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Islanders' Okposo eager to 'take that next step'

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:57 PM / NHL Insider

Kyle Okposo
Right Wing - NYI
GOALS: 27 | ASST: 42 | PTS: 69
SOG: 195 | +/-: -9
Not many things went right for the New York Islanders last season, but they were certainly pleased with the emergence of right wing Kyle Okposo.

The 26-year-old, who battled inconsistency in prior seasons, found chemistry on the top line alongside center John Tavares and led the Islanders with 69 points (27 goals, 42 assists) in 71 games. He finished in the NHL top 20 in scoring, though he missed the final 10 games of the season with a lower-body injury.

Okposo spent the summer in his native Minnesota but returned to New York recently and skated at the Islanders practice facility on Wednesday. The power forward is aiming to build off his career season with hopes of helping the Islanders qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.


Red Wings' Ericsson still bothered by injured finger

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:53 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said Wednesday he will participate in training camp at less than 100 percent because his surgically repaired finger is not quite healed.

Jonathan Ericsson
Defense - DET
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 11
SOG: 66 | +/-: 2
"It still doesn't feel 100 percent but I guess these kinds of accidents, or whatever you call it, may take some time," Ericsson told the Red Wings website. "It's been a frustrating summer with the training and all of that because it's hard to hold onto a bar with the weights on. … It was a little frustrating for sure, but I should be fine."

Ericsson missed the final 14 games of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs after his finger was broken blocking a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18. Surgery included four pins to stabilize multiple fractures and repair of a torn tendon.

"My finger was crushed, so it was a lot of pieces that they had to try to puzzle together and I guess some pieces they left out because they were so small," the 30-year-old said. "There were some gaps between some of the bones and it took some time for the bones to heal in those places."


Captain Koivu created lasting legacy in Montreal

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 7:45 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Establishing Saku Koivu's legacy in the NHL is a tricky endeavor. It is not simply defined by goals and assists, or championships.

Koivu, who announced his retirement Wednesday after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the Anaheim Ducks, leaves the game as one of its most highly respected players, yet one that never reached truly elite status in the League, nor does he have his name on the Stanley Cup.

But he created as rich a legacy as any NHL player in recent history, especially in Montreal.

In a sense, it is unfortunate that Koivu will always be most remembered for the courageous battle he fought, and won, against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma during the 2001-02 season. Koivu did so much more than beat cancer over the course of his career.


Wild to attend Bob Suter funeral as team: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 7:00 PM / News

The Minnesota Wild reportedly will fly as a team to the funeral of "Miracle on Ice" gold medalist Bob Suter, father of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

Bob Suter died Tuesday in Wisconsin at age 57. According to the Star Tribune, the funeral will be held at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., on Saturday at 11 a.m. A wake will be held there Friday.

"The sudden loss of my father has been difficult for myself and our family -- my dad was my hero and he taught me about life, hockey and what was truly important -- family," Ryan Suter said in a statement released by the Wild on Wednesday. "He will be missed greatly and his legacy and spirit will be with us every day. He lived with the motto, 'It’s all about the kids,' and forever he will be remembered by this.


Predators' Ribeiro hopes to find chemistry with Neal

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 6:59 PM / NHL Insider

Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro was pleased to see a familiar face when he reported early to participate in informal team skates on Tuesday. It turns out another new arrival, left wing James Neal, had already been in town for a few days.

Mike Ribeiro
Center - NSH
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 47
SOG: 110 | +/-: -13
Ribeiro and Neal played together for parts of three seasons with the Dallas Stars and the center hopes his former teammate can help him kickstart his career after being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes on June 27.

"We played before, we're friends since then. It will just be a matter of practicing together and talking," Ribeiro told the Predators website. "I'm sure he's learned some stuff since his first year in the League. It's just getting back that chemistry. You do that by practicing together and trying to find what he likes and what I like to do."

Neal has scored at least 20 goals in each of his six NHL seasons and could potentially help Ribeiro bounce back from a disappointing season with the Coyotes. The veteran center scored 16 goals and 47 points in 80 games before being bought out one season into a four-year, $22 million contract he signed in 2013.


Back pain forces Alfredsson to stop skating: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 6:42 PM / News

Free agent right wing Daniel Alfredsson has stopped skating because of pain in his back, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Alfredsson, who played last season with the Detroit Red Wings, has not decided if he will play another season but has been training with that goal in mind. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told St. James that Alfredsson "felt a little bit of a tweak" last week.


Saku Koivu retires after 18 seasons in NHL

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 5:27 PM / News

Former Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu announced his retirement Wednesday.

"Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey, first in Finland and then in the NHL, I feel truly blessed and fulfilled," he said in a statement released by the National Hockey League Players' Association. "I have been contemplating retirement for quite some time and am very confident in my decision at this time and place."

Koivu, 39, played 18 seasons in the NHL, appearing in 1,124 regular-season games and 80 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He scored 255 goals and had 832 points in the regular season, and 18 goals and 59 points in the playoffs.


Bob Suter, member of 'Miracle on Ice' team, dies at 57

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 5:22 PM / News

Bob Suter, a member of the 1980 U.S. "Miracle on Ice" team and father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, died Tuesday. He was 57.

"The sudden loss of my father has been difficult for myself and our family -- my dad was my hero and he taught me about life, hockey and what was truly important -- family," Ryan Suter said in a statement released by the Wild on Wednesday. "He will be missed greatly and his legacy and spirit will be with us every day. He lived with the motto, 'It’s all about the kids' and forever he will be remembered by this.

"My family and I also want to say thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from the hockey community around the world. It means a lot to us to know how much he was loved and will be missed."


Coyotes invite Kassian, two others to camp: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 2:42 PM / News

Forward Matt Kassian and defensemen Jamie McBain and Matt Smaby have been invited by the Arizona Coyotes to training camp scheduled for next week at Gila River Arena.

"I'm getting a lot of calls right now, and there are a lot of guys just trying to get their foot in the door," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney told The Arizona Republic. "So we're still talking about a couple other things."


Ducks extend coach Boudreau through 2016-17

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 2:03 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray and coach Bruce Boudreau did not want the 2014-15 season to determine whether Boudreau would continue behind the bench.

Boudreau said he began discussions with Murray on a contract extension shortly after the Ducks were eliminated in their Western Conference Second Round series by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. The talks continued off and on until Anaheim announced Wednesday that Boudreau had received a two-year extension to remain as coach through 2016-17.

"We wanted to get it done before the season started so there was nothing hanging over us during the season, because I didn't want to talk about it during the season," Boudreau said.

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