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Canucks' Desjardins to better manage Sedins' ice time

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 12:31 PM / News

One of the goals for new Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins is to better manage the ice time for his top forwards, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.

Under former coach John Tortorella, Henrik was second among Canucks forwards last season at 20:40 per game, including 59 seconds per game on the penalty kill. Daniel was third among forwards at 20:36 per game, with an average of 56 seconds of shorthanded time.

Henrik's total of 69:04 of shorthanded ice time was his most since the 2005-06 season; Daniel's 68:22 of time on the penalty kill also was the most he's played since 2005-06, and double the amount he played the previous four seasons.

The more difficult extra minutes could have cut down on the offensive production of the Sedins, who turn 34 on Sept. 26. Henrik had 50 points in 70 games, the fewest he's had in an 82-game season since 2003-04; Daniel had 16 goals, the first time he's failed to score 20 in an 82-game season since 2003-04.

"We have to share the workload," Desjardins told The Canadian Press on Tuesday after taking part in a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon. "They're good at all aspects of the game. They're good at killing penalties and they're good 5-on-5. They can play the power play. I think you're lucky to have players like that. For us, we want to make sure that they're able to go [and] at the end of the game they're still fresh and they're playing hard. So that may mean managing their minutes a little bit. We want to play with four lines."


Fantasy specialists: Who helps in each category

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 10:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Sitkoff - Contributor

When drafting a fantasy hockey team, it's always important to make sure you address every statistical need. The goal is to put together the best possible well-rounded roster.

There are only a handful of players capable of providing value in all or most categories (Corey Perry, David Backes, Brandon Dubinsky and Milan Lucic, to name a few), which is why you must draft players for specific needs. Here are some skaters to consider for each fantasy category, some as mid-level picks and others as options late in the draft:


Agent says Brodeur looking for 700 wins: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:40 AM / News

The agent for Martin Brodeur said Tuesday one reason the free-agent goaltender is looking for a team rather than retiring is he wants to reach 700 wins.

"He's 12 wins away from 700 and those are things he wants to accomplish," Pat Brisson told "He'd like to play on a team that will have a chance to go far as well. Right now I don't have the perfect script. However, I'm OK with it because, based on experience, all teams are going for the Stanley Cup when camp opens and three weeks later they realize that there's missing pieces here and there."


Phillips would like to be Senators captain: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:30 AM / News

The Ottawa Senators have been without a captain since July, but defenseman Chris Phillips would love to assume the role.

Phillips, who has been with the Senators since being selected by the franchise with the No. 1 pick of the 1996 NHL Draft, told reporters Tuesday he would like to occupy the vacancy left by Jason Spezza after the latter was traded to the Dallas Stars during the offseason.

"I'd love to have it," the 36-year-old said, according to the Ottawa Sun. "I said that last year and nothing's changed."


Mark Messier willing to help Oilers '24/7'

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 10:05 PM / News

Mark Messier won the Stanley Cup five times as a player with the Edmonton Oilers. He's now hoping to help deliver a sixth championship in an advisory role.

Messier, 53, said Tuesday he is working with the Oilers as an adviser. He is assisting a front office that includes former teammates Kevin Lowe (president, hockey operations), Craig MacTavish (general manager), Kelly Buchberger (player personnel) and Keith Acton (associate coach).

"Adviser, consultant," Messier said, according to the Oilers website. "I'm available for anything that they need me to do or talk about.

"For instance, just coming in today and lending some of my experiences as a captain with the coaches here and the organization. So any kind of way that I can help with the players, with the coaches, with decisions. I just told [Lowe] and [MacTavish] that I would be available 24/7 for whatever they needed me to do. I am looking forward to taking this into the next generation of these kids and turning it around."


Red Wings' Datsyuk says knee 'feels much better'

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 7:38 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is skating without limitations after he missed time last season with a knee injury.

"It looks like the work has helped me, and I don't need the surgery," Datsyuk told the Red Wings website Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. "… I'm skating now and it feels much better. Nothing bothers me and we'll see."

Datsyuk, 36, is entering his 13th season in the NHL. He had 17 goals and 20 assists in 45 regular-season games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and had five points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games (Detroit was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round).

Datsyuk said surgery on his left knee was an option following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he played for Russia, but he opted to play through the pain.


Bergeron helps EA unveil NHL 15 video game

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 7:05 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has competed at hockey's highest levels, including the Stanley Cup Final, IIHF World Championship and the Winter Olympics. But he was entering unfamiliar territory on Tuesday when he helped launch EA Sports' NHL 15 video game by competing against one of his biggest fans.

Selected in an online vote to be featured on the cover of the game, Bergeron arrived at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok, where he faced 14-year-old Daniel Quigley, a diehard Bruins fan from New Jersey. Quigley earned the right to compete against his hockey idol by winning an online raffle.

"It was crazy. It was unbelievable, meeting Patrice Bergeron," Quigley said. "Playing him in NHL 15 was unreal. I should probably frame that [game] case that he signed."

With broadcasters Mike Emrick and Ed Olczyk providing live play-by-play for the video game contest, Bergeron and Quigley went head-to-head for two periods, finishing in a scoreless tie.


Senators announce affiliation agreements

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 6:45 PM / News

The Ottawa Senators on Tuesday extended their affiliation agreement with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League for an additional four seasons through 2018-19 and announced a secondary affiliation agreement with the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL.


Sabres owner Pegula agrees to buy NFL's Bills

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 5:30 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has reached an agreement to buy the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.

"Kim (his wife) and I are humbled and honored that the Wilson family has chosen us to be the second owner of the Buffalo Bills," Pegula said in a statement Tuesday. "Pending the NFL approval process, being the next owner of the Buffalo Bills would be a great privilege for our family. Ralph Wilson left an indelible mark on our community and we will strive every day to honor his legacy.

"Our interest in owning the Bills has everything to do with the people of Western New York and our passion for football. We have knowledgeable, dedicated fans here, and along with our ownership of the Buffalo Sabres, it is gratifying to reassure these great fans that two franchises so important to our region are both here to stay."


Abbott signs one-year contract with Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 3:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Restricted free-agent forward Spencer Abbott signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Abbott, 26, made his NHL debut last season in an Oct. 5 game against the Ottawa Senators.

He spent the remainder of the season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, where he had 17 goals and was second on the team with 69 points in 64 regular-season games. Abbott was named an AHL Second-Team All-Star and was selected to participate in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic, but missed the game due to injury.

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