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Update on NHL expansion application process

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 11:30 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today released the following update relative to the NHL expansion application process:

"As previously announced, NHL expansion applications were made available to all potentially interested applicants on July 6. Since that date, we have received requests from, and responded by sending applications to, 16 separate groups/individuals.

"The deadline for filing an application and proceeding in the NHL expansion process was last night. We can confirm that we have received two applications: one from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Quebec."

Benn, Seguin excited to have Sharp playing for Stars

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 8:03 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp wasn’t a player any of the Dallas Stars enjoyed facing during his 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That was particularly true over the past two seasons, when he scored six goals and had nine assists against Dallas in nine regular-season games.

But after a trade with the Blackhawks earlier this month made him their teammate, several Stars were more than happy to welcome Sharp to town.

Captain Jamie Benn was joined by defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Tyler Seguin and Ales Hemsky at American Airlines Center on Monday for Sharp’s introductory press conference. It was obvious they’re excited to play with Sharp, who helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup three times in six seasons.

“A good two-way player. He’s a clear winner,” said Seguin, whose 37 goals led the Stars and were tied for fifth in the NHL last season. “I’ve always been a little bitter towards him since I feel like he stole the Cup from me in Boston [in 2013], but I’m really excited to see what he can do. I know he’s a guy who likes to shoot the puck and he’s a guy that he really seems to find his ways to get open out there.”

Sharp: Trade to Stars 'reignites passion to play'

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 7:00 PM / News

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp is the type of player the Dallas Stars felt they needed if they are to take the next step in becoming a perennial Stanley Cup contender, so they went and got him in a July 10 trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"When you win Stanley Cups, you do things right on the ice, you do things right off the ice and you do things right in the community. It's hard to find those type of players," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said Monday at Sharp's introductory press conference at American Airlines Center. "We think that [Sharp] is going to be a great addition for us.

"We've got a young core here. I know they're going to learn from him, and he's going to be a great addition for us."

The Stars acquired Sharp, who won the Stanley Cup three times in the past six seasons with Chicago, and defense prospect Stephen Johns from the Blackhawks for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.

Backstrom targets Capitals' season opener: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 6:05 PM / News

NHL.com

Nicklas Backstrom expects to be in the lineup for the Washington Capitals' Oct. 10 season opener against the New Jersey Devils following offseason hip surgery.

Backstrom, whose 60 assists led the NHL last season, had arthroscopic surgery on his hip May 27, two weeks after the Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Martin St. Louis: 'Earned everything I got' in NHL

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:43 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Martin St. Louis expects to miss being around the guys in the dressing room, being one of them. He can see his future, watching a New York Rangers game this season, thinking he can do it better, that he should still be on the ice because he definitely can still play. He's confident it will happen during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coming to grips with those feelings of expectation and anticipation wasn't difficult for St. Louis; he came to grips with his decision to retire from the NHL, a decision he made official July 2 in a press release distributed by the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It was the easiest tough decision to make," St. Louis said Monday in his first public remarks since he announced his retirement.

It was because at 40 years old St. Louis said his heart wasn't in it anymore. He didn't want to go through another summer of training to get ready for what would have been his 17th season in the NHL.

Oilers to honor Sather with banner-raising ceremony

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:32 PM / News

EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers announced today they will be raising a banner in Rexall Place to salute the achievements of legendary coach, general manager and executive Glen Sather.

Fans attending the Edmonton Oilers December 11, 2015 game versus the New York Rangers will be part of a special night, as the Oilers welcome back Sather and honour his leadership that resulted in five Stanley Cup Championships for the organization.

Sather will become the ninth Oiler to have a banner raised by the team, joining Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and long-time radio broadcaster Rod Phillips in the hallowed rafters of Rexall Place.

Red Wings' Datsyuk to miss start of season: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:03 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who had surgery on his right ankle June 26, doesn't expect to be ready when the Red Wings open their regular season on Oct. 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

"I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," Datsyuk said in video posted by the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. "We have enough [players]. I'll pick up my job later. I like this challenge.

Zubov to be assistant coach of Russian national team

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 11:47 AM / News

NHL.com

Former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov was named an assistant coach of the Russian national team on Monday, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation website.

Zubov will be responsible for coaching the defensemen and help prepare the national team for the 2016 World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Zubov said he will remain an assistant coach of SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League, in addition to helping head coach Oleg Znarok.

Zubov, who played in the NHL for 16 seasons with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, will also help prepare the national team for the 2016 World Cup and 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Blues' Brouwer won't attempt to emulate Oshie: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 10:17 AM / News

NHL.com

T.J. Oshie was a very popular player with the St. Louis Blues. Troy Brouwer is fully aware of that, but he hopes the fan base will accept him for the player that he is.

Brouwer was acquired by the Blues from the Washington Capitals, along with goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick, on July 2 for Oshie.

"I'm not going to try and be Oshie," Brouwer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's got his following. He's one great player and he deserves every jersey that's out there in the stands. But sometimes you just have to move on, and I'm hoping that I can be an exciting player for the fans to cheer for as well."

Maple Leafs hire Steve Briere as goalie coach

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 10:05 AM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that Steve Briere has been named the team's goaltending coach. The Maple Leafs have also hired Ari Vuori as their Director of European Scouting.

Briere joins the Leafs after serving as the owner and head instructor of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools in addition to his role as goaltender coach with several Junior level teams (the NAHL's Topeka Roadrunners as well as the USHL's Fargo Force and Des Moines Buccaneers). Briere also served an assistant at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helping the Chargers capture the CHA Championship in 2007.

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