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Leafs spending time working out defensive kinks

Friday, 03.02.2012 / 5:42 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que. -- After blaming a lot of the defensive woes of the Toronto Maple Leafs on his goaltending recently, coach Ron Wilson decided Friday to address the problems surrounding his net rather than the one between the pipes.

Wilson ran the Maple Leafs through an intense practice that ran over an hour at the Canadiens' suburban practice facility in advance of their game Saturday matchup at Bell Centre (7 p.m., NHLN-US, CBC), and the focus clearly was placed on how Toronto defends its end of the ice.

"Right now we've just got to play better in our zone," Wilson said. "We're getting chances, we're scoring goals, but we have to be better in front of our goalie. It's as simple as that. That's what today's practice was all about."
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Neal hoping for warm reception in Dallas return

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 3:07 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

James Neal
Left Wing - PIT
GOALS: 30 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 61
SOG: 253 | +/-: 1
DALLAS -- Wednesday will mark the first game for James Neal in Dallas since he was traded to the Penguins last February. And the Pittsburgh forward and 2012 NHL All-Star admits he's hoping for a warm reception from the fans at American Airlines Center after the solid three seasons he had with the Stars.

"Yeah, that would be nice," he said of a positive fan reaction. "I definitely enjoyed my time here. It was a great group of guys, had fun, and on to a new page in my career. It'll be weird for a bit to start, but I'm sure it'll continue to be another road game and that'll take care of itself."

Neal was a second-round pick (No. 33) of the Stars in 2005 and started his NHL career with three-straight 20-goal seasons. But with the Stars looking to add some offense to their blue line, he was dealt -- along with defenseman Matt Niskanen -- to the Penguins for defenseman Alex Goligoski.

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Tallon: Panthers' success this season just 'first act'

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 1:14 PM / NHL Insider

Neil Acharya - NHL.com Correspondent

Heading down the stretch, the Florida Panthers are in an unfamiliar position -- fighting for a playoff spot and the Southeast Division title with 20 games to go.

Their success to date has surprised many, perhaps even the team's architect.

"It's our first act. We've got a long way to go and I'm not going to mortgage the future just to get a little early success. Success for me is being a Stanley Cup winner and contender for a lot of years to come. ... We are on the right track and I feel really good about our future as well."
-- Panthers' GM Dale Tallon

"With 13 or 14 new players now, a new coaching staff and all the injuries we have accumulated over the year, I take my hat off to the players and the coaching staff for playing so hard and buying in to what we are trying to do here," said Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon.

When Tallon was hired by the Florida Panthers in May 2010, the ownership group hailed his arrival as the beginning of a new chapter in club history. With his team heading into the final five weeks of the season with a very real possibility of earning a playoff berth for the first time in 12 years, Tallon is inching closer to putting his stamp on what he prefers to call "the first act."

"We are in the first phase of what we are trying to accomplish," he said. "I would say it's a three-phase situation and let's say it's Act 1 and we are ahead of schedule."
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Six stories to watch in season's stretch run

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 10:33 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With the trade deadline having come and gone, it's finally time to shift gears to the playoff races and the storylines that relate to them. There is plenty there to keep everyone on edge and focused between now and April 7, when all 30 teams are in action on the final day of the regular season.

Here are six storylines that should grab the hockey world's attention over the next 5 1/2 weeks:

Sidney Crosby's status


Penguins GM Ray Shero says he likes his team, so much so that he decided not to change anything at the trade deadline. There's no question he likes his team a whole lot more when No. 87 is in the lineup.

No one can say for certain if that's going to happen again this season, but there's some speculation in Pittsburgh that Shero's silence at the deadline suggests Crosby is close to getting back in the lineup. Crosby's level of work on the ice also should make that suggestion, as he's begun to ramp it up in recent days.
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Leap Day special to eight current, former NHL players

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 9:35 AM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

"In the early ages I got made fun of for being so young. Now being 28, I'm sure I'll get some 7-year-old cards." -- Cam Ward

For most of us, Wednesday is "Leap Day," a day that's added to the calendar once every four years to keep things in harmony. For eight NHL players past and present, however, it's a chance to celebrate their "real" birthday.

For Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who turns 28 by normal standards, it's the seventh time he gets to celebrate his birthday on the right day -- Feb. 29.

"In the early ages I got made fun of for being so young," Ward told NHL.com. "Now being 28, I'm sure I'll get some 7-year-old cards."

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Blackhawks already see positives in Oduya

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 4:55 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- After catching a red-eye flight from Winnipeg on Tuesday morning, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya was on the ice for practice with his new team in the Windy City.

The 30-year-old native of Stockholm, who the Hawks acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday for a pair of 2013 fourth-round draft picks, said it was good just to get back on the ice.

"Anytime you have a team this good and they want to bring you in to see if there's a fit for you and you can help out, you appreciate it. I feel fortunate coming in here."  -- Johnny Oduya

"It was a nice skate, nice to just move around a little bit," said Oduya, who was paired with Brent Seabrook. "I didn't do too much (Monday), so it was all right. (I was) up early this morning to get here, but feel pretty good."

He looked pretty good, too, considering.

Oduya's skating ability -- which was lauded by Chicago general manager Stan Bowman on Monday -- was noticeable right away in offensive and defensive drills.

The Hawks had a void for a player with Oduya's skill set after they traded speedy, puck-moving defenseman Brian Campbell last summer to help create salary-cap space. Bowman also chose not to re-sign last season's trade deadline acquisition, Chris Campoli -- another skilled puck-mover.
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'Forever a Flame,' MacInnis savors special moment

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

Al MacInnis became the first honoree in Calgary's "Forever a Flame" program. (Photo: Gerry Thomas/NHLI)
CALGARY -- He's known for having one of the hardest shots the game of hockey has ever seen.

It turns out Al MacInnis has a soft spot for the Calgary Flames, too.

The 48-year-old became the first honoree in Calgary's "Forever a Flame" program, saluting the organization's greatest, before Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

MacInnis, the MVP of the Flames' only Stanley Cup-winning team in 1989, was honored before family members, past teammates and 19,289 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome surrounding him.

"The Calgary Flames gave me a chance to play in the National Hockey League," MacInnis said after the ceremony that featured several gifts and a $25,000 donation by the Flames to the charity of his choice.

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Lee, Commodore excited to make Lightning debuts

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 3:08 PM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA, Fla. -- "Defensemen aren't easy to find," Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Monday, so he was pleased when he was able to obtain three of them at the trade deadline.

Keith Aulie, obtained from the Toronto Maple Leafs, is still awaiting a visa, but the other two newcomers, Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators and veteran Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings, will be playing Tuesday night and were just as happy to be joining the Lightning as Yzerman was to get them.

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Players that could alter playoff races down stretch

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 2:16 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL Trade Deadline has thankfully -- for everyone involved -- passed, and we can now focus on the drive toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

There are a plethora of teams on the cusp of the playoffs and others trying to climb into a top-four spot during the final 20 games or so. There are some individuals who have the ability to have a major impact on what happens during the final push, and these six will have a big say in the fates of their teams:

Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche -- The 23-year-old hasn't exactly lived up to his billing after he was acquired during the summer from the Caps for first- and second-round picks. But he's won three straight entering March, stopping 87 of 89 shots to push the Avs into serious playoff contention. If Varlamov can heat up during the final six weeks, the No. 8 seed is realistic for Colorado. Some food for thought: Varlamov has allowed just seven even-strength goals in his past seven games.

Jeff Carter, F, Los Angeles Kings -- There's no team on the cusp of the playoffs more in need of scoring, and Carter could be the difference between the Kings reaching the playoffs and clearing out their lockers in early April. The perennial 30-goal scorer was acquired before the deadline from Columbus and has yet to score in two games with his new club. If the former Flyer doesn't find any magic reunited with Mike Richards, the Kings are in trouble.
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Shanahan explains no-suspension ruling on Turris

Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 5:04 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The hearing process Sunday morning gave Ottawa forward Kyle Turris the ability to tell his side of the story regarding his boarding infraction on Boston defenseman Joe Corvo during Saturday's game. The NHL's Department of Player Safety was satisfied with his comments, which is why Turris is playing Sunday night against the New York Islanders.
 
To Brendan Shanahan, the League's Senior V.P. of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, that's exactly how the system is supposed to work.
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