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Oilers move rookie game to Rexall Place

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 9:26 PM / News

The annual game between Edmonton Oilers rookies and the University of Alberta has been moved to Rexall Place and will be played Sept. 16.

It was not announced if forward Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, will play for Edmonton in its home arena.

The previous 24 games in the series were played at Clare Drake Arena, the university's 2,700-seat rink. This is the final season for the Oilers at Rexall Place.

Sharks name Steve Spott assistant coach

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:23 PM / News

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Peter DeBoer announced today that Steve Spott will serve as the second assistant coach on DeBoer's staff.

Spott, 47, most recently spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I'm excited to work with Steve again," said DeBoer. "We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the seven years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate he was available."

A native of Toronto, Ont., Spott spent two seasons with the Maple Leafs organization, serving as the head coach of the Maple Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies in 2013-14. He led the team to a record of 45-25-2-4, winning the North Division title and earning a spot in the Western Conference Final, where the Marlies fell in seven games to the eventual Calder Cup-winning Texas Stars.

Blue Jackets want leadership from Cup-winner Saad

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 12:11 PM / NHL Insider

The Columbus Blue Jackets are expecting plenty of offense from forward Brandon Saad, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 30 and is likely get a chance to play on the first line.

But coach Todd Richards said Monday that he expects the two-time Stanley Cup winner, who's 22, to provide leadership in the dressing room as well.

"I just want him to come in here and be Brandon Saad, first and foremost," Richards told the Blue Jackets website. "There are things he can add to this team on the ice in game situations and practice, but there's also a lot he can bring to our room. A winning attitude, confidence, knowing that you've won and know what it takes. There will be some leadership there.

Questions about Neal, Hodgson key for Predators

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators appear to be on an upward trajectory after finishing second in the Central Division last season and with talented prospects in the pipeline.

The Predators expect to take the next step this season and become one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Here are three questions facing the Predators this season:

Growth of Forsberg, Jones has Predators optimistic

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after missing out the previous two, and their young talent has them optimistic about the future.

Even though the Predators play in the Central Division, arguably the toughest in the NHL, they proved last season they can compete with the League's best teams.

Here are four reasons the Predators are optimistic:

Fiala, Vesey among Predators' top five prospects

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- A prospect pool that wasn't very deep three years ago has become a luxury for the Nashville Predators.

Long known for talent on defense, the Predators changed their approach in recent years and stockpiled prospects at forward. Some of that young talent, led by forward Kevin Fiala, might get a chance to make an impact in the NHL as soon as this season.

Here is a look at the Predators' top five prospects, according to

Predators expect to build on success of last season

Monday, 08.24.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Robby Stanley - Correspondent continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators are prepared to stay the course that helped them reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a two-season hiatus.

Nashville re-signed center Mike Ribeiro to a two-year, $7 million contract July 1. Keeping Ribeiro was the Predators' No. 1 priority because it ensured their top six forwards would remain intact.

"Mike had a strong season for us last year," Predators general manager David Poile said. "I'm very confident that he'll be an integral part of our organization going forward."

Nashville Predators fantasy hockey outlook

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

As part of's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Pekka Rinne

After a bit of a disappointing and injury-plagued season in 2013-14 (24 games, 10 wins, 2.77 goals-against average, .902 save percentage), Rinne bounced back last season and finished second in the Vezina Trophy voting behind Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. He ranked as the fifth best fantasy goalie in Yahoo leagues and 33rd best player overall. The Finnish goalie got off to a tremendous start last season and ended up with 41 wins, four shutouts, a 2.18 GAA and .923 save percentage. Since 2008 when Rinne became Nashville's starting goalie, he ranks sixth in the NHL wins (203), sixth in GAA (2.35), sixth in save percentage (.919) and third in shutouts (36) among goalies with at least 250 games played. With Nashville possessing one of the League's strongest groups of defensemen, I think it's safe to put him among the game's elite netminders, which is why I have him ranked 24th overall and third at his position in my offseason rankings.

Kessel thanks Toronto Maple Leafs fans for support

Sunday, 08.23.2015 / 4:21 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel on Sunday expressed gratitude to fans in the city, his first public remarks since being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1.

"I want to thank all of the Toronto fans for all the support you have shown me," Kessel wrote on his verified Twitter account. "I will miss you and this city and always consider Toronto home."

Kessel, who is from Wisconsin, is a five-time 30-goal scorer with 227 goals in 668 NHL games, including 181 goals with Toronto during the past six seasons.

Top remaining players available via free agency

Sunday, 08.23.2015 / 2:35 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The first few head-spinning hours after the free agent market opened at noon ET on July 1 featured a plethora of players joining new teams and a trade that has the potential to shift the balance of power in the Metropolitan Division in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who acquired forward Phil Kessel.

The market still has several unrestricted free agents who could make a difference with a new team.

Here is a list of some of the best available (by position and in alphabetical order):

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