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Trotz energized by new challenges in Washington

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday during the regular season and every other Tuesday during the offseason. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz:

To say Barry Trotz is re-energized might be the understatement of the offseason.

After 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators, Trotz is in the process of closing his home in Tennessee so he can fill his new home in Arlington, Va. He lived the coach's dream, being in one city long enough that some of his kids could go from first grade through college without moving. Now he gets to start over, and that has provided him with energy and impatience this offseason.

"You're coming to a new organization and they don't know how you do things, so you have to go through the teaching mode," Trotz told NHL.com. "You want to have your stamp. You're meeting new people. There's new energy. You're forging new relationships. To me those things really motivate me to get everything in place and get going."

Trotz has been working toward that goal this summer by poring over film and stats to learn as much as he can about the players he has in Washington. He has met personally with many of them, including captain Alex Ovechkin.

Trotz's meeting with Ovechkin last month is where the following Q&A begins. It extends into questions that led to his thoughts on Washington's seemingly endless search for a second-line center and the futures of two budding stars on his new roster.

Here are Five Questions with … Barry Trotz:

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Trio of Flyers prospects patiently waiting their turn

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Scott Laughton experienced the thrill of making an NHL opening-night roster twice. Shayne Gostisbehere got his first taste of professional hockey last season, as did Robert Hagg, who made his North American pro debut in 2013-14.

All the experiences did was make three key members of the future of the Philadelphia Flyers hungry for more.

"Every day I think about it," Laughton said. "Just try to work toward it."

Laughton, the Flyers' first-round pick (No. 20) in the 2012 NHL Draft, could be the closest of the three to making the team. He already has NHL experience, playing five games with Philadelphia at the start of the 2012-13 season.

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Top prospect Bennett focused on making Flames

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Sam Bennett isn't about to make any guarantees.

With two months until the opening of training camp, the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft isn't feeling entitled to a spot on the Calgary Flames roster.

"I'm not going to say I'm going to make the team," Bennett said during Calgary development camp. "But that's definitely my goal and I'm just going to go out there and try my hardest to do whatever I can to make it. Whatever happens, happens.

"Definitely, I'm going to do whatever I can."

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Leafs' Reimer expects opportunity to claim No. 1 job

Monday, 07.28.2014 / 6:48 PM / NHL Insider

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James Reimer has no intention of coming to training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a backup goaltender.

Reimer joined The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet's Fan 590 radio station in Toronto on Monday to talk about the two-year, $4.6 million contract he signed recently and said he expects to compete with Jonathan Bernier for the starting job.

"I was told there's a definite opportunity," Reimer said. "That's the mindset I'm coming in with, to really take advantage of the opportunity that's been given and earn the No. 1 spot."

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Tatar, Red Wings agree to terms on three-year contract

Monday, 07.28.2014 / 2:59 PM / News

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The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with left wing Tomas Tatar on a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed but Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported the average annual value to be $2.75 million.

Tatar, 23, completed his first full NHL season in 2013-14 and ranked sixth on the Red Wings with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 73 games. He also represented Slovakia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and had one goal and one assist in four games.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (No. 60) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Tatar has 24 goals and 23 assists in 100 games for the Red Wings.

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Maple Leafs sign Winnik to one-year contract

Monday, 07.28.2014 / 2:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Daniel Winnik signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Winnik, 29, had career highs in assists (24) and points (30) in 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season. He also had one assist and two penalty minutes while averaging 13:36 of ice time in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Blue Jackets re-sign Tyrell to one-year contract

Monday, 07.28.2014 / 10:28 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Dana Tyrell re-signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tyrell, 25, played seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He played 63 games for the Springfield Falcons and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, and had a combined 15 goals and 33 points.

The Blue Jackets acquired Tyrell and defenseman Matt Taormina from the Lightning in March for forwards Dalton Smith and Jonathan Marchessault.

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Quenneville made strong impression at Devils camp

Monday, 07.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils wasted no time introducing first-round pick John Quenneville to the rigors of professional hockey.

In a puck-possession drill that opened a morning session at development camp, the No. 30 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft went 1-on-1 against 2012 first-round choice Stefan Matteau, who spent last season with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

"He has shown talent and has size to him; he reminds me of me in my first year," Matteau, a No. 29 pick, said. "He's a good player and will be an NHL player for sure."

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Coyotes prospect Kulda looking to build on heroics

Monday, 07.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After scoring 34 goals in the 2014 calendar year, including 10 in the playoffs and four in six Memorial Cup games for the champion Edmonton Oil Kings, Edgars Kulda's draft stock was reportedly on the rise.

His goal and two assists in the championship-game win against the Guelph Storm capped a Memorial Cup MVP performance for the 19-year-old Latvian left wing, and all those late-round draft projections were soon adjusted to third- and fourth-round. Some predicted he could go as high as the second round.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the podium.

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Brassard, Rangers agree to terms on new contract

Sunday, 07.27.2014 / 4:21 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Derick Brassard has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on a new contract, the team announced Sunday. The contract is reportedly for five years and worth $25 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Brassard, who turns 27 years old in September, was a restricted free agent whose arbitration hearing was scheduled for Monday.

The sixth pick in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games in 2013-14 for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team.

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Quote of the Day

I kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

— Arizona Coyotes forward Henrik Samuelsson on prospect Edgars Kulda being draftedd