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NHL players can't get enough of London Olympics

Monday, 07.30.2012 / 2:53 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With another month to go before training camps are scheduled to open, NHL players have to find ways to pass the time. Of course, exercising is one way. But many players have become enamored with the 2012 Olympic Games from London, England.

Players from across the League have been expressing their excitement via Twitter in recent days.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read (@MReader24) watched Sunday's dramatic table tennis match that saw American 16-year-old Ariel Hsing nearly upset China's Li Xiaoxia, a favorite to win the gold medal. Hsing took Xiaoxia to the limit before losing the best-of-seven match in six games: 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9.

"This ping pong match is crazy," Read tweeted Sunday. "I don't think I could return a serve."

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Brown enjoys busy day with Lord Stanley

Sunday, 07.29.2012 / 6:23 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Dustin Brown was the 13th pick by the Kings in the 2003 Draft that will likely go down as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- in NHL history.

He played in 31 games that following season and has lived in and played for Los Angeles ever since, save for the 2004-05 campaign when he lived in Manchester while playing for the Kings' minor-league affiliate in New Hampshire during the work stoppage.

That's nearly a decade in Southern California that culminated with the Kings winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in June with Brown as the team's captain. It would be pretty easy for the 27-year-old to have "gone Hollywood" with all that success, but during his time with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend, it seems he hasn't changed all that much or lost sight of what's important.

Brown is now a husband and father of three boys -- Jake, 4, Mason, 3, and Cooper, 1 -- and he and his wife, Nicole, purchased a home in Ithaca last year. The couple felt it was important to have a summer home here to show their boys there's more to their lives than just hockey and Los Angeles.

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Brown uses Cup to help military families

Saturday, 07.28.2012 / 9:03 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

ITHACA, N.Y. -- When Dustin Brown finally learned when he'd spend his official day with the Stanley Cup, his first thought wasn't about how he'd like to party with it at local bars.

His first thought wasn't about how he'd love have his three sons, Jake, Mason and Cooper, drink chocolate milk from its top, like they did in Los Angeles.

Dustin Brown
Right Wing - LAK
GOALS: 22 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 54
SOG: 214 | +/-: 18
His first thought wasn't about all the places he would take it in his hometown so he could relive his high school glory days as a state champion in ice hockey.

His first thought was about family.

Christopher Bordoni, the cousin of Dustin's wife, Nicole, was critically wounded during an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in January and died from his injuries 10 weeks later in San Antonio. At the time of the attack, Brown was on an off-day preparing for his Los Angeles Kings to play host to the Calgary Flames the following night.

Brown was away from his hometown then, but he made sure to do what he could for servicemen like Bordoni and their families during his day with the Cup on Saturday.

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Staal 'ecstatic' to join Hurricanes, older brother

Friday, 07.27.2012 / 4:33 PM / NHL Insider

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Jordan Staal
Center - CAR
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 50
SOG: 149 | +/-: 11
Jordan Staal would much rather play with his brother than against him.

Traded on his wedding day in June, he became teammates with older brother Eric Staal on the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We knew the family thing was a very intriguing part of this whole thing," Jordan said Friday at a press conference, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. "To play against two brothers in the NHL is pretty awesome, but to play alongside your brother, both in the primes of our careers, is very, very exciting. As a family, for me and Eric especially, we're ecstatic to have this come together as it did."

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Canucks found new goal song to be Clutch

Friday, 07.27.2012 / 3:13 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

The rock band Clutch is known for its high-energy shows, which are fueled by the passion the band's fans bring to each show.

That passion carried into the hockey world this past season and gave Clutch's lead singer, Neil Fallon, a present he could not have ever imagined.

During the past summer, one of the band's fans nominated "Electric Worry" by Clutch as the new goal-celebration song for the Vancouver Canucks for the 2011-12 season. Game presentation officials from the team checked out the song, off the 2007 compact disc, From Beale Street to Oblivion, and found what they craved.

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Dubinsky excited to be a Blue Jacket

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 8:40 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Battaglino - NHL.com Staff Writer

Brandon Dubinsky, one of the newest Columbus Blue Jackets, doesn't expect to be part of a trade rumor again anytime soon.

"Now that it's said and done, it is a bit of a relief that I'm not going to have to deal with those ... at least for the next month or so," Dubinsky said with a laugh at a press conference in Columbus on Wednesday.

Brandon Dubinsky
Center - CBJ
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 24 | PTS: 34
SOG: 140 | +/-: 16
Dubinsky, forward Artem Anisimov and defenseman Tim Erixon, along with a first-round draft pick, were sent to the Blue Jackets by the New York Rangers on Monday in the long-expected trade for forward Rick Nash.

"I'm excited to be here and to be a Blue Jacket," Dubinsky said, according to a transcript provided by the team. "I've had an opportunity to talk with some of the guys here, and they all love it here in Columbus. The best part about it right now is the youth we have, and the enthusiasm that we have -- not to mention the skill level that I think this team has. It's underrated, and I think we're going to have a good season."

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Weber prepared to help Predators chase Cup

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 6:34 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With the business side of hockey out of the way, Shea Weber is happy he's free to focus on one thing now: winning.

One day after the Nashville Predators chose to match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet the defenseman signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, Weber said Wednesday he is excited to know he'll likely be spending the rest of his career with the organization that chose him in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft.

Shea Weber
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 19 | ASST: 30 | PTS: 49
SOG: 230 | +/-: 21
"It's a very exciting time for the Predators organization and myself," Weber said on a conference call. "It's a big step in the right direction. Ownership showed a commitment here in the last week. Now going forward I can focus on the important stuff, getting ready for the season and getting ready to go this year."

Weber, a restricted free agent, signed the largest offer sheet in NHL history July 18, giving the Predators until July 25 to match. Nashville general manager David Poile had said all along the franchise would match any offer sheet that came Weber's way, and the two-time Norris Trophy runner-up said he was happy to see it live up to its word.

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Beaulieu sees big things for Yakupov, Galchenyuk

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 3:07 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

In a memorable 2012 NHL Draft that saw a record-tying 13 defensemen taken in the first round (including eight of the top 10 picks), it was two forwards who also made history. And the coach who watched them play last season sees big things for both -- even if it potentially comes at the expense of his own team.

With Sarnia Sting teammates Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk selected first by Edmonton and third by Montreal respectively, it marked the first time teammates had been selected in the top three since the Sedin brothers were taken second and third in 1999. The last time two Canadian junior teammates were taken in the top three at the Draft was 1974, when Wilf Paiement and Richard Hampton of the St. Catherines Black Hawks were drafted by the Kansas City Scouts and California Seals, respectively.

"We had a pretty good indication that Yaky [Yakupov] was going to go number one. Gally [Galchenyuk], we didn't know. But we knew that Montreal liked him a lot," said Jacques Beaulieu, the Sarnia head coach and general manager who coached both players last season. "It's been hectic for the organization, but also positive."

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Rick Nash getting used to being a Ranger

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 3:02 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Rick Nash
Left Wing - NYR
GOALS: 30 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 59
SOG: 306 | +/-: -19

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- It took only a couple conversations with a former Ranger to help convince Rick Nash that New York was the place for him.

Vinny Prospal, who spent two seasons with the New York Rangers before signing with the Blue Jackets last season, sang the praises of his former club, the organization and coach John Tortorella. Prospal was still in contact with Nash on Wednesday morning, two days after the blockbuster deal that sent one of the game's top scorers from Columbus to New York.

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Poile, Preds thrilled to have Weber long-term

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 2:29 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Nashville Predators GM David Poile compared signing Shea Weber to a marriage. Considering the length of the contract Weber agreed to, it's not a bad comparison.

The Predators announced Tuesday they had agreed to match the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Weber had signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 18, retaining their team captain through the 2025-26 season.

"He [Weber] just got engaged, he's going to get married and hopefully that'll be a lifetime for him," Poile told the team's website. "We just signed him for 14 years and that's pretty well a lifetime and a career for a hockey player. It's a marriage."

Poile said the decision to match the offer sheet was one that involved all parts of the organization because of the importance of the decision.

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