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NHL announces changes to Draft Lottery format

Under phase-in plan, odds will be adjusted to reflect increasing competitive balance in 2015; Lottery will be expanded to determine first three selections in 2016

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:00 PM / News


NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.

2015 NHL Draft Lottery

The odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft for the 14 non-Playoff teams will be adjusted to more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League. This will result in a more evenly-balanced allocation of odds, with the 10 highest-finishing non-Playoff qualifying teams receiving higher (better) Draft Lottery odds than they received previously and the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (worse) odds. The revised set of odds will remain in effect year-to-year in the future.


Gretzky hopes '84 Oilers can 'rub off' on current group

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 10:27 AM / News


Wayne Gretzky stood front and center during the Edmonton Oilers' glory days, which began 30 years ago with their Stanley Cup Final win against the New York Islanders that sparked a run of five championships in seven seasons.

The Oilers made their share of appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the years after the trade of Gretzky and the dynasty's end following a 1990 Cup triumph against the Boston Bruins, even coming within a win of a sixth title in 2006, when they lost Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

But the franchise hasn't tasted a postseason game since and has spent the past eight seasons perennially near the bottom of the NHL standings. As the 1984 Oilers get set to reunite Oct. 10 at Rexall Place, the day after Edmonton's season opener against the Calgary Flames, Gretzky would like to see the hoopla surrounding the event have a positive effect on the current players.


Veteran defenseman Mottau decides to retire

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 8:40 AM / News


Veteran NHL defenseman Mike Mottau has decided to retire, he told CSN New England's Joe Haggerty on Tuesday.

"It was time," Mottau said. "I'm happy with my decision, and it's on to the next thing."

A seventh-round pick (No. 182) of the New York Rangers, Mottau spent the bulk of his career with the New Jersey Devils, playing in 235 of his 321 games over his three seasons there.


Seidenberg says he'll be ready for Bruins camp

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 8:51 PM / News


Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said he will be ready for training camp after recovering from a season-ending knee injury.

"I think the more I go on [the ice], the more my knee gets used to it, and like always, I never feel good when I start skating every summer, so it will take some time, but once training camp starts, I should be fine," Seidenberg told the Bruins website in remarks published Monday.

Dennis Seidenberg
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 10
SOG: 53 | +/-: 11
Seidenberg last played Dec. 27 and had surgery to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in early January. The prognosis was a return in 6-8 months but he said he could have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs had the Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.

Boston, which won the Presidents' Trophy, was eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens on May 14 in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

"Those times during my injury when the guys were still playing, it went slow. It was painful just to go to every game and watch," Seidenberg told writer Caryn Switaj. "Then there were times when it was going well and I saw progress with my injury, but then once the season was over."


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.

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