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Oilers to host celebration for 1984 Stanley Cup team

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 5:43 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Wayne Gretzky is getting the Boys on the Bus back together again.

The Edmonton Oilers will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup with an event bringing together the members of the 1984 team and staff for a reunion at Rexall Place on Oct. 10. The reunion will coincide with the Oilers' 2014-15 season opener against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 9.

"One of the great things about being a professional hockey player is the fond memories that you have over the years and the friendships that you develop," Gretzky said Tuesday. "Kevin [Lowe] and I lived for a lot of years together in Edmonton and when I saw him this winter, I started thinking about something really unique and something really special. The Oilers and the city of Edmonton have always been leaders in doing things that are innovative. The first outdoor game was in Edmonton where it was 40-below [Celsius] and it was spectacular.

"So we started talking about doing something special and bringing this team that won their first Stanley Cup in Edmonton back to Alberta to reminisce and selfishly have some fun together. A lot of players made a lot of great friends in Edmonton over the years and they maybe haven't seen people for a long time, and just as important, to be able to raise money for a great cause."


Canada, U.S. in action on first day of 2015 Worlds

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 2:48 PM / News


Canada and the United States will be in action on the first day of the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which will be held May 1-17, 2015 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Canada, which lost to Finland in the quarterfinals and finished fifth at the 2014 Worlds, opens play against Latvia at O2 Arena in Prague 10:15 a.m. ET on May 1 in the first game of Group A.

Also in Group A are Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria.

The first game for the U.S. will be against Finland, which won the silver medal at the 2014 Worlds, while the U.S. finished sixth after a loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The game, the first in Group B, will be played at 10:15 a.m. ET at CEZ Arena in Ostrava.


Maple Leafs name Pridham assistant to GM

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 1:58 PM / News


The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday named Brandon Pridham assistant to the general manager.

Pridham, 40, will assist general manager Dave Nonis with salary-cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation.

Pridham has spent the past 15 years working for the NHL, most recently serving as senior director, Central Registry and senior adviser, Central Scouting.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities and experiences I've gained at the National Hockey League," Pridham said. "I always looked forward to the opportunity to bring that experience to an NHL club and I'm thrilled with the chance to join Dave Nonis and his team with the Toronto Maple Leafs."


Islanders announce new ownership structure

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 1:57 PM / News


The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin have reached an agreement to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team.

Under terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and governor of the Islanders, with the Ledecky/Malkin group transitioning to majority ownership in two years.

The sale is pending approval of the NHL Board of Governors.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said.


2014 NHL preseason begins Sunday, Sept. 21

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 1:00 PM / News


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2014 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Highlighting the 15-day, 105-game slate is the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game from Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The people of Sylvan Lake, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames visit their community and face off at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The game will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and NHL Network in the United States at 7 p.m., ET/5 p.m., MT.


Flyers goalie Mason back on ice after injury: report

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 7:52 PM / News


Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason was back on the ice Monday, three weeks after breaking his right pinky finger, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Mason was injured July 27. General manager Ron Hextall said at the time Mason would be able to continue off-ice training.

Mason was 33-18-7 in his first full season with the Flyers, with a 2.50 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.


Karlsson OK if he's asked to be Senators captain

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 6:09 PM / News


The Ottawa Senators are about to have their third captain in three seasons. Defenseman Erik Karlsson knows it could be him.

"Obviously it's something that I wouldn't say no to [but] it's not something that I'm going to ask for," Karlsson told the Senators website Monday. "I think whoever takes the decision is going to make the right one, and whether it's me or someone else, I think it's going to be good for the team and good for the organization."

The Senators need a replacement for Jason Spezza, who was traded to the Dallas Stars this offseason. Spezza took over as captain from Daniel Alfredsson, who signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent prior to last season.


Blackhawks, Leighton agree on one-year contract

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 5:29 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Michael Leighton had to clear his name before he could begin to embark on what he hopes is a journey back to the NHL in his second stint with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He does not know who picked up the puck that Patrick Kane used to beat him for the Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final; he does not know who has the puck now, or where it might be; and he never wants to see the puck again.

"I've heard there's a lot of controversy about it," Leighton said. "I don't know where the puck is. I've been asked many times. The last I saw it was under the net. I lifted the net up and kicked it. I know the referee or linesman was beside me and that was it. That was really the last thing on my mind, finding where that puck was."

Leighton expects to hear more about the missing puck and Kane's Cup-winning goal next month, when he arrives for training camp with the Blackhawks.


Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 4:51 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations, announced Monday the annual NHL Combine will take place in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016 at First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres, and the soon-to-be completed HarborCenter.

"We've been working on this announcement for a couple of years," Campbell said. "[Sabres President] Ted Black and myself had a conversation at least two years ago now regarding bringing our combine to Buffalo. I had a discussion with our director of scouting, Danny Marr, and it just seemed like a natural fit with what Terry and Kim Pegula are doing now with this location. It's certainly opening up the eyes of the people in the National Hockey League, and I think it's a natural fit to bring our National Hockey League Combine here."

The annual event, held in Toronto since 1999, is overseen by NHL Central Scouting. It brings approximately 100 top prospects for the NHL draft into one place for interviews with NHL teams, and medical and physical testing. The 2014 combine featured 119 prospects taking part in five days of interviews and medical exams held at the Westin Bristol Place hotel, followed by fitness testing nearby at The International Centre.

Campbell said the bidding process to host the event was opened to all NHL teams, and the finalists were the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sabres. HarborCenter, which will open in the fall adjacent to First Niagara Center, gave Buffalo the edge.


Nylander signs entry-level contract with Maple Leafs

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 4:08 PM / News


William Nylander, the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, signed an entry-level contract Monday with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

Nylander, 18, was named the Maple Leafs' top prospect by NHL.com.

"He's a dynamic player with a high-end skill set," Maple Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes said. "His edges, his explosion, his acceleration, along with his hand speed. He's a really talented kid. During the prospect camp week we got the opportunity to know him as a person. He's very detailed, he's very motivated. And he's a wonderful kid that's been parented correctly. He's an impressive hockey player, but he's an impressive person as well."

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