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Sakic 'very proud,' seeks more from Avalanche

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:51 PM / Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Joe Sakic had one goal in mind when he accepted the position as Colorado Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations in May: Bring the franchise back to the elite status it had when he twice won the Stanley Cup as captain.

The Avalanche have a long way to go, but they took a major step this season against all odds by winning the Central Division and gaining a place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in four years. The Avalanche open the Western Conference First Round on Thursday at Pepsi Center against the Minnesota Wild (9:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, RDS, TSN, FS-N, ALT).

"There's no better playoffs than hockey playoffs, and it's great to be back in it," Sakic said Wednesday at the Avalanche's practice facility. "I'm excited for the players and obviously the organization and the fans here in Denver. I'm very proud of this group, what they've accomplished this year, but I also know that this is a group that wants more.

"The regular season's over and there's no better time than to be a fan of hockey and a player in hockey and in management in hockey than this time of year. We all shoot for the Stanley Cup. Every single player and every single team is hoping to be playing for two more months."

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Jets bringing back Maurice as coach, Pavelec in goal

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Paul Maurice is returning as coach of the Winnipeg Jets, and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will retain the No. 1 job.

Jets executive vice president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announced Wednesday at his end-of-season news conference that Maurice has signed a four-year contract extension. Cheveldayoff also announced Maurice's assistant coaches will be retained, though he allowed that another assistant may be added this summer.

"We are extremely proud and looking forward to the future with Paul," Cheveldayoff said.

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Robidas tasked with helping Ducks beat former team

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:27 PM / Ducks vs Stars - 2014 SCP First Round

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Stephane Robidas was huddled with coaches at the end of Anaheim Ducks practice on Tuesday.

It was the day before their opening game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it was easy to surmise that Robidas was giving a tutorial on how to defend the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-SW, FS-W).

But Robidas squashed that notion like he snuffs out forwards.

"Just some review," he said. "It was nothing about the other team. It was about our system.

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Rangers-Flyers pits Tampa Bay champs as rivals

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 3:21 PM / Rangers vs Flyers - 2014 SCP First Round

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Ten years ago this week, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards started a march through the Stanley Cup Playoffs that brought the Cup to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time in franchise history.

"After you win a Cup you think it's going to be the same group forever," Lecavalier said. "It's funny in hockey; things can change quickly."

None of the three has touched the Stanley Cup since then. But if one of them wants to have a chance to lift the game's most treasured prize, it starts with knocking a friend and former teammate out of the postseason.

When the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers start their Eastern Conference First Round series Thursday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, TSN, RDS), it will be Lecavalier on one side and Richards and St. Louis on the other.

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Jackets believe Bobrovsky can conquer playoff stage

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 1:52 PM / Penguins vs Blue Jackets - 2014 SCP First Round

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has earned accolades throughout his four years in the NHL. Winning a Stanley Cup Playoff game has not been one of them.

That could change Wednesday when he starts Game 1 of an Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC).

Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, appeared in seven playoff games during his first two seasons while with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is 0-2 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .848 save percentage, compared to career regular-season numbers of a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage.

His last playoff appearance came against the Penguins on April 18, 2012. He made 13 saves on 18 shots after replacing Ilya Bryzgalov early in the second period of the Flyers' 10-3 loss.

"The biggest thing is, you want to hit your peak in the playoffs. It doesn't matter what we've done in the past," Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski said regarding Bobrovsky. "It's what we do now and going into the future."

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Florida Panthers win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 9:09 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

NHL.com

It's been 20 years since the Florida Panthers headed to the NHL Draft with the No. 1 selection, but they will do so this summer in Philadelphia.

The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance (second best) of getting the No. 1 pick.

The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish but will pick second.

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Laviolette to coach U.S. at World Championship

Jones, Gardiner, Trouba among first 15 players named to roster

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 6:29 PM / News

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Peter Laviolette has been named coach of the United States Men's National Team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus beginning next month, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Laviolette, who will be coaching the U.S. for the third time, will be assisted by Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato. The Americans are coming off a bronze medal in 2013.

Laviolette, 49, was coach for the U.S. at the World Championship in 2004 and 2005, guiding the Americans to the bronze medal in 2004. He was coach for the U.S. at the 2006 Torino Olympics and served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Signings roundup: Union's Bodie agrees with Rangers

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 5:14 PM / News

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Defenseman Mat Bodie, who recently captained Union College to an NCAA championship, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bodie, 24, had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 win against the University of Minnesota in the championship game Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He finished his senior season leading all Union defensemen with 39 points (eight goals).

"We have been tracking his development for four years," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "He's a real character kid who we think adds a hard to find element to our defensive depth going forward. Being captain of a championship team just adds to what he is as a player."

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Quenneville spreads wealth with Blackhawks' offense

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 4:13 PM / Blues vs Blackhawks - 2014 SCP First Round

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It looks like Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is going to experiment with his team's wealth of talent to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Quenneville rolled out some interesting new forward lines Tuesday during an hour-long practice. It's likely he will use them Thursday at Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues to start Game 1 of a tough first-round series in the Western Conference (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).

Captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane returned to a full practice for the first time since injuries knocked them out of the final stretch run in the regular season, but their lines weren't the same.

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Flyers re-sign MacDonald, sign Gostisbehere

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers took care of their defense for the short term and long term Tuesday.

Veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald signed a six-year contract extension, and 2012 third-round pick Shayne Gostisbehere signed an entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released, but multiple media reports placed the value of MacDonald's contract at $30 million.

MacDonald was acquired March 4 from the New York Islanders in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2015, and minor-league forward Matt Mangene.

"We kind of hashed it out a couple different ways," MacDonald said. "Ended up finishing on six [years] and I felt like a good, long-term commitment was great for me and they agreed with it. Obviously it's a big commitment for them, a big commitment for me. It's a good deal."

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the fact MacDonald is 27 years old made the six-year length a palatable option.

"Because of his age we didn't mind six years," Holmgren said. "We talked about a lot of different scenarios, even longer than six years, but settled on six."

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