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Sabres name Andrew Allen goaltending coach

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 9:38 AM / News

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Andrew Allen as its goaltending coach.

Allen will join the Sabres' coaching staff after spending the last four seasons as the developmental goaltending coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. In that role, Allen oversaw the development of goaltenders playing for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Prior to his time with the Blackhawks, Allen spent three seasons as goaltending coach for St. Lawrence University (ECAC).

Zykov could be latest King to fast-track to NHL

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings prospect Valentin Zykov won't allow himself to think about the significant change that is about to happen in his hockey career.

By the end of summer he will go from the cold climes of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League in Southern California.

Not only will Zykov change coasts, he will begin his professional career under the excitement of the Reign, who will play their inaugural season as the Kings' AHL affiliate.

Offseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings fantasy insider Matt Cubeta reveals most valuable players

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Whether it's Phil Kessel getting traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Saad being shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets or T.J. Oshie being dealt to the Washington Capitals, we've seen some impactful trades this offseason that could change the fantasy landscape for the 2015-16 season.

We've also seen our share of players changing addresses in free agency. Players including Mike Green and Justin Williams have new homes and could see a spike in fantasy value.

With these changes, fantasy owners are likely salivating at the chance to start preparing for draft season in September. To help you prepare, it's time for my offseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings.

These rankings have been built on what I have learned following several free agency signings and trades this summer. As training camps draw closer and more moves take place, these rankings will be updated, including position-by-position rankings and breakdowns.

These rankings should be viewed as my projections of the NHL's most valuable fantasy players based on expectations for this season. Factors taken into account include position eligibility, line combinations, category coverage and statistical performance from previous seasons.

Undrafted Appleby aims to get noticed at Blues camp

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- It's not often the player who gets to stare down Connor McDavid comes away from the competition and can claim they got the best of the Edmonton Oilers phenom.

Goalie Ken Appleby is an exception.

Appleby not only helped the Oshawa Generals win the Memorial Cup last season, making 37 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets in the championship game, he was able to look McDavid and the Erie Otters in the eye and win the Ontario Hockey League's Robertson Cup along the way.

It's been quite the ride for the 20-year-old North Bay, Ontario, native, who is participating in St. Louis Blues development camp this week.

Erne could fill void at power forward for Lightning

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Long - Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- Adam Erne knows that his performance at Tampa Bay Lightning development camp likely won't earn him a spot in the lineup this season, but the No. 33 pick at the 2013 NHL Draft hopes he gave the Lightning staff something to think about.

The Lightning appear set at forward. Last week, they signed free agent wing Erik Condra to a three-year contract and extended a qualifying offer to center Vladislav Namestnikov, moves that seemingly fill out Tampa Bay's bottom-six group for the 2015-16 season.

At 6-foot-1 and nearly 220 pounds, Erne is a true power forward. If the Lightning are looking for a physical presence as the season progresses, Erne has a big body that is tough to move.

"They have a lot of skilled guys on the team, great skaters," the 20-year-old left wing said. "And from me they are looking for a guy that's bigger and can play that power-forward role. I'm continuing to work hard to be that guy, and it's a process."

Matthew Gaudreau, Johnny's brother, at Devils camp

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 10:06 PM / News

Matthew Gaudreau, younger brother of Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, will participate in New Jersey Devils development camp next week.

Matthew, a forward from Carneys Point, N.J., completed his sophomore season at Boston College, where Johnny won the Hobey Baker Award in 2014.

Crosby 'happy to have' Kessel, has advice for McDavid

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 9:10 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Sidney Crosby is used to facing high expectations with the Pittsburgh Penguins but said Thursday they might be even higher after trading for Phil Kessel this month.

"It's a nice addition to our team, obviously," Crosby told CTV News Atlantic. "He's a great scorer, he brings a lot, and offensively he's going to help any team. So we're happy to have him, and I think from talking to him he seems like he's excited, and I think it'll be something that everyone's looking forward to this season, a lot of anticipation."

Flyers coach says Lecavalier has fresh start: report

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 5:01 PM / News

Philadelphia Flyers forwards Vincent Lecavalier, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier were subject to criticism from former coach Craig Berube last season, but new coach Dave Hakstol will enter his first training camp with an open mind on how they will fit into his lineup.

"You can learn a lot from video, but you can't learn everything from video," Hakstol told on Thursday in his first comments since the 2015 NHL Draft. "To me, it's about the performances you see firsthand during training camp and it's in discussions with our staff."

A subject of frequent trade rumors, Lecavalier, 35, has three seasons remaining on a five-year, $22.5 million contract. After he had 20 goals and 37 points in 69 games in 2013-14, Lecavalier's numbers declined to eight goals in 57 games last season.

Prospects vying to fill scoring role on Canadiens

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 5:00 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens entered this offseason with a need for scoring, and barring any drastic moves from general manager Marc Bergevin it looks like that need will be filled from within.

Bergevin has not signed an unrestricted free agent forward since the market opened July 1 but acquired forward Zack Kassian from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for Brandon Prust, which could be considered an upgrade offensively.

Assuming the status quo is maintained, it looks as though the scoring boost might need to come from one or perhaps two of the players who completed Canadiens development camp Thursday.

Bergevin said as much July 2 when asked how he plans on addressing an offense that finished 20th in the NHL last season, last among teams that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Why draft players if you're never going to give them a chance?" Bergevin asked.

Ho-Sang aims to make Islanders roster this season

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 4:17 PM / Prospects

Kristen Nelson - Correspondent

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Midway through the second period of the New York Islanders' annual Blue & White scrimmage at Barclays Center on Wednesday, Joshua Ho-Sang came off the ice and sat directly on forward Connor Graham's lap.

Seemingly a little confused, Graham smiled and allowed his lifelong friend to rest for a few seconds before the two burst into laughter and Ho-Sang found a vacant spot on the bench.

"I don't think you should do anything without having fun, it's kind of pointless," Ho-Sang said. "I've known Connor for almost my whole life. Being able to make jokes like that kind of lightens the mood."

That lighthearted approach is how Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) at the 2014 NHL Draft, is carrying himself through the duration of Islanders development camp.
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