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Roenick to coach at All-American Prospects Game

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 1:50 PM / News

United States Hockey Hall of Fame member Jeremy Roenick and Stanley Cup champion Derek Plante will coach the teams at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 24 in Buffalo, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

The game, which will be played at First Niagara Center, will feature 42 of the top United States-born prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Rangers' Zuccarello 'good as new' after injury

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 1:04 PM / NHL Insider

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said he's healthy nearly five months after he was struck in the side of his head by a slap shot during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Zuccarello participated in a scrimmage Tuesday with about 20 teammates at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y., and told he's been skating the past few weeks in New York.

"I'm as good as new, as the doctors say," Zuccarello said. "My head feels fine and ready to go."

Rangers' Lundqvist on World Cup, Stanley Cup, more

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 12:40 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, entering his 11th season with the New York Rangers, was among a group of elite NHL players at the League's annual Player Media Tour on Tuesday.

Lundqvist spoke with about the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the Rangers, perspective he gained from sitting out with his injury last season, and more in the following Q&A:

We're in Toronto and there is a big press conference about the World Cup, so let's start there. What does it mean to you that you'll likely have another opportunity to play for Sweden in a major tournament, except this time in Toronto, which is considered the hockey capital?

"I'm excited. I think it's going to be a great tournament. Any time you play for your country it's a very special feeling. I still don't know yet how it's going to feel compared to the Olympics, just have to play and see. It's how it started for me, watching the national team play. It's always been very special to put that jersey on, and you're extremely proud every time you do it. The big thing too is you get to play against the best players, kind of like in an Olympic tournament. I'm looking forward to it."

Blue Jackets' Savard signs five-year contract

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 10:02 AM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman David Savard to a five-year contract extension that begins in 2016-17 and continues through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Savard, 24, set career highs and led Blue Jackets defensemen in goals and ranked second in points with 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points with 71 penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 82 games during the 2014-15 season.

Wild's Reilly traveled world, then elected to stay home

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 9:22 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly was not heavily recruited out of high school.

He was smaller then, and only three schools showed an interest: the University of Minnesota, Colorado College and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Without much of a competition to retain his services, Reilly chose to stay close to his Chanhassen, Minn., home and went to play at the University of Minnesota.

"I know I was really small and hit a growth spurt right around my junior year [of high school], I grew about five or six inches," Reilly said last week at the NHL Players' Association Rookie Showcase. "In ninth grade in high school I was maybe 5 feet, 100 pounds. I was just kind of immature physically and growing up I was always the smaller guy and just had to find my way around the ice."

Overlooked veterans to target in fantasy leagues

Eric Goodman - Fantasy Staff Writer

Regardless the size of your league, there usually are a number of fantasy-relevant veterans who slip to the late rounds on draft day. Sometimes a player drops due to a significant injury the previous season, or owners simply forget about an aging veteran who has put up consistent statistics throughout his career.

These five players should be available as buy-low candidates and may provide a great return on your investment:

Stars' Lehtonen welcomes competition with Niemi

Monday, 09.07.2015 / 4:50 PM / News

Goalie Kari Lehtonen is accustomed to a heavy workload for the Dallas Stars, but after starting 64 and 65 games the past two seasons, Lehtonen will be sharing the crease with veteran Antti Niemi this season.

Lehtonen, 31, is looking forward to some friendly competition.

"It's going to be exciting," Lehtonen told Stars Inside Edge for an article published Monday. "From my point of view, it's a big change to have Antti here. I am excited to see what we can do together."

Rangers' McDonagh endorses using tennis to exercise

Monday, 09.07.2015 / 11:52 AM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- A few weeks before NHL training camps open, New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was at the U.S. Open on Monday for a youth tennis exhibition, where he discussed the importance of participating in multiple sports as a kid to stay healthy and active.

As a child, McDonagh played hockey, football and baseball.

"It's refreshing as a young kid to be able to put the baseball bat away and get the cleats out for football, and get the hockey gear out when the winter comes around," McDonagh said.

McDonagh has also become a tennis fan over the years.

"It's not a sport I played as a kid, but as I get older, you want to experience new sports and get a workout in if you can, and tennis is a great way to do that," McDonagh said. gives 2015-16 schedule advice for fantasy

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Though much about fantasy hockey is unpredictable -- who will be this season's Devan Dubnyk, and who will come out of nowhere to score 30 goals? -- it's always good to know as much as possible about each team's schedule before drafting.

For example, knowing how many back-to-back sets a team has is key when drafting a goalie. So is knowing a skater’s home and road splits so you know who to draft and which weeks to start them.

And you can't forget to look at game loads the final two weeks of the NHL regular season, usually reserved for fantasy championships. How many games your players have over those two weeks is critical to your chances of winning your league.

Here are five schedule-related notes to keep in mind when drafting:

Larkin sees opportunity to make Red Wings as teen

Monday, 09.07.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Detroit Red Wings are known for taking their time and developing their prospects in the minors.

But that didn't discourage center Dylan Larkin, 19, from leaving the University of Michigan after one season to sign with the Red Wings on May 21.

Rather, Larkin looked at the Red Wings roster and thought, with a coaching change from Mike Babcock to Jeff Blashill, there might be a chance he could crack the roster as a teenager.

"That is one of the reasons I decided to sign and leave college," Larkin said. "There is a new coach and there seems to be some older players who might be on their way out. I think it is a great opportunity for me to learn from them. Growing up in Detroit you hear so much about those guys. I have watched Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk my whole life, so to be in the same room as them would be an incredible experience."

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