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Decision time looms for 2011 picks playing in NHL

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 3:27 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Sean Couturier said he isn't crossing days off his calendar, but for him and four other players taken in the 2011 Entry Draft still playing in the NHL, they're entering the most crucial week of their young NHL careers.

All five players -- Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, New Jersey's Adam Larsson, Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad and Couturier -- are scheduled to play their ninth games this week, meaning their new bosses are approaching deadline time.

Teams can return their teenage prospects to their junior teams at any time, but doing so before they play in their 10th game delays the start of their entry-level contract. The last player to skate in more than nine games and still be returned to his junior club was defenseman Luca Sbisa, the 19th pick of the 2008 draft, who played 39 games with the Flyers before being sent back to the WHL. If a player skates in more than 40 games, he accrues one season toward free agency.
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As roster overhaul continues, Cats finding chemistry

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 3:00 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The massive chemistry experiment that is the Florida Panthers added a new ingredient Monday.

Marco Sturm practiced with his new team for the first time ahead of the Panthers' game against the reeling Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

With the departure of David Booth for Vancouver in Saturday's trade that brought in Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson, the Panthers now have just eight players who were on the team prior to last season's trade deadline: Stephen Weiss, Keaton Ellerby, Dmitry Kulikov, Jack Skille, Shawn Matthias, Mike Weaver, Jason Garrison and Mike Santorelli.
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Family loyalties divided as Schenn brothers square off

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 1:51 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- In the Schenn family draft, the first pick went to 10-year-old Macy, the youngest of Jeff and Rita Schenn's four children.

Without hesitation, she picked oldest brother Luke, so she'll be wearing a blue Leafs No. 2 jersey Monday night. Sister Madison, 14, will be decked out in an orange No. 10 jersey just like the one her other brother, Brayden, will be wearing.

However, Madison told NHL.com that just because she'll be wearing Flyers orange doesn't mean she'll only be cheering for the home team Monday when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

She said she'll be happy if the Flyers score, but added, "If the Leafs do something I'm going to jump up, too."

For the Schenn family, they're in the unique position of having a stake in both sides of Monday's game, as brothers Luke and Brayden Schenn will face off as NHL regular-season opponents for the first time.
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Schenns set to become latest brothers to battle

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 12:17 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

When the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers get together Monday night at Wells Fargo Center, it will be the latest installment in the NHL's rich history of brothers facing off against each other.

Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn will try to shut down Flyers forward and younger brother Brayden Schenn, and the two will likely be on the ice together at times. But that's nothing new in the League, as dozens of brothers have lined up across from each other or as teammates.

In today's NHL, there are brothers everywhere. There are the Staals -- Eric of the Hurricanes, Marc of the Rangers and Jordan of the Penguins. The Sedins, Henrik and Daniel, have been teammates throughout their careers with the Canucks. Chris Stewart is with the Blues while older brother Anthony is with the Hurricanes. Jonathan Toews and younger brother David are with the Blackhawks organization, but David currently with the farm club after the two played together during the preseason.
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Vokoun leads goalie brigade starring in new places

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee entered this past summer pretty happy with his goaltending.

And then Tomas Vokoun landed in his lap.

"Bringing in the veteran experience feels very valuable right now," McPhee told NHL.com. "Nothing seems to bother him. He's a good pro. He practices well, he practices hard. He seems to have a calming influence on the people around him.
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Caps excited about historic start

Sunday, 10.23.2011 / 6:57 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Troy Brouwer
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 3
SOG: 7 | +/-: 3
George McPhee's diligence during the offseason is paying early dividends for the scorching-hot Washington Capitals.

The Caps GM has to be all smiles as his summer additions -- including goaltender Tomas Vokoun and forwards Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer -- have helped Washington get off to a 7-0-0 start, the best in franchise history. The Capitals made it seven straight on Saturday night, when they crushed the Detroit Red Wings by a 7-1 score at the Verizon Center.

"I think we've stepped up to the challenges … this was a big week for us and we knew that coming into it," said Green, who had 2 goals and 2 assists Saturday. "We're definitely happy where we are, but we still have a lot of work to do." 
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Statues for Mikita, Hull unveiled at United Center

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 10:11 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – They forged their fame just across Madison Street in a fabled old barn that people around here now refer to as the "Old Chicago Stadium."

Years later, Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull – the Chicago Blackhawks' greatest players – are now  permanently linked to the team's current home, the United Center. Their life-sized bronze statues were unveiled on Saturday night before the Hawks took on the Colorado Avalanche, as the famed Michael Jordan statue located not too far away picked up a couple of neighbors wearing hockey skates.

"It's a great night," Hull told reporters. "The only thing I can say is that it is likely, without argument, the greatest evening of my life. To have a bronze [statue] depicting me here where hundreds of thousands of people will walk by and say, 'Yeah, I remember him. Yeah, he could play a little bit,' … it's good to be something. This a wonderful tribute to both Stan and I."
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Lack of contact in practice delaying Crosby’s return

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 2:06 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby will know when it's time to start playing again -- and the time isn't now.

The star center participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins' morning skate before their game Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils, 10 days after being cleared for full contact in practice. But with the Penguins playing at a more than every-other-day pace -- the game against the Devils was their 10th in 17 days -- there hasn't been much contact for anyone during their few practices. Not even for the player who needs it the most.

"I think I need to get in some contact, more than just one bump in a morning skate," said Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5 because of a concussion. "I think it's got to be a few days of that. So whenever we can get some of those days together, and hopefully I respond well to that, then I'll be much closer than I am right now."
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Red Wings' Lidstrom ready for game No. 1,500

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 5:51 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- There may be a few more wrinkles in his face and maybe there's just a little less hair up top than there used to be.

Maybe legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom really is 41 years old, and the end of his illustrious hockey career is closer than most realize -- or, more accurately, want to accept.

You really have to look closely at Lidstrom these days to tell that he's aging -- and even then you aren't entirely sure that he isn't some sort of Swedish-engineered robot the Red Wings just recharge every night before storing in a crate for safekeeping.

He's not, by the way, but it sometimes feels that way.
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Habs feel fixing PP could help restore confidence

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 5:10 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Tomas Plekanec
Center - MTL
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 4
SOG: 24 | +/-: -2
BROSSARD, Que. -- The Montreal Canadiens would do well to shut the blinds, turn off the radio and not even think of turning on a television or going anywhere near a computer.

With their city in a frothy panic over the team's worst start to a season in 16 years, the Canadiens' struggles have taken a front row seat in the hearts and minds of Montreal's residents.

And it's only October.

But while the Canadiens understand why their fans feel this way about their 1-4-1 record, they have an even better understanding of why it is important to shut that constant chatter out of their minds.
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