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Flyers goalie Neuvirth puts 'Rocky' on mask

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 6:09 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - NHL.com Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth has a knockout new mask.

Neuvirth chose a design centered on the "Rocky" movies for his move to Philadelphia.

Neuvirth signed a two-year contract July 1 after playing last season for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

"After a few trades and some moves, there were no more spots open for a No. 1 [goalie]," Neuvirth told CSN Philadelphia on Monday. "I had to change my mindset. I was hoping for the best fit. When I got the offer from the Flyers, I felt they were the right fit for me.

"They were one of the first teams that called me. There were a couple more teams, but Philly had the best offer and I felt this was best fit for me."

Showcase rookies eager to compete for NHL jobs

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 5:32 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

TORONTO -- It's been a long summer for the prospects looking to fulfill a lifelong dream and reach the NHL this fall.

But that wait came to an end Monday. At least it felt that way.

The National Hockey League Players' Association invited 39 NHL prospects and rookies here for the two-day NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

"It definitely felt more like summer yesterday than it did today," Columbus Blue Jackets forward prospect Sonny Milano said. "Now it feels like the season's kind of starting up."

The event included prospects from 26 of the NHL's 30 teams, including the top two picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, No. 1 Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and No. 2 Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres.

"It's starting," Montreal Canadiens goaltending prospect Zachary Fucale said. "These things like this, it's good to be around some old teammates and some of the guys I played with at the World Juniors, and I played against a lot of the guys here. So it's good to talk to some of the guys about that."

Oilers' McDavid talks expectations with NHL.com

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 4:30 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Connor McDavid, the top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and the most celebrated player to enter the League since Sidney Crosby in 2005, was among a group of prospects that gathered at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto for the NHL Players Association Rookie Showcase on Monday.

McDavid spoke with NHL.com about what to expect in his first season with the Edmonton Oilers and the role confidence plays in his game:

NBA star Stephen Curry to be Sharks bobblehead

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

NHL.com

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors won the NBA's most valuable player award last season, but he'll open this season in a San Jose Sharks jersey -- sort of.

Curry and the Warriors, who won the NBA championship last season, will play their preseason opener Oct. 5 against the Toronto Raptors at the Sharks' home, SAP Center. To commemorate the occasion, the first 10,000 fans will receive a bobblehead figure of Curry in a Sharks jersey.

Healthy Chara hoping Bruins can be more consistent

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:14 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said he is ready to help them rebound after they failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.

Chara, 38, was limited to 63 games because of knee and ankle injuries last season. After an informal skate Monday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., he told CSN New England on Monday that he is healthy heading into the season, his 18th.

"I'm feeling better and that's the most important thing," Chara said. "I didn't do any extreme traveling stuff [during the summer]. I stayed with family and focused on recovering from the injuries I had toward the end of the season."

Hurricanes add Ray Whitney to scouting staff

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:13 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has added four members to its scouting staff. Mark Craig, Jeff Daniels and Ray Whitney have joined the team's professional scouting staff, while Don Elland has joined Carolina's amateur scouting ranks.

"Mark, Jeff and Ray will bring a fresh perspective to our pro scouting staff, and Don brings a wealth of experience in the OHL to our amateur staff," said Francis.

Craig, 62, most recently served as general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15. In the 1980s, Craig was the first coach Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos Jr. hired as then-owner of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. Craig went on to scout for the Philadelphia Flyers before founding the automotive business Alexander Mangin.

Stars' Nichushkin healthy, focused on playoffs

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Valeri Nichushkin had high expectations for himself and the Dallas Stars last season but missed most of the season because of an injury. Now healthy and ready for training camp, Nichushkin has one goal.

"I just want my team to play good," Nichushkin told the Stars website. "I don't think about my statistics. I just want to win the Stanley Cup. Of course, if I score goals and get points it will help my team. That's only what I want."

Nichushkin played two games in October and two games in November because of pain in his hip and groin. He had surgery Nov. 18 and was out for five months. He returned for four games in April, and finished the season with one assist in eight games.

Blues forward Brouwer focused on being himself

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 12:47 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- After getting traded to the St. Louis Blues on July 2, right wing Troy Brouwer wanted to quickly get acclimated with his new teammates and city.

Acquired from the Washington Capitals with goalie prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft for right wing T.J. Oshie, Brouwer also felt it was best to get his family situated, especially because his wife, Carmen, is due to deliver the couple's second child.

"You don't want to waste any time," Brouwer said Sunday. "You're trying to know people's names, trying to find your way around the city. Aside from having a baby here in the next couple days, we wanted to come in a little early but also wanted to come in and make sure you have that familiarity so that when the season does start there's no problems. You're already in the full swing of things, know everybody's names, know your way around town, and are comfortable first and foremost."

Sabres' Ennis feeling confident after offseason moves

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The past two seasons were excruciatingly long for Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis. But he said when it comes to complete rebuilds, this one could be extremely short.

"It seemed like a really long two years, but in the grand scheme of things it could be pretty quick," Ennis said following a session at Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Perry Pearn's 3-on-3 Hockey Camp here. "It might not be as long as you think, but those 160 games felt like 10 years. But there is still lots to improve on. It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed."

Gretzky remembers Arbour as 'so well-respected'

Sunday, 08.30.2015 / 9:05 PM / News

NHL.com

Wayne Gretzky on Sunday remembered Al Arbour as one of the classiest men in hockey.

Arbour, who coached the New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup championships, died Friday at age 82.

"I don't know if hockey has ever had a classier man involved with the game," Gretzky told Newsday. "He was so well-respected. …

"My dad always said, 'One thing in life you can't do is buy respect.' You have to earn respect. Al was the kind of person who everybody really liked and gravitated to, but really respected. And the game of hockey is not the same today without him. Just a good man."

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It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.

— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process