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Pacioretty ready to become a leader on evolving Habs

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 9:15 AM / News

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When Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin traded defenseman Josh Gorges and allowed captain Brian Gionta to leave as a free agent, he made it clear that it was time for the team's young veterans to assume the duties the two team leaders would leave behind.

That message has been received loud and clear by last season's leading scorer.

Forward Max Pacioretty sees his role growing in the absence of Gorges and Gionta, both of whom will be playing in the Atlantic Division with the Buffalo Sabres this season.

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St. Louis Blues unveil new uniforms

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 8:40 PM / News

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The St. Louis Blues unveiled their new home and away jerseys Monday at the Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village.

The Blues will wear the new jerseys beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 season. It's the first change to the franchise's primary look since 2007.

"We're going back to tradition. It's certainly exciting to be able to wear these," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said at the unveiling. "You can tell it's going back to the traditional Blues, the history of the Blues. We love to represent that as players.

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Anderson, Senators agree to three-year extension

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Ottawa Senators believe they have one of the best goaltending tandems in the NHL, and they acted Monday to ensure it will remain that way past this season.

The Senators and goaltender Craig Anderson agreed to terms on a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension that keeps Anderson under contract through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Anderson's contract extension comes a little over three weeks after the Senators announced a three-year, $6.675 million contract for restricted free-agent goaltender Robin Lehner.

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Games honoring Demitra conclude in Bratislava

Saturday, 08.23.2014 / 6:34 PM / News

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The series of games paying tribute to Pavol Demitra ended Saturday in Bratislava.

Kelly Chase scored four goals for the St. Louis Blues Alumni, who lost to the Slovak Stars 18-17 in the third game.

"It was different kind of hockey; we wanted to entertain the fans," Miroslav Satan said. "The [Blues Alumni] Team brought many attractive stars which helped fill the stadiums.

"But the most important was to pay tribute to Palo and to get financial support for his school. His performance will remain in memories of our hockey fans."

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Oilers happy to have stability behind bench

Friday, 08.22.2014 / 9:15 AM / News

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Taylor Hall will be glad to avoid what became a seemingly annual tradition at Edmonton Oilers training camp: meeting a new coach.

"That's a really nice way to go into the year," Hall said Thursday. "… There is no awkward handshake at the start."

Dallas Eakins returns for a second season as coach of the Oilers, the first one to go back-to-back in three years.

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Maple Leafs CEO Leiweke stepping down

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 7:07 PM / News

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Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment announced Thursday that president and CEO Tim Leiweke will leave the company.

Leiweke will remain with MLSE until June 2015 or until a successor is appointed.

"It's an honour to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports. But with new opportunities on the horizon, it's time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur," Leiweke said, according to The Canadian Press. "Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the Board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader."

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Avalanche goalie Giguere announces retirement

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 3:20 PM / News

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 seasons in the NHL.

The 37-year-old earned 262 victories in 597 regular-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2003, when the Ducks lost the Cup Final to the New Jersey Devils in seven games.

Giguere, a first-round pick (No. 13) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Draft, finished 262-216-50 with 25 ties, a 2.53 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 38 shutouts for the Whalers, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche. He went 33-17 with a 2.08 GAA and .925 save percentage in 52 playoff games.

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Charity games honoring Demitra begin in Slovakia

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 11:36 AM / News

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Longtime NHL forward Pavol Demitra is being honored in a series of charity exhibition games in Slovakia this week, nearly three years after he and 43 other passengers died in a plane crash in Yaroslavl, Russia.

A group of Slovakian All-Stars and alumni from the St. Louis Blues, along with others such as Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, are participating in three games to raise money for grass-roots hockey in Slovakia. The Slovak Stars beat the Blues alumni 9-8 in a shootout in the first game on Wednesday in Poprad. Game 2 will be played Friday in Trencin, followed by the final game on Saturday in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

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MacArthur, Senators agree to five-year extension

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 10:56 PM / News

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Forward Clarke MacArthur agreed to terms with the Ottawa Senators on a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The contract starts with the 2015-16 season, has an average annual value of $4.65 million, and keeps him with the Senators through the 2019-20 season.

"Obviously last year wasn't what we were looking for (failing to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs), but it's a young team and I still feel we're on the up-and-up," MacArthur told the Ottawa Sun on Wednesday. "For me, to get a deal of this length, it gives me a chance over the six years to try and help make this team a winning team. I'm looking forward to that."

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Sharks will start camp with no captain, alternates

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 10:54 PM / News

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The San Jose Sharks will begin training camp without a captain or alternates, coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday.

Forward Joe Thornton has been captain since prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. Forward Patrick Marleau, who was captain from midway through the 2003-04 season until 2009, was an alternate captain last season. Defenseman Dan Boyle, who signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, was the other alternate.

"It's a big honor and it's a big responsibility so it's a little strange when they take it away from you," Thornton told David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News.

McLellan said it would be an open competition to determine the next captain.

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It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players