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Five questions: Landeskog on Roy, Avs' success

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 1:45 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Colorado Avalanche captain and forward Gabriel Landeskog:

Though their coach was in the press conference room at Bell Centre answering questions from a familiar bilingual media for 30 minutes on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche players were free to venture out in one of North America's finest cities for an afternoon away from hockey, away from the rink. It was a quick, but well-earned respite.

The Avalanche flew to Montreal after beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday. The win was their third in the past four games and seventh in 10 since coming back from the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The two points they earned in Ottawa lifted Colorado back into second place in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks.

It's amazing how quickly things have changed in Denver with Patrick Roy as coach.

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Avalanche coach Roy ready to return to Bell Centre

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 12:34 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Patrick Roy's relationship with the Montreal Canadiens and their legion of fans is, in a word, complicated.

It could be argued Roy was the historic franchise's greatest Stanley Cup Playoff hero, playing goal behind two teams in 1986 and 1993 that had no business winning the championship, but did almost exclusively because of him.

The Stanley Cup victory in 1993 was the 24th in Canadiens history, by far the most in the NHL.

It was also the most-recent.


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Sabres, Nolan close to three-year deal: report

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 11:03 PM / News

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It appears Ted Nolan will coach the Buffalo Sabres next season and beyond.

TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Monday that Nolan has agreed to a three-year extension to remain in Buffalo and the contract has been turned over to lawyers. McKenzie added the deal is being finalized and is not done quite yet.

The Sabres are 15-26-7 since Nolan replaced Ron Rolston on an interim basis on Nov. 13. Buffalo was 4-15-1 when Nolan took over.

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Blackhawks' Saad out Tuesday against Flyers

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad will not play Tuesday when the Blackhawks visit the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Saad sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of the Blackhawks' 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and did not return to the game.

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Rangers sign 2013 draft pick Graves

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:35 PM / News

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The New York Rangers on Monday signed their 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 110), defenseman Ryan Graves. Terms of the contract were not released.

Graves, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-shot defenseman, had 22 points and a plus-20 rating in 65 games with the Charlottetown Islanders and Val-d'Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

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Tortorella savors process that won 2004 Stanley Cup

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- John Tortorella took time Monday to do something he rarely does, look back and reminisce.

The occasion is the 10-year reunion of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2003-04 Stanley Cup team. The organization has gathered 14 former players from that team along with Tortorella, currently coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who was behind the bench for Tampa Bay, and they will be recognized before the game against Vancouver on Monday.

"I'm not a big guy to get reminiscent about all this stuff, but I think I owe that team to speak on it," Tortorella said. "It is the 10th-year anniversary. You're locked in with those guys and that will never change."

The players and Tortorella got together for dinner Sunday after the Canucks arrived from Sunrise, Fla., where they played the Florida Panthers earlier in the day.

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Penguins' Letang back at practice after stroke

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 2:39 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice Monday less than two months after having a stroke.

After his latest battery of tests doctors cleared Letang, the 26-year-old defenseman was not limited in any way throughout the session and spent multiple drills alongside defenseman Rob Scuderi, who he has been paired with when healthy.

Two weeks ago, Letang said he was unsure if he would be able to return this season, saying he is targeting "day by day" as opposed to a specific return date. It's still not clear if he'll return this season, but his tune has changed concerning that possibility.

"There's no doubt in my mind [his goal is to return his season]," Letang said. "Even the day I got the stroke, I asked the doctor when I'm going to be able to play again. So there's no doubt about it. If I'm on the ice today, it's because I want to return."

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Blues sign 2013 draft pick Vannelli

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 2:00 PM / News

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The St. Louis Blues on Monday signed defenseman Thomas Vannelli, a 2013 second-round pick (No. 47).

Vannelli had 14 goals and 41 points in 59 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, and was second on the team with nine power-play goals. The Tigers start the WHL playoffs Friday against Swift Current Broncos.

A 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-shot defenseman from Minnetonka, Minn., Vannelli was the top-ranked high school player and No. 44 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Flames sign Agostino to two-year contract

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 1:45 PM / News

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The Calgary Flames on Monday signed Yale University forward Kenny Agostino to a two-year entry-level contract. The contract has an average annual value of $900,000.

In 32 games Agostino had 14 goals and 18 assists.

A 2010 fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flames acquired Agostino, along with forward Ben Hanowski and a 2013 first-round draft pick last season in exchange for Jarome Iginla.

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Stajans issue statement on death of newborn son

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 12:59 PM / News

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Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan and his wife, Katie, issued a statement Monday regarding the death of their newborn son, Emerson, on March 3:

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support, during this very difficult time. All of you have touched our lives with your kindness and compassion and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Our son, Emerson, will forever be in all of our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to think of us and grieve this unbearable loss with us. It means so much and we are grateful for all of your support."

Stajan has not played since March 1 but was on the ice with the team at practice Monday.

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