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Penguins goalie Fleury plays role from 'Slap Shot'

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 6:40 PM / Kraft Hockeyville USA


Marc-Andre Fleury is no stranger to slap shots, but how good would the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie be acting out a scene from the movie "Slap Shot"?

Fleury recently traded his goalie pads for a Charlestown Chiefs jersey and wig, dressing as French-Canadian goalie Denis Lemieux from the 1977 film for a scene posted to the Penguins website Tuesday. Dan Potash, a reporter who covers Penguins games for ROOT Sports, played the role of broadcaster Jim Carr.

Oilers praise McDavid after informal skate

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 6:00 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, took the ice for his first informal skate with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

McDavid joined a number of Oilers veterans who are preparing for the upcoming season. He will have rookie medicals Thursday before traveling to Penticton, British Columbia, to participate in the Young Stars Classic.

The Oilers open the tournament Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.

"It's been really good," McDavid said. "It was fun being around the guys and getting to meet some new faces. It's been good."

Stamkos: Contract talks with Lightning no distraction

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 4:08 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said Tuesday that speculation and questions about his contract status did not impact how he prepared for this season and he doesn't anticipate them being a distraction for him going into training camp and eventually the regular season.

Stamkos is entering the final season of a five-year, $37.5 million contract. He became eligible to sign an extension with the Lightning on July 1. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"It hasn't changed my approach to how hard I've worked this summer to get ready for camp," Stamkos said from the NHL's Player Media Tour. "Obviously, I knew I was going through this [the Player Media Tour] this week, and we sat down and had discussions about how I would be asked about it, so just be prepared. I'm comfortable if I have to talk about this stuff. We're going to go into camp and anything can happen. It can be in the next day, the next week, if it goes a month or two months, I don't think I'm going to let it affect the way I go about and be the leader of the team or change my approach because there is no deal in place right now."

Laraque to play role in live read of 'The Princess Bride'

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 3:33 PM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Georges Laraque played on hockey's biggest stage during his NHL career, making it to the Stanley Cup Final twice. Now he'll literally be onstage.

Laraque will play the role of Fezzik from the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" in a live read at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, director Jason Reitman announced Tuesday on Twitter.

"Finding Fezzik, originated by Andre the Giant, is one of the trickiest pieces of casting I can imagine," said Reitman, who has directed other live reads including "The Big Lebowski," "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and "Boogie Nights." "A French-speaking mountain of a man with fists for the brute squad and a kind heart. … Turns out I didn't need to look beyond the borders. I'm thrilled that Georges will be joining us."

Senators' Phillips rehabbing from cracked vertebra

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 3:10 PM / News


Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips sustained a cracked vertebra during his rehabilitation from offseason back surgery, general manager Bryan Murray said Tuesday.

"Chris will require about a month of additional rehab before he's able to begin training to get back on the ice with the team and will not be a participant in training camp," Murray said in a statement released on the Senators website. "We do expect him to fully recover and be a big contributor the team's success this season.

Capitals' Backstrom not targeting specific return date

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom remains uncertain about his availability for opening night against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 10 after having arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on May 27.

Backstrom said the original timetable doctors gave him for a return to play was 4-6 months from the date of surgery. He started skating in mid-August and said he feels good, but he's not ready to commit to playing opening night.

"I'm not targeting anything. I'm keeping everything open," Backstrom said at the NHL's Player Media Tour on Tuesday. "It feels pretty good. I started skating, and it feels good and it's progressing, but at the same time you should be careful about these injuries, I think, and not push it too hard. We have no rush. We'll see how it goes the next couple weeks. I wish I could tell you exactly what date, but I can't."

Lightning invite goalie Emery to training camp: report

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 2:09 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015


Free agent goalie Ray Emery will attend Tampa Bay Lightning training camp on a professional tryout contract, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to be out 2-3 months after having surgery Sept. 3 to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone. Emery, 32, is expected to compete with Kristers Gudlevskis, who appeared in one game for the Lightning in the 2013-14 season, for the backup job behind starter Ben Bishop.

Roenick to coach at All-American Prospects Game

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 1:50 PM / News


United States Hockey Hall of Fame member Jeremy Roenick and Stanley Cup champion Derek Plante will coach the teams at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 24 in Buffalo, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

The game, which will be played at First Niagara Center, will feature 42 of the top United States-born prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Rangers' Zuccarello 'good as new' after injury

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 1:04 PM / NHL Insider


New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said he's healthy nearly five months after he was struck in the side of his head by a slap shot during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Zuccarello participated in a scrimmage Tuesday with about 20 teammates at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y., and told BlueshirtsUnited.com he's been skating the past few weeks in New York.

"I'm as good as new, as the doctors say," Zuccarello said. "My head feels fine and ready to go."

Rangers' Lundqvist on World Cup, Stanley Cup, more

Tuesday, 09.08.2015 / 12:40 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, entering his 11th season with the New York Rangers, was among a group of elite NHL players at the League's annual Player Media Tour on Tuesday.

Lundqvist spoke with NHL.com about the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the Rangers, perspective he gained from sitting out with his injury last season, and more in the following Q&A:

We're in Toronto and there is a big press conference about the World Cup, so let's start there. What does it mean to you that you'll likely have another opportunity to play for Sweden in a major tournament, except this time in Toronto, which is considered the hockey capital?

"I'm excited. I think it's going to be a great tournament. Any time you play for your country it's a very special feeling. I still don't know yet how it's going to feel compared to the Olympics, just have to play and see. It's how it started for me, watching the national team play. It's always been very special to put that jersey on, and you're extremely proud every time you do it. The big thing too is you get to play against the best players, kind of like in an Olympic tournament. I'm looking forward to it."

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