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Senators thrilled to see Karlsson named captain

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- The crisp white "C" on the left shoulder of Erik Karlsson's red sweater isn't going to stand for "Change."

When the 24-year-old defenseman was named the Ottawa Senators' ninth captain Thursday, it ended weeks of speculation about the role after Jason Spezza's one-year run ended with his trade to the Dallas Stars in July.

According to Karlsson and Senators goaltender Robin Lehner, who have known each other since they were in their mid-teens, there is no doubt how the honor will affect Karlsson.

It won't.


Analysis: Trotz picking right approach with Ovechkin

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

It's not a stretch to say the developing relationship between Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz and captain Alex Ovechkin will be one of the most intriguing NHL storylines this season. It's also not a stretch to say Trotz needs to be careful with how much he tinkers with Ovechkin, because no coach wants to put the psyche and confidence of a 50-goal scorer at risk.

The latter is tied directly to the former, and each will dictate the story arc in Washington and the success or failure of the Capitals as they try to bounce back from a disappointing 2013-14 season, their first without a trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006-07.

"You can see how the organization is changing over the last couple of years," Ovechkin said. "We want to win and we want to try to find the right way. We'll see how it goes this way."


Hurricanes forward Skinner leaves game after hit

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 6:35 PM / News

Adam Vingan - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner sustained an upper-body injury in a 5-2 preseason loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday after absorbing a hit from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. He will be re-evaluated Monday and his status for the Hurricanes' regular-season opener Friday against the New York Islanders is uncertain.

The 22-year-old led the Hurricanes with 33 goals last season.


Kings sign Auger, Leslie to entry-level contracts

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 5:16 PM / News

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed right wing Justin Auger and defenseman Zachary Leslie to three-year entry-level contacts, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Both players were assigned to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) on September 26 after participating in Kings Training Camp.


Coyotes sign Dauphin to entry-level contract

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 1:11 PM / News

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Laurent Dauphin to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Jets acquire goalie Budaj from Canadiens

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 12:46 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets on Sunday acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Eric Tangradi.

Budaj, 32, went 10-8-3 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 24 games last season backing up Carey Price. In 296 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Canadiens, Budaj is 124-107-36 with a 2.76 GAA and .903 save percentage.  He is expected to back up Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg.

"I would like to thank Peter Budaj who has been an outstanding teammate and stood tall for us over the past three seasons," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "This transaction enables our team to make room for Dustin Tokarski. Eric Tangradi is a young veteran with 136 NHL games under his belt. He adds depth to our group up front and provides us with more options when we will need help coming from our affiliate team in Hamilton."

Lightning captain Stamkos early Hart Trophy choice

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Awkward silence.

When told he was being selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Hart Trophy, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had nothing to say, and not because he was left speechless by an honor that comes with words and hype rather than hardware and bonus money.

Getting chosen as a preseason favorite for anything means about as much to Stamkos as the watermelons, Legos, wedding cake and plates he destroyed with his powerful slap shot during his most recent commercial shoot for Bauer.

That's to say it's altogether meaningless to him, with one exception:

"I hope I can," Stamkos said of winning the Hart Trophy.


Preseason roundup: Senators rally past Canadiens

Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 1:10 AM / News

David Legwand scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 1:14 remaining, and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in a preseason game at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Ottawa tied the game on a power-play goal by Mika Zibanejad 8:19 into the third. Curtis Lazar scored into an empty net.

Max Pacioretty and Andrei Markov scored in the first period for Montreal after Mike Hoffman gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead.

Bruins reluctantly trade Boychuk to Islanders

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 6:49 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

Johnny Boychuk
Defense - NYI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 23
SOG: 142 | +/-: 31
BOSTON -- Teams with Stanley Cup aspirations don't generally start their season by trading a top-four defenseman.

But Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli did that Saturday when he traded Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders for the Philadelphia Flyers' second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired by the Islanders), the Islanders' 2016 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2015 that Boston will receive if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team this season.

Chiarelli conceded that by making this trade four days before the regular-season opener against the Flyers, he didn't make the Bruins better.

"How does it impact our team? He's very well-liked and I'm sure the guys are bummed and they're probably a little bit bummed at me for doing it," Chiarelli said at TD Garden prior to the Bruins' preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings.


Islanders trade for defensemen Boychuk, Leddy

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 5:56 PM / News

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

The New York Islanders retooled their defense Saturday, acquiring veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and up-and-coming defenseman Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks in separate trades.

Boychuk, who helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, was obtained for two second-round picks, one in the 2015 NHL Draft and another in 2016. There is a conditional third-round pick in 2015 involved in the trade, which comes into play if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team before the end of this season. The 2015 second-round pick going to Boston was acquired by the Islanders from the Philadelphia Flyers in a March trade for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

"They've both won a Stanley Cup, so in the leadership department, that helps our group," Islanders general manager Garth Snow told the team website. "Leddy's ability to move the puck and skate the puck up ice, add offense; Boychuk’s ability to be physical, clear the front of the net and a howitzer for a shot; for us, [those are] two solid additions to our club."

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