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Oilers' 1984 Cup team set for 30-year reunion

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 10:30 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON — If the media availability with the 1984 Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday was any indication, there will be plenty of great stories shared during the next three days.

The group that started the Oilers' dynasty is back together, 30 years after winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.

"I never finished high school, so this is my first actual reunion," center Mark Messier said. "It's great to be here. I think the first thing that comes to my mind is what a great time we had back in the '80s and leading up to the Stanley Cup. We had a little bit of heartbreak until we finally won the championship in '84. And the collective group of people that are on the stage right now were all responsible for that Cup and many of the other ones."


Sharks give former captain Thornton an 'A'

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 10:03 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton had the captaincy taken away from him during the offseason after wearing the "C" on a full-time basis for four seasons, but he'll still wear a letter on his sweater in 2014-15.

The Sharks on Wednesday named four alternate captains -- Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Marleau is also a former Sharks captain; he had the "C" taken off his sweater in 2009 after wearing it for six years. Marleau is the only incumbent alternate captain.

Thornton, Pavelski and Marleau were the alternates for the Sharks' season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks announced Vlasic will rotate in with an "A."


Bettman on outdoor games, expansion, more

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

LOS ANGELES -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the media Wednesday in a 20-minute press conference at Staples Center prior to the game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

Here are his opening remarks and a transcript of the question and answer session:

"I'm not here to break any news. I'm here to watch the Kings and their fans celebrate their well-deserved honor and hard-fought championship. It seems like we were just here. The offseason I guess goes quickly when you're in a place that's won the Cup and had a long, long playoff run.


Maple Leafs fan spirit comes alive at NHL Face-Off

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 9:00 PM / 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Try as he might, Chris Martin could not score himself a ticket for the NHL season opener to see his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs play the Montreal Canadiens.

But Martin, of Mississauga, Ontario, was not shut out completely. He and a few fans gathered in Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto to experience the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off, a fan fest of the highest order. Wearing a Maple Leafs hat and No. 13 jersey with the name Sundin replaced by 'Leafsaholic' on the back, Martin and his pals were all smiles.

Oh, and his beard is dyed blue, too.

"When I was born someone game me a Leafs jersey and Leafs sock so I figure I came into the world a Maple Leafs fan and I'll go out of this world a Maple Leafs fan," Martin said. "This is sweet! This is all very exciting. It's opening night and it should be like this."


Sabres rookie Reinhart to play with veterans

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 7:05 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO – It all starts for real Thursday for Sam Reinhart.

The Buffalo Sabres' first-round pick and the second player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft is slated to make his debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After a busy summer with development camp and training camp, he's ready to show what he's got.

"I came in with the mentality that I was going to soak everything in and I feel I've learned more than I could ever imagine from all the veteran guys here," Reinhart said. "I'm going to keep trying to learn every day from them and get better with their help."

Reinhart won't be the only young player on the Sabres' opening-night roster; 19-year-old defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov were first-round picks in 2013. But he'll be on a line between two more-experienced players in Cody Hodgson and captain Brian Gionta.


'Who are these guys?': Quick primer on fresh faces

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 4:34 PM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

The rosters are set and the 2014-15 NHL season is ready to commence.

With four games Wednesday night and 12 more Thursday, numerous players will be making their NHL debuts. Some, like the Tampa Bay Lightning's Jonathan Drouin or the Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, entered training camp as favorites to end up on the opening night roster.

Others are more of a surprise, and earned a place on the roster when it wasn't expected. Here's a look at some of the players who might cause fans to say, "Who are these guys?"

William Karlsson, Anaheim Ducks

Karlsson, 21, was expected to battle fellow Swede Rickard Rakell for a role at center behind Ryan Getlzaf and Ryan Kesler, but both players ended up making it. A second-round pick (No. 53) in 2011, Karlsson led HV71 in scoring (37 points in 55 games) in the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14 before putting up 12 points in 17 American Hockey League games at the end of the season.


Mueller, Blues mutually agree to terminate contract

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 3:02 PM / News

The St. Louis Blues and forward Peter Mueller have mutually agreed to terminate his contract so that he can pursue other hockey options in Europe, according to the Blues' Twitter account.

Mueller, 26, had 24 goals and 46 points in 49 games for Kloten in Switzerland's top professional league last season. The native of Bloomington, Minn., signed a one-year, two-way contact with the Blues in July.

Following his season in Switzerland, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward was invited to play for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship; he had one goal and four points in eight games.


Canadiens' Sekac takes long road to NHL debut

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:54 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TORONTO -- Tomas Plekanec was asked a question about his new teammate and Czech countryman Jiri Sekac during Montreal Canadiens training camp. He quickly corrected his questioner.

"Oh, you mean Forrest Gump?" Plekanec asked, a wry smile on his face.

That was the nickname given to Sekac by a Czech newspaper after he set a new Canadiens record in the beep test, a grueling exercise that measures an athlete's maximum oxygen intake, or VO2, during rookie camp last month. The test essentially entails the player running through a number of stages for as long as he can.

Sekac kept running, just like Forrest Gump did in the movie of the same name, a nickname Plekanec was only too happy to share with anyone who would listen in the hopes it would stick.


Blue Jackets' Johansen practices, status uncertain

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- At the same time center Ryan Johansen was preparing for his first practice since signing a new contract Monday, teammate Brandon Dubinsky was undergoing abdominal surgery in Philadelphia that could keep him out for six weeks.

Just another day of drama for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Johansen was ribbed by his teammates when he got to Nationwide Arena on Wednesday morning after staying at home in Vancouver until agreeing to a three-year, $12 million contract Monday.

"We're excited to have him back," left wing Scott Hartnell said. "It's good to see his goofy little face around the dressing room."


Blue Jackets' Dubinsky out after abdominal surgery

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:00 PM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday and is expected to miss approximately six weeks, according to the Blue Jackets.

Dubinsky had 16 goals, a career-high 34 assists and was third on the Blue Jackets with 50 points last season. He led Columbus in faceoff winning percentage (52.9 percent) and penalty minutes (98), and was second in hits.

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