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2013-2014 Season Preview

30 in 15: Devils sleeper Larsson poised for next step

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Is this the year defenseman Adam Larsson becomes an everyday player for the New Jersey Devils?

Coach Peter DeBoer thinks so.

"I believe Adam is ready to take a step here," DeBoer told NHL.com. "He came into the League and has had two years learning the pro game and spent valuable time in the American Hockey League last year during the lockout, and I believe he knows what this is about now and is ready to take a step."

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30 in 15: Recalibrated Devils ready to roll

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The short offseason couldn't end soon enough for New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

"No one had a good taste in their mouth after last season with how it played out for us," DeBoer told NHL.com. "Everyone here is anxious to get back to work and prove that the team that lost Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final is not the same one that played the shortened schedule last year."

While that's certainly the hope, it wouldn't hurt if DeBoer’s team remained in relative good health for the entire season. The Devils failed to overcome injuries to Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin Brodeur last season and finished 11th in the Eastern Conference, seven points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. It marked the second time in three seasons the Devils failed to reach the playoffs, even though they had a conference-best 8-1-3 start to 2012-13.

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30 in 15: Devils camp all about Jagr, goalies, rookies

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

While the retirement of Ilya Kovalchuk may have set the New Jersey Devils back offensively, coach Peter DeBoer would prefer not to dwell on the past and, instead, focus on the future.

"It's tough to express, but when something comes at you like that out of left field, it's obviously not something that you would even consider from where I stand," DeBoer said. "When it does hit you, it's obviously disappointing. You catch your breath for a day and get ready to move forward."

The Devils added forwards Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Ryane Clowe and Rostislav Olesz during free agency to help offset the losses of Kovalchuk and David Clarkson, who signed a seven-year contract  with the Toronto Maple Leafs. General manager Lou Lamoriello also brought in free agent forward Damien Brunner on a tryout basis. Brunner, 27, spent five years playing for Zug in his native Switzerland before joining the Detroit Red Wings last season.

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30 in 15: Flames start over, on and off the ice

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The most important newcomer for the Calgary Flames this season doesn't wear a uniform.

With the franchise's lone Stanley Cup now 25 years in the rear-view mirror and a streak of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs that stretches back to 2009, the Flames brought in Brian Burke as their new director of hockey operations. Burke and general manager Jay Feaster will try to revive a franchise that only recently cut ties with the 2004 team that came within one goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

Since then, the team hasn't gotten beyond the first round of the playoffs and went 19-25-4 last season, its fourth in a row without a trip to the postseason.

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30 in 15: Time with Devils altered Stevens' career

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

It's hard to believe 22 years later, but it was an independent arbitrator that brought the Devils' most iconic player to New Jersey.

The circumstances may have been unusual, but Scott Stevens, the longtime New Jersey Devils captain who is now entering his first 82-game season as a full-time assistant coach with the team, can't imagine things having been any different.

The future Hall of Famer was awarded to the Devils in 1991 as compensation after the St. Louis Blues signed restricted free agent Brendan Shanahan. When Stevens arrived, the Devils were a franchise without a concrete identity. When he retired as a player in 2004, the team had won the Stanley Cup three times, a run built on an indelible reputation for toughness and defensive responsibility. No player embodied that style better than Stevens.

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Jets look for offense from rebuilt second line

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets do not lack for questions as they attempt to end what has grown into a six-season playoff absence.

The Jets have established a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as one of organization priorities this season, their first in the Western Conference.

Winnipeg's second line may be its biggest question surrounding that objective, and even a potential solution brings follow-up questions. Many nights last season saw the Jets' second line fail to supplement what was a very successful first line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, plus an offensively productive blue line.

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30 in 15: Pysyk could be future of Sabres' defense

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

There's an overhaul taking place in Buffalo, and youth is the word of the day. With the Sabres parting with so many veterans, the roster threatens to push young players too far too fast.

One prospect coach Ron Rolston and the Sabres aren't worried about, however, is Mark Pysyk. That's because the 21-year-old defenseman has some NHL experience, 19 games at the end of last season.

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30 in 15: Ellis, Wilson bear watching in Preds camp

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The Nashville Predators will open the season in the new Central Division of the Western Conference with a relatively new look on offense, and a defensive unit that has the potential to rival divisional foe and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The selection of Seth Jones in the 2013 NHL Draft gives coach Barry Trotz two first-round picks, along with Ryan Ellis, and a three second-round choices -- Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Roman Josi -- along the blue line in 2013-14.

In order to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotz knows the team must get back to basics and its culture as an organization. The Predators finished two games over .500 on home ice and were 5-14-5 on the road in 2012-13.

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30 in 15: Future with Sabres in air for Miller, Vanek

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

With the overhaul in full swing for the Buffalo Sabres, question marks abound as they prepare for the 2013-14 season. Ron Rolston enters his first full season as an NHL coach with the Sabres organization relying on him to lead the youngest roster in the League back to prominence.

Training camp will be one long battle, with scrimmages and preseason games determining how the team will line up come opening night. Here are three prominent items facing the Buffalo Sabres heading into the season:

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30 in 15: Predators after an edge in 2013-14

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Now is as good a time as any for the Nashville Predators to re-establish the "Nashville Bite."

At least that's how coach Barry Trotz views the situation as his team prepares to embark on a new season.

"We didn't play with a lot of bite last year and I feel some of the offseason pickups we made will enhance the play of some of the players we had," Trotz told NHL.com. "We just have to get back to playing with what I call the 'Nashville Bite.' That's when we play with an edge and with attitude … we need to get back to that."

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