, the two have been indelibly linked in what has become the best individual rivalry in the League.
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Several Hawks still vying for roster spots

Monday, 10.04.2010 / 2:19 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

"It was a good experience, the first time with the Blackhawks, and I think it went well. I had a pretty good preseason and we'll see what happens in the future. It's their decision, but I left it all on the table. That's all I can do."
-- Jeremy Morin

CHICAGO -- Now they wait.

After making their cases for being included on the Chicago Blackhawks' roster to start the season, several players are now riding the bubble following the team's preseason finale at home on Sunday night.

Defenseman Brian Campbell's recent knee injury, which will keep him out 4-5 weeks, all but settled the defense picture -- but there are still too many forwards for the salary-cap squeezed Hawks to carry. The battle to stay appears to be down to 24-year old forward Viktor Stalberg, 19-year old rookie Jeremy Morin and veteran center Ryan Potulny -- a free agent pick-up from Edmonton.
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Colorado prospects finally split up

Monday, 10.04.2010 / 2:01 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- They are close friends and were defense partners at Boston University for most of their three years there. They were drafted with Colorado's first two selections in the 2007 Entry Draft, left school as juniors to sign entry-level contracts with the Avalanche on the same day last April and shared a hotel room in training camp.

Not only that, Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk were competing for what appears to be just one opening on the Avalanche blue line.

That competition ended Wednesday when the Avalanche assigned Shattenkirk, the team's first pick (No. 14) in that 2007 Entry Draft, to the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League.

Cohen, the Avalanche's second pick (No. 45) in the same draft, still can't breathe easy. He still has to beat out Jonas Holos, who played on Norway's 2010 Olympic team, for that last spot.
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Parenteau hopes to follow in Moulson's footsteps

Monday, 10.04.2010 / 1:32 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Nobody in the hockey world -- the New York Islanders included -- knew Matt Moulson would explode onto the NHL scene the way he did last season, when he made the team out of training camp and led the club with 30 goals.
 
When it comes to P.A. Parenteau, the Isles are hoping lightning strikes twice.
 
Parenteau, who signed a one-way deal with the club this summer, has been a prolific AHL goal-scorer since 2006, when he scored 30 goals in 68 games between Portland and Norfolk. Over the following three seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the 27-year-old racked up 204 points over 184 AHL contests.
 
The former ninth-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks (No. 264 in 2001) had a cup of coffee with the New York Rangers last season and had 3 goals and 5 assists in 22 games. But on this side of the East River, Parenteau is being presented with a golden opportunity.
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Mottau ready to make new memories with Isles

Friday, 10.01.2010 / 3:27 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"I think I can go up and down. It's really where (Scott Gordon) sees I fit best. It's going to take a group effort to fill the void of a Mark Streit. Not just one guy can come in and take his minutes."
-- Mike Mottau

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- When Mike Mottau arrived at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, one of his newest teammates was waiting for him.
 
It was Frans Nielsen.
 
Nielsen, you may recall, was on the receiving end of Mottau's controversial hit at the Prudential Center on Nov. 21, 2008, which sidelined the Isles' center until mid-January due to multiple injuries to his right leg.
 
But that's ancient history now, especially since Mottau signed a two-year deal with the Islanders earlier this week after it was announced defenseman Mark Streit will miss six months with a shoulder injury.
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Sakic enjoying hands-on time with his kids

Friday, 10.01.2010 / 12:37 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Joe Sakic is enjoying too much fun with his family to begin pursuing any type of full-time employment in the NHL.
 
So, at least for the time being, the eighth-leading scorer in NHL history won't be following the career path of another former star center and longtime captain who wore sweater No. 19 -- Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman.
 
Sakic, 41, retired in July 2009 after a 20-season career with the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche, and he's content to spend quality time with his wife, Debbie, and their three children, Mitchell and twins Chase and Kamryn, at their Denver area home.
 
"I had such a fun year at home last year, I wanted to do it again," Sakic said Wednesday during a conference call to promote the Avalanche's 1996 Stanley Cup championship team reunion Oct. 6-7. "I've got my two boys in hockey and my daughter is in gymnastics. I'm trying to help coach both boys and taking my daughter to gymnastics and everything else and I'm just enjoying my retirement.

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Past Habs captains know demands facing Gionta

Wednesday, 09.29.2010 / 1:13 PM / NHL Insider

Phil Coffey - NHL.com Sr. Editorial Director

"The expectation here is to win. Management, players and the fans are pretty passionate and they want to win, too."
-- Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta joined the ranks of one of the most select groups in NHL history Tuesday when he was named captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Not only is the group distinguished, but it looks like a veritable wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, sporting names like Jean Beliveau, Sprague Cleghorn, Toe Blake, Rocket Richard, Bob Gainey, Chris Chelios and Saku Koivu.

And the good people of Montreal take their captain seriously. This is not an honorary title, no kissing babies or handing out the key to the city. No way. The Montreal Canadiens' captain is expected to lead his team to the Stanley Cup -- every season. And there is pressure every day along the journey to that lofty goal.
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Forsberg won't close door to NHL, but is realistic

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 4:35 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

Peter Forsberg hasn't yet given up hope about returning to the NHL, but the Swedish star acknowledges he isn't overly optimistic about the prospect.

"For me, I haven't 100-percent closed the door, but it's pretty close," he said Tuesday during a conference call to discuss the Colorado Avalanche's 1995-96 Stanley Cup championship team reunion next month.

Forsberg is one of 26 players or coaches who have committed to attend the two-day reunion in Denver. The team will be honored in a ceremony before the Avalanche face the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center in the 2010-11 regular-season opener Oct. 7.

Two players, Sandis Ozolinsh and Chris Simon, won't be able to attend; they'll be playing in Russia.
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