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Penguins unveil retro black & gold third jersey

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 11:05 PM / News

NHL.com

Newly arrived forward Patric Hornqvist hasn't worn any Pittsburgh Penguins uniform yet, but he's definitely looking forward to putting on this season's third jersey.

"It's sick," Hornqvist said. "It's really nice. It's looking good, a little old school, and hopefully we play good in it."

The Penguins will wear the black and Pittsburgh Gold jerseys in 12 games this season.

The Penguins website describes them as "reminiscent of the early 1990s Penguins team that won two Stanley Cups in 1991 and '92."

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Maple Leafs sign defenseman Donaghey

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 9:36 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Saturday the hockey club has signed defenseman Cody Donaghey to a three-year entry level contract.

Donaghey, 18, registered 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 67 regular season games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The 6-1, 185-pound defenceman also collected 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in five playoff games with the Remparts last season. A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Donaghey led all defencemen on his team in both points (38) and goals (9) during the 2013-14 season.

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Senators must get Ryan scoring, trim goals-against

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

General manager Bryan Murray has set the bar for what will be the measure of success for the Ottawa Senators in 2014-15, and it is nothing less than a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Murray's expectations might seem like a tall order for a team that finished 11th in the Eastern Conference last season, particularly now that the Senators have lost the point-per-game production of No. 1 center Jason Spezza (687 points in 686 games), whose wish to leave Canada's capital was accommodated by a trade to the Dallas Stars.

The loss of Spezza's offense, however, is hardly the only priority the Senators will have to address to reach Murray's goal. Here are Ottawa's three keys to success:

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Jets hope better conditioning leads to playoff push

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

"If" is the operative word for the Winnipeg Jets this season, but they believe that they have answered at least one question so far.

The Jets' goaltending, power play and defensive depth remain major issues, but coach Paul Maurice also identified the team's fitness level as a critical area for improvement after he replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12. Since then, a commitment to fitness has become a constant throughout the organization.

Maurice could not save the Jets from a seventh-place finish in the Central Division, but he brought optimism and accountability to an organization that struggled in its adjustment to the Western Conference.

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Better pace, fast start key for Jets' success

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The Winnipeg Jets believe they can make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg despite a roster mostly left intact after the team finished at the bottom of the Central Division last season.

However, the to-do list is lengthy for coach Paul Maurice, who will begin his first full season with the Jets.

The Jets' power play was 25th in the League, and their 18 home wins were the second-fewest in the Western Conference.

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Senators coming off another summer of change

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The Ottawa Senators are at a crossroads as they embark on the 2014-15 season. Will they continue along the path of inconsistent play that plagued them throughout last season and ultimately left them short of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in the past six years, or will they recover to become the "Pesky Sens" that advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2013?

Ottawa followed up a season-opening win with just three more victories in its next 13 games (3-6-4). The Senators went 7-10-3 from mid-November until late December, and a 7-2 road loss to the Boston Bruins before the break for the Sochi Olympics began another bad run. Their ill-timed 2-8-2 skid included a crushing 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on March 15, when Ottawa blew a three-goal lead with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.

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Jets' Wheeler focused on playing beyond 82 games

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Blake Wheeler wants you to know that he's got a great job, and nobody -- not his Winnipeg Jets teammates, not the prospects in St. John's, not you -- is taking it off his hands anytime soon.

"You always have that feeling from when you were a young player in the League," Wheeler said. "You never want to miss a shift, you never want to miss a rep, because there's always somebody gunning for your job. So the more you can be on the ice, the better. You never want to miss any time."

Since entering the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2008-09, Wheeler barely has. In six seasons, the 28-year-old has missed four games. He last sat out on Jan. 17, 2012, after being hit in the throat with a puck two games prior. Over the 166 consecutive games since, Wheeler has solidified his position as one of the most reliable and consistent performers in the League.

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Karlsson looks forward to long career with Senators

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Erik Karlsson has watched as the longtime face of the Ottawa Senators has changed during the past 15 months.

The changes began when Daniel Alfredsson stunned many who thought he would sport the Senators crest for life when he signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5, 2013. This summer the Senators honored the trade request of Jason Spezza, who had succeeded Alfredsson as captain, sending him to the Dallas Stars.

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With Kuemper, Bryzgalov, Wild shore up goaltending

Friday, 09.19.2014 / 6:24 PM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

NHL.com

The Minnesota Wild had three goaltenders on hand Friday when they hit the ice for the first time at training camp. But they weren't the three general manager Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo were banking on all summer.

Darcy Kuemper arrived at camp after signing a two-year, one-way contract worth $2.5 million. Also present was Ilya Bryzgalov, who went 7-1-3 down the stretch last season with the Wild, wasn't re-signed, but was invited to camp on a tryout contract this week after Josh Harding broke his right foot in an off-ice incident.

Harding, who's expected to miss at least two months, has been suspended by the Wild. He was expected to compete with Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom for the starting job.

Kuemper, who was 12-8-4 after Harding and Backstrom were lost to season-ending injuries in 2013-14, was happy to be back.

"It was a longer summer than I expected it to be, but I'm super-excited to get it done and to be back here," he said after practice at Xcel Energy Center. "Now that it's over, I'm just looking forward to the season and trying to pick up where we were last year and build off the success we've been having lately."

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MacLean, Ryan trying to evolve to best fit Senators

Friday, 09.19.2014 / 4:43 PM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean and forward Bobby Ryan are looking at evolving their identities this season.

For MacLean, the NHL's coach of the year two seasons ago, it's a softening of the edge he felt was needed last season, but one that turned out to be too sharp.

For Ryan, who is coming off surgery for a sports hernia, it's an expanded role as he enters the last season of his contract and ponders his future and how he might fit into the Senators' picture over the long term. He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

How well the two grow and adapt to changing roles will go a long way toward determining the Senators' success this season, and, ultimately Ryan's future with the team.

As the Senators prepared to take off Friday for Newfoundland and a doubleheader of preseason games against the New York Islanders on Monday, MacLean was asked how he could be a better coach this season.

"Win more games?" he said. "Besides that? I think I just have to be myself. We ask the players to be themselves. I think it's important that I be myself and do what I do."

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