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Wild goalie Kuemper agrees to two-year contract

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 11:01 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Restricted free agent goaltender Darcy Kuemper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, the team said Thursday.

No other terms were disclosed, but TSN's Bob McKenzie reported it's a one-way contract with an average annual value of $1.25 million.

"I'm super excited to continue this journey with the Wild and can't wait to see and get back on the ice with my teammates," Kuemper told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Kuemper said he will arrive at Wild training camp Friday, the newspaper reported.


Maple Leafs trying their best to move forward

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 8:49 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TORONTO -- A new era dawned on the Toronto Maple Leafs when they reported for training camp Thursday, but aspects of the recent past remain.

Despite a remade front office and a message of new hope, the majority of the day was spent answering for the sins of the past, particularly missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, and sidestepping fresh controversies created before the 2014-15 team even took the ice for the first time.

"There's a tremendous amount of scrutiny that takes place," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We understand that. That's the education that we're trying to bring to our players, that this isn't easy. But no one said it was easy to play in the NHL. It's difficult. And there are days that are more difficult than others."

Thursday was difficult at times when Maple Leafs new and old arrived at MasterCard Centre for physicals and other off-ice activities before taking the ice Friday.


Ducks open camp dealing with book by Selanne

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 8:13 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne played his last game for the Anaheim Ducks last season, but he was the main topic of conversation when the Ducks reported for training camp Thursday.

Anaheim general manager Bob Murray and coach Bruce Boudreau spent the first portions of their media sessions defusing some pointed criticism that reportedly surfaced in Selanne's book regarding the forward's playing time.

Boudreau, Murray and captain Ryan Getzlaf chalked it up to Selanne's frustration at the end of his two-decade career at 43.

"Nobody likes hearing anything negative about themselves in anything," Boudreau said. "So in that sense I was a little disappointed. But I understand the frustration. You have to understand when he said those things it was right after Game 7 (of the Western Conference Second Round Series loss to the Los Angeles Kings). I can see the frustration was [with] everybody.

"When you're a great player your whole life, you want him to want more and to be the best guy and everything else. I understand where he comes from. I didn't like to hear that in a book, but I understand and I'm sure it was in frustration."


Blue Jackets' Horton out indefinitely: report

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 7:10 PM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with an injured back, The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the newspaper Wednesday he was unsure if Horton would be able to play in the opener Oct. 9 at the Buffalo Sabres, and he did not expect the injury to be long-term.

On Thursday, the Dispatch reported, "It's doubtful [Horton will] take part in training camp and he may miss the early stages of the regular season."


Flyers' Timonen says return this season is 'slim'

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:32 PM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will attempt to play during the 2014-15 NHL season but admitted Thursday the chances of that happening are slim due to blood clots that were found in his lower right leg and in both lungs in early August.

"My desire is always I want to play but chance of me playing is really slim," Timonen said during a press conference at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. "That's the fact. But I'm ready to wait for that chance and see how I feel."


NHL Network-US announces preseason schedule

Starting Sept. 21, NHL Network-U.S. Will Broadcast 22 Live Preseason Games, EJ Hradek, Steve Mears to Anchor Sept. 22 Season Debut of NHL Live

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 2:00 PM / NHL Network

NEW YORK / TORONTO -- NHL Network™-U.S. will begin its 2014-15 preseason broadcast schedule with the Buffalo Sabres-Washington Capitals game on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Highlighted by rivalries, doubleheaders, player debuts, the Sept. 24 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game featuring the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames in Sylvan Lake, Alta., and the Oct. 4 Colorado Avalanche-Los Angeles Kings matchup at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NHL Network-U.S. will carry 22 preseason game broadcasts live heading into the 2014-15 regular season.

NHL Live™, one of NHL Network's signature programs, makes its return on Monday, Sept. 22, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by EJ Hradek (@EJHradek_NHL) and Steve Mears (@MearsyNHL), the two-hour live show features commentary, analysis and social interaction with hockey insiders, writers and editors, and special guests. Fans can join the conversation via Twitter (@NHLNetwork) with the hashtag #NHLPreseason.


Penguins getting first look at new coach Johnston

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 1:41 PM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Change is inevitable.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi echoed those words inside their Consol Energy Center locker room Thursday. And it was a prevalent theme one day before the Penguins take the ice for their first practice of training camp.

The Mike Johnston era has begun in Pittsburgh. Most players don't seem to know what to expect from their new coach yet.

But each player recognized that change was warranted after the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the Penguins couldn't hold a 3-1 lead against the New York Rangers in their Eastern Conference Second Round series. In the aftermath, general manager Ray Shero was fired and replaced by Jim Rutherford. Rutherford fired coach Dan Bylsma and hired Johnston on June 25.

"It's going to take a bit to learn a new system and to understand the expectations of our coaching staff," forward Chris Kunitz said. "But I think we're all eager and excited to get into that process. … The one thing I keep hearing is the puck possession, kind of the analytics of the game and being able to hold onto the puck instead of giving it away. If you keep the puck your shots go up, and I think we have a team that can skate up and down the ice.

"We're going to be able to hopefully play into that system."


Crosby, Malkin to miss start of Penguins training camp

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 12:35 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be held out of the start of training camp after sustaining unspecified injuries, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday.

The Penguins' top two centers sustained injuries in preparation for camp, Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford announced in a press release. Penguins coach Mike Johnston did not go into detail on either injury, except stating that neither is expected to be long-term and that Crosby's is not related to the wrist injury he played through late last season and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We'll see over the next few days. I don't expect any of them to be long [absences]," Johnston said. "But when the trainers and the doctors inform us at this time of the year that we better be cautious with a few people, then we're going to be cautious."


Red Wings prospect Mantha out with broken leg

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 12:29 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured right tibia, the team announced Thursday.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound forward was injured Monday during a game at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament when his leg caught in a rut on the ice and he got hit.

"The puck was in the corner," Mantha told reporters. "I turned to my right at center ice and I hit a crack in the ice so my foot came back to the left, and me and another guy bumped into each other so my knee went sideways. It happened so fast you can't know exactly what happened."

General manager Ken Holland said surgery is not needed.

"He's going to be in crutches for a while, take the weight off," Holland said. "We think somewhere around six weeks he should be back up and running and skating and from there playing. In the meantime we got lots of other people looking for opportunity."


Analysis of's fantasy hockey mock draft

Fantasy insider Pete Jensen breaks down 12-team, 16-round simulation

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 9:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Over the course of the offseason, we've broken down the fantasy hockey implications of the biggest moves and identified players worth keeping an eye on for a variety of reasons.

Now it's time to put it all together in dissecting's annual fantasy mock draft.

Having a strategy entering your draft is important, but improvising is just as essential to strong decision-making. You should always consider the best player available, fill positional and category needs when possible and be mindful of which players will be attainable in later rounds. Hitting home runs on the waiver wire can bring home fantasy championships, but the bottom line is that how you execute each round of your draft will shape your fortunes this season -- for better or worse.'s fantasy hockey staff of Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen, Matt Sitkoff, Brian Metzer and Justin Goldman joined forces with fellow colleagues Dan Rosen, Corey Masisak, Mike Morreale, Adam Kimelman, Brian Compton, Tal Pinchevsky and Darryl Haberman to participate in this 12-team mock draft. This league has standard Yahoo scoring with 16 players on each roster (192 total draftees).

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