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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Blackhawks' shift working

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Patrick Kane is enjoying a career-best multipoint binge. Kris Versteeg is producing at a higher rate than ever before.

And fantasy owners can thank Brad Richards -- the Chicago Blackhawks' one-year, $2 million man -- for putting all the pieces together.

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Stint with Rangers gave Lightning's Stralman a career

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:22 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper thinks of Anton Stralman in the same way he thinks of elite defenseman in the NHL.

"This guy is a stud," Cooper said Monday. "He's a quiet stud. I had no idea how good he was."

Stralman almost wasn't any of that. He almost wasn't anything in the NHL but a castoff whose body betrayed him at too young of an age.

The asthma Stralman discovered he had as a kid in Sweden began to deteriorate his lungs through infections he once thought would be impossible to diagnose and cure.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 1

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

LIGHTNING, CANADIENS CLIMB TO TOP OF LEAGUE STANDINGS

With wins Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-6-2, 36 points) and Montreal Canadiens (17-7-2, 36 points) rose to the top spot in the NHL standings. The Anaheim Ducks (15-6-5, 35 points) also were victorious to claim sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

TAMPA BAY SWEEPS SEASON SERIES VS. RANGERS

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their fourth consecutive game Monday with a 6-3 victory against the New York Rangers, sweeping the season series (3-0-0). It was the third time in 15 days that the Lightning defeated the Rangers after a 5-1 win in New York on Nov. 17 and a 4-3 victory at home Nov. 26. The Lightning improved to 17-6-2 this season, and their 36 points and 17 wins through the first 25 games both are franchise records.

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Five Questions: Stevens on TV gig, Brodeur and more

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Scott Stevens isn't sure if he's starting down a new career path or biding time before his next opportunity with a team, but the Hall of Fame defenseman is looking forward to finding out how it works on the other side of the hockey business.

Stevens, who spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils following 22 seasons as a player, is getting his first taste of being a television analyst with NHL Network this week.

He appeared on NHL Live on Monday and will be back Tuesday. He will rejoin NHL Network to be part of its coverage of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals at Nationals Park on New Year's Day.

"I love hockey and I watch hockey," Stevens said. "It's fun to talk about hockey. That's what I've been doing my whole life."

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Vairo's innovations to U.S. game led to Hall induction

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Four years before "The Miracle" in Lake Placid, Lou Vairo was leading his midget junior team in the United States Hockey League to a national championship while introducing European concepts of training and playing rarely seen in this country.

His teachings stressed puck control and pursuit, passing and speed through the neutral zone. It was a style of play Vairo embraced after a visit with Soviet Union coach Anatoli Tarasov at a clinic in Moscow in 1972. From that moment, Vairo was hooked and determined to pass along this knowledge to anyone willing to listen.

"Tarasov's hockey was different than anyone else's and it just fascinated me," Vairo said. "I brought the best features of North American hockey, which was basically Canadian, and European, basically Soviet, and tried to mend them together to fit the culture of our people."

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Lester Patrick Award 'tremendous honor' for Holmgren

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Paul Holmgren never envisioned himself becoming a professional hockey player. But after decades in the sport as a player, coach, scout and executive, he has earned acclaim as a key figure in the development of hockey in the United States.

That's why Holmgren is one of the recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in the United States. He will be honored along with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly during the United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Dec. 4 in Minneapolis.

"It's really a tremendous honor," Holmgren said. "I don't have enough words to express how it feels. I don't have the words other than to say that I'm honored."

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Wild's Scandella fined for illegal check to the head

Monday, 12.01.2014 / 5:45 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORKMinnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been fined $2,755.38, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie during NHL Game No. 351 in St. Paul on Saturday, November 29, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 8:45 of the first period. Scandella was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Canada opts for older roster at World Junior camp

Monday, 12.01.2014 / 4:47 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The last time Canada won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship was 2009, and with the tournament on home soil for the 2015 WJC, the host nation is doing everything possible to put an end to that drought.

One of the most striking aspects of the roster announced Monday by Hockey Canada for the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp was how heavy it was on 19-year-olds, with 19 of the 29 players invited born in 1995.

The 2015 WJC will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with games at Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Hockey Canada believes relying on experience in what should be a pressure-packed environment in Montreal and Toronto gives it the best chance to end a long run of disappointment at a tournament it used to dominate.

"There's a lot of other good players in different age groups. There's a great groups of [players born in 1997] this year. You look throughout the [Canadian Hockey League], a lot of them are leading their leagues in scoring, and there are some good '96-born players,” Hockey Canada director of player personnel Ryan Jankowski said after the roster was announced Monday at Bell Centre. "But with the group of '95s, we feel really strongly that the older age group, it's going to help us have success."

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Brodeur could sign Tuesday with Blues, play on trip

Monday, 12.01.2014 / 4:26 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Martin Brodeur took part in his first full-scale practice with the St. Louis Blues on Monday at their training facility at St. Louis Outlet Mall's Ice Zone.

Brodeur said he felt good after skating every day since Friday. He was on the ice Sunday by himself and if all goes well Tuesday, he could sign a contract in the afternoon and be in goal for one of the upcoming three games the Blues will play on the road.

"It felt different, more hockey-like," Brodeur said. "It went really well for me anyway. … I think I'm fine now. If they ask me, I think I would be OK to go out and play. For my first game, that's when I'll really know. Hopefully, we'll make a decision by [Tuesday].

"… I'm happy to get this opportunity and maybe stay on the team. I'm working hard, I'm enjoying it. For me, it's to gauge about how I feel coming back into the NHL. So far, so good. I'm happy about what's going on the last few days."

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Kings' Voynov pleads not guilty at arraignment

Monday, 12.01.2014 / 3:04 PM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony domestic violence charge.

Voynov entered his plea during an arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The NHL suspended Voynov with pay immediately after his arrest on Oct. 20. The NHL and the National Hockey league Players' Association agreed to allow the Kings to replace Voynov's salary and bonuses in regard to the salary cap in a Nov. 21 statement.

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