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2011 Offseason News

Stillman retires, joins Panthers' staff

Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 7:53 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Cory Stillman announced Saturday he will retire from the National Hockey League and will join the Florida Panthers' hockey operations staff as the club's player development assistant.

Stillman, 37, earned two Stanley Cup championships (Tampa Bay in 2004 and Carolina in 2006) in a 16-year career.

"This game has been great to me," he said. "I am forever grateful to all those players, coaches, general managers and everyone that I have been associated with throughout my playing career.

"Furthermore, I appreciate all the support that my wife Mara, my parents Bill and Sandra and children have provided me. At this time, the Panthers have provided me with an excellent opportunity to work with the talented players in our organization and I look forward to starting another chapter in my career."

Hawks acquire David Toews from Islanders

Friday, 09.09.2011 / 12:11 PM / 2011 Offseason News

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward David Toews, the younger brother of captain Jonathan Toews, from the New York Islanders in exchange for future considerations.

David Toews has been added to the organization’s roster for the 2011 Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament this weekend in in Oshawa, Ont.

Toews, a 21-year-old Winnipeg native, scored 20 goals and added 28 assists along with 16 penalty minutes in 60 regular-season contests with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings during the 2011-12 season. He was 2-5-7 in six playoff games.

Originally selected by the Islanders in the third round (No. 66) of the 2008 Entry Draft, Toews spent two seasons at the University of North Dakota, notching nine goals and 17 assists in 55 games with the Fighting Sioux from 2008-10 before playing with Brandon.

Penguins sign Park to one-year deal

Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 10:11 AM / 2011 Offseason News

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed veteran forward Richard Park to a one-year contract Thursday morning.
Park's contract is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Park, 35, played parts of 13 NHL seasons from 1994-95 through 2009-10 before spending the 2010-11 season with Geneve Servette of the Swiss National League, where he tallied 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games.

Crosby to address media today in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, 09.07.2011 / 12:01 AM / 2011 Offseason News

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will address the media at the Consol Energy Center this afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5, continues to recover from post-concussion symptoms and there has been uncertainty about whether he'll be ready for the start of training camp or even the Oct. 6 season opener against the Vancouver Canucks.

Penguins General Manager Ray Shero has stated throughout the summer that Crosby won't be rushed back into action.

Ovechkin downplays talk about conditioning

Tuesday, 09.06.2011 / 5:44 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ARLINGTON -- Shortly after Alex Ovechkin was joined Tuesday afternoon on a temporary stage at his team's training facility by dozens of adoring youth hockey players, he spent a few minutes with the media to talk about, of all things, his waistline.

A svelte-looking Ovechkin dismissed concerns about his conditioning that cropped up after a video of him sitting in the team's meeting room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex appeared to show him carrying a little extra weight.

"I think it's bad video camera situation," Ovechkin said. "That photo, it was kind of strange. When I get back home my friends start just killing me, saying, 'Hey, did you see that? Did you see that?' I said, 'What happened? What happened?' They said, 'You look kind of fat.' I said, 'No, I can't be fat.' It's kind of a funny situation, I think. I was laughing about it but people was a little bit scared -- especially hockey fans was kind of scared about what happened to my body.

"But my body is perfect right now. You can ask [strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish] -- he'll tell you. It was a pretty interesting moment for me, because it's never happened to me when people said I'm in bad shape."

Ovi believes Bauer switch is necessary move

Tuesday, 09.06.2011 / 4:27 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin made some changes to his offseason workout program in part to help him rebound from the worst statistical campaign of his career.

The Washington Capitals captain also is switching equipment companies, and will be adorned in all things Bauer for the foreseeable future after agreeing to a long-term contract with the company that formally was announced Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

"I think this is an exciting day for me and for everybody," Ovechkin said. "I'm happy to be back. It was a long summer. I'm happy to be with Bauer. It is a good day for me. I hope everybody will enjoy it, and my results and the team results will be better this year than last year."

Burke believes Maple Leafs' roster is almost set

Tuesday, 09.06.2011 / 3:39 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't expect many battles for jobs when training camp opens Sept. 16, but he does expect his team to be in the playoff hunt this season.

Burke feels that there is only one opening to be had, and it could be won by one of the team's younger players.

"If you notice, we've left one spot open," Burke said. "We want some competition for one of the forward spots. Whether that's Matt Frattin or Nazem Kadri or Joe Colborne or whomever, we do want to have some competition open for a spot. Other than that, we think we've filled the holes. But we're going to find that out."

Report: Selanne strengthening knee, no decision yet

Tuesday, 09.06.2011 / 3:26 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Teemu Selanne wants to return to the Anaheim Ducks for another season, but lingering left knee problems are still hampering the 41-year-old and preventing him from making a decision on his future, according to a report.

In an email to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, Ducks GM Bob Murray said Selanne is still trying to strengthen his knee after offseason surgery. Ducks training camp opens Sept. 17 with players reporting for medical tests on Sept. 16.

New Jets jerseys, ceremony evoke military feel

Tuesday, 09.06.2011 / 12:35 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Three military planes, men and women in uniform, and the scream of airplanes taking off in the distance do not make for a jersey unveiling's typical setting.

The Winnipeg Jets unveiled their new jerseys on Tuesday morning in an elaborate ceremony held at the city's 17 Wing Canadian Forces Base. Flanked by Dash 8 and CF-18 jets, captain Andrew Ladd and teammates Nik Antropov, Mark Stuart and Manitoba native Eric Fehr stepped off a Hercules jet and debuted the club's new look before a sea of assembled military personnel and media.

Winnipeg's jerseys derive much of their look from the Royal Canadian Air Force and its fabled blue colors. On the home jersey, the club's primary logo is set on a dark blue named "Polar Night Blue" and trimmed with a lighter shade of blue termed "Aviator Blue." The road white jerseys use the same logo, with the two shades of blue incorporated on the shoulders and sleeves.

Talbot ready for other side of Flyers-Pens rivalry

Friday, 09.02.2011 / 3:37 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The Keystone State rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins has grown into one of the fiercest in the League.

That's why Maxime Talbot, a six-year veteran with the Penguins, was a bit surprised that one of the first phone calls he got when he became an unrestricted free agent July 1 came from Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

"The Flyers called and I stopped for a second," Talbot told, "and I'm like, is this something I could do? And I said yes."

The 27-year-old forward signed a six-year deal that day, adding fuel to the bitter rivalry. One of the more popular Penguins players due to his rough-and-tumble style, ever-present smile and outgoing personality, seeing Talbot trade gold and black for orange and black was tough news for some Pens fans to handle.
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