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Kings' Lucic can see himself playing for Canucks

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 11:24 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - NHL.com Staff Writer

Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic, entering the final year of his contract, said Monday he's always dreamed of playing for his hometown Vancouver Canucks.

"I honestly don't know what's going to happen moving on," Lucic told TSN 1410 Radio in response to a direct question on the topic. "I mean I have one year left on my contract, and there's a possibility that I can hit the [unrestricted free agent] market. ...

"It's obviously something that's been a dream of mine since I've been a kid, is to play in your hometown and play for the Canucks, but right now the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that."

Flyers goalie Neuvirth puts 'Rocky' on mask

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 6:09 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - NHL.com Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth has a knockout new mask.

Neuvirth chose a design centered on the "Rocky" movies for his move to Philadelphia.

Neuvirth signed a two-year contract July 1 after playing last season for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

"After a few trades and some moves, there were no more spots open for a No. 1 [goalie]," Neuvirth told CSN Philadelphia on Monday. "I had to change my mindset. I was hoping for the best fit. When I got the offer from the Flyers, I felt they were the right fit for me.

"They were one of the first teams that called me. There were a couple more teams, but Philly had the best offer and I felt this was best fit for me."

NBA star Stephen Curry to be Sharks bobblehead

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

NHL.com

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors won the NBA's most valuable player award last season, but he'll open this season in a San Jose Sharks jersey -- sort of.

Curry and the Warriors, who won the NBA championship last season, will play their preseason opener Oct. 5 against the Toronto Raptors at the Sharks' home, SAP Center. To commemorate the occasion, the first 10,000 fans will receive a bobblehead figure of Curry in a Sharks jersey.

Hurricanes add Ray Whitney to scouting staff

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:13 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has added four members to its scouting staff. Mark Craig, Jeff Daniels and Ray Whitney have joined the team's professional scouting staff, while Don Elland has joined Carolina's amateur scouting ranks.

"Mark, Jeff and Ray will bring a fresh perspective to our pro scouting staff, and Don brings a wealth of experience in the OHL to our amateur staff," said Francis.

Craig, 62, most recently served as general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15. In the 1980s, Craig was the first coach Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos Jr. hired as then-owner of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. Craig went on to scout for the Philadelphia Flyers before founding the automotive business Alexander Mangin.

Gretzky remembers Arbour as 'so well-respected'

Sunday, 08.30.2015 / 9:05 PM / News

NHL.com

Wayne Gretzky on Sunday remembered Al Arbour as one of the classiest men in hockey.

Arbour, who coached the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup championships, died Friday at age 82.

"I don't know if hockey has ever had a classier man involved with the game," Gretzky told Newsday. "He was so well-respected. …

"My dad always said, 'One thing in life you can't do is buy respect.' You have to earn respect. Al was the kind of person who everybody really liked and gravitated to, but really respected. And the game of hockey is not the same today without him. Just a good man."

Blues forward Berglund has successful surgery

Friday, 08.28.2015 / 5:33 PM / News

StLouisBlues.com

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Patrik Berglund had successful surgery on his right shoulder. The surgery was performed by team orthopedists Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Matt Smith of Washington University Orthopedics / Barnes - Jewish Hospital.

Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months.

Berglund injured his shoulder training for the upcoming season. He initially dislocated the shoulder during the 2013-14 regular season.

Stars center Eakin signs four-year contract

Friday, 08.28.2015 / 3:41 PM / News

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Cody Eakin signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Stars on Friday.

The new contract starts next season and runs through 2019-20. Financial terms were not released, but the Dallas Morning News reported it has an average annual value of $3.85 million.

According to war-on-ice.com, Eakin has a salary-cap charge of $1.9 million this season, the final one on his current two-year contract.

Budaj to attend Kings training camp: report

Friday, 08.28.2015 / 2:10 PM / News

NHL.com

Goalie Peter Budaj signed a professional tryout contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and will attend training camp, according to LAKingsInsider.com.

Budaj will compete with Jhonas Enroth to be Jonathan Quick's backup this season.

Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour dies at 82

Friday, 08.28.2015 / 12:27 PM / News

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

Al Arbour, who coached the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s, died Friday at the age of 82.

Arbour was being treated for Parkinson's disease and dementia near his home in Sarasota, Fla. His death was confirmed by the Islanders.

"Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League," Islanders president and general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name thanks in large part to Al's incredible efforts. From his innovative coaching methods to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family."

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, Arbour also won the Stanley Cup four times as a player, with the Detroit Red Wings in 1954, with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961 and with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962 and 1964.

Senators forward Stone says wrist is fully healed

Thursday, 08.27.2015 / 11:18 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone said Thursday the wrist he fractured during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is fully healed.

"It's felt great out there the last couple of skates," Stone told the Ottawa Sun at Bell Sensplex in Ottawa. "The shot feels good. The hands feel good. My legs are starting to come along. I feel good and I feel like I'm 100 percent."

Stone's 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) last season were tied with the Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau for most among NHL rookies. He finished second in Calder Trophy voting to Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.

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