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Saku Koivu retires after 18 seasons in NHL

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 5:27 PM / News

NHL.com

Former Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu announced his retirement Wednesday.

"Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey, first in Finland and then in the NHL, I feel truly blessed and fulfilled," he said in a statement released by the National Hockey League Players' Association. "I have been contemplating retirement for quite some time and am very confident in my decision at this time and place."

Koivu, 39, played 18 seasons in the NHL, appearing in 1,124 regular-season games and 80 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He scored 255 goals and had 832 points in the regular season, and 18 goals and 59 points in the playoffs.

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Bob Suter, member of 'Miracle on Ice' team, dies at 57

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 5:22 PM / News

NHL.com

Bob Suter, a member of the 1980 U.S. "Miracle on Ice" team and father of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, died Tuesday. He was 57.

"The sudden loss of my father has been difficult for myself and our family -- my dad was my hero and he taught me about life, hockey and what was truly important -- family," Ryan Suter said in a statement released by the Wild on Wednesday. "He will be missed greatly and his legacy and spirit will be with us every day. He lived with the motto, 'It’s all about the kids' and forever he will be remembered by this.

"My family and I also want to say thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from the hockey community around the world. It means a lot to us to know how much he was loved and will be missed."

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Coyotes invite Kassian, two others to camp: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 2:42 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Matt Kassian and defensemen Jamie McBain and Matt Smaby have been invited by the Arizona Coyotes to training camp scheduled for next week at Gila River Arena.

"I'm getting a lot of calls right now, and there are a lot of guys just trying to get their foot in the door," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney told The Arizona Republic. "So we're still talking about a couple other things."

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Ducks extend coach Boudreau through 2016-17

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 2:03 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray and coach Bruce Boudreau did not want the 2014-15 season to determine whether Boudreau would continue behind the bench.

Boudreau said he began discussions with Murray on a contract extension shortly after the Ducks were eliminated in their Western Conference Second Round series by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. The talks continued off and on until Anaheim announced Wednesday that Boudreau had received a two-year extension to remain as coach through 2016-17.

"We wanted to get it done before the season started so there was nothing hanging over us during the season, because I didn't want to talk about it during the season," Boudreau said.

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Canucks' Desjardins to better manage Sedins' ice time

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 12:31 PM / News

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One of the goals for new Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins is to better manage the ice time for his top forwards, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.

Under former coach John Tortorella, Henrik was second among Canucks forwards last season at 20:40 per game, including 59 seconds per game on the penalty kill. Daniel was third among forwards at 20:36 per game, with an average of 56 seconds of shorthanded time.

Henrik's total of 69:04 of shorthanded ice time was his most since the 2005-06 season; Daniel's 68:22 of time on the penalty kill also was the most he's played since 2005-06, and double the amount he played the previous four seasons.

The more difficult extra minutes could have cut down on the offensive production of the Sedins, who turn 34 on Sept. 26. Henrik had 50 points in 70 games, the fewest he's had in an 82-game season since 2003-04; Daniel had 16 goals, the first time he's failed to score 20 in an 82-game season since 2003-04.

"We have to share the workload," Desjardins told The Canadian Press on Tuesday after taking part in a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon. "They're good at all aspects of the game. They're good at killing penalties and they're good 5-on-5. They can play the power play. I think you're lucky to have players like that. For us, we want to make sure that they're able to go [and] at the end of the game they're still fresh and they're playing hard. So that may mean managing their minutes a little bit. We want to play with four lines."

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Agent says Brodeur looking for 700 wins: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:40 AM / News

NHL.com

The agent for Martin Brodeur said Tuesday one reason the free-agent goaltender is looking for a team rather than retiring is he wants to reach 700 wins.

"He's 12 wins away from 700 and those are things he wants to accomplish," Pat Brisson told Northjersey.com. "He'd like to play on a team that will have a chance to go far as well. Right now I don't have the perfect script. However, I'm OK with it because, based on experience, all teams are going for the Stanley Cup when camp opens and three weeks later they realize that there's missing pieces here and there."

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Phillips would like to be Senators captain: report

Wednesday, 09.10.2014 / 8:30 AM / News

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The Ottawa Senators have been without a captain since July, but defenseman Chris Phillips would love to assume the role.

Phillips, who has been with the Senators since being selected by the franchise with the No. 1 pick of the 1996 NHL Draft, told reporters Tuesday he would like to occupy the vacancy left by Jason Spezza after the latter was traded to the Dallas Stars during the offseason.

"I'd love to have it," the 36-year-old said, according to the Ottawa Sun. "I said that last year and nothing's changed."

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Mark Messier willing to help Oilers '24/7'

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 10:05 PM / News

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Mark Messier won the Stanley Cup five times as a player with the Edmonton Oilers. He's now hoping to help deliver a sixth championship in an advisory role.

Messier, 53, said Tuesday he is working with the Oilers as an adviser. He is assisting a front office that includes former teammates Kevin Lowe (president, hockey operations), Craig MacTavish (general manager), Kelly Buchberger (player personnel) and Keith Acton (associate coach).

"Adviser, consultant," Messier said, according to the Oilers website. "I'm available for anything that they need me to do or talk about.

"For instance, just coming in today and lending some of my experiences as a captain with the coaches here and the organization. So any kind of way that I can help with the players, with the coaches, with decisions. I just told [Lowe] and [MacTavish] that I would be available 24/7 for whatever they needed me to do. I am looking forward to taking this into the next generation of these kids and turning it around."

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Red Wings' Datsyuk says knee 'feels much better'

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 7:38 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is skating without limitations after he missed time last season with a knee injury.

"It looks like the work has helped me, and I don't need the surgery," Datsyuk told the Red Wings website Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. "… I'm skating now and it feels much better. Nothing bothers me and we'll see."

Datsyuk, 36, is entering his 13th season in the NHL. He had 17 goals and 20 assists in 45 regular-season games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and had five points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games (Detroit was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round).

Datsyuk said surgery on his left knee was an option following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he played for Russia, but he opted to play through the pain.

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Bergeron helps EA unveil NHL 15 video game

Tuesday, 09.09.2014 / 7:05 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has competed at hockey's highest levels, including the Stanley Cup Final, IIHF World Championship and the Winter Olympics. But he was entering unfamiliar territory on Tuesday when he helped launch EA Sports' NHL 15 video game by competing against one of his biggest fans.

Selected in an online vote to be featured on the cover of the game, Bergeron arrived at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok, where he faced 14-year-old Daniel Quigley, a diehard Bruins fan from New Jersey. Quigley earned the right to compete against his hockey idol by winning an online raffle.

"It was crazy. It was unbelievable, meeting Patrice Bergeron," Quigley said. "Playing him in NHL 15 was unreal. I should probably frame that [game] case that he signed."

With broadcasters Mike Emrick and Ed Olczyk providing live play-by-play for the video game contest, Bergeron and Quigley went head-to-head for two periods, finishing in a scoreless tie.


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