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LaFontaine savors one last visit to Nassau Coliseum

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 8:57 PM / NHL Insider

Pat LaFontaine - Special to

About three months ago, I received a message from Garth Snow, the general manager of the New York Islanders, asking me to get in touch with him. He mentioned to me that the Islanders were going to be bringing back a lot of the players who have banners hanging from the rafters at Nassau Coliseum.

Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, Clark Gillies, Bobby Nystrom, all of those guys who won championships, along with other players from different eras were going to be brought in to say goodbye to the Old Barn and to salute the fans in the last season on Long Island.

Garth explained that they wanted to end the final season on a high note and asked me to come out for a ceremonial puck drop and to do some “meet-and-greets” with the fans and sponsors. I told Garth that I was honored by the gesture he and Charles Wang had extended to me, and it would be my pleasure to attend.

Hammond hardly the only hero in Senators' surge

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 4:04 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Andrew Hammond has captured much of the hockey world's attention during the Ottawa Senators' run from outlier to Stanley Cup Playoffs contender in the past six weeks.

Though the 27-year-old "Hamburglar" embarking on his NHL career with a 14-0-1 record as a starter might be the biggest story, there are other significant reasons the Senators have overtaken the Boston Bruins for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference.

The return of veteran defenseman Marc Methot from injury to form one of the NHL's top defensive pairings with Erik Karlsson (who's in Norris Trophy form these days), the contributions of young forwards Curtis Lazar, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone, and the coaching of Dave Cameron have been keys to the Senators resurgence.

Blackhawks' Timonen reflects on time with Flyers

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 3:22 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen was in the midst of his first press gathering in Philadelphia since the Philadelphia Flyers traded him Feb. 27.

After seven seasons as a member of the Flyers, Timonen was asked how the crowd would react for his return to Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Timonen, the stoic 40-year-old Finn, took several beats to gather himself as the memories of the past washed over him.

"I only have good memories here," he finally said. "I'm sure it's going to be good. All the things that happened here. ... I'm happy to be here."

Flyers fans likely will be happy to see Timonen, who helped the Flyers make the Stanley Cup Playoffs six times, reach the Eastern Conference Final twice and make it to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. His former teammates certainly are happy to see him.

NHL announces 2015 NHL/Thurgood Marshall Scholarship recipients at hockey caucus

All three youth hockey recipients part of NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 2:30 PM / Hockey is for Everyone

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund today announced the recipients of the 2015 NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund academic scholarship at the Congressional Hockey Caucus event in Washington, D.C. The event featured panelists spanning the hockey community, discussing the importance of hockey in higher education. Panelists included NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; Founder, Majority Owner, Chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Ted Leonsis; USA Hockey Asst. Executive Director of Development Pat Kelleher; and Thurgood Marshall College Fund President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

"At the National Hockey League, it is our priority to do whatever we can to encourage young hockey players to pursue their education as eagerly as they pursue the puck," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We want to connect the skills of skating and passing with the disciplines of study and passion for learning, to link the joys of scoring goals on the ice with the importance of setting goals off the ice, and one of the ways we pursue those objectives is through our support of the NHL/Thurgood Marshall Scholarship."

Fantasy top 60 'D': Sens' Wiercioch finds relevance

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:08 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

In the NHL, one month can make a big difference for a team or a player, and that has been the case for Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch.

As recently as Feb. 25 his name was coming up in trade rumors and the 24-year-old had no idea if he'd be a member of the team that selected him in the second round (No. 42) of the 2008 NHL Draft or if he'd have to get acclimated to a new environment following the NHL Trade Deadline.

Hall of Fame names Lanny McDonald chair of board

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:02 PM / News

Lanny McDonald will become the next chair of the board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, vice chair Jim Gregory announced Wednesday.

McDonald, a Hall of Fame member who currently serves on the selection committee, will take over the position effective July 1. He replaces the late Pat Quinn, who died in November.

"As a perennial supporter since his induction in 1992 and a member of the selection committee for the past nine years, Lanny is familiar with the affairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame just as the hockey world remembers his achievements during his outstanding playing career," Gregory said in a statement. "While Lanny is highly recognized as an exceptional hockey player, he is also a dedicated family man, community benefactor, philanthropist and successful businessman whose leadership qualities will be a valuable asset to the Hall and its continued growth and development."

Adam Kimelman's 2015 mock draft part II

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Kimelman's Draft
*Note: Standings are through games played March 22

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

The top talent in this year's draft class, the 6-foot, 175-pound forward finished third in the OHL in scoring with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals despite playing 21 fewer games than the league leader. A generational talent.

Mike G. Morreale's 2015 mock draft part II

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Morreale's Draft
*Note: Standings are through games played March 22

Connor McDavid, C, Erie (OHL)

McDavid, regarded as the best player to come through the draft since Sidney Crosby, has incredible speed with game-changing potential. Was among the OHL scoring leaders despite missing six weeks because of a broken hand and the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. His 11 points in seven games tied for the WJC tournament lead, helped Canada win the gold medal and earned him a spot on the tournament all-star team.

McDavid consensus top pick in mock drafts

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

When the 2014-15 season began, Connor McDavid of the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters was considered the best prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Months later very little has changed.

In the latest mock drafts by staff writers Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale, McDavid remains the consensus No. 1 pick.

McDavid is viewed by many scouts as the best draft-age prospect since Sidney Crosby in 2005. Despite playing about 20 fewer games than most of the scoring leaders in the OHL, McDavid finished third in scoring with 120 points and tied for fourth with 44 goals.

Blue Jackets forward Boll faces Player Safety hearing

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 10:02 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll will have a hearing Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon during a game at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Maroon was hit by Boll at 4:02 of the second period in the Blue Jackets' 5-3 win. No penalty was assessed on the play and Maroon remained in the game.

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I think when you build a team, you look at pairs, and I think the pair of [Voracek and Giroux] is very good, certainly one of the top pairs in the League.

— Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek after giving Voracek a multiyear extension Thursday