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NHL alumni rally around Kraft Hockeyville

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 8:39 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta -- Calgary Flames alumnus Rhett Warrener didn't need to be from Sylvan Lake to realize the devastation that a collapsed roof of a small town rink can cause.

Warrener, hailing from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, understands completely.

"I've heard of the boards going over but never the roof coming down," he said. "It does put a big damper in the winter. That's the place for everyone to go together and gather and have fun. That's where the memories start to me.

"To have that happen in your hometown would be pretty devastating. It's good they're getting it put back together."

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Kraft Hockeyville kicks off a celebration of community

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 8:26 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta -- Under a cloudless sky with the shore rippling ever so slightly from the wake of a handful of boats out on the shimmering water, Sylvan Lake united together, much like they had in the months leading up to Sunday, to celebrate.

After months of anticipation, 2014 Kraft Hockeyville officially arrived to the small community situated between Edmonton and Calgary.

"There's been thousands and thousands of volunteer hours put into preparing this, preparing all the celebrations for Hockeyville and if you back up, preparing all the reveal parties and voting parties," town mayor Sean McIntyre said. "We've had a team of volunteers that have been giving so selflessly and endlessly to this and we owe all of these great events, all of these celebrations, to that hard work.

"It takes all kinds … it takes all kinds and now we get to celebrate with all of them which is the biggest reward."

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Maple Leafs see glut of forwards as a good problem

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- If the Toronto Maple Leafs are able to stay in the picture for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot deep into the season, they'll likely be able to look back at the competition they created in training camp as a big reason why.

"Players are going to have to perform or they're not going to get the ice time they expect," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said.

Some might not get any ice time at all with the Maple Leafs if it works out the way Nonis, president Brendan Shanahan and coach Randy Carlyle have it planned.

In the post-mortem to the Maple Leafs 2013-14 season, Toronto executives and Carlyle deduced lack of depth and experience were two correctable reasons for why the team fell short of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot.

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Jones aims to take next step with Predators

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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

Just as Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones was talking about feeling less stress going into his second season because he has more certainty about his job, his surroundings, his game and the NHL as a whole, he realized all of that might not be true.

"I do have a new coach, so it's almost like doing it again," Jones said.

Jones doesn't have anything to worry about there.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette is one of Jones' biggest fans. He said Jones, who will turn 20 on Oct. 3, is ready to take the next step in his career, to being a more consistent, offensive-minded, minute-munching defenseman in Nashville.

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Devils hope offseason changes boost goal differential

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello had two primary objectives after his team failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season in 2013-14.

The first was a long-term commitment to goalie Cory Schneider to let him know that he will be the starter for the foreseeable future. The second was to upgrade an offense that ranked near the bottom of the League in goals and shots per game.

Lamoriello accomplished both in July. Schneider signed a long-term extension that's reportedly worth $42 million over seven years. He also added free-agent forwards Mike Cammalleri and Marty Havlat to help bolster the top six and provide coach Peter DeBoer with a lot more offensive flexibility.

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More offense, healthy Rinne keys for Predators

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Brian Compton - 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 September.

After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season, the Nashville Predators underwent several changes this summer.

The biggest is that Barry Trotz is out after being the only coach in the history of the franchise. Peter Laviolette is in, with the expectation that he can help the team find more ways to score goals.

Patric Hornqvist, who spent his first six professional seasons in Nashville and scored more than 100 goals, was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for James Neal.

Predators general manager David Poile, who has been working in that capacity since the franchise's inception in 1998, is confident the changes he made during the offseason will lead to hockey in Nashville well into the spring.

Here are three things that must happen for the Predators to have success this season:

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Predators expect to score more goals under Laviolette

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Brian Compton - 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 September.

For the first time since the franchise's inception in 1998, the Nashville Predators will have a different look behind the bench.

After failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-to-back seasons, Predators general manager David Poile, who has also been with the organization since the beginning, opted to fire coach Barry Trotz last April. Three weeks later, the Predators hired Peter Laviolette, who guided the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Laviolette won't be the only fresh face. Seeking more offense, Poile acquired forward James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in June in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Neal, 27, scored 88 goals over the past three seasons with the Penguins. Veteran centers Olli Jokinen and Mike Ribeiro were signed as free agents and are expected to play prominent roles.

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Devils' Henrique feels ready for leadership role

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique knows life in and around the locker room will have a different feel this season without Martin Brodeur.

There's still plenty of veteran leadership to go around, and Henrique hopes to be a part of that group.

"I was lucky to be able to play with the guys I did my first year [2011-12]; I came in and made sure I did the right things," Henrique said. "To learn from that group was key to my development, and I feel I've become more of a leader in the room since then and that's the direction I want to continue to take."

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Devils need more goals, steady Schneider to win

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer is happy to keep most of his core group intact this offseason, and is excited to have free-agent forwards Mike Cammalleri and Marty Havlat on board to bolster the offense.

The Devils didn't exactly set the world on fire offensively in 2013-14 and that was a major reason they failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs a second straight season. But DeBoer, in his fourth season with the Devils, is optimistic about the future of his offense, including what is shaping up to be a very productive top nine.

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Senators must get Ryan scoring, trim goals-against

Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

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

General manager Bryan Murray has set the bar for what will be the measure of success for the Ottawa Senators in 2014-15, and it is nothing less than a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Murray's expectations might seem like a tall order for a team that finished 11th in the Eastern Conference last season, particularly now that the Senators have lost the point-per-game production of No. 1 center Jason Spezza (687 points in 686 games), whose wish to leave Canada's capital was accommodated by a trade to the Dallas Stars.

The loss of Spezza's offense, however, is hardly the only priority the Senators will have to address to reach Murray's goal. Here are Ottawa's three keys to success:

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Because of the way they play and their skill set I don't think they're fourth-line players, so in my mind I'm looking at one of those guys I'll have to move over to the wing.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on his four-player battle for second-line center