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Surgery doesn't alter NHL goal for Canucks' Virtanen

Saturday, 09.13.2014 / 7:15 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

PENTICTON, BC -- Jake Virtanen was relegated to spectator Friday as his Vancouver Canucks dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Edmonton Oilers in their tournament opener at the Young Stars Classic.

As teammates departed from practice Saturday, the 18-year-old remained on the ice for an extra couple of spins around the rink.

It's the tough reality the Canucks first pick (No. 6) in the 2014 NHL Draft faces as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

"It's frustrating," said Virtanen, who was ranked the NHL's No. 24 prospect by NHL.com for the 2014-15 season. "I think when I watched the game [Friday] night, it was pretty frustrating to watch. I want to be out there real quick. I want to be back into it. It's the time of year when the season is starting up and you want to be out there with the guys. It's tough to watch."

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Oilers sign forward Chase to entry-level contract

Saturday, 09.13.2014 / 1:23 PM / News

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Gregory Chase to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced on Saturday. Financial details were not disclosed.

Edmonton's seventh-round pick (No. 188) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Chase scored one goal in five games with the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City last season after completing his junior career with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

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Oilers' Nurse bonds through sport with younger sister

Saturday, 09.13.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

For Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse, there's no shortage of family members he can turn to for advice about the rigors of being a world-class athlete.

There's his father Richard, who played in the Canadian Football League, as well as his uncle, Donovan McNabb, who was an All-Pro quarterback in the National Football League. His mother, aunt and older sister all played college basketball. But since selected by the Oilers with the seventh pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, Nurse has turned most to younger sister Kia, who is adding her own chapter to the family's impressive sporting legacy.

"She asked me what it's like to be away for the first time. There's always those challenges of not being in familiar territory, not being able to go see your friends every single day," Darnell said. "That was probably the biggest thing I told her. No matter where you are there's always the team around you that you can rely on. You can pick up the phone and call me. I'll be there just like my parents were for me. It's always different moving away for the first time."

It's a conversation Darnell has been having more and more frequently with Kia, a basketball phenom who is in her first semester at the University of Connecticut, one of the top women's programs in the country.

Nurse is busy as well right now. He's with Oilers prospects through Monday at the 2014 Young Stars Classic rookie tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, where he's playing games against prospects from the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets.

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Stastny ready for new challenges with Blues

Friday, 09.12.2014 / 9:27 PM / NHL Insider

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Paul Stastny is excited to begin the second chapter of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues this season.

The 28-year old center, who left the Colorado Avalanche this summer to sign a four-year, $28 million contract with the Blues, participated in his first informal skate Friday and said afterwards he was a little apprehensive when arrived in St. Louis this week.

Paul Stastny
Center - STL
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 35 | PTS: 60
SOG: 150 | +/-: 9
"I think there's a little nervousness … there always is," Stastny told the Blues' website. "I think that comes with the territory, whether it's a new locker room, whether it's the start of the season. I think everyone does. If you don't get nervous, I think you lose your excitement and the love of the game. But at the same time, I'm a quiet guy so I'll sit around and fly under the radar and kind of get used to what guys have that dry sense of humor and what guys don't, what guys you can push and what guys you can't. I think once the season starts, I think you each kind of lead by example on the ice and from there everything kind of falls [into place] in the locker room and away from the rink."
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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 shines brightly as he enters his prime

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

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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

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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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