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Canadiens to retire Lapointe's jersey on Nov. 8

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 1:05 PM / News

Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Guy Lapointe will have his No. 5 raised to the rafters at Bell Centre as part of a ceremony prior to the Nov. 8 game against the Minnesota Wild, the Canadiens announced Friday.

Lapointe, who works as a scout for the Wild, will become the 18th player in franchise history to have his number retired and the first since Emile Bouchard's No. 3 and Elmer Lach's No. 16 were retired on Dec. 4, 2009.

Lapointe was a member of six Stanley Cup-winning teams while playing from the Canadiens from 1968-82. He scored 171 goals and 622 points in 884 regular-season games and had a plus-329 rating. He had 26 goals and 70 points in 123 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Devils' Clowe hoping to be cleared for start of camp

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 10:02 AM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe has been on the ice with teammates for informal workouts, but isn't sure he'll be with the team when training camp opens Sept. 19.

Clowe hasn't played since March 31, when he sustained a concussion during a game against the Florida Panthers. He told NorthJersey.com that he will see a concussion specialist prior to taking his training camp physical and is hoping for a clean bill of health from both exams.

"I feel pretty good," Clowe said Thursday. "I'm not going to say if I'm ready to go or not because I've got to get cleared to play and I've got to see the doctor again before the season starts. But I feel good. I, obviously, haven't done any contact. I've been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I've been on the ice and stuff.

"The biggest thing with me is, when we start practicing, if I get some contact in then and just go from there. I've been feeling pretty good. I've been working out pretty normal the last, I guess, month."

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Offseason moves affect fantasy value of teammates

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The trading, signing and drafting frenzy has brought top-tier fantasy players to new homes, but how it affects their new teammates can't be lost on fantasy owners. Here are some of the beneficiaries of the biggest moves made in the offseason:

Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill made a big splash this offseason acquiring center Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and signing right wing Ales Hemsky. These moves are good news for forward, Valeri Nichushkin, who is now expected to either play the wing on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin or the second line with Spezza.

The 10th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft started his rookie campaign slowly with only two goals and eight points in his first two months playing in North America. From Dec. 1 onward, he had 12 goals and 26 points, which was tied for the sixth-most by a rookie during that span. We expect him to improve on those late season numbers and be a late-round steal in fantasy drafts.

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Ovechkin to start Capitals camp at left wing: report

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 8:38 AM / News

NHL.com

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has experienced success on the right wing during the past two seasons, but new coach Barry Trotz said he plans on putting him back at left wing to start training camp next week, CSN Washington reported Thursday.

Ovechkin scored an NHL-leading 51 goals in 2013-14 and had 83 goals in 126 games at right wing under former coach Adam Oates. Trotz told CSN he expects to use Ovechkin on either wing during the season, but he'll begin camp Sept. 19 at left wing.

"Going into camp I'd probably say I'm leaning more to left than right," Trotz said. "He moves his feet better on that side, he's able to go laterally better. I want to play him more on that side but I want to clean up some things in his own end to allow him to play that side."

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Red Wings' Mantha could be exception to team rule

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Following one of the most prolific careers in recent Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history, Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha, 19, could be ready to make the jump straight to the NHL.

To do that with any NHL team would be impressive. To do it with Detroit would be unheard of.

Despite an organizational philosophy that considers time in the American Hockey League a prerequisite to wearing the winged wheel, Detroit management thinks Mantha, who turns 20 on Sept. 16, could be an exception to their rule.

He'll get a chance to start impressing his future bosses this week when he joins other Red Wings prospects at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which runs Sept. 12-16.

"Obviously I want to play for Detroit next year. I'm going to go to [training] camp and try to make the team. If I'm cut, I'll go to [AHL] Grand Rapids and show that I can dominate that league and get called up as fast as I can," Mantha said. "To go somewhere you want to go you need to see yourself there. I'm going to go to camp and try to make my place."

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Rangers prospect Halverson at home in Traverse City

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Not only will goalie Brandon Halverson have a chance to wear a New York Rangers jersey and represent the organization that drafted him when the 16th annual Traverse City Prospect tournament is held this week, he'll do so in front of a very large fan base.

Halverson, who was born in Traverse City in 1996, is a mere 10-minute drive from Centre Ice Arena where the eight-team event is held each year.

"He's always been able to watch this tournament, and now here he is, participating in it," said Paul Halverson, Brandon's father. "I'm almost in a dream state right now because I'm saying to myself, 'Is this really happening?'"

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Bouillon, Canadiens agree on tryout: report

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 9:57 PM / News

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a professional tryout agreement with defenseman Francis Bouillon, RDS reported Thursday night.

Bouillon, 38, spent the past two seasons with the Canadiens. He played 52 games in 2013-14 and had two goals, four assists and 34 penalty minutes. He scored two goals in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 776 games with the Canadiens and Nashville Predators, Bouillon has 32 goals, 117 assists and 536 penalty minutes.

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Niederreiter, Wild agree to three-year contract

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 7:50 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

Restricted free agent forward Nino Niederreiter has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, the team announced Thursday. No financial terms were disclosed, but Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported it's worth $8 million.

Niederreiter, 22, had career bests of 14 goals, 22 assists and 36 points playing 81 games. He had three goals and three assists in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

He had his biggest moment in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche, when his second goal, at 5:07 of overtime, gave the Wild its first postseason series victory since 2003.

"I was kind of worried towards the end (of the contract talks). I was kind of getting nervous," Niederreiter told the Wild website. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but I'm very happy to be a part of the Wild again and I'm just really excited to get it going."

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Analysis: Rules changes could create more scoring

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 5:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Though the NHL's general managers didn't have an interest in devising major rule changes when they met six months ago in Boca Raton, Fla., they did come up with a plan to create subtle changes geared toward increasing offense.

After the majority of their recommended changes were approved by the NHL Competition Committee, the NHL Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association's Executive Board, the League announced the changes for the 2014-15 season Thursday.

Not surprisingly, they are similar, and in many cases the exact same, as the ideas the GMs discussed, debated and recommended six months ago. And yes, the majority of the changes have been written into the rulebook with the underlying goal of increasing offense.

Here are six examples:

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Pastrnak could push to make Bruins as 18-year-old

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 5:05 PM / Prospects

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The majority of David Pastrnak's teammates at the Boston Bruins rookie camp were exposed to him for the first time Thursday during off-ice testing and the first official practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Pastrnak made quite an impression.

"He's just a big goofball," fellow forward Matthew Lindblad said after practice. "And we're going to have a lot of fun over the next week."

The Bruins' rookies left after practice for Antioch, Tenn., where they will compete in a rookie tournament against similarly experienced squads representing the host Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. Pastrnak, the Bruins' first-round pick (No. 25) in the 2014 NHL Draft, will bring the most notoriety among Boston’s players, not because of his comedic approach to life but because there's been little done by the organization to tamp down the hype that he could make the NHL as an 18-year-old, without further seasoning.

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Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp