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Johansen, Blue Jackets 'very civil' as talks resume

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 6:26 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

Davidson said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, but Davidson did not have an update because he was in meetings here. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito were handling the negotiations from Columbus' side.

Johansen is training near his home in Vancouver. The Blue Jackets open the season Oct. 9 at the Buffalo Sabres.

"We had some discussions yesterday that were very civil," Davidson said. "We had some good discussions, talked about things, and then they were to continue today. Jarmo and Bill Zito do that for us, and when I get back to Columbus we'll figure it out."

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Predators sign forward Beck to one-year contract

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 4:41 PM / News

NashvillePredators.com

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free-agent forward Taylor Beck to a one-year, $550,000 contract.

Beck, 23, has 23 career NHL games with Nashville to his credit over the past two seasons, amassing seven points. The 6-2, 206-pound right wing led the 2013-14 Milwaukee Admirals in assists (32) and power-play points, ranked second on the team in points (49), and fourth in goals (17). The St. Catharines, Ontario native also paced the Admirals in points during the 2012-13 season despite appearing in only 50 of the team’s 76 games, and ranked among the Top 20 AHL rookies in goals and points in 2011-12.

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Ovechkin, Kopitar, Oshie featured on SI covers

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 2:25 PM / News

NHL.com

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar and St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie appear on covers of Sports Illustrated this week in conjunction with baseball standouts from the same regions, as the magazine notes the beginning of the 2014-15 NHL season with the start of the 2014 postseason in Major League Baseball.

With the headline "IT'S ON" across the cover, Ovechkin pairs with Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, Kopitar teams with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, and Oshie is alongside St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.

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NHL.com, Yahoo Sports team up for fantasy show

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 12:20 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

On Thursday, Oct. 2, NHL.com and Yahoo Sports will team up to produce a one-hour fantasy hockey draft special that will air at 7 p.m. ET online at NHL.com and Yahoo.com.

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The event will be hosted by NHL Network's Andi Petrillo and on-air talent will include NHL.com fantasy expert Matt Cubeta and Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy writer Greg Wyshynski. It will be accompanied by an interactive chat with NHL.com fantasy writer Pete Jensen. Fans will have a chance to submit questions to the show's hosts directly through the CoveritLive chat, which begins at 5 p.m. ET, or via Twitter using the hashtag #NHLFantasyShow.

With the 2014-15 NHL season approaching quickly, it's time to get ready for fantasy hockey and the experts are here to help. From positional rankings to sleepers and predictions, this one-hour fantasy hockey draft special is a great way to prepare for your fantasy draft.

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50 players with added fantasy value in hits leagues

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Standard Yahoo Fantasy formats don't take hits into account, but it's worth noting that the incorporation of this category is reaching many leagues.

We're at the point where one-third of all Yahoo leagues use hits, and many of those fans choose to use that statistic instead of penalty minutes as a category. Though PIMs often gauge the physicality of a player, the stat takes many tactical penalties into account, which are detrimental to their team in reality and reflect undisciplined play. Physical players who use clean body checks on opponents can help their team regain possession of the puck, which in turn helps generate offense.

Fantasy owners have become well aware of standard-league category specialists, but hits-league participants are always looking for difference-makers in their specific formats.

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The Tragically Hip to headline free concert presented by SiriusXM at 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 8:55 AM / 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

NHL.com

TORONTO / NEW YORK -- Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, will headline the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off™, the National Hockey League's free hockey and music festival to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 season, at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) will perform a 45-minute performance set as part of the free concert, presented by SiriusXM Canada, at Yonge-Dundas Square prior to the 7:00 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs®-Montreal Canadiens® game. Portions of the band's set will be featured in Sportsnet's live national broadcast of the game. Critically acclaimed for more than two decades, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian musical zeitgeist for evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivalled in this country. A five-piece group of friends including Robby Baker (guitar), Gordon Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass), who grew up in Kingston, Ontario, The Hip has achieved the enviable status of a band that enjoys both mass popularity with more than 8 million albums sold worldwide, as well as peer recognition through 14 Juno Awards from more than a dozen recordings. Their studio catalogue includes their self-titled debut album "The Tragically Hip" (1987), "Up To Here" (1989), "Road Apples" (1991), "Fully Completely" (1992), "Day For Night" (1994), "Trouble At The Henhouse" (1996), "Phantom Power" (1998), "Music @ Work" (2000), "In Violet Light" (2002), "In Between Evolution" (2004), "World Container" (2006), "We Are The Same" (2009) and "Now For Plan A" (2012).

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Wild's Parise has more than hockey on his mind

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 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. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise:

Zach Parise always figured moving home to Minnesota would have benefits that extend beyond the obvious, such as the 13-year, $98 million contract he signed July 4, 2012. He never imagined one of those benefits would be being close to his father as he fights the toughest battle of his life.

Jean-Paul Parise, Zach's father and a former NHL forward and assistant coach, has lung cancer. He was diagnosed in February, when Zach was playing for the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. J.P. Parise, 72, was told he has two years to live.

The story of J.P.'s illness and how Zach is dealing with it was documented in great and grave detail by Wild beat reporter Michael Russo in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this past Sunday. Zach spoke of his shock and J.P. talked about being positive and staying upbeat as he attacks the disease.

"I am not complaining," J.P. Parise told Russo. "At the end of the day I am still alive. I am still alive, and tomorrow I will still be alive. I am not dying tomorrow."

Zach isn't complaining either. He's coping as best he can.

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Power play, young players are keys for Ducks

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

It's a new era for the Anaheim Ducks. Teemu Selanne retired, and in January will be the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

By then the Ducks would like to have a lot of their questions answered, but they are always teeming with drama, not to mention flashes of excellent hockey. A little less of the former and more of the latter come the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been a theme during training camp.

"I think we've done the divisional stuff," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We've [been] the Western Conference champions. The big thing now -- and it's a long ways away -- is to get further in the playoffs. But you can't just sit there and say, 'Let's wait until the playoffs' and go from there. If you look at the division and the conference, it's 82 games of tough sledding to get there."

Here are three keys to how the Ducks can get there:
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Kesler enjoying lifestyle, transition with Ducks

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Ryan Kesler finished a media session with reporters after a morning skate and the conversation turned toward the weather.

Kesler has been in Southern California for about a month, and the daytime temperature rarely dipped below 85 degrees. On a day off, he rode bikes with his family around the postcard Orange County beach cities of Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar.

"It's a beautiful spot," Kesler said. "Does it ever rain here? It's amazing. No complaints. The family loves it."

Told that the locals consider 55 degrees to be seriously cold, Kesler was almost dumbfounded.

"Fifty-five? That's shorts weather," he said.

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Ducks integrating new faces in pursuit of Cup

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray isn't interested in bringing in more new faces, at least not to start the 2014-15 season. Murray acquired a half-dozen players in the offseason who will play significant roles, and they need to be integrated quickly.

That's why Murray declared on the first day of training camp that he's not inclined to, say, beef up his defense more even though Anaheim has about $9.3 million worth of space under the salary cap, according to CapGeek.com.

"I want to get to the 20-25 game mark, where we've played enough home and road games and we've had hopefully, healthy people, and I can evaluate where this hockey team is at," Murray said.

"Obviously we have good cap space left. Obviously we have some pretty good assets if I feel a need for a change in the hockey team. But let's get to that point. Let's see what we have. There's seven new bodies in that dressing room. There's some jobs up for grabs this year. We've got some great competition for certain jobs here. You can figure out who they are and I hope the players have got it figured out."


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We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday