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Flyers expect Schenn's game to reach new heights

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Brayden Schenn established himself as a big part of the Philadelphia Flyers last season. But those around the team are confident there's more to come.

Schenn was rewarded for his first 20-goal NHL season with a two-year contract that reportedly will pay him $2.5 million this season and next season.

For that money, however, the Flyers are hoping for more than 20 goals.

"He's got a real gift at putting the puck in the net," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He scored 20 goals, which at this stage of the game that's a lot of goals. But we still think there's more there and there's more growth. I think the biggest thing is the consistency part."

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Cap space, Timonen among Flyers' five questions

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

New Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has a different outlook on what the team should look like, but because of salary cap issues wasn't able to change too much with the roster.

Instead, he's hoping a competitive training camp will allow the team to get off to a better start than last season.

"We have to be more consistent and more ready to go every night," Hextall said. "And compete. It's a hard League. It's hard to win. It's hard to get points. You can't let any games go by where you just mail it in and don't have a chance at picking up some points."

Here are five questions the Flyers have to answer in order to pick up enough points to return to the playoffs:

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New GM Hextall happy with Flyers' current makeup

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

It's been a quiet offseason for the Philadelphia Flyers as far as roster changes, for two very good reasons.

First, the team is butting against the $69 million upper limit of the NHL salary cap.

Second, general manager Ron Hextall is happy with what's in place.

"When I took over I liked this team, and I [still] like our team," Hextall said.

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Brandon Sutter re-signs with Penguins

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 7:15 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

Center Brandon Sutter, the Pittsburgh Penguins' final restricted free agent, signed a two-year contract worth $6.6 million, an average annual value of $3.3 million, the team announced Tuesday.

Sutter, 25, scored 13 goals and 26 points in 81 games last season, including a team-high three shorthanded goals, and set career Stanley Cup Playoff highs with five goals, seven points and a plus-7 rating.

The son of former NHL player and coach Brent Sutter, Brandon Sutter was selected in the first round (No. 11) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2007 NHL Draft. He was acquired by the Penguins on June 22, 2012, along with defenseman Brian Dumoulin and a first-round pick in exchange for center Jordan Staal.

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Fucale wants to be Canada's WJC starter again

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 6:20 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec – It is rare for the starting goaltender of the Canadian National Junior Team to return for a second year on the job.

Since Marc-Andre Fleury, now with the Pittsburgh Penguins, did it at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2003 and 2004, only Arizona Coyotes prospect Mark Visentin has started at least half of Canada's games in back-to-back years at the WJC. He started four games each in 2011 and 2012.

Montreal Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale is hoping to add his name to that list.

The goaltender for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League started the final five games of the 2014 tournament for Canada and is back this year to try to secure the starting job for the 2015 WJC, which is being held on Canadian ice in Montreal and Toronto.

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Arizona kid making noise at U.S. junior camp

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 4:39 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Auston Matthews is a tremendous example of the spread of hockey to non-traditional markets.

Matthews grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., but during the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp this week, the 16-year-old forward is proving to be just as good, if not better, than players who grew up in more traditional hockey climates. He's also staking his claim to a roster spot for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"We're seeing a wonderful hockey player," said Jim Johansson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and the general manager of the United States for the 2015 World Junior Championship. "Sturdiness, skating ability, compete level all have been excellent. I think the interesting part for us is it's a lot of hockey in a short time and yet to me it looks like he's, if not getting stronger, he's right on par with what the start of this camp was. Guys get worn down in this camp and that's part of it. I think what you're seeing is a very talented hockey player."

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Young fantasy players to target in keeper leagues

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

We all know that keeper/dynasty leagues run differently and continue to get more creative in terms of which players you can keep and how long you can keep them. If you have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin on your team and rules allow you to, of course you are going to keep them as they will be near the top of fantasy rankings every year they are playing.

With that in mind let's examine 10 players currently in the NHL who will be 22 or younger at the start of the season but have at least two years of service in the League and can help you this season and beyond.

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Brassard excited to be with Rangers long-term

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 11:23 AM / NHL Insider

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Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers appear to be a perfect match, and neither side wanted the relationship to break up. That's why they avoided arbitration and agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract on July 27.

"Since I got here to New York I've been saying how much I really enjoy playing for the Rangers, and I don't see myself playing for any other team," Brassard told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "So I was hoping I'd be staying here for a long time, and I got my wish. I was confident both sides would find a way to get it done, but I'll admit I was both patient and anxious for a deal to get done."

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Taste of success leaves Blue Jackets craving more

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

The Columbus Blue Jackets last season got a taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a five-year absence, and even a first-round exit has not dampened their enthusiasm and expectations for 2014-15.

In fact, moves such as signing center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension and trading for left wing Scott Hartnell have the Blue Jackets thinking big.

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Forward Horton among Blue Jackets' five questions

Tuesday, 08.05.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

Optimism has always been anchored by realism for followers of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

When the Blue Jackets reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2009, it was due to the outstanding play of rookie goaltender Steve Mason. But Mason couldn't match that performance in 2009-10 and coach Ken Hitchcock was fired 10 months after leading Columbus to the postseason.

Scott Arniel replaced him and promised better, but failed to deliver and was fired in January 2012. Only since Todd Richards took over have the Blue Jackets found their way.

They barely missed the postseason in 2013, but qualified for the first wild card following a move to the Eastern Conference last season before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the first round.

More importantly, there is now a culture of winning; since Feb. 26, 2013, the Blue Jackets are 62-37-12 for the eighth-most points in the NHL.

Here are five questions facing the Blue Jackets as they try to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time:

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