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Fabbri makes strong first impression on Blues

Saturday, 07.12.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Tim Taylor has gotten to know St. Louis Blues 2014 first-round pick Robert Fabbri quite extensively this week.

The Blues director of player development worked with some of their top prospects during development camp at the Ice Zone, inside St. Louis Outlet Mall.

After watching Fabbri, Taylor understood why the Blues made the center from the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League the 21st pick last month.

"There's a reason why we picked him first," Taylor said of Fabbri, who had 45 goals and 87 points in 58 regular-season games then was named MVP of the OHL playoffs after he had 13 goals and 28 points in 16 games. He capped his season with two goals and four assists in four games while helping the Storm reach the Memorial Cup championship game.

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Turris ready for role as Senators' top center

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 10:49 PM / NHL Insider

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Kyle Turris has experience taking over for Jason Spezza as the Ottawa Senators' No. 1 center and he is confident he can do it again.

Turris will ascend the depth chart this season after Spezza was traded to the Dallas Stars on July 1. Two seasons ago, Spezza was sidelined for almost all of the shortened schedule after back surgery.

"I definitely think I've learned a lot over the past two years from those experiences, from being put into that role when [Spezza] was hurt, and seeing how hard the matchup is," Turris told the Ottawa Sun on Friday. "I just tried to take that mentality and put it into the role I had this past year. … This upcoming year, if I'm put into that role again, I think the experience I have now will work in my favor, to know what to expect and how better to prepare for it."


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Lightning sign veteran Morrow to one-year contract

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 9:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Veteran forward Brenden Morrow signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not released, but Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported the value at $1.55 million.

"I think it's a young team that is coming into their own in the next couple of years, so their window of where they are going to be expected to have a championship season,'' Morrow told The Tampa Tribune.

"And they have great leadership and a coach (Jon Cooper) that has won at every level. They are an exciting team. They are a hungry team, and I'm excited about the opportunity to play with this group."

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Jets building for future, with or without Kane

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 5:02 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The path through the Central Division to the Stanley Cup Playoffs does not figure to get any easier for the Winnipeg Jets when the 2014-15 NHL season begins, with or without Evander Kane.

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Leblanc signs one-year contract with Ducks

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 3:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Restricted free agent forward Louis Leblanc signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Financial terms were not released.

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Panik signs one-year contract with Lightning

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 2:47 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed restricted free agent forward Richard Panik to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not released.

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Stars' Peverley cautiously working toward a return

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 1:22 PM / NHL Insider

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It was March 10 when Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center and was rushed to a hospital for treatment of what doctors described as a cardiac event.

Thursday, four months after the incident, Peverley detailed how he is working toward what he hopes will be a return to the ice.

"Everything's been going really well. I've been taking steps along the way here to see how my heart reacts to ongoing steps that I've been taking," Peverley told "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas. "Just been ramping it up as time goes on and as I keep achieving new goals."

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Canadiens prospect Fucale learning from adversity

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- A little over a year ago Zachary Fucale was living a dream.

Coming off a Memorial Cup championship with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Fucale was the first goaltender selected at the 2013 NHL Draft. And the team doing the selecting was his hometown Montreal Canadiens.

Life could not have been much better.

What has transpired since the draft, however, could be described as a nightmare.

And Fucale is ready to wake up.

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Blue Jackets' Milano more than video sensation

Friday, 07.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Being "that guy" can be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances.

For Sonny Milano, fame came long before the Columbus Blue Jackets made the left wing the 16th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Three years ago he made a YouTube video of his stickhandling skills after being inspired by a similar showcase from Tomas Jurco, now with the Detroit Red Wings.

With almost 50,000 views, the video earned Milano an online following, which expanded when he recorded a new set of videos for NHL.com at the NHL Scouting Combine in May.

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Ducks goalie Gibson using Game 7 loss as motivation

Thursday, 07.10.2014 / 8:45 PM / NHL Insider

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Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson has played in seven NHL games, and won five of them.

It's one he lost -- Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round to the Los Angeles Kings -- that is sticking with him, in a good way.

He discussed that and his offseason in a Q&A with the Ducks website published Thursday.

"I think we'll all use it for motivation for next year," Gibson said. "I don't think we have to worry about in a negative way, but I think we'll use it as a positive."

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