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Player Safety leader will be named before season

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 8:37 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec -- The NHL is close to hiring a new head of the Department of Player Safety, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.

The NHL has been without a permanent lead disciplinarian since Brendan Shanahan left the League on April 11 to become president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stephane Quintal, who worked under Shanahan since November 2011, took over as head of player safety on an interim basis through the end of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We're getting to the short strokes of that process," Commissioner Bettman said, speaking at a media event outside Montreal. "We've interviewed a lot of candidates, including somebody that's been doing it on an interim basis, and we will be making a decision shortly. We wanted to finish the process; [NHL deputy commissioner] Bill Daly and I each managed to take a little time off in August, but certainly well in advance of the start of the season we'll have an announcement."

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NHL, TVA Sports launch French-language agreement

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 7:59 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec -- TVA Sports held a launch party Wednesday for its first season as the official French television broadcaster of the NHL.

Commissioner Gary Bettman was among the NHL representatives on hand to help begin what he called a new era for the League in the Francophone market, specifically the Canadian province of Quebec.

"We are going to become even more important, even more passionate to our fans in this province than we've ever been before, because a new era is dawning. It is a new and exciting era filled with commitment, filled with passion for the game, filled with expertise not just in broadcasting, but broadcasting sports," Commissioner Bettman told the crowd gathered in this suburb south of Montreal. "We could not be more thrilled to be ushering in this new era. It's going to be something that will make hockey more accessible, more exciting for our fans."

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No. 1 pick Ekblad signs, believes he'll make Panthers

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 7:32 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

Defenseman Aaron Ekblad reached a second important milestone in his NHL journey Wednesday when he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.

Now comes the next, and perhaps most challenging, step: making the Panthers' opening-night roster.

"I consider it as a set of milestones leading up to my first NHL season," Ekblad said. "Obviously the draft was a big one, this is a big one, and coming into camp next week is going to be a big one as well. I'm pretty excited. It's a pretty cool experience for sure."

Ekblad, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, is hoping to join a young Panthers defense that has two players older than 24, Brian Campbell (35) and free-agent acquisition Willie Mitchell (37).

Ekblad, 18, said he's very confident he can earn a spot in a group that figures to include 2009 first-round pick Dmitry Kulikov (23) and 2010 No. 3 pick Erik Gudbranson (22).

"If you don't believe in yourself you're putting yourself behind the eight-ball," Ekblad said. "I do believe in myself. I believe I can be on this team opening night. I'm very confident in that. I feel like I'm ready. I couldn't be in a better position than where I am."

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Alfredsson skating, unsure of future with Red Wings

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 5:40 PM / News

NHL.com

Daniel Alfredsson is waiting to see how his back feels before committing to play for the Detroit Red Wings this season.

"If I was confident enough after the season that I would feel the same way starting [this] season as I did (starting) last season, I would have signed already," Alfredsson told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday.

Alfredsson missed 14 games last season, some with a back injury, and the Free Press reported the 41-year-old forward at the time felt "tingling in a nerve down his right leg." He is in Detroit practicing with several Red Wings.

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Lightning home venue renamed Amalie Arena

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a partnership with Amalie Oil Co., and as part of that agreement have renamed their home Amalie Arena.

Amalie Oil has been located in the port of Tampa since 1977 and is owned by the Barkett family. The arena was known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum since Jan. 1, 2012.

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Red Wings' DeKeyser takes flight with Blue Angels

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 2:17 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser was never one to worry about the abuse his body would endure as a shot blocker in his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings. After all, the 24-year-old Detroit native finished second on the Red Wings with 116 blocked shots in 2013-14.

But that potential bodily harm was nothing compared to the 40-minute flight he experienced inside an F/A-18 Hornet jet with Lt. Ryan Chamberlain of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels at Selfridge Air Force Base on Tuesday in Harrison, Mich.

Right from takeoff, DeKeyser knew this would be an experience unlike any other.

"I felt like it went straight up, which was kind of weird," DeKeyser told The Detroit News. "[The pilot] guns it and we're flying over Port Huron in two minutes."

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Jets extend AHL affiliation with St. John's

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 12:54 PM / News

NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday they have extended their American Hockey League affiliation with the St. John's IceCaps for one year, through the 2015-16 season.

The IceCaps are entering their fourth season as Winnipeg's primary affiliate, having entered into an affiliation when the Jets rejoined the NHL in 2011-12. That season also marked the return of the AHL to St. John's for the first time since 2005.

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Crosby, Stamkos top deep fantasy center rankings

NHL.com's Matt Cubeta ranks top 50 players at C position

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 11:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

With the 2014-15 NHL season inching closer by the day, NHL.com has you covered with positional fantasy rankings. Based on Yahoo position eligibility, projected lineups, past performance, injury history and each insider's opinions, Matt Cubeta (centers), Matt Sitkoff (left wings), Pete Jensen (right wings), Brian Metzer (defensemen) and Justin Goldman (goalies) bring you up to speed by identifying all the players worth targeting at each position in your upcoming drafts.


Depth, depth and more depth. That's the story year after year when breaking down the center position for fantasy hockey. And as always, this year remains the same.

From the first round of your draft to the final round, there's always a good time to draft a center. But that first round is sure to see plenty fly off the board. Among my top-10 overall fantasy players, eight qualify as centers in Yahoo leagues. From Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at the No. 1 spot to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews at 10th, there seem to be more elite players at the center position than ever, and this doesn't even include superstars Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) or Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings).

But the quality doesn't stop there. Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets star Ryan Johansen could end up moving into the top tier at the center position. Another No. 1 draft pick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, could finally start to pay dividends for the Edmonton Oilers and fantasy owners. Jason Spezza (Stars) and Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) should both bounce back to have big seasons.

As you move through your draft, some potential breakout candidates can also be found. Players like Brayden Schenn (Philadelphia Flyers), Derick Brassard (New York Rangers) and Mark Scheifele (Arizona Coyotes) could all end up exceeding expectations in 2014-15. Then there are the sleepers; guys like Sam Gagner (Arizona Coyotes), Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) and Elias Lindholm (Hurricanes) are all worth selections with one of your final picks come draft day.

Regardless of what you need, whether it's goals, assists, penalty minutes, plus/minus help, power-play production or shots on goal, the center position has you covered, and you'll be able to find what you need at almost any point during your draft.

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Nieuwendyk hired as scout by Hurricanes

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 9:46 AM / News

NHL.com

Joe Nieuwendyk has been hired by the Carolina Hurricanes as a professional scout and adviser, the team announced Wednesday.

Nieuwendyk was general manager of the Dallas Stars from 2009 to 2013, and prior to that held advisory roles with the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "He will be based in Dallas and will be a major asset to the Hurricanes in player evaluations."

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NHL Fan Fair part of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Greater Columbus Convention Center to host games, attractions from Jan. 23-25

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 9:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL.com

NEW YORK / COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 NHL Fan Fair™, the official fan festival of the 2015 NHL All-Star festivities in Columbus, Ohio, will come to the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), Jan. 23-25. Hockey fans can purchase tickets to the hockey festival online at Ticketmaster.com and BlueJackets.com and at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena.

The 2015 NHL Fan Fair™ will feature family-friendly interactive games and attractions for fans of all ages; NHL memorabilia and trophy displays, including the iconic Stanley Cup; live TV and radio broadcasts; special appearances by current and former players as well as NHL Mascots; and music, food and dozens of other dynamic activities. All attractions will be included with the price of admission.

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