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Oilers to honor Sather with banner-raising ceremony

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:32 PM / News

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers announced today they will be raising a banner in Rexall Place to salute the achievements of legendary coach, general manager and executive Glen Sather.

Fans attending the Edmonton Oilers December 11, 2015 game versus the New York Rangers will be part of a special night, as the Oilers welcome back Sather and honour his leadership that resulted in five Stanley Cup Championships for the organization.

Sather will become the ninth Oiler to have a banner raised by the team, joining Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and long-time radio broadcaster Rod Phillips in the hallowed rafters of Rexall Place.

Red Wings' Datsyuk to miss start of season: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:03 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who had surgery on his right ankle June 26, doesn't expect to be ready when the Red Wings open their regular season on Oct. 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

"I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," Datsyuk said in video posted by the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. "We have enough [players]. I'll pick up my job later. I like this challenge.

Zubov to be assistant coach of Russian national team

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 11:47 AM / News

Former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov was named an assistant coach of the Russian national team on Monday, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation website.

Zubov will be responsible for coaching the defensemen and help prepare the national team for the 2016 World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Zubov said he will remain an assistant coach of SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League, in addition to helping head coach Oleg Znarok.

Zubov, who played in the NHL for 16 seasons with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, will also help prepare the national team for the 2016 World Cup and 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Blues' Brouwer won't attempt to emulate Oshie: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 10:17 AM / News

T.J. Oshie was a very popular player with the St. Louis Blues. Troy Brouwer is fully aware of that, but he hopes the fan base will accept him for the player that he is.

Brouwer was acquired by the Blues from the Washington Capitals, along with goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick, on July 2 for Oshie.

"I'm not going to try and be Oshie," Brouwer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's got his following. He's one great player and he deserves every jersey that's out there in the stands. But sometimes you just have to move on, and I'm hoping that I can be an exciting player for the fans to cheer for as well."

Maple Leafs hire Steve Briere as goalie coach

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 10:05 AM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that Steve Briere has been named the team's goaltending coach. The Maple Leafs have also hired Ari Vuori as their Director of European Scouting.

Briere joins the Leafs after serving as the owner and head instructor of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools in addition to his role as goaltender coach with several Junior level teams (the NAHL's Topeka Roadrunners as well as the USHL's Fargo Force and Des Moines Buccaneers). Briere also served an assistant at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helping the Chargers capture the CHA Championship in 2007.

Korean players bring style, culture to Stars camp

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- As with all NHL teams, the Dallas Stars' annual development camp is where prospects from various nations unite each summer to hone their skills.

At this year's camp, three players from South Korea -- forward Jinhui Ahn, defenseman Wonjun Kim, and goaltender Kye Hoon Park -- participated alongside Stars prospects.

Dallas general manager Jim Nill invited them at the request of Jim Paek, the first Korean to play in the NHL. Paek, who debuted with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 and was part of their Stanley Cup winning team in 1991, is the director of hockey with the Korean Ice Hockey Association and coaches the South Korean National Team.

Paek spent nine seasons as an assistant coach for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, which is where he met Nill, a longtime assistant general manager with the Detroit Red Wings. So, when Paek asked for a favor, Nill was receptive.

"Well, it's a great story. Jim Paek gave me a call back last November," Nill said. "They have the Olympics that they're hosting [in PyeongChang 2018] and it's his task to get them into the Olympics. So he gave me a call and said, 'I've got three kids I'd like to bring to camp. They need to get the experience, learn what it takes to make the next step.' So I said, 'Hey, we'd love to help you out.'

"They're great kids, great people off the ice. But on the ice, they've been as good as everybody else and played very well."

Peverley undecided about future as player: report

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 11:55 AM / News

Rich Peverley has not made a decision about whether to continue as a player, his agent Allain Roy told the Boston Globe on Sunday.

Peverley, who became an unrestricted free agent July 1, last played for the Dallas Stars. He collapsed on the bench during a March 10, 2014, game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. The 33-year-old center was diagnosed with and had surgery for an irregular heartbeat during the 2013-14 preseason and had a second procedure nine days after he collapsed.

Blue Jackets pin last season on 'bad luck': report

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 11:22 AM / News

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been active this summer with designs on returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing 11th in the Eastern Conference last season.

All they may need is better luck staying healthy.

The Blue Jackets led the NHL with 508 man-games lost last season, the most in their history, but president of hockey operations John Davidson is confident their fortunes will change for the better in the Metropolitan Division this season.

"It's behind us now," Davidson told the Columbus Dispatch. "You hear what people say about our team, and a lot of people are excited to see what this group can do if we stay healthy. What we endured last season … it's something I've never seen before, and I don't ever want to go through it again. But it's behind us now."

Stars GM compares Benn, Seguin to Toews, Kane

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 10:24 AM / News

The Dallas Stars are admittedly measuring themselves against the Chicago Blackhawks, so the comparison from general manager Jim Nill was not out of the blue.

"The Benns and Seguins remind me of [Jonathan] Toews and [Patrick] Kane when they were 22, 23, 24 years of age," Nill told the Dallas Morning News last week.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and linemate Tyler Seguin are 26 and 23, respectively. Toews, the Blackahwks' captain, was 22 when he won the Stanley Cup for the first time; Kane was 21.

Blackhawks say Ducks were toughest playoff test

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 10:18 AM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks needed 24 goals, seven games, six overtimes and a clinching win on the road to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 Western Conference Final.

"It was the hardest hockey I think I've ever been part of," Chicago forward Andrew Desjardins said Saturday.

The Blackhawks reflected on that series at their annual fan convention. Chicago went on to win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons with a six-game Final victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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