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Wheat Kings' Quenneville, Hawryluk surge up ranks

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 11:59 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forwards John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk have gained accolades playing different styles, but there's no denying the chemistry exhibited as linemates in the turnaround of the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2013-14.

Each player no doubt bolstered his draft stock during the second half of the season and is a prime candidate to be selected in the early rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27-28.

"Prior to the home stretch, both players had missed time due to injury and it was impressive to NHL scouts how both of them elevated their game throughout the playoffs to lead their team," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr told NHL.com. "It bodes quite well for Brandon's future to have two high-character players that can lead them both on the ice and on the score sheet."

Quenneville, second cousin to Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, is No. 23 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top North American skaters eligible for the draft. Hawryluk is No. 37.

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Brodeur says Canadiens 'not on my radar': report

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 7:43 PM / News

NHL.com

Goaltender Martin Brodeur said Thursday he is not likely to sign with his hometown Montreal Canadiens when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to Northjersey.com.

"It depends on the situation of the team," Brodeur told Tom Gulitti of The Record. "Montreal would be tough. For me, I'm so used to being in the states and playing in the type of markets I'm used to playing in. But, again, I don't know. That's something that when we come to that bridge, we'll go over it. But it's something that, put it this way, they're not too much on my radar."

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Timonen signs one-year contract with Flyers

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 6:27 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen will return to the Philadelphia Flyers for another season, signing a one-year contract Friday. Financial terms were not released, though ESPN.com reports it has a base salary of $2 million with incentives that can push its value to $4 million.

The 39-year-old would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and was considering retirement.

"I talked to a lot of people around my age who retired and who kind of hung up their skates before they should have," Timonen said Friday. "I would say if I talked to 15 people, 13 of those people said don’t quit if you’re not hurt or something doesn’t force you to do it. Because you’re going to regret that forever. So that was kind of cool to talk to so many people that were saying the same thing: If there’s a team that wants you back and you can play, don’t retire."

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U.S. to host summer junior camp in Lake Placid

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 3:56 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

NHL.com

USA Hockey will host its annual summer junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 2-9. The camp is one of the first steps toward the building the roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Approximately 45 players will be invited to the camp, which will feature practices and exhibition games against Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. The players will split into two teams, USA White and USA Blue; the roster will be trimmed after three days and the remaining players will be combined onto one team.

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Linden getting advice from Canucks' youngest fans

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 2:45 PM / News

Since being hired as president of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks in April, Trevor Linden has had no shortage of people giving him advice on how to do his job.

Newspaper, TV and radio reporters have weighed in, as have fans through all sorts of social media.

Those fans include a group of students at McKay Elementary in Richmond, British Columbia.

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Morrissey's season-long odyssey nears end in AHL

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 1:56 PM / AHL Update

Alyssa Dombrowski - Special to NHL.com

During the 2013-14 season, 19-year-old Josh Morrissey's storied journey on the ice has taken him from Winnipeg Jets training camp to a Western Hockey League campaign in Prince Albert, the World Junior Championship in Sweden, and now the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals with the St. John's IceCaps.

"Quite honestly, it's all happened so fast that it hasn't really sunk in yet," said Morrissey, who made his professional debut with the IceCaps, Winnipeg's top development affiliate, at the end of the regular season after the Raiders were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. "Along the way in your career, you don't have that many chances to win championships at any level, so I'm trying to take it all in, enjoy every day and do whatever I can to try and win."

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Oilers hire Nicholson to manage new company

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 12:36 PM / News

NHL.com

Bob Nicholson, former president and CEO of Hockey Canada, was announced Friday as the vice chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, a new company that will manage the sports and entertainment assets for the Katz Group, including the Edmonton Oilers.

"This was an opportunity for me to stay connected to the game I love, work with a hugely promising franchise and be part of an organization that fully understands the power of sports and entertainment to build brands, strengthen communities and inspire young people to excellence," Nicholson said. "I am very excited to be joining Darryl [Katz, Oilers owner], Patrick [LaForge], Kevin [Lowe] and the rest of the team, and look forward to saying more about our plans once I get my feet on the ground."

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Core of USNTDP defense a talented, close-knit group

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Individually, defensemen Jack Dougherty, Jack Glover, Jonathan MacLeod and Ryan Collins did well for the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team this season.

Together, they elevated each other and capped their season with a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

That togetherness carried them through a stressful time that saw them under the microscope of NHL scouts.

"It's always fun to have teammates around," MacLeod said. "Gives you a little bit of reassurance that you got some buddies here to support you and you support them."

Each of the four brought something different to the table.

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Rangers defenseman Stralman quietly gets job done

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 11:08 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Now that enough time has passed since the New York Rangers changed coaches, it's obvious some players have enjoyed more success playing for Alain Vigneault than they did for John Tortorella.

Ryan McDonagh blossomed into a No. 1 defenseman and a fringe Norris Trophy candidate. Chris Kreider became a regular up front and an important offensive weapon.

The player who might end up prospering the most from the change is defenseman Anton Stralman. Not only has Stralman been given more responsibility by the new coaching staff, he's become a key player for a Stanley Cup finalist because of his ability to play well in those situations.

"I think this is obviously his best year since he came to New York," Rangers forward Carl Hagelin said. "The coaches have a lot of confidence in him, and you can see how he's growing throughout the year. ... He's not going to be a flashy player but he's always finding ways to break the puck out pretty smoothly. He's a good skater. He's finding ways, even when the forecheck is hard on him. He will pivot off guys and find a way to break out.

"He's showed a lot of improvement over the year too. Maybe that's all it takes, is some more confidence and you can do the things you want to do on the ice and make the plays you know you can make. He's not a guy who gets too down on himself. He benefited from the change for sure."

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Dorsett: Rangers eager to get right back on the ice

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 10:36 PM / Player's Blog with the Rangers' Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett - Special to NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett will be blogging for NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final, offering his insight on what is happening inside the walls of his team's locker room and within the confines of the rink.

LOS ANGELES -- We did what we had to do last night. We got the win. And now we have to stick with the same mentality.

It's all cliché, I know, but our backs really are up against the wall and we really do have to take it one game at a time. We have to have the same mentality we had going into Game 4. We have to make sure we're focused, prepared and rested so we can make sure we keep our season going.

I don't think we played our best game of the series in Game 4. None of us do. But sometimes that's the way it works in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hank [goaltender Henrik Lundqvist] stood on his head for us. He was great. Now we have to forget what happened and come with our best game tomorrow.


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