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Willie Mitchell named Panthers captain

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 12:58 PM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

Sunrise, FL - Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant announced today that D Willie Mitchell has been named captain for the 2014-15 season. He joins Brian Skrudland (1993-1997), Scott Mellanby (1997-2001), Paul Laus/Pavel Bure (2001-2002), Olli Jokinen (2005-2008), Bryan McCabe (2009-2011) and Ed Jovanovski (2013-2014) as the other team captains in the club's 21-year history.

Mitchell, 37, has played in 795 career National Hockey League games for New Jersey (1999-2001), Minnesota (2000-2006), Dallas (2005-2006), Vancouver (2006-2010) and Los Angeles (2010-2014), scoring 30 goals with 135 assists and 744 penalty minutes. He has played in 89 post-season games, registering 16 points (4-12-16), winning the Stanley Cup twice with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.

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Lightning's Cooper favorite for Jack Adams Award

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 11:19 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The target on the back of the Tampa Bay Lightning grew larger once they evolved from a team projected to rebuild to one expected to contend.

And not just for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs either. The Lightning are a chic pick to go deep in the postseason; The Hockey News has them pegged for the Stanley Cup Final. Expectations are heightened in Tampa Bay and that's fine with coach Jon Cooper, a finalist last season for the Jack Adams Award and NHL.com's favorite to win it in 2014-15.

"The first year that I've been a part of a team has always been a big transition year, and last year was no different," Cooper said on the Lightning's Power Play Podcast. "But I'm really excited about this year because there's less unknowns out there. We know each other, we know what our expectations are, we know what our standards are and we know what we can do. I think last year was a little bit of a coming out party for us. Now we have a little bit more of a bull's-eye on our back. Let's accept that challenge. I'm really, really excited for that."

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NHL transforms Yonge-Dundas Square for 2014 NHL Face-Off season opening celebration, Oct. 8

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 10:00 AM / 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off

NHL.com

TORONTO – On Wednesday, Oct. 8, downtown Toronto will host the 2014 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off, the National Hockey League's 2014-15 season opening hockey and music festival and viewing party at Yonge-Dundas Square. The free and public festivities begin at 12:00 p.m. ET, rain or shine, through the conclusion of the Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game, which will be shown on giant outdoor video screens at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Fans should follow the NHL on Twitter (@NHL) and Instagram (Instagram.com/NHL) and use the official hashtag #NHLFaceOff to join the conversation.

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Senators thrilled to see Karlsson named captain

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The crisp white "C" on the left shoulder of Erik Karlsson's red sweater isn't going to stand for "Change."

When the 24-year-old defenseman was named the Ottawa Senators' ninth captain Thursday, it ended weeks of speculation about the role after Jason Spezza's one-year run ended with his trade to the Dallas Stars in July.

According to Karlsson and Senators goaltender Robin Lehner, who have known each other since they were in their mid-teens, there is no doubt how the honor will affect Karlsson.

It won't.

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Analysis: Trotz picking right approach with Ovechkin

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

It's not a stretch to say the developing relationship between Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz and captain Alex Ovechkin will be one of the most intriguing NHL storylines this season. It's also not a stretch to say Trotz needs to be careful with how much he tinkers with Ovechkin, because no coach wants to put the psyche and confidence of a 50-goal scorer at risk.

The latter is tied directly to the former, and each will dictate the story arc in Washington and the success or failure of the Capitals as they try to bounce back from a disappointing 2013-14 season, their first without a trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006-07.

"You can see how the organization is changing over the last couple of years," Ovechkin said. "We want to win and we want to try to find the right way. We'll see how it goes this way."

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Hurricanes forward Skinner leaves game after hit

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner sustained an upper-body injury in a 5-2 preseason loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday after absorbing a hit from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. He will be re-evaluated Monday and his status for the Hurricanes' regular-season opener Friday against the New York Islanders is uncertain.

The 22-year-old led the Hurricanes with 33 goals last season.

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Kings sign Auger, Leslie to entry-level contracts

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 5:16 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed right wing Justin Auger and defenseman Zachary Leslie to three-year entry-level contacts, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Both players were assigned to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) on September 26 after participating in Kings Training Camp.

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Coyotes sign Dauphin to entry-level contract

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 1:11 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Laurent Dauphin to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Jets acquire goalie Budaj from Canadiens

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 12:46 PM / News

NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets on Sunday acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Eric Tangradi.

Budaj, 32, went 10-8-3 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 24 games last season backing up Carey Price. In 296 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Canadiens, Budaj is 124-107-36 with a 2.76 GAA and .903 save percentage.  He is expected to back up Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg.

"I would like to thank Peter Budaj who has been an outstanding teammate and stood tall for us over the past three seasons," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "This transaction enables our team to make room for Dustin Tokarski. Eric Tangradi is a young veteran with 136 NHL games under his belt. He adds depth to our group up front and provides us with more options when we will need help coming from our affiliate team in Hamilton."
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Lightning captain Stamkos early Hart Trophy choice

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Awkward silence.

When told he was being selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Hart Trophy, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had nothing to say, and not because he was left speechless by an honor that comes with words and hype rather than hardware and bonus money.

Getting chosen as a preseason favorite for anything means about as much to Stamkos as the watermelons, Legos, wedding cake and plates he destroyed with his powerful slap shot during his most recent commercial shoot for Bauer.

That's to say it's altogether meaningless to him, with one exception:

"I hope I can," Stamkos said of winning the Hart Trophy.

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— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday