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Canadiens' Bozon ready to make his mark after illness

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 6:22 PM / NHL Insider

Emna Achour - LNH.com Staff Writer

BROSSARD, Quebec -- More than five months after being afflicted with a rare form of meningitis and nearly losing his life, Tim Bozon arrived at the Montreal Canadiens' training facility as ready as he's ever been to play hockey.

Speaking to the Montreal media for the first time since his illness as the Canadiens kicked off their rookie camp Friday, the 20-year-old forward prospect reassured everyone he is in perfect health.

"If I wasn't at 100 percent then I wouldn't be here today," said Bozon, a third-round pick (No. 64) by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft. "There was no pressure from the Canadiens, but I know they won't be doing me any favors, either. That's normal; this is a sports environment and it's competitive. It's up to me to carve out a niche. As of [Saturday], I want to be a normal player, act like nothing ever happened and turn the page."

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Subban's star rises entering prime with Canadiens

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 3:21 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

P.K. Subban
Defense - MTL
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 43 | PTS: 53
SOG: 204 | +/-: -4
As if Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban wasn't already going to light up the red carpet at the 2014 NHL Awards with his gregarious and convivial personality, he turned it up a notch when he arrived in a bright orange linen suit with a glitzy gold watch on his left wrist and his lavish new Olympic championship ring on his right hand.

Subban didn't need a big slap shot or a wild goal celebration to grab the attention of the crowd outside the Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas on June 24. He was as flashy as ever.

But no one should have been surprised at Subban's suit and bling, or that he was there in a dual capacity -- as a finalist for the EA Sports NHL 15 cover vote and as a roving reporter for NHL Network to interview the stars on the red carpet and backstage.

Subban embraced his evening in front of the camera the same way he embraces everything in his life, on and off the ice, on and off camera -- he jumped into the spotlight, felt it warm him up and let his big, bold personality burst through.

According to Subban and some people who know him best, none of it was an act. None of it ever is.

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Kings hope Quick will be ready to start season: report

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

NHL.com

Jonathan Quick
Goalie - LAK
RECORD: 27-17-4
GAA: 2.07 | SVP: .915

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery and it's hopeful he will be ready to start the 2014-15 season, general manager Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times.

"It's going to go right down to the wire but we think we're fine," Lombardi said Friday, noting Quick has just started to face shots. "We've got [Martin] Jones if we have to go short-term."

At the time of the surgery in late June, the Kings said Quick sustained the injury during their seven-game series win against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round. Quick still went on to start all 26 games for the Kings as they won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.

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Canadiens to retire Lapointe's jersey on Nov. 8

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 1:05 PM / News

Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Guy Lapointe will have his No. 5 raised to the rafters at Bell Centre as part of a ceremony prior to the Nov. 8 game against the Minnesota Wild, the Canadiens announced Friday.

Lapointe, who works as a scout for the Wild, will become the 18th player in franchise history to have his number retired and the first since Emile Bouchard's No. 3 and Elmer Lach's No. 16 were retired on Dec. 4, 2009.

Lapointe was a member of six Stanley Cup-winning teams while playing from the Canadiens from 1968-82. He scored 171 goals and 622 points in 884 regular-season games and had a plus-329 rating. He had 26 goals and 70 points in 123 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Devils' Clowe hoping to be cleared for start of camp

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 10:02 AM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe has been on the ice with teammates for informal workouts, but isn't sure he'll be with the team when training camp opens Sept. 19.

Clowe hasn't played since March 31, when he sustained a concussion during a game against the Florida Panthers. He told NorthJersey.com that he will see a concussion specialist prior to taking his training camp physical and is hoping for a clean bill of health from both exams.

"I feel pretty good," Clowe said Thursday. "I'm not going to say if I'm ready to go or not because I've got to get cleared to play and I've got to see the doctor again before the season starts. But I feel good. I, obviously, haven't done any contact. I've been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I've been on the ice and stuff.

"The biggest thing with me is, when we start practicing, if I get some contact in then and just go from there. I've been feeling pretty good. I've been working out pretty normal the last, I guess, month."

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Offseason moves affect fantasy value of teammates

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

The trading, signing and drafting frenzy has brought top-tier fantasy players to new homes, but how it affects their new teammates can't be lost on fantasy owners. Here are some of the beneficiaries of the biggest moves made in the offseason:

Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill made a big splash this offseason acquiring center Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and signing right wing Ales Hemsky. These moves are good news for forward, Valeri Nichushkin, who is now expected to either play the wing on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin or the second line with Spezza.

The 10th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft started his rookie campaign slowly with only two goals and eight points in his first two months playing in North America. From Dec. 1 onward, he had 12 goals and 26 points, which was tied for the sixth-most by a rookie during that span. We expect him to improve on those late season numbers and be a late-round steal in fantasy drafts.

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Ovechkin to start Capitals camp at left wing: report

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 8:38 AM / News

NHL.com

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has experienced success on the right wing during the past two seasons, but new coach Barry Trotz said he plans on putting him back at left wing to start training camp next week, CSN Washington reported Thursday.

Ovechkin scored an NHL-leading 51 goals in 2013-14 and had 83 goals in 126 games at right wing under former coach Adam Oates. Trotz told CSN he expects to use Ovechkin on either wing during the season, but he'll begin camp Sept. 19 at left wing.

"Going into camp I'd probably say I'm leaning more to left than right," Trotz said. "He moves his feet better on that side, he's able to go laterally better. I want to play him more on that side but I want to clean up some things in his own end to allow him to play that side."

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Red Wings' Mantha could be exception to team rule

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Following one of the most prolific careers in recent Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history, Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha, 19, could be ready to make the jump straight to the NHL.

To do that with any NHL team would be impressive. To do it with Detroit would be unheard of.

Despite an organizational philosophy that considers time in the American Hockey League a prerequisite to wearing the winged wheel, Detroit management thinks Mantha, who turns 20 on Sept. 16, could be an exception to their rule.

He'll get a chance to start impressing his future bosses this week when he joins other Red Wings prospects at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which runs Sept. 12-16.

"Obviously I want to play for Detroit next year. I'm going to go to [training] camp and try to make the team. If I'm cut, I'll go to [AHL] Grand Rapids and show that I can dominate that league and get called up as fast as I can," Mantha said. "To go somewhere you want to go you need to see yourself there. I'm going to go to camp and try to make my place."

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Rangers prospect Halverson at home in Traverse City

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Not only will goalie Brandon Halverson have a chance to wear a New York Rangers jersey and represent the organization that drafted him when the 16th annual Traverse City Prospect tournament is held this week, he'll do so in front of a very large fan base.

Halverson, who was born in Traverse City in 1996, is a mere 10-minute drive from Centre Ice Arena where the eight-team event is held each year.

"He's always been able to watch this tournament, and now here he is, participating in it," said Paul Halverson, Brandon's father. "I'm almost in a dream state right now because I'm saying to myself, 'Is this really happening?'"

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Bouillon, Canadiens agree on tryout: report

Thursday, 09.11.2014 / 9:57 PM / News

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a professional tryout agreement with defenseman Francis Bouillon, RDS reported Thursday night.

Bouillon, 38, spent the past two seasons with the Canadiens. He played 52 games in 2013-14 and had two goals, four assists and 34 penalty minutes. He scored two goals in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 776 games with the Canadiens and Nashville Predators, Bouillon has 32 goals, 117 assists and 536 penalty minutes.

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