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Lightning hire Brad Lauer as assistant coach

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 1:58 PM / News

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

"I'm really excited to join the coaching staff in Tampa Bay," Lauer said. "It is an outstanding opportunity for me to join a great organization with top-notch ownership and management. They have a young, highly-skilled team and it is exciting as a coach to walk into a situation like that."

Lauer, a native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, has spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks. He helped Anaheim to a 51-24-7 record and 109 points last season, tied for the most in the NHL's Western Conference. The Ducks also ranked 11th in the league for average goals per game with 2.78 in 2014-15. They eventually lost to the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final. During the 2013-14 season Lauer and the Ducks had the best record in the West, going 54-20-8 with 116 points, one shy of a tie for the President's Trophy. Anaheim was the NHL's highest-scoring team that season, averaging 3.21 goals per contest.

Kruger expects contract from Blackhawks: report

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 10:25 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger is not concerned he hasn't signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for this season, according to

"I want to have it done. I think that's for everyone," said Kruger, who spent Tuesday with the Stanley Cup with former Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya in Sweden. "But I don't feel too stressed out about it, yet at least. We have another month until training camp."

Flyers to honor Briere in pregame ceremony Oct. 27

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 9:25 AM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers will honor the recently-announced retirement of former Flyers center Danny Briere in a pre-game ceremony before the Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres game on October 27 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Briere's 17-year professional career included six prolific seasons (2007-2013) with the Flyers, during which he scored 124 goals and added 159 assists for 283 points in 364 games. Briere recorded 68 points (36G, 32A) in 62 career playoff games with the club, ranking him eighth in playoff scoring on the Flyers All-Time List and seventh in franchise history in playoff goals. He also ranks second in franchise history with nine playoff game-winning goals. His scoring average of 1.10 points per playoff game makes him one of just five Flyers to average more than one point per playoff game (minimum five games), joining Peter Forsberg (1.33, 6 GP), Ken Linseman (1.29, 41 GP), Eric Lindros (1.14, 50 GP), and Claude Giroux (1.07, 57 GP). Over the course of his entire NHL career, Briere recorded 307 goals and 389 assists for 696 points.

Senators expect to build on late-season surge

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

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

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators made history with their late-season run to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

They're hoping the growth of the young players who helped them to a 23-4-4 record down the stretch will ensure a similar rally won't be needed to make the 2016 postseason.

"We know [what happened last season is] not an annual thing," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. "We can't put ourselves in a position early where we have to have that as another event next year. I expect the team to be better.

Hammond, Ryan among questions facing Senators

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators will be an interesting team this season because the elements that made them the success story of the final two months of last season also present the biggest question marks.

Their charge to the Stanley Cup Playoffs was fueled by a rookie coach, a goaltender making his NHL debut, and a group of young players who successfully handled bigger roles and more responsibility.

Here are three questions the Senators face this season:

Cameron, young players have Senators optimistic

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after going 21-3-3 in their final 27 games.

The key elements of the Senators' playoff run are back after they made few moves during the offseason.

Here are four reasons for the Senators to be optimistic:

Paul, Puempel among Senators' top five prospects

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Young forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Curtis Lazar, and defensemen Cody Ceci and Mark Borowiecki were significant parts of the Ottawa Senators' success last season, which ended in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Despite having a large number of players graduate to the NHL, the Senators have a good core of prospects thanks to recent trades and some strong drafting.

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

Ottawa Senators 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: Erik Karlsson

My top ranked fantasy defenseman comes in at No. 13 among all players in my offseason rankings, 10 spots ahead of the next defenseman (P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens). Karlsson was one of two defensemen to lead his team in scoring last season (Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes) and it marked the second straight season he did so on the Senators. His 21 goals and 292 shots on goal last season were career-highs. Since his breakout season in 2011-12 (19 goals and 78 points), Karlsson leads all defensemen with 232 points, 166 assists and 889 shots on goal, and his 66 goals are tied for first with Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. More remarkable is that Karlsson accomplished all of this despite missing 31 games in 2012-13 because of injury. Simply put, there is no better defenseman in fantasy hockey than Karlsson, and it's not even close. A return to the 70-point mark seems likely for the 25-year-old.

McDavid impresses Oilers' Hall at training session

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 8:58 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Taylor Hall skated with Edmonton Oilers teammate Connor McDavid for the first time Monday and did his best to keep up.

"He's got a lot of foot speed," Hall said. "He seems to glide faster than most guys skate at full speed."

Hall and McDavid, each a No. 1 pick at the NHL Draft, were taking part in the BioSteel camp in Toronto. It's the latest step for McDavid, the top pick in June and considered the best prospect to enter the NHL since Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005.

Dupuis skates with Penguins at new practice facility

Monday, 08.17.2015 / 4:29 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis on Monday took another step in his return from a blood clot in his lung when he and several teammates skated for the first time at the Penguins' new practice and training facility.

"Being on the ice with teammates, and being allowed more than myself and the trainer [on the ice] here in Pittsburgh, it's a first in basically 10 months," Dupuis told the Penguins website. "It felt great to be out there."

Dupuis, who missed all but 16 games last season, was joined at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex by forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, defensemen Ian Cole, Rob Scuderi, Steve Oleksy and Adam Clendening, and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Jeff Zatkoff.

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