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Over the Boards: Kuemper fighting for No. 1 job

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- When Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher traded Matt Hackett at the NHL Trade Deadline last season, he was sending a signal to Darcy Kuemper that he would be the marquee goalie in the organization's developmental system and featured between the pipes with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.

It's fair to say things have changed since then.

Less than a year after Fletcher dealt Hackett to the Buffalo Sabres, Kuemper is Minnesota's No. 1 goalie, facing the challenge of giving the team a chance to win every game he starts as they creep closer to a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Over the last few seasons, Matt Hackett played more games than Darcy in the American League, and Darcy had to go to the ECHL and play overage as a junior," Fletcher told NHL.com. "He had never been our marquee guy in the developmental system. We really felt he needed that. He needed a year where he'd be a 40-50 game guy for his development, knowing fairly soon he'd challenge in Minnesota. Now, of course, the future came very quickly."


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Over the Boards: Red Wings focused on playoff streak

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Detroit Red Wings were in the same situation last year as they are now. They were facing pressure to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, to extend their record streak of postseason appearances, without much time to make sure it happened.

The Red Wings eventually had to win their final four regular-season games and get some help to make the playoffs for a 22nd straight season, but they pulled it off with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk are watching these days, out of the lineup with injuries, so if Detroit is going to extend its playoff streak to 23 seasons, it will have to rely on something it hasn't had much patience for in previous seasons: youth.

"I think it's intriguing," Red Wings veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall said Tuesday, a few hours before Detroit lost 4-3 to the New Jersey Devils. "The way these [young] guys have played, the way they have stepped up since getting the chance, it's great to see the confidence. They just want more and more."

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Over the Boards: Subban set to do whatever it takes

Wednesday, 02.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

SOCHI -- P.K. Subban might be the next Drew Doughty for the Canadian Olympic team. The Montreal Canadiens star defenseman also might just be a seventh or eighth defensemen for the duration of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Last season's Norris Trophy winner won't mind either way.

Subban, arguably the most polarizing and debated player on the Canadian roster, appears to be coming into his first Olympic tournament with no ego of which to speak. He is filled by the long-anticipated feeling of excitement to be here and the tantalizing idea of how he might be able to contribute to a gold-medal performance, but he said he has no expectations for what his role might be and no demands on what it should be.

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Over the Boards: Olympic break provides respite

Wednesday, 02.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

While the world gets ready to turn its attention to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the majority of players and coaches in the NHL will soon have nothing to do.

The NHL's Olympic break begins after the final buzzer sounds Saturday night and continues until 2 p.m. on Feb. 19. That's when coaches can get their teams back together, or at least the players who aren't still in Sochi, and resume practicing to prep for the re-opening of the regular-season schedule, which for most teams won't be until Feb. 26 or 27.

For the players it's a chance to unwind away from the rink, get some fun in the sun, maybe take a golf trip or spend some time with family. Most coaches will be doing the same thing, but mentally getting away from the game won't be as simple.

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Over the Boards: Ducks deep at center

Wednesday, 01.29.2014 / 2:15 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Look no farther than Nick Bonino's stat line this season if you want to analyze just how deep the Anaheim Ducks are at center.

Bonino, considered the Ducks' third- or fourth-line center, depending on the game, opponent and his linemates, would lead eight teams in scoring right now despite being 77th among centers in ice time per game (16:27).

He has 40 points, which is third on the Ducks behind fellow center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry. Bonino is one of five centers who routinely make coach Bruce Boudreau's job one of the easiest yet toughest in the NHL.

"When you've got that many guys that can play minutes, I mean, Bruce has a task every night," Getzlaf said.

The Ducks talk about their four-line balance as one of the main reasons for their success this season. They wouldn't have that four-line balance without at least four centers Boudreau trusts in nearly all situations.

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Over the Boards: Grand impact in Detroit

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It's partly by choice and partly because they have had no choice, but as many as 10 players who were part of the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup championship team last season have been playing key roles in helping the Detroit Red Wings stay in the hunt for a record 23rd consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

"I looked the other day we had eight guys from that team in our lineup," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told NHL.com. "Any way you look at it that's a chunk, and with that lineup we were able to win in Los Angeles (3-1) and lose 1-0 in Anaheim in a game I thought we could have easily won. They're ready to play."

They have had no choice but to be ready with all the injuries the Red Wings have endured this season to players such as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Stephen Weiss and Brendan Smith.

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Over the Boards: Seguin finds home with Stars

Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The notable differences between Tyler Seguin's game with the Boston Bruins the past few seasons and his game with the Dallas Stars this season are attitude, position and production. Ask anyone around the Stars organization and they'll sing Seguin's praises for how good he's been in the dressing room, in the community and on the ice.

"He's been outstanding for us," Dallas general manager Jim Nill told NHL.com.

Seguin feels two of the biggest differences are the makeup of the Stars' roster and the stage the team finds itself in its development, and that those may be the reasons everything else has fallen in line for him this season.

Nill is building around a core of young players that includes Seguin, captain Jamie Benn, rookie Valeri Nichushkin, Alex Chiasson, Cody Eakin and Brenden Dillon. Benn, at 24, is the oldest player in that group. Nichushkin, 18, is the youngest.


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Over the Boards: Equipment staffs gear up for Classic

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 7:30 PM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The players and coaches have done their share of personal prep work for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, such as securing enough tickets and making sure their families got on the University of Michigan ice to skate.

However, such prep work pales in comparison to the ongoing efforts put forth by the hardest-working guys associated with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings these days.

The equipment managers and their staffs are in charge of making sure every player is comfortable enough to play at a top level and every coach is warm enough to work the bench the way they normally would in an indoor game.

Preparing their teams for the Winter Classic has been the equivalent of a second full-time job for Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer and Maple Leafs equipment manager Brian Papineau.

"For the last six weeks, it seems like your main focus is getting ready for this big event," Papineau told NHL.com as he watched the Maple Leafs practice Tuesday. "As excited as we are to be here and to be a part of it, it will be rewarding when it's over to look back at a lot of good memories."


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Over the Boards: Greene appreciated in New Jersey

Wednesday, 12.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene appreciates the fact that people are asking him how he feels about not making it on to the United States' long list for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but he's actually somewhat shocked that it's even been a topic of conversation in hockey circles.

"To tell you the truth I guess I would be more surprised if I was on that list," Greene said.

Greene is not subject to the Olympic drug-testing protocol administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency under guidelines set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency because he was not put on the USA's long list. A USA Hockey representative said players omitted from the long list are not technically ineligible to play in the Olympics because there is an appeal process, but it's clearly more difficult for them.

"It honestly wasn't really something that was on my mind," Greene said. "It didn't cross my mind one way or the other, being disappointed or excited."

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Over the Boards: Jackets' Johansen hitting stride

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Though Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen feels like the weight he carried on his shoulders for two seasons has been lifted, all it means is that expectations for the 21-year-old are on the rise and the pressure is mounting.

"I can see a level I want to get to," Johansen told NHL.com. "In Pittsburgh [on Dec. 9], my line was matched up against Sidney Crosby's line the whole game, and he was pretty tough to keep up to. At times I felt I was right there with him, and then there were times when I was chasing him all over the ice. It's exciting, though, feeling that I'm getting close and can be a good player in this League."

Johansen has proven at least that much this season with a team-high 27 points in 34 games, including 11 during his current nine-game point streak. He had 33 points in 107 games over his first two seasons.

Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said Johansen's preparation has improved this season.

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